I went on this big venture to attempt to like disconnect from mainstream society, get into hippie-esque type living. Join a commune.
Then at the end of it I realized. It's not that I am leaving mainstream culture. Rather it's that I'm leaving them to die. If I wanna improve my life I have to focus on improving the whole. Sectioning myself off in a forest off the grid is not focusing on improving the whole. To improve the whole I have to stay with society, even though it may be diffucult.
Turn on, Tune in and Take over. Thats the news mantra
If we're to improve human kind we have to smooth out, correct and refine this chaotic knot that is called mainstream, straight-thinking, society.
By all means, run around crazy for a couple years. I think pretty much every guy has to do this. But take atleast one class through it to stay just MARGINALLY connected to the mainstream psyche. Because at the end of the day, it's not that we are constructing our own psyche, rather, it's that we are deconstructing the mainstream psyche. To do that, you must keep some tie with it.