Edmund. 25 year old Bostonian. Third year law school student and a degree holder in American/Legal History. Lover of fine art, literature, and sports. Ardent supporter of the free market and individual liberty. I admire those who build and discover things, both physical and intellectual.
My title comes from this line: "...a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
I have a problem with conservatives who preach that the decay of the American family is a root cause of many of our country’s problems, only to turn around and support throwing millions of young men behind bars for minor drug offenses that harmed no one.
Yes, the loss of solid families is a bad thing. So don’t support ripping young men who are fathers, sons, brothers out if their family unit. It defeats your rhetoric and contributes drastically to poverty in this country.
The government has no right to punish people for “crimes” that had no impact on anyone but the supposed “perpetrator.” The function of government is to protect people from the aggression of others, not from oneself. By inventing crimes like drug offenses the government is victimizing the individual, as well as everyone who loves them. Not to mention the taxpayers who have to foot the bill for unnecessary court proceedings and prison costs.
As you can see, the government chooses to create a giant morass of costly injustices when it could just leave people be. It is a pervasive and downright evil problem with no justification.
To quote Ayn Rand: “The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” That is our government today, in this “free” country.
You want to talk about a “war on women?” Well the detention of men is a war on women. Stats show that couples have far, far better odds of economic success than individuals. Stripping communities of men leaves women alone and denies them that benefit of a shared future. How do you think taking a son or husband or father or brother away makes a woman feel?
Anyways, those were just some things on my mind today. I’ll talk more on this soon.
I’m only 22. “Only”. People keep saying I’m young and should enjoy it, but I don’t feel it. I’m not saying I’m not enjoying life, I am (probably too much so sometimes). I just don’t feel the young part. For some reason I feel like it’s time to get going and find myself in this world. It’s time to find the places I want to go, start the projects I want to one day complete, and find the people I want to do it all with.
I guess to sum it all up, I want to settle into my life. Although settle is probably the wrong word. To the contrary, I want to break out of this youth thing and Really live. I want to continue my self education, make money, create a business, write a lot, travel, help others, etc. That’s my definition of settling down/breaking out. And more important than any of that, I want to find love and start a family. For some reason I feel like that’s the hardest part. The first things I mentioned will come easy. But the love part; I think it seems harder because it’s the thing I want to find the most. I’ll only be truly happy to succeed in life if I can share my goals with someone, and have someone share their goals with me. As they always say it’s not the final success that truly matters, it’s the journey along the way. I don’t want to go on my journey alone. I want to spend this life working hard and helping others, but I truly want to devote myself to someone who will help others with me.
Like I said, people say I’m to young to think about this stuff. But I do. For whatever reason it’s what’s on my mind all the time lately. I don’t feel young, I feel like I should be moving on with life. I’m enjoying my life but I know there is so much in front of me that I would enjoy so much more… Why can’t it start now? And why can’t I find that perfect woman? I could walk into that person tomorrow or I could already know them. Who knows?
I’m “young”, and it takes time…