Why as an anarchist you may be as wrong as the statist you detest

It is a rare thing for a human to simply accept that they may be wrong. Most humans when faced with the idea that their beliefs are founded on misguided or incorrect principles will react violently. This does not mean they act violently, simply that most will become defensive and within the realm of digital or verbal interaction will go on the attack. IMG_00000005_edit

This is called cognitive dissonance, it is normal for most humans. The reason this occurs is that people who hold one belief very strongly and see another occurring that is inconsistent with their held beliefs experience a state of turmoil or extreme tension. We tend to spend our entire lives telling ourselves we have a purpose, we then invest much energy in beliefs that can sometimes be proven incorrect. This psychological impairment may occur regardless our approach. It has happened to myself more times then I can count or care to remember, though I have learned that even though I tend to initially reject something when it comes into conflict with strongly held beliefs I can overcome this by simply accepting that I am not capable of knowing everything.

Cognitive dissonance affects those who glorify the state and believe strongly in the need for government, it also affects those who reject this ideal. Spanking is bad, this is a known fact. Showing a child they are wrong by beating them is an idea engendered in the belief that might makes right. Consequences must be shown as the result of actions, this is the line most often used by those who continue to use corporal punishment with children. And yet the opposite side of this coin is that any type of restriction on our children is negative. This is also a flawed approach and has appeared and been perpetrated by those who verbally reject the state with the strongest of terms. Children are no different then any other animal young. They require some guidance and some liberty to thrive. Without guidance they can no more mature then if they are kept from experiencing anything. IMG_00005611_edit

Balance is required in all things, and once balance is approached and even achieved humans quickly discover that they are capable of exponential positive growth. Personally when I was apart of the system voluntarily I preached every false meme that exists to this day. I believed that we must fix the system, work within the system and more. I discovered I was wrong and overcame much inner turmoil to eventually reject it entirely. The result was that I embraced the opposite and became the evangelist of the anti-movement. This I discovered quite quickly was just as mistaken an approach as the earlier one. I had to discover that we are each of us individuals.

As humans and animals we band together for protection, companionship and because it is our base nature to do so. However, just like animals, I quickly found that the group regardless our approach to government tends to become more important to many then the individual. I discovered that while a village or tribe is a positive thing, it can quickly become a negative when those involved promote it over the needs of the individual. So began my journey (and continues still) to understand and embrace myself, my family and those around me solely as individuals. All of us different in our approach, all unique and most importantly all individuals. 1235940_10201302029286317_500341742_n

Now I understand that many will refuse to see that they may have cognitive dissonance, after all that is the core fundamental truth of this malady of the mind. However, if you have a nagging feeling that the belief you now embrace may not be complete or may in fact be wrong or if you find yourself rejecting all alternatives out of hand you are more then likely suffering from cognitive dissonance. After all, no path is the only path and no single path exists for all humans alike. I personally can be defined as an atheist, anarchist and individual. This does not mean I am right, simply that it is my path as I have chosen it.

It is my sincere belief that until we as humans experience inner turmoil and pain we cannot truly enjoy that which we obtain. Every human experiences external pain and inner turmoil regularly. Be it a result of relationships gone bad, physical pain or other forms of pain we all face trauma of some sort in our lives. It is this trauma regardless level inflicted that causes us to grow or fail intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. It is in our response that we choose growth or failure. wpid-IMG_00005229_edit.jpg

What has helped me to understand that the individual is most important is my close relationship with my children that has most helped me understand that there is no single path for any of us. My children are the products of their genetic code, surroundings and upbringing. Both are entirely different in almost every way, and yet both are quite similar in many ways. My suggestion for those in who believe that humans should be free is to learn the definition of freedom. Then embrace that definition for themselves, and anything that runs counter to that be it a group think approach or personal philosophy discard it.

Are you able to do this?

What is stopping you?

Ask yourself why, why, why, why and why again. Do this until you have stripped away all personal objections to the idea that you are currently in opposition with. Expose your raw emotions to the world, embrace them and help them heal without the additional scar tissue of flawed belief weighing you down. Most importantly, remember, what I say may be fundamentally true or it may be flawed. Above all be an individual and question everything even your own personal beliefs.

Free the mind and the body will follow

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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com 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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10 Responses to Why as an anarchist you may be as wrong as the statist you detest

  1. Allyne says:

    Perhaps you had it different than I did in cogelle, but this is my experience: I chose Geophysics as a major for several reasons. One was that I loved geology because I got to go on field trips a lot, camp, and have a great time, plus learn how the earth has deformed over time. Geophysics was just an extension of that a way to delve deeper into it. Plus, it sounded cool at parties. I had no idea what it was until i finally went on a geophysical field camp and then I learned about the field aspects of it, which were really cool. Unfortunately, I still did not know what it meant to have a real job in geophysics, and I didn’t learn that until I got an internship with an oil company my senior summer, and boy was it different from school!! I didn’t have to use equations or theory. I started over and learned everything from scratch and realized what I really needed on that job were social skills! I actually learned that I didn’t like working for an oil company due to the extensive amount of time spent inside the office, but by the time I received my M.S. I had so much debt from spending so much time in cogelle that I had to go where the money was.College is all about cramming for tests to get a passing grade, then forgetting what you learned. You are idealizing it too much. I got A’s and B’s in cogelle, but learned very little. Those things that I did retain were the life lessons I received from going through that whole experience. Lucky for you though, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to get a job as a geophysicist without a masters degree in a related field. So there are reasons to go to cogelle, but personally I think that institution needs an overhaul.Since cogelle I have been working at an oil company, moving up the ladder successfully, but I would have been happier if I had gone with something I was more passionate about from the beginning. Schools don’t teach you what it means to actually have a job in something. They are too pre-occupied with making sure you get through the textbook. With homeschool you can cater your program to the individual, making sure your child gets a good picture of furure possible jobs, and even trying some out. It would have been so wonderful to be able to do that before I got into debt, and before I made the decision to go into geophysics. One career fair once per year does not prepare you well enough for the real world.

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  6. It’s a life changing and liberating thing to learn that you don’t know everything and that you are not always going to be right. By keeping an open mind to new ideas instead of shutting them down we have an opportunity to grow.

    Talking to statists is of particular challenge. It’s important to step back and remove the pejorative connotation from the word ‘statist’ when you do. These people have been led to believe in government all their lives just like we were until we came out of it. Individualism breeds diversity and innovation.

    Government’s purpose, as I wrote in http://www.localvoluntary.com/2013/10/etymology-101-government/ is to throttle the progress of human consciousness. It flies directly in the face of individualism. And they do it under threat or execution of force, making slaves out of everyone.

    All we can do is continue to peacefully and gently guide people into an understanding that the only way there can be a just society is if it is voluntary. To help them, as Stefan Molyneaux has stated, to wake up. To see the farm is to leave it.

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    • My apologies for the delay in commenting, you will have immediate posting from here on- feel free to post more and I would love to have you write as well! Check out the awesome contest and prizes! 😉

      As for your comment, correct, we are all different. Thank you!

      Be free!

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  7. cavpatriot says:

    Well said Jesse. I struggle with this daily. And I continue to try to keep my mind open and accept that I just don’t know it all…lol!

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