Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

Under the Influence

“Under the influence” is a euphemism for substance abuse, but it seems constraining to limit the term so narrowly. Free “under the influence” signs and a march are in the works. Freedom to be broadly defined. Oh, and while we’re at it: the freedom to vote. After all, this is America!

It’s possible to be under the influence of …
… people.
… current events.
… words.
… routine.

What does it mean to be above the influence in the broad sense? Is that simply a euphemism for hypnotized, spellbound? Is being under the influence ever a sign of pragmatism? When is it a sign of weakness?

What does it mean to be above the influence? Is that simply a euphemism for crazy, iconoclastic? Is being above the influence ever a sign of bravery? When is it a sign of stubbornness?

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