Honor your instincts. Let your anger out. When it wells up suddenly from deep in your gut, don’t suppress it channel it, trust it, use it.
It happened to me in my neighborhood supermarket parking lot.
I was plugging a coin into a shopping cart when it suddenly occurred to me just what a dope I was. Here I was putting in my quarter for the privilege of spending money in a store I come to every week but hate, a sterile chain store that rarely carries any locally grown produce and always makes me stand in line to pay. And when I was finished shopping I’d have to take this cart back to the exact place their efficiency experts have decreed and slide it back in with all the other carts, rehook it and push the red button to get my damn quarter back.
A little internal fuse blew. I stopped moving. I glanced around to make sure no one was watching. Then I reached for that big bent coin I’d been carrying in my pocket and I rammed it as hard as I could into the coin slot. And then with the lucky Buddha charm on my key-ring I banged that coin in tight until it jammed. I didn’t stop to analyze whether this was ethical or not – I just let my anger flow. And then I walked away from that supermarket and headed for the little fruit and vegetable store down the road. I felt more alive than I had in months.
Much later I realized I had stumbled on one of the great secrets of modern urban existence: Honor your instincts. Let your anger out. When it wells up suddenly from deep in your gut, don’t suppress it channel it, trust it, use it. Don’t be so unthinkingly civil all the time. When the system is grinding you down, unplug the grinding wheel. Go wild!
— Kalle Lasn, Culture Jam
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