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I had never considered anarchy or what it is before reading about your views. Government was always assumed in my political thinking before. I could write on and on about my past issues with “the general public” and their views on religion, government, and everything else. I’m sure you already know everything I’d say about that moment where your nebulous thoughts that would seem crazy to everyone around you realize into your “code.”
Sometimes all it takes is one missing piece, like a key that unlocks the code and arranges your feelings into a system. The very basic principle of “I don’t have the right to force anyone else to do something” was the key that brought clarity to my thinking. the word “anarchy” once evoked a vision of chaos in my mind. Well chaos is a pretty good word to describe the infinite complexity that has stemmed from governing people by force.
The “downside” is that I’ve come to realize I have deep moral issues with my profession, haha. I suppose at some point when I was in high school, college, and law school, sitting in class thinking “this is bullshit, am I really spending my life learning about all this nonsense?” I could have embraced that thought and done something else. Well here I am trying to figure out the next step. And I’ve found my next area of discussion where people either don’t comprehend what I’m saying, or think I’m crazy.
“Why don’t you like being a lawyer?”
“Basically, I feel like the law is bullshit, and the system is evil. And I sort of feel like I’m supporting it. And I sort of feel like I’m wasting my life dealing with needless complexity and becoming a master of nothing and contributing nothing of substance to the world, at best.”
“Well, you help people!”
Well these are people that should be able to help themselves, but can’t because of that endless complexity I just talked about. That complexity serves to safeguard my income, I feel. These people must pay people like me vast sums of money to deal with issues they should be able to solve on their own, without getting caught up in the wheels of government.
So I’m figuring out what is next, now. I’m facing a problem I’ve never faced before. Now, I’m in my 30’s—after spending my life in school—with a present skill set that involves demonstrating unwavering respect to fabricated authorities and navigating others through archaic inefficient systems. At least I haven’t bought into the deep debt for appearance and comfort game of my peers, and don’t need much to live on.
I’ll figure it out, and I will make myself better than before.
I have been thinking for a while that it would be great to be able to thank you personally. Beyond diet/exercise/politics, in the past few years of reading your work I’ve learned to respect and develop fluidity of thought. Dynamic beliefs. For all of my questioning everything before, I was building my own weakness, a wall of ideals. Questioning everything includes my own beliefs and assumptions, INCLUDING those that have already been questioned and reshaped.
Also, the concept that truths can come from people you wouldn’t normally like or believe; and learning the truth trumps criticizing the messenger. That’s been hugely valuable to me. This concept has opened the door to information I’d have never looked at before.
So, after writing such a long comment to The Daily Fucktard and knowing you are busy, I hope this comment doesn’t frustrate and makes you feel something like “good.” You’ve helped me become a better person.
All in a day’s and decade’s work. I do take note that it’s typically the educated folks who come around easiest. Any ideas why?