“In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. ‘Do it,’ says the king, ‘for I am your lawful ruler.’ ‘Do it,’ says the priest, ‘for I command you in the names of the Gods.’ ‘Do it,’ says the rich man, ‘and all this gold shall be yours.’ So tell me – who lives and who dies?” – A Clash of Kings.
The America government has been tarnished from years of abuse. It has distorted the value of freedom. Through public schools, crappy media outlets, and whatever else they have control over, the American government has successfully convinced its citizens freedom does not matter. Consequently, the American people no longer believe in freedom.
The American way of life used to mean freedom and responsability. Today, it means student loan debt, credit card debt, and perpetually renting only to buy a home the bank really owns. American people should be outraged, but today, taxation without representation is only relevant when discussing the American Revolution.
It is so important that Americans rediscover value in our lives. There is a reason that there is an aura of discontent around this country. It is particularly visible within our youth, and that discontent is a direct response to the shriviling control millienials have to make choices for their own lives. We millenials no longer choose college, we have to go to college. We cannot choose to enter the workforce immidiately after high school, we have no choice but to take on $30,000 student loan debt in order to get an entry-level position. We also have no choice to but to delay positive choices, such as marriage, investing in small business, starting a family, or buying a first home.
There can be no value where there is no choice, and where there is no choice there is no freedom. [If America does not wake up soon we will become more and more divideded, at odds over with each other over surface issues while the real culprits profit off of our diverted attention.
The first question that every American needs to ask themselves now is, “Where do we American citizens get our rights?” We tend to believe the government is the pinnacle of society but I will give you a hint, our rights do not come from the government. Our rights do not even come from the Constitution. Unfortunately, the warning from part of our Founding Fathers has proven true. We are told that the rights we have are those explicitely stated in the Constitution or those told to us by the Supreme Court. This has distorted the meaning and purpose of the Constitution into a document that gives American’s our rights, when in reality the opposite is true: The Constitution was created to limit the Government. It is incredibly sad that it now being used to limit our feedom.
We are so often looking for our white horse in this country. A hero that will fight for our rights, protect the poor, take care of the old, raise our children, etc, that we no longer see that that hero is each one of us! Each American has to stand up and DO this, not vote for somebody to do this, not pass off the burden to our government. Yet many American’s would trade their freedom for responsabilities that belong to us as inividuals. Thomas Jefferson enlightended citinzery quote
Remember the riddle at the begining? If you ask any American that riddle I wonder what they would respond? The answer would tell us a lot about that person. They could say they would slay all but the priest, signaling someone who puts power in faith and religion. Or they could leave the rich man, for a little bit of money. I suspect most Americans would do it for the King, since in America the idea of government includes the voice of the people. One would hope that in the land of the free the answer would be none of them. And I would bet that the American that answers in such a way knows where her rights come from.
In an ideal would, all three should be able to live, since we live by way of rights and not by power. The man has no need to choose any one of them, because the power of all three is limited. The only way that the sellsword would have to chose, would be based on the illusion of power that one of the other three possess. The sellsword would have to forget his rights and believe the illusion of someone else’s authority over herself. The delicate balance between power and the illusion of power and the wisdom that dispells the illusion are paramount to a free society. It is why the right to bare arms is so intrinic to the American way of life.
Humans are born with all of their rights, it is only when other humans interfere that their rights that they are dimished. For all the debate between Locke and Hobbes over the nature of humanity and the need for a Leviathan, we fail to realize that intrinsic good in humanity is secondary to the humanity’s right to choose. Projecting any good or bad from any individual’s choice is as fruitless as debating the virtue of a parasite. We don’t speak of any parasite as being morally good or bad, but as an organism that’s purpose is to survive. The beauty of humanity is that humanity so naturally strives for good. If a communities is alowed to care for eachother, they will. This is seen in communities around the world. Sadly, it is ony when humans surrender their rights, and no longer have the freedom to chose to care, that humanity is exposed to the worst depravity.
P.S. America is the First Country founded on the Principle of Freedom, that is American exceptionalism