Saying No to the Nanny State; Yes to Natural Rights and Responsibilities
We have been blessed and nurtured by Earth and Nature through our nascent years of toddling, walking, learning, gathering, and surviving adolescence. We are a young species.
But it is time to leave the teen years, to leave behind the Dream of Eden, of living in Innocence on the Breast of our Mother Earth. (Yes, I am still maturing, growing, finding my way into this new self. The egg was cracked open by years of trauma, and now I am healed enough to wobble upright and begin to totter forward, albeit at present on crutches. 🙂 *<twinkles>* But I am keeping my wings strong, to fly again soon.)
It has been a wonderful, amazing, awesome, inspiring childhood we have been given. I was able to live in my Innocence for a long time, only slowly grasping an inkling of She into Whom I Must Grow after Doug and I married, and more strongly after Doug escaped from his ailing body.
Perhaps the most difficult part was acknowledging that other people would do intentional wrong. That people actually make conscious choices to do evil to other humans. Doug wrote about it all the time, about the dysfunctional social structures that had yet to relinquish the role of the bully, who still believed in the “big club” way of living. And he wrote about those politicians and other con men of whom he said, succinctly “If their lips move, they’re lying.”
There are people who choose to do evil when offered the two Paths. Temptations are tests to pass, aren’t they? We learn to recognize the tests, and pass many by the time we are old enough to examine our own spirit at around ages 13-18. My first hint of that came from my Great-Uncle, a Headmaster when I was six, who came to visit me and told me about walking across the prairies barefoot, when they fled west from the encroaching—always encroaching—Europeans. We talked about Quakers, George Fox, John Wesley, the Freeman Family (my family line) and he reminded me to remember these stories.
I also remember my carefully-worded correspondence with my Dad, when I announced that of all Spiritual Paths I could follow, I chose the Tao. I was 13. A few years later, involved in the Civil Rights Movement, I came upon a Quaker couple in Arkansas, and then talked with my Grandmother. She was very, very wise—living very simply and loving Mother Earth through Conservancy and Stewardship.
I am sure you know that we are all the Stewards of our Mother Earth, and she has nurtured and cared for us very well, indeed. See how our species has flourished!
But we must leave childhood now, and take up the full freedom and responsibility of adulthood, acknowledging the evil that has been rampant around us, as Mother Earth is now being blasted in her very bones. She is being intentionally fractured in the name of greed.
Can’t we put away some of our toys, and live more simply? We are the Stewards of the Earth, and it is time that we must give back the level of nurturance and protection Earth has given us. Childhood is over, and it is time to find a simple level of comfort and live accordingly. Embrace technology, but not excess. Be frugal with the Earth’s resources. Live simply.
Where we played games in the Innocence of childhood, we must now play our Game with Wisdom and the deeper Faith of adulthood. We must be wise and see the two paths. The line of demarcation today is to examine your own Spirit, and decide:
Do you wish to live by the sword, through the initiation of violence or its delegation to others? Taxation is armed robbery. Fraud is theft. Politics is parasitism. All are various forms of violence against property, mind, and body. And against Life. War, obviously, is not the answer.
Or do you wish to live by words, and persuade through reason? Reasoning toward a reciprocal exchange of values that is equitable and beneficial to all those involved. Not agreements through force, but through fairness.
Is it possible that Trump, continuing to grow into his responsibilities, will use reason? Will he make the States, and counties, and the individuals, more responsible for themselves? Will we be forced to deal with our own local corruption and political parasitism, and become ourselves each a more responsible and free human? Yes, I think perhaps Trump may be the very stern and focused Headmaster image so many need to learn the lessons of self-responsibility, self-governance, and self-defense.
We have just elected a president who will do his best to run our government as the business we all own. For that is what it is, and we are the shareholders, the owners. We are the masters, and government is the servant. We have elected a new Steward, and with our votes, we are telling the World that we are ready to become adults. We have voted against the nanny state. We have agreed to become responsible adults, both self-governing and self-responsible. It’s time we clean up our act. And take better care of our hereditary Home.
Time to put the toys of childhood behind us, and take up individual self-responsibility. With individual fear toward none and personal charity toward all.
It’s time for tea here. *<twinkles>*
Peace and Light,
Friday, 20 January 2017