Compulsion or Else

Suppose that one day all people agree upon some set of objective morals. Imagine that the world is split up into two states: Compulsion and Else.

The state of Compulsion dictates that all residents of Compulsion must obey state laws reinforcing the objective morals. As soon as a resident disobeys a law, they are either executed or excommunicated.

Else refers to all non-residents of the state of Compulsion. There are no laws over them.  The objective morals are still known, but are not reinforced by any state officers (there are no state officers).

Every resident of Compulsion acts perfectly in accordance with morals.

Let’s say that Compulsion and Else each have 5 billion inhabitants. Of the 5 billion Compulsionites, 100% comply with morals. Of the 5 billion Elsians, 1% comply with morals.

Quantitatively, Compulsion certainly appears to have more moral adherents. Qualitatively, I bet not a single resident of Compulsion would have the moral strength, resilience, and fortitude of an adherent from Else.

If, one day, the state force behind Compulsion were to dissolve, its former citizens would be free to chose whether or not to adhere to the morals. It is only after recognition of self-sovereignty (either from voluntarily breaking from Compulsion, or from Compulsions dismantlement) that any given former Compulsionite would be able to develop a resilient will to adhere to morality.

So long as one’s training wheels are still attached to their bicycle, they cannot know whether or not they are capable of riding without them. Until the parent lets go of the child, it cannot know if it can walk on its own. You may study many guides on how to swim, but until you enter the water, you’ll never truly know if you know.

The state is a crutch. It is our training wheels for morality (that is its only justification for existing). When will we take off our training wheels? When will they let go of our hands so that we can truly learn to walk on our own?

They won’t. It’s not in their best interest. Unlike our earthly parents who rejoice at each of our milestones, the government fears that we’d continue to progress, eventually becoming like them. Yes, even becoming more than they.

The state likes to think that they are God, and we the Babylonians building our ziggurat to the heavens. They are not God. They did not create us. They do not know what’s best for us. They are not benevolent. They are not infallible. They are not incorruptible. The state is composed of individuals no different from you and I.  They, unlike God, have no legitimate power or right to confound us, confuse us, and subject us. If we believe they have such power and rights, then we must extend that power and right to all people of that same class. That is, all humans. In that case, when every individual is a member of the state, then there is no state. That is, “state” loses its meaning.

Morality by compulsion is no notable thing.

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