Do people really want genuine freedom and all the liabilities that come with it?
To answer it myself: Yes.
But I admit my life experience is somewhat limited. I have not had the same opportunities as others. I can see why they might not.
I almost wonder if it’s part of the human condition; irreconcilable and competing desires. Humans want to be free, but they also want things to be a certain way that requires them to give up their freedom to make it happen.
People have to pick one or the other and inevitably as a whole we will pick to surrender freedom. Those on the fringe, the extreme, will choose freedom. But they are just that, the few.
Mankind loves the benefits of freedom but the price is too much to pay.
Maybe the Founding Fathers (and H.L. Menken too) had it right. Men want to be free, but they will ultimately turn to government even if it requires they surrender some rights. Better to acknowledge that flawed, imperfect human condition than pretend it’s unnatural.
Perhaps it is natural we yearn to be free, but the goal of complete liberty will always be the pursuit the unattainable. A pursuit we should make with the knowledge it will never be fully realized.
A stateless society is the same as a crime-less society. It is the ideal, it is what we strive for. Yet we know that will never be fully realized. We may get some of it, a lot of it. Not all of it.
Pursuing the ideal allows us to reach what is realistically possible while acknowledging the reality of the human condition and the natural order of things.