all, is The Mental Militia?
The Mental Militia is not a formal organization, it is an association of conscientious people who value freedom and liberty in the widest context. We like that brand of Liberty which was originally expounded by the authors of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Mentalitians are people who believe that "consciousness works!", and who prefer the art of reason over violence as a solution to international, national, societal, and cultural problems. We see an apparent and lucid truth in the wisdom of dispelling illusions of mass-mentality by first coming to know and to understand the content of one's mind. We feel that a healthy, integrated, well-oriented mind produces a physical rendering in actions and deeds within society and culture which reflect the unity and cohesiveness of peace, love, and happiness.
The Mental Militia presupposes that to achieve a healthy mind in today's "civilized" world, anyone might begin by accumulating a wide and diversified field of truthful knowledge. Therefore, The Mental Militia seeks the gathering of diverse thought, historic fact, philosophical view, intuitive and creative thinking, emotional input, and analysis of public events involving spirituality, psychology, economics, cultural mores, governance, and politics.
There is really nothing to join with TMM except the exploration of ideas and how they effect your inner-most self. We are simply a growing number of people who confer in cyberspace and stimulate intellectual/psychological growth between ourselves as we discuss, argue, debate, and celebrate the spectrum of Liberty-related premises and theories.
We are from all over the world, and we are all responsible, peace-loving persons with a burning passion for human freedom. Individual freedom. Our members/associates are average people just like those good neighbors who live next door to you, or work in an office or other work-space along side you. We are composed of attorneys, military people, self-employed folk, artists, professionals, tradesmen, small business owners, housewives, teachers and students, and people from just about every walk of life in today's Age of Information. We are mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.
We are as grass-roots as grass-roots gets. We are like you. And we are concerned about the direction of today's industrialized, militarized, economized, high-tech, post-Atomic, government-controlled world. We're here to talk about it with you. We hope you are here to exchange ideas with us as well.
In describing for you a sketch of who and what The Mental Militia is, we could say that most of us are artists in our own way, and all of us make an art of living life. We are common people whom the media and entertainment communities, as well as the national government, would have you believe are quasi-potential-terrorist-sympathizers. We do not see ourselves in that way. We eat food, sleep, have relationships, manage careers, raise families, enjoy our pleasures and comforts, read books, find our fortunes, dislike visits to the dentist's office, support the arts, tolerate the different views of our neighbors, study the meaning of life, combat daily stresses, value morality, get sick sometimes, wonder how corrupt government really is, and, like everyone else, we form opinions.
We use our minds, and our motto is: "Mind what you think!"
We believe that liberty and freedom are fast disappearing for several obvious and also for several not-so-obvious reasons, and we are advocating a Mental Revolution world-wide. We believe that violent revolutions always lead to the need for yet another revolution, as history shows clearly. We therefore seek the awakening of mankind to personal responsibility and the Liberty which springs therefrom. One of our keenest issues is the place of "individual sovereignty" within today's complex world of powerful governments.
Therefore we are non-violent militians of the mind of mankind, and as our logo, LadyFireSilk's Gryphon striking flint with steel, aptly suggests, we hope to spark a world-wide awakening to the reality of today's sovereign human being, to the various levels of Statism which absorb the individual's life-energies, his work, his emotional capacities, and, yes, even his mind.
We ask the question, "what is the relationship between the individual human being and government?"
The Mental Militia is opposed to coercion of any kind, and is especially opposed to institutionalized coercion. The Mental Militia is also opposed to deceptive psychological tactics presently being used by the Corporate Dynasty via mass-media propaganda programs.
We seek to protect our birth-right of individual liberty and autonomy via legal, non-violent means and methods, and we do understand how our Liberty can be legally returned to each of us, by peaceful means, as sovereign human beings.
We do not advocate citizenship, as governments invariably construe that as a sign of ownership over a more or less subservient citizenry. We think that We The People rightfully own our allegedly representative government. We do advocate individual sovereignty. We desire the true essence of human existence as sovereign souls owing no allegiance to any man-made State. We celebrate dissenting views as being a natural "right", and expect the same in return. Therefore, we hold that people who wish to be a citizen of any Government should be free to do so, while those among us who do not choose citizenship should be free to exist apart from Government's otherwise-collective authority. As Spencer wrote:
As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry. If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state?to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying toward its support. It is self-evident that in so behaving he in no way trenches upon the liberty of others; for his position is a passive one; and whilst passive he cannot become an aggressor. It is equally self-evident that he cannot be compelled to continue one of a political corporation, without a breach of the moral law, seeing that citizenship involves payment of taxes; and the taking away of a man's property against his will, is an infringement of his rights. Government being simply an agent employed in common by a number of individuals to secure to them certain advantages, the very nature of the connection implies that it is for each to say whether he will employ such an agent or not. If any one of them determines to ignore this mutual-safety confederation, nothing can be said except that he loses all claim to its good offices, and exposes himself to the danger of maltreatment?a thing he is quite at liberty to do if he likes. He cannot be coerced into political combination without a breach of the law of equal freedom; he can withdraw from it without committing any such breach; and he has therefore a right so to withdraw.In a word, we do not simply embody the spirit of Anarchy, we go beyond it in claiming total and true Liberty in equal proportion to personal responsibility. We are keen on the responsibility which accompanies such a quest, especially upon it's obtainment. We are willing to go beyond our fear to establish a culture of freedom, liberty, and a peace graced by happiness for each and all. Thank you for being with us in our mission?the world-wide consciousness revolution.
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