Memorial Day is a sad day

This holiday like so many other state approved and promoted holidays exists simply to stir the emotions of those who continue to adhere to the idea that government outside of ones town or tribe is necessary in any way. I will not spend my time today writing anti- individual material spawned of emotion against all soldiers and cops, rather, I will simply provide those who know government is bad, but still embrace the real brotherhood they have found in uniformed service to the state.

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It is a sad individual who has not experienced true brotherhood, that very real link between yourself and another forged through any number of events experienced throughout life. While self reliance and governance are indeed admirable traits, as humans it remains a necessary part of a healthy life to maintain or have solid relationships. The closeness one may find with those they are not involved romantically with is beneficial and strengthening to the individual. This alone is something to respect and at times remember, however, if ones death is cause to memorialize them over their lives, there is a real possibility that you are involved in a death cult.

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As an individual I enjoy quoting admirable individuals who with their lives and actions showed their absolute commitment to the pursuit of freedom or simply knowledge. I memorialize their lives, not deaths. Death in itself should never be cause for the promotion of the individual, as energy can be neither destroyed nor created it is how a life is lived that matters, not how someone passes into nonexistence as an entity.

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So it is with joy that I say, remember those who lived free, those who with their lives actually contributed to the ideals they embraced and promoted through word or deed. Remember those who you have fought next too, whether it be in state promoted wars of imperialism or in growing a garden when drought threatens. Embrace the life lived and promote the ideals embraced.

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It is not a uniform that makes a person special, rather it is what they do while in that uniform. Did they follow all orders given regardless morality of those orders or did they discard the uniform and disobey immoral orders given? What makes the uniformed individual a hero?

Free the mind, question everything, 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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