An individual, a single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family. This is what I define myself as. Others have classified me as an atheist, anarchist, racist, bigot, anti-government and more. However, I am simply an individual. I do not desire to be classified among any attempted segregation regardless the reasoning behind it. I detest the constant attempts by others to classify the individual, as if the individual may fit in a box of their making. The only box we can ever truly fit in is the one we build for ourselves if we so desire it.
This approach by myself leads to many attempts to show me that I am wrong. The thing is, I appreciate and embrace the town/tribal approach. I simply avoid any attempt to incorporate that into more then a mutually beneficial group of supportive individuals. This is a simplified approach to the more complex desire to define every area of our lives and surroundings regardless are ability to understand that which we are defining. Yes, I am well aware of the numerous supposed logical issues this approach can bring up.
Lets take a look at why I believe this way.
Modern social approaches fluctuate wildly between extremes and rarely rest in a comfortable middle ground. The supporters of any particular social approach or theory will give you a multitude of reasons why their approach is the valid one and all others fail. I would rather show you why I believe this way and then let it go. After all it is not for me to tell anyone why they are wrong or right. I will of course live according to my moral compass, however, I believe that I should not coerce or force anyone else into believing as I do.
When as an individual I realized that might cannot ever make right, I was presented with an enormous amount of guilt and self realization regarding my life. The guilt is gone as it was the product of my own imagination. The self realization continues to this day. The importance of understanding myself and embracing that on a rational level versus simply the feel good approach taken by so many these days was realized. On one level I am Jesse, my species is human and in that respect I am like all other humans. I have a name and am human.
However, this alone does not present a box sufficient to prevent me from being an individual. My skin tone ranges from white to tanned depending on time of year and amount of outdoors activity I engage in. My hair is greying and began as a white blond turning darker as the years progress. My eyes are either a light blue or deep blue again dependant on my moods and how I feel at the moment. The physical me is human, Caucasian.
My ancestry is a small range of bloodlines, chiefly among those Scottish then Norwegian and so on. I was born in Illinois right next to the Fox River in down-town Aurora. I was raised in several places and ended up in Arizona. I have travelled to exotic, beautiful locations and will someday return to live or visit again. My parents raised me with Daystar Pentecostal leanings religiously, Republican proclivities politically and as staunch a pro-war, cop loving statist as you could get. I moved out of the house at 18 and began experimenting with religion, politics and life. I never really drank or drugged as much as some may have but decidedly more then some have.
I gravitated to the democratic party for a short amount of time and made my way through the Wesleyan Charismatic types eventually ending up in the Calvinist Reformed camp. Over the first two decades of my life I virtually memorized the bible and still own over a dozen different translations as well as various academic translations of various important scrolls and scripts that are used to support the religion of Christianity. I studied the history of the religion itself and its various divisions from the original Catholic church to the modern example of that. I studied the Gnostics and Montanists and Arianists, I read through every available historical figures writings in this regards as well; Josephus, Tacitus, Arian, Heroditus and more.
With time I eventually discarded the belief in a myth as being of any importance in my life or as related to my personal decisions. I studied further still, engaging in various programs of interest and even took trips to view and copy down manuscripts and more. My studies soon incorporated every major religion and many minor ones in a search for truth. With this approach to religion came a change regarding politics. I became disengaged and less interested, apolitical if you will. Eventually I found myself in the company of avowed atheists and soon libertarians of the voting stripe. I again re-engaged in politics and did so with a firm belief that somehow my voice and vote actually mattered to others, especially those in power.
I made it through the years of changing from one belief to an opposite one without being killed. Sadly my desire to show others the new and wondrous things I had discovered cost me relationships and more. Again I learned from this, I learned that no one can be or should be forced to believe, accept or use any approach by anyone regardless of our desire for them to do so. I learned that in the anarchist world and the statist world many are incapable of understanding who the individual is. I learned that the group rarely grows into a benevolent organization and will almost always grow into something negative for some.
More importantly my journey showed me that we are all humans and all individuals. We all have our own desires, needs and wants. Regardless what we as humans tend to do as individuals this may change at any given moment. I learned that core values are taught during our youth, honesty, integrity and more. However, they are really practiced or lost when we become our own individuals away from our parents. There is nurture and nature, protecting and backing off and most importantly there is no one set way for all individuals. I learned that there is indeed evil in the world, but that there is far more good. I learned that becoming attached to one method in all things is a fast path to self destruction just as promoting the group over the individual or rather promoting the idea of the group and forgetting the individual as so often occurs even in the anarchist community.
This, my journey, this is why I believe in the individual and voluntary human interaction.
A simple thing, voluntary human interaction. And yet by itself it covers all laws dedicated to preventing or punishing harmful behaviour. By itself it covers the NAP or non aggression principle. By itself this belief in voluntary human interaction covers everything that people try to legislate, write endless articles and books about and drone on ceaselessly in self promoting narcissism.
Voluntary human interaction.
What do you believe?
Free the mind and the body will follow
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- You cannot be truly free until you are capable of thinking for yourself (jessetalksback.com)
- The Human Strong Interaction (haizheng.wordpress.com)
- Religion and Human Rights: The challenges of universalism and cultural particularism (religionfactor.net)
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- Humanity Is My Religion (alrasub.com)
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