The Status Quo Is Deathly Boring

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Most young people know nothing but the world as it is. Their teachers assure them that this is the best form of human organization, all authority agrees, and their parents toe the party line. The system is geared to keep them shuffling forward quietly unto death.

What a waste.

What a crime.

What a bore.

Live dangerously and you live right.”

This line comes from the great author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and he was ever so correct. The life of meek obedience is a sin against the self. It is a surrender of mind and passion. It’s a half life at best.

But unquestioning compliance is the easy way. It’s what the system is designed to extract from you. It’s what school trains you for, it’s what corporations expect of you, and it’s what government demands.

In the end, compliance is extorted from you by manipulation and violence. Everyone does it, so you’d better do it. And if you don’t, you’ll get in a lot of trouble. We’ve all experienced this, but in terror of authority, we fail to call it by its true name.

And yet Goethe is correct. If you want to live as an energized, expansive, open, and honest being, you have no choice but to live dangerously… because the system has decreed real living to be dangerous. Only what services the machine is “safe.”

And it wasn’t just Goethe who thought this. I want you to see the thoughts of other men and women on this subject:

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
– Bruce Lee

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.
– Mark Twain

The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.
– Albert Einstein

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
– Anais Nin

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a [condition] and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
– Anais Nin

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break your bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
– Patanjali (2nd century BC)

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
– Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
– Oscar Wilde

All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.
– Samuel Johnson

Conscience is deceived by the social.
– Simone Weil, The Great Beast

The secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive.
– Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy

Obedience Is Boring

To obey is to turn off your mind. To obey is to live someone else’s life. To obey is to cease existing.

But once you turn to the taskmaster and say “No,” you turn on. Your life enlarges, expands, and becomes a force in the universe. Five years later you’ll look back and be amazed at the scales that fell from your eyes.

Fear is a brain hack. Fear is the great enemy. Fear is death.

To love is to live. To live is to open your life to expansion, to deep satisfaction, and to love.

Please reread the quotes above. Turn and face the fear. Tell it to go to hell. Start living your way. Make your own mistakes. Repair them. Live and love.

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What Rulers Believe

I’ve been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I’d like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers. For a number of years I’ve been telling people that the incentives faced by productive people and the incentives facing rulers (of whatever stripe) are very, very different. This list, I believe, will make that point.

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I’ve been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I’d like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers.

For a number of years I’ve been telling people that the incentives faced by productive people and the incentives facing rulers (of whatever stripe) are very, very different. This list, I believe, will make that point.

You’ll find quotes from ‘bad’ rulers on this list, of course, but also some from the ‘good’ rulers. And please note that the ‘bad’ ones are very often held in high regard in their times. Joseph Stalin, for example – the #2 most prolific killer in all of human history – was the ‘great ally’ of the US in World War II and was routinely presented to the American public as “Uncle Joe.”

So, beginning with Uncle Joe, here are the things that rulers believe:

Joseph Stalin

  • Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

  • Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?

  • Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.

Mao Zedong

  • The cult of xenophobia is the cheapest and surest method of obtaining from the masses the ignorant and savage patriotism, which puts the blame for every political folly or social misfortune upon the foreigner.

Adolf Hitler

  • Terrorism is the best political weapon, for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.

  • I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.

  • What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.

  • I have sympathy for Mr. Roosevelt, because he marches straight toward his objectives over Congress, lobbies and bureaucracy.

  • [I]n the simplicity of their minds, [people] more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie… It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have such impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and continue to think that there may be some other explanation.

Hermann Göring

  • Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece… But… the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Winston Churchill

  • What a man! I have lost my heart! (referring to Benito Mussolini, 1927)

  • One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.

Franklin Roosevelt

  • There seems to be no question that [Mussolini] is really interested in what we are doing and I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy.

  • The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson. (to Colonel Edward House)

Vladimir Lenin

  • Our power does not know liberty or justice. It is established on the destruction of the individual will.
  • The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.

Leon Trotsky

  • The real criminals hide under the cloak of the accusers.

Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Of all our institutions public education is the most important… we must be able to cast a whole generation in the same mould.

  • A man becomes a creature of his uniform.

  • The life of a citizen is the property of his country.

Charles Maurice Talleyrand

  • We were given speech to hide our thoughts.

  • An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.

Henry Kissinger

  • The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Cardinal Richelieu

  • Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I’ll find an excuse in them to hang him.

Joseph Goebbels

  • Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.

  • The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Edgar Hoover

William H. Woodin (US Treasury secretary)

Benito Mussolini

  • The Truth Apparent, apparent to everyone’s eyes who are not blinded by dogmatism, is that men are perhaps weary of Liberty. They have a surfeit of it… we have buried the putrid corpse of liberty … the Italian people are a race of sheep.

Roman Emperor Caracalla

  • As long as we have this [pointing to his sword], we shall not run short of money.

Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh

  • I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.

Charles de Gaulle

  • In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

Paul Rosenberg
www.freemansperspective.com

What Geniuses Come To Believe

It recently struck me that the people we think of as “geniuses” tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions.
It further struck me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value to my readers.

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It recently struck me that the people we think of as “geniuses” tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions.

It further struck me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value to my readers.

So, here is a list pulled from my quotes file and presented without commentary. Enjoy:

Albert Einstein

  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

  • Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

  • Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.

  • The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.

  • Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Rod Serling

  • The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling.

Arthur Schopenhauer

  • We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

Thomas Jefferson

  • I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

  • It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

  • I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Allan Bloom

  • The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.

John Stuart Mill

  • The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it.

Leo Tolstoy

  • The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens… Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere.

Will Durant

  • Above all, the ruling minority sought more and more to transform its forcible mastery into a body of law which, while consolidating that mastery, would afford a welcome security and order to the people, and would recognize the rights of the “subject” sufficiently to win his acceptance of the law and his adherence to the state.

George Bernard Shaw

  • All government is authoritarian; and the more democratic a government is the more authoritative it is; for with the people behind it, it can push authority further than any Tsar or foreign despot dare do.

Aldous Huxley

  • So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.

  • Liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of central government.

Richard Feynman

  • Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity – and until they do (and find the cure), all ideal plans will fall into quicksand.

Buckminster Fuller

  • Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.

  • If you take all the machinery in the world and dump it in the ocean, within months more than half of all humanity will die and within another six months they’d almost all be gone; if you took all the politicians in the world, put them in a rocket, and sent them to the moon, everyone would get along fine.

  • We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.

  • Either you’re going to go along with your mind and the truth, or you’re going to yield to fear and custom and conditioned reflexes.

Erich Fromm

  • The history of mankind up to the present time is primarily the history of idol worship, from primitive idols of clay and wood to the modern idols of the state, the leader, production and consumption – sanctified by the blessing of an idolized God.

  • Obedience to God is also the negation of submission to man.

  • [I]f one has no possibility of acting, one’s thinking kind of becomes empty and stupid.

  • Is there really as much difference as we think between the Aztec human sacrifices to their gods and the modern human sacrifices in war to the idols of nationalism and the sovereign state?

Charlie Chaplin

  • As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free.

Carl Jung

  • For in order to turn the individual into a function of the State, his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him.

Ray Bradbury

  • We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.

Abraham Maslow

  • I can certainly say that descriptively healthy human beings do not like to be controlled. They prefer to feel free and to be free.

Simone Weil

  • The real sin of idolatry is always committed on behalf of something similar to the State.

  • Conscience is deceived by the social.

  • Human history is simply the history of the servitude which makes men – oppressed and oppressors alike – the plaything of the instruments of domination they themselves have manufactured, and thus reduces living humanity to being the chattel of inanimate chattels.

  • What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war.

Paul Rosenberg
www.freemansperspective.com