Starting the new year off right

So I started off the year by deactivating Facebook. Well that’s not strictly true. I actually deactivated Facebook on New Year’s Eve. But anyway, I started off the year without the constant distraction of social media, which gave me more time to focus on publishing my first book.

A few years before I met my wife, I read a book called ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ and that had me thinking differently about society in general. When my (now) father-in-law pointed me in the direction of Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a thousand faces’ when I first visited ten years ago, it changed my life forever.

The three years after first meeting my wife in person and dating long distance were hard. ‘The hero with a thousand faces’ became a reflection of my own ‘hero’s journey.’ Between the ages of 17 and 19 when I did most of my traveling back and forth between Britain and America, I kept journals and notepads to document my thoughts and ideas.

My little book that I just published, is a collection of some of my favorite quotes that I wrote down over those special years.

Pauls Book Cover

I’ve published this one first to break the ice for many other books that I am currently writing.

If you do choose to buy it, I hope you enjoy it. It’s called ‘Quotes from a Teenage Mind’ and it’s featured exclusively on Amazon.com for $3.99

Each new year is whatever we make it. I choose to make this the year that I become an author. Despite whatever else is going on in the world, always try to see the positive, and to create the best possible life for yourself. We only live once, so make the most of it.

Man of Steel – the best movie I have ever seen

Last night I went to the theater with my wife and my in-laws to go and watch the new superman movie. I knew from the previews that it was going to be good, and I hoped that it would be everything I wanted it to be. It was more. Man of Steel overnight has become my favorite movie of all time. I don’t think I’ll ever experience a movie in the same depth as I just witnessed this one last night.

Over the last decade I have taken my own ‘hero’s journey’ starting with the year that I met my wife. I picked up the courage to fly 4000 miles to meet her in another country, and eventually move here and become a US citizen. None of it was easy, and I had to grow as an individual to accomplish it.

The new Superman movie embodies the classic tale of the individual vs the collective. In ‘Man of Steel’ Kypton is destroyed by collectivism, by a planned society, where once it had flourished under expansion and individual achievements.

What I enjoyed the most about the movie was the philosophy behind it. It’s the classic hero vs villain story. General Zod represents a planned society where collectivism rules, and Superman represents the individual as the hero. “what if a child decides to become more than what society had intended for him”. The movie illustrates what can be achieved when individuals are allowed to expand and societies thrive. It also illustrates the pitiful of planned societies which are strangled by bureaucracy. Not only did it play homage to the original movies and comic books, but it set the stage for future movies like it. Even if you don’t read into the philosophy as deeply as I did, it’s still a great action movie, the audience around me actually clapped at the end of it.

If you have the time this weekend, I suggest you treat yourself to this once in a lifetime movie. As for me, I’m off to by the soundtrack, and don’t be surprised if you see me in the theater again watching it.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it

There are certain stages we go through in life. We have our childhood, our teenage years, our twenties, thirties and so on into old age. I believe that we are all supposed to become more intelligent as we grow older, and pass that wisdom on to our children and grandchildren.

For me, I suppose you could say I’m in the third stage. I’m currently in my twenties, but I’ve often been commented on in having wisdom beyond my years. It is a great feeling to hear this, and I am very humbled when I am told that. The reason is simple really. I read a lot, I participate in the world the best I can. I work hard, and when I’m home I study. I don’t study for some college exam or write an essay to please my ‘peers’. I study for the love of knowledge. My wife and I are getting close to the stage where we’re ready to have children, and I want to pass on the knowledge I have gained to them.

I’ve mentioned it a few times since I started my blog, that I love the book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’. It is not so much about becoming wealthy in monetary terms, but becoming wealthy in knowledge so that you can get ahead and make the most out of life.

After meeting my wife, I entered a more mythological stage. A stage that many teenagers do not enter, and hence later get lost into alcoholism through high school and college. They ignore the realities of life, while submitting their minds to whatever their professors teach them in college. I took a different path. The second visit I made to see my wife (at the time girlfriend), I was 17 years old, it was the middle of summer, and we had 2 glorious months enjoying life, free of the burden of bills, exams and schedules. That summer I read ‘the hero with a thousand faces’ and in the fall time I read ‘reflections on the art of living’. Between Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Joseph Campbell’s two mythology books, I was changed forever.

Having noticed the differences between England and America was one thing, but seeing them on financial, and mythological terms, meant that I began to seriously question the world around me, and why people acted the way that they did, and why many never do anything to fix their problems.

Now that I am in my twenties, and having read many more books, such as ‘thus spoke Zarathustra’, ‘the art of war’, ‘the book of five rings’, among many others and more recently ‘Atlas Shrugged’. My view of the world is far different than that of an ordinary citizen of any given country.

Having moved to a different country, married the girl of my dreams, become a citizen of that country, and having spent a reasonable amount of time talking to another mythological mentor, I have shaped many contrasting opinions to others, based on found facts and thinking outside of the box.

The heroes journey talks about adhering to the call of adventure, and that is one that I have taken. Now that I am in my twenties I am fully constructing my life as I see fit, and again it is much different to that of others. Never be afraid to do something different, and never be afraid to question the world around you. Many people fall into the trap of debt slavery, and many never bother to look outside of the box.

My intentions with this blog are not to have the FBI start watching me. I am not interested in spreading conspiracy theories, and I have no intentions to harm anyone. I took an oath to defend the constitution of the United States, and having studied history, and learned the difference between constitutional republics and oligarchies, and the difference between capitalism and communism. I can honestly say that what this country was founded upon, is the best system in history. Having sworn my oath, it is my duty to help protect the constitution, and flash a light on those who would destroy it. I must help preserve it, because freedom is worth saving. Without it, our lives become ever more meaningless.

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.” – Joseph Campbell, Reflections on the art of living

Our lives are supposed to become more and more meaningful as we grow older. Our knowledge and our hard work is supposed to fill us with abundance, and carry us up toward new levels in life. We are not supposed to become burdened by taxes and debt. We are supposed to be free to live our lives how we please.

And so, as I build my life, and I see all the forces that be, conspiring to destroy the republic, with all their silly little schemes to make an extra buck off the encroaching slavery of millions. I take up my sword and shield of knowledge, and run into the fray. For the hero cannot claim the day unless he is willing to charge head long into the belly of the beast. The fear of death becomes a wasted life, in which the fruits of your labor become sour, and your life ends up forgotten. The heroes of the past knew that they must do everything in their power to preserve and fight for freedom, for without it, we are nothing.

I am building my life for the better, and I write this blog to help expose the truth, so that you might help yourself build yours, and together we will preserve and restore freedom to this great nation. We will restore this beacon of hope to the world.

Life is without meaning, but we will bring back the meaning to it, and our lives will become more abundant because of it.

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.