How did we get here? How did we create this Orwellian society without people even noticing? I wrote about this a while back in my article “Death by a thousand cuts, compromising liberty” and I believe the answer is quite ironic. We live in the “Information Age” and ironically I believe we are becoming victims of Too Much Information! We live in a society where there is so much information at our fingertips that we cannot possibly process it all. What used to be simple truths have become complicated by so many differing opinions, studies and statistics that the once simple answers are obscured by volumes of data that we cannot properly process. This information overload has led society to become dependent upon “experts” to sort things out for us, “leaders” to decipher and implement safeguards for us and a complete abdication of personal responsibility within society.
Human beings have lived, prospered and multiplied for millennia in this dangerous world, however now we seem to be unable to do that any longer without a mountain of laws to guide our existence. We cannot make rational decisions without government oversight. We cannot even protect our own lives and the lives of our families from the evils that have always been a part of this world without strict regulation and control over how we do so. Or so it seems. The leading cause of death in the world is life itself, have we gotten to the point where life is no longer worth living? We have gone so over and above in our efforts to legislate away death that we have sapped the very “life” out of living already.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”
This is actually a translation of a Latin phrase that Thomas Jefferson used: Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. It has also been translated as, “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”
Here is the sentence in context:
“Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable.
1. Without government, as among our Indians.
2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one.
3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics.
To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” – Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787 [http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/i-prefer-dangerous-freedom-over-peaceful-slavery-quotation]
We have moved from the form of a great degree of influence of the will of the people to the “slight degree” and are rapidly headed towards the 3rd form of society “Under governments of force”, because the people have given up so much of their power to the government already. Will we rebel or will we continue to slip deeper into the “peaceful slavery” of government oversight and “protection”?
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.