“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
I’m not too sure who it was that said the above quote but I have been thinking about this quote the past few weeks and what it means for me in my personal life. To me I think that this means that in order to deal with with unjust laws, tyrants and lack of due process etc is you withdraw your consent and refuse to ask for permission from your government overlords to live your life. The constitution recognizes certain rights that we naturally have yet we have to get permission to exercise them by way of licensing and permits and I’m not just talking about guns here. What rights and privileges did those licenses and permits give you that you didn’t already have? This quote is a complete paradigm shift in the way we think. This post is mostly just a thought experiment so I’m not advocating that anyone goes and breaks the law even if it is unjust but that being said we should start thinking about things like this. If the constitution recognizes the right to travel then why do we have to get a license to drive a car? If the constitution recognizes the right to free speech then why do we have to get a permit to speak out against the government on public property? If the constitution recognizes the right to keep and bear arms then why do we have to get a permit to conceal carry?
This brings me to my next point and that is the right to chose. We used to have the ability to make a choice and base our choice on what we as individuals believe to be moral and right. Over time the government has stripped us of the ability to make our own choices and instead gives us false choices that always leads to the same conclusion. To the government choice is always a zero sum game. They like to make you think you have the ability to chose but both choices always leads to the same thing. I remember a meme that I keep seeing every once in a while over the years on Facebook that says:
“You are free as long as we control your resources
You are free as long as we control your education
You are free as long as we control your currency
You are free as long as we control your internet
This is what I’m talking about when I say that we used to have the ability to chose.
We’re at the point where the only way we will get our freedom back is if we start withdrawing our consent to be governed by unjust laws and stop asking for permission to live our lives. This is what “becoming so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion” means to me.
I’ll leave you all with one last quote:
“Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces."