Independence By Any Means Necessary
Kings, and in particular despots, value independence above all else. They seek to be ungoverned by the rule of law. Their actions, if controlled, undermined every sin committed to attain power. Ultimately freedom from judgement, punishment, and responsibility Trumps all else.
But some love the King as they do a deep seeded and secret dream to be as he is. He says what he wishes, he does as he pleases, he takes what he wants, he lives truly free.
On July 4th 1776, with newfound independence, a nation was founded. So bent on its own freedom this nation denied the First Nations their independence. Desirous of individual fiefdoms, the new nation set upon Abel and slew him by the millions — those not killed were enslaved by the most hideous means ever recorded.
And now, as descendants of cruel and murderous forefathers, many celebrate the cannon that broke the British yoke, but think nothing of it being placed on the backs of their brown siblings.
We are a dark and villainous animal when we’re autonomous, separate, free from controls and independent. Publicly following the rules — pointing figures at lawbreakers. Privately, in the darkness of Cain, we are so often mean, selfish, and deeply admirous of the wealthy and despots … maybe this is why we tolerate their rule.
When the sparking lights push away the darkness this evening [July 4th, 2017] I will not be celebrating the victory of one sadistic force over another — brown people would have lost either way. I will however celebrate the glow which reveals what we are: beautiful when acting for one another and historically heinous when acting for ourselves.
Until we accept that being untethered and unbound from one another makes us dangerous, we will continue to usurp the weak, carve out resources for the strong, and defend material over morals by any means necessary.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
- Frederick Douglass