There is no idle in life. Get busy living, or get busy dying. Utopia does not exist. This idea that we can create a world of endless pleasure and ease is a fantasy. Any system humans create must be maintained by humans in perpetuity. Even if we create robots, someone still has to maintain and program them. Do you want to change the world? You have to get out and do something about it.
This world is shaped by those that interact with it. Our society is like a clay pot, and we are the hands that shape it. If we are not getting our hands wet and working the spinning wheel, we aren’t doing anything. Hypothesizing about different molding techniques and spin speeds without actually touching any clay will not accomplish anything.
I’m not saying you have to get involved with government, but you do have to engage with other people in your community. At the very least, you have to get engaged in a positive way on the internet.
I don’t like voting or the concept of voting because I don’t like government. However, when there is a policy issue or candidate that I think will make a difference, I will vote. Supporting a policy initiative or a candidate that will lead to more freedom is never a bad thing. As much fun as it is to discuss hypotheticals and ideals, it is not the world in which we live. Ideals and theory are great for giving us a direction, but we must navigate with them through the world in which we live, not the one in which we wished we lived.
Here’s an analogy: you are walking through the woods and you come across a crack in the ground. You walk on top of it for a while, but eventually, it starts to split and deepen. You have to choose a side. You decide to go left. Now, you’ve been walking for over an hour and you are four miles down that left path when you look out and realize the trees have cleared and the path in front of you leads to a desert and death. You then look to your right and see on the other side of the chasm, which is now a mile across and 3000 feet deep, a flourishing and vibrant forest with lush greens and ample fruit. You know that continuing on your current path will leave you dead. You also know that crossing the chasm from where you are to where you want to be is impossible, even though you really want to get over to the other side. So what do you do? You turn around and retrace your steps until you get to a place where getting back on the right path is an option.
We are on the left path, and we are facing a desert if we continue in our current direction. Making hypothetical arguments is as helpful as wishing for a bridge to get across the chasm. We have to make the practical journey back the way we came so we can start again in the right direction.
Progressives are lauded today as being the best and most virtuous people on the planet. However, progressing in the wrong direction is still progress, and our progressives are driving us into that desert as quickly as possible.
We have to stand up and oppose the direction in which we are being dragged kicking and screaming. We also must recognize that although we know where we want to go, the path back may not be pretty or nice. Those of us that support human flourishing must engage in society so we can start to shape it as we see fit. Making arguments in rooms of likeminded people will not change minds outside of that room, and our goal must be to change those minds.
Government and society are comprised of individuals, and they are led by people that interact with it. We need to start being those people that stand up and lead society so we can all end up in a better place.