Check Your Privilege

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Just a few nights ago, I received a message from one of my friends. He was trying to sell me some of his guns… or at least I thought so. I had just done some upgrades on my car for a pretty penny and could not really justify spending that much on guns.

About three days later I messaged him back asking him if he still had that sweet AR15. I told him I had repented and was happy to go into the Bitcoin savings for that wonderful piece only to realize he had sold everything he told me was up for sale except the ammo. I cried for a few moments and then took a long, deep breath and messaged him back with desires to buy the ammo as I kicked myself in the ass for missing a chance to buy a good piece.

Shotgun Luis

Quite honestly, I thought he was struggling financially and wanted to sell some of his guns to make a couple of thousands but I was not sure. I told him I was very glad he was a gun guy and into Yoga and all that “awareness” stuff because it is rather difficult to find people who were able to live in both worlds, Shamans with Guns, as I call them. He retorted, to my surprise, that he was actually selling all his guns because he could not see himself using them anymore… he could not even fathom being around them at all. He said he had moved on to a frequency where guns were not desirable any longer. I gasped! I asked him: “But what if you and your girlfriend get in a situation where your life could be in danger, wouldn’t you defend **Mary**?!! He said he could not do it… “I don’t see myself shooting anyone” he said. I could not believe my eyeballs; my messenger was surely playing tricks on me. How could someone be so irresponsible to not even care to defend their own girlfriend?! Quickly I reminded him that even Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama said: “But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, he said, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” **Jake** told me he had read about it but he still didn’t feel like it was him at all anymore.

I felt defeated and dumbfounded but I let it go. I then talked to my wife about it and she reminded me of a wonderful fact about life. She said to me: “nowadays it is easier to make money than trying to steal it and therefore some people forego of their weapons,” And she is totally right. We have to really check our privilege! Living in a highly technological world means getting a job and making a living is much easier than taking our neighbors’ wealth.

The pie is not a fixed one but we can literally create wealth thanks to the infrastructure and networks created by the free market. If we feel like we really do not need guns is because we have made this world a safer place thanks to the continuous expansion of freedom even against the bureaucratic hands that keep making legislations to keep us down; in short, we are wealthier in spite of government, not because of it. And in turn, people feel safer and without the need to have an extra couple of pounds with them. Which is something that people in other countries may not have at this point.

However, I know my role in this society with my friends, and we are here to push back against the soon-to-be-death state trying to control our interactions, and to remind people that we are living in the most prosperous and peaceful times in human history thanks to the free market, and also the time with most trees… so, check your privilege, kids. You are living in wonderful times and not everyone has the luxury of feeling safe as they leave their homes.

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Luis Fernando Mises is a Consultant that teaches Leadership all over the United States, a Yoga instructor, a Meditation teacher, a student of Austrian Economics, a Statesman with the Libertarian Party, a Curandero, an Entrepreneur, and a Family man. He realized his personal mission was to empower others and to be present; and this realization propelled him to create Emancipated Human as a way to bring stories that would help people see the nature of the police state we currently live in, ideas to hack the world, interviews with people that have practical examples, and inspiration to live a freer life.