Unpopular Opinion: The only path to a free society is changing the mindset and paradigm of enough people. Nothing else will do it. In fact, without a change in MINDSET, nothing else is even a step in the right direction.
Electing Trump won’t do it.
Electing Bernie won’t do it.
Electing “Libertarians” won’t do it.
Having lots of guns won’t do it.
Using cryptocurrencies won’t do it.
Having riots won’t do it.
Having a revolution won’t do it.
Having a civil war won’t do it.
Economic collapse won’t do it.
Supporting globalism won’t do it.
Supporting nationalism won’t do it.
Even if you really, really wanted a shortcut; even if you really, really had your hopes up about some protest, some election, some legislation, some political movement, the truth remains: as long as almost everyone believes that political “authority” is legitimate and real, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can create real freedom.
~ Larken Rose
—- THE FIVE QUESTIONS —-
1) Is there any means by which any number of individuals can delegate to someone else the moral right to do something which none of the individuals have the moral right to do themselves?
2) Do those who wield political power (presidents, legislators, etc.) have the moral right to do things which other people do not have the moral right to do? If so, from whom and how did they acquire such a right?
3) Is there any process (e.g., constitutions, elections, legislation) by which human beings can transform an immoral act into a moral act (without changing the act itself)?
4) When law-makers and law-enforcers use coercion and force in the name of law and government, do they bear the same responsibility for their actions that anyone else would who did the same thing on his own?
5) When there is a conflict between an individual’s own moral conscience, and the commands of a political authority, is the individual morally obligated to do what he personally views as wrong in order to “obey the law”?
If there is one thing we should learn from nature and hold above all else, it is this:
Interfering with natural processes creates a host of unintended and almost universally negative consequences that cannot be readily mitigated, thus necessitating an eternal cycle of tinkering to maintain. When you disrupt the course of innately peaceful behavioral mechanisms in sentient beings, you have compromised the results in such a way that despoils the inherent integrity of the outcome. Uniformity is not a virtue. It is an egregious transgression against the texture of life. It cheapens our very essence to believe that we require ubiquitous external adjustments, whether minute or mighty in their effect, in order to navigate our journey to its preferred conclusion.
We each inhabit but one existence, one sphere of intentional will and agency in which we have the utter right to exercise our own quest for meaning. Trespassing forcefully into the sphere of another is the only action we should hold to be immoral as a whole.
The practice of exalting some individuals to rule others, through the threat of violent action, can only result in spiritual squalor. It is discordant to the foundational structure of the human soul. How could we possibly believe that any individual is complete enough to qualify as an authoritative guide to another? This is madness.
It is time for humanity to evolve beyond the concept of governance. Be that which you wish to perpetuate, rather than engaging the monolithic might of the mob to serve your vision. Feed the energy of goodwill into your own environment, rather than complacently expecting others to do it on your behalf. This is the only harmonious path forward for humankind.