We Are Survivors, Not Yet Thrivers

People don’t tend to defer to authority because it is an advantageous way to have a civil society. They do it because for most of human history, defying authority got you killed. We are the timid survivors of a genocide of free spirits.

The result is that we’re wired to know how to win the war, but not the peace.

Success Validates Failures

Dear reader,

If you’re ever feeling hopelessly lost, like the road leads only downhill and that you will never amount to anything, keep in mind that one great success validates all your failures.

Think of the biographies of great men. Their early years are often filled with struggle, defeat, and even mediocrity. But since they ended up in a worthy position, those failures become challenges they overcame. They become the ingredients of their character.

It is a similar case when one falls in love. Suddenly all that wandering beforehand becomes important, because it led you to that special person.

If you can somehow create a situation with which you are truly happy right now, all prior steps gain the satisfaction of a destination. And changing any one of them would jeopardize what you have achieved.

– Mike

The Ultimate Right

I have come to the striking conclusion that the ultimate right – that which secures all others – is the right to leave.

If that right is not respected, however well you are treated, you are indeed a slave.

This “Market” You Speak Of…

We need to remind our friends caught in the statist dogma that when we refer to “the government,” it means a specific organization; but when we refer to “the market,” it means all human activity that is not coerced.

“Can the market handle X, Y, or Z?” really means “Can we all handle X, Y, or Z without employing coercion?”

– M. Vine