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Extracted from the pre-released book Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion by John G. Vibes.

The mainstream view of history that has been handed down by the aristocracy presents the idea that great things can only be accomplished by mythical heroes, who know all of the right things to say and all of the right things to do and who are completely devoid of fear, doubt, regret or any of the other vulnerable emotions that we all feel. Throughout the better part of history kings and priests have created a social atmosphere in which they were these heroes, although in real life they were nothing like the image that they put forward. In American culture the politicians are always presented in this mythical context where they are said to have the superhuman ability to know what is best for millions of other people at all times, just as the kings and priests to come before them. During times of social change whichever ruler happened to be in power was naturally associated with that change due to the personality cult that is traditionally inherited by those in that position. However, this view of history is giving far too much credit to the individuals who have waged wars and signed documents.

Sadly, we live in a world where there are different classes of people who have different rules and different rights according to their relationship with those in power or their ability to use force and fraud on others. This all takes place without any social stigma despite the fact that people claim to recognize that all humans were created equal. The truth is that we all were created equal, but we live in societies where we are not treated as equals because small groups of sophists have established cultural norms which ensure that they are the rulers of everyone else, instead of their equals. This was obvious during the times of the monarchy and open slavery, but now the rulers have quite effectively hid behind democracy and communism, both ideas that claim to put the power in the hands of the people but really does nothing but strengthen the state and give people more deceptive avenues to oppress their neighbors.

This may be the state of society, but this does not have to be the state of our lives and it does not have to be the future of humanity. While it may be true that there are people out there who think they have authority over us, and will probably do us harm if they get the chance, this does not mean that this authority actually exists. This authority is nothing more than an illusion, it doesn’t matter how many people respect this illusion, it still isn’t real. With that being said there is no sense to live like it is real, besides there is no reason for us to be acting like second class citizens just because we are treated as such.

Each and every one of us are autonomous beings who have the right to think and act however we wish as long as we bring no harm to anyone else. In other words, you are your own king, or queen, whichever term applies to you. No one is your owner, regardless of how many politicians come along and claim ownership over you. You are the master of your own domain, and the master of your own future. It is true that we are living in a situation where our possibilities are limited and we are forced to conform in certain ways when “the powers that shouldn’t be” are looking, but none of that changes reality, so it should not change the way we look at things.

When you accept the worldview of those who oppress you and act as if it were true you are disempowering yourself and giving your abuser the upper hand. This is what happens when we attemptto conform with standards that we know are unjust, and then proceed to emotionally attack ourselves when we naturally fall short.

Our ancestors had an extremely difficult time coming to terms with all this, which is why they never achieved freedom and why they didn’t resist the establishment of the control systems that exists today.

However, our generation does not have to be the same, we have the tools and the power to turn this all around and create a world where everyone has autonomy. The first step to getting there is to act yourself as if you were your own master, and to make efforts to advance and spread this philosophy of self-ownership.

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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance at bookpatch.com.

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