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What is the difference between the men and women who founded our society and those of us living in its’ last vestiges today? Why are we so easily purchased by our government and why are we so much less protective of our individual sovereignty?

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote an essay entitled Self-Reliance and it was an effect, not a cause, of society. However, our society has deprived Man of self-reliance, and in doing so, in our collective choice to become a common organism, we have reopened ourselves and our culture to the principality of fear. Fear, more than anything else, allows a man to make compromises of his person, his God-given rights, his liberty, his property, and his wealth. Fear, the inevitable consequence of an individuals deprivation of self-reliance, has conquered us, and herded us into the awful predicaments we now face.

A Man who is the center of the universe, the measure of all things, who clings to knowledge and ability as his only resource for survival, resents and despises his opposite, the man of “society”. The individual who can survive on his own and who does not need other men possesses a freedom in his mind that he then demands be respected in the world. The individual who cannot survive on his own, who knows not liberty and knows only fear, seeks to surround himself with other weaklings, to form armies against nature, reality, and most importantly, against the sovereignty of the self-reliant individual.

In America, we no longer feel ashamed for being helpless. Our weaknesses, we’re told by church and state, are the very things that make us human. They are not to be corrected, but embraced, and the inevitability of our failure shall be met with a sturdy government. We are not to be left to suffer the consequences of our actions; instead, we are to form a society with the sole aim of correcting the consequences of our actions, and as brutal as this may be, must be expected, desired, and assumed as the right of every failed individual.

We have lost our self-reliance and because of this are experiencing fear. Fear leads us to form mobs, to cower in our discomfort and to depend upon government to even the playing fields of life. There are no rights we won’t sacrifice in this condition to The State. Unsurprisingly, the State is equally aware of our condition, and is all too happy to help – for a price. The price is liberty, individual responsibility, and self-reliance. Liberty is in turn redefined as chaos, individual responsibility is called egoism, and self-reliance makes us a target for those who survive through the exploitation of others. Justice loses all meaning and becomes “social justice”. Justice is dead and there is now only equality, estimated and measured and executed.

Is it any great wonder that people that can do something are punished? If you can hunt or fish, you must pay a tax. If you can run a business, you must pay a tax. If you can survive on your own, then you become a target, are deemed a threat, and are treated as such.

Today, we are witnessing the end of individualism and the rise of fear in America. Fear, cowardice, helplessness, impotence are the virtues of our age. We have fallen under the spell of a false God. We believe in the ideal and have rejected reality. We allow injustice because we are simply too afraid of what justice would look like. Low and shallow, we fear real justice above all things. That is why we accept the society which has grown, like weeds, around us. That is why we will lose everything we gained through our fortitude, individuality, liberty, and self-reliance.

Emerson might conclude with this:

If we cannot at once rise to the sanctities of obedience and faith, let us at least resist our temptations; let us enter into the state of war, and wake Thor and Woden, courage and constancy, in our Saxon breasts. This is to be done in our smooth times by speaking the truth. Check this lying hospitality and lying affection. Live no longer to the expectation of these deceived and deceiving people with whom we converse. Say to them, O father, O mother, O wife, O brother, O friend, I have lived with you after appearances hitherto. Henceforward I am the truth’s. Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law. I will have no covenants but proximities. I shall endeavour to nourish my parents, to support my family, to be the chaste husband of one wife, — but these relations I must fill after a new and unprecedented way. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. — But so you may give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me, and do the same thing.



About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “FEAR”

  1. Dee says:

    Amen! “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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