Socrates stated “An unexamined life is not worth living”. I’d like to live a life worth living. It is often better to have questions which we ponder and analyze than to offer up the definitive answer for every possible question. When we have all the answers we cease to grow and learn. When we believe we know it all is when we fail to realize there is much we do not know. The accumulation of knowledge is often the realization of one’s own ignorance. The more we learn the more we realize we do not know.
As I write I often give answers and realize that I have more and more questions. Often my writings are inspired by a search to an answer for these questions. It is easier for some to accept ambiguity than others. I find I have learned to accept ambiguity more over the years. Perhaps this is uncomfortable because of our own fears. We fear what we do not know and not knowing a definitive answer as an assured fact creates another area that we do not know therefore we create an area with the potential to grow fear.
When in conversation conflicts often arise out of a desire to set everyone straight to seeing the perspective of one individual as an absolute. There is a rigid reaction of you are wrong, I am right.
When looking at the concepts behind Non-Violent communication I begin to see an answer to approaching such things in a more constructive manner. Translating demands and statements into needs may be a valuable tool in not only reaching others with what we are stating but also in hearing what the other is stating.
I am simply writing a post of questions. I do not wish conflict, but discussion. Many of these I may have opinions or answers to, some I may have more than one opinion or answer for. A few I truly have not come to a conclusion on. The goal is not to tell you how it is, but to hopefully get others to join in contemplation on these ideas.
Why can’t we answer questions with questions?
Is it ever acceptable to use aggressive force to obtain ones will or rule?
If communism is the natural evolutionary process of society outside of the state, would libertarianism be the battle to end the state result in a communist society? Is there a harmony we can reach between the two by looking more into some of this?
If a market is simply human action is it possible to have a marketless society? How would needs be met in a marketless society? What would this look like and how would it function?
If property rights are defined by the right to own the product of our labor then why is a syndicate not more representative of this? Why is bargaining for wage labor more often promoted from those who speak of property rights?
Is the Labor theory of value truly at odds with the concept of supply and demand, or are the two somehow compatible or possibly different aspects of one function?
Where does one draw a line at the concept of Landlords? The Anarcho-Capitalist ideal is often criticized as being a modern feudal system. I find this to be an extremely valid criticism. Is there ever an excuse for rent? Where does one draw a line between rent, Landlords and the power they hold over others?
Can capital exist without the state? In a stateless society what determines value? Where is gold or silver in this, or is the value of gold and silver also a construct? Is value or worth determined by socialized values of a society?
Where do we draw a line on hierarchy. Is submission to hierarchy truly acceptable if it is voluntary and the one who submits is socialized to submit? If one has no realization there is another option outside of submission does this justify the one who asserts authority over another? We see no violent persuasion. Where is the line of coercion? Media is a form of persuasion and coercion, so how do find a limit or line that is not crossed if any exists?
Can any economic order, philosophy or basic solution be universal without a centralized coercive force?
UPDATE I wrongly attributed the quote “An unexamined life is not worth living” to Plato. It was Socrates in Plato’s Apology who who stated this in his trial. Jim Davidson Pointed this out to me. Thanks Jim. I edited the line to reflect this.