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Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #3 Good Will

This series of articles has shown that the primary foundation principle of the liberty movement is man's right to live life to the fullest, while an accompanying (but corollary) principle is letting others live life to the fullest. We even define a true teacher of liberty by his or her adherence to live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) But there is more. There are other secondary principles.

It is possible to let live in the sense of not forcing or defrauding my neighbor, while yet holding something against him in my mind. I may still be judging him negatively, attacking him in thought, holding a grievance against him. Psychologically, attack thoughts and holding grievances are a way of holding my neighbor in my mind as if in a jail without bail. I am not teaching freedom to the world.

Who could be set free while he imprisons anyone? A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner. He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him. The bars which limit him become the world in which the jailer lives, along with him. And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them. Therefore hold no-one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.
- Jesus Christ in his modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles

To really teach liberty to the world my mind must be free of attack thoughts, which means I must live with goodwill toward everyone. I must hope everyone finds the fullness of life. A true teacher of liberty is infused with goodwill toward others, because simply letting live in the physical sense (although a prerequisite) is not all that goes into my own living life to the fullest.

Some might ask, "But what if your neighbor thinks it's okay to rule your life as long as it is majority rule? Why would you want to wish the best for him?"

The answer is because what is best for him is not what he thinks in this case. He may be unaware that his ego-desire to rule is actually hurting him, not serving him. Wishing him the best means wishing him what is really good for him. In this circumstance, his true good is giving up his addiction to majority rule dictatorship (democracy).

Our goal in the liberty movement is to help people get in touch with their natural but possibly deeply buried desire for liberty. When we attack others or see them as unworthy of good, we are actually sabotaging the achievement of our goal. Only our goodwill frees others to let down their defenses and experience the freedom we would experience with them. Liberty thrives on goodwill.

"To teach liberty ... extend goodwill to all!"

To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "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

"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."


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