ownership of self

The thing is; it’s perfectly ok for people to not want to own a firearm, or be opposed to violence, even in self defense.

It’s their choice as to how they want to react to that possible situation, and even if they do not act in violence to defend themselves, or even actively oppose harm being done in their name by proxy, that does not mean they give consent to be harmed.

Just because a person does not defend themselves, does not rescind their inherent right to make decisions. Even if that decision is possibly very bad for their health or safety, as long as that decision is one made by themselves, understanding the risks, they have the right to do so.

It only becomes a problem when they desire to erase the ability of other people to choose whether and how they defend themselves.

  • cat: *throws furry self directly in my path as though I am a bus*
  • me: *trips knocks over lamp drops laptop throws paper and crackers and tea and bruises both elbows shatters priceless artifact*
  • me: OH MY GOD I am so sorry are you okay kitty come here sweety let me cuddle you and give you pets and treats and tell you how pretty you are oh my gosh I'm so sorry will you ever forgive me my poor kitty kitty
  • cat: *completely and utterly unscathed*
  • cat: success
Toni Morrison for the Signs
  • Aries: "You are your best thing."
  • Taurus: "Your love is too thick,’ he said…'Too thick?’ she said…'Love is or it aint. Thin love ain’t love at all.’"
  • Gemini: "He licked his lips. 'Well, if you want my opinion–'
  • 'I don’t,' she said. 'I have my own.'"
  • Cancer: "Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another."
  • Leo: "Love is divine only, and difficult always."
  • Virgo: "Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."
  • Libra: "At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough."
  • Scorpio: "I want to feel what I feel. Even if it’s not happiness."
  • Sagittarius: "You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down."
  • Capricorn: "Perhaps that’s what all human relationships boiled down to: Would you save my life? or would you take it?"
  • Aquarius: "Maybe everybody has a renegade tongue yearning to be on its own."
  • Pisces: "Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be."
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.
—  Ayn Rand
I Am The Fire, I Am The One I've Been Waiting For

Self-realization, is scary. Taking ownership of one’s self, is hard. We can always find any and every excuse in the book to put off what we know needs to be done, or place the blame on someone else.

I wrote the song “I Am The Fire, as a reminder to myself that with every obstacle I face, the only person standing in my way is ME.

I was born with a raw, natural talent, and some obsession to fuel the fire. But I’ve had to work very hard turn that little piece of coal into a diamond. And when my diamond begins to fade every now and then, I have to make promises to myself. I promise to respect my life, and work hard to make it shine, even when doubt or procrastination creeps in.

If you read my first Tumblr Diary entry, you know that I’m facing a vocal change, which has tested my sanity, and continues to challenge me every day. Another thing you should know about me, I’m not specifically a “naturally born” guitarist. My natural talents are rooted in melody and music yes…but I’m no Eddie, or Jimmy. I’ve had to work very hard, and continue to work everyday until my fingers are so sore…to be decent at what I do. But you know what, I do it. I get it done. I try to never let my mind get in the way of my heart, but when it does, I have to remind myself, that I am more than this. I am so much more than anyone perceives me to be, or what my asshole brain thinks I am.

No one else can make you the best version of yourself…only YOU can do that. You are the one you’ve been waiting for. Your hero has been staring at you in the mirror all along.

“Am I brave enough?

Am I strong enough?

To follow the desire

That burns from within

To push away my fear

To stand where I’m afraid

I am through with this

Cuz I am more than this

I promise to myself

Alone and no one else

My flame is rising higher

I am the fire

I am burning brighter

Roaring like a storm

And I am the one I’ve been waiting for

Screaming like a siren

Alive and burning brighter

I am the fire

I’ve been sacrificed

My Hearts been cauterized

Hanging on to hope

Shackled by the ghost

Of what I once believed

That I could never be

What’s right in front of me?

I am the fire

I am burning brighter

Roaring like a storm

And I am the one I’ve been waiting for

Screaming like a siren

Alive and burning brighter

I am the fire

I don’t believe I’ll fall from grace

Won’t let the past decide my fate

Leave forgiveness in my wake

Take the love that I’ve embraced

I promise to myself, me and no one else

I am more than this

I am the fire…”

Love, Lzzy

A Morning Constitutional, Feb 16, 2017

We hold these truths to be self evident, sacred, and indisputable, that all men are created equal, not in their virtues, their talents, their dispositions, or their acquirement, but in their unalienable right to, life, liberty, property, & self ownership. These rights are inalienable in that even individuals themselves have no right to divorce their rights from themselves, by gift or sale.

Human life once conceived though entrusted to its mother, & by right aided by its father, belongs to itself. Life cannot be justly taken unless there be due conviction for a capital offense which requires finding there to be wrongful death, or in matters of self defense where one fears for their life, as with a thief breaking in in-the-night, or egregious transgressions against their rights, as with flagrant theft; as property’s maintenance requires the force of arms & law.

Liberty is the right of all adults to equal suffrage in their rights including the use of force in response to aggression; aggression which includes force, threat of force, or transgression upon rights, & usurpation of, or absconding with property.

Non Adults are considered wards of their guardians, who are to be their natural parents whenever possible. Non Adults may seek emancipation, whenever they be able to maintain independent subsistence. No law shall be made which would restrict orphans from being adopted into homes fit for human habitation. The child’s preference whenever discernable must be considered in prospective foster parents.

Property is material properly owned, by improvement of resources found in a state of nature, by receiving it as a gift from the rightful previous owner to yourself, or by consenting exchange in labor or property by the rightful owners.

Self ownership is the moral truth and certain right that each man has nontransferable property in himself, not to be confused with his labor the sale of which is an extension of self ownership.  Self ownership entails a man be responsible for his wants and needs, and though he may ask whatever he likes, he may never demand what is not due him by force or threat.

Tolerance of religions not proscribing the violation of rights is necessary to a free society; Religious duty and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; therefore free practice of religion, public and private and the right to conscientious objection shall never be infringed upon by law. No Church shall be erected in the name of people not consenting nor hold force of law over people not consenting nor coerce parishioners from dissent.

Free communication being as sacred and necessary to liberty and property as property & liberty are to life, no law may infringe upon or facilitate its free exercise.

A well armed people being necessary to the security of a free state; no man woman or child of sufficient ability will be debarred the use or ownership of arms in any case whatsoever up to and including drones, military grade lasers, heavy artillery, tanks, battleships, & giant robots, humanoid or otherwise.

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The expenditure of money by law on objects of benevolence and subsequent wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them being stark raving plunder or just plain socialism, shall be prevented by any means of force available whenever explicitly undertaken.

Property being acquired for the use of the general public must be held by an individual or owned by a group in the trust of an individual or not at all. There shall by law never be property private or public held in the name of the public. This shall not prohibit private property being made available for public use by private owners. Subsequently any office to be held by law will not be furnished in any material way by any law whatsoever. Public roads once held as government property will be sold to private owners.

Hereditary titles of nobility, nor hereditary offices, may be prescribed by any law, vote, person of office, bureaucratic edict, or any form of authority, ever.

The only lawful and just form of government is a republican form of government; that is government by the people, through democratically elected representatives, limited in their powers by rule of law. A Dual Federalist system with separation of powers at each level being a righteous incarnation thereof.

Elections of members to serve as representatives of the people, in assembly, ought to be free; and all men, having sufficient evidence of citizenship in the community have the right of suffrage.

The enumeration of certain rights or explanation thereof shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

[many brazen uncited quotes lifted to make this rant possible or rather easy]

Sharkface was a good foil…