Why Are We Here?
Do we want Progress(tm)? Are we progressives(tm) of some sort? Then we must, perforce, be nonconformists.
Don't take my word for it, ask Frank Zappa who pointed out that
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
When you think about it, that's pretty much definitional. Status quo is not progress, which is also pretty much definitional, even if the state in question, for some brief shining moment long ago, was. (This is why things like "I'm against segregation (or even racism)" doesn't make one progressive or even liberal; it might have, in the eighteen hundreds, and maybe up through the nineteen-fifties, but not since.)
The man in the grey flannel suit is still the nation's model. The government, industry, business, advertisers, the military, and most primary and secondary education all want conformity and "normality" they teach it, preach it, demand it, punish deviation from it, and it is fucking stultifying. It is also petrifying, not as in scary, but as in cultural ossification.
So, if we accept that nonconformity has a salutary effect on the spirit and soul, as well as the culture and the nation, then we need to indulge in small rebellions. I have listed a few categories or types for your convenience:
burn a buck
off grid anything you can
nonconformity of any kind
That's why we're here, in every sense of here, as people. It is arguably why we're on this site and not on some other site. As the honorable JtC once said:
First thing I do...
when I get a new mattress is cut the tags off. Such is the premise of this site.
So, uh, get with it.