By Chris Rossini
Liberty, an inborn characteristic of every human being, has everything to do with independent thinking. We each think on our own.
There is a big caveat though. Part of being free means you are free to throw away your own judgements. You have the ability to suppress what your intuition and reason tells you is true, in favor of what someone else tells you is the truth. Those who seek to dominate others always exploit this potential vulnerability.
The greatest enemy of the authoritarian is the independent thinker; the one who comes to his own conclusions, irrespective of what anyone else believes or says. The independent thinker welcomes all opinions, but his mind is his own kingdom, and what he decides to believe is his decision alone.
Today in America, throwing away your own common sense summarizes the political "discourse" in a nutshell. Americans have allowed themselves to be separated into political "teams," and then they wait around for instructions as to what the outrage of the day happens to be.
What a dream come true for authoritarians of all stripes. Every authoritarian dreams of barking out orders and having everyone comply like a robot. Every authoritarian wants you not to think ... but to just obey.
No wonder there are so many authoritarians! Vote one out, and another steps in....Vote him out, and here comes another!
Look at what has become of the Left over the last few decades. From forming anti-war rallies during the George W. Bush era, to being completely silent during Obama's wars, to now advocating wars during the Trump era!
How can this be?
How can people go from anti-war --> silence --> pro-war?
This is a sign that people are not thinking for themselves, but are merely following orders.
The Right is just as bad. This is not merely a condition of the Left.
President Trump can say that 2+2=5 and many of his supporters will take the error and run with it as truth! The moment you say that 2+2=4, and that Trump is incorrect, far too many of his supporters take it personally, as if you're insulting them!
This is a dangerous state of affairs. People are living vicariously through politicians.
If you find yourself taking what a politician (or the media) says and automatically adopting it as your own belief, perhaps it's time to seriously consider changing your mindset. You're not a robot.
Embrace the liberty of thought that you were born with. Don't toss this most precious gift away.
Declare your independence!