This week it was interesting to learn of two specific examples of how people I used to associate with are using fear and pressure to “try” to stop people from doing what they want to do.
When I first wrote the blog, I used the phrase “shocked to learn” but, considering who they were, I really wasn’t that shocked.
It would be very quick and easy to point the finger at the aggressor in this situation and say we need to force them to stop. However, that would be a gross contradiction; essentially, you would be forcing someone to stop using force. This principle is practiced regularly in our society and culture. “We need to force McDonald’s to stop selling junk food;” “we need to force pharmaceutical companies from selling their products,” “we need to force people to (or not to) get vaccinated,”, “I need to force my practice members to follow my recommendations.”… You get the idea.
Where do you get off?
According to my morality, the use of force is evil … in all circumstances, period!
Force should only be used in self-defense.
As much as we (myself included) might not like the pharmaceutical industry, it is evil to pass laws to force them to stop making their products. It is evil to ban McDonald’s from making food. The one thing that sets our country apart is its freedom. Canada (well, the USA too) is still the freest country in the world. It was this freedom that attracted the smartest, brightest, the most talented people from all over the world, as a result of which we are capable of living a life to the highest possible standard. As we move forward, however, freedom is being taken away from us. Just ask the Ontario teachers and medical doctors.
What is the answer?
The answer is simple: take responsibility for your life and understand that no one is coming to save you. I am speaking to the “victims” here. There are always two people involved in a relationship. If someone is trying to force you to do anything – run away as fast as you can. The only proper relationship of any kind (personal, romantic, business) is one in which BOTH parties benefit. If you as a victim knowingly stay in a relationship that is not beneficial to you, that means you are sanctioning that other party to continue doing what they are doing. That needs to stop. You need to take the power back. You, and no one else, holds power over your life.
Why do you guys think so many people love LBD and GFC? We honour and respect your freedom, and encourage you to take responsibility for yourself. Yes, the road less travelled and, yes, a life-changing experience for anyone who walks the path.
p.s. Yes, I know that is a sweet pic!