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o the Father’s plan?During the course o these thoughts, and in no way byaccident, I had been introduced to a new idea. I maintaina blog and a ellow member o the church and blogger letme a comment concerning one o my posts. Upon visitinghis site, something struck a chord in me. I had ound the
answer to the question I hadn’t realized I was asking mysel.
The answer was Anarchy. Growing up in a system o stateunded and state controlled ”education”, I had been giventhe impression that anarchy was somehow a bad thing orit was lawlessness and chaos. Maybe at one point in time,
or even rom someone else’s perspective, that was true.
However anarchy, as what I have come to nd out or my-sel, is merely the absence o the state. It is the epitome o ree agency, but that does not mean it must be ree agencywithout consequence. Law and order can still exist, just ina dierent and more natural way than what we are used
to. I the state exists, it should only exist to protect the
liberty o its people and I think that was the original vision
o this country. The question to ponder though is: “What
is the state doing or/to us?” Is the state protecting our
liberty? Or, is it just nding new and cratier ways o tak-ing it rom us without us knowing? I you wanted to stealsomething rom me, the easiest way would be to distractmy attention away rom that which you are trying to take.Could we be a prosperous people in this age o existencewithout the state?Even though our belies might dier, we can still ndcommon ground as human beings who both acknowledgethe other’s ree will. How is it that we can send satellites
into the ar reaches o space, but we still rely on those who
are equal to us, not greater, to rule us? Even i I were to
believe that a person lives in sin, it is not God’s way, or willor that matter, or me to try and orce that person, throughlegislation or other “legal” means, to live as I believe. Now
I can however share my belies in a loving manner and Imight even call that person to repentance, but nowhere inthe scriptures am I commanded to become that person’sruler because o their views or way o lie. When it comes
down to it I alone will be held responsible or my behavior.
It says the ollowing in D&C 101:78-79:“That every man may act in doctrine and principle per-taining to uturity, according to the moral agency which Ihave given unto him, that every man may be accountable
or his own sins in the day o judgment. Thereore, it is not
right that any man should be in bondage one to another.”
Now to the original question: “Am I an Anarchist?”The more I study and ponder the subject I can comort-ably say, “Yes”. While I do eel order is necessary, I do
not eel an ever increasingly intrusive orm o government
is synonymous with order. Ruling people through ear isnot order. Order is peaceul, but people ruled by ear is
a volatile situation just waiting or the catalyst that will
surely erupt into chaos. I anarchy were to prevail, then itis not to say that corruption shall be put to rest. However,i all men are ree then one man’s corruption will not havethe impact it has today. I do not believe that everyone in aposition o power is corrupt, but I do believe the corrup-
Am I an Anarchist?