I took the above picture of my hand 5 years ago on May 25th, 2010, after I came back home from voting during the elections in Suriname. I cringe every time I see it. Voting on that day will go down as one of the worst mistakes I ever made in my life. I’m deeply ashamed of it, and even more ashamed of the above image.
At the time, although I knew the system was evil, I was still among the people who thought that having good people with integrity in key positions could bring positive change. In other words, I thought it was mostly the people in power that were the problem, and that good people would be able to neutralize everything that’s evil inside the system.
But now, after more experience and lots of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s fundamentally the anti-social system that we live in that is the problem. I’ve written a post detailing the important problems with the system, and you can click here to read it. Putting (supposedly) good people in power will never help in the long term, because this anti-social system is designed to (forcibly if necessary) corrupt every individual in society.
The truth is that the State is a conspiracy designed not only to exploit, but above all to corrupt its citizens… Henceforth, I shall never serve any government anywhere. Leo Tolstoy
The only comfort that I can find is that I made the mistake to vote out of ignorance; I simply didn’t know better. It would have been a lot worse if I knew better, or if someone had given me the information I linked to above, and I ignored it and still voted — then it would have been willful ignorance:
Willful ignorance is the state and practice of ignoring any sensory input that appears to contradict one’s inner model of reality. At heart, it is almost certainly driven by confirmation bias. It differs from the standard definition of “ignorance“ — which just means that one is unaware of something — in that willfully ignorant people are fully aware of facts, resources and sources, but refuse to acknowledge them. Indeed, calling someone “ignorant” shouldn’t really be a pejorative, but intentional and willful ignorance is an entirely different matter.
Had I known 5 years ago what I wrote in that post, I would not have voted. You’ll never be able to imagine how much I wish that someone had presented this information to me back then so that I could have reconsidered. That’s why in the past 3 years, I’ve done as much as I personally could to spread this information so that others can get to realize what’s going on and won’t make the same mistake I made (or at least, they’ll have a chance not to make that mistake).
Consider that when you vote in this anti-social system, you give your consent for the initiation of violence not only against yourself, but also against everyone else in society. Voting to keep this anti-social system in place, is voting for legalized theft and slavery, and goes against the philosophy of liberty (Dutch version). Before you decide to vote, make sure you watch the video below, and read my post on why you shouldn’t vote.
We’ve all been brainwashed from early childhood to accept the status quo without questioning things too much. So try to forget about what you know and look at this from a new perspective. Be honest to yourself. And when you realize you’ve been wrong, don’t be afraid to admit it, certainly not to yourself. It’s one of the important steps towards building a better society for all of us.
Like most people, I don’t like being wrong, but unlike most people, I like finding out about it as soon as possible so that I can correct myself immediately and learn from it. And I’ve certainly learned a lot in the last few years.