" 'I will forgive you if you meet my needs, for in your slavery is my release.' Say this to anyone and you are slave. And you will seek to rid yourself of guilt in further bargains which can give no hope, but only greater pain and misery."
~ Jesus Christ

The fundamental question of political philosophy is: how much slavery are you willing to live with?

If you are willing to fight battles over who pretends to be "master" and who appears to be "slave," then it doesn't matter whether you call yourself liberal, conservative, moderate, authoritarian, or libertarian ... for in any case you are willing to enslave yourself by holding fixed ideas as to what is right and what is wrong for yourself, and others.

The only freedom, the only non-slave state of being, is a totally open mind which listens inside and says: "Here is what my spirit (Christians, read: Holy Spirit) is guiding for ME. I have no idea what the spirit in others is guiding for THEM." Live and let live. Each has a different way of opening up and finding salvation.

The Nolan Chart (shown above) gives the impression that liberal, libertarian, conservative, and authoritarian ... sticking out in four directions ... are extreme positions. Since life is constantly teaching us that every time we take an extreme position we are proven wrong, anyone who is not still too young to have learned life's lesson has built a natural subconscious inclination to want to be somewhere in the middle between extremes. If most people who give little thought to politics happen to see the above Nolan Chart, they will without much thought think of themselves as "moderates."

Not to say the Nolan Chart has not served a purpose, but a much more valuable chart for the future would probably present a horizontal dimension on which would be plotted various forms of slavery: liberal, conservative, authoritarian, moderate, libertarian; and then representation of a vertical dimension which indicates "live and let live" rising above all the enslaving philosophies.

Interestingly, this is happens to be the symbolism of the Christian cross, where the horizontal cross-bar represents earth, or self-enslavement by the belief in good and evil. ("....but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." ~ Gen 2:17) The vertical post represents rising above earthly pain, fear and guilt; freedom from the belief in good and evil; live and let live. Although most Christians probably do not live up to such an ideal, true Christianity teaches transformation to total freedom.

Anyway, it would not serve to use a Christian cross in politics, but if someone with artistic talent would revise the Nolan Chart to show another dimension, with a horizontal plane of slavery positions and a freedom dimension which rises above all slavery thought systems, above all "fixed in stone" positions altogether, such a revised chart might prove to be even more valuable than the original Nolan Chart.

The American Revolution was all about freeing people from slavery, but it's been a process over history which is not yet complete. To get a glimpse of the future, see: The Continuing American Revolution.

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