What is self ownership? Some people think that it is good enough to have some property or to even have their debts paid off. For others, it's choosing what one gets to watch on Netflix each night. A smaller number of people are constantly dreaming of a world where we no longer have to shrug whenever we hear that the president dropped bombs on a warehouse or a medicine plant and say, 'Well, they all do this, don't they?' Some dream of a day when no one will act on our behalf, nor will anyone in our community act against us on another's behalf. Democracy would simply be one's ability to make good on a promise in the face of a consensus, and if that promise was broken, the one making it would have no further traffic with the people one made promises to. The rest of us would, simply, do what needs to be done within the bounds of reason and respect for others, ever aligning ourselves with those who intend to physically defend what they value most, if needed. Unfortunately, it's easy to get into a bad pattern. That is why it's important to have a system to exercise the abstractions that often come with something fluid, like freedom, but also a measure of accountability to allow that system to be vulnerable to change.
'Everyone has a number of goals, but it’s commitment to a system that makes the difference. Systems are the foundations of deep and great work.
Systems give you the freedom to do your best work every day without making the same mistakes over and over again.
In “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big”, author Scott Adams explains: “A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that achieves your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.”
Cultivating the right system can make all the difference in your productive life. Using systems can make your life easier.'
People want to talk a lot about a tearing down the system and starting fresh. Sadly, freshness is often a terrible disaster, as the people doing the tearing down often rely too much on that which they tore down to ever make their own proper waves. People want a new system, but they know nothing outside the old one. They lack sensivity to historical details and try the same methods over and over, which gives society instant gratification but whose long term results are disastrous. In every revolution, it is the best educated, the most talented and most intelligent that always get killed off first.
Few people are willing to go for the long haul. They don't want to teach their children about the nature of violence or about accountability and contract. They don't want to build communities where people sharpen and challenge one another, physically and mentally. At best, individual households can shelter their children, and by doing so convey implicitly that they condone the current system from a distance. We need more than just a revolution. We need a renaissance. This can only happen if one has a system; if one has a goal to work toward and small goals along the way to see the one bigger realized. In a few generations, one may see real progress--it may not be linear at all. Things could be crumbling all around you, but at least you will have something you built in spirit which isn't so easy to knock over or to force under like economic reforms.