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How the pressures of society made me re-think what it is to be human
The course of the last few years for myself and so many other people.
I find myself right now in a foreign place in my life, and in many more than one way.
4 Years Ago
I was a former journeyman welder who left a 15 year long career as the sole income provider for a family of six.
My wife and I decided to take a calculated risk and off-ramp from a career that I had begun to loath. One that had nothing for me but another 30 years of resentment. We struck off to do something I had no experience in whatsoever… becoming a small business owner.
Learning as we went and taking the hits as they came, we fought and scraped our way through the first year in a venture we were entirely unprepared for. But, through naught more than sheer grit and determination, we made it work. And by the start of year two we were beginning to thrive!
3 Years Ago
Half way through that second year a strange thing happened…
The world decided to shut everything down for two weeks.
“Just two? Sure, I can do that.”
And that was when everything I thought was normal began to slowly… far too slowly… fade, degrade and fall to pieces the longer those two week persisted.
In the remainder of the year 2020, all semblance of normal would cease. A new normal would be instated.
In this reality, germs were equivalent to terrorism. Friends and family were portrayed as weapons of mass destruction. And for our own good, society must remain indefinitely: locked down, masked up, quarantined and isolated until further notice.
And so I waited, as did we all, for word of when the new normal was to end.
2 Years Ago
The end was near!
This is what the news, the politicians, the celebrities and the medical establishments told us. And it couldn’t come soon enough, as my once thriving business was barely hanging on for dear life between months of lockdowns and heavy restrictions against the fitness industry among others.
The end? The end, as it turns out, was the end of a syringe.
The greatest scientific minds in the world came up with a fast tracked plan to save the world through a blanket vaccination treatment. One that came upon a brand new platform that had no history in human application.
mRNA, they called it. A modern miracle that was set to take us all out of this dark, new normal and allow us back outside… with friends… in parks and gyms and sports arenas and airplanes.
I thought “FINALLY!”. They made what we were waiting for. Those people who need it or want it will get it and we can all get over this insanity once and for all!
Little would I know, this simply marked the beginning of a newer, darker age ahead through 2021.
In that year:
I would watch my business die
My sister be paralyzed by the miracle shot
I’d lose my house
Move my family into a travel trailer
Be ostracized by my friends, family, students, community, country
Struggle to make up for the lack of my business through online ventures
Barely escape my home country before they wouldn’t allow me to leave it
And all for the unforgivable crime of neither needing nor wanting the miracle cure. Something that, as it turns out, was never meant to be a choice.
1 Year Ago
By February 13th, 2022, I’d had it.
From the southeastern United States, as my family traversed the lower latitudes to remain in RV suitable weather, I watched as my homelands roared with righteous indignation.
Nearly three weeks of civil disobedience and protest across the country and centered at the nation’s capital put squarely on display the anger and disenfranchisement of those persecuted, fringe few for whom society decided was ok to vindictively punish for their crimes against science.
On the 13th day of the 2nd month of that year, I recorded the first episode of the Social Disorder Podcast titled “Elephant in the Room”. No longer would I watch without speaking. Simply struggle to dodge the slings and arrows without firing back in some way.
One day later, the Emergencies Act would be enacted in what became internationally repudiated as a governmental over-reach of historic proportions.
By publicly standing (albeit in spirit) with those protestors and using the online platform I’d nurtured to feed my family with as the bullhorn to do so, I once more changed everything.
In the proceeding 10 months since that point, over 200 podcast episodes have been released. Prominently raising vital voices and inciteful minds who helped to battle the most intense and pernicious propaganda campaign ever created.
Everything I had expected in these efforts came true. I became loved by some and despised by others.
But, something I hadn’t expected at all also happened…
In the process of what would begin a battle for the truth, a gradual and unexpected journey into myself occurred. Between conversations of human dignity, psychology and existence, wide vistas of exploration were opened up in front of me.
Ideas, philosophies and entire paradigms laid themselves before my feet as I would walk each path towards a personal rejuvenation. One that I never meant to find nor realized I needed.
In August of 2022, I set out on what would become a driven ambition to encapsulate and collate these revelations in a book. The topics of which couldn’t be any more daunting if I wanted them to be.
I, a novice writer, someone who has no formal background in the topics of discussion, would steel myself to the task of writing 27 chapters and over 67,000 words on the topics of Consciousness, Reality and Purpose.
Last week, at the beginning of 2023, I completed my work.
Today, right now, the first edition of my first book is set to release in February on Amazon. The pre-release for the digital version is available for pre-order right now, and the Hardcopy Book will be available for pre-order in the next 2 weeks.
As of February 17th, 2023 - almost exactly 1 year to the date of the first podcast episode - “Consciousness Reality & Purpose” will be available world wide in digital form, print form and audiobook.
If you’d like to pre-order the digital Kindle version, use this link HERE.
If you’d rather the Hardcover print version or the audiobook on Audible, hold off for now and I’ll let you know when it’s also ready for pre-sale.
To everyone who’s been a part of this journey, whenever it was you joined it, this book is as much for you as it was for me. Through the incredible explorations of our consciousness and our reality, we find our way back to our purpose. And as we’ve discovered over the last three years, it comes down to: knowing who you are, believing in your path and the sovereignty that empowers our ability to do so.
As we continue into another year of shows, guests, topics, adventures and discoveries…
~ Drew Weatherhead
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