For hundreds of years, a somewhat tribal ethnic group of people lived in the region that is the Ukrainian steppes. These people were under constant threat and attack from others who came from outside their region. The land of the Ukrainian steppes is very fertile, many others had long sought to take control and possession of it and the people who lived upon it. Over the years, a much greater threat arose to the people of the Ukrainian steppes. Known as Cossacks, for these people by definition were the most determinedly free. Cossacks developed a democratic society that rejected the entire idea of nobility and feudalism. They became an existential threat to the European social order.
To protect their way of life with its freedom, liberty, and democratic principles they had to become militaristic. Being a people bonded with horses, they became the most effective feared calvary in the history of the world.
“Cossacks are the best light troops among all that exist. If I had them in my army, I would go through all the world with them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
You are wondering why I am discussing this subject. I am an ethnic Cossack. My family had to leave Ukraine as a result of the Bolsheviks (Communists). Cossacks had to be eliminated in order for the leaders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to advance their agenda. They could not tolerate any person, let alone a group of free-thinking people to remain. My family left Ukraine, traveling a round about journey, eventually arriving in the United States of America with its promise of freedom and liberty. That was until the present day.
I read a news article explaining an interview with Bill Gates. It explained that Gates felt the United States had fumbled its response to coronavirus because, “we believe in freedom.” “We optimize for individual rights.” He went on to say, “I don’t think a change in administrations will get people to wear masks…” and “It’s hard to see how we build that trust network and improved behavior. It’ll mostly be incremental.”
Perhaps such words mean little to you, but they send shock waves down my spine. Such words are almost as old as time. It is not about a virus; it is about improving your behavior to match that of “moral” society that is of the liking of Bill and Melinda Gates. My people have heard it so many times and know they are the same words that come from all oppressors. They always come in the name of safety and protection for the masses. He is correct, “It’ll mostly be incremental.” You have seen it, first the masks were a suggestion, then they were a request, on to a “mandate”, and now not wearing one is a crime. The lockdowns are the same. All the while, little pieces of your liberty and freedom are being taken. Actually, you are giving them away. It will not stop there, soon perhaps next year, there will be some other dangerous threat where you will be asked to subjugate yourself a little more. It will be easy for you, because you are doing it for the greater good and have already capitulated under COVID-19. It will not matter if you surrender a bit more. The incremental capitulation just keeps on building until one day you realize you have given up all that you once held in such high regard. Think nothing of it, words such as freedom and liberty were only ideals our grandparents held in high regard, they are so passe in this day and age.
I am not wearing a mask, or locking down, or socially distancing from anyone who agrees with me. If you do not like it, stay away from me. If I find that I am alone and the only person holding true to their core beliefs, I will hold my head high in pride, for I will know that I am the last Cossack, he who is what remains of a people who understood what it was to live life freely.