17 June 2014

7 Deadly Sins of Liberty Lovers


"If I'm allowing my ego to blind me, I cannot be successful!"

A course in political miracles can contain all the lessons in the world for developing oneself into a successful guardian of political liberty, yet will still be an incomplete course if it doesn't mention ways one can sabotage the achievement of one's political ideals, wouldn't you say?

We all understand a flawed philosophy automatically contains the seeds of its own sabotage, which is why liberal-progressives with all their abstract intellectual contrivances cannot prevail in the long run. Yet for so many years liberal-progressives have ruled. Why? Because they have pursued their goals with laser-like aim devoid of self-damaging strategies, tactics, and attitudes.

The opposite is true of most would-be liberty guardians.

Liberty political philosophy is free of man-made intellectual contraptions. "In a moral, just, and reasonable society, men and women are governed by natural laws which must be honored if the society is to serve human life in its full promise. Natural laws do not violate one person's rights (wronging one person) for the good of many. In nature, what is right for any one individual is right for a society of individuals, and what is wrong for any one individual is wrong for a society of individuals. With natural law governance no one is sacrificed. Natural law treats every one equally."

Therefore, completely unlike liberal-progressives, those who love liberty renounce forced solutions. "A guardian of liberty is one who understands that forcing solutions on people by legislation, judicial fiat or majority rule is injustice ... degrading and unfair; but allowing people free choice among solutions which encroach on no one allows the learning of responsibility and the development of self-esteem."

With such a non-harmful life-serving political philosophy, liberty proponents should have celebrated huge success many, many years ago. Why has their progress been so pitiful?  Could it be that the strategies, tactics, and attitudes of would-be liberty guardians have been like arrows flying off and falling everywhere but on target, perhaps even damaging themselves and their cause?

The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as "sin" in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it is an archery term meaning "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target." If liberty guardians have for years been missing the mark politically, what are their deadliest sins in this context?

The farthest off-target aim which is made by those who hope to produce liberty is believing they need to make converts. Deep down inside, every human being feels the natural rightness of liberty, and that includes liberal-progressives who are only temporarily trapped in their addiction to dictatorship, living in denial like alcoholics but not totally beyond healing. Liberty guardians do not need converts. They need only help people get in touch with their innermost natural feelings. How is such a true aim accomplished? Not by creating a sense of alienation, but by fostering a sense of rapport; not by thinking "you are against us," but by holding in mind the truth "we are all in this together."

If you are feeling the true inner joy of liberty and you would like another person to feel what you are feeling, you do not try to prove to the other person that you are different (trying to prove to yourself that you are "not like them"). You do not say to another: "I'm this, but you are that." Rather, you think in your mind, "Here, join me in feeling this joy," and you happily let that person join in what you are feeling.

If you are deeply certain of the natural rightness of liberty and you want another person to also know that same deep certainty, you do not say in your thoughts: "I'm right! And you are wrong!" Instead, you let that person feel you. You let down your barriers and wordlessly convey: "Here, feel my certainty and the peace it engenders."

If you are experiencing the exquisite love of life which liberty allows one to experience and you wish another person could feel such sweet natural love, you do not attack that person. You extend the love and let that person feel your love, so they will crave joining with you in spirit.

In order for people to be on the same page with you, you first have to allow them to be "with you." Separating yourself, flaunting arrogance, attacking ... all are arrows which do damage to your own purpose.

What about constantly allowing discussions to degenerate into possible details of pie-in-the-sky Utopian futures? Does such a tactic alienate people or aid them in joining with you in a feeling of rapport? Isn't the here and now where others are likely to be focused? And doesn't their joining with you and feeling what you are feeling occur only here and now?

Another widely off-target arrow is the strategy of voicing seemingly head-in-the-sand foreign policy announcements, allowing others to form the impression that you could care less about the suffering of people elsewhere in the world because your sacred principle of avoiding foreign entanglements trumps any sympathy for people living in terror and horror. Could it be that first expressing sincere and deep compassion for the sufferers in other countries will help people join with you on a feeling level, and therefore be receptive to any liberty-promoting alternative solutions which you may then voice?

Then there is the insufferable arrogance of "I will never support the lesser of two evils," totally avoiding two glaring facts of existence. (Fact 1) Nobody is perfect. (Oh, but you and your guys are perfect enough to deserve support. Yet God forbid anyone else ever deserving support.) (Fact 2) The lesser of two evils is logically the greater good of the two possible alternatives being compared. Now there's a policy ... choosing to see evil while blinding oneself to seeing good! Such a strategy keeps your ego very satisfied. And of course your ego doesn't want you noticing that it is out to destroy you ... and that supporting your ego is supporting the greatest evil of all.

In all these respects, to see clearly, or to blind oneself: that is the question. Will would-be guardians of liberty be like Hamlet, lamenting the slings and arrows of "outrageous fortune" which are actually the misdirected arrows of their own egos? Or will they take control of their own destiny, quit looking through the ego's eyes ... and make their mark?




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

04 May 2014

Ayn Rand's Sense of Life and Spiritual Seeing Ends Government Oppression




"I join Ayn Rand, educating spiritually!"

Government worshipers are in control of most universities, virtually every public school system, and almost every major media market. The general public has been thoroughly brainwashed to believe that if there is a problem, or the illusion of a problem, government solutions are the answer ... a new government program, a new government bureaucracy, more power to government.

Because almost all avenues of education and information have been under the control of government worshipers, the vast majority of people are stuck in thinking habits which will never for long periods of time serve liberty.

Because people's underlying thinking habits will rise to the surface again and again, any liberty-oriented political victory can only be short-lived ... unless people's underlying way of thinking is changed.

As much as we might hate to admit it, thorough re-education of the public cannot not be a number one priority for those who deeply feel the natural impulse to political liberty.

The question is: what to teach?

The answer is given by Ayn Rand. It's not about politics or economics. It's about mankind's life-enhancing spirit vs. mankind's death-serving ego. It's about Ellsworth Toohey's ego trying to utterly destroy Howard Roark's creative spirit. It's about James Taggart's ego trying to belittle as "old-fashioned" his sister's innocent and wondering spirit. It's about Lillian Reardon's ego trying to twist the laws of nature 180 degrees and somehow render immoral Hank Reardon's benevolent and heroic spirit.

It's about life vs. death. Religious people might allegorically identify the issue as God vs. Satan or the Christ vs. the Devil. But there is no need to be allegorical. Mankind does have a heroic spirit and egos are determined to diminish this spirit and destroy it altogether if possible ... whether these egos manifest as government henchmen, union henchmen, corporate henchmen, media henchmen or just plain thugs.

Using intellectual articles or philosophical treatises, can I hope to educate the vast majority of people to the truth of the real battle going on? Only in my dreams!

Can I expose ego destroying spirit as Ayn Rand did with novels, plays, and screenplays made into movies? Now I'm being realistic!

Do I need to make myself into a novelist or playwright? Not unless this is my truest heart's desire and guidance of my own spirit. Ayn Rand has already done sufficient work for starters. I can create huge progress for liberty in the world, lighten and enlighten earth existence, merely by selling and promoting the work Ayn Rand has already done.

Ayn Rand's philosophy is nowhere near 100% correct. Her perception is severely limited and when she philosophizes she sometimes gets herself trapped in the same kinds of cobwebs spun by all intellectuals. My purpose is not to create a million and one robotic Objectivists who lock step to the same tune and end up being stumbling blocks to the cause of true freedom by alienating people.

It is not Ayn Rand's philosophizing that makes her work valuable to my cause but her sense of life and spiritual seeing. My purpose is to sell her sense of life and her vivid understanding that the forces opposing the spirit of mankind are the forces of death itself.

What if I gave myself an assignment to brainstorm 101 fresh ideas for selling Ayn Rand's work, especially her greatest novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged? My guess is that at least one of the schemes which pops into my mind is going to seem to me like it would be a really fun endeavor which would have me choosing great joy.

As I go forth teaching to the world the fullness of life as opposed to the sense of death taught by government worshipers, I allow myself to feel immense gratitude that I do not have to be like the mythical Atlas, weighed down by a heavily pressing world. Instead, I can think of the world as being like a beach ball. It is light and fun. I throw it around, shape it, play tag with it, and use it to chidingly bounce off the heads of a few liberals and conservatives, maybe knocking loose some old death-serving conceptions ... with Ayn Rand's help.



The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

30 March 2014

Ted Cruz and Ron Paul ARE scary ... to Democrats!


"Moderate Republicans sat on a wall, 
Moderate Republicans had a great fall. 
All the king's horses and all the king's men 
Couldn't put Moderate Republicans together again."

No one doubts that the Washington Post, mouthpiece for the liberal-progressive dictatorship, activates all their horses and men to influence the Republican Party's presidential nomination process. During the next couple years we can expect to see the Post publish many articles like the following: Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race.

Amazing as it seems, there actually are a few who call themselves "Republicans" who would prefer another Bush.  But these few are likely under the intoxicating influence of propaganda like the Washington Post's articles.  Most Republicans are more clear-headed.

Fact of political life: If the Republican Party nominated another Bush ... so much support would be lost that the party might well face the destiny of the once influential early 19th Century Whig Party.  Another Bush candidacy and a Washington Post propagandist could snicker fiendishly and publish a book titled: "The Disappearance of the Republican Party."

Millions of voters who don't want another Democrat in the White House also don't want another Bush in the White House. Conservative voters who held their noses and voted for Dole, McCain, and Romney because they believed these "moderates" would at least be better than a liberal dictator are loath to hold their noses again.  You can only hold your nose so long before craving fresh air.

The Washington Post article linked above tries to get us to believe that real Republicans are scared of libertarian-conservatives like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. We can laugh at the Washington Post because the joke is on them.  Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the real Republicans, and all the king's horses and men will not be able to put back together again the "sitting on the wall" wing of the Republican Party.

If you feel guided to be active in politics to defend yourself and your loved ones from the Democratic Party's liberal-progressive dictatorship and past Republican wall sitting, make yourself a sure winner by studying our Course in Political Miracles.




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

22 February 2014

Will Rand Paul and Ted Cruz make a difference?


"Politics is not for everyone."

Maybe not for a desert hermit. But all human interaction involves politics. There are politics in the work environment, politics in the home, politics in one's social life. If you are around people, you are being influenced by politics and are in many ways being political.

"Okay, so I'm political. But is there any reason to be a political activist in the usual sense of influencing the "laws of the community" or the "laws of the land?"

That is an impossible question for one person to answer for another. There are millions of factors, past, present and future ... here, there, and everywhere ... most factors not even in conscious awareness, which a person's inner being takes into account in sparking interest in any activity.

Certainly "politics as usual" is probably distasteful for most people because "politics as usual" is the mechanism of those who want to create laws which force others to do things they wouldn't have freely chosen to do, or pay for things they wouldn't have freely chosen to pay for. Most people do not want to use laws to force others, and might shy away from what seems distasteful activity.

Some might feel an interest in politics which they cannot explain. Maybe there is an important life lesson for them which they are not currently aware of, but which will come in the future as a result of political activity. Or maybe there is a soul mate they are destined to meet in the future at a political function. Our future good is often a present unknown.

Modern day libertarian-conservatives in politics, like Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, know well why they are involved in politics. Self-defense. And the defense of their loved ones. Rand's father Ron Paul proved that as the bad guys manipulate, maneuver, lie, cheat, and steal to force their programs on everyone, there is benefit in having a good guy in Congress, and on television interview programs, and in election debates, saying "No!"

If no one ever hears a "No!" from someone in a political position the bad guys win easily.

If everyone believes the flawed logic that it is impossible to fight "politics as usual" by becoming political, the bad guys win by default.

The Course in Political Miracles would never have been given to mankind if there were no value in good guys being active in politics. The Course, in fact, helps good guys to become miraculous at politics ... and everyone benefits.

In answer to the question of this article's title, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are already making a difference. And we can be grateful for and salute anyone who joins them.




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles