Sunday, January 28, 2018

Governs Best

Law never made men a whit more just;... we should be men first and subjects afterward.
- "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
- unknown

I've mentioned Professor de la Paz before. He's one of the people that gets credit for inspiring my ideologies, and Thoreau is saying a very similar thing here.

I've mentioned sin before too.

Laws are little more than atheistic sins. They strive to hold people to do things that well-meaning people try to do anyway, and mete out qualifications for punishments for the rest.

But bureaucracy runs the government and bureaucrats love the little rules and regulations that ensure every little cog is doing it's own little job, nothing less and nothing more.

If it looks like a cog, spins like a cog, and barks like a cog...

It could be argued that I am nothing more than a cog in someone else's machine. I'd do my best to defy it, but there's always a niggling voice in the back of my head doubting my defiance. I don't want to be a cog.

Or rather, I don't want to be just a cog. I want to be a voice in the darkness, a light in the cacophony of voices. I want to stand against the torrent and swim against the swirling gusts.

And to that end, I'll behave as I feel I ought, because my ideologies say so, not for the sake of being spared punishment from someone else's tenets. And my ideologies are hard won and wrought from experience and the art that has shaped my childhood.

Thoreau, Heinlein, Gaiman, Card, and Tolkien, to name a few.