The following is a dialogue between a Troll(Me) and a Wizard(Roommate) in the Crypt of the Satoshi Anarchy Garden where a cold and lonely night is echoing the whistle of a train pulling into a nearby station. The two try to stay warm by a space heater in the middle of this drafty living room. The steady percussion of the tracks provides a beat to this ominous setting, that will leave the night dead quiet once again.

Wizard:
Troll, are people free? Are we free?

Troll:
People are as free as they think they are.

Wizard:
*sigh* I didn’t like that answer. You don’t really believe that, do you?

Troll:
No, that’s true. We just aren’t being creative enough in the way that we are free. To be free is a verb, it implies action.

Wizard:
Then what is our hindrance? What’s stopping us?

Troll:
That I don’t know, for it is subjective. However, we are all trying to wake up and figure things out. The red pill is not one to take alone. Freedom is something we must consistently question.

Wizard:
How do you feel about the continuity in our lives? How do you associate yourself with yourself, and your previous experiences?

Troll:
Here is a quote along those lines, “A thousand lives will lead if only we think before we act.”
Meta-cognition applied to personal autonomy, that was the point behind education.

Wizard:
Just to get your perspective; why would we want to be educated?

Troll:
It will provide those avenues of creative freedom that will lead to better futures; if taken seriously.

Wizard:
Well, I tie freedom to morality. I like to define freedom as being able to do what you want to do most, as much as you want to, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else or damage something that is not yours… but you know where I’m going with this.

Troll:
But, you asked me if people are even free… If they are already out there doing what they want without restriction? This is the thing though, I don’t think we need to worry about moral integrity all of the time. There are plenty of good people that stress themselves out questioning their moral integrity and that of others’, to a point where things become immoral in the name of moral authority.

Wizard:
I don’t always concern myself with that.

Troll:
No, but the point was that freedom comes from moral integrity, and I will argue that morality lives within the moments of our lives that are most challenging. Not everyone is prepared when ethical dilemmas come their way. However, we do in a large part define ourselves simply through our moral interactions with others. How this relates to freedom would be in the plurality of peaceful solutions one can come to in resolving ethical dilemmas.

Wizard:
I say freedom ties into morality because when someone is acting immoral they are infringing on someone’s freedom.

Troll:
I get that. However, I don’t think we have all the answers to moral controversy. Yet, when immoral people take a position of authority for some “moral” crusade it is often to everyone’s detriment. When immoral people talk about morality, they are just spreading more immorality. Integrity lives in the present. You can be free of ethical complications, if only you know you are acting as a good person when they arise.

Wizard:
Haha yeah, I don’t worry about ethics that much.

Troll:
Well, as long as you know you’re a good person.

Wizard:
It’s not something constantly at the front of my mind. It just came up as we were talking about the definition of freedom; our idea of freedom.

Troll:
There are those that do believe they are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want to. Thus, the libertine hurts people through carelessness.

Wizard:
Right. That’s reality for the libertine, but what was the point you were making?

Troll:
Regardless of whether or not people want to be free, they could have actually been better off not being free if it leads to existential crisis and immorality. As if opening up new ways of thinking was actually negative to them because of how blissful ignorance can be. Freedom was just another thing that served to further complicate their lives.

Wizard:
Are you saying it would be healthier to just fit in with the mainstream of any given society?

Troll:
No, just that I know how you feel when questioning if people even want to be free.

Wizard:
I don’t think I know what you mean.

Troll:
Again, people are as free as they think they are.

Wizard:
No, with morality comes progress promised by Anarcho- Capitalism and the effects moral freedom brings to prosperity.

Troll:
If we can do that, if people can be honest.

Wizard:
What do you mean by that?

Troll:
Regardless of what you are doing, if you can go into it with a bunch of people who are just trying to be honest with each other, you are going to get a better end result. If that leads to a stronger sense of community or more economic opportunity, I think that is where freedom flourishes.

Wizard:
I don’t know if that is always the case.

Troll:
Well, if someone knows what they are doing and why they are doing it, it should give them the freedom to grow. This is the thing though, people who are free don’t worry about whether or not they are free; they are self-assured and already doing it. They know they are free and through their voluntary interaction, whether conscious of it or not, they work toward the liberation of others.

Wizard:
Then why are the people on the internet claiming to fight for freedom the most miserable people in real life?

Troll:
Those are the people who are not doing what they want to do. They are not happy within the world around them and because of that they stifle the freedom that can be found in waiting. They don’t actually live to experience the freedom that surrounds them. They fail by not doing, and there is so much beauty in the moments of their life that they take for granted.

Wizard:
That’s true but human beings are malleable, and we are soft when we come into this world. Then we get scratched over and over again which becomes callous or scars. This is why older people are so jaded. Yet, to fully appreciate a moment, what is that state of mind, and what do we get out of it if it is only momentary? We experience a lot of crazy stuff momentarily, but what does it matter if those experiences are always passing.

Troll:
Maybe it helps us communicate or advocate the many ways people can be free by not placing any expectations on them post-liberation. When I’ve talked about turning wounds into wisdom, it is because I have experienced such bondage that I can then speak openly about solutions to liberate others; sometimes even myself included.

Wizard:

Do people even want to go there?

Troll:
It becomes survival at a concern point, because any society can be judged by the worst conditions of those that live on its fringes.

Wizard:
Those people put themselves there though. I’m still trying to find a world that I want to be a part of, or even to define what I want to be a part of. If I wanna go do the hermit thing and just be self-sustainable, or do I want to try to influence history and wake these people up to how they are being ruled.

Troll:
If changing history was simply a choice, then I think we are failing to self-actualize.

Wizard:
That’s one way to look at it. That would be an answer. What of evil then?

Troll:

Evil comes out in people who actually go out of their way to mess up good things, again whether they know it or not. It’s sad, and it makes everything really petty. Unless it is life or death, and then it makes everything very serious.

Wizard:
Hmmm…….