I’ve often said, when describing my politics or values, that individual freedom is my most important. consequently, I believe in protecting individual freedoms of all types (safety, human rights, speech, etc – basically, one should be free to do anything that doesn’t infringe on another’s freedoms. )
I can see the desire for a sense of the collective, we do, of course, live in communities, and consequently, have shared goals. It’s clear that the majority of people prefer living around others, and really, as a species, we’re physically not designed/evolved to be loners.
but I’m inclined to believe that when individual freedoms are protected, i.e. when all people in a community have a sense of their own freedom, then the community develops collective values.
and because I so strongly feel/believe in individual freedom, it seems gross and sick to want power over others, to govern them in any way. even teaching and guidance are suspect. it seems warped and unethical for any set of people to impose on another set of people rules governing their supposed collective good.
beyond that very basic protection of individual freedoms.
I also believe in morality, but that it can be only developed through individual choice. freedom. any morality imposed from the outside, imposed by others, is clearly something else. imposed morality isn’t morality. morals are only chosen freely, otherwise they are obligations, rules, requirements.
from this you can extrapolate how I feel about, say, the extensive social services in our state. governments are run by people who don’t actually believe in individual freedom, and believe they can impose morality.
markets, on the other hand….
here’s why I’m thinking about this- it’s part of the framing- and eventually reframing process. deep down, having employees is about teaching, and about directing. If you deeply feel that both can be problematic, clearly, having employees feels immoral, or at the very least, like a schism in values.
I’ve said, often, that I don’t know how to teach people. I just realized today that there are two reasons so far- the first is that I’ve always known how to teach myself, but the more hidden reason, and perhaps the one that makes it seem to distasteful to me, is that I, on some level, believe it infringes on the student’s freedom.
I’m inclined to soften this post somehow, wrap it up messily with a statement about how complex things really are, how, as a species, we’d never have gotten to this point without teaching and imposed rules and structures. all true, of course, and obvious. (we’d never have gotten to this point without any of the things that went before.) I also believe in an evolution of values. and that the only way to legitimate collective values is through individual freedoms.