The “Living As You Wish” Part
Freedom is living as you wish without aggression. I know you’re interested in the “without aggression” part. And we’ll get to that. But what about the “living as you wish” part? Do you make the most of the freedom you already have?…
- Do you spend most of your time doing what you want, following your strongest desires and dreams, or do you let the values, expectations and demands of others control your life?
- Do you spend time with people who get you, support you and respect your freedom, or do you spend time with people who continually attempt to control you, and keep advising you to be more “normal?”
- Have you figured out how to safely commit victimless crimes without risking imprisonment?
- Is your life filled with happiness, enjoyment and satisfaction, or do you experience negative emotions daily? Do you look forward to each day, or not?
- Do you innovate and challenge the status quo, or sheepishly cave to tradition?
- Are you in the freedom lover’s closet, or are you out and proud free to express your beliefs?
- Have you left tragedies in the past, or do they still haunt and control you today?
- Have you done everything you can to shed the restraints on your life that have accumulated over time, or not?
Many people don’t live as they wish. They just go through the motions, doing what’s expected. They don’t realize how much better their life could be if they just took control of it, and made some deliberate adjustments in behavior. Intellectually they may have embraced the principles of freedom, but they’re still behaving like sheep.
Why make such a big deal about this? Can’t we just talk about government?
Not yet. This may sound like silly self-help babble, but’s it’s deadly serious. Realistically the only thing you can control, in fact the only thing you should control, is you. Your actions. Your behavior. Your choices.
If you haven’t gained control over your own life, how are you going to inspire anyone else to follow your example? If you can’t challenge or resist the demands and expectations of your relatives, friends, and coworkers, how are you going to stand up to armed aggressors? How can you influence culture if you’re own values aren’t even reflected in your own life?
Only You Can Steer Your Life To Happiness
Nobody understands your values better than you do. So the only person who can steer your life toward happiness is you. If anyone else is at the helm, you’re going to miss the mark. That’s why individual freedom is so wonderful. It allows each person to steer his or her own life in order to maximize positive emotions like joy and satisfaction.
Just remember you need both ingredients… non-aggression and living as you wish. It won’t matter how much aggression you purge from your life… if you don’t live as you truly wish, any freedom you gain will fail to achieve happiness.
How to inspire others to embrace freedom
Nobody will embrace your philosophy, if you’re a miserable hypocritical failure. In order to inspire others to embrace freedom, you need to show them how freedom leads to happiness. Once they see how happy and successful you are, your way of life, and the path you took to get there, will become irresistible. The best way to teach anyone anything is to lead by example. And the more people you can inspire to embrace freedom, the more free you become.