… because you lack the strength to do nothing.
I have been reading news of the sham that is the Ross Ulbricht trial. From what I have been reading, the Government is going for the throat simply because this individual decided to expand beyond their reach.
A few days in to the trial, the prosecutors made this suggestion to the judge (I’m told by a reliable party) during a sidebar: “You should forbid the defendant to gesture and smile to his parents when he walks in and out; we don’t want the jury seeing a loving family.” The judge agreed, and Ross is no longer allowed to gesture or to say, “Hi Mom,” in front of the jury. I’ll leave you to make your own judgement on that, but I found it disturbing.
This is just another example of the excesses of the state running roughshod over the average person, and that person willingly letting this happen. We allow ourselves to comply without question to the absurd dictates of the state and before long we look around and wonder why we are no longer free.
As Paul Rosenberg wrote (published in the Casey Daily Dispatch).
The great tragedy of our era is the extent to which evil has been successful in convincing people to service it. Good people having yielded their wills arm evil, accommodate evil, and acquiesce to its actions.
Hannah Arendt summarized it this way:
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
People end up supporting evil because they don’t want to make up their minds at all. They want to avoid criticism and vulnerability, so they hold to the middle of the pack and avoid all risk.
These people wouldn’t initiate murders by themselves, but in the name of duty, loyalty, unity, and/or the greater good, they cooperate with evil and give it their strength. But each plays a small part—none of them stretches so far that they’d have to contemplate the final effects of their actions.
In the 20th century, however, the actions of such people led directly to the murders of 260 million people. And they did this precisely by avoiding decisions… by merely obeying.
Sins of Obedience
People think of murder, lying, and robbery as sins, but none of those has nearly the death toll of obedience.
Basically decent men and women obey agents of evil for very mundane reasons. The process often goes like this:
- Being confused and intimidated, they look for the center of the pack.
- They try not to make waves.
- They learn that they can avoid making waves best if they adopt the perspectives of their overlords. So they run the overlords’ slogans through their minds as a default program.
In the end, these people don’t make up their minds. Rather, they take on the minds of their overlords and do their will.
And so, the vast majority of evil done on Earth traces back to minds and wills that have been abandoned to fear and laid on the Altar of Obedience.
So where will you stand when the forces of evil come a-calling? Will you have the moral strength to look at the actions of the few and say “This is not right!” or will you simply acquiesces, bow your head to the yoke, and look the other way?