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We are in the mess we are in now due to being lazy and dependent. We are in the mess we are in now because of universal recognition of "authority" which allows the unchecked execution and growth of immoral actions and structures (evil). We are in the mess we are in now due to the cycle created between these two (i.e., dependence on evil and the exercise of evil).

On the face of it, it seems that when oppression becomes too great, rebellion is justified. The colonists did that. It can clearly be seen now that the outcome was a much greater level of oppression, tyranny, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, or whatever you want to call it than King George ever dreamed of. Let's just call it "exercise of perceived authority."

It has been suggested, by Larken Rose, that the answer is to simply recognize there is no such thing as legitimate authority and, in consequence, to ignore it. This approach seems to me to have great merit.

We are not in the mess we are in now because we have done this. We have not done it. Nevertheless, the problem remains that the portion of society who will ever actually see "authority" for the evil it is may remain small.

What also must be added is that we must stop being lazy and dependent. We must become industrious and independent. We must choose the actions that lead to health and strong community. We must create an independent economy and means to feed, clothe, and defend ourselves. We still have plenty of freedom to do these things. Of course, it's not as easy as if we weren't working from a legacy of ignorance, apathy, and dependence, but that's our lot, and we have a choice to make.

Begging the authority to be nicer to us (politics) will not work. Fighting "authority" openly---rebellion---when the vast majority are still under the spell of "authority" and probably will remain so---will not work. Providing for ourselves the structures of health, community, defense and so forth, is perhaps the only way to go.