For the stress-free life
I suppose, before I get too far into this daily blogging thing, I had better set out a few definitions of key concepts that repeat a lot in my thinking. Liberty is usually not far from the top of the list. There are many types of liberty, some truer than others (mental, spiritual, political etc.), but for the purposes of this substack, I shall stick to the simple negative freedom of not being coerced by another person.
Following on from that, I adhere to the libertarian principle that this freedom from coercion is intimately linked to each person enjoying the positive right to a private domain (house, flat, accommodation etc.) within which he or she is protected from people who would not wish them well. This private domain is fundamental to modern life. It follows a fairly conservative line, I know, but it’s what I believe to be the bedrock of a free society.
Freedom from coercion is important for many reasons, not only fundamentally does it tie in with bigger concepts such as the extended order, mimesis and how a free society operates, but it also resonates on a personal level. It means that a person is ‘stress-free’ and so able to function properly on a day-to-day basis. Obviously, there are many other things in life that can cause stress, but in my experience, coercion of any kind, whether it be bullying by individuals or organised at a state level, can be one of the most stressful things a person can experience.
As we’ll see later, stress causes things to go wrong in all sorts of ways. Remove stress, and we as humans can operate better, both individually and as part of a wider community.
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