Don’t ask the government for help

My wife and I just got done watching a documentary called ‘Craigslist Joe’ which follows Joe’s adventures around the country over a one month span using nothing but the generosity of people on Craigslist.

Joe’s journey shows that it is individuals who shape the world, that single acts of kindness illuminate the dark.

I started this blog back in January of this year. Over the past year those who have read my nearly 200 postings will know that I have explored a roller-coaster of ideas and findings along the way. I have found out that the United States government as it stands today is little more than a common crime syndicate. Every time liberal minded individuals ask the government for help with social programs, people end up worse off, and the government gains more power. Every time conservative minded individuals ask for more security, more people end up in prison, and the country becomes less free.

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Every time you ask the government for something, you will end up with less in return. Recently I have begun to watch the Sherlock Holmes movies, and the new BBC TV series. For Christmas my wife bought me the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Over the last year I have found out many disturbing facts about the US government and its dealings around the world and at home. By using Sherlock Holmes’ science of deduction I have shown how these theories are true.

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It is not the soil you are born on that counts. It is the individuals who create the world around you that make the difference.

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Your surroundings are shaped by individuals. Those individuals if allowed the space and time will grow and flourish. The only thing governments are good for is to restrict and regulate that growth, and that is why all countries eventually fail.

If you want a happy and successful life, you’d best voice your concern over encroaching government, and not ask it for help. The only way for a country to flourish is for individuals to stand up, speak out, and act in a productive manner.

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Rebuilding the beast

In ‘Tail of the Dragon‘ Rick Stevens rebuilds his Pontiac Firebird. Instead of just buying a new car, he guts out his old machine and installs new technology under the hood. One of the reasons for this is that cars can hold a sort of spirit about them. After a few bumps and bruises, a minor wreck or a major service, you still feel a connection to your old machine. You might have to hold the ignition a bit longer while you pump the gas pedal, or there might be a funny way you have to jiggle the indicator switch to turn on your headlights. Each car develops a spirit over time, and that can be the difference between a machine and a real beast under your feet.

For all your petrol or gear heads, you’ll know of Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, who has been with the show in its various formats for the last two decades. In this one on one interview, he speaks of the passion behind motoring, and the difference between supreme engineering, and motoring soul.

What has been your favorite car over the years? And when was the last time you went out for a good long drive?

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Murder plain and simple

Another tragedy befalls the United States of America, another mass shooting on home territory. While many are shocked and horrified by these events, it does not surprise me. I am sad at the deaths of the innocent young children, it is thoroughly disgusting that these innocent young beings are made to suffer. But I am not shocked, I am not surprised, and I am not going to be part of the knee jerk crowd who ask the benevolent hand of government for more regulations and control to make me feel better about it, in fact quite the opposite would be appropriate.

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The media parade death like some horrific spectator sport, and concentrate only on the killer and the tally of death caused. They speculate on government interference of firearms rights, and yet do not look deep into what caused the nasty human being to snap in the first place. Instead they ask the question ‘what would cause a person to do this?’ and then go back to their speculation and death count.

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All the while this is going on, we continue to ignore the mass murder our nation commits every week under the guise of ‘fighting terrorism’. How many thousands of young children have to die in other nations until we are satisfied?

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It is tragic that these young children were killed last Friday, and I morn for their deaths, as I morn for the deaths of all innocent children murdered all over the world. But it will not surprise me as this continues to happen until we change our thought process and habits, until we stop our murderous rampage all over the middle east, and until we decide to concentrate our spare time on constructive games and past times, instead of violent movies and vicious video games. Nothing will change until we reject violent government regimes, including our own. Nothing will change until we grow up and decide that we are best off defending ourselves as individuals instead of asking government to do it for us, whether it be at home or abroad.

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Because the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if it is a bunch of sweet young kids in Connecticut, or a village of small families in Pakistan; murder is murder; plain and simple; and it is quite unacceptable.

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Reboot

Boop…boop…boop…beep!

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It’s time for a reboot. Switch off your television. Stop listening to the mainstream media. Both the left wing and the right wing news channels are full of complete garbage.

The left wing is afraid of citizens being left out on the streets, and wants to create more social programs and wants to tax the rich to pay for them. Those on the right know that this is lunacy.

The right wing is afraid of terrorists, and wants to continue massive military spending, start more wars, and expand internal security. Those on the left know that this is lunacy

The left bashes the right, and the right bashes the left. The divide gets wider  and more people become polarized.

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Perhaps instead of simply bashing the other side, you could work with them and agree on some issues that really stick out.

Raising taxes will not work. Britain found out the hard way; before being booted out in 2010 the socialist Labour government raised the top tax rate on British people to 50%. In the aftermath of this monumental stupidity two thirds of Britain’s millionaires fled the country. The overall tax revenue ended up dropping by 7 billion pounds. Luckily, the conservative led government has come to its senses and has plans to drop the top tax rate in the new years budget. What is even better about this is that while the conservatives have the majority in this new government, it is only with the coalition of the liberal democrat party. These are two monumentally different philosophies working hand in hand to better the country in these difficult times. It is not smooth and neither side always gets what it wants, but for the most part it is working.

In the US the only thing both sides of the isle can agree on is to tax more, spend more, start more wars and to destroy what little is left of the constitutionally protect freedoms American’s have revered for over two centuries.

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You must clear the wool from your eyes and see this country for what it has become. Neither side is interested in what is best for you. This country is one of the most corrupt nations on the planet, and almost every senator and congressman is bought and paid for by special interests.

Aside from the debt ceiling and other major issues, there is a crisis of morality. We don’t hear about all the killings that our government carries out overseas, and yet we wonder why other nations hate us. We don’t teach the value of hard work any more, and we wonder why union members fight us.

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Stop watching the mainstream news, and start doing your own research. Prepare yourself for the worse, but hope for the best. You are the difference between good and evil. You are the difference between right and wrong. You are the difference between happiness and and misery.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

Be the light at the end of the tunnel. Build your life as best you can. Teach what you have learned along the way to others. Be the inspiration that ignites a new generation of liberty lovers, of peaceful warriors, of inventors, dreamers and explorers.

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The revolution starts in the mind, it starts with you. If you have already swallowed the red pill from the movie ‘the matrix’ then keep tumbling down that rabbit hole. You are getting closer to the truth. Do not yearn for the blue pill where everything is rosy and nothing is ever wrong. There is much evil in the world, and it will be hard to witness once you have learned what is really going on. But you must see the world for what it is if you are to make any real difference.

“Misery is everywhere, accept it with a smile” – Cliffhangers Rules by Rich Hoffman

“Having a sense of humor saves you” – Joseph Campbell

Light up your own life, so that you might extinguish the darkness in the world. Be that shining example of all that is good in the world. Do not let your light fade because of fools who wish to suck the life out of you and use you as nothing more than a mere battery. You are more productive than they could ever be, and when you burn bright enough, your very existence will burn into their slimy hands until there are enough of you that they will shrink from existence from fear of being burned by it.

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Stand up, speak out, do not give up.

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

Do your own research, look deeper, do not fall down, do not crumble, once you get past being upset, you will learn a greater depth of knowledge than many will ever know. Keep your spirits up, and know that there are many out there who feel just as you do.

Arm yourself with knowledge, and know that when the time comes, there will be others by your side.

It’s time for a reboot.

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A true game of shadows

I wrote the first draft of this article nearly six months ago. A lot has happened since, but the information is still relevant.

The war propaganda is being propped up now against Iran and Syria. But what is it really all about?

Like the latest blockbuster, we are currently encountering a real game of shadows.

The first world war in particular was a set up to create a bloodbath to be profited from.

During the Sherlock Holmes movie the bad guy ‘Professor Moriarty’ is the one who stands to profit from the bloodbath.

Nations typically do not thrive on war…at least not for long. Wars are costly, and are fought by the best of the nation’s men. Instead of being put to work inventing new products, they are sacrificed on the battlefield.

During the Iraq war, Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton’s stock doubled. The nation’s debt doubled, and thousands of our young men died.

There is no agenda for Iraqi’s freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom, was originally penned as Operation Iraqi Liberation, but it became too obvious what the true reason was for invading, when the designers realized that the initials for the operation spelled out OIL.

People such as Bill O’Reilly are simply shills for agendas, and even ignore those who have been in the theater of conflict. The same can be said about many news commentators on the left also. I use O’Reilly as an example because it shows the absurdity of ‘journalism’ now facing this country, which I have explained in the past is simply now propaganda for different pressure groups.

The Iraqis did not gain anything from this naked war of aggression. A limited number of corrupt Americans made money from the oil we ‘liberated’ from them. They did not ask us to ‘liberate’ them, and conditions in Iraq today are far worse than they were under Saddam Hussein. It is said that under Saddam, some Iraqis had problems, but now, every Iraqi has problems. They have no more freedom today than they did under Saddam. If they had truly wanted ‘liberty’, they would have sought it out themselves. Instead, they now have far fewer jobs, their infrastructure is smashed, and hundreds of thousands of them have died since the occupation of the country by US and international forces.

We have nothing to gain from the wars in the middle east. Watch out for the people behind the scenes, and those who profit from the carnage. They are the real villains, not those in the opposing country.

We already know about the liberal media, but what about the conservative media? I have used a couple of clips of Bill O’Reilly who is ‘the number one name in news’, and yet you see him time and again, tearing into veterans of the war and victims of 9/11, because they are against his agenda of promoting the war. Now I don’t know what he has to gain from this, except perhaps ratings, but its obvious from his anger that he is trying to divert our attention away from the real issues, and good solid logical arguments against naked wars of aggression, no matter what the instigator.

Glenn Beck is fishy also. He spends a lot of time going to extremes to link up different people in his theories, and yet, when presented with data which is obviously suspicious, he often ignores it.

I have explained in previous articles that the mainstream media is no good, and only serves as propaganda. I know that it is tempting to watch one news channel over another because it sounds better, but it’s all utter garbage to distract you from the bigger issues at steak. Trust no one in the mainstream news, always do your own research.

There is a true game of shadows going on in the world right now. There is a strong march toward totalitarianism in this country, and there are very few in Washington who are standing up against it.  Do we honestly believe that this well oiled machine built off blood for profit will stop off its own accord? The only way to stop it is to do your own research and expose the liars and cheats for what they are, before we all ultimately pay the price for their blood games.

The American government would do well to pay attention to these facts. Both Britain and France raised their top tax rates, and both had wealthy people flee the country. Britain was smart enough to lower the rates again, but will France wise up? And will America pay attention?

JONATHAN TURLEY

150px-Gérard_Depardieu_Cannes_2010-1220px-François_Hollande_(Journées_de_Nantes_2012)During his campaign for president, France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande famously declared “I don’t like the rich” and upon taking office hit the wealthy with a 75% tax rate — a rate that I have criticized as economically foolish and part of an increasing demonization of the wealthy around the world. Now wealthy French citizens have responded predictably by moving out of France and last week famed French actor Gerard Depardieu joined the exodus. The steady stream of departures has left the Hollande government incensed and this week Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault blasted the rich. The English have also seen the same decline in wealthy taxpayers after it imposed a 50% tax. They are now going to reduce that tax after the departure of many wealthy Brits and David Cameron controversially pledged to “roll out the red carpet” for any French residents fleeing the massive tax hike. In the…

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Too cool!

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300px-JediKnightsA new survey in England shows that the Jedi faith is the seventh most prevalent faith in England. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding follows Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. Notably, non-religious or non-responding individuals are excluded in the rankings. This leaves those who “trust the force” as one of the leading religions in the country. The number of atheists, agnostics, and non-affiliated citizens have risen significantly in England, including polls that suggest that over half of the country now follows no identified religion.

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Some interesting information from Video Rebel’s Blog

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1/4th of American workers make the UK minimum wage or less. The average 2011 college graduate has $25,000 in student debt and $3,500 in credit card loans. If those college grads conscientiously make their loan payments, their after tax spendable income is somewhere between the UK minimum wage of $9.60 an hour and  the American minimum wage of $7.25.

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Act in 1994, 12 million jobs were sent overseas and 56,000 manufacturing plants have been closed. America is still losing 23 manufacturing plants a day. In 1996 Catherine Austin Fitts was told by the head of the California state worker’s pension fund that there was no point to investing in America as he had been told that the United States was to be taken down. He decided to invest in products from Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan and their cohorts which we now…

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Homesick

Since my birthday on the 21st November, I have become quite homesick. I had a great day; I went out to eat with my wife, and then we went and watched the new James Bond movie. While watching Skyfall I got to see areas of London which I recognized, and I started to feel the pangs of feeling homesick and missing sites that I was familiar with. England might not be the freest country in the world, but it is certainly not a dictatorship. England has given the world many modern conveniences and freedoms. The Magna Carta was used heavily in the formation of the US constitution, and British scientists continue to push the world forward in human discoveries.

I was born and raised in a small city called Canterbury; a city made famous by its ancient cathedral and by Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘the Canterbury Tales’. It is very much a tourist city, with education at its heart; it has three universities.

Canterbury (Listeni/ˈkæntərˌbɜri/ or /ˈkæntərˌbɛri/)[1] is a historic English cathedral city, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a district of Kent in South East England. It lies on the River Stour.

Originally a Brythonic settlement called *Durou̯ernon (composed of the ancient British roots *duro- “stronghold”, *u̯erno- “alder tree”), it was renamed Durovernum Cantiacorum by the Roman conquerors in the 1st century AD. After it became the chief Jutish settlement, it gained its English name Canterbury, itself derived from the Old English Cantwareburh (“Kent people’s stronghold”). After the Kingdom of Kent’s conversion to Christianity in 597, St Augustine founded an episcopal see in the city and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a position that now heads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion (though the modern-day Province of Canterbury covers the entire south of England). Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. This pilgrimage provided the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century literary classic The Canterbury Tales. The literary heritage continued with the birth of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in the city in the 16th century.

Parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many historical structures remain, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and a Norman castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King’s School. Modern additions include the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University College for the Creative Arts, the Marlowe Theatre, and the St Lawrence Ground, home to Kent County Cricket Club. The city lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district.

Canterbury is a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom,[2] the city’s economy is heavily reliant upon tourism. There is also a substantial student population, brought about by the presence of three universities. Canterbury is, however, a relatively small city, when compared with other British cities.

I was born in Canterbury, and went to schools in the city growing up. I attended St Stevens Infant and Junior schools (protestant Christian schools) as a young boy, and attended Canterbury High school through my teenage years. My parent’s philosophy is to live and let live, and to be considerate of others. I was quite shy growing up, but I loved my home town and was very proud of my British heritage. My family goes back hundreds of years, and I am from English heritage as far back as records go. I recently found out through my uncle on my last visit that one of my great great great grand mother’s was Irish, and that her husband brought her back to England. As far as I am aware, my family has always lived in the south east of England.

My home country is very much steeped in tradition, and the ideals of being ‘proper’ are very prominent. English people for the most part live very structured lives, and when I met my wife, I very rebelliously found out that things didn’t have to be that way. In America you can be anything that you want to be. But now as I mature into adult life, I realize that structure is important. I see so many Americans working all hours of the day chasing their tails and not fully experiencing life itself. Sure they might have a big house and a fancy car, but they never have time to fully enjoy it. I look at the Universities and realize I could never go to them through the shear costs. Now that I am fast approaching my later twenties, and the talk of children continues to come up between my wife and I (both our younger sisters now have children) I wonder what kind of life they will be able to have in this country. The land of opportunity seems to be consuming itself, and has become more divided than ever. England has been through its share of ups and downs, and appears to be resilient to the tides of change. America I fear, will not be able to cope with the changes that it now faces.

I want to live in a free world, where anyone can be what they want to be. I do not want some over authoritarian government watching my every move and telling me what I can and cannot do.

I lived within Canterbury’s city limits until age 9 when my parents moved us to a small village called ‘Sturry’ which was right on the outskirts of the city. It was a short 4 mile hike to the center of Canterbury, but we had a house that overlooked a field, and it felt very rural. Sturry is where my mum’s family have lived for over a hundred years, and the village itself is steeped in history.

Human habitation in Sturry is thought to have started around 430,000 years ago, as dated flint implements – namely knives and arrow-tips – show. Other signs of early human activities include a collection of axes and pottery shards from the Bronze Age and more pottery from the Sturry Hill gravel-pits, and a burial-ground near Stonerocks Farm showed that there was an Iron Age settlement of Belgic Celts (who gave Canterbury its pre-Roman name of Durovemum) from the end of the 2nd Century BC. All this evidence indicates that human habitation of some kind existed on the north bank of the River Stour, on Sturry’s site, for hundreds and thousands of years. When the Romans arrived, they built Island Road (the A28) to connect Canterbury, the local tribal capital, with the ferry to the Isle of Thanet, with a branch to their fort at Reculver.

The most important era for Sturry, determining its future shape, size, function and name, was that part of the early 5th century when the beleaguered Romano-Britons brought in Frisians and Jutes as mercenaries to help them fight against invading Picts and Scots, and rewarded them with land. Some of them settled near Sturry: their cemetery was found at Hersden. Then in the mid 5 Century, Kent was re-organised into lathes, or districts. Sturry was the first; Stour-gau, meaning district or lathe on the Stour. The lathe was bounded by the Stour as far as Canterbury in the North by the sea, and farther south as distant as Wye.

The remains of a large village water mill lie near the parish church, and the High Street retains some charming historic buildings. The village virtually adjoins one of the smallest towns in England, Fordwich, where there are further interesting buildings, including the historic Town Hall. Fordwich itself is smaller in size than Sturry. A rare survival, a small granary, constructed with wooden weather-boards is located at Blaxland Farm and has nine staddle stones supporting it. A barn from Vale Farm, Calcott has been re-erected at the Museum of Kent Life, Sandling. A 16th Century manor house and oasthouse, built in 1583 and which belonged to St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury still stand in Sturry village beside the medieval tithe barn – although they have all been incorporated into the King School after they were sold by the widow of Lord Milner in 1925.

Since the 1960s a large number of satellite housing estates have been built on the north side of the village, mostly in former woodland, which have turned Sturry into one of the major dormitary villages for Canterbury. Nonetheless, the village is still overwhelmingly rural, with fields for arable farming and livestock grazing, and large amounts of coppice woodland. A number of market gardens can also be found in the countryside around the village. Large and deep quarries are still worked on the edge of the village, with the old workings flooded to provide recreational lakes used primarily for fishing.

During the Second World War, Sturry was one of the most badly bombed villages in England, the greater part of the High Street being destroyed by a parachute mine in 1941 during the Baedeker Blitz, killing 15 people of which 7 were children aged 12 and under.[1] One of these was a little girl who had been to the bakers’ and whose body was recovered still clutching the bag of buns she had bought.[2] The same aircraft dropped another bomb, but this landed amongst the allotments. In the book, Letters to Sturry, it is recorded that on Wednesday, 28 August 1940, there were eight separate air raid warnings and on ‘Battle of Britain Day’, 15 September 1940, a German Dornier bomber plane, (Aircraft 2651, 3rd Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 76), crash-landed in a field below Kemberland Wood near the Sarre Penne stream. Three of the five crew were killed and were firstly buried in Sturry Cemetery but then re-interred in the late 1960s into the German war cemetery at Cannock Chase.

Nonetheless a number of interesting buildings remain intact in Sturry, including St Nicholas parish church, which is predominantly Norman in style, with the oldest parts dating to about 1200. The Manor House, built in 1583, is now the junior school of The King’s School, Canterbury.

My grandmother survived the bombing of Sturry and her oldest brother has many stories to tell of German planes flying over head during the war. While England may be more progressive and socialist than in previous decades, it is still very much a capitalist society, and thrives off innovation and technologies. It should be no surprise then that I get very unnerved when I hear people supporting wars in the middle east, and check points at highways in the US. I find this to be fascism 101 and it is something which makes older generations shudder, especially my grandparents. My grandfather still remembers a V2 rocket flying alongside his fathers car while they were driving home one day, and pulling off onto the side of the road, waiting for the bomb to drop in the distance and explode.

I am feeling very homesick right now because I know that Britain will shake off the stupidity of socialism in good time, and will continue to educate its populace in the traditions of old, while teaching the importance of the sciences, math and good English. I fear that America in reaction to socialism from the left, will careen hard to the right and pick up the same failed philosophies of Adolf Hitler during the 1930’s in response to communism.

I don’t particularly consider myself a patriot of either nation, at least not in the traditional statist sense. I don’t blindly support the flag of either nation, but I am very proud of each nation’s history. I love my British heritage, and I love the constitution and values of my adopted nation.

I simply want to live in a free world, and self determine what is best for me. I want to make my own living, and not have others tell me what I can and cannot do. So long as we don’t go out of our way to hurt others, why should we be stopped from acting off our own accord?

I am beginning to care less and less about politics, it is simply a means to an end. The US is rife with corrupt politicians, and the only way to fix that is to learn about it, flush out the bad ones by replacing them, and find all the goodness that you can within yourself. Actions speak louder than words. It is not so much what you believe in that counts, it is the way that you treat others.

It is far more important to live well, educate yourself, and provide a good example than to simply point out others and call them stupid. We teach our kids by setting a good example, so why shouldn’t we live and talk to others in such a manner?

A home is created on values, and by gritting our teeth through the hard times. We must never forget our history, and we must always learn from the mistakes of the past. The world will be a much better place if we can learn to be happy and advance ourselves and enjoy life to the best degree possible, even if the rest of the world is falling apart. The world is built and rebuilt by those who look toward the future. It is up to each of us as individuals to make it a good one.