Laws confuse me. Apparently, I must do as other people wish or face consequences of their determination. Sure, there is some leeway that occurs within the system...but ultimately the premise remains the same..."do what we want you to do or suffer".
I don't understand this. Were we not all put on to this earth on equal standing? No one knows, really, what purpose existence promises...so I fail to see how a person can justify affecting another persons life in any way. We only get 80-100 years, if we're lucky...and that's all anyone has. How does another human being, no better, no worse, look me in the eyes and tell me "Do as I say...or else"? This is, selfish as it may seem, my life and ultimately I'm the only one responsible for it. If I choose to live it in a way that you don't find particularly appealing then you have your life and you are free to do with it as you please. But I will defend my life with my life and I fully expect you to do the same. If not, then really, what is your purpose?
So, I'm not sure what anything's legal status has to do with anything. As far as I'm concerned one of the few things all humans have in common is that we ultimately can't get beyond our own consciousnesses and percieve an actual reality. We will always be boxed in by our limitations...until we aren't. And until that day comes (Something I would love to see happen, though perhaps not participate in)...no one can tell me that my reality is in any way more flawed than anyone elses... nonetheless punish me for thinking so...and acting on those thoughts.
Of course this isn't to say there shouldn't be consequences to actions...only that those consequences shouldn't be determined by laws written by people with whom I may or may not agree. Otherwise, am I not nothing more than a slave to those people? And, as a slave, do you believe, even for an instant, that I will not fight for my freedom...or die trying? It's ridiculous...
Laws...they mean nothing. Words on a page, pages to a book, books in a library, the owners of which I couldn't give a damn. I live my life with my expextations firmly at the forefront...and really do marvel at those who either can't or won't do the same. My wants and wishes, by my estimation, aren't particularly outlandish...but as I pursue those things I have very little time to consider what some legal mind of my time has to say about my actions. Who died and made him my master? Was he not just as idiotic as everyone else who existed? Why should his perception of reality affect my own, particularly without my consent?
Yet, for practical reasons, I can see the merit of laws existing and being followed. I just can't follow them myself. The consequences of unlawful thoughts and actions are nothing compared to the consequences of a life lived in ways I do not accept. I have very little patience in explaining the way in which the reality I percieve operates...and ultimately I don't think it should be of any consequence to anyone anyway. I just assume that the system will evolve to incorporate my way of living...and if not, I honestly do not see a more noble fate a person can achieve. I'd be content and would go out insisting that it's ended for me...such that perhaps a better effort can be one day acheived.
My only question, really, is what this means for my future.