Law · Risk

Have you ever violated the law to see if the reward was worth more than the punishment?

Dave Scotese Freelance Consultant among Private Entrepreneurs

October 10th, 2016

While pondering what freedom really is, I decided that everyone is always completely free.  What makes us feel otherwise is the fear of punishment.  For example, you're free to sit in your house and try to levitate.  You might succeed, but probably not.  Either way, you have nothing to fear (except maybe bumping your head on the ceiling).

You are free to jump off a cliff, but you'll probably land pretty hard at the bottom and get hurt.  This could be a good objection to my decision on what freedom is, because landing hard could be considered a punishment.  However, what I mean by punishment requires knowledge and intent on the part of someone else (lions and tigers and bears don't count), and there is no knowledge or intent when gravity damages you (except your own, but then is that really a punishment?)

As I work on seeing reality for what it really is, I recognize the truth in Larken Rose's book title, The Most Dangerous Superstition.  Authority really is a superstition, and it causes a lot of suffering because people feel that punishment is justified for violations of whatever laws an elected body makes up.  There is no moral failure in breaking a law made up by an elected body.  Moral failure is always and everywhere disobedience to one's own conscience, and we all know of many laws that can be violated in an entirely moral manner.  I hope that knowledge of the converse, many laws which attempt to force us to go against our consciences, becomes more widespread, and that hope motivated this question.