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An anarchist

My name is Bob, I am 75, a retired university teacher, married, caregiver.

I live in Boise, Idaho

I try, usually with indifferent results, to follow the sermon on the mount, the eightfold path, and the works of mercy.  Though not a Christian, nor a believer in God in the usual way, I believe that life is first of all a spiritual journey and I consider myself a "Christian" anarchist, although I probably fit the anarcho-primitivist definition a little bit better.  As a " practical" matter, I usually vote Socialist, or Green, or Democratic, but I always feel I have betrayed my principals when I do.

I probably was an anarchist long before I was willing to apply that label to myself, using the term "democratic socialist"  during childhood and through middle age.  I believe in equality, the absence of government, non-violence, the eightfold path, the sermon on the mount, the works of Mercy. community, the fewest possible number of rules none of which are backed up by force, the essential goodness of people, the corrupting power of institutions (especially economic and political ones), and the optimization of personal freedom and community responsibility.  The worst offense is treating another human being or another life form as of less value than oneself.  The second worst offense is regarding another human being as having more value than oneself.

I try to avoid politics, and, as much as possible, economics.  I try as much as possible to live in the cracks between the institutions others regard as important.  Having Asperger's Syndrome probably makes this outsider status and perspective more possible.



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May. 25th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
I like that, Bob! thanks for sharing! Did i miss an update on how your wife is doing lately? I was wondering whether she can walk a little better by now.
May. 25th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your concern and love, Mia. I post little about my private live out of respect for Dianne--I think you probably know what I mean. Progress is slow, day by day. I do know and appreciate that you and others are concerned and would like updates. Noticeable breakthroughs and/or setbacks will be duely recorded.

The post you responded to was misplaced. It was not intended as a part of my journal but as an application to join an LJ community--one more example of my computer illiteracy.
May. 25th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for explaining what looked like a quite-belated introduction! I'd also be glad to hear how Dianne is doing, and rejoice that the term progress seems to be regularly relevant. (And who wants spectacular? Who'd be a spectacule? They'd stifle one, you know!)

Do you mean that you try to avoid the topics of politicsand economics? If so, Mr. Moth.... Or do you mean that you try to avoid all the phenomena categorizable under those terms? I can't even conceive how one would go about that. Become a hermit or try to live strictly by fistfight and seizure, or conceivably invisibility and scavenging, I suppose.
May. 25th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
invisible man says...
Ah, Mary Ann, I love how you can bring me down--(down to practical reality, that is). I make the best choices I can with the best knowledge I can get. I draw lines, if only for the purpose of reminding myself that lines should be drawn. I try to cooperate as much as possible and compete as little as possible; I Look for opportunities to "build a new society inside the broken shell (or is it rotting corpse?) of the old." I try to lead a simple life, shorn of superfluity. I try to realize that the emptiness I feel inside can not be filled by material things. I look for opportunities to serve. I repeat the prayer of St. Francis. I fantasize utopia, and where I see an way of making part of that fantasy real, I act. I express my opinions about ecology, economy, spirituality, etc., when given a chance. Thanks for making me think.
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