I'm watching A NORML Life, a documentary about medical marijuana, and one of the guys being interviewed says something like, "you locked up Martin Luther King, you locked up Gandhi, you locked up Rosa Parks..."
My first thought was, "yeah, but they also locked up Dahmer, Bundy, and Gacy, so maybe that's not a comparison you want to make." But I think the point he's trying to make (it's hard to think of the right words when you're "higher than giraffe pussy," as Joe Rogan would say) is that all of our heroes are criminals.
Jesus Christ was executed by the government. The founding fathers were all traitors to the crown. Harriet Tubman broke the law, as did Frederick Douglass. They invented new laws to try and make Lysander Spooner a criminal, and he openly defied laws routinely. Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in a concentration camp. Oskar Schindler was a criminal. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and countless others in the civil rights movement were law breakers. Gandhi, too.
I believe that all of our heroes are criminals because we instinctively know that government is a lie, and it always has been. We admire those who disobeyed.
And that gives me just a little bit of optimism.