Addressing the issue of gun violence, some demand dramatic reform of gun laws.
This is frankly an irrational strategy, very narrow-minded, and adheres to tyrannical philosophies.
But this is a charged, controversial issue. Let’s take a step back.
The All-or-Nothing Fallacy: Disarmament
If you are trying to lose weight, you may eliminate certain foods from your diet and perhaps incorporate time restrictive eating. You could count calories, count macros, drink more water, etc.
Or, you can just stop eating. You can cut down your caloric intake so drastically that your organs start to fail. Diet shakes, detox pills, and starvation can cause terrible damage to your body – your nation.
Some people even dismember their bodies in weight loss surgeries. It is the opposite of Remembering to Dismember. We forget who were are because we have become divided, and in these circumstances, people have thrust away a part of themselves, and forgotten it.
Generally, people who disfigure themselves through self-mutilation and starvation have a distorted Cause they believe in. They divide themselves physically, but first emotionally, which behavior originates from the inability to communicate with others.
Be forewarned, a distorted Cause comes from an unbalanced body, a literal and mental distorted image of self.
It seems to me that a central issue in our society is that we have many individuals with low self esteem, so as to believe their prospects are limited, and thus they no longer reach for their goals. They instead settle in their fears.
– Take up a Cause, Part 3: Telling Your Story
Divided, the body no longer functions as it once did. The divisions of the body, or nation, can no longer understand one another.
And we fear what we do not understand.
The Tyrant’s Most Effective Lie
Going back to Idolatry, people are trying anything to get their supposedly-desired results – I want to look like that, so I’m going to do all these things I have seen that person do! (This is the All or Nothing Philosophy)
Then, after hundreds or even thousands of dollars spent, they exclaim, I’ve tried everything!
But you haven’t. You haven’t tried being consistent. You haven’t tried being consistent for five years!
You didn’t actually put forth the effort to solve the problem with your health. Instead, you’ve just been going for the quick fixes. That’s what the tyrant would tell you to do – take it a little easier, put it off for tomorrow, and in the meantime, Buy my “Keto Meal Plan.”
Yesterday, I wrote about how some young people are grieved because they are not where they want to be professionally or personally.
But life is a marathon. These people are trying to cash in their chips, so to speak, in their 20’s, their 30’s, even their 50’s. They’re saying, Hey! I’ve gotta’ make something happen, because I’m running out of time!
They’ve been convinced that they have no future. That is a Great Lie told by the Tyrant.
You see this with the politically-charged issues of present day: climate change, gun violence, etc.
“If we don’t fix this right now, we’re done!”
“If we don’t ban guns, our kids will die at school!”
“If we don’t do XYZ, the Earth will be uninhabitable in 12 years!”
It’s Fear-mongering. It’s saying, We don’t have a future unless you do what I want you to do. It is effectively stripping others of their free will.
“You can’t do what you want to do, because you’re foolish. But I know the way! You have to give up your guns, stop eating meat, and start recycling.” All they need now is a product to sell you.
That’s what tyrants do – they seize away others freedom and build up their own kingdoms. Here’s the kicker, If there is no future, why would they want a kingdom at all?
Because they know what you have forgotten: that there is a Bright Future ahead.