If you pay attention to our society, you’ll realize that we’re all forced to constantly judge our windows of freedom. We say we’re free, and we might even think we’re free, but the truth is that we have all become adept at operating within our window of possibilities–according to the dictation of authority. In this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri have a candid conversation about the reality of our apparent lack of freedoms and the subsequent judgement of others in the process.
Topics discussed include debate over homeowners’ front yard gardens, property and land ownership, limited choices and lack of personal freedoms, desire to control people and things that don’t affect you, sagging pants, judging people by the content of their character versus how they dress, making a good point for a bad argument, people trying to control the physical appearance and behavior of others, Shorty Lo and his baby mommas, judging character and respectability based on physical appearance, people wanting to be like the rich elites, non-participation in the wrongheaded ideals as a compromise, vilification of natural hair and sagging pants, and more!
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- Discussion about controversy over front yard gardens in Orlando.
- The main issue is the aesthetics of the front yard. The city says that only 25 percent of the front yard can be used for the garden.
- Many people feel that it is no big deal that the city can regulate what you do with your yard.
- People are used to only operating within a window of freedom.
- Notions of compromise make people think that limiting the use of the front yard is an acceptable remedy.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The city of Orlando says it’s trying to work with the couple whose front yard vegetable garden has sparked controversy nationwide by passing new regulations that would require changes to their garden, a move that would affect several others in College Park.
The city had asked the couple to uproot it because it was against the landscaping code that requires permanent maintained ground cover with a finished appearance. The city threatened to fine Jennifer and Jason Helvengston $500 per day. Since then, however, the city has dropped the violation and is working to change the code itself.
Source: Click Orlando
- Discussion about the idea that your freedom ends where mine begins.
- Discussion about legitimate issues that front yard gardens can cause for neighbors.
- Discussion about potential remedies for legitimate issues. If animals are attracted to the garden, you need to consider that the houses may actually be encroaching on their natural habitat.
- What if the neighbors have animals coming in their homes as a result?
- When people own their homes, they should be able to have it look and be used according to their desire.
- Discussion about whether the home is in a subdivision versus the city street. In this case, the city is acting in the role of the controller of the land use–zoning, etc. They set the rules for what can take place there.
- Discussion on the effect of incorporation on controlling the land.
- Discussion about people buying virtual property that is still subject to rules and regulations, despite it not even being “real” land.
- If you buy land in a certain place, you are forced to follow the authorities over that land in terms of what you can do on and with that land.
- One big issue with land ownership and control is that there is a finite amount of land, and eventually it will all be claimed. Also, people are subject to the rules of the authorities over that land, even when the purchase allows them to use the land.
- The whole issue is that unobstructed freedom doesn’t exist, thus leaving only limited choices of what you can do.
- Perhaps the only option we have is to try to find a place to live that has freedoms in areas we care about.
- What if there was a “reset” button on land ownership?
- Given the same ingredients, you’re always gonna wind up with just about the same result over time.
- People always want to control other things and people who don’t affect them.
- Discussion about sagging pants, which has become the poster child for people wanting to control things that don’t affect them.
- Discussion about the contradiction of people supporting MLK and his stance on judging people by the content of their character, yet they judge people by how they dress–like wearing hoodies or sagging pants. These are the same people who call the cops on folks suggesting they are “suspicious.” What hypocrites!
- Discussion about the idea of making a good point for a bad argument.
- Where do people come up with the idea that they have the right to say someone else must change because they “don’t wanna see” how someone dresses or otherwise looks. What right do we have to tell someone else how they should behave?
- Examples of all of the things people might be tired of seeing: ugly faces, fake hair, Black skin, etc. Do we suggest people have a right to decide they are tired of seeing your race?
- Discussion about the rebuttal that “you’re taking things too seriously,” when Axiom Amnesia gets down to the root of the problem.
- Discussion about the hypocrisy of people not wanting control in their own lives, but they want to control others.
- Discussion about Shorty Lo and his 10 baby mommas on their reality show.
- In this country a lot of people have baby mommas and baby daddies, yet they have an issue with this dynamic being portrayed on TV.
- People are worried more about what it looks like than what it is like.
- What would a smart person think when they see a front yard garden? They think the person with the garden is smart to grow enough of their own food.
- Discussion about this idea of people suggesting that certain physical appearances are “dirty” or “trashy.”
- How is a business suit practical? It’s not, but people feel that if you’re wearing one it is an indicator of good character and respectability.
- You would think people who are members of systematically oppressed groups wouldn’t buy into this B.S., but they do!
- Discussion about people wanting to be like the white, rich elites, although they will often deny it. They take on the same mindset–examples given.
- You fight against these wrongheaded, yet prominent ideas, by not participating as much as possible. This obviously comes at a price.
- We can work to make sure our net movement is in the direction in which we want to go.
- Discussion about how Heit was judged by his appearance when he was detained by the Dallas Police while walking and minding his business:
- Discussion about the fact that most people would give more credence to the crook in a business suit over Heit in his jeans and hoodie.
- This is why people will always be fooled by the wolf in sheep’s clothing–because they always judge the book by its cover.
- Discussion about how wearing your natural hair or dressing certain ways is vilified and judged according to the mainstream white standard. “Do something with your hair!” “Put on some real clothes!”
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