Freedom is “Legit”

Written by Lance Larsen on October 27th, 2009

“[W]hat the spontaneous order of society provides for us is more important for everyone, and therefore for the general welfare, than most of the particular services which the organization of government can provide, excepting only the security provided by the enforcement of the rules of just conduct”

Erica made a great point in her post.  She said “There are too many customs, people, ideas, and interactions within any given society for it to be managed by an ordered power.”  I agree wholeheartedly.  So much authenticity and richness are lost when somebody who doesn’t know “what’s up” tries to act like they do.  This is a purely cultural argument of course, but I have a story to back it up.  

In high school, my friends and I always just seemed to end up at Matt Wright’s house.  It became home base for our group of friends.  This is probably because the fridge was always full and open for pillage, but also because we all really enjoyed his parents.  Matt’s dad, Bill, was exceptionally fun.  Bill had a thing for bargain shopping and would often buy things just because they were a good deal, whether they were needed by anyone or not.  One night, as we were hanging out in the kitchen, Bill got an excited look on his face and ran upstairs.  On his way down the stairs a few minutes later he started saying things like “watch out now” and “check a brother out”.  He strutted into the kitchen baggy wearing a maroon velvet jogging suit.  The suit was obviously cut for someone Bill’s height but two or three times his girth.  The closest thing I’d ever seen to it was on a rap music video.  Apparently Bill had the same idea so he started saying “sup dawwwg, what’s crackin’ my homie” while bouncing up and down with his arms out like p-diddy.  Then he turned to his wife and practically yelled, “Honey!  All i need now is some bling!!”  We all lost it.  And we’ve never let him live it down.  

The moral of this story is that if you ain’t it, don’t pretend that you are.  The rationale that we often use to defend the idea of kosmos is a raw efficiency argument.  And to be honest, on the surface, it can be kind of a sterile argument.  But what if cool was a taxi-controlled thing?  Would they hire Bill Wright?  No one would buy.  The natural order of human interaction is full of color and personality.  Much of that vibrancy is lost when situations are overly planned and controlled.


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