Bravery and the heroes call to adventure

So you’re beginning your education, and you have history as your guide. But what about your fundamentals? What is your drive? What is at your core? What are your belief’s?

Some people turn to religion, and some are drilled into a certain way of thinking from a young age, whether it be through a state education, private education, or some military academy. Others; like myself, fell between the cracks and began a path all on our own.

Joseph Campbell wrote about the heroes journey, and the call to adventure. At just 17 years old; I took that adventure, and it all leads up to where I am today.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a non-fiction book, and seminal work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell. In this publication, Campbell discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies.

Since publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell’s theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. The best known is perhaps George Lucas, who has acknowledged a debt to Campbell regarding the stories of the Star Wars films.

The mythology, and the standards that you live by, are what define you. Without them, you are easily swayed in one direction or another. Like the saying goes: ‘You either stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything’ this becomes true without a set of core principles that you feel strongly for at heart.

Personally, I believe in freedom, independence, self preservation and reliability. I believe each man and woman have the right to make whatever they want of themselves, so long as they are not taking something involuntarily away from others.

Ayn Rand wrote about the ‘virtue of selfishness’, that determining your own reality was the most important step you could take, and not letting other people stop you.

So what is your life’s calling? What will make  you get up and start doing what you really want to be doing? What will make you stand up and start walking toward your dreams?

As you begin to take the first steps, you will face many challenges, but as you meet and face those challenges, you will begin becoming more yourself, and the person you were supposed to be.

Take the heroes journey, explore the truth, be yourself, and discover the wonders of life.

Get an education

In order to find the truth, you must be able to read all the signs as you navigate through the minefields of information on the information highway that is the internet. Never in history has so much information been available to so many people and so easily and cheaply. Also, never has so much misinformation been so widespread, to get people off the scent of corruption.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
There are so many distractions in the world today, that it is easy to forget what you were originally perusing, and even easier to be misguided into thinking completely differently to what you had originally set out to do.
And when speaking about education; I’m not talking about going to college. In fact, college is a big distraction. Over inflation of prices, and corruption, have made a good solid education hard to come by, and the cost to do so, will have you drowning in debt for life.
No, a true education is one that you seek for yourself from your heart. What is it that you truly wish to learn about? Do you want to learn history? What for? Do you want to learn math? Again; what for?
In order for your life to feel complete, if you feel as I do, you need to continually learn new subjects, and discover more about the world around you. It adds to life and the spice of it, when you can speak a few sentences in French, or name a fancy wine, or even talk about the affects of the British Empire on the modern world.
Can you read maps? Can you spot the difference between a genuine statement and a lie? The more you read about the world around you, and the further you go to discover the real truth, the more educated you will become.
It is not merely enough to ‘get a degree’ or follow the current flow of your country. The definition of intelligence is the ability to decipher information and understand the whole meaning of problems presented to you. A real education is to gain an understanding of the world around you, and how to make the most out of it.
There is a common theme among the people who didn’t go to college, many are inventors and innovators, and many simply have a unique understanding of business. One of my favorite books is ‘think and grow rich’ Because the mindset of believing in yourself and pushing yourself forward, is what propels these people to be successful.
Another great book is Rich Dad Poor Dad, which is a book about a boy who learns that even though his dad is a teacher, and very intelligent, he is also poor. And even though his friend’s dad is not very well educated, he is fast becoming wealthy.
Rich dad poor dad is a book that I read when I was 14 years old, and I can define it as the single most important book I’ve ever read, as far as putting me on a different path to everyone else. No I’m not a multimillionaire, and I’m not going to spew out a bunch of get rich quick programs for you to join, although I’ve come across my fair share of them. No, this book really gets you thinking about living life differently, and about how education effects your future.
Start looking at the world around you, and start thinking outside the box, and that is where your real education will begin.

We cannot escape history

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history” – Abraham Lincoln

If we are to seek the truth, one of the signposts to guide us must be history. If we do not follow the teachings of history  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History

We must study the advantages and disadvantages of different cultures, their political systems, technological advancements, and the thought pattern of their citizenry.

One thing we must watch out for however is the source that we learn history from. Is this source objective? Is it fair and balanced? Or does the source currently work for a political agenda? After all, history is written by the victors. Imagine what history would look like if Nazi Germany had won World War II.

History is our guide, and we can learn about many aspects of modern society by comparing it to modern history all the way down to ancient history. Often there is a pattern of growth and then disintegration within a society. Corruption and manipulation of a political system, is often the root cause of this. It is allowed by the laziness of society, and the apathy of allowing a ‘ruling elite’ to run the country into the ground. In Ancient Rome, the population was kept under ignorance by what was called ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’.

Bread and Circuses” (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was the basic Roman formula for the well-being of the population, and hence a political strategy unto itself[citation needed]. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.[1][2][3] The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man (l’homme moyen sensuel).

In modern usage, the phrase has also become an adjective to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. Or as famous American author Robert Heinlein said, “Once the monkeys learn they can vote themselves bananas, they’ll never climb another tree.” To many across the political spectrum, left and right, it connotes a supposed triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Republic prior to its decline into the autocratic monarchy characteristic of the later Roman Empire’s transformation about 44 BCE.

It’s ironic how societies from two thousand years ago, can so directly mirror today’s society. Just take a minute to look at how mass media outlets concentrate in on once focus point, and almost completely block out anyone who has something else to say against it. John Stewart does a good job making fun of the media for blocking out presidential candidate Ron Paul during the Iowa straw poll last year.

We can learn many things through history, it is our signpost, if we learn to read the paper trails that have been left for us, we can discover the current issues more clearly, without the mass media confusing our judgment.

Remember that ‘what we do in life echos in eternity’, and that no matter which direction current history may be leading us, that we can always change the direction of it, no matter how dark the sky may become.

Abundant Truth Explained

To explain the meaning behind the blog:

From the Latin ‘uber verum-i’ which translates to ‘Abundant Truth’. I seek to unravel today’s mysteries, using all the modern technology of the internet to find the truth and goodness in the world. Uber verum-i literally means an abundance of truth, and I seek to show you as much information as I can.

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Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy, François Lemoyne, 1737

Truth has a variety of meanings, such as the state of being in accord with fact or reality.[1] It can also mean having fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. In a common usage, it also means constancy or sincerity in action or character.[1] The direct opposite of truth is falsehood, which can correspondingly take logical, factual or ethical meanings.

However, language and words are essentially “tools” by which humans convey information to one another. As such, “truth” must have a beneficial use in order to be retained within language. Defining this potency and applicability can be looked upon as “criteria”, and the method used to recognize a “truth” is termed a criterion of truth. Since there is no single accepted criterion, they can all be considered “theories”.

Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars and philosophers. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; what things are truthbearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute.

My goal is to seek the truth, and to show an abundance of information to support the theory. In a world filled with falsehoods and misinformation, it is always important to seek the truth, and to find an abundance of information to support it. If you cannot find enough information, maybe you need to dig deeper, or perhaps the truth presents a different meaning. Often you end up finding out that the opposite is true of where you started out. Are you prepared to accept that many of the truths you currently believe in are false?

Abundant Truth

In a world where the truth seems to be obscured by a barrage of media, it is up to the individual to always question the world around them. The most important question you can ever ask is ‘why?’. This question is the first we learn as an infant, and should be the question we should continue to ask into adulthood and throughout our lives.

If you wish to live a life which is filled with abundance; always dive down the rabbit whole, and never be afraid of taking the red pill.

If you always question the world around you, and seek to discover the truth, no matter how scary or profound the truth may be, your life will fill with abundance. You will find that you are able to do many more things than you were able to do before.

Once you learn about the world outside your normal viewpoint, the rest of the world will not understand your new point of view. No matter what you say to convince them otherwise, they will not listen to you unless they see it for themselves.

My goal with this site is to help anyone who is thirsty for information, who wishes to discover more about the world around them. Over the coming months I will be covering a whole range of subjects, from healthcare to politics, and from religion to philosophy.

I look forward to sharing ideas and information with you.