As Thomas Jefferson said: “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous.” But independence of thought and political and social independence, as many people are aware, are things which have to be fought for and do not easily fall into people’s laps per se. Plus, as Nietzsche wrote: “Independence is for the very few; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it even with the best right but without inner constraint proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring to the point of recklessness.”
Hence, independence is a difficult and lonely place, and a place reserved only for an exceptional few who have the grit and the willpower to maintain their independence. Nietzsche added:
“He [the independence seeker] enters into a labyrinth, he multiplies a thousandfold the dangers which life brings with it in any case, not the least of which is that no one can see how and where he loses his way, becomes lonely, and is torn piecemeal by some minotaur of conscience. Supposing one like that comes to grief, this happens so far from the comprehension of men that they neither feel it nor sympathize. And he cannot go back any longer. Nor can he go back to the pity of men.”
Why independence is a ‘point of no return’ whereby an individual ‘cannot go back’ to others is because of the process which an independent person faces from the outside or from the powers that be. At the very beginning, the individual is presented with bribes and ‘sweeteners’ of sorts in order to test how resilient the beliefs, convictions, and character of the individual actually are. If bribes and ‘sweeteners’ do not work, then the individual is faced with cancellation and stonewalling. The cancellation and stonewalling become so draconic and severe, that the individual considers whether the resistance and the independence were even worthwhile in the first place.
In turn, the cancellation and stonewalling have an aim and purpose, namely, to induce a sense of dependence and helplessness on the part of the individual. And if the individual succumbs to the sense of dependence and helplessness as a result of the cancellation and stonewalling, then the individual is subject to becoming thoroughly corrupted. The individuals ends up so corrupted, to the point where the corruption transforms the way of life of the individual. Hence, the ultimate outcome of accepting bribes and ‘sweeteners’ or to succumb to a sense of dependence and helpless is essentially to change one’s way of life. In turn, the aim of the powers that be is to change the natural way of life which all people share for the most part.
In a sense, one cannot accept bribes and ‘sweeteners’ or succumb to a sense of dependence and helplessness unless one is willing to trade their way of life for corruption. In turn, a failed status quo can imply or suggest the failure of changing what is essentially a natural way of life. Nor can the status quo fix the problems which it has created. As Albert Einstein said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
As a result, today’s cultivators or ‘stewards’ of the earth who hail from the ‘Millennial’ or ‘Gen-Z’ generation will not only outlive the ones who prompted a failed status quo, but they will also have to clean up the mess left from their failure to keep the peace and from their failure to be proper cultivators and stewards of a world which is embedded with a natural way of life that was denied and assaulted by the status quo.