Monday, July 18, 2005

Part of our Outlaw charm

I recently wrote an article for an industry magazine about the need for front-line employees to look beyond their petty ego needs for the sake of what they’re on the job to accomplish. The industry in question has historically been known for its friendly people, yet I see so many of those people whining and griping and sniping at one another. It’s not only unfortunate – it’s poisonous.

I’ve been seeing the same kind of poison cropping up on certain freedom boards on the internet lately, and there’s been discussion (and often, um, more than discussion) about the growth of this kind of behavior by intelligent adults.

C’mon. We’re Outlaws. Not only are we smart and brave, we’re irresistibly charming.

We’re the good guys, the romantic heroes, the irresistible forces that know (or fake it ‘til we make it) how to get over, around, under, or through those damned immovable statist objects.

If we want to welcome more like us into the ranks, we’ve got to make those ranks a place worth coming to. We’ve got to make magic just by being ourselves, living our truth, and taking actions that speak volumes to the free souls of others.

Speak and do unto others…as you would have them speak and do unto you.

I’ve long wondered why it is that most people treat perfect strangers with so much respect and kindness, then go home and abuse and insult and manipulate their own loved ones. It’s sick. It’s messed up.

How many of us grew up in that type of family environment? Putting on the act for the neighbors, putting on our best clothes and behavior for church and for company, and knowing that it was all a sham that our parents perpetrated upon us and others? Did we resent it and vow that we’d never do the same? Did we want to escape it as soon as we could?

Did we then, years later, jump on some internet forum and start belittling anyone who didn’t agree with us on a minor issue – even though they were kindred spirits about the big issues?

Did we expect to be lauded as innovators of thought, yet then demand that everyone arrive at our exact same conclusions – immediately or sooner – or else they were loser-infidels unworthy of freedom?

Did we taunt and razz and jab those who are closest to us in our thinking?

And do we then have the right to wonder why our ranks remain so small, and why so many who stop by for a chat decide that this isn’t a place they want to remain?

The hardest part, perhaps, is stemming that quickly-rising urge to MAKE people agree, to MAKE OUR POINT, SO THEY GET IT, DAMMITALL, AND WE GET THE LAST WORD. In short – to PROVE HOW SMART AND PERFECT WE ARE AND THUS RULE THE PLACE.

And isn’t that the control-freak, statist-wannabe demon rising up within us?

So…since we know that sort of motivation is far beneath us, why can’t we pause right there, reach down deep to the wise, dashing Outlaw within, and let her or him speak instead?

Her words and ideas are compelling like gorgeous music, her factual examples irrefutable – yet non-threatening. His ways draw us nearer in warm, exciting welcome, rather than pushing us away in anger and revulsion.

I think it’s time to ask ourselves if we really deserve – and will proudly, loyally carry, in all our dealings – the title and standard of Freedom Outlaw.

And I think of Goethe’s lines at the end of this quote by W.H. Murray:

Until one is committed,
there is hesitancy,
the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)
there is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas
and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
Providence moves too.
All sort of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one’s favor
all manner of unforeseen incidents
and meetings and materal assistance,
which no man could have dreamed
would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect
for one of Goethe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do,
or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.”

Quotation from
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition,
By W. H. Murray,
Pub. J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1951

In order to deserve it, we’ve got to live up to it ourselves. And when we think that’s too hard, we’ve got to search much deeper, to reach for the dazzling best within us.

Our kind of Outlaw charm, woven gracefully and sprinkled with stylish panache, works with people, and creates those astonishing opportunities we could never plan. Charm is made with equal parts of magic, passion, love, and pure (never “lite” or imitation) joy.

And charm is exactly what the statists don’t have.


Blogger David said...

Well said.

Keep on a'bloggin'...

7/19/2005 10:16 AM  
Blogger H. Rearden said...

A very good message Lightning.

7/19/2005 10:35 AM  
Blogger Unstructuredreality said...

Mmm, Lightning. Well said. We must all dig deeper and possibly reach those that are walking the societal tightropes, many of whom don't know why they got there in the first place. Helping, educating, and being coherent is key.

Peace to you from UnstructuredReality

7/22/2005 3:58 PM  

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