Monday, March 25, 2019

The root of the problems

When I have problems with my fellow humans it's invariably when I stray from libertarian principles.

This was true even before I knew anything of libertarian principles. Back before I first heard of "libertarians" (from a statist) as people who "liked drugs and hated taxes". And yes, that was the first thing I remember hearing someone say about these people called "libertarians.

When I did first hear of them I thought they sounded like crazy people. Not anyone I could ever relate to. Of course, I was probably around 15 or 16 years old, with a poorly functioning prefrontal cortex in my immature brain.

I had the same reaction 10 or so years later when I first became aware of modern mountainmen or "buckskinners".

Yet, I can still see how my problems with other humans back then were caused by me not respecting their rights and their self-ownership.

I've never been the most social person. But dealing with others has gotten a lot easier since then, even as I've become more aware of the violations committed by others. And when something does go awry it's usually easy to see where I failed myself by stepping outside what I have a right to do. I hate when that happens, but it's educational and I hope I learn from it.

Has your experience been similar?


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