Many people in my generation make much of being liberated. They want to be liberated from patriarchal social norms that serve little purpose aside from the perpetuation of male privilege. They want to tear down the barriers of racism and ethnocentrism and cultural imperialism. They want to resolve the economic injustices that they believe to be created by the greedy corporations and allowed by our elected officials. They want to be free of what they see as needlessly restrictive morals and fairy-tale ways of thinking imposed upon them by ancestral religious traditions. They want to be unburdened by the practical realities of life and have all the time they desire to express themselves.
Sadly, most of them have not the first clue as to how liberation is achieved. They will not be liberated by obliterating restrictions upon the realization of their desires. They will not be liberated by reducing their belief set to a bare minimum with the help of Occam’s Razor (only 9.99 with this special TV offer!). They will not be liberated by ending systemic unfair discrimination. They will not be liberated when reinforcing male privilege by expecting women to give their bodies to men after a couple months of dating rather than after the ritual of marriage.
In the process of extricating ourselves from the chains of social and intellectual viruses, we human beings often act as pendulums, swinging back in the opposite direction once we are pressed too far. The problem is that this behavior just allows us to find ourselves bound by a very different set of social and intellectual diseases. This ruins any efforts at liberation because we simply trade one form of slavery for another. Stop allowing the world to rule you by prompting you to act in reaction to it or in slavery to it, and instead make your choices independent of social expectations. It is a key step on the road to the liberation you seek.