January 1, 2011 – What makes some people feel that they have a right to “look after” the rest of us?
By The Cerebral Aesthetic Vagabond
I don’t recall being asked if:
Had I been asked for my approval of any of these “benefits,” my answer would surely have been “no” across the board. Nevertheless, authoritarians don’t feel the need to seek permission from the people they ostensibly aim to “protect.” Although there are a lot of people who, astoundingly, do approve of these “benefits,” the authoritarians running the system don’t permit anyone to “opt out” of their “protective” agenda. Does that sound like a “free” society? It sounds more like tyranny to me, or perhaps like “democracy,” which could be thought of as a tyranny of the masses.
I’ve come to the conclusion that authoritarians are incredibly unhappy people and that their oppressive tendencies are motivated by a desire to share their unhappiness with everyone else. They are miserable and wish to make everyone else as miserable as they are. Speaking for myself, the polar opposite of an authoritarian, who happens to be content with my life and who I am, I have utterly no desire to make anyone else unhappy. Quite the contrary, I seek to be a positive influence on other peoples’ lives.
During my entire life I’ve always taken responsibility for every aspect of my life and “safety,” and I’m perfectly content to continue doing so. And given the choice between liberty and security, the choice for me is obvious.
First they came for the “mafia,” but I was not one of them, so I didn’t care. Then they came for the “drug offenders,” but I was not one of them. Then they came for the “drunk drivers,” but I was not one of them. Then they came for the “sex criminals,” but I was not one of them. Then they came for the gun owners, but I was not one of them. Then they came for the “terrorists,” but I was not one of them. Then they came for the “domestic extremists,” but I was not one of them. Then they came for the organic food farmers, but I was not one of them. Then they came for the backyard gardeners, and I was one of them, but nobody was left to come to my defense.