Auberon Herbert Asks

Why should you desire to compel others; why should you seek to have power— that evil, bitter, mocking thing, which has been from of old, as it is today, the sorrow and curse of the world—over your fellow-men and fellow-women? Why should you desire to take from any man or woman their own will and intelligence, their free choice, their own self-guidance, their inalienable rights over themselves; why should you desire to make of them mere tools and instruments for your own advantage and interest; why should you desire to compel them to serve and follow your opinions instead of their own; why should you deny in them the soul—that suffers so deeply from all constraint—and treat them as a sheet of blank paper upon which you may write your own will and desires, of whatever kind they may happen to be? Who gave you the right, from where do you pretend to have received it, to degrade other men and women from their own true rank as human beings, taking from them their will, their conscience, and intelligence—in a word, all the best and highest part of their nature—turning them into mere empty worthless shells, mere shadows of the true man and women, mere counters in the game you are mad enough to play, and just because you are more numerous or stronger than they, to treat them as if they belonged not to themselves, but to you? Can you believe that good will ever come by morally and spiritually degrading your fellow-men? What happy and safe and permanent form of society can you hope to build on this pitiful plan of subjecting others, or being yourselves subjected by them?

Isn’t it apt? If you read it over twice, does it begin to sink it, at all? Does it at the very least give you a gram of pause?

What are so many trying to do to each other, on no basis other than their desire to control, using fear, to be a part of the cool-kids controlling group? And if you achieve it, what have you gained? And then what?

There’s a reason totalitarianism has always fallen.

It is not compatible with life itself—well, perhaps except for ants and bees, hives—and most especially, evolved human life and its nature leading to its survival and prosperity.


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1 Comments

  1. Geri Gill on May 18, 2021 at 01:33

    Great read and so true.

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