Why I’ve Just About Given Up On People

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this in previous essays, but I consider life to be a journey that begins the day we’re born, and ends the day we pass on. While we may not have any say regarding the date of our birth or death, we have plenty of say regarding what happens in between those two dates. Therefore, the argument could be made that, when we reach the end of our journey, who and what we are is the sum total of every choice we’ve ever made.

Before I continue with that train of thought I’d like to speak, for a few moments, about this mistaken belief that social justice warriors have; that we’re all entitled to equality in life…in all things. I don’t know where they get that ridiculous idea; unless they are misinterpreting what the Declaration of Independence means when it says that all men are created equal.

If we are all created equal, in all things, then how come some people grow up to be short while others grow up to be tall? How is it that some are capable of incredible feats of strength, or skill, while others can’t even climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath? If you, or I for that matter, are as equal as people say, why can’t we run a four-minute mile, or bench press twice our body weight? If we’re all equal, why aren’t we fluent in four languages, or capable of solving complex mathematical equations?

I think that many want equal results without having to expend an equal amount of effort to attain those results. A perfect example of this is how people are paid in a work environment where a union exists. I worked in a union plant for 16 years, and I was getting the same pay as was some newly hired person; sometimes doing twice…three times as much work as they did. They wanted the same pay I was getting, and would have screamed bloody hell if they didn’t get it, but they weren’t willing to put forth the same amount of effort to earn that pay.

I accept the fact that the body I was given has certain limitations; that I’ll never have the skill to play tennis as good as those on the pro tour, or that I’ll never play a musical instrument with the same degree of proficiency as Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page. Does this upset me, do I clamor for the same pay as those who can? No, I do the best with what I’ve been given, and accept the path my life has taken.

Getting back to where I started, I believe that I am who I am, with whatever limitations and skills I may possess; and I don’t believe that I’m entitled to anything that I haven’t earned on my own. I believe that the equality that is referred to in the Declaration of Independence is the ability to choose for myself the path my life will take. Who and what I am at the time of my death is going to be the result of the choices I have made, and I alone will be responsible for who that person is.

If you are not free to make your own choices in life, if those choices are made for you by others, how can you truly claim that you are free? It is that ability to choose for ourselves that makes life worth living, isn’t it? Yet, there are those who do not believe that as we are free to choose for ourselves, we must also be shouldered with the responsibility of accepting the consequences when we choose unwisely. In Season 1 of the TV series Westworld, there is a scene when the creator of Westworld, played by Anthony Hopkins, tells Bernard: Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool – mistakes.

If you take away our ability to choose for ourselves, and learn from the mistakes we make, then not only have you enslaved us, you have stagnated our learning; our progression as a species. Allow me to provide an analogy to explain what I mean by that. Let’s say a child is born in a lab setting somewhere, and throughout that child’s early life they are brought pre-prepared meals to eat and their every need is taken care of by those working in the laboratory. Then, upon reaching adulthood, that child is released into the world to fend for itself.

Could that individual cook for them self? Could it find a job, wash their own clothes? It may learn to do those things, but it would be a traumatic experience nonetheless; all because it had never been taught how to accept responsibility for its own wants and needs; how to learn from mistakes it might make. What had happened is that this child had become dependent upon those who provided for its wants and needs; much as we today have become dependent upon government to provide for our wants and needs when we fail to do so, or are unwilling to do so for ourselves.

People talk about freedom a lot, but they are repeating what they’ve been taught without ever actually knowing what true freedom is. In fact, most people today would not be able to survive in an environment where true freedom existed; they need the safety net that society/government provides them should they fail, or make bad choices in life.

Thomas Jefferson spoke of that when he wrote: Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. I hate to come across as condescending, but I often wonder if people understand the meaning of some of the words found in the quotes I use; which is why I often provide the definition for them. Subservience, or to be subservient, is one such word. To be subservient means to be useful in a lower capacity, to be submissive to someone in a position of authority; to be subordinate.

So, when Jefferson says that dependence begets subservience, he is saying that when you become dependent upon something, you become the servant of those who provide for whatever benefit/service that entity provides you; which goes against all we are taught about how government exists to SERVE us. Noted statesman Daniel Webster once described that phenomenon as follows: There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

Whenever you give up the ability to choose for yourself, or expect others to make those choices for you so that you don’t, you give up your freedom; or as I prefer to call it, liberty. We Americans, and this is speaking in general terms, have been conditioned to accept this state of existence; told that it is normal; when the truth is, it is far from normal.

In Chapter II of his Second Treatise, John Locke describes the ‘natural’ state of man as being: a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.

I have been told that to hope for such a condition is futile; that it will never exist. Possibly, but the closer to that state of existence we are, the better off we would be; at least that’s how I see things. I tend to see things from an anarchist point of view. Now I know that a lot of people confuse anarchy with chaos, and that’s understandable; it’s what you’ve been taught. But true anarchy simply means to be without leaders; responsible for your own wants/needs, while being respectful of the rights and property of others.

Unfortunately, we keep moving farther and farther away from that, becoming more dependent, more subservient, with each passing day. Again, quoting from Jefferson: The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. It has gotten to the point that people today fear the idea of being free, and those who seek freedom are deemed as a threat.

It’s funny how books and movies are often years ahead in warning us of the dangers we face. Look at Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four; he tried to warn us of the dangers of an all-powerful Big Brother type government; yet we ‘chose’ to let it happen anyway. Then there was the 1969 film Easy Rider, that portrayed two bikers who tried to find the freedom this country was supposed to represent. There is one scene in particular from that movie that gets me every time I watch it. The scene occurs as Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper are sitting around a campfire, and goes as follows:

Nicholson: Oh no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Hopper: What the hell’s wrong with freedom, man? That’s what it’s all about.

Nicholson: Oh yeah, that’s right, that’s what it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it – that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. ‘Course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom, but they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.

Hopper: Mmmm, well, that don’t make ’em runnin’ scared.

Nicholson: No, it makes ’em dangerous.

In 1944 noted Judge, Billings Learned Hand, delivered a speech in New York in which he said: I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.

People fear liberty for any number of reasons. They fear it because it takes away the comfort of having to not earn that which they need to sustain their existence. They fear it because it imposes upon them the responsibility of defending themselves. Therefore, those who seek a life in which they can exercise their rightful liberty pose a threat to them, and when those who crave subservience become the majority, those who seek liberty are always, and I repeat, ALWAYS the objects of persecution.

People today vote, without knowing the true purpose their government should serve; that being the preservation of their rights and liberty. They hope/expect that those they elect will do what is best for them, but they rarely take the time to pay any attention to what these elected officials are doing, and how what they do restricts the rights and liberty of everyone under their jurisdiction. Then, to make matters worse, they idolize and support those who enforce the laws that deprive them of their unalienable right to be free from unjust authority.

It is a universal paradox that government exists to secure the rights and liberty of the governed, yet as long as government exists, those rights and that liberty is in peril. Allow me to explain that. If our rights and liberty are in constant peril, precipitating the need for a government to secure them, where does the danger to them come from? The answer, other people. Yet, what is government if it is not a group of people who have been given power to enact laws that the governed must obey. So, if our rights and liberty are in peril from other people, the solution is to give other people power, and expect that they will not succumb to its allure and abuse that power and deny or restrict the very things they were given power to secure.

I think Thomas Jefferson understood this, which is why he said: The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

We cannot eliminate the threat to our rights and liberty; not without killing off every human being beside ourselves. So, the only way to preserve our them is to resist all encroachments upon them. James Madison, the so-called Father of our Constitution, declared this to be the ‘first duty’ of every citizen. In his Memorial and Remonstrance, Madison put it this way: Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.

Patrick Henry was a bit more direct: Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force: Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

This Covid thing has shown many how power hungry their elected officials have become; especially those at the state level in states like California and Washington. Currently, Gavin Newsom is fighting the fight of his life to hold on to his job, as a recall election is scheduled for just over a week from now; with a plethora of candidates seeking his seat in Sacramento. Only a couple of them, though, do not support the Draconian steps undertaken to wage war against the Covid virus; meaning that even if Newsom is tossed out on his ass, there’s a chance that we won’t see the restrictions upon our lives and liberty lessen any.

What people fail to realize is that it wasn’t Newsom, or even the mayors of each city, that made life a living hell here. Sure, they may have decreed that you wear a mask, that you shut down your business, that you stay inside your homes, but it was THE PEOPLE who obeyed those mandates, AND, for the most part, it was law enforcement that made sure those who disobeyed were punished.

It’s not just this Covid thing, any law enacted by any body of men calling themselves a government, needs an enforcing arm; some group of people to make sure that others obey the laws they pass. Without LAW ENFORCEMENT, the laws they enact amount to nothing better than suggestions. Try carrying a gun openly in public without a permit, if you don’t believe me; even though permits are not required to exercise unalienable rights. Do that and see how quickly before these LAW ENFORCERS descend upon you like a swarm of ants attracted to the scent of honey. It matters little how hard you argue that it is your right, and that rights do not require permission to exercise, to them you are breaking THE LAW, and it is their duty to uphold THAT LAW; even though, by doing so they become tyrants as well.

That is the case with every law, every ordinance, every written; it needs an enforcement mechanism to make sure the governed obey. However, this Covid thing has taken it to a whole new level; a level that concerns me, and causes me to doubt that there is any hope for our future. If this Covid scandemic has shown me anything, it has shown me three things:

-How far government (state & federal) is willing to go to deprive us of our rights…

-How easily people can be manipulated by fear…

-How quickly people will turn against those who do not obey the dictates of those they trust to eliminate the cause of their fear…

In short, it has shown me who my enemies are. I gotta say this for it though, if the shit ever hits the fan and blood starts flowing in the streets, our enemies will be easy to spot; they’ll either be wearing a uniform or a face mask.

Although I don’t see it happening, not with the massive compliance to authority that people have shown so far, but we could turn the tide if there was a monumental shift in the attitudes of people; if they simply began disobeying the laws that violated their rights, and the rights of those they disagree with. Like I said, it could happen, but I don’t see it happening; the odds of that level of civil disobedience are astronomical. In fact, you probably have a much better chance of winning the lottery every week for the rest of your life; people are too conditioned to obey, even if it means that by doing so they are accepting the fact that their rights and liberty can be taken from them by the decree of other men; which is admitting that they have no rights and liberty they can call their own; which is the status of a slave!

We, and I’m referring now to those who love and cherish their liberty, are an endangered species. There are those who may not like many of the things their government (state & federal) does, but they are unwilling to admit that it is not political parties, it is government itself that is the source of their woes. They may resist certain intrusions upon their freedom; as long as it comes from the other party; but when their party is in control they turn a blind eye to its incursions upon their rights; proving to me that the preservation of the rights and liberty of everyone is not their primary concern when voting.

If you recall, a few moments ago I provided that Jefferson quote about dependence begetting subservience; well, I’d like to leave you with a final quote along those same lines. This particular quote comes from the Scottish jurist Alexander Fraser Tytler, and states: Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

I fear we are in the final stage of that progression, and that soon we will return to a state in which we have no rights and freedom at all unless we comply with every rule handed down to us by those who are supposed to be our public servants. Those of us who only seek liberty for ourselves are slowly being squeezed out of our ability to exist by all the vaccine mandates. In some instances, we cannot work if we are not fully vaccinated. In other instances, we cannot obtain medical attention without being vaccinated. Soon, I fear, we won’t be allowed to leave our homes without our vaccine papers. The sad thing is, those of you who support these restrictions will say it is for the public good that we be imprisoned in our own homes. That is the saddest thing of all, for it provides the answer to a question Thomas Jefferson once asked: Can it be believed that a grateful people will suffer [individuals] to be consigned to execution, whose sole crime has been the developing and asserting their rights?

Congratulations America, you’ve taken the liberty bequeathed to us by our ancestors and taken us right back into the cesspool of tyranny and oppression. You may fear me, and people like me, but we despise you for what you’ve allowed to happen. And, if there is any justice, either in this life or the one that follows, it will not be us who are punished for allowing God’s gift of liberty to be taken away without a fight. Your argument that it was all for the overall public good will hold no water when you are found to have bequeathed slavery onto your posterity.

Ponder that!

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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