It is quite easy to understand the reason for our own choices and preferences. It is far more difficult to empathize with another to discover and understand the reason for their choices and preferences. If we desire absolute freedom to live as we so wish without interference, we must desire absolute freedom for our brothers and sisters all over the world.
Peaceful people engage in decision making everyday based on complex criteria that only they can apprehend. We may have our provincial ideas about how others should live, but to endeavor to coercively impose our views onto them individually or via the guns of the State would be the very definition of slavery. That would make us the masters and them the slaves.
Most people are struggling in their own lives to discover how to live and what are the best choices to make. If we cannot know the optimal manner in which to live, to expect others to bend to our will about what is best for them would be the height of hubristic folly. The only logically consistent choice is absolute freedom for all without exception provided nobody is being aggressed upon. This is the essence of Free Market Capitalism and Voluntaryism.
Many people assert that we need government schools because otherwise children would not learn to read, write, or think critically. It is my contention that we are all born with the innate desire to learn. We are all born with the burning curiosity to explore the magnificent world around us. It is this curiosity that must be encouraged and fed. When a child proceeds through life with a passion for learning there is nothing that is impossible. The self-motivated autodidact is a force of nature. He is a supernova amongst dying stars.
It is not the specific bits of information that is important but rather that this flame of inquisitiveness is not snuffed out. Proceed evermore boldly into the darkness! When a child does not want to learn, nothing can convince him. When a child wants to learn, nothing can stop him!
Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. For this, the 100th episode, we were joined by our former co-host, Danilo Cuellar. Herein we discussed Danilo’s videos, crutch words vs. silence, how libertarianism is the best expression of love, recreational McNukes, action vs. theory, delusional victims of communism, Danilo’s recent guests. Trump related PTSD, rewriting Anatomy of the State for 6th graders, mocking LaBeouf, Andrei officially becoming a permanent member of SOL, divine Davespirations, and more!
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
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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