October 09, 2010
Life is a team game.
Surprisingly, it doesn't need a captain. It doesn't need leaders, it doesn't need organisers, it doesn't need someone to provide order because, if left alone, order arrives spontaneously. All on its own.
When did you last have to say to a tree, "Be a tree"? You didn't because there is no need. The tree will be a tree no matter what you say. It just is.
I can launch into a long diatribe about how order was forced upon us, but in the end, it boils down to two words: greedy men. Those same greedy men, for thousands of years, forced order (rules, regulations, laws, taxes, punishments) on us because it suited them, not us. I think if you ask most people to look inside their secret hearts, they would say, "I just want to be left alone". Some need more "control" than others, but I now know that is because they have been indoctrinated to think that way. In this, and scores of other countries, education systems have this in common: they don't teach enough, and they teach the wrong things. They do not equip us for life. They equip us with just enough information to go and find a job and pay taxes. We will (if we work, many don't) pay taxes all of our lives, and then, when death comes, as it must, they will have one final stab at our corpse to see if it will produce a parting gift to the state.
What if, like the flock of seagulls or the shoal of fish in this short video, we were leaderless? What if the state was abolished? Would chaos reign? Or would order spontaneously arrive, unbidden but welcomed?
The only reason we have a state apparatus is because greedy men tell us we have to have it. I contend that we don't. I contend that, after a period of readjustment, anarchy would serve us beautifully. Communities would settle down and organisation would come. Agreements would be negotiated with neighbouring communities to use each others' goods and services, like roads and hospitals.
Someone ought to make a movie about it. They should call it I, Freeman. And it should show people what life can be like without an oppressive, aggressive, greedy, corrupt, sneaky, invasive, interfering, nosey state. There would be one law: Do no harm. It covers everything. Judges would be free once more, to hear a dispute, with a jury, and between them decide on the punishment of the one that caused harm. Peace Keepers could be hired to erm, keep the peace. No special skills are required beyond a sense of fairness. Anyone in the community can be made sheriff. Likewise, anyone in the community can be appointed as a judge.
This is not a Utopian dream. It is not an idle thought. It is workable. How do I know this? I know because that way was the way we did things in the not too dim and distant past. It worked then, right up until greedy men, and greedy kings and queens, decided that they wanted more than a fair share.
I know, as you do, that there would need to be a phenomenal amount of unlearning, unbrainwashing, and decoupling from a state that insists that it is supreme. They are wrong. They have been wrong for centuries.
This massive change, from the overly complex to the incredibly simple, will allow you, and all of those you love, to be a human once again.
When was the last time someone said to you "Be a human"?
Because the state doesn't want you to be.
And that is reason enough to want it for yourself.