Self-ownership, If That’s OK With Everyone?

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche, the second-most-badly-quoted man on the Internet, after Einstein.

For today’s ruminations, let us look to the morally-constipated majority of the Western world. The Supreme Court of the U.S. are currently deliberating the constitutionality of gender-neutral marriage laws, and everyone is in a tizz over how wrong everybody else is to deny how right THEY are.

Like laws should be founded on what offends us.

To tell you the truth, I think there should be far fewer laws protecting our delicate sensibilities from the horrible vicissitudes of reality. Offensivity could use some legal protection, frankly. America, the ideal of individuality and freedom, has become a de facto bastion of groupthink and consent manufacture.

The rest of the west is little better. For all our ostensible enlightenment, we are offended when somebody offers up an alternate interpretation of morality. Think about it.

The solution isn’t MORE laws. It’s the RIGHT laws. The laws that allow free, consenting adults to do what they like so long as they don’t harm or compel anyone else to act against their will.

If you agree with me on this, you are in a lucky minority of people who will rarely be offended by much, and who find others take offense when we find them hilarious.

In the spirit of the holidays: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.”

I can’t hear the voice of reason for the brass band.

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