Freedom is Subjective

If you live in a cage, eat only the slugs and rats you can catch, wrap yourself in newspapers the wind blows in (when the wind brings you newspaper), sit in your own waste, and totally rely on someone else to decide everything that happens to you, and this is exactly how you want to live, you are completely free.

It’s not the life I would choose. I wouldn’t be free in that situation. But freedom is doing what you want so whether you are free or not depends only on what you want.

Many people are free in a police state. They don’t want liberty because the responsibility scares them, or they are too lazy to handle it. This is why they crow and celebrate “freedom” while smarter people look at them in stunned silence, wondering what they’ve been smoking. But, by their measure, they are free.

So they keep v*ting. They keep supporting cops. They don’t mind “taxation” and legislation– at least in concept. They are OK with anti-gun legislation and policies. They don’t think about the licenses and permits they are told they must rent. They don’t care about their privacy because they’ve been convinced that as long as they have nothing to hide privacy doesn’t matter. All those liberty violations are fine with them– they are living the way they want to, so they are free. And they will do whatever it takes to prevent changes they don’t want.

Maybe you can convince them to be unhappy in their chains, but maybe you can’t. You may need to leave them behind; leave them fighting for their chains and against those who can’t live their way. Your destiny may not involve them.

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