Helplessness Is Not a Virtue, Either

It still strikes me as odd when I see people expressing pride in the fact that they are not armed. As if that’s a virtue, or a sign of moral superiority. They’re basically saying, “I’m just so noble and awesome, because if armed thugs attack me or my family, I can’t do a damn thing about it!

I have to wonder, what other problems do they take pride in not being able to deal with? Maybe… “I am too wise and compassionate to own a fire extinguisher!” Or… “I would never be so primitive that I would possess the equipment or knowledge to change a flat tire!

Personally, I’m not all that great with plumbing, and I’m not all that knowledgeable about auto repair, but I also don’t brag about my lack of skills (and/or lack of equipment), as if it makes me somehow superior to plumbers and mechanics. So when did it become cool, and praise-worthy, to be a helpless victim of the aggressors and thugs of the world?

That’s all.

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.