TOTW: How Did You Become An Anarchist?
Story time everyone! In this case, the story is: how did you become an anarchist?
What was your path to becoming an anarchist? Was it because of the influence of a subculture, like punk, hippie or activism? Was it the influence (positive or negative) of a particular relative or teacher? Was it through long hours reading books in the library? Was it through the influence of a friend or group of friends? Was it through a series of troubles with the law? Or was it through spending excessive amounts of time on the internet?
And was the process of becoming an anarchist a gradual thing for you, slowly drifting left-ward (or right-ward) until you fell off of the political map into the weird and wonderful world of anarchy-land? Or was it an instant transformation, an epiphany of sorts? Or do you feel as is you were always an anarchist, and the process of becoming one was really just finding the name for what you already were?
How much of this transformation do you think was a result of personal intellectual pursuits? How much of it was a result of some kind of social interaction, be it conversation or argument with others, or going along with your friends? What do you think motivated this change, a desire to meet some emotional needs, a desire for logical consistency, or something else?
Everyone has their story. Some stories can be quite different from each other, while other stories can share a lot in common. Let's hear what they are!