Libertarians are most successful when they learn that not wanting particular outcomes or circumstances, in the sense of not considering outcomes so important that their peace is in jeopardy, actually puts them in their power, in an enormously strong position. Being in their power in an enormously strong position ... everything they really want is gained.
In a way we could say wanting nothing on earth gains us everything in heaven. But by "heaven" we don't have to mean some place in the sky, do we? We could merely mean that we haven't "sold our soul", so to speak. We are intact. We are whole. We are our own person ... like Howard Roark.
Howard Roark lives by his spirit. If outer circumstances do not seem favorable, he laughs. If everything seems to turn against him, he laughs. If people declare they are out to destroy him, he laughs. Roark's joy cannot be touched because he has chosen to stay in touch with the natural joy inside himself.
If we were to want something outside ourselves more than we want our joy, then we would experience the pain of wanting when we could be experiencing the joy we already have inside ourselves. We experience what we choose to experience.
Does this mean we don't have preferences? Of course not. Our spirit has many preferences. But our spirit is not attached to any of them. Our spirit prefers the challenge of freedom over "guaranteed" security. Our spirit prefers that we earn our way rather have some government providing our welfare with stolen money. Our spirit rejoices in an economically free society and does not favor government manipulation of the economy.
But preferences don't say, "I have to have it or I will die!" A preference says something more like, "If it doesn't work out .... Oh, well! Whatever! Not having it is not going to destroy my peace."
A happy laughing child has preferences. A spoiled child has wants. A spoiled child uses anger, depression, grievances and various other painful mechanisms to prove that having one's way is more important than experiencing one's inner peace.
If we really want to be successful with libertarian goals, we must have a deeper, more foundational goal of teaching ourselves as never before that by wanting nothing outside ourselves we have everything we ever really wanted.
We want to say to ourselves often, many times a day:
"By wanting nothing, I am free! By being free, I have everything!"
To understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
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