Dear Taunta Beanie;
In one of your recent postings, you said “Some people need boundaries of thought while others require boundaries of actions.” I’m surprised and disappointed to find you a prospective member of the Thought Police. Please explain!
Concerned Freedom Thinker
Thank you for having the decency to question me in person. Too often when people find their ideas in apparent conflict, instead of discussing them, they allow the relationship to dissolve, instead of taking the opportunity to grow as individuals. That being said, I think you will find I am not as disappointing as that statement appears.
That article was based on the idea that, instead of forcing one style of government (Democracy) on all people of the world, because we are all created individual and unique, different people require different forms of government. There are people who want (and maybe actually need) to focus their energies more local. They take care of their home and families and believe that in doing so, they contribute to the greater good, whereas the same person asked to contemplate more social concerns might be unsuccessful. For example, my grandfather made it a point to see that we were well nourished and clothed, but would become distressed at his lack of ability to do the same for friends and extended family. In trying to do so, he created more issues for us all, whereas by focusing on the needs of his immediate family, we were able to thrive and become, ourselves, able to care for a greater good, as my cousin’s music does. Different people have different needs, and that includes governmental styles.
However, I doubt that what has you distressed is my acceptance of different governments, and it is more the idea that some thoughts should be controlled by outside influences. This is distressing even to me. Consider, however, the revelations I have made about my own thought process. As an individual, I am very aware that I can find my mind in a state of depression that I am incapable to release alone. This week alone I have twice been in a cycle of fear that my PTSD prevents me the strength to break on my own.
It is during these moments that I am thankfully aware enough to seek aid from outside sources. I require aid to control my thoughts. Not everyone is capable of such self-revelation. Most of my readers have these types of experiences for themselves, and a few are dangerously unable to steer away from their depressive minds. Some of them must be guided with a strong will to stay focused on the positive until their cycle is broken. They are completely unable to do this for themselves, and rarely even know when it’s time to ask for this kind of “thought policing”.
Now, when I apply this understanding of the human condition to areas outside emotion, I can see where there may be individuals who require boundaries of thought. Hitler immediately comes to mind. I have read Mein Kampf. There is no doubt that the man was a genius, however, left to guide his own thoughts, he became an unquestionable monster. We cannot know what else he might have been with the proper guidance, but we all wish someone had forced their way into his life and mind much sooner. How many more like this are in prison now being given the freedom of mind that allows them to plan more horror, instead of creating environments that force their thinking along some different path?
Yes, I do truly believe that some people should not have freedom of thought, and most people likely at least have moments in their lives when free thinking causes more trouble than censorship would. The problem is not so much who requires censorship of thought and when, but who does the censoring and the consequential guidance.
Again, I refer to the individual who remains focused on their immediate needs with the certainty that, when they do the right thing here and now, all things will fall into place. These are people who believe that they systems in place around them serve the purpose for which they are intended. Our observations of humanity tell us this is an ideological existence; humans make mistakes, and these systems are run by humans. This does not mean that this is a useless state of being, even if it is not perfect; it is just different.
Just as one form and one dosage of medication is not suitable for all people with a specific disease, so is complete freedom of thought not appropriate for all humans. I hope this better explains my position.