Meditating on the Reality of Being Governed…

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “TRUTHgasm,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

“TO BE GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
It is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.
It is, under pretext of ‘public utility,’ and in the name of ‘the general interest,’ to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, ROBBED:
Then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, villified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed.
And to crown it all, it is to then be mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.

My Commentary: I’ve shared this quote previously, but this time, I’ll note that these words might appear to be recent, but they were actually written by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in 1851!

As you can see, Truth transcends time!

(note: though I previously shared a shorter version of this quote in February of 2013, within my post, “To Be Governed…,” I still felt compelled to offer up an alternative commentary when I saw it again, due to the inspiring nature of these words)

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