Wednesday, April 22, 2009

authority and responsibility

r. a. heinlein:
I am a Free Man, regardless of what set of 'rules' surround me. When I find them tolerable, I tolerate them. When I find them obnoxious, I ignore them. I remain free, because I know and understand that I alone bear full responsibility for everything I do, or chose not to do.


unarmed, my authority extends as far as i can reach (throw a punch, etc).

armed, and with the advent of firearms, my authority extends as far as i can see.

unarmed, my responsibility extends to the edge of my physical comfort zone.

armed, my responsibility extends as far as i can see, plus what is behind my target.

in matters of mind and self-governance, both my authority and responsibility extend infinitely.

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