Are Photos Stealing Your Soul?

Some say certain tribes from all over the world have believed in the past that a photograph can steal your soul.

More recently, studies have suggested that taking pictures actually makes it harder to remember an event. I guess since we have a physical record of it, we let the mental record slip. And then when we look at the photo, we let that serve as the memory instead of revisiting the moment in our minds.

But the other day I realized that photos have been stealing my soul in a different way. When I find myself in a picturesque moment, instead of basking in the joy of life, I sometimes feel the drive to preserve it in a picture.

This desire comes not so much for the actual happiness the moment is bringing me, but for the satisfaction I think I can get from sharing the picture. It’s like I want others to see the picture, and affirm, “Yes. You look very cool sitting on that hay bale by the fire.”

So really I am trading the opportunity for a moment’s joy for the hope of a little attention.

I decided I am not going to do that anymore. Let the pictures happen naturally if they will, but no more ruining the moment to try to trade it for cheap pleasure later.

I am going to breath-in the situation, because if I feel like I want to take a picture, it usually means I feel I am in the right place, doing something which I think represents me, makes me feel like myself, and is the essence of me. Why shouldn’t that be enough?

But I still like taking pictures for the fun of it sometimes, and I certainly wouldn’t criticize any photo-lovers. I just am going to make sure I don’t ruin any moments worth more than the picture.

For everything else, there is instagram.

When discussing the philosophy of things we cannot possible know for sure or prove true, all words must be a metaphor. What will you see reflected in the pages of Never too late to Liberate? Read it now before it’s released.

Lord of the Rings: Right and Wrong Don’t Change Because of Strange Times

Last summer I wrote a series of posts on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, describing how Tolkien’s classic trilogy uses the ring as an allegory for the evils of government power; that is, a power unrestrained by natural law, or even the market. Continue reading

10 Daniel Rothschild Comments on the World

My friend Daniel Rothschild might just be the next Rothbard… but with more dirty jokes. He is studying for a doctorate in economics, and regularly posts on Facebook about government.

Although he bares the infamous Rothschild name, Daniel claims no affiliation with the shadowy rulers of Earth. Of course, that could all just be part of the plan. But that would seem like a strange strategy to attempt to end the states which you control. Anyway, the following are all Daniel Rothschild facebook quotes. Continue reading

Why Common Law is better than Government Law

How can something be considered a crime if there is no victim? This is a problem: people cannot simply make sure they don’t hurt others; they can’t just base their actions off common sense and respect for the standards of their community to stay out of trouble.

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What are Rights? Do Rights Exist?

What is a right? Do rights exist? They seem so intangible, yet philosophical constructs can be real.

A right simply defines a state of being; it describes a condition. “Right of way,” is how we describe who has precedence in a driving situation. That certainly doesn’t mean people can’t ignore the concept of right of way, it just serves as a tool for establishing who is liable if a car accident should happen. Continue reading

The Republic of Uzupis


Have you ever heard of the Republic of Uzupis? It is nestled within the city of Vilnius. Have you heard of Vilnius? It is the capital of Lithuania. Can you point to Lithuania on a map? It is a Baltic country east of Poland, about 500 miles west of Moscow. Continue reading