Do you know the Philosophy of Human Freedom?

Do you know the Philosophy of Human Freedom? Watch this.

When I started this blog I promised myself I wouldn’t write about politics. I changed my mind and I need to tell you why.

American political discourse is negative because American political discourse is about personalities not ideas. The easiest way to crush an idea is to trash the messenger. Debunking the idea is much harder because it requires people to pay attention. Most political blogs attack opponents and try to destroy people and I can’t stand the thought of using my blog to destroy other people. I want this blog to serve other people. So I decided before I started blogging that this blog wouldn’t be political.

I changed my mind because we ask political leaders to solve most of our big problems. As I consciously examined these problems, I discovered that our political leaders will never solve these problems because we can only solve these problems by changing the way we think. So how do we change the way we think?

Some people believe the best way to change the way people think is at the point of a gun. I disagree. Iraq is a clear example of trying to change people’s beliefs at the point of a gun. Another example is the war on drugs. In most government programs the threat of violence isn’t so obvious, but it’s always there, if you look deep enough.

Remember, when you ask the government to solve a problem for you, you may be (and probably are) indirectly asking the government to force someone else to do something against their will. Sometimes protecting liberty warrants the use of force but most times it does not. I use this litmus test – does this solution require the government to initiate force to get compliance. When we debate a new law, program, or military action, we are deciding whether to threaten violence against one group of people in order to aid another group of people.

What does this have to do with personal development?

As Christine and I watched the makers of the “The Secret” on Oprah a few days ago, James Ray said something that stuck with me. He said that you can achieve anything you want by going – Three for Three. In order to achieve our dreams we must have our thoughts, feelings, and actions all in alignment. When we go – Three for Three – we can accomplish anything and conquer any obstacle. So if James Ray is right, and I believe he is right, then looking outside of ourselves for the solutions to our problems won’t work. It will always fail. All power lies within us. Until we take responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and actions, nothing will change. So when we ask the government to change the world, we are not taking responsibility for the world we created, we are delegating that responsibility to a bully.

We are born free to think, feel, and act – government does not grant you these rights – they are an innate gift to humanity. Government can protect us from thieves, but more often, as seen throughout history, government is the thief.

In order to change the world we must volunteer to change ourselves. We must change the way we think, feel, and act. But while doing so, we should not attempt to change the way other people think, feel, and act by initiating coercion and force against them. Since the Law of Attraction creates more of what we ask for, do we really want more force and coercion in the world? I don’t.

I try to imagine a world where all people are free to think, feel, and act on their dreams, without despots, police states, or other organized criminals thwarting them with violence, corruption, and regulation. Political leaders cannot create your tomorrow for you, only you can do that. All political leaders can do is get out of your way, fight those that initiate violence, and allow you to live free.

We are always trying to fix the past, but we can’t fix the past. We can’t even fix the present. All we can do is learn from the past and present to create a better future. Instead of dwelling on past injustices, let’s create a better future today. So I ask you to join me in visualizing a world where all people are free to realize their dreams.

15 thoughts on “Do you know the Philosophy of Human Freedom?”

  1. Keep going, Steve, you’re on the right track, tho you’ve still got a long way to go. And I wouldn’t believe everything you see on Oprah… We need more than just uplifting words.

  2. When I started this blog I promised myself I wouldn’t write about politics. I changed my mind…
    That is good news, indeed. This entry is spot on.
    But while doing so, we should not attempt to change the way other people think, feel, and act by initiating coercion and force against them.
    True, we should write blogs and use the powers of logic and “what’s right” as strong persuaders. I was watching the movie “Thank You For Smoking” tonight and the main character in the movie was telling his son about the art of arguing. Without getting into a lot of detail, the point was that you aren’t trying to convince the people who are debating you. 99,999 times out of 100,000 you won’t change their minds. But if you can get the observers to focus on universals like freedom, liberty, and self-reliance instead of the character-assassinations so prevalent in politics, then you can sway the opinions of a large number of observers (or lurkers as we called them when I used to frequent Freerepublic).

  3. You might want to read Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman, too. It’s a libertarian novel in a SF setting. Thanks for the link. It helped remind me why I lean libertarian, but won’t go all the way there.

  4. Hi Steve,
    I saw that video for the first time about a week or two ago. It is a strong video because there is no point in there that someone could object to, and it shows that the philosophy of libertarians is the only conclusion one can reach if thinking logically. Excellent post; I look forward to reading more!

  5. Steve —

    Great post, great thoughts.

    As we abdicate personal responsibility to the bully, we are enabling the bully. The logical end to this behavior is obvious. We all need to become our own self-actualized man or woman, and start taking our responsibilities back from this faceless wolfpack of tyrants and make this world one worthy of who we really are.


  6. Kipling,
    Okay, you say I’m on the right track but have a long way to go. Give me more… I’m interested in what you are thinking about.

    Thanks for the heads up on the book. I’m going to try to get my hands on a copy.

  7. Steve,

    I think Ghandi said it best:

    “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

    By unifying thought, feelings and actions, we enable ourselves to make changes in ourselves. The challenge is, how do we translate these internal changes to changes in the world around us? Is it to lead by example? Isn’t that what we, as bloggers, are already trying to do?

  8. I left that thought incomplete. Here’s the rest:

    So if we already have the “means” to change the world, i.e., blogs, forums, printing presses, etc., and we know the “means” to change ourselves, then what remains?

    Or is the “Change” that we seek to make in the world really the lesson that bloggers are trying to teach, I.E., how to gain, or regain, personal freedom?

    So by the act of writing, by saying “hey, this is what worked for me” aren’t we already _being_ the change that we want to make in the world? Isn’t the real challenge now just getting the message out to as many people as we can?

  9. Steve, bravo. You can do it in your own way.

    Scott, I think it’s more the idea that everyone can be the change they want to see. Blogs seem to be plentiful in society today, but in truth the percentage of people that actually use them is low and when you mete out the personal blogs, you’re down to (relatively speaking) a handful of people.

    We’re about to hit a critical mass in shifting consciousness that’s for sure.

    In Spirit,

  10. Loved the article and will now check out the rest of your site.

    I would just like to point out that we do not learn from the present as in your closing statement. We DO learn from the past. We learn IN the present. It is an action and that is what we do in the present. We take actions. {or we don’t ;{but even then “not doing” is just the action we are currently embracing}}

    These actions in the present create our future. {They can be based upon what happened in the past {reflection} and/or upon plans for the future {vision}}

    Thank you for taking the action to change your mind with regards to writing about politics and for taking the other actions necessary to actually do it. You have gained at least one other reader in doing so.


  11. The first premise is that you alone are the owner of your life, liberty and property which comes from nature. However, all life is interconnected. Your actions do affect the lives and liberty of others. There needs to be some mechanism in place to stop you from trespassing on other people.

    For example, you might be free to acquire a car, drive dangerously and kill yourself. Would force/fraud not be required to stop you from killing someone or even damaging property in that same accident?

    Finally, they describe nature as some endless resource. The source of our property is common and any use of it would imply a theft from everyone else. If one person cuts down a tree, it is not available for others, even as a producer of oxygen.

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