Persistent Paternalism

Persistent Paternalism

We live in a society that lacks freedom in ways people are not quite able to comprehend. Please note,  I am not commenting on the morality of this lack of freedom or criticizing its usefulness, but rather am simply illuminating these topics.  

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We live in a society that lacks freedom in ways people are not quite able to comprehend. Please note,  I am not commenting on the morality of this lack of freedom or criticizing its usefulness, but rather am simply illuminating these topics.  

Cultural filters

Cultural filters through which we see the world are rooted so deeply, that we take them as axiom points to make future assumptions.  Take today, for instance: you can probably associate a date with today.  I am writing this on October 11, 2020.  But today is just a day, it is not tethered to this date.  We utilize an imperfect 12-month, 365-day calendar that must be calibrated by multiple types of leap years.  This is not the only way to structure a “year”—there have been many others.  And what does the year 2020 represent?  Our concept of a calendar year is a useful tool in tracking and bookmarking events, but this impacts culture in ways we can’t always grasp.

Imagine a society that did not track time so rigidly—it would develop different tools for navigating the world.  Work and life would be structured differently, but things would go on and it would be a world of more freedom and less rigidity.  Perhaps certain tasks would be more difficult to accomplish, but the way in which we interact with the world itself would be adapted to this dateless world.

The link between language and freedom

Language is another phenomenon that controls how we interact with a world without noticing.  I believe in order to free a population, language is the key to sustained success.  Politically, you may have revolutions and laws that allow for individual rights.  Individual rights allow for the removal of overarching paternalistic, socialist, fascist, and communist societies.  

As we see in the United States, without the minds of our society being liberated, people will reject their freedoms and plead for them to be taken away on a grand scale by a few dictatorial politicians.  In a revolution towards freedom, more words should be added to our language that invoke emotions of individual rights and free thought.

These global concepts, which are largely unargued upon and unnoticed, are evidence of a society that is dominated by ideas and constructs. Aside from a very small minority, humanity craves top-down domination. Perhaps we even crave it in ways we cannot articulate. Even the most rebellious among us cave to an almost infinite amount of paternalistic domination.  

Communism as paternal domination

The epitome of paternal domination is the totalitarian communist state—”public” ownership of all.  A communist state is an enterprise made up of a conglomeration of socialist policy.  Each socialist policy is the further removal of consensual transactions in terms of labor.  As labor restricts, so will thought and ideas.  The current communist and socialist pushes in the US have been in motion long before the last few decades.  This stems from the removal of our ability to have free, uncontrolled thought, untainted by layers of social filters.

When the pendulum swings back towards liberty and free markets (capitalism), we need to increase our dictionary and re-romanticize freedom.  At this time, humanity should look at our great filters against free thought and allow for consent, freedom, and exploration to rule the human consciousness.