A Musing.

Adrian de León
2 min readJun 20, 2020

We live in a lie that we perpetuate on a daily basis. The social contract that was signed for us has been upheld thanks to continuous and elaborate distractions. When man gave up the freedom inherent with being an animal born and raised in the wild, we expected the freedom to be protected from the dangers of a chaotic world by a benevolent structure. When we acquiesced our ability to roam, think, struggle, to kill or to hoard, we did so with the expectation that this structure would protect us from our animalistic tendencies.

In this bargain, we accepted to raise our children within an education system designed by the structure for the structure. We accepted to spend our youth and the peak of our physical and mental aptitudes in the service of the structure. Some of us did this for the individual liberty to pursue happiness, others did so to contribute to the well-being and prosperity of the community or the structure itself. We agreed to follow a rigid structure; to have our days dictated by the schedule of a working week. We gave up the rudimentary knowledge of nature, the reverence for the elements, because this structure would uphold its side of the bargain.

The structure promised to serve its people, to provide dignity and security to its people. With the fruits of our labour this government would ensure that no child would be left to go hungry, that no woman would be left to raise a household by herself, nor would they let a man go without purpose. But this structure has broken its promises.

The structure has abandoned its pledge, it has woken us from the dream of the social contract without releasing us from our duties. We are still bound to our side of the deal; we are still expected to give up the inherent nature of what it is to be a human: free to think, to assemble, to roam at will, and to take the decisions that it wishes to, regardless of consequences.

They have broken their side of their deal with the blessing of our silence. We did not question the contradictions of the structure; when it became clear that words were just bright lights to blind us from the actions in the shadows, we remained silent. So whilst we went through the education system, paid for our higher education, paid our bills, went to work and paid our taxes, we have been left with scraps.

When a virus broke through our system, we lost our jobs, our homes, whilst the structure annulled their contract. Perhaps we did not pay attention to the small print. Perhaps it had been there all along, nestled in the fine prints of the terms and conditions. The warranty of our contract has expired and the bailiffs are here to repossess the few freedoms that were given to us on credit.