What Have We Become?
The most deceiving part of the “biker” community is the part where most assume that EVERYONE whom has garnered a patch, has done so for “Adrenaline”. I did NOT “patch up” to satisfy some childish inclination to get my rocks off by “challenging fate”. From a personal perspective, I have no desire to impress anyone. I am my own person, and I am confident in myself. In that respect, I have no care as to what others may think of me.
My reason to “patch up” was for Family, Fun, and Freedom. Period. If I wanted “excitement and danger” I wouldn’t have “patched up” to drag my brothers into it unwillingly with a patch that binds our actions to those whom share our colors. That would be selfish and irresponsible. And that just isn’t how a roll.
Being a “biker” for me is obviously different, than for many others. How you define a “biker” is comparative to your reason for “becoming one”. If you want danger and adventure, you may want to join the Marines. They will provide you with plenty of opportunities for both. For me “bikers” represented the ultimate “patriots”. They fought for themselves, and their way of life. The rebelled against tyranny, against unjustifiable laws. They reveled in freedom.
I have been quickly awakened by the reality that times have SEVERELY changed. The “clubs” have done nothing but turn “bikers” into childish petulant street gangs. Apparently no different than the Crypts and the Bloods aside from the fact that they are on motorcycles.
Rules, Regulations, By-Laws, Protocol, is all bullshit. We have simply traded one master for another. This isn’t freedom. This is just a “different” set of restrictions. And yet, we continue to glorify it as if WE have somehow built a better castle. We have not. We have simply changed the “colors” to entrap another segment of the population.
In my personal life I stand by some basic principals;
(1) Courage (bravery in the face of difficulty);
(2) Truthfulness (honesty in all situations);
(3) Honor (noble actions reflecting respect for self and others);
(4) Fidelity (duty and loyalty to family, community, nation, and planet);
(5) Self-Discipline (self-controlled, lawful behavior);
(6) Hospitality (courtesy, kindness, and compassion for all);
(7) Industriousness (hard-working and striving to do the best one can do);
(8) Self-Reliance (responsible, self-sufficient, and independent); and
(9) Steadfastness (patient, resolute perseverance).
These are the values that I would expect from any of my family or friends. Our patch and our brotherhood just amplifies my resolution to these values. My brothers of my colors above all elses, but closely followed by my brothers of other colors. Other crews having different ideals should NEVER arbitrarily make them enemies. Dictated codes, rules, and protocols, doesn’t change that.
The wind is an ally to ALL my brothers, regardless of their colors. And we should all be riding the wind to common goals.
Family, Fun, & Freedom.
That’s what started it all in the first place, but somewhere along the line that direction was lost. Now its all about proper policy, who’s “territory” your in, and who you know. If I wanted that I would have went into politics with the rest of the juvenile delinquents.
I will NOT bow. I will NOT capitulate. Nor will I succumb to ANY man’s or organizations, self proclaimed “authority”. Especially any authority developed through tyrannical means. Rules, Regulations, Code, Protocol. These should be ONLY guideline that simply re-affirm the common sense of “natural” law. Anything else is simply a quest for power, and support for individual ego. Neither of which have any place among free men.
I “patched up” because I saw the infinite potential in “building something better” not be redesigning the existing castle, but by tearing it down. By starting over. By returning to the roots of the whole thing. Finding what was lost.
That may just be my opinion, and you can take it for what its worth to you. I am an extremely “independent” type of person. But I will travel to the deepest recesses of HELL to stand by my brothers. My brothers are those that have bridged the gap between “friends” and “family”. They are both, and more.
If the intention of any club is continue on in the exact same manner as every other crew, then there is no reason for them to continue at all. If that was the case, any one of us could have gone in with any other number of jackass clubs that have lost their way. But we didn’t.
I can only speak for myself, but I am going to assume that the main reason none of us did so, is because we saw a chance to do something BETTER.
Although this video is specifically in reference to “politics”, is it really that much different than the current condition of most “dominant 1% clubs”?