Fate and Destiny
If you are afraid to openly defy authority, you are not alone. Corrupt, wrongful, hopelessly irredemable authority is dangerous: it offers no apologies to the wronged, it makes no exceptions to the commoners, and it suffers no changes from its failures. When threatened, it lashes out, often without warning, in trivial circumstances. When embarrassed, it is quite ready to punish those who have exposed its venality. When held to account, it uses honesty as a tool of lies even as it uses lies as a resort of legitimacy in governance.
The people of the rightless sovereignindeed, the peoples of all the world in that sovereign's shadowdo not live to be free if such freedom threatens their duty to comply, their purpose to serve, and their calling to conform. It will hold up fools, charlatans, and madmen, and they will make words that sound like yours. This will frighten and deter you, and you will question yourself, your reasons, and your fury. You will feel the need to stand down, to believe your thoughts, words, and actions are the same as those you would revile; and the state will ensure that you imagine the worst of consequences if you do not tame your wrath.
Yet that same sovereign will declare itself different from those it governs even as it claims its legitimacy derives from the consent of the governed: in its own wrath, in its own magnificent hyperbole, in its own madness, the sovereign must be exempt, and its exemption must extend even to morality. Whether it openly claims connection to some god or feigns detachment from any particular way of worship, it nevertheless holds itself forth as the fashions of so many gods always have. In subtext or boldness, the state that does not draw its rightfulness from natural law must of necessity author itself as a god above such law. In so doing, it must then, of equal necessity, author for its subjects their fates.
If you are afraid to defy authority, even when you know it has lost its way with no hope of return, you are not alone. Defy that authority, anyway.
Your fate has been written for you, but your destiny is yours to write.
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