My Philosophy

My Philosophy

Too many people in life are concerned with the things that others do. We all want people to conform to our beliefs, our way of thinking, our way of living. We spend so much time worry about the things others have and do we forget to live our own lives. We forget to enjoy others. And what makes other people enjoyable is that they are not us. Life is rich in experience because of the diversity that each of us brings because of our different experiences, beliefs, and points of view. I am not talking about the generic diversity that is taught in public schools and university classrooms. What they teach is the diversity of tribe culture – collective diversity. I am talking about the diversity of the individual and individual experience.
My basic creed centers on the diversity of the individual, in the belief that I don’t know what’s right for you and you don’t know what’s right for me. In the belief that I do not want to live your life, nor do I want you to live my life. I don’t want to tell you what to do, think, or feel and I don’t want you dictating to me in those areas. I believe in individual independence and social and economic interdependence. As individuals we possess unique and inalienable rights – those conditions inherent in every human being, necessary to human flourishing, which do not infringe upon the rights of others. But, as individuals we are¬†only capable of so much. Life becomes more fruitful and enjoyable when we combine our efforts with others to create a world better than our individual experience could create. In order for this interdependence to bear fruit it must be borne of voluntary cooperation. Once men are forced to interact, as part of their survival, then they become dependent and freedom is no longer possible. Under these circumstances the fruit is yielded in far less abundance and with much more animosity between men.
I believe in voluntary cooperation between men. I believe that the more that people voluntarily interact the greater their respect is for one another and the more peace grows among men. When men are forced to interact with one another it creates animosity, fear, and hate. This is the realm of politics. Where we are without politics and rulers we are without war. Peace can only reign where force has been abandoned. I wish to live in a world of peace, of respect, of prosperity. Force is the work of evil. Cooperation is a force of good.

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