Reboot

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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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Thoughts on the meaning of life

“life is without meaning, you bring the meaning to it” – Joseph Campbell

Well it’s been a hectic past couple of weeks. I wrote about the previous week in my last article, and this past week has been busy too, with end of quarter at work, and with a wedding on Saturday.

I got a chance to relax on Sunday and sit in the hot-tub at my in-laws house. While I was allowing the warm water to relax my muscles and the jets to massage the stress away, I was thinking about the past few weeks and about the future.

The reason I get into politics, is because I can see an erosion of freedom and responsibility in daily life. It is because of this that I argue my points across and try to make sense of it all.

When I take part in life, particularly when I take pictures of families at weddings, I’m not thinking about all the silly politics that goes on. I’m thinking of the meaning of life, and all the family and friends who are supporting the new couple. I’m thinking about how happy everyone is, and how to capture their smiles in the most natural way possible without them even realizing it.

I found out this morning that the father of the bride of one of our previous weddings, died on Saturday, around the same time that we were taking pictures of a newly wed couple and their families dancing and having fun. It is with bitter irony that you realize how fragile life is, and that while one family is singing and dancing, another is going through the terrible pain of loss.

This is the second time this year that a close relative of a newly wed couple has died shortly after us taking the last pictures of them. Its a haunting feeling to know that you took the last ever picture of them alive. The comforting aspect is that you know that you captured a memory of them for the family to treasure even long after they are gone.

With the birth of my second nephew, and the thoughts of starting a family of my own, I return to the political spectrum and wonder how much of a future there will be in the world without peace.

If the death of one person can upset so many people, how would a huge war make you feel? When you realize that many thousands of people die in conflict each year.

If we cannot balance a budget or restrict government growth, if we cannot stop the lobbyists and the corrupt politicians from sending our young men out to war, and continue to restrict growth through legislation. Then how much of a future will there be, not just for us, but for the world?

A friend sent me an email this morning of the space shuttle discovery. It shows the cockpit, and all the instruments. After many conversations with him about Star Trek and space travel, it seems as if we are going backwards as a civilization. Why are we not out there traveling the solar system? Why are we constantly bombing each other and starting wars? Why do we have a ‘war on drugs’? Why can’t we just leave each other alone, and only punish those who actually literally harm others?

Why do we feel the need to use the government as a way to redistribute wealth? Why do we feel the need to use the government to create benefit programs, when charities are perfectly capable of taking care of those in need?

Life has no meaning unless you bring meaning to it. When you are born, you are an empty vessel. It is up to your parents to teach you how to walk and talk. After that, it is up to you to continue the learning process. It is up to you to advance yourself. It is up to you not to hold yourself back. You must do what you feel is right. You must hold yourself to your own highest moral standards.

Life moves forward when you cherish it, and advance yourself through productive means. When you embrace knowledge and creativity, when you learn all that you can, and work toward your goals. You can and will achieve anything.

When you reject the old, the useless, the warn out policies of the past, and embrace new ideas built upon the learning of successes throughout the world, then you will have achieved a bright new future in which anything is possible.

I reject the two party system in politics because it is broken and it does not work. From an outside perspective, and can say they are almost identical.

I reject war because it is a racket. I am perfectly capable of defending myself.

I embrace the US constitution, because it is the most well written document to protect and embrace freedoms that the world has ever seen.

I embrace liberty and free markets because they allow the individual to create whatever he or she desires, and then sell that product to others to enhance their own lives.

I embrace value, true value, because if you value your life, the lives of others, the value of the inventions created by men of the mind.

I embrace new technologies. These new technologies were invented, and without them, we would still live in caves and would not have  a civilization to begin with.

I embrace nature, because nature is abundant, and everything erupts forth from it.

I embrace respect. Because without it, fights ensue, and ideas get squashed. It is not the better idea that succeeds in battle, but the person with the largest hammer. Battles are necessary from time to time, but logic should always be supported by fact, and then brought forward as the successor.

Life has meaning when you bring meaning to it. What is the meaning of your life? What have you done today? What have you done to enhance and enrich your own life? And in turn, what have you done to enhance and enrich the lives of those around you?

Your hard work pays off when you keep going despite bumps in the road. Sometimes you have to stop and alter your course slightly, or even go off road, but if you stay on track you will get to your destination.

When was the last time you looked up at the stars? Can you imagine a better future?

What did you do to make your life happy today?

Are you living a happy life?

We live for our own happiness. If we are not happy, or able to find contentment, then our lives are wasted. You only get one shot at life. So make it a good one.

Preserving liberty is a waste of time?

My wife and I enjoyed spending our anniversary together, in the only way we knew how. She cooked us breakfast, we opened presents from each other, and then we went to go see a movie together.

We watched a movie called ‘the vow’, it was a movie about a couple who had been married for about as long as Brooke and I have, and they got into a car wreck. Both were knocked unconscious and the lady suffered massive head trauma. She lost all of her memories of being with her husband. The movie was sad, interesting, and had a happy ending.

Once we got home, I washed the dishes as Brooke painted. She then began playing Mario on our Nintendo Wii, as I cooked us dinner for the evening. We sat down to steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus, as I popped a bottle of champagne. Afterwards we sat down and watched ‘life in a day’, an amazing movie about the lives of hundreds of people on July 24th 2012, put together and directed by Ridley Scott.

After the movie, I got on Brooke’s new laptop to type this article and check on emails, as she sat down and sketched out a drawing. While writing my blog, and while sketching her drawing, we had ‘what the bleep’ playing in the background.

‘What the bleep’ explains what quantum mechanics is, and shows how people get addicted to their emotions and end up doing the same things over and over again, without realizing that they are the ones causing the problems for themselves.

The day was snowy, and our day was long and calm. Watching the three movies, enjoying time and meals with my wife, and thinking deeply while watching ‘what the bleep’ and ‘life in a day’, really made me think to myself “what’s the point in all this political nonsense” and “what’s the point in getting so wound up about it, what’s the point in fighting all these silly battles”. I know that many of my family members and friends don’t understand why I own guns, and why I read philosophy and why I get so much into the political process. They all seem to take freedom for granted, and think that it will always be there.

What they don’t understand is that if we do not fight the battles to maintain freedom, we will very quickly lose it. There is injustice in the world, and there are evil men who wish to rule over others.

The majority of individuals wish to be left alone to go about their daily lives as they please, and I understand that completely. I wish I could do the same. But given my acquired knowledge, I cannot knowingly abandon my calling to defend freedom and preserve liberty.

‘Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty’ –  Thomas Jefferson

Although I do not agree with many of the things that John Lennon stood for, I do love a quote of his:

Happiness is the highest achievement in life. The pursuit of happiness is in the declaration of independence, because true happiness cannot be found under despotism and dictatorship. We are only truly happy when we feel free. Free to do what we please, to live the life that we want to live, to find happiness in the little things in life.

Where socialists go wrong is that government should not make all things equal. With a republic, with a Constitution and with a free market, we can pursue our own individual happiness.

My wife and I’s happy day together was only achievable through the freedom to pursue it.

And so it is not a waste of time to help preserve liberty, because freedom is contagious, and all humans want to be free.

Give me liberty or give me death!

Honor thy parents

Today is my Mum’s birthday. She is now in her mid 50’s but she doesn’t look a day over 40. She has always been very good at dealing with life, and has always had a smile on her face. When I was growing up, she always managed to read about one book a week, while keeping the house clean and tidy, looking after my sister and I and working a part time job so that we could go on family vacations and do all the little extras in life. My dad always had a steady job, but with inflation, rising costs, and the ever increasing mountain of bills that comes with having children, bills were always a bit tight.

I get on well with my parents, but like any family, we have our differences. In fact, I’m somewhat of a black swan. My viewpoints differ greatly from that of my family, and my lifestyle is somewhat more extravagant, due to my ever consistent urge to find out more about the world around me and travel to every place possible. My mother and father did however give me a solid upbringing and life was always well structured. I thank my parents for the life that they gave me growing up. I always had room to grow and they gave me air to breathe. They let me go ride my mountain bike 4 miles into town when I turned 13, and they let me fly out to visit my girlfriend in the US, 4000 miles away when I had just turned 17. On riding my bike into town so that I could visit my friends and go dirt jumping, they told me that the only conditions were that I behaved myself, I was as careful as possible and that I returned before dark. I must admit a couple of times it was dusk by the time I got home and my dad did scold me for that. But, one of the most wonderful things my dad ever said to me was when I was only about 7 or 8 years old. I was asking about what I should be when I grew up. I asked about different trades and jobs that I had heard of, what they involved, how much they made. And then I asked what he and my mum wanted me to be. My dad said “son, you can be whatever you want to be. I want you to do whatever it is you want in life. So long as it makes you happy. I don’t care if you become a doctor or a street cleaner, so long as you’re happy in life, that’s all that matters to me.” Those words have defined my life. I know that he could not perceive where I would end up in life, or that I would move to another country to marry the girl of my dreams. How can anyone ever tell exactly what their kids will end up doing in life?

My parents have always been very supportive, but they’ve never just given me money to do whatever I wanted. My mountain bike dirt jumping had progressed from the age of 13 to 15, and I had already broken two bikes. It was time for me to upgrade and get some stronger parts to build myself a worthy trail bike. I asked my dad how I could afford it, and he told me to get myself a part time job. And so I did. I worked a paper route every morning for the next year, and eventually I had a great bike that I had put together myself. I still ride that bike today.

I know that not everyone has great parents, and I know the tendency to rebel against them. I consider myself very lucky to have parents that were so supportive and let me be myself. I’ve known a lot of parents to be very demanding of their children. They insist that their kids do well in school, or that they take out the trash. While chores are understandable, especially in a busy household, and especially since it enforces responsibility in the child. I do wonder at the supposed wisdom of pressuring your child into ‘doing well’ in school. I think it is more important that you show your child what the world is really like, and what hard work is, and show them what an education about the world around you can do to enhance your life. Having watched shows such as ‘the Indy Chronicles’ I can honestly say that I have learned more from reading books and the act of doing or constructing something, than sitting in class listening to a teacher or writing out some essay.

Even if your parents do bare down on you, always honor them. Their intentions are always good, even if they are misplaced. When you leave home you can do whatever you like, but always remember the best parts of what your parents taught you. You can always discard the parts that you don’t like. I feel that so many people get caught up on the negatives in life, they forget to look at the positives. Always take the positives with you, and leave the negatives behind. The future is bright if your outlook is, and your past need never drag you down.

Honor your parents with the respect they deserve, and always bite your lip when they test your patience. Remember that they were very patient with you when you were born!

Oh, and happy birthday Mum!