Promoting a future without needless violence

We are all animals, though human, we are still animals. As commonly defined, “a living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.” So why are humans so destructive of everything around them, or better yet, are we? 301870_4643987011244_1486831755_n

Humans are really quite simple creatures, the desire for food, a place to sleep and entertainment drives us to continuously create new ways to gain these things. For the past several millennia humans have embraced and done their best to ensure that government become a necessary innovation in their search for easier methods of acquiring what they desire. Unfortunately, this approach has merely benefited a select few while leaving most others scrabbling for the table scraps left over. Reliance on government as a beneficial organization meant to improve others lives has also ensured that needless violence continues unabated. 1495_4680580886068_1219184869_n

As a free thinking individual my daily goal is to promote a future without needless violence. Some claim this is an ideal that cannot occur, these same individuals claim that because there is so much evil in the world it could never occur. However, a few days in the woods, mountains, deserts and other relatively unpopulated areas of the globe will serve to show even the most ardent supporter of government that it does not have to be this way. Over the decades of my short life I have fed wild animals by hand, held wild birds of many species all of whom willingly sat upon my hands or shoulders. I have watched nature coexist and come to the realization that not only is a future without needless violence possible, it is necessary to the survival of the human species. 20131110-185926.jpg

Unfortunately, I live in a medium sized city of a little over one million humans. Cities are the invention of many animal species, ants, bees, termites and humans. The problem with humans is that cities were never used until governments began and arbitrary lines were drawn to represent individual nations. Prior to this humans were chiefly tribal in nature, whether they were farmers, herders or hunter gatherers they generally moved quite frequently with the weather. To this day there are still nomadic tribes that exist with a minimum of disruption within their natural environments. 533224_10201086335734113_466050843_n

Over the past century humankind has become more global in nature. Business is done globally with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of ability being shown. This move forward into a global society has caused governments to become more restrictive which in turn has resulted in massively increased needless death. By mixing in religious idealism whether it be a worship of the state or God of choice the people who drive the burden of labor have become mere automatons.

Children are educated starting at birth as to their position in society, they are told to obey uniforms and respect government. Without fail the vast majority of humankind follows blindly, obediently and by that virtue alone the idea that is government continues to hold dominance. People like myself are truly the minority, we are reviled by most and seen as threats by those in control. I embrace the label of threat to the state, after all, if I was not a threat then I would be a part of the problem.

Instead of striving to become a “leader,” by default a part of the problem, I have striven over the past years to find a way I can as a free individual contribute to peaceful solutions. Part of that solution is to enable other free individuals to defend themselves with beneficial approaches. Additionally my family and I attempt at every turn to reflect the values we believe in. We assist others, work with our neighbors and avoid confrontations as much as is possible. More importantly instead of protesting and petitioning we have instead taken it to our communities.

Something I learned at an early age while in foreign countries was that each society has its own perceptions and approaches as to what is proper living. I learned that it is better to learn those and adapt them to my own values then to bring my approaches and force them through blind ignorance onto others. I learned that in our nation there are many different cultures and as a result many different social circles. I learned how to work within those circles as part of the group then as an individual who desires only to be the “tourist.”

And so I offer the idea that as individuals we should at all costs avoid trapping ourselves in the false notion that a “nation, flag or government” matters. Rather we should embrace the idea that we are all individuals and as a result different. That we all have our own values as do those around us. And that most importantly we should never force or coerce others into accepting our  values, rather if we desire the acceptance of our values we should show others through our actions. Never using violence except as a defense, never promoting changing what is because we think it can be better but instead, showing others using our own land, houses and lives what we believe is better and allowing them to be individuals and think on their own.

Embrace the tribal approach, engage those who desire similar values to our own and never use force to gain others attention or acknowledgement. Stop following the many “leaders” that exist and learn to think on our own. Disagree with me, with them and do so using your very own arguments. Base your beliefs in whatever you desire, but most importantly, remember that no amount of destruction will ever endear others to you. It is only when others believe they are doing right, and do it, that you will see the changes necessary for humankind to have a future without needless violence.

Free the mind and the body will follow

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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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