What’s the ultimate question?
Barry Bright Jan. 16 – 17, 2018
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Real courage is found, not in the willingness to risk death, but in the willingness to stand, alone if necessary, against the ignorant and disapproving herd. — Jon Roland, 1976
What’s the ultimate question for any thinking tool-using monkey or biological robot?
Once I read about a guy who instead of the usual mindless yuck he’d ask a female he was interested in “What’s your philosophy of life?”
I may have tried that long ago but the memory of whatever result ensued has faded. Suffice to say I’m not married, never was in this incarnation and likely never will be.
Now this one is not the same I’d have written probably even a decade ago, much less when I was dabbling in some dating scene. Who knows, if I breathe this planet’s air long enough I may come back later and edit it a little. I reserve that right.
So here we go:
The quest for human liberty is the ultimate enlightenment.
It’s never over, nirvana will never be reached. Instead we pound on earthly and heavenly gates and demand an answer from those who will likely always resist us with every fiber of their being for as long as they think they can rule over us.
I like what Mencken wrote:
We are born with natural rights. Those who deny this are dangerous liars.
Once we decide we aren’t born with natural rights then we cross over into the other arena, the one where someone gets to decide who will be master.
History shows there’s always someone willing to hold a sword to your throat or stick a gun to your head to prove they are fit to do so because they are willing to expend the force necessary.
Human kind will not be free until those who claim to desire freedom are willing to match and overcome that force.
Those who lie for personal power are the least trustworthy of all creatures.
I was raised to be painfully honest and took it in to the point that I couldn’t understand when the one who taught me such would tell ‘white lies’ like “She’s not fat, she’s just fleshy,” or “Looks don’t matter,” and other such hogwash.
A favorite author of mine defined it very well:
“Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.” – Frank Herbert
Yet I understand that life is war no matter how much we lie to ourselves about this reality. War should be waged against those who are seeking to kill or enslave you and those you care about. Really. I wouldn’t lie about that.
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Don’t lie without a real or ‘moral’ reason and don’t tolerate those who do.
Tolerate even less those who lie in the name of enslaving those around them in some version of authoritarianism or another. In fact those creatures should be hunted but there are no men in this country anymore.
I recognize the greatest threat to our property rights are the communists(or environmentalists and myriad other cute names they tagged themselves with to hide their evil) and other authoritarian types in our governments.
I think the Libertarians have it right when they claim one has done no wrong unless they have harmed another or their property.
But I also think of the scene from Les Misérables when the guy steals a loaf of bread because he’s hungry and pays a horrible price for it. I had a friend who was railroaded into a federal penitentiary because he had stolen less than a 100 bucks worth of groceries as a youth, later in life possessed a CCW in Kentucky, which means he passed a ‘background check,’ yet was prosecuted by the BATF Nazis because he owned guns.
Don’t steal unless you have no choice.
But don’t let those who claim ‘moral authority’ over you catch you and try to avoid getting your allies caught up in their web. Those who claim ‘authority’ are usually those who are willing to exercise the force to establish and maintain it, either with a ballot or a bullet via a proxy.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.”
– attributed to Gen. George Washington
(But it’s true even if Jim the janitor said it. And it’s probably the one quote that really opened my eyes and changed my life.)
As a general rule I’m against torture in any form for any reason.
But I can envision myself in some desperate situation whereby it might seem necessary as a short term solution to gain information to save lives. I don’t think waterboarding is a good thing but it pales in comparison to what used to pass for torture and still does in many parts of the world much less what the average ‘christian’ thinks its not-so merciful god will do to those who don’t choose to be its mindless slaves.
Since I think the ‘golden rule’ is in general a good but incomplete idea and since I have no desire to enslave others and torture those who don’t want to be my slaves I could never follow the mainstream ‘christian’ god. At the end of the day I’m just not capable of being that mindless.
If someone wants you to ‘fear’ them they’re not your friend, they’re your bully.
I was also one of those kids who often felt ‘picked on’ and really was never taught how to deal with bullies or never learned as a kid because I was an only child and didn’t have to deal with siblings always screwing with me.
But if someone is threatening to torture you for not being a good slave they don’t love you, don’t like you and don’t respect you as a human being. It considers you to be a slave.
For over 200 years we’ve had a Bill of Rights that forbids cruel and unusual punishment yet millions are incapable of understanding what that means. Believing in such as the above is condoning it. It can mean nothing else. So we still exist in a very dark and dangerous age.
So I’ll leave it at this:
Don’t be unnecessarily cruel.
Which means in part I’d never walk up to someone and without real cause say something like, “God you’re an ugly walrus.”
But then I won’t be pc’d into calling such ‘beautiful’ either. I can’t even lie when someone shows me a picture of an ugly baby or kid. I usually just keep my mouth shut. Like when some guy is bragging about his girlfriend. I always wait till I’ve at least seen a picture to pass judgment.
If you can’t be ‘nice’ at least be civil.
So a lot of the time I end up being civil, if I can. Commies on fakebook and other internet comment sections don’t count. They don’t deserve any respect. All they have to do is follow my links and give up their evil ways.
If you don’t stand for something, you’re just another herd animal. But ‘standing for something’ doesn’t mean you claim you ‘care’ without real action or time and effort invested.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Being ‘judgmental’ is not good. Having no judgment is deadly.
That one should stand on its own. If not read this.
It’s always amazed me how sheeple can do such amazingly stupid things and fully expect you to participate in their behavior.
Sometimes you must speak out and refuse to cooperate no matter the cost.
That goes no matter what crowd of authoritarians one finds oneself hanging out with, whether they‘re trying to get you to lie about birth defects and/or mental illness, pledge ‘allegiance’ to a piece of cloth that hasn’t flown for Liberty in a long time or ‘stand up’ for some god that’s going to ‘save’ you from its own threat of torture.
Don’t understand that one? Then you definitely need this one:
Willful ignorance/apathy is the habit of the herd.
We’re all born ignorant. Not trying to relieve ourselves of our natural born ignorance is the greatest sin, if indeed there is such a thing as sin. Sin was actually the name of some ancient moon god.
Long ago someone wanted a ‘new cave order’ so they declared themselves ‘chief’ or ‘shaman’ or the ‘son of god’ or even ‘god’ incarnate or ‘appointed by god’ and proceeded to roll their version of malefactors around in their fire for not going along with the right ‘idea’ of who should be in charge or whose ‘morality’ should hold sway or simply who should own the slaves and collect the taxes.
Ideas are everything.
OK. That can mean ‘philosophies.’ They are what we guide our own existences with. We have a right to defend them but not to force them on others, unless (see above) those others are truly harming others or their property.
“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns,
why should we let them have ideas?” – Josef Stalin
But civilizations are based on ideas which means there has to be at least some ‘agreement’ on what the best ‘ideas’ or laws are, right?
Our imperfect Founders came up with a system that allegedly slowed down the process of government and acknowledged our natural born rights to hunt them to extinction if they overstepped their bounds. Those who deny this are the liars mentioned above.
We live in a representative republic and thus are responsible for what our governments do to us and to others.
That means it’s our responsibility and duty to pay attention to the laws we live under and rid ourselves of those laws and creatures that don’t respect human liberty.
The basis of liberty is the right to fight back against and kill those who would enslave us or in our case enslave us further. We have the liberty we have left because our ancestors understood this reality and acted on it. Why don’t we?
“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.” – Frank Herbert
In the end, or the beginning, and all that passes between, ‘morality’ and ‘philosophies’ are manufactured in the minds of men. Lying about that fact won’t change it.
If you want to argue that some of it was ‘inspired’ by some higher power or another that’s fine as long as you’re adult enough to acknowledge that others believe in their version as firmly as you do yours and you HAVE NO RIGHT to kill, torture or oppress them because they refuse to bow down to your version, sub-version or subversion of what ‘god’ or government is or should be.
Any numbnut, from a liar in an expensive suit to a lunatic in a straight jacket to a desert nomad to a political prisoner to a crazy monk to an ascetic nailed to a cross can claim ‘divine inspiration.’
That’s why our imperfect Founding Fathers gave us a secular government. They were classically educated men and knew the history of religious wars and the sins of ‘god appointed kings‘ who often did evil in the name of someone’s version of good.
“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life….” – Anthony Kennedy
And it MUST be that way or no one’s version, sub-version or subversion means anything beyond which side is willing to create the most bodies to get their way.
So we get down to the nitty gritty:
All tool-using monkeys are born ignorant, blank slates, so they must be indoctrinated in someone’s version or another.
The only version that matters is this:
All children must be raised, educated, indoctrinated, to understand their personal responsibility, duty, to protect and increase human liberty.
This will necessitate many things, not the least of which is teaching your kids and your neighbor’s kids what they must know to do so and of protecting our liberty by keeping the willfully ignorant and the cowardly from voting to enslave all of us in their version of authoritarianism by whatever name or version, sub-version or subversion.
I fear we are many multiple generations from that point, if indeed the tool-using monkeys survive long enough to even understand it.
Notice I didn’t include a quest for ‘salvation’ by any definition or the creation of some ‘heaven on earth’ as the header reads ‘thinking tool-using monkey.’
Don’t understand? That’s OK. If you’re young there may be some hope. If you’re middle aged or above, not so much. It astounds me in some ways that I often witness the same ignorance on internet social sites and comment sections that used to spew out of the mouths of older folk when I was young.
So much for my generation.
I really thought we’d be past at least some of that by now. But billions still use their mindless religions as an excuse to put up with their slavery and pass it on to their children. In some parts of the world this might be understandable. Not here.
The communist globalists? Well those middle aged and above have had the internet for 20 plus years. There’s no excuse for the evil they do and attempt to do to us all.
Our failure to hunt them to extinction will haunt humanity for many generations to come.
Don’t let your enemies hide behind the cute names they tagged themselves with in order to deceive their victims, us.
“By way of deception thou shalt do war”
– (Former?)Official motto of Israeli Mossad
The One True Moral Compass?:
FK – While I agree with the general points I must point out that the materialists in Europe and here are the ones importing the fundie ragheads, so they can get them to vote commie and help destroy western civilization.