Be the better person- reality is on your side

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Liberty lovers can be some of the very best people I’ve ever known. They stand with others, help others when they can. They reach a hand to people they don’t know- statists even. They can be loving and inclusive. They can be generous to a fault, understanding, and compassionate.

I am proud to count myself among them, even as I can’t hope to be half as inspiring as some are.

But… and if you’ve been around long you knew this was coming… liberty lovers, or, at least those who proclaim themselves to be lovers of liberty, can also be as bad as the statists they oppose.

I’m sure there are times I would be included here.

They can be unforgiving, inflexible, hypocritical, hateful, and aggressive. They can be arrogant and dismissive.

And that is a shame.

Why would anyone want to learn more about liberty with examples like that? If you’re going to be miserable anyway, you can do that just fine without rejecting statism; by taking the easier route.

I am happy to report that the negative examples in the liberty crowd are greatly outnumbered by the shining examples of goodness. But the nasty guys seem to have an impact greater than those I would rather people see. They tend to be loud and get lots of attention- especially by statists who want to show how unreasonable liberty lovers are. The bad examples play right into the hands of the cowardly slavers.

It should be so easy to be a good person when you understand and love liberty. After all, you are on the right side- standing against everything negative and harmful. So, why does it seem so easy to fall into The Dark Side?

Well, I have some idea about that, based on my personal experience. I am only human and as a liberty lover, I end up dealing with a lot of statists.

Statists are infuriating. They are cowardly and want to violate everyone else to coddle their fears. They don’t listen to logic and reason, but are ruled purely by emotion and propaganda. They don’t want to be told that 2+2=4. and they won’t pay attention when you try to show them how easy it is to demonstrate. They don’t like it, so to them it simply isn’t true. Or it doesn’t matter one way or the other. It is easy to get angry and frustrated over their juvenile behavior.

But, you and I are the better people. I can’t speak for you, but I want to be the reasonable one. The one not baited into a fight with a feces-flinging monkey. Because, even if I win the fight, I’m going to be left feeling very unhappy.

Life is too short for that.

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4 Responses to “Be the better person- reality is on your side”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    How long have you been doing the soap box thing, Kent?

    Do you think your great great grandchildren will be free as a result?

    How far away do you have to go to be able to mind your own business and be left alone? Why should you have to go away?

    How many natural rightful things do humans do that are regulated or prohibited by law/force?

    Why do humans tolerate, and even demand, a world that does not allow them to be humans?

    What is a human being? What are rights?

  2. Kent McManigal Says:

    How long have you been doing the soap box thing, Kent?
    About 10 years.
    More if you count the few years of forum participation before the blog began.

    Do you think your great great grandchildren will be free as a result?
    I can't pretend to know that. The right word to the right person at the right moment can have a monumental, unpredictable “domino effect” over time. So it might help.
    On the other hand my words might piss off the wrong person and cause the opposite.
    Shooting a person you believe to be part of the problem can do the same. You just can't predict what effect any action will have into the future. But, what you can do is make sure you don't do the wrong thing, then whatever happens, you are on the right side. Maybe not the “winning” side, but the right side.

    How far away do you have to go to be able to mind your own business and be left alone? Why should you have to go away?
    You shouldn't have to go anywhere. Sometimes the reality is that it's smart to go, anyway.

    How many natural rightful things do humans do that are regulated or prohibited by law/force?
    More than I can count. Bullies always try to control people- it's what they do.

    Why do humans tolerate, and even demand, a world that does not allow them to be humans?
    I have no idea.
    Some people claim it's because humans have a psychological need to have a leader to follow, and leaders almost always turn into Rulers. But, if that were always the case it wouldn't explain those of us who have no desire to be led or ruled.
    I still believe it's explainable by cowardice.

    What is a human being? What are rights?
    A human being is an individual of the species Homo sapiens.
    Rights are those things no one can prohibit you from doing without becoming a bully.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Violence and enslavement, not being allowed to be a human, is entirely unacceptable. Reason doesn't work with idiots. There is no place to go as to feasibly avoid being a victim of statism.

    Kill them all, ..their gods are irrelevant.

  4. Terrance Says:

    Hello Kent….. I like your straight forward approach to human interaction……a man needs to know his limitations of preditory behavior and take appropriate action…..we live in an open air insane asylum!

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