Violence is fundamentally rooted in unhappiness and seeing no other option to achieve ones desires, whether those desires are: another fix, another meal, another million. When people feel that their desire (and specifically fulfilling the lack of it) is more important than their integrity… they compromise themselves, often at a level that is beyond their own awareness.
People are conditioned to see violence only in the thugs, murderers, rapists, burglars that are portrayed on TV and in the news.
The real essence of criminality is the belief that one is entitled to something which is owned or must be supplied by someone else. For example, the criminal mind believes that they specifically (and often people in general) are somehow entitled to emergency room visits, doctors, education, libraries, government programs, welfare handouts. (I personally want all people to have access to these services, and I am willing to voluntarily pay and contribute out of my good will to see that these are available, but I would never suggest that we should force others to pay for them. These things cannot be something which others are entitled to, because they depend upon others to provide them, and it is unlawful for an individual to force another to give up his resources.)
The criminal mind is also present very directly in the thief who believes (or acts as if) he were entitled to take that which he sees and desires.
The criminal mind is also present in the wall street banker who sees assets he would like to purchase but which he does not have the trillions of dollars required to purchase them, so he uses political maneuverings to secure trillions of dollars of Federal Reserve Discount Window Lending funds at incredibly low interest rates, uses the funds to buy up the assets which would have otherwise been purchased by someone else, then when the general economy improves a few percent, he resells those same assets for a 4% profit and pays back the Federal Reserve with 0.5% interest, and has just acquired 3.5% profits on a trillion dollar deal which was only available because of political connections with the Federal Reserve, and it was not available to any of the other hundreds of other investors who lack those connections. (True Story: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-21/wall-street-aristocracy-got-1-2-trillion-in-fed-s-secret-loans.html )
The smartest criminals are the ones who execute their crimes legally. They don’t use overt violence. They use hidden violence. They use tactics which amount to fraud, but they execute these frauds in broad daylight via legal machinations.
The essence of crime is the diminishment of the values of others.
But now consider the contrast. The OPPOSITE of crime… is to INCREASE the values of others.
The word that best describes this is actually “Business”. Genuine and Honest Business has as its essence the desire to increase values for self and others. We do this by creating things which we believe may be valuable for others, and we set a price that allows us a fair profit, and our customers come and evaluate our offerings and then decide if their lives would be better of after transacting business with us. Whenever a customer voluntarily engages in a transaction there is a little bit of joy that flows over the whole world, because both parties are in a BETTER position after the transaction. If the customer was not in a better position after the transaction, s/he wouldn’t have done it.
Sometimes however there is a kind of “business” which is not really business as described above. When politics mixes with business, when certain individuals and companies get the government contracts, when legislation is passed to regulate an industry; these laws and advantages place one individual above another through a political process… it is dishonest and a form of “legal” criminality.
Why this discussion of criminality? Simple. Criminality is the ONLY SOURCE of artificial scarcity.
When you look to end scarcity and lack, the starting point is to STOP DOING those things that create artificial scarcity.
The cure for the criminal mind… is to empower people to create values for others in a world filled with competitive value creation.
When a person has the passion to be the best candy man… and he sees Willy Wonka’s success, he has two options: to be driven forward by his goal to achieve even greater levels of success and wonder… or to become a vindictive envious small-minded individual who desires to destroy and diminish Willy Wonka. (You may recognize this in the often overlooked character Mr. Slugworth, who was actually created by Wonka, a true genius, to see who was honest enough to receive the ultimate gift…)
Very simply, all criminals are simply individuals who have compromised themselves, who have given up on their hopes and dreams, who believe themselves to be worthless and unable to create competitive values for others. Only after this treason against self does a person become a criminal who is willing to diminish the values of others for spurious personal gain or ego gratification.
The answer to criminality is to assist those people around you to become competitive value creators, to help those around you to discover their passions and turn those passions into potent vehicles for wealth creation.
Every criminal can be “saved” from a life of self-loathing, there is “forgiveness and redemption”. You may be surprised just how widespread it is that people have compromised themselves. I think it’s safe to say that every living person has done it a few times. People must face those moments in their lives where they betrayed their own hearts. Doing so allows us all to recapture that innate honesty we once had as small children: and today as adults, living with the pure hearts of children, we become something that this world has never conceived before, we become heroic sexy powerful individuals who make dreams come true for ourselves and others. We become the people we were meant to be.
This is the end and answer to all criminality. It’s right here. But it starts with us. It starts by each of us as individuals making the commitment to honesty, to ourselves, to living according to our own hearts, to refuse to diminish the values of others, to refuse any form of false entitlement.
If you are not willing to abolish taxation, if you are not willing to give up the good things that government provides (but only after they have initiated threat of force against the innocent), if you are not willing to stop asking politicians to force other people to contribute to your pet projects, if you are not willing to fund your pet projects voluntarily, if you feel entitled to ANYTHING from ANYONE… you are still not as honest as we must become to end criminality. It is a hard challenge to rise to, we’ve been told so many sweet lies our whole life about how government is the only way… it’s the same lie that a mugger tells himself before he breaks into another house.
And even after we have committed ourselves to living honestly, living without diminishing the values of others for our own benefit… we still must look ourselves in the mirror and ask if we have done all that our hearts demand of us. Because even after we do not owe anything else to the world, even after we have become net value creators whose very lives and presence uplift and benefit all around us… even after that, we still must face ourselves and ask our hearts if we have done enough. Even in the final moments of my life, I pray that I am honest enough to regret that I didn’t love more.
Violence is fundamentally rooted in unhappiness and seeing no other option to achieve ones desires, whether those desires are: another fix, another meal, another million. When people feel that their desire (and specifically fulfilling the lack of it) is more important than their integrity… they compromise themselves, often at a level that is beyond their own awareness.
The reason the founding fathers included the right to bear arms as the second amendment was because even in their time they had seen that governments go crazy. A well trained and well armed society is not going to be invaded, and they will not tolerate irrational tyranny.
Before a government does really messed up things (like Genocide), they take away the guns of all the people they can. A quick google search for: gun control genocide
turned up an interesting one page article showing the gun control laws implemented by countries just prior to 7 different examples of government sponsored genocide:
“Our government would never do that” is the full extent of the argument most people present when confronted with the idea of genocide. Most of the Germans were in denial about the holocaust while it was happening, the signs above the entrances to the concentration camps read, “arbeit mach frei” (translated: “Work makes (you) free”) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbeit_macht_frei .
At some point there may be a round up of people who are opposed to some government action…. they’ll be put into FEMA camps, and who knows what will happen inside. The mainstream media and government will simply assert that these people “failed to comply with well published requirements that are in the best interest of all people” and “They will be treated fairly and released when they are ready to grow up and be part of our country like the rest of us.”
But that scenario won’t happen if the people have guns. Round ups and forced relocation are one step away genocide. And while most of the trains cars would probably go to facilities that are genuinely what they claim to be… it’s that one train car out of a hundred that heads to the camp with the furnace that begins the genocide. There would be enough people coming back from the camps or facilities with their descriptions and stories of hardship and frustration… but no genocide.. no, “I didn’t see anything like that.” And of the millions of people who pass through the normal camps… there’s only that small percentage that are “lost in the chaos”…
That’s how things worked in Nazi Germany. That’s why the people didn’t know it was happening. That’s why the people continued to trust their government.
Today we’re seeing a tiny hint of the strong rational stance against government that we would see if a) government actually came to take away guns, or if b) government began taking more aggressive actions against the citizens.
Imagine what would happen if the government passed a law that set the income tax rate with mandatory withholding at 50%, and/or allowed the government to seize the bank accounts and/or 401k accounts of anyone who didn’t abide by it. (or perhaps a tax on saving accounts, the more money you have saved, the higher the tax rate…or perhaps they will simply pass a law outlawing cash all together, requiring that all transactions take place electronically with government supervision).
These kinds of laws are all ready to go, there are hundreds of politicians who would happily vote for them… except… we still have guns. And any laws that are so aggressively confiscatory would likely flip a few too many people into radical/anger/survival-mode.
Every person has their own threshold… we all tolerate a certain amount of government abuse and interference… and we tolerate it because (a- “there is no other way”, b- “it’s not that bad”, c-”it is necessary if we want the services government provides”, etc). But if you were taxed at 99%… or if you had to jump through hours or red tape to do what you needed to do… if you could no longer live your life the way you wanted because the interference and burden placed upon you by government was too much… at some point you too would stand up and say, “It’s too much!”
A well armed and well trained society is a protection against such forms of tyranny.
“Well what should the tax rate be?” and “What should government be doing?”
The right and proper role of government is to protect the rights of the people, and to physically protect the people from aggressors: both foreign and domestic.
We LOVE a good strong military and police force. We LOVE that they keep us safe from aggressors. We LOVE it when they swiftly apprehend violent criminals. We LOVE it when they swiftly apprehend fraudulent criminals. We LOVE IT that we treat all people as innocent until proven guilty, that we afford everyone a strong legal defense, and that we never exact justice until the criminal has been found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of unbiased peers.
We LOVE having a STRONG, SWIFT, and incredible FAIR justice system. THAT is something that we can and should pride ourselves on.
But that pride breaks down when the laws that the justice system is enforcing are no longer about protecting the rights of all the people. Laws that punish “victimless crimes” are virtually all designed to give certain people/special-interests advantage over others.
As much as we depend, today, on government and tax funding for different GOOD projects… all of those GOOD projects could be funded without taxation. There is NO NEED what so ever to EVER force a person to pay “his fair share”. If a person doesn’t feel that the results of the project justify his contribution, he won’t contribute, and he shouldn’t be FORCED or COERCED into paying for it. Taxation allows ill conceived projects to get funded that would NEVER be funded without forcing people to pay for them. Every truly valuable project will inspire people to contribute, and those people will feel PROUD of their contribution… not resentful.
I would never ask someone to use their resources for something if they didn’t believe it was worthwhile. And I would NEVER advocate using the threat of IRS Asset Seizure to motivate people to contribute to a project. Voting for anyone who advocates taxation is to silently endorse a system of forced contributions. There ARE other ways.
When government comes for our guns… it’s a warning that they intend to do things to us that they know would sufficiently outrage rational people to the point of viewing government as the enemy.
Most people do not understand, and actively refuse to understand, the mental state of people who commit these crimes. Most people become uncomfortable when you begin to speak honestly about depression. … much less suicide… much less criminality… much less murder… much less genocide.
Mass Murder doesn’t “just happen”, it’s the result of a person descending through levels of personal hell that are simply unfathomable to most people. How do I know this? Because I’ve been there. There is no virtue in being depressed/suicidal/psychotic … but if you’ve ever been there, the actions of others don’t surprise you – even things as crazy as dismembering children and/or cannibalism and/or torture.
There is something deeply wrong with our society, but the answer is not to point the finger out at others and blame them. The answer is personal responsibility. You may not have been in a position to prevent this last shooting… but there are people in your life that may be on their way into the abyss of depression and insanity. You may even be teetering on the edge yourself. There is a REASON why people are mentally unstable, and as unbelievable as it may seem, I believe that the reason why so many are mentally and emotionally unstable is because there are people who profit tremendously because this situation persists, and they actively suppress individuals and technologies that would help.
When I have looked back through school shootings, I found that most of them included a mention of psychiatric drugs. There is a tremendous
amount of information documenting the APA as pseudoscience.
Here’s another article written yesterday.
There are many people like Prof. Thomas Szasz who have spent the past 30 years of their lives focused on restoring sanity to the mental health industry. http://www.cchr.org/
While this information may sound bleak, there is information that you can use immediately to: a) make your life better, b) improve the lives of those around you, and c) help prevent future tragedies from happening.
Consider for a moment, how your life would improve if you had even just one more real friend in your life. And by ‘real friend’, I mean someone who:
a) cares about your and your happiness,
b) recognizes your awesomeness,
c) likes to spend time and energy with you,
d) actively helps make life better for the both of you,
e) that you like/respect back,
f) that you feel is awesome,
g) that you like to spend time and energy with, and
h) that you feel excited about actively helping make life better for the both of you.
There are many people who do not have a single real friend in their lives.
You may not have a single real friend in your life.
Real friendship is valuable. Real friendship is a safety net. Real friendship can be the difference the protects someone from having a life cut short by stupidity and carelessness or worse… murder or suicide.
Be a real friend to others. Find people who are capable of being real friends to you. Talk to them on a regular basis. Deepen your relationships by doing things together that enrich your lives.
There is a lot more that could be said about how to create a life of happiness for yourself and those around you. There is technology available to assist you in discovering it.
Here is a sample: www.euphoriarising.com
There is much more that could be said about guns and governments. But like many conversations… those who know already know… and those who don’t know aren’t ready to listen, so speaking won’t help.
To them, you must prepare the field of their mind through real friendship, creating a connection of honor and respect that allows a person to feel validated in their position first, with enough stability that they can let in new ideas and consider them authentically.
The technology to transform our world into a continuous experience of excitement, joy, love, gratitude, wonder, growth, rationality, honesty, and authenticity is available to anyone who cares to reach for it.
The country is the land and the people; these are easy to love.
The government is another story.
Good government ensures that all people have rights.
Good government is strong, swift, and fair: aggressively bringing restorative justice to the victims of those have initiated force, fraud, and coercion.
It is right for honest and rational people to have an invincible military, a strong police force, and an efficient and fair justice system. These are the right and proper roles of government, and these are valuable services, and honest and rational people would pay for them voluntarily.
When a government/police force fail to catch the perpetrators… when police are themselves abusive to the victims of crime and treat the victims like criminals… when police take on the color of perpetrators of initiatory force, fraud, and coercion themselves, this is corruption, and this what what causes people to feel heart broken about their country.
Much of what government does today has nothing to do with fulfilling it’s one true and valid purpose of protecting the rights of all people.
Government gains unethical/corrupt/tyrannical power by finding socially acceptable justifications for the use of initiatory force, fraud, and coercion against the innocent. As people accept these justifications, government asserts more power than honest and rational people would grant it. Over time, people become conditioned to believe that some things can only be done one way, “the way we’ve always done it”.
Taxation is a way to compel innocent people to pay for things … backed by a threat of asset seizure and/or imprisonment.
I would never steal someone’s honestly earned assets or put them in jail if they didn’t want to contribute to a community project. When projects are funded voluntarily, not all people contribute equally, and those who do contribute only do so after they have evaluated whether the project is being managed efficiently and if the project will deliver significant value for the resources expended.
Imagine how things would change if people were not compelled/coerced under threat of asset seizure to pay taxes, and instead people could freely choose which projects to support.
Each project would now suddenly begin to prioritize and consider how to deliver more value with less resources. (In contrast, currently government projects are often rewarded with larger allocations if they can demonstrate that the problem they are working on is larger than the current allocation of funds is able to remedy.)
Regulation is a way for large established businesses to influence policy. Large established companies have gone through growing pains and learned things along the way. They have structured their business in ways that they have found to be effective and valuable. These are good lessons. But these large companies have seen through history that there is power and value in regulation: the lobbyists for these companies write legislation and sell politicians on passing it into law. These laws say that any new company in the industry must first put into place the structures called for in the laws… the exact structures that the established companies built up over years of experience. This means that new start up companies have an even harder time getting started… in addition to getting delivery of the product up and running… they must also comply with the additional regulations. These regulations may all be good ideas, but the way these regulations are actually used is more as a kind of weapon: Armed Federal Agents enter into a company and demand to see records, demand to see evidence of compliance, and if violations of the regulations are noted there are fines, warning letters, asset seizures, and new locks put on the doors closing the business down until the non-compliance are remedied. These initiations of force and coercion add considerably greater liability when starting a new venture in a regulated industry.
As a result, innovative individuals are far more likely to come to the conclusion that less regulated industries have greater opportunity; so innovation rarely comes to heavily regulated industries. And it takes much longer for new innovative ideas to penetrate within heavily regulated industries; these factors benefit the established industry leading companies. But they invisibly diminish the values received by all customers to that industry, because there is no way to measure “companies not started” and “inventions not pursued”… or the compounding effects of “technologies not integrated”.
Imagine if the geniuses of our society were focused on fixing the medical industry…(there is no fixing that behemoth without first cutting through the regulation to allow some space for innovation to enter in)… instead… the geniuses of our society are designing the next generation consumer electronic device. Why? Because a genius feeds on accomplishment, and in the largely unregulated consumer electronics industry a genius can take an idea and get it into a product in a few months, and think the next idea… and get it into the next product or software update or app in just a few more months… (In the consumer electronics industry there are no multi-thousand dollar submissions to FDA asking for permission to market a product… and waiting 180 days for a response that sends you back to the drawing board. … NO! ) In consumer electronics, new ideas are tried out, alpha tested, released to the beta test market, worked and reworked, and then released to the market… and then reworked some more… and in 18 months the whole industry has taken a huge leap forward. Currently…In the medical technology industry, in the drug industry, in the world of finance… there are no leaps… no, there is only a slow tectonic crawl…new ideas are thought up… and 10 of years later they enter the market, and 10 years after that they become affordable.
The rapidity of evolutionary growth in any business is based entirely on speed to market. From idea conception to satisfied customer. Cut the regulations that slow it down, and every consumer wins.
All of this can be summarized very simply. It’s called “THE PRIME LAW”
Money is a symbol of value and resources. When money is earned honestly, it means a person did something or created something that was valuable and worth while for someone else, and the two exchanged with each other. (Money acquired dishonestly is a whole different story, and every honest person can agree that individuals who acquire money or resources or advantages through dishonest means should be boycotted and/or reformed. But in this post, we’re talking ONLY about earning money honestly…)
It is out of our own personal abundance that we profit – our abundance of creativity, our abundance of energy, our abundance of willingness to serve each other. Our wages and profits go up as we learn and grow and become better able to create more value in the lives of others.
The old model of “get good grades, get a secure job” no longer works, that advice is today equivalent to telling your kids, “find a good master and become his slave”. That advice creates a relationship of INSECURITY and DEPENDENCY. The better advice is “Find what you love to do, and develop your ability to such a degree that you can get paid to do it”, and even better advice is, “learn how the world really works, find people who are living the life that you want, and find out where they came from and how they got to where they are today. Listen to people who have what you want, and who have also been where you are. Do what they did when they were where you are now.”
Look at this picture, here is a man who has a story. You can see in his face that he desires freedom, he has tried in the past to live his dreams, but every time he has been blocked. Can you see it? Can you see all of the doors that have been closed to him? I don’t know the hopes and dreams that live in his heart, but I get the impression that perhaps he would be wonderfully happy as an artist, creating magnificent images that capture and inspire the imagination, that awaken the spark of love and hope in the hearts of others. I’m seeing visions now of the incredible artwork that he would bring forth, possibly inspired by his chemically induced, or chemical-free, spiritual adventures.
Can you imagine it? Can you imagine this man having dreams and visions that would fill his heart with wonder? Can you imagine him craving the opportunity to share and express these wonders that he discovers within his heart?
Yet instead of developing his talent to create values for others, he is wasting his time and energy protesting people who have applied themselves. Look at him! He has a life work that he could and should be working on. It’s a life’s work that would leave a legacy of wonderful valuable expressions that would be enjoyed by millions for years to come, it’s a legacy that would give him a sense of pride and genuine self-esteem and fulfillment and well-being. It’s a legacy that his children and grandchildren would discover at some point and say, “WOW, Really!?! Dad/Grampa did THAT!?!” And his lineage would think of him with respect and good feelings and “Wow, there is more to him than I ever expected!”
But he hasn’t even hardly started his journey yet. He’s still gathering to him the experiences of pain and frustration and envy and hate and fear and a sense of worthlessness – and these feelings will eventually build to the point where this man has a life changing experience. These negative experiences will build up within him giving him an incredible sense of love and compassion for others who are struggling, for others who have been beaten down by a harsh world. He’ll use all of these feelings to create expressions that have incredible emotional depth, that will touch the hearts of those who have been there too. And once he has found his route from here to the life of his dreams, he will help others do the same. Maybe his life changing experience will come in a few months, maybe a few years, maybe it will come when he turns fourty or fifty… or maybe it will never happen for this individual, but the potential is there. The life changing experience comes when he cuts through the illusions that hold him captive. And when you think of him, realize that the longer he waits the fewer values he will create, the longer he will dwell in his own mental/emotional prison, and the more he will experience the harshness of a world that gives nothing to those who don’t give of themselves first.
Imagine what will happen when he does finally break through… imagine what would happen if this man suddenly started applying himself. Imagine if he started today to work on his dream, to develop his skills. He absolutely could and would create something wonderful, and chances are, many people would love to buy it from him. He could develop his skill for a few years, and then a few years from now, he would be able to create something in just a few hours, perhaps a piece of art, perhaps a vision for a movie, perhaps a vision for a sculpture, and the value of the project might bring him $30,000 – either as a single payment, or possibly, like a poster that sells for $10 of which he receives $2 and it gets bought by 15,000 people… and suddenly this same man would be able to bill his time for a few thousand dollars per hour. He would have the freedom to choose his projects, and focus on those that fill his heart with love and wonder and gratitude, projects that give him a sense of euphoria and excitement and fun.
Looking at his picture again, all I can feel is “what a waste! Why aren’t you finding your passion and GOING FOR IT!?!” (I do know the answer to why he isn’t, keep reading and see if you can see it too…)
One of the keys to success is focus. Don’t believe the lie that you ‘should get a secure job’ (perhaps you’ve noticed that there is no such thing, government regulations can sway the competitive balance of any industry with one stroke of the pen). Individuals who soar to heights of prosperity do it by believing in themselves, having a dream for the future, and APPLYING THEMSELVES in AGGRESSIVE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. To become valuable to other people, you must do the work to develop your skills and heart to such a fine degree that people will recognize your superior ability in some area of life. Look at every person who is more successful than you, and observe that they are doing something that you aren’t, they have integrated a number of specific skills and achieved profiency or mastery of those specific skills to a level higher than you have right now. That is why their lives are on exponential growth curves that out pace that of others. Perhaps most importantly are people skills, learning how to work in harmony with others, learning how to structure relationships with others so that everyone wins, learning how to see things from the perspective of another, being open and allowing your own perspective to change so that you can build mental bridges within another person from where that other is today to a way of seeing things that will inspire cooperation.
It’s been said that anyone who puts in 10,000 hours of focused effort can become a master of anything. To put in that amount would be 10 hours per day for 3 years, 3 hours per day for 10 years. If you do the work, if you have the dream and vision of what you want to do, and if you are willing to put in the time BEFORE you see any return on your time/energy invested in developing yourself – then in 3 years or 10 years – you will be at a place where you can do something powerful, wonderful, magical, and do it profitably.
Find your passion and commit yourself to it.
You don’t pay a price for success (if you’re doing it right), the journey is a joy, because every action you take fills you with the good feelings of “I am making my dream come true.”
The real price that people pay is the price of failure, the price of ‘giving up on their dreams’. When a person says, “I can’t do it” or “I can’t make my dreams come true” – even though they may enjoy the comforts of mediocrity, inside themselves they feel the stabbing pain of their ‘defeat’ every time they see someone else succeeding.
What is their ‘defeat’ made of? It’s all in their heads! Inside their minds, they dwell on ideas like: “I can’t do it”, “I can’t get paid what I’m worth”, “Working for someone else isn’t worth my time”, “If only ______, then I would be able to make my dreams come true”, “I can’t have an amazing life because _______”, “Even if I did the work to make my dream come true, it wouldn’t really be worth it.” — These are the thoughts that go through a person’s mind, and trap them… that lead them to one day making a sign like the one pictured here. But look at those thoughts, are are NOTHING, there is no validity to any of them. Those thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies to those who dwell on them, their validity is based entirely on the individual who chooses to spend time engaged in such thoughts (or lacks the discipline to change his or her thoughts).
Where do these self-defeating unnatural thoughts come from? Mostly, they come from authority figures in our lives especially our youth, but also as adults: parents, teachers, religious leaders, police officers, university professors, employers, and tax collectors – all of whom have an easier time ‘keeping order’ or ‘guiding the herd’ if everyone will just go along with these ideas. These individuals in positions of authority “know” that “most people will not achieve high levels of success” and so because they are working with so many people will generally assume that any particular individual “is not likely to soar”. And when they treat people like that, they are subconsciously telling people “you can’t do it”, “just do what I say”, “here is how it is”, “you can’t do it without me”, “I know more than you, you should listen to me”. And most children (and most adults) are not taught self-defense against these kinds of subtle invalidations. The danger is not that other individuals will say and do things that invalidate us, the real danger is that we believe them. Especially with people in positions of authority, it is so easy to find ourselves agreeing with them, because to disagree would be disrespectful. The correct and rational response to ANYONE saying or implying any of these things to or about ANYONE is to say, “EXCUSE ME, I’m not sure if you noticed, but you seem to be implying some sort of diminished status or diminished ability by the way you said that. That attitude is not conducive to long range happiness for anyone. Would you care to rephrase what you just said?” While self-important individuals posing as external authorities may feel it is disrespectful of them to say such a thing, there can be no respect for anyone outside of ourselves if we don’t first respect ourselves, and that includes defending ourselves from individuals who would have us believe that we are less valuable or less able or less capable than we atually are.
When individuals allow others to influence their thinking, by subtle implication or direct invalidation, they pick up the negative and self-destructive thought patterns that will ultimately trap them and hold hostage the amazing life that they could be living. Some individuals actually want others to be trapped and know this consciously, but most of the people who are responsible for trapping the minds of the youth simply have no idea that they are doing it, they have no idea that they hold diminished opinions of those that they are being paid to serve, and they have no idea how their subtle beliefs/opinions manifest and are communicated to others. If they did, they would make changes immediately. Self-awareness is key.
Every person I have ever met is wonderful, kind, good natured, fascinating, loving, capable, honest, responsible, and generous. The challenge is learning how to bring those good qualities out of them, the challenge is getting them to put aside whatever tough and rugged social armor they’ve been using to protect themselves from a harsh world that steals dreams and grinds them into nothing.
If you’d like to learn this magic too, the world needs more people who are willing to learn, the opportunity has never been greater, you can begin the training here www.g1n.us
A number of my friends were at the 2008 RNC as Ron Paul supporting delegates, alternates, and guests. The story they told is more terrifying that most people would believe, but I’ll pass it on:
The entire convention is a media controlled show. There are no real votes on anything. The teleprompters tell people how to vote and the outcomes are all pre-determined. If there is any dissent they simply turn off the microphones and avert the cameras. During the announcement of the votes from each state, they would say: ‘XX votes for McCain’, and when they would announce ‘YY votes for Paul’ the microphones would be off and this (politically undesirable) information would not be heard.
To actually do something differently would require a majority that was organized and had a specific plan. Any attempt to ‘do something differently’ would be categorized as ‘trying to create trouble’ or ‘intention to disrupt’ and the leaders of such organized efforts would be singled out and the master of arms would escort them out. (This has happened before.) Since they only escort out the loudest people, it would normally be only one or two people at a time, this display of power keeps everyone else in line. If there was a larger group, the master of arms would call for police back up. The media would spin the whole thing as being ‘extremists disrupting the convention’.
Getting Ron Paul people to the convention is a very important step, not because it will make any changes, but rather because it opens the door of understanding, it allows people to see for themselves the real power structure of our country.
As always, this election will be very close, will come down to the wire, will be very dramatic, and everyone will be told to believe that the future of humanity depends on which of the two puppets gets elected.
As this post may so far be giving you a feeling of ‘bleakness’, I promise that by the end you will experience a profoundly valuable shift in energetic structures. But actually, we have to dig a bit deeper still…
First off, no matter how good/honest/capable/focused/effective/responsible your are today, you have not achieved sufficient self-mastery to save the world. No one has.
There are no super heroes.
There is no cavalry coming to the rescue.
And there is no one who is yet capable of doing what needs to be done.
What needs to be done?
Someone must step forward who has:
- a pure enough heart and
- clean enough hands and
- a strong enough resolve and
- a clear enough message
That an overwhelmingly large number of people will say, “YES, that person is right! The CALL to ACTION is sufficient! I AM GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO SUPPORT THAT VISION!”
There will be a revolution.
And it will be a revolution based on real love, real understanding, real compassion.
It will require that individuals be willing to give up ALL of the things that they have not earned. And while that statement may cause people to envision the rich giving up their wealth, it will also include the poor giving up their unearned entitlements.
The call is for all individuals to become MORE: honest, capable, focused, effective, and responsible.
The call is for all individuals to do the work on themselves.
It is easy to look out into the world and see in others the dishonesty, incompetence, distraction, ineffectiveness, and irresponsibility. Nearly everyone recognizes that these qualities in others are the reason our world is in the condition that it is. But those same people fail to replace these qualities in themselves with their superior and desirable counter-parts.
The only way the world changes, is if people change.
This is not something that will happen in a day, a week, a year – it will not be accomplished with ‘a movie’ or even ‘a course’.
We are talking about creating an entirely new CULTURE of EXCELLENCE, a CULTURE of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, a culture where individuals feel a burning desire to become better, more honest, more capable, more focused, more effective, more responsible. It will be a culture that recognizes and celebrates this kind of growth, where the real people who are doing this work with the greatest intensity are honored and pointed to as an inspiration that others can and should emulate.
Such a society was created in 2009, and in just 3 years has spread to over 170 countries. It is being built by individuals who have more vision and resolve and commitment than most people can comprehend. I was privileged to receive my invitation, and count it as one of the greatest blessings that I have ever been graced with.
We are creating the dynamics that will change the world, we inspire one person at a time to make the decision to become more than they once were. When you’re ready to make that decision, we’re ready to provide anyone who has the vision with the tools to become the man or woman you were meant to be, the heroic champion of honesty and justice. Just ask and a new world will open for you.
This same dialog is playing out across the country. Socrates had a principle, that behind every Thesis+Antithesis there is common synthesis, a perspective that both positions recognize as mutually valid, that upholds and expresses what they really want to say.
The opportunity in this moment is to find what it is that is actually desired by all concerned and find a way to express it. If you think about it, it is probably on the tip of your heart this very second.
What we all want is “for the good to manifest”. We want a good country. We want all that is good.
And we want it without any of the bad.
We want happy people, living their dreams, engaged in jobs that they enjoy, earning profits and wages that give them a feeling of gratification, doing things that benefit others and bring new and exciting values into their lives. We want freedom and security. We want friends and associations that we respect and trust. We want to walk out into the world feeling like our neighbors are good and honest people. We want clean air and water and lush happy plants and interesting animals to learn and make friends with. We want rainbows and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We want unlimited energy (sustainable and renewable, of course) to harness for our exciting and creative projects. We want access to raw materials and technology. We want our lives filled with excitement and romance. We want adventure and discovery. We want dynamic physical health. We want our loved ones to be happy. We want the people all over the planet to have the same opportunities to have these things too. We want to make life so wonderful that we would choose to live forever, and then we want to create technologies that would allow to actually live forever, in ever young bodies, with ever expanding hearts and minds.
That’s the future, because that is what people like me and my friends are committed to creating and offering to anyone who would like to live in such a world.
We are committed to creating that world without any of the negatives that people don’t want as well. But there are really only three thing that we don’t want: 1) the initiation of force, 2) threat of initiation of force, & 3) fraud.
The Geniuses of society are committed to creating an incredibly beautiful future for everyone who will allow us to do so. All that we ask is that we may do so without 1,2,3 above: force, threat, or fraud.
The challenge is in people’s minds. People have been receiving benefit for so long, acquired through government threat of initiation of force against the innocent. They have been taught to feel scared that they will not receive these benefits UNLESS they are secured through the government and by government threat of force against the innocent.
Imagine a young child growing up in a mafia family. The child sees that all of the good things the family has comes from the intimidation and violence against others. Such an environment is incredibly disturbing to any honest individual, it breaks our hearts when we actually understand it. Every child will speak out against the mafia parents at one point or another when the child understands, and say, “hey wait Papa, please don’t make an example of him this time.” And the child will be taken away from the scene of murder because the mafia don knows that these things only hurt the child to see. Later that night some explanation will be made to the child and the skill of the mafia don as a parent will determine the course of that child’s life. Either the child will come to accept the justification for the use of violence against the innocent and really become “part of the family”, or the child will see through the illusions and know that it is wrong, and will forever seek to bring justice to the conflicted world.
The same drama plays out for us all. As we come of age and see that our uncle sam is wielding threat, intimidation, and ultimately pre-emptive violence against the innocent, we know that it is wrong. We have to stand against it, we have to point it out. We have to rally to the defense of the innocent.
Because when abuse and violence is committed against the innocent there is no neutrality, to say or do nothing is to endorse, support, and condone the violence and the abuse. There IS NO NEUTRALITY.
Understand that behind our system of taxation there are consequences for not paying, the IRS can and will freeze your bank accounts, seize any available funds, enter and seize your property, and and gun point escort you to jail, and if you resist to aggressively they can and will execute you.
Because it is the government that is doing it, there is a kind of sense that the majority of society is in support of this. Even so, that does not make it right. We have reached or are have very nearly reached a point where the majority of the people in America are receiving more benefit from the government than they pay for. Consider yourself, do you get more benefit from the government than you pay for? If you had to estimate your contribution to the tax pool and the amount of value that you have received so far in your life, does it balance out?
If not, recognize that you are much like a mafia child living a life of luxury beyond what would have been honest for your family to provide you. The question is, are you willing to give up those luxuries for your honesty? Or are you going to continue asking for you mafia father to bring you more nice things while divorcing the awareness within you of how he gets them.
It takes tremendous courage to say, I want to live honesty more than I want to receive values I have been receiving dishonestly.
The great lie is that people are entitled to things that can only be provided by others.
The only rights that anyone can validly claim are rights that do not depend on someone else providing it.
Healthcare as a service cannot be a right, however, you could have the right to self-medicate, to self-evaluate, to self-prescribe. It is actually a VIOLATION of your rights to say it is illegal and punishable by fines and imprisonment to decide what goes into your body.
Education as a service cannot be right, however, you could have the right to study and investigate and learn and communicate. It is a VIOLATION of your rights to do this when government censors and makes illegal certain forms of expression.
Government can NEVER grant rights, they come from Nature and Nature’s God. What government can do is DEFEND your rights, which means if someone else seeks to abridge your rights, GOVERNMENT may step in and assert that they cannot do this. Rather than PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF ALL THE PEOPLE, what our government does is violate those rights by making things illegal, and then they provide PRIVILEGES to certain people to do those exact things that they had just made illegal for most people, this is the basis of all licensure laws.
Our world is the way it is, because the morality of people have been corrupted. We have all grown up in the house of a mafia don. The vast majority of us have all gained disproportionate benefit beyond what we have contributed, and this creates the kind of irrationality and self-hate/self-loathing that dominates our world.
Real Happiness, Real Self-Respect, Real Self-Esteem are all possible, but only after a person has committed to live honestly, to earn his or her way through life without violence, threats, or frauds against others. To actually consider what it would take cannot be done lightly. The weight of the task can feel incredible. “Am I really willing to give up EVERYTHING that government does for me that I do not pay for directly?”
I still care passionately about many of the wonderful things that government does for us. I know that others also care, we are NOT going to simply end these things. We will pay for them voluntarily. The only thing that we must release is that we will not FORCE OTHERS to “pay their fair share”. It means that if others don’t pay or don’t give, that we must be willing to do our best without their help, it may mean that we give much more than we are currently giving, it may mean that we stretch ourselves so thin that we break or bleed. But we will do it, because this is truly the only way to live honestly.
I will never force another person to contribute to something, no matter how noble it may be, because the moment I revert to force, I am no different than the mafia don. All people MUST have the freedom to participate or not in every government project, there is no exceptions. Anyone who asserts otherwise is siding with and supporting and encouraging and promoting a tyranny. The moral dilemma is upon our society.
It is the duty of all honest people to truly feel the incredible weight that we are asking our neighbors to help carry with us. It is our duty to do everything we possibly can to bring about a world of honesty and to withdrawn our support of dishonesty and tyranny. We help others find the courage to cast off this tyranny, by promising and committing to carry much more than our fair share.
I will. Please give the geniuses of society the freedom to create the future. Let us protect the rights of ALL THE PEOPLE.
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There are precious moments in life when we feel total sufficiency, total perfection, that truly life could not get any better. If you have ever experienced such a moment you know exactly what I mean, the blessing of such a moment is incredible, it changes a person forever. There is NOTHING that is desired, it would be enough to simply live in that moment FOREVER. — But those moments pass.
Very very few people ever even have one such moment in their entire lives, and those who have experienced such a moment may only find their way back into that space of perfection only a few times. The way into the experience of truly feeling life is perfect, is to see reality through GOD’s eyes. GOD created reality as an absolute perfection, there is NOTHING that need be changed or adjusted; this is not an intellectual exercise, it is an experience to be sought; until you have had the experience and KNOW with absolute certainty that all reality exists in a state of dynamic perfection there is no such thing as ‘enough’.
“Enough” as a concept is often mixed with emotions of guilt and/or compromise. When you look at your life and you feel “this isn’t enough”, that IS GOOD! It is because within you there is a feeling that you KNOW you can live a more wonderful life. That knowingness within you will drive you forward to live a life in greater alignment with who you really are.
When you see the suffering of others, and this hurts you, you know in your heart that you must find a way to help them.
When you look at the world and are frustrated by wars, you know in your heart that you must find a way to bring them to an end. Whenever you find discontent with your experience, it is because you know that something better is possible. When you FIND IT, when you KNOW HOW TO HELP THOSE YOU LOVE, when you know the SOLUTIONS TO ALL PROBLEMS, when you realize that people must have freedom to accept or reject what you would offer them, and when you can use what you know to create the life that you desire whether or not others avail themselves of the salve that would heal all their wounds, then you will breath a sigh of relief and say, “THIS LOVE IS SUFFICIENT UNTO ITSELF, THERE IS NOTHING MORE THAT I NEED, IF LIFE COULD BE NO MORE THAN THIS, I WOULD LIVE THIS MOMENT FOREVER.”
Don’t let false concepts of “you should be grateful” cause you to reduce your dreams, you need not feel any guilt for having visions of possibility greater than what others see.
Not everyone desires to experience real genuine gratitude, many people don’t even know that it exists, they hear the word and don’t really understand it. Real gratitude only comes with genuine appreciation, the realization that there is something incredibly good in my life, and it wouldn’t have to be there, but it is.
A fish living forever in water can only experience gratitude for that water after it has felt it’s scales begin to dry and the pain of death begins to grow within it. For the man who does not wish to live, it is not possible to experience gratitude for life or anything. Deep within every individual is the impulse to live, to fulfill a purpose.
Those who don’t know what their purpose is all have the pain/ache/yearning to find it. They cannot feel “enough”, for them, there will never be “enough”… until first they uncover the desires of their hearts and begin the work of fulfilling their purposes. In life, the obstacles and barriers and failures to living our dream life have buried who we are under layers of pain and sadness and frustration. No one can ever feel “enough” until those layers are lifted and the most precious part of ourselves, that magnificent soul, the child of the past, is restored as sovereign, heir to the thrown of all life. You may decide to life the life of your dreams at any moment. You have the GOD-POWER within you. All of your deepest wishes are good. All that you truly desire will be a blessing to all concerned.
We hold ourselves back only because we doubt if we are good enough, would I wield the GOD-POWER with love and love only? Until you know the answer is yes, you will withhold it from yourself. But the time will come when you will have a vision of perfection, a vision that is good and honest and beautiful and true and beneficial on every level, and in the moment you conceive that vision, something within you will activate, and your vision will manifest instantly, and you will know that throughout history those who have spoken of the love and power and mercy of the lord, have all spoken the truth.
“An economy built on to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in the country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work.” – President Obama
The first sentence is perfect… the second is a trap.
This quote is really interesting to me.
Let me explain: Individuals must sell themselves to their employers, it is what we bring to the table, it is the confidence we inspire, it is the visions that we inspire others to see when we interact with them, and ultimately it is the price we demand (are willing to accept) for our time that will determine our pay. The false assumption is that “equal work should be equal pay”, but in reality, we each bring a totally unique perspective, heart, work ethic, and set of past experiences to the table; there is no such thing as “equal work”, even in a factory setting, the difference between two factory workers who “do the same amount of work” will be in the precision and care with which they do it. There are many women who earn more than men; and when you meet them, you know why, they have developed themselves to win in a highly competitive world. Earning money, and more generally: creating values for others, require skills and skill development. Like any skill, anyone can choose to develop these skills or not.
Is it harder for a woman to do this?
This question could be a trap so observe the subtly: women are equally capable, yet society has fixed ideas which do make it harder. Every woman who achieves helps break through those fixed ideas. — For anyone looking to more efficiently convert time+effort into money, look to the resources within you to develop your vision and your skills. We can all learn how to learn faster. The heroic champions of tomorrow are those who seek the most aggressive personal growth/development today, and who commit to exponential growth and transformation as a way of life.
There will never be equal pay for equal work, those who develop themselves will always get more with the same or less actual effort, they will sell themselves more effectively, and they will out-compete anyone who does not make concerted and consistent effort to grow.