Is society optional?

Our laws are in some ways a contract are they not?

They are a bargain.. you agree to not harm others, play by the rules and in return we will safeguard your liberty and life against harm from others – punishing those that transgress this arrangement.

The contract then kind of extends outwards from there to fill hundreds of books of detailed rules about what you can and can’t do and what the state will do to you if you break them.

But what if we wanted to exercise our ultimate liberty – the one a soul is born with – and simply not recognise that they have any legitimate authority over us? Can we opt out of society? Can we say “thanks but no thanks, it’s not for me”?

I am not talking of revolution.. I am talking of opting out. If we benefit from the system, get health care, use roads, energy, get a passport etc.. If we participate in it its only reasonable that we play by it’s rules that come attached to that game. But if we don’t want to, where else can we go? Is it just to ask someone to play by a set of rules when they have no alternative?

There isn’t anywhere on earth that I am aware of that isn’t officially owned or run by some state or another. I mean if you just decided one day “you know what, I think all these governments are complete twats and the lot of them can shove it. I’m just want to go and do my own thing somewhere, look after myself and recognise no authority other than nature” – then what can you do?

You could go ‘off grid’ somewhere remote but technically you are still under someone’s influence or jurisdiction. If their army or police or whoever turn up at your door step then you have to deal with them.

It seems a bit unfair doesn’t it? We’re all kinda trapped in that sense. It’s really just a case of one lot or another, there doesn’t seem to be any alternative. Is there?


About defiantidealist

There are no rules save the ones we make for ourselves. We can have any world we want, and this one is what we have chosen. To change it we must simply choose differently. Remember the system is fragile. Every civilization is only three meals away from anarchy. We can make it better. All we really need is that powerful dream to aim for, and the courage to defy those that say it can't be done.
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