Life Finds a Way
“The kind of control you're attempting here is… it's not possible,” Dr. Malcom told billionaire John Hammond in the movie, Jurassic Park, when it was explained that all the dinosaurs on the island were female, because “there is no unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park.” Dr. Malcom argued that, “life will not be contained. Life breaks free. Expands to new places and crashes through barriers.”
When asked by resident scientist Henry Wu, “You're implying that a group composed entirely of females will... breed?” Dr. Malcolm simply replied, “life... finds a way.” He was proven right later in the movie when fellow scientist Dr. Grant stumbled upon a nest of recently hatched dinosaur eggs in the wild. Dr. Grant whispered to himself, “life finds a way.”
I thought of this quote many times over the last 15 months with each new mandate and restriction that was imposed on our country. No matter how much the government wanted to control and restrict small businesses and restaurants, many were able to “find a way” to work in and around the restrictions to stay viable, to stay alive. From hand sanitizing stations to social distancing tables to outdoor dining, curbside pick-up, enhanced delivery service, these businesses found a way no matter how many rules and restrictions the government imposed on them which should have run them out of business.
This is why black markets spring up inside of Communist and fascist countries. Black markets are free markets living alongside the restrictive controlling markets of totalitarian countries. But more to the point, black markets are life finding a way, not being contained, breaking free. That is the natural state of humanity, of all life, freedom.
When Facebook, Twitter, YouTube were censoring and blocking the accounts of conservatives, free speech Parler emerged and received millions of subscribers in one day. When they shut that platform down, other free speech sites Gab and Rumble popped up. Life finds a way. Do they think our voices will be contained? Do they think we will not find alternative avenues to voice our beliefs if these other sites get shutdown as well? In Nazi Germany and Communist Russia when the government controlled the press and shut down dissenting voices, the truth was printed in basements and attics, and spread through the underground. Life found a way.
We are living through a dystopian time in our country, a time that was never envisioned by our founders, a time that would have horrified them, a vision of our country completely opposite of the original vision. The rights and freedoms of United States citizens are being incrementally and systematically taken. But the level of control over the population that our current leaders are attempting is impossible. Life is freedom, and freedom is life, and life will always find a way.
Freedom is the natural condition of human beings. Freedom has been the constant yearning of humanity from the beginning of time. Freedom is part of human nature. Like the blade of grass that has the courage to peak its head through the cement parking lot, life finds a way to not only survive, but to thrive, to flourish. Life will not be subjugated. This is what the interventionist do not understand about people. The people, the businesses, life they so desperately want to control thrive best when the government gets out of the way.
This is not to suggest that there should be no rules, and regulations. But the rules and regulations should be enforced like the last two minutes of an NFL football game or an NBA basketball game, where the officials are going to “let the players play.” They will only call something if it is truly blatant, or unfairly tips the scales of the game. Other than that, the players will determine the outcome of the game, and that’s the way it should be, that’s what produces the best products. Let the people determine the direction of the country, not the draconian rules of partisan politicians trying to pick winners and losers.
Big Tech and their compadres in Washington, DC are intent on censoring anyone who speaks out against the state-sponsored narrative. This is why cancel-culture is promoted by the social media monopolies. It is designed to shutdown dissenting speech. If you ever listen to or read the racist hate-filled vile that is allowed on social media platforms, you’ll understand that Big Tech censorship is not about protecting the public from vitriol, racism and bigotry, it’s about shutting down certain voices, certain beliefs and points of view different from the state-sponsored narrative. It’s designed to control the people, not protect the people.
Just because they shut us down, we cannot be content to remain shut down. The people fighting for freedom are always the true grass roots because there are so many of us. The political elite, the oligarchs are the powerful few trying to hold back the rushing tide. But the yielding water will always eventually conquer even the hardest stone. It is uncontainable. We are uncontainable. Look at history, the people who have tried for this level of control over the masses have always failed, sometimes sooner, sometimes later but it’s always inevitable. Their attempt to control the will of the people will be their undoing, because it always goes against the human spirit. And the human spirit will always win because life finds a way.
Judd Garrett is a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He is a frequent contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.