By Chris Rossini
It's Spring....time to plant.
When the Fall arrives, what is it that you'd like to harvest? It's up to you. If you want cucumbers, you plant cucumber seeds. If you want tomatoes, you plant tomato seeds.
Whatever you want!
You're free to plant, and the soil will grow it. The soil won't throw you any curveballs. It won't grow a zucchini if you plant a tomato seed. It won't tell you "No," and it won't pick and choose which seeds it'll grow for you.
Even if you plant weeds by mistake, the soil will grow the weeds too.
The weeds may strangle the rest of the garden, but that's not the soil's fault. Don't blame the soil. It grew what you planted. Blame yourself.
You plant the seeds. The soil will grow them.
When Fall arrives, you'll look out at a big harvest. You get to see the results of the seeds that you planted in the past.
Good or bad, it's time to reap.
Let's say you're not happy with what you see. Come next Spring, it would be foolish to plant the same exact seeds, don't you think?
If you hate the tomatoes, it would be odd if you kept planting tomato seeds, especially since no one is forcing you to keep planting tomato seeds.
Now let's get to the point of the analogy being made here....
When we look out at society and civilization we're seeing the results of ideas that were planted in the past. We're seeing the results of ideas.
Ideas have consequences.
The ideas of communism led to the death of over 100 million people ... Bad ideas ... Weeds of the mind.
The ideas of socialism leads to impoverishment every single time it's adopted ... More virulent weeds of the mind.
It's like the farmer who hates tomatoes, but he keeps planting tomato seeds. Why would he do that? Why would he expect a different result? The soil is not going to give him a different result, even if he wants it really badly.
When the ideas of Liberty were widely held in the minds of Americans at the time of the country's founding, it produced the greatest wealth boom in the history of the world. Mankind sprang forward at warp speed!
The "Old World" of perpetual government tyranny was shaken by an earthquake of new ideas. Suddenly the individual discovered himself.
One would think we'd want more of that.
The ideas of Liberty are far superior to the 'Old World'.
Ahhhhh, but the 'Old World' doesn't give up without a fight. It's not just going to roll over.
Today, the very same America has 1,000 military bases around the world, has been at war for over 100 years with almost no break, and is the epitome of debt, welfare, and dependency.
The 'Old World' Strikes Back.
Extremely bad ideas ... extremely bad results.
Yes, the bad ideas were planted in the past. And yes, we weren't around to stop them from being planted, or even to offer an alternative.
We're here now, and we get to see the horrible results.
So what are we to do?
Keep re-enforcing the bad ideas? Keep planting the seeds of the 'Old World'?
Or do we start planting news ideas ... like liberty, private property, sound money, free markets, voluntary interactions, privacy ... and most important -- PEACE.
The soil is not withholding. It waits for us to plant. It won't throw us any curveballs.
Plant the ideas of Liberty ... and Liberty will be the harvest someday.
But nothing happens before the idea.
It's Spring....time to plant.