When the individual embarks on this path, the external false definitions of him as rebel or outsider or mentally ill or criminal no longer matter. Instead, what matters is his deepest nature.
The Rebel is real. But he has been covered up by media fabrications and caricatures.
Good acting, bad acting, drama, message---at the end you're looking for the core. What do the rebel heroes really stand for? What are their principles? It's all bland. It's vague. It has the posturing of importance, but little else. It's not meant to have real substance, only undefined affectation. The rebel takes action, but it's based on superficial slogan. It's another deflating caricature.
Attributed to Robert Anton Wilson: "The universe is a war between reality programmers." This is exactly where the real rebel enters the scene. He's not trying to program people. Freedom means cutting loose from programming.
The rebel dismantles inhibiting and artificial structures.
He doesn't go to the market and choose which reality program he wants. They're all used up as soon as they come out of the package.
The political fancy or trend or program of the moment is a hardened dream somebody borrowed to make mince meat out of the population. The rebel has no allegiance to any of this.
Albert Camus one wrote: "The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.It would be easy, however, to destroy that good conscience by shouting to them: if you want the happiness of the people, let them speak out and tell what kind of happiness they want and what kind they don't want! But, in truth, the very ones who make use of such alibis know they are lies; they leave to their intellectuals on duty the chore of believing in them and of proving that religion, patriotism, and justice need for their survival the sacrifice of freedom."
We're well into a time period when the experts and scientific authorities are settling on the human being as a biological machine that can only respond to programming. That's their view and their default position.
It's sheer madness, of course, but what else do you expect? We're in an intense technological age, and people are obsessed with making things run smoother. They treat their precious little algorithms for control like the Crown Jewels. They're terribly enthusiastic about the problem they're solving, and that problem is us.
There is---and has been, for a long time---a blended sequence in operation: a) observe; b) predict; c) control; d)re-create. "Well, we can see many patterns in this society. So we can make some predictions about what is going to happen. Actually, if we covertly introduce certain elements from the outside, we can control what happens. Why not stop diddling around and just make the whole thing over? Why not reshape humans?"
Having decided that, the battle begins between competing programmers of the mind. Which program for humans is better?
The rebel is against all such programming, no matter how "good and right" it sounds. Good and right are the traps:
"Well, certainly we could make a list of qualities we want all people to have. You know, the best qualities, like bravery and determination. Who could be against that? So suppose we could actually program such qualities into humans? Wouldn't that be a fine thing? Then people would just BE that way..."
The ultimate rebellion is against programming, whatever it looks like, wherever it occurs.