Striving for liberty has to start with you as an individual. Liberty as a collective effort may never be achieved. Humanity has been striving for some form of collective liberty for thousands of years, but no matter how hard we try, there seems to be something in the human psyche that pushes large numbers of people to strive for servitude – intentionally or otherwise.
This is not to say that liberty-minded people should give up on the political aspect liberty. Far from it. America is one of the the closest attempts the human race has made thus far to achieve political liberty, and that liberty should be guarded fiercely. But we should go into that fight fully acknowledging the reality that there are enough Americans out there pushing for servitude that the political battle may be one that we’ve already lost. Keep fighting, but also start working on an exit strategy, should things go bad.
But there is a battle for liberty that we can definitely win. That is the battle for individual minds, starting with our own.
In the words of Calvin Coolidge:
“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.”
When it comes to the governmental/political battles our society has become far too obsessed with, how rights and restrictions are parceled out by the “powers that be” will eventually affect each and every one of us on an individual level – hence the societal obsession. But even if the government started rounding people up and throwing them into camps, they can’t make us slaves. They can’t force us to believe what we don’t want to believe.
This is why these few words included in the Declaration of Independence are so important:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
The entire job of an earthly government is to secure the rights that were granted to us by God…and throughout the whole of human history, human governments have failed miserably at this task. This shouldn’t surprise anyone – the imperfection of Man has been well documented throughout the ages, and any government instituted by men is going to be just as flawed as the men who govern.
But when it comes to your liberty, what does any of that matter? Even if your physical body were enslaved, you can still be free within your own mind.
Modern society tempts us with servitude. The media we consume – from TV programs to radio, to commercials, to music, is all designed to manipulate us into believing certain things. We’re constantly being told that we must buy into someone else’s agenda. Too many of us end up submitting.
True liberty means realizing that you can say “NO!” It might make you weird, but in a world of sheep, it’s okay to refuse to bleat along with the rest.
Liberty doesn’t come from external sources. Not until you liberate yourself.