Thinking ‘outside of the box’ is often touted as a good way to create solutions and overcome barriers. Sounds good until you try it. If it were an easy process, there would be a lot more creative and responsible ideas put forth and nurtured. As it is, there are frequent limitations placed on this out of box, deviate from the normal thinking. Occasionally, you might be celebrated, especially if there’s monetary reward. It’s also possible you might not be recognized within your lifetime as someone gifted with extraordinary thought or perhaps your desire to include yourself with those that do.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
Sometimes when the status quo is challenged, especially civil (or not so civil) authority, the consequences redound to discredit the individual who dares challenge that authority. It’s not a given, those who think radically are the best voices from which to listen, rather its a collection of ideas over time that have proven themselves to be so masterful and valuable. Failure to listen and follow some of these ideas usually results in a litany of negative consequences.
To start out, I want to say, I’m not against government or necessarily people in authority. I realize in the practical sense it’s necessary to have organization for the protection and welfare of a large group of people. The areas I find the most difficult to accept or support are absolute authority, intolerance to individual liberty, and manipulation of public behavior through taxation or use of force. If you watch this video, I think you’ll understand many of my ideas support us as free and independent people capable of making choices for ourselves. It sometimes is necessary however, we must suffer consequences of those choices.
I think the following quotes explain it better than I.
“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” ~ Edmund Burke
Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security. ~ Edmund Burke
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. ~ Edmund Burke
The ideas she talks about in this video are similar to the ones written into our Constitution. It was assumed by the framers and openly expressed, individuals had a right to freedom, including property rights and the right to redress wrongs through legal recourse. It placed the rights of the individual as first and government second. The Constitution was written so that a genuinely informed population could continue to enjoy their lives free from government interference or egregious taxation. Each of us were to worship as we please, associate with those we want and pursue activities within protective boundaries placed on it by society.
This Constitution is now frequently called antiquated, out of step with current needs. There’s even programs within elementary schools which direct children to rewrite it as they see it needs to be. They’re not taught to understand what these words meant or the context, instead the language is altered in interpretation to portray it as something entirely different. Government is elevated to the status of supreme law giver and dispenser of rights, a sort of modern man interpretation of a savior of mankind.
It’s an upside down or completely backward way of looking at what constitutes inalienable rights. Those are rights which can’t be handed out or dispensed by government. When the government seeks to usurp those rights or assume it has the right to manipulate those rights in any form or limit as they see fit based on the power they hold, that’s when someone like this young woman find themselves an ‘outlaw’, because truly the law has deviated so far from original protective boundaries, it makes good people and individual thinkers outside of the law.
What it comes down to is understanding the rules from left or right political philosophies seldom recognize the rights of the individual and are merely another form of control. When government uses force to usurp the rights of the individual, passes laws and mandates heavy taxation to punish those it dislikes and rewards those that it finds agreeable to their whims, then you know they have strayed from their proper limits. At this point, ordinary people become outlaws and are classified as criminals. So if being in the main stream or patriotic by paying high taxes and blindly following orders is your view of what’s right, then this post as well as this video may be unfamiliar or ‘outside the scope of your understanding’.
- The history of the left-right divide: A centuries-old argument defines our politics, and offers a way forward (salon.com)
- Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet (bookscircle.wordpress.com)
- A Leader’s Mature Judgment (charliewingard.com)