It’s not unheard of for a kid to rebel against their parent’s political views or religious beliefs. So, why on earth was my rebellion one that lead me to a faith that has more rules and a political philosophy that is even more “conservative” than that of my parents’?
I know it’s typically the trend of rebellious kids to push against the strict ways of their parents, but my rebellion, like many other aspects of my thought process, was kind of backwards. My parents were never shy about discussing politics or religion as I was growing up and respected whatever views my brother and I happened to have. Oddly enough, this freedom to express ourselves did not result in an all-out pushing away from our parents’ views or heated discussions over certain political issues, but rather I feel that because our parents respected our views and encouraged us to figure out things for ourselves, it made us respect their views and actually give them some thought before deciding to take them on as our own. Today, my brother and I are both extremely conservative in our political views; though I’m a Libertarian.
Why am I a Libertarian? My best answer is that I simply do not know. No, I know why I am a Libertarian, but my own ignorance is the reason for being a Libertarian. Here’s what I don’t know:
- I don’t know what religion, if any, will make you happiest.
- I don’t know how you should raise your children.
- I don’t know what is the best way you should spend your money.
- I don’t know what career path will make you the most successful or happy.
- I don’t know what certain lifestyles, medicinal goods, or other practices are best for you.
- Simply put: I don’t know you.
My personal views:
Government always assumes that it knows. It assumes that it knows what’s the best way to spend your money. It assumes that it knows what your best interests are with other countries in the world. It assumes that it knows what is best for your health. It does its best to remove personal responsibility and decision from your life.
If it were up to me, I’d have it pretty simple. The laws would run in a vein of “Do what makes you happy as long as it doesn’t harm or inconvenience anyone else.” The government would exist only to protect people’s ability to do what makes them happy and make sure these actions or ideas aren’t harming or inconveniencing anyone else. Though this is contrary to my religious beliefs for myself, my religious beliefs only extend to my household or some form of religious community in which we have agreed-upon standards. I do not wish to push religious legislation on everyone else. Why not? Because I don’t know everyone else.
“…if it is evil in your eyes to serve יהוה, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve יהוה.” – Joshua 24:15
And you can completely disagree with me. Mmmm, can you smell the liberty?
“Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”