I want to thank a friend that I was having a phone conversation with this morning before my battery went dead and cut us off who got me to thinking about this.
Do you want freedom… and the absence of restraint and responsibilities?
Or, do you want liberty… which requires restraint and responsibility?
Do you want absolute chaos? Or controlled chaos?
Do you want to defy natures law. Or, abide by natures law?
Do you want anything goes? Or, do you want some things go?
Do you want no limitations. Or, some limitations?
Do you want the synonyms of virtue: advantage, asset, character, charity, chastity, consideration, credit, ethic, ethicality, ethicalness, excellence, faith, faithfulness, fineness, fortitude, generosity, good point, goodness, high-mindedness, hope, ideal, incorruptibility, innocence, justice, kindness, love, merit, morality, plus, probity, prudence, purity, quality, rectitude, respectability, righteousness, temper, temperance, trustworthiness, uprightness, value, worth, worthiness.
Or the antonyms of virtue: dishonor, evil, immorality, vice, badness, villainy, (etc.).
The synonyms of dishonor: discredit, disesteem, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame, scandal; contempt, despite, disdain, scorn; deprecation, disapprobation, disapproval, disfavor; abasement, debasement, debasing, degradation, dust, humbling, humiliation; blot, brand, shadow, slur, smirch, spot, stain, stigma, taint.
The synonyms of evil: adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wicked, hostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinous.
The synonyms of immorality: corruption, debauchery, depravity, immorality, iniquitousness, iniquity, libertinage, libertinism, licentiousness, profligacy, sin, bad, badness, blackness, evil, evildoing, ill, turpitude, villainy, wickedness, wrong; atrociousness, evilness, heinousness, sinfulness, unscrupulousness, viciousness, vileness, villainousness; devilry (or deviltry), fiendishness; corruptness, debasement, degeneracy, degeneration, depravedness, dissoluteness, dissolution; indecency, lasciviousness, lechery, lewdness, looseness, perversion, pervertedness, wantonness; abomination, anathema, taboo (also tabu); criminality, reprehensibleness; baseness, despicableness, dirtiness, lowness, meanness; lousiness, miserableness, wretchedness.
The synonyms of vice: evil, adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wicked, hostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinous.
The synonyms of badness: atrociousness, atrocity, badness, depravedness, depravity, diabolicalness, evilness, heinousness, hideousness, monstrosity, sinfulness, vileness, wickedness, accursedness, baseness, cursedness, devilishness, execrableness, fiendishness, hellishness; corruption, decadence, degeneracy, pervertedness; immorality; infamy, notoriety.
The synonyms of villainy: bad, evildoing, ill, immorality, iniquity, sin, villainy, wrong, atrociousness, atrocity, badness, balefulness, darkness, depravedness, devilishness, diabolism, enormity, evilness, heinousness, iniquitousness, satanism, sinfulness, vileness, wickedness; devilry (or deviltry), fiendishness; cancer, canker, decay, rot, squalor; corruption, debauchery, degeneracy, depravity, indecency, malefaction, perversion, pervertedness, scurrility, scurrilousness; abomination, anathema, taboo.
Words – have – meaning – folks. They – are – what – makes – us – who – we – are.
This is just a short list.
What. Do. You. Want?
I suspect that quite a few of you do not have a clue of what you want.
And some of you, according to a lot of comments I have read -DO- want the synonyms of chaos: chance-medley, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, dishevelment, disorder, disorderedness, disorderliness, disorganization, free-for-all, havoc, heck, hell, jumble, mare’s nest, mess, messiness, misorder, muddle, muss, shambles, snake pit, tumble, welter, anarchy, lawlessness, misrule, riot; knot, snarl, tangle; labyrinth, maze, web; maelstrom, storm; bollix, clutter, litter, mishmash, shuffle; hodgepodge, medley, miscellany, morass, motley. And the synonyms of unnatural: aberrant, aberrational, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, deviate, devious, irregular, unnatural, untypical, unrepresentative; extraordinary, preternatural; rare, uncommon, uncustomary, unusual, unwonted; bizarre, curious, far-out, funny, kinky, odd, outlandish, out-of-the-way, outré, peculiar, quaint, queer, queerish, quirky, remarkable, screwy, strange, wacky (also whacky), way-out, weird, wild; eccentric, freakish, idiosyncratic, nonconformist, unconventional, unorthodox; extraordinary, preternatural; rare, uncommon, uncustomary, unusual, unwonted; odd, peculiar, strange.
So, when you are out there talking about liberty and quoting the Founding Fathers who were more educated and read than the vast majority of you (and me)… know what the hell you are talking about.
I am asking you to go and find out what this means: When human beings are able to govern themselves, they have liberty.
Able to GOVERN themselves.
You might be surprised at the answer.
Update: What words in the English language will you use to govern yourself. What words in the above (and below) synonyms will you use to govern yourself?
Govern: to exercise authority or power over – synonyms: boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, sway [archaic], conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate.
Govern: to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level – synonyms: bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tame, bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silence.
Govern: to look after and make decisions about – synonyms: administer, administrate, carry on, control, direct, govern, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tend, care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage.
Think about it. T-h-i-n-k.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. – Matthew 12:34
You are free to leave a comment. But I am not going to debate it. There is nothing to debate.
Also see: The Devil throwing the Devil Out.
Every man had better know where he stands in this world, damn skippy. In politics and in life, you’ll define yourself or someone else will do it for you. And these days, Bad People from Left to Right are doing the defining. – Kerodin
I hope everyone who reads that will absolutely and unequivocally understand that down to the most inner part of their being… “or someone else will do it for you.”