Yearly POS tests not included, this will be the final article on this blog about collectivism. And it is probably the most important, as it contains one of the most misunderstood virtues of our culture of all time: Justice. In nearly all cases, what we call justice is actually a more sophisticated form of vengeance. I will use the two displayed superheroes to argue my case. Additionally, this article will segue into how you can solve the problems most collectivists go crazy about just by pursuing Immortal Individuality.
Judge Dredd and The Punisher are two comic book characters who act almost exclusively through power (Dredd) and vengeance (Punisher), claiming that it is justice. Consider some of the quotes from these guys:
“In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law to pursue natural justice. This is not vengeance; revenge is not a valid motive, its an emotional response. No, not vengeance…punishment.” -The Punisher
“The law doesn’t make mistakes. I never broke the law…I am the law!” -Judge Dredd
Now I get it. These two individuals are fictional and are clearly caricatures. No one with a sound mind would actually think about acting like them. The Punisher and Judge Dredd are vigilantes: They clearly pursue power or vengeance under the guise of justice. No one would ever admit to doing this kind of thing in the real world. And if they do, we are notified it and, paradoxically, such beings are lionized in the threads of history. As someone with a background in history, I can confirm that roughly three quarters of history’s most significant beings have done things eerily similar to Judge Dredd and The Punisher.
Indeed, these characters exist for a reason. I believe they exist to remind us that there does exist a line between justice and vengeance, and that we have a bad habit of crossing it…quite a bit. And we have arrived at a nadir to where using justice to excuse vengeance has become a major narrative in our culture. Allow me to be a devil’s advocate: What if we took the pacifist way of punishing bad behavior with understanding? Is such a thing even possible? Have we ever considered it?
Let’s look at what happens when someone gets punished. They do something that is considered wrong according to the laws of the city/state/nation, then as a punishment they become inconvenienced themselves: They pay a fine, they go to prison, they get the death penalty, among other things. This process of punishment has existed for millennia, and can be summed up in one phrase that is also several millennia old:
“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” If you read the wikipedia page that I linked in the phrase, you’ll learn that it is a direct reference to being vengeful. It is a method that has outlived its usefulness and has instead become a massive temptation to resist. Most laws have been founded on this very concept: If you do something that inconveniences others (or even has the potential to inconvenience others), then you will be inconvenienced as well.
As great a temptation that it may be, as much sense as it appears to make, making sure that someone who has hurt you in some aspect is “brought to justice” is very childish thinking. Bringing someone to justice will not reverse anything that has happened to you. Sure, you should do your best to tell the person who hurt you about what they did and try to get them to understand the gravity of what they did, but making sure that they feel the same pain you did is a toxic way of thinking.
“But what if they do the same thing to someone else?” You ask.
Allow me to answer that with this: What is in it for you if you do get your revenge and bring this person to justice? Will you get money? Will you get recognition? Is that a meaningful way to acquire either one, if you do indeed acquire either one?
I’m not arguing that there should be no laws (although about 3/4 of them make no sense and just hold people back from doing what they want to do). I’m arguing that our way of punishing the wicked is very antiquated and does not usually provide a solution.
The solution for punishing the wicked should be through understanding and compromise. This is a diametric opposite to the narrative we have been exposed to for millennia, which states that wrongdoers should be punished instead of understood.
This reminds me of a proverb that I encountered when I was younger, that took me years to understand:
“Criminals do not break the law; they merely break themselves against the law.”
This means that someone who is committed to doing evil things are not going to be stopped by laws. They will do what they want to do no matter what. Remember what it means to be openly malicious. Most criminals, especially the violent ones, aim to hurt everyone around them, including themselves. They do not care about the rules of their culture of society. Again, as someone with a background in history (and social science), if you look at the world’s most famous “openly malicious” people you will see that this is almost always the case.
There are very few malicious acts that should be punished with vengeance. Murder is one of them. This is what makes The Punisher so interesting; because his family was murdered, he believes that he needs to murder people who have murderous intent before they get the chance to kill anyone. Remember this observation, as I will be coming back to it later.
So what does this have to do with collectivism? Think back to Judge Dredd says: “I am the law.” He says this because he is drunk with power and no one questions him. This is the core of collectivist thinking. No matter what they stand for, collectivists wish to create a world where they are the law. Because they also believe in total moral subjugation, collectivists are in constant pursuit of a position of power where they wish to be judge, jury, warden, and executioner when it comes to dealing with people who they disagree with.
This is not a new thing. Organized religions have been doing this for millennia, and continue to do so. The constant skirmishes in the middle east speak explicitly to this.
So now it’s time to explore why collectivists think this way, why I believe it is unintentional, and why I only have sympathetic contempt for them and will never put forth an effort to stop them. This goes back to The Punisher. What sends Frank Castle on his mad quest for vengeance? His family getting murdered, which is obviously an event that would affect anyone emotionally for a very long time.
How does he wish to deal with the pain? By making sure others do not go through the same thing he went through. So he seeks out people who have an intent to murder, and kills them.
Individually, he can do whatever he wants. I have no problem wish someone who wants to waste their time and energy lying to themselves that they are pursuing justice when they are really pursuing vengeance. I never have and never will directly try to stop anyone from being a POS. Sure, I will tell them that they are wasting their energy and that they could do much more productive things, but that is all.
However, it is still a temptation to avoid. And it is a temptation that is all around us, as collectivists do the exact same thing, only on a much grander scale. They see an “injustice” to their own kind, and become hell bent on making life miserable for anyone who they think is disrupting their worldviews. They do this to prevent anyone else from doing something that they do not like.
You can see this on full display in a lot of cases. Whenever someone is committed to believing they are saving the world from something they do not like, they do not express much (if any) understanding from an opposing opinion. At best, they will just simply disagree. At worst they will resort to name calling or worse.
Now here’s the $50000 question, which will end this final article about collectivism. Do I think collectivists intentionally try to make life difficult for people who do things they do not like?
No. As I state in my other articles that analyze and attack collectivism, humans are wired to be a tribal species. This is hardwired into our brains and very likely coded into our DNA. It is only human nature to act like a collectivist, which makes it an even greater thing to overcome. Being a collectivist is what Caleb “Blackdragon” Jones would call a combination of Societal Programming (narratives that influence you) and Obsolete Biological Wiring (motives in human nature that used to protect us that we do not need anymore).
Combine this with the very high emotional satisfaction with seeing someone you do not like “get theirs” (which are the crux of Judge Dredd and The Punisher’s beings), and it is easy to see why I have sympathetic contempt for collectivists. Like with anything else, an overwhelming majority of collectivists are not bad people. They are just looking for a way to protect their own kind.
One of the reasons I wish to develop my own sense of Immortal Individuality and tell others how to be Immortal Individuals is because I know first hand how toxic being a POS can be. It can hold you back from accomplishing all kinds of things. If these people who go on these marches, protests, and even riots took just a fraction of the passion they have for their “team” and used it to make their own lives better, I would bet actual money that a fair bit of our problems, the same kinds of problems that collectivists complain about would disappear.
Does this mean I just gleefully ignore the problems of the world, whatever they may be? Yes and no. The thing is, I have been privy to a number of events that many collectivists have a vested interest in. I will not get into detail about how I deal with them here, but all I can state is that I understood that if I were to join causes that address the things that happened to me, whether online or in person, the things that happened to me would not be undone.
The only thing I can do, I realized, was make sure not to do the things that were done to me and to seek understanding with all of the people who did bad things to me. This is the crux of Immortal Individuality: The ability to observe all the things that collectivists around you talk about, and do all you can to be a good person to everyone you meet while at the same time resisting the temptation to be a collectivist. So while I do ignore things that most collectivists *want* me to be concerned about (which likely makes me a bad person in their eyes), I also make sure that I make my light shine to where others follow me. This is what Immortal Individuality is all about.