Most people want to feel like they have the freedom to do as they please. One of the most commonly debated questions throughout history (from the perspective of religion, in any case) is whether or not humans have free will. Having the capacity to make decisions for oneself is, perhaps, the most fundamental cornerstone of freedom there is.

Unfortunately, it often seems as if the entire purpose of government is to remove and/or restrict the capacity of choice. Quite literally, law is simply what a person can or cannot do in order to avoid the potential for negative consequences. So in many respects, free will is curtailed by regulations.

Thankfully, it is very easy to regain autonomy!

Traffic laws are among the most onerous and arbitrary restrictions upon a person’s choices. The road to individual freedom can very easily begin with a conscious disregard for traffic law. Sadly, courts continue to uphold arbitrary regulations despite the complete lack of evidence in their defense. Therefore, the determination to ignore traffic law must be weighed with potential criminal challenges posed by the state.

I would estimate that, statistically speaking, every driver has exceeded the speed limit at least once and most regularly do so. It is common to assume that law enforcement officers will not detain you for exceeding the limit by a couple miles per hour. This nearly universal refrain ought to show how laughable the traffic laws truly are. If speed limits were actually based on some sort of demonstrable scientific evidence then every act of surpassing this limit would be a danger (safety is typically the excuse for regulations) which justified legal action. Performing “illegal” maneuvers in other areas of life compounds this determination.

stopsignIt is a little-known fact that stop signs with a white border are optional. Or so I enjoy telling people; most people will believe anything you tell them if you say it with conviction and a straight face. The next time you approach a stop sign, make your own determination on whether or not you need to come to a complete stop or even touch the brakes. This requires you to survey the surrounding environment. Is someone attempting to cross the road? Are other vehicles approaching? Are there children playing in a nearby lawn? If you come to the conclusion that there are no potential safety hazards, keep going! Continual stop-and-go movement of vehicles is quite possibly the most inefficient waste of gasoline in America.

Move one step forward and apply this decision making process to traffic lights. How many times have you waited to turn left like a mindless zombie because a little red light told you not to go? How much of your life have you wasted sitting at a red light twiddling your thumbs with a little bit of drool dripping out the corner of your mouth because you have been trained to get your cues from a light instead of your own brain? The same logic from above applies here, take a look around and make your own judgment! If it is clear, by all means go on through!

Believe it or not, there are lawyers who defend this sort of thing. With the right set of circumstances, juries can be used to push for nullification of these arbitrary restrictions on our movement. But again, this must be a juggling act of proper safety (as determined by your own observations) and weighing the risk of being caught in the act.

I will guarantee that after only a short time doing these acts of rebellion, you will feel empowered, alive, and, most importantly of all, free!