Often we are distracted by what happens in the political world. We let what others do affect us as individuals. We allow someone we’ve never met to determine our identity.
Morever, there is a tendency within libertarianism to criticize, but not create, build, or produce. We emphasize what we oppose, but not what we love and cherish. Mockery and sarcasm are great if you’re a hipster libertarian, but that’s not the kind of man I strive to be.
A recent essay by Jack Donovan aptly describes him:
I want to go out on a limb and stand for something. I want to spend my life making something beautiful that I really believe in. I want to inspire people — not just make them giggle. I want to challenge them to become superior versions of themselves — instead of just feeling superior. It’s important to recognize what is wrong with the world around you, but until you transcend that dissatisfaction and begin working to create something that you think is right, you are merely a spectator, not a creator.
We should all aim for greatness in our lives, whatever it is we feel called to do. We should endeavor to better ourselves and to ignore or sidestep the state when it attempts to interfere. We should not stand and wait for obstacles to disappear. Even as we fight to remove them, we continue onward with our life objectives.
That is what it means to be truly free.