Here it is, the very last day of 2011. What would you say was the biggest change in the world during this unforgettable trip around the
- Climate Change?
- Health care?
- TSA atrocities?
- Increased police hostility?
Maybe, but I see something that has grown and covers all those topics, along with a few more:
- Mandatory seat belts
- Politics in general
- Religion in general
- Parental rights
- Civil rights
- Probably quite a few I forgot
That one change has been: the tendency of people to want to control the lives of others
Every day I log onto ATS and see at least one thread talking about the Illuminati, the Powers That Be, the Elite... all of them bemoaning how our
lives are rigidly controlled and regulated to the point that any one of us is at risk of being branded a 'terrorist' or a 'criminal' at any time
for simply going about our daily lives the way we always have done. But who are these evil forces that want to control us so badly?
Think about the arguments we all see (and most of us expound) daily... how many of them include "That shouldn't be allowed" or "that's not
right" or perhaps the worst of all, "That should be illegal". Every time that is said, it is indicative of an attempt to control what someone
. How in the world can we, how can any intelligent creature, expect to enact control over others and not expect, not welcome even,
control of themselves by others?
Who can believe that it is perfectly fine to require everyone else to buy health insurance, then cry foul when they are required to only demonstrate
in specified areas? Who can scream that others should not be allowed to smoke while in the next thread cry in disdain at being manhandled by the TSA?
Who can bemoan regulations on the Internet itself and simultaneously rejoice at parents losing their children?
Only humans can apparently make those leaps of logic.
So in this, my final thread of 2011, I make one impassioned plea to every reader: the next time you think you have a solution to some heinous aspect
of a free society, think about what control you are espousing over others, and how much you enjoy others exercising control over your life. The target
does not matter; the action itself is what matters. One may not control others without relinquishing control of oneself. The more we control, the more
we are controlled.
They may well exist, but we don't need an Illuminati to control us. We do it quite well ourselves.
A very happy and prosperous New Year to all of ATS. May 2012 be disappointing in its tragedies and rewarding in its triumphs.