You’ll Stop Being a Serf When You Do This…

serfdomI hear the same complaints about politicians that you do. And while I understand them (I’ve complained plenty myself), the fact is that complaining accomplishes very little. And there is a very simple reason why complainers have no effect:

Because the complainers keep right on obeying.

As long as you obey, the things you complain about will keep on happening, and there is no way around that fact.

The Proof

This idea that “nothing changes as long as you obey” has a modern proof – that of American blacks in the southern United States. Specifically, between the civil war and Martin Luther King Jr.

King is badly misunderstood. His legacy has become a tool for garnering of political power. He has been turned into a semi-mystical symbol and used by power grabbers of many types.

The real Martin King, however, was a minister who exposed the truth that obedience is serfdom. His crucial synthesis was to combine disobedience with goodness. His crucial work was to hold them together.

What King did is what we must do, if we wish to rise above the modern serfdom that surrounds us.

Blacks suffered for many decades in the American south. They complained endlessly, but the laws were against them and remained against them. A few of the white people around them were sympathetic, and more white people in the north were sympathetic, but everyone obeyed the law and little changed.

Until King came along, of course, with his new strategy of goodness plus disobedience.

King was, above all, a minister. Goodness was paramount to him, and he had a very clear vision of what goodness entailed. And, he became very good at communicating it. King added disobedience to goodness, and combined them with teachings on courage and self-control.

Within a decade or so of using this strategy, things changed in the American south. First, individuals changed. And, after a while, laws followed.

There is far too much to tell of this decade of liberation (we covered the topic in FMP #35), so I will give you some quotes from Dr. King:

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.

We will not obey unjust laws or submit to unjust practices. We will do this peacefully, openly, cheerfully because our aim is to persuade. We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself.

Most people can’t stand up for their convictions, because the majority of people might not be doing it. See, everybody’s not doing it, so it must be wrong. And since everybody is doing it, it must be right.

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

How to Disobey?

What to do and how to do it are for YOU to decide.

If I were to give you some sort of blueprint, and if you followed it, you’d be falling right back into the same trap of obeying someone else… in this case, me. That would be bad for you and worse for me.

You must decide for yourself what path to take, and you must – inside of yourself – summon the courage to act upon it, without me or anyone else holding your hand.

You must choose and you must act. Until then, your serfdom remains.

But when you do choose and act, you make yourself a free man or woman.

Paul Rosenberg

5 thoughts on “You’ll Stop Being a Serf When You Do This…”

  1. I moved to Ecuador in May and not only a Free Man now ,But, Also Healthier , Happier and Living a Good Life in Imbabura Province @ 8k ft Elevation Eating Good Food , Drinking good Water and walking & Biking in Town and Bus is .25 cents and Cab is $1 .I AM LOVE , LIGHT & TRUTH

    1. I too moved here in 2010 and share the same positive impression and lifestyle, but watch out, things are changing here fast, and many new laws passed this year which do not forbode well. read them and see. I am concerned this can not remain what it once was under it’s beautifull constitution.

  2. “King was, above all, a minister. Goodness was paramount to him, and he had a very clear vision of what goodness entailed.” Oh please, don’t make me puke. King was a liar, an adulterer and a communist sympathizer. He probably didn’t even write the italicized words you quoted as his. Not to saw that Ghandi’s idea of peaceful disobedience (which King plagiarized) doesn’t have merit.

    1. Engaging in peaceful disobedience is not “plagiarism”. MLK just imported it. Not that he was a saint at all, either, or all goodness. He started veering off into left-fascist causes, as a way to also bring all the poor together.

      Ron Paul’s peaceful demeanor, gentlemanly comportment, and praise of non-violent civil disobedience is not plagiarism, but a natural application of Christian principles, as applied to that area of thought and action.

      Tell the truth, it was Jesus Christ who said When they strike you on one cheek, turn the other, if they compel you to walk a mile with them, go two. And the Amish community predated Ghandi by how long?

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