The Smallest Minority: Personal Sovereignty and "Killing Their Asses"
A gem from Kevin back in 2007, which should be read in full and begins:
Yesterday I quoted Tam:
I have no real love for the peccadilloes and strange beliefs of the Right. From politicians with a tenuous grasp of the Constitution to preachers sticking their noses where they don't belong, I get a twinge of annoyance at least once a day. It remains largely an annoyance, however, as so much of what they hold dear has very little impact on me in my daily life: I don't gamble, have no desire to marry another woman, and don't have any children for them to teach that the Earth is flat or that Harry Potter is the tool of the devil. Besides, they generally want to let me keep my guns, so if they get too annoying in the future I figure I can always shoot them.
What makes me a gun nut? Not the number of guns I own. For someone who yammers on so much about guns, I probably own considerably less than the average reader here. I own the following: Ruger 10/22, a Walther P22, Kel-Tec 380, an AR in 9mm, Glock 30, an AR in 5.56. I think that's it.
I have a lot on my to buy list but they always get pushed back due to other priorities or whatever. And here lately, I've actually sold a couple of firearms.
One, because I didn't care for it and one because I was offered too much to turn it down.It's not that I like how they work mechanically or tinkering.
I do that with other stuff and I'm not nuts about that. I like to do woodworking but I am not a woodworking nut. And I don’t blog about woodworking.
It's not hunting. I don't hunt.
It's not the zen of target shooting. I zen playing cards, golf, and other activities as well.
So, what is it? I thought about it long and hard.
And it's this simple truth:If you f**k with me bad enough, I'll kill your ass.
What both of these quotes illustrate is the concept of personal sovereignty.
What is it? Here's a good definition:
Personal sovereignty is an issue which affects each of us as individuals and as a society, whether we realize it or not. Understanding it can help us to interpret what is going on within us and around us. Increasing it can radically transform our existence.
The word "sovereign" means to be in supreme authority over someone or something, and to be extremely effective and powerful. Therefore, it is usually applied to gods, royalty and governments. We speak of kings and queens as sovereigns (even when they are figureheads), and of the sovereign rights of nations and States.
Personal sovereignty, then, would imply the intrinsic authority and power of an individual to determine his or her own direction and destiny. If that sounds suspiciously like free will, it's because personal sovereignty and free will are the same thing.
It is, in fact, the polar opposite of statism. It is the thing that statists fear above all - a population that won't do as it's told by its betters...
Read the whole thing, please.
Then go back to your personal post-November planning.