Sometimes a lot of people from disparate groups, like my atheist and Christian friends; come to agree upon the immorality of one action, but they; as men of God, and men of the state and its laws; cannot fight. When democracy, the rule of the strongest, fails; what do we have to save us?
Master Destre, I have found out that Socrates’ of Athens has been eliminated.
[Destre] This is quite a shock to me. Socrates’ was a dear friend, and a worthy adversary.
[Sinistre] Shall we avenge him?
[Destre] We must foremost respect the wishes of the dead, before we pursue our own.
[Destre] Socrates’ could easily have denied his decree of hemlock, assuming that was his punishment; but, the conscientious mind that he is, he probably obeyed the state, proclaiming that what state could we have if men disobey its rule? That message echoes from to the greenery of Malmesbury to the bridges of Konigsberg.
[Sinsitre] I am angry, master
[Destre] What angers you, charge?
[Sinistre] That the state degrees its brute force, the state composed of merchants and prostitutes, rather than philosophers, politicians and geometers. Why does the state have power, when those who it submits, though small in number, are far more noble; far more true; fare superior in every manner of speaking to them?
[Destre] Hold your tongue my apprentice, for we do not know of the nature of the leviathan without evidence
[Sinistre] I have more than evidence, Destre; I have a body of proof and experience that shows the inferiority, countless time and again do I see them fail the tests that even the slave Meno could pass. Countless times do I see dentists who know nothing of teeth, shipbuilders of water, and technicians without technique. What age of enlightenment can come if we the men are led by they, the rats?
[Destre] I shall have you seized and expelled from my office if you continue this treason. For I cannot go against the will of the state.
[Sinistre] You cannot go against the state? What ridicule you display me, master. For was it not you who taught me the lessons of criticism? The importance of challenging authority? Was it not you who banged into us every morning the importance of the eminent figure, the man who loves beauty, goodness and truth, to rule as one, to rule a whole, to rule as just.
[Destre] And with that moral, my young charge, I start our lesson of morality. Sit down fair prince, and listen carefully, and listen well, for what I speak of will tar you, if acted upon, forever. I shall tell you a story about a vigilante. A man who lost his dearest loves in life, and, crushed by his world lost, he engaged in bitterness and rage. This man then found within himself a power, a power that if harnessed can bring about great good, and dark justice. This man, was a Dark Knight, and in the shadows and alleys of the city in which he lived, he saved those who could not be saved by the official state officers.
This man of shadows, this Dark Knight was feared by the criminal and hated by the police. For in both they found an enemy in this man of shadows. The Dark Knight took the moral law into his own hands and acted by the moral law written wtihin his soul. The wrongdoers hath found an emeny in his justice, the police find an enemy in his disobedience to them. If you act upon the justice you feel in your soul, then you shall be judged by the standards without, this is, however, inevitable, but a step away from homogeny is a step into the black, into a lonely path of being a vigilant, of being individual, of being conscientious. If you act by the principles in your soul, you follow a lone path, for the Prussian once said that the walk to truth is always lonely.
[Sinistre] If I am to avenge Master Socrates’ I am without your support?
[Destre] You are always on your own, and your act of justice in accordance with the duties set by the moral law within you, is the perfect act of being human. Do what that law demands, and not anything else. That is what it means to be autonomous.
Here the conversation ends, but see what happens to Master Sinistre, does he attack the state of Athens for their crime against philosophy? Or does the moral law show him otherwise?
This is the story of the lives of many.