From bondage to liberty (part 1)

 

Reading’ time : 2 min, 5 sec.
Traductor : Wolgang Black

Bondage… “Is this living happily? Is it even living?” said Étienne de La Boétie[1].

Since the beginning of March 2020, Covid-19 has become the only parameter upon which government decisions are based. As a result, it has become our new social context governing our way of being and acting among each other.

Now in the year 2021, we are more than ever at the mercy of decisions that are political and not health-related, even though the government refers to sanitary “means”, e.g.: masks, vaccines, to manage this “pandemic”.

The instrumentalisation of this Covid-19 for political ends revealed itself through the inconsistency between the motive: to be protected from a “deadly” disease, and the facts: figures[2], independent scientific information[3] and the management of this so-called pandemic.[4]

The government’s ignoring of the facts and the reinforcement of the rhetoric of being protected at all cost has the effect of fueling fears… especially that of dying. “The more scared you are, the more you build connections of fear in your brain.[5] – Rael

This exacerbated fear causes an irrational feeling of wanting to feel safe, hence the need for protection (of oneself and others) by applying the measures… and this to the detriment of one’s freedom.

How is it that the measures are being adhered to by the people?

In his text Discourse on Voluntary Servitude[6], La Boétie was able to demonstrate that servitude is not forced, that it is indeed voluntary. He asked himself the following question: “How can it be that a small number of people compel all other citizens to obey so submissively?”

For him, any power, even when it imposes itself by force of arms, cannot dominate and sustainably exploit a society without the collaboration, active and resigned, of a notable part of its members. In short, tyranny is based less on repression than on the voluntary dispossession of one’s freedom.

This comment sheds light on our individual and collective responsibility to submit or not. Indeed, to obey is our decision, which can be explained by a motivation (a need or a fear). Only the motivation for making the decision differs from person to person. Here are some examples:

  • Motivated by financial need, e.g.: keep one’s job;
  • Motivated by the need to receive care or services, e.g.: purchasing food, medical appointments, etc.;
  • Motivated by the fear of not being reassured, of not feeling protected, e.g.: for one’s health;
  • Motivated by a fear of retaliation, e.g.: a ticket or fine, layoff;
  • Motivated by the need to do one’s duty, e.g.: protecting your loved one;
  • Motivated by the need to be a good citizen, e.g.: showing solidarity to protect others;
  • Motivated by the need to defer to someone else, e.g.: “He knows better than me what’s good for me”;
  • Motivated by the need to associate with authority, e.g.: for personal interest or to obtain favors;
  • Motivated by… “the fear of being judged by others for not conforming or behaving ‘like everyone else’[7] – Rael

How many people believe that this obedience is compulsorily imposed? We may feel constrained, forced to follow the measures. A strong sense of guilt can emerge at the thought of disobedience.

Accepting to be in this social context does not mean that we are in agreement with it. Being able to act on the situation is possible, and it protects us from feeling submissive, even if we have to follow these measures.

Let’s see how in From bondage to liberty, (part 2).

 

Rachel Bluteau, columnist
Canadian Raelian Movement

 

 

[1] Étienne de La Boétie : French humanist writer and poet (1530-1563).  Famous for his text Discourse on Voluntary Servitude.
[2] https://www.inspq.qc.ca/covid-19/donnees
[3] https://reinfocovid.fr
[4] https://reinfocovid.fr/articles_video/astrid-stuckelberger-comprendre-la-gestion-de-la-pandemie-la-tribune-reinfo-27-12-20/
[5] Paroles du Maitreya, 42 ans d’éveil de A à Z. La Mort, p.70
[6] Discourse on Voluntary Servitude: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discourse_on_Voluntary_Servitude
https://cdn.mises.org/Politics%20of%20Obedience.pdf
[7] https://www.facebook.com/maitreyarael/   2020-10-12

 

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