posted on Dec, 15 2013 @ 12:17 AM
On ATS I read posts over and over again by people preaching the virtues of absolute freedom, free enterprise, self-reliance, blah, blah, blah...
People go on and on about the evil government, stifling regulations, those damned entitlement programs, and the free ride the sick and undeserving
elderly are getting. “Why should I have to pay any portion of my taxes to anything I’m not directly deriving benefit from now”? and “I wish
the government would just leave me alone...”
I imagine that mindset would go over well with someone like Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber). He distrusted anything and everything to do with the
government, society and it’s institutions. He did so even though taking full advantage of the system from the time he was born, through the time he
received his PhD in Mathematics at the ripe old age of 24, and then becoming an assistant professor at UC Berkley by the time he was 25.
Scholarships, grants, fellowships, etc. made it possible for him to realize his potential. That’s right, “FREE” money. But, he saw the light and
resigned at the age of 26 years.
Kaczynski despised industrialism, modern technology and the political left. He felt that Big Brother was robbing him of his God given freedoms.
Something I read a lot here at ATS. He hated it all so much that he quit his membership in the system, and society as a whole. He packed up and moved
into a tiny log cabin he built himself, with no electricity or running water, somewhere in the sticks in Montana. He became a total recluse and
self-sufficient. He was now a “FREE” man.
His anger at government, the bureaucracy, and the lazy, freeloading takers of the world finally got to him, though, and the killing began. the rest is
If I was born in the woods and raised by a pack of wolves I might halfway go along with him. But, I wasn’t. I was born in a technologically
advanced, highly populated, civilized society (at least it was back then...). I know this is an unpopular idea around here, but I’ll take a chance
and throw it out there anyway. Getting 300M people to live together in a confined space, without them killing each other, requires a few things that
some of us consider vile and unacceptable, like rules, regulations, procedures, protocols, etc, etc, etc. In other words, I’m sorry, government. And
for this to work, I’m afraid that sometimes what is in the best interest of the whole will necessarily outweigh the desires of the individual. In
other words, it’s a give and take, and I might have to give up some of my precious freedom in the best interest of the whole. It’s just part of
the price of living in a society. Also, to live in a society I must pay my dues (taxes). Even if large portions of it go to things I don’t
personally support; like the war in Iraq, or subsidies to big oil, or social security (which I don’t benefit from right now, but sure will be glad
it’s there when I retire), etc.
Like everything else, living in a civilized society is not free. It’s a privilege we must pay for. I’m fortunate enough to be in a rather high tax
bracket, and have worked my butt off to be there. But, you know what? It doesn’t bother me one bit that some of my hard earned money may be helping
to provide healthcare for someone less fortunate than myself. You see, I’d rather live in a healthy, productive society than in some log cabin in
the middle of Nowhere, Montana. It’s worth the price...
PS: The above are my personal opinions. You, of course, may totally disagree. Regardless, I’m not going to go on and on about it with anyone and
mindlessly debate the issues. It’s my 2 cents and I’m sticking with it...