Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“There Are Only Individuals”
It is personally challenging to be a free individual. Being a free individual challenges your morals, your ethics, your principles, your generosity, your thinking, your interactions with other individuals, your etcetera, etcetera, on a daily basis. But, do these challenges arise only from being an individual interacting with other individuals, or, do these challenges to being a free individual arise more from legislative restrictions imposed on individuals?
If I am out on the streets as an individual, searching to fulfill a need which only another individual can fulfill for me, whether that need be to purchase something as mundane as a loaf of bread, or provide an expertise I lack, do any legislative laws actually assist me in fulfilling my need? No.
Now, one could say that certain laws may protect me from this or that risk associated with dealing with other individuals, but is that accurate? Do words on a piece of legislative paper prevent risk, or simply provide a perceived “legal” means for punishing another individual if I am damaged by whatever risk in dealing with another individual?
The above thoughts are just a few of the thoughts I’ve been thinking on today after reading a couple of posts at Zero Gov. Both posts deal with the subject of the United States Constitution, in a thought provoking and challenging way.
The first post is titled A Reader Responds: Evil Is As Evil Does, which is a response to the post titled The Constitution is Evil Incarnate But What Can We Do? by Lee, and it is the following quote, from the reader response link, which I think bears your most thoughtful consideration.
There is no such thing as “We the People”. That is a fiction, a mental construct. There are only individuals. There is no “social contract”, since legal contracts are mutually agreed to between two or more people, with due consideration and a full and complete understanding of what goods or services are being exchanged. One cannot bind others to a contract without their consent. And one cannot bind future generations to a contract without their consent…
Indeed. There are only individuals.
Some of my earlier thoughts on the constitution can be found here.