Who am I? What am I? (Part IV)


As a man of free will I will resist any attempts of governments to force me to be the servant of others though I know that governments has the power but not the authority to force me into that position. As a man of free will I will resist any attempts of governments to force others to serve me though I know that governments has the power to force others into that position.

It is in recognition of the rightful possession of a free will that reveals that every use of force is an act of evil. It is with this in mind that we can fully understand Thomas Paine when he described government as being a necessary evil. For while it may be an evil institution it is one of necessity in any society if peace and tranquility is to be perceived as existing in any society. Though in reality no society has ever reached nor ever will reach that perfect state of existence.

As a man of free will I refuse to consider myself as a member of any ideological collective that finds that the use of force in order to impose its will upon its citizens regardless of its passive nature as being the righteous use of force. Providing a desirable solution to an issue and declaring it as a righteous thing can only be declared as an excuse and is no reason for the use of force as the means to bring about that solution.

There have been many who have attempted to demean me and my grandpappy by belittling the concept of freedom. But one thing that a person must realize and that is, without freedom how can we exercise the best gift that nature has endowed us with, free will? And given the choice between living by the concept of determinism or living by the concept of free will why would anyone choose determinism? For it is the recognition that we are not in control of our own lives and that someone else or something else is.

Another aspect of determinism is the fact that it leaves no room for the concept of morality. The reason being is that morality requires the acceptance of personal responsibility for our behavior and how can we hold an individual personally responsible for something he did not cause? To do so would be an injustice in itself. And if there is no moral responsibility then on what basis can we hold a person legally responsible for the same reason? The mere fact that a person knows the difference between right and wrong is not sufficient reason to hold a person personally responsible for an immoral act or an illegal act. He must not only know the difference between right and wrong he must also be known as acting upon his own will in a voluntary and consensual manner.

Greed and power are the most visible attributes that are exhibited in a society that espouses to the idea of the free will of individuals. And to a determinist the elimination of greed and power within a society will lead us to a perfect existence. And to a socialist greed and power is directly related to money. To a socialist those who possess wealth did so only by exploiting those who do not possess wealth. To a socialist those who possess wealth possess greater power than those who do not possess wealth. It from this we can understand the old proverb that “money is the root of all evil.”

it is from the above idea that people will see the life of the poor as being determined by those who possess greater power. It is from the above idea that people believe that the elimination of greed is possible by the elimination of the use of money. It is from this that some will declare that those who possess must share their possessions with those who do not possess and find no evil in the use of force for this redistribution of wealth. It is the promises of the effects that makes socialism such a desirable way of life for some but to do so is to ignore the necessary cause for these effects to exist.

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