“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
We do not need rulers because we can rule ourselves. We do not need masters because we can master ourselves. We do not need A God because everything is already God.
Problems arise when we allow others to rule us or other people. Problems arise when we allow others to master us or other people. Problems arise when we allow others to dictate God to us or to other people.
What problems tend to arise? Many: Violence, rape, coercion, slavery, and forced compliance despite consent are the most typical and egregious.
When your society’s solution to a problem is violence, rape, coercion, slavery, or forced compliance, then you know that your society is profoundly sick. As David Graeber said, “People don’t need to be threatened with force or fines or jail time (or divine commandments) to get them to do the right thing. We can organize ourselves and police ourselves. In fact, that’s the only way it can happen with respect and dignity maintained.”
So as to maintain our respect and dignity, and to avoid these problems, we must learn self-rule, self-mastery, and how God is implied in the cosmos itself. Let’s break it down…
No rulers except self-rule:
“Since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.” ~Edward Abbey
Rebel. Nonconformist. Maverick. Self-rulers embrace rules that are in healthy alignment with universal laws (valid), but they courageously break rules that are not (invalid).
Governing the precept that humans are fallible, imperfect, and prone to make mistakes, especially when it comes to power, it stands to reason that confiding in a system made up of humans wielding power over others is absurd. It’s circular reasoning at its worst.
There must be checks and balances. Once we’ve accepted our own fallibility, we are more likely to be compassionate toward other fallible beings. But we are also more likely to recognize fallibility and to help correct it.
Fallible individuals checking the power of systems made up of other fallible individuals is the only way to prevent the power within those fallible systems from becoming corrupt. Let alone from corrupting absolutely.
So, it stands to reason that attempting to rule ourselves (despite our personal fallibility) is superior to allowing others to rule us (since power tends to corrupt). Leadership then becomes a thing we teach each other how to do, rather than a thing we force upon each other.
Keep in mind: ‘no rulers’ does not mean ‘no rules.’ Rules will always arise organically and socially through the natural checks-and-balancing mechanisms of self-rulers. As Peter Kropotkin said, “Anarchism is mutual support, mutual aid, and mutual defense.”
Through mutual support, mutual aid, and mutual defense, we teach each other how to rule ourselves. True leadership is teaching others how to lead themselves.
In the crashing plane that is our sick society, the self-ruler puts the oxygen mask on him/herself first so that he/she can help others who may be less capable. In this way, they lead by healthy example.
No masters except self-mastery:
“She wasn't afraid to be herself. When everyone said, ‘be a lamb,’ She showed her fangs and became a wolf.” ~Unknown
Self-taught. Autodidact. Divergent. Self-mastery keeps the individual focused on what he/she can control rather than on attempting to control others.
As it stands, fear-based programming and mass-orientated narratives dominate the status quo. The solution is for individuals to be willing to diverge from the herd and become self-masters through courage-based re-programming and self-empowered narratives that transcend the status quo.
Self-mastery makes mastery of others obsolete. When everybody learns how to directly self-correct, the system is more likely to indirectly self-correct. A system of self-masters eventually balances out a corrupt system of masters and slaves. Simply by focusing on building the healthy new despite the unhealthy old, we get ahead of the societal curve.
Self-mastery is precisely a focus on the healthy new despite the unhealthy old. It’s the full acceptance that we cannot (and should not) attempt to control others, especially when we can barely even control ourselves. Instead, the focus is on self-mastery, self-correction, self-improvement, and self-overcoming, despite the master-slave paradigm that surrounds us.
A bottom-up strategy of leadership is where individuals learn self-mastery. The self-master’s teachers are Nature, Pain, Validity, and other individuals who have mastered the self. Self-mastery is grounded mastery. It works from the bottom (roots) up (crown). It’s a health-based, body-based, earth-based philosophy.
Bottom-up self-mastery follows the golden rule and the non-aggression principle, while instilling the courage to disobey any laws/rules/commands that go against them. Bottom-up leadership is about self-mastery despite t