What does it mean to be open-minded? Are all philosophies equally valid? Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong all had philosophies but millions of people died as a result. I would assert that some philosophies are demonstrably false and others outright destructive. The validity of morality and economics, like mathematics, is determined by the application of basic principles. These are the tools one must use to make sense of a world of conflicting ideologies. Principles must be universalizable, reproducible, and logical for them to be valid. They are not contingent upon feelings, emotions, the weather, religion, age, place of birth, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. This would place them in the category of beliefs.
Most action originates from thought. All the wealth that has been created was first the incorporeal contemplation of an intrepid individual who dared to imagine a better world. It takes supreme courage to proclaim, “I want to improve the world for my brothers and sisters by serving them!” The power of ideas can never be underestimated. It is only by the steady refinement of our intellect that civilization has been conceivable. Celebrate the principles and ideas that have made progress possible, nay inevitable!
If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.
In this 2nd episode of the Philosophy of Voluntaryism we discuss the importance of peace.
-Peace is not the goal; it is the means
-Do people know beyond sentiment what they are seeking in life, in terms of freedom?
-How the world was built by peaceful interactions spackled with violent moments.
-Nescience is not limited to ‘statists’ alone; liberty advocates still have so much to learn.
-Government exists to provide peace and security, but its means do not line up with its goal.
-Dumping knowledge to convert people is just another tactic equivalent to point a gun or threatening eternal damnation, but with the focus of immediate intellectual intimidation to cow.
Peace is a popularly invoked concept. It is discussed or raised from everyone to beauty pageant contestants to United Nations speakers and the war torn lands of Somalia to the creators of youtube content. Peace is important, but what is it?
There is more to peace than it being the end game. Peace is a means to an infinite number of ends. Peace is the multipurpose tool for the cognitively advanced mind which understands why it places value upon itself and why others place value upon themselves. Peace is the amplifier of positivity, productivity, and creativity.
Where the old adage of ‘Necessity is the Mother of all Invention,’ is commonly known, Peace is the platform from which she creates everything to perfection and beyond. Think of peace as if it were the work shop for all your wood crafting needs. Inside there are people with all kinds of skill sets ranging from medical care to artisan wood craftsman to an executive producer for million dollar movie making.
All of these people are there to help you make possible anything from a simple pine birdhouse to a fully transformable oak bench into a full picnic table with cup holders. Everyone gains by respecting the value one places upon themselves and has the potential to add to whatever wood working project you desire to create. But without that respect of value, without that peace, none of it will be possible.
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Many people see injustice in the world and vigorously seek to remedy it. They travel to far away distant lands to right some of the myriad wrongs daily committed. While this is certainly commendable, I believe there is a far better way to improve the world. It is far easier to direct, command, and micro-manage other people. It is far easier to tell them how they should live their lives according to our provincial understanding of their experience. It is far more difficult to recognize the faults and imperfections in one’s own character and strive to remedy that. If you truly want to improve the world, present it with one thoroughly improved unit, yourself. Do not ask that others emulate your life, rather endeavor to live a life worthy of emulation. People recognize value when they see it.
Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
The crowning achievement of civilization is the power of human mind. It is the greatest tool and natural resource available to us. It is what transforms every other natural resource available to us. It is what has lifted us out of the Dark Age of fear, abject poverty, shortened life spans, and high infant mortality. Through the cumulative ingenuity of countless intrepid entrepreneurs and inventors, Free Market Capitalism has provided an abundance of wealth that has catapulted our comfort and standard of living into the stratosphere. Our lives are no longer threatened by trivial infections or the natural world.
The only remaining threat to our existence is our own rigid authoritarian dogma. We are held back by those individuals who obstinately to cling to barbaric notions of domination and violence. The power hungry control freaks clamor incessantly about the need to be afraid of your neighbor, this religion, or that group. They declaim that the only panacea is to give them more currency and more power over your life. They are the horse and buggy carriage that vainly endeavors to rationalize its existence in a world of spacecrafts and Maglev trains. Its irrelevancy is becoming more apparent with each glorious innovation. In a world of bustling productivity, it is not necessary to fight evil with violence. Simply strip it of its power by inundating it with a tsunami of innovation. It will be unable to stand its ground and will be forced to retreat back into the abyss from whence it emerged, utterly defeated without a shot fired.