"When I first heard The Smiths, I thought ‘pull yourself together, man’. But then I started to fall apart, and it all made sense."
#belle & sebastian
Stuart Murdoch, from Belle and Sebastian
. (via exquisiteoptimisticthoughts
Although I kinda hate B&S now. Ever since they did the soundtrack for Storytelling - the most disgusting and morally offensive film I’ve watched.
Do you base your anarchism on the non-aggression principle claiming that everything the government does is through force and therefore should be removed? If so, what makes you think the violent tendencies of people wouldn't skyrocket? If you base your morality on the NAP, then the goal should be to minimize aggression. So simply removing government would be foolish.
Anarchism is the guarantee that there won’t be violent crimes. Statism is the guarantee that there WILL be violent crimes.
I’m under no delusion that violent sociopaths will cease to exist if the government is abolished or just simply disappears. There will always be those who want to use force against others. But why give those people an organization that owns the monopoly to said action? Which is exactly what the government is.
The aim is to minimize aggression. Statism is the very definition of aggression at that. Everything they do and spend is first acquired through the use of force.
The problem is most people see things as simple as good vs evil. Which are total arbitrary and subjective terms. People aren’t that simple. To understand what is “evil” you must first understand the brain, empathy, and how empathy is either furthered or hindered.
I’m not sure if you follow me or if you do how long you have been following me. The best way to solve the problem of aggression is through parenting. If you raise your children peacefully you’ll “produce,” for lack of better words at the moment, peaceful adults.
I’m quite a big advocate of peaceful parenting, unschooling, and removing yourself from the state as much as possible. Forcing your will upon children will just make children want to grow up to do the same. Usually children grow up to be their parents.
Those who are raised peacefully will be far more empathetic, will be able to negotiate and reason better, and won’t have the desire to force their will upon others.
That is, of course, unless one has the ability and need to learn about themselves. Self knowledge is the key. If you can see how you were mistreated as a child, learn from it, and learn to overcome it you can envision a world free far freer from force and coercion.
"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it."
"As I laid there in the mud stuck in my bike, all I could think was that I must be insane to be doing this out of my own free will. Why was I scraped, bruised and bleeding in a Belgian ditch? Seriously!?! The team car pulled up just as I had managed to disconnect myself from my bike. Our mehanic was running towards me to fix my bike but all I could think was that I wanted to quit this race and get in the car. He looked at me and told me to HTFU. I knew he was right and I knew that I would regret quitting and so there I was, on my bike chasing the peloton for the third time that day."
My First Spring Classic: Omloop het Nieuwsblad | ANIKA (the beast) TODD
Awesome. The pro mechanic I used to work with would tell me the same thing about his days as a pro racer in the Mexican national team.
He’d say, “I’d be struggling up a hill, or doing a 260k race, and think — what am I doing here? why am I doing this to myself? what’s wrong with me? And then I’d find myself at the starting line, ready to do it all over again.”
To quote Max Fischer: “I guess you just have to find something you love to do and do it the rest of your life.”