Recently I wrote an article titled, when is intolerant behaviour aggression worthy of response? The response was about half and half, with most of the negative emails and comments regarding the article being a direct result of not understanding the definition of intolerance. As a constantly evolving individual who longs for total freedom I pursue and question everything I believe regularly. The use of the ultimatum is a popular one among freedom lovers and those who grasp on to whatever new fad exists within the counter culture movements circulating the globe.
People are often heard making brash all encompassing statements like, “You cannot be free unless you support (pick a big name in the movement).” Or a more popular one is, “I have to support those in the group I belong too, thats how we will gain our freedom!” Some of the statements are made with the utmost care, and yet they still end up being brash ultimatums that tend to only harm the very approaches we claim to support and promote. Another one that I have also indulged in is the “all badges and uniforms are evil by default.”
I believe that government/state as it is reflected in nations and the individual “states” within those nations are evil constructs that will almost always cause evil to individuals and freedom. Of course I also believe quite strongly that humans are naturally tribal animals, we enjoy and desire groups of like minds in our orbits. As a result while I hold firmly to the stance that government is wrong, I cannot say all government is evil because the word as it is commonly defined means, “the governing body of a nation, state, or community.” Take note of community, and remember, ALL organizations maintain some form of “governance” or “the action or manner of governing” in some form.
After all, organizations by default are, “an organized body of people with a particular purpose, esp. a business, society, association, etc.” Therefore if you belong to an organization and sign on to its charters, you are agreeing to adhere to the governing bodies decisions, approaches and designs. Obviously, this is WHY those like myself who prefer true self rule avoid belonging to anything that is not mutually beneficial and refuse on general principle to join various protests, groups and the like. I gladly and freely contribute for the benefit of others, however, I do not enjoy contributing my time and effort for others monetary benefit and then being thrown to the side when they are done milking me.
Regardless, the purpose of the article is to make a simple statement. Ultimatums truly have no real place in the realm of freedom. While the idea of arbitrary law enforcement and arbitrary authority and militarization of the globe is despicable and entirely wrong; those involved are still individuals. Some may have not been exposed to anything other then what they now believe. I truly detest those who are active voluntary contributors and understand the great evil they are promoting through that involvement. However, I also fully understand that not all humans can possibly see that something is wrong as we do. This is the beauty of the individual, being able to have varying approaches and beliefs.
As a result while I avoid and detest organizations of all types, I also have friends among all types of organizations and cannot make blanket statements regarding those involved without knowing them all as individuals. Yes police generally are rule following psychopaths for whom a day is not complete unless they have traded war stories about heads being “bumped” and “perps tripping.” I have had them in my family and know many personally, and with very few exceptions this really is standard off duty conversation.
On the same side of the equation there is the military side, those individuals who have been steeped in the lies regarding service and duty being equal to freedom. The endless war stories these men tell seems to calm their troubled souls, and yet, the pain at the actions they all know in their hearts were wrong continues to haunt their eyes. It is only with those who have never actually seen a man, woman or child human shot and killed or maimed in anger that continue to parade the ideal of nationalistic fervour around like a banner of freedom. Of course there are also those who are simply psychotic and for whom the pain inflicted on others is like a soothing lotion or oil would be for normals.
These psychopaths are the ones that society says we need the military and police to protect us from. Sadly, most of them inhabit positions of power or arbitrary authority. Regardless, not all are evil. So be careful when you make a statement and claim it as “truth” or “fact” when the subject of said ultimatum is human. We have to see all humans as individuals to truly believe and promote that to others. Do not be the typical ranting loon who makes broad claims or uses cherry picked facts and evidence to support broad claims. We all do it on occasion, I have and most I know have. It is human nature, we desire to grasp on to our beliefs and often are incapable of releasing them when proven wrong or in the face of additional information.
Be truly free by avoiding the trap of labelling others based on what the state or counter culture movements want. I will not deny that I am far more wary around badges and uniforms then I am around those who work the opposite side of that street. However, I cannot deny the possibility that individuals exist as badges and uniforms now.
Free the mind and the body will follow
- We need government because evil exists! (jessetalksback.com)
- Why as an anarchist you may be as wrong as the statist you detest (jessetalksback.com)
- What is Anarchism? (arbitraryauthority.com)
- Recruitment matters (governingmatters.wordpress.com)
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- Not fair! (andrewmuzychuk.wordpress.com)
- Merged Content From Simply Words (taggedboys.wordpress.com)
- The Intolerance Of The Tolerant (ifcrazyfitswearit.wordpress.com)
- Manufactured “victimization” as a political vehicle (jeff-goodall.com)