Pretty interesting stuff OP. I think another way one can free themselves, is to free themselves from the narrow or bad ideas they have regarding their
involvement in any society. I think it is far too easy to blame an element or aspect of a society for feeling you are not free. One has to ask
themselves, is the sole purpose of any society or your participation in it, to provide you with your exact expectations of freedom.
I think that is a good question to ask.
Government Trap #1: The belief that governments perform socially useful functions that deserve your support.
I don't consider
this a trap, it's premise is false to me. We, as individuals, enter into a societal "contract" of sorts. We establish "governments" to perform
functions that we consider useful to the concept of the society in general, so we don't have to perform those useful service solely on our own by
ourselves. This gives us a "freedom" to per-sue other activities because individually we don't have to cater to things like our own security, food
production or medical needs, etc. This also allows us the freedom to specialize skills or activities that we trade or sell. If we do not support these
ideas and services then we don't find police useful, or firemen, or hospitals or roads and other services useful. IMHO anyway.
Government Trap #2: The belief that you have a duty to obey laws.
I would think that the duty is to your fellow humans that you
share a society with, that is part of the contract you enter, so to speak. This society establishes rules(law) in order to serve the society.
Obviously there is no perfection in the law and it is abused or distorted by individuals and groups within any society, but to say that the "law" is
an entity that one must serve a duty to is to shift the goal posts away from why there is a law and to transfer ones sense of duty away from what
really matters, which is the other humans you share a society with. That is how I see it. We have a duty to others and we establish laws in order to
make sure that there is a deterrent to those that think they have no duty to others in a shared society.
Government Trap #3: The belief that the government can be counted upon to carry out a social reform you favor.
. I think
this should be called People Trap #3. Can you trust the people you empower to carry out the running of something many rely on, but to your individual
best interests or favor. Perhaps the trap is a poor understanding of what a person belongs to when the live in a shared society.
Can we be free from being human?
Government Trap #4: The fear that the government is so powerful that it can prevent you from being free.
This is the scary one.
This is why we have NWO CT.
Obviously, the vast majority of people believe that the noises and scribbles of government people constitute "the law." There are also hordes
of bureaucrats, police, and judges who regard "the law" as sacrosanct. If they suspect you disrespect their "law," they tend to feel very
threatened and may become extremely vindictive. There are times when your freedom depends on your ability to convince them that you respect the noises
and scribbles they call "the law."
There are some generalizations and inferences regarding the "hordes" being "vindictive", but we can
do that to people who have no respect for the law too, and generalize them as "terrorists or pathological criminals" that have little of no regard
for anyone but themselves at the expense of another persons individuals personal freedoms, well being or property. Its easy to support an argument by
poisoning the well on one side with a caricature.
Life is sacrosanct ipsofacto some may view a law protecting life as being sacrosanct. Freedom of speech in the USA, I would say there would be those
who would see that as being sacrosanct. When you can take a view that the law regarding freedom of speech is not sacrosanct or a law protecting life
is not sacrosanct, then you can step over it?
For me, a better way to look at it is that the real issue is about where we start defining the absolute limit of anyone persons freedom to do just
what ever they want to do in an environment they share with others. I guess its about tolerance. Laws are a reflection of the limits we set. Like laws
showing we don't tolerate murder, or rape etc.
I think these are sacrosanct to humans in general and the laws carry some of that too. If you see what I mean.
I don't think you can differentiate between the law, and the philosophy or human value that inspires the issues I use as examples, and the laws we
have for them. How is the law not sacrosanct if it is a value on life or it present a value that does not tolerate rape? How do you become free of
I mean you can flip some of these and say that laws are created to ensure and to protect freedom. Like protecting your person to be free from violence
and oppression, hate or discrimination and intolerance.
I guess there are a number of ways to look at what it actually means to see the world you live in, the way it is structured and the mechanations of
it. Some aspects of the "Traps" seem to be pointing at the house that was built to provide an aspect of shelter, and then complaining it feels like
If you view them as traps, then sure, you may feel that way.
But you can look at them in other ways too.
Despair Trap: The belief that other people can prevent you from being free. You are always free to move on and start a new
This is true. In my country, as in others, refugees travel here to do just that, from regimes and societies that prevent them from
When they come here my government aids them with housing, a small income, community services, translators, health care, education and job seeker
training and employment.
I think that is a good example of a useful services provide by humans participating in an aspect of a shared society, that we call a government, that
deserves my support.
[edit on 7-5-2010 by Derised Emanresu]