I heard this song last night on the way home from work...got me thinking. First off I know it was used after 9/11 to remember the heroes of that day...and I am not trying to take anything away from them and the selfless actions those men and women took that day....that said, lets get into it. Please hit the video below to play while you read this little bit of wisdom from Marshall James.
Music video by Five For Fighting performing Superman (It's Not Easy). (c) 2000 Aware Records LLC
ok with the mood music playing let me explain to you how this song relates to Libertarians and I.
Superman is a hero, yes a fictional one, but his character no one would question, is a hero. He comes from a planet that he cannot return to. He has super powers, and he uses these powers for good. He fights evil to bring peace to the world. His average day is spent in a regular job in a suit working for a newspaper, but when needed, he dons the superhero outfit and flies to the rescue of those in need from tyranny and evil.
I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find
The better part of me
I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
And it's not easy to be me
Superman was always out to bring peace to the world. Those opposing him wanted to bring tyranny and rule to the earth and its inhabitants. Superman tirelessly fought. He sought no special recognition or payment. He saw it as his duty to protect humans against tyranny. Libertarians are the same way. The entire philosophy of libertarianism is peace and non aggression. We oppose those who wish to force their will upon the masses. We believe that humans should be able to have freedom to make decisions for themselves...not under force of an elite group or person.
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I'll never see
Thinking about this line does make me cry, and I do fall upon my knees. As many people have brought up there has never been a Libertarian society in history. They would be correct. Authoritarians have always used the ignorance of humanity to oppress the masses for the benefit of a few no matter the form of government in place. Peace and freedom has not been attainable. So like Superman, Libertarians may never see that world they would call home..yet we long for it, much like Superman did.
It may sound absurd, but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed, but won’t you conceed
Even heroes have the right to dream
And it’s not easy to be me
Up, up, and away, away from me
It's all right, you can all sleep sound tonight
I'm not crazy or anything
Many call Libertarians crazy. Crazy for wanting peace and freedom. Their argument is that oppression and slavery is better because that is all that humanity has been able to follow. We tirelessly fight for peace and freedom against those who want oppression and tyranny. We however do falter at times because we are human. I try my very best to adhere to the Libertarian philosophy, and for the most part succeed, but every once in a while I let emotion take over my mind and act like an authoritarian in my words...however that is short lived. I love mankind and all its faults. I do not think it is crazy to do so. I also do not think it is crazy to want a better world for humanity.
I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
Men weren't meant to ride
With clouds between their knees
I'm only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
On a personal note, I can't stand to fly as I am afraid of heights. I however, do believe that men were meant to ride with the clouds between their knees. I do not believe we were meant to live in a world digging in the ditches. The limits to our possibilities lie in the clouds and the only way to achieve that is to set our sights there. That would mean we need to strive for freedom and choice. Reject tyranny and oppression. Think for ourselves. You own your body, no one else does. Sky is the limit.
It's not easy to be me
I am just an average Joe that goes to work at your average job. I do not work at a newspaper, I work in healthcare. I have spent my life caring for others. It was a calling that just came to me. It was a duty I saw myself doing. I didnt need to be forced by government to care for other people. I did it by choice and freewill. That is what will bring peace to this world. Like Superman I fight for peace. I do not believe in doing so by oppression and tyranny, but in punishing those who violate the rights of others. That is an enlightened society. A society that prevents choice and rejects freedom is anything but "enlightened."
Its a lonely world for Libertarians in a sea of authoritarians. Will we ever make it to Krypton? Well like the story of Superman the story for Libertarians is not over. We have not been able to find our way home....someday maybe. Until then we will fight against tyranny in the world we now occupy.