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Writing for The Independent Institute, Wendy McElroy expounds regarding our human liberties, our freedom. She points out how churchmen helped, in this instance, Spanish historian and Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566). She says, “Part of my fondness for Las Casas comes from an insight that occurred to me while reading a collection of his work: namely, all progress toward human freedom can be reduced to the universalization of individual rights.”

She provides good references and states points clearly. Well worth reading. http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5130

In all instances where choices must be made, the individual must come first. Sure, sometimes a sacrifice is inevitable, but we must guard against subverting any individual to any group.

Remember the old “Life Boat” game? It is never okay to throw anyone out. If I jump out of the boat and swim away, it might be considered noble. (Or, it might be considered suicide.) But if you push me out and whack me with an oar, well, that is murder. It remains murder even if my death allows enough supplies for you and the others to survive just long enough to be rescued. You are and remain factually and morally a murderer, and the others are complicit for allowing you to throw me out. We are all in this together. No one in the boat has the divine right to determine life and death for anyone else. We are all mortals, all equal before the law and our creator. No one has the right to determine rights. We know within ourselves what is ours. It is our duty, our calling, to do what is right with regard to everyman. We must honor every individual, as an individual, every time.

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”

― C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

Isn’t that the key? Be content? Do we not all have the best chance of being content when each of us treats everyone as an equal individual, not as some member of some group or other?

The brutality of the lifeboat is brought into our daily lives by group-politics, so called, identity politics. It is bad. It is coercive. It is against the soul of mankind. It makes us something less than the nobleness of our heritage as free human beings.

I’ll close with this McElroy quote, “As part of human nature, rights are both universal and inalienable; they are not dependent upon government, rulers, laws or customs.”

The Freeman has interviews with Anne Wortham, the latest here, http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-individualist-part-2-an-interview-with-anne-wortham, and it is an eye-opening review of individualism versus collectivism.

I simply cannot understand why so many people hold the Borg (of Star Trek fame) as an ideal and as an objective to aim for.

In the end, there are only individuals. No set of characteristics is universal. No collective goal is truly good for the individuals absorbed within conformity. I am me, and no one else is sufficiently like me to be grouped with me in a collective that can be treated as a single entity. Perhaps I can try to be a conformist, but ultimately, my only identity is this dying man who is trying to accomplish something worthwhile in the fleeting moment I have on this mortal coil.

All the things I take as part of me, all the things that can group me or categorize with some societal group ultimately mean nothing. No one in such groups cares about me. I’m just one individual, which is exactly the point.

I am just one.

If I can be left to my own, perhaps I can leave this place confident I did my part.

However, if forced to be part of the collective, if coerced into compliance and conformity, then I’m hardly even a statistic, no more significant than the latest victim of some tragic accident.

Be yourself and don’t worry about the group. When each of us focuses on what is right, on what is important to try to accomplish as an individual, true to oneself and what one is inside, then the world will be a better place. I remember someone saying he was going to start with the man in the mirror; going to ask him to change his ways. That individual tried to be unique, and he was right.

People talk about “giving back” when they mean charity. It isn’t giving back. No one took it from the recipients in the first place. If they did, we shouldn’t be letting anyone give part of it back; we should be locking them up and getting it all and giving it all back. Madoff is a good example, though I think he and his cronies made off with most of it before we caught him and took it back. Regardless, no one lauds Madoff for his charity work. Giving back or not, he was just a crook.

A Mr. William Yavelak wrote on the subject over at AmericanThinker.com. http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/02/giving_back.html He describes his writing as a rant. I suppose. Still, it is cogent. I recommend the article. Go ahead; click the link and read.

As Mr. Yavelak points out, the problem is that antihuman, progressivist thinking of modern liberals has permeated and corrupted most of our society and language. We must actively resist the collective. Each must stand on his own; ladies, you too. No chauvinism here. We are all in this together. The Borg of big government statism will devour us all without discrimination. No point in pretending there are discriminators in our older language usage when such was so obviously rare.  Read the rest of this entry »

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