Identity: Defined by you or Society

We like to consider ourselves independent and free from the labels of society. However,   passive stances upon the designs of others have led to some of the most significant tragedies of history. Governments, for example, take freedoms a little at a time and perhaps because their encroachments don’t affect us directly we ignore it. Eventually, as is often the case they wind up at our doors and demand our servitude. Having ignored the persecution of those not within our click, we are surprised when the same abuse is brought down upon us. Principles are about standing up for someone that can’t stand for themselves. This should be second nature to men within any society. Today our world is populated with men that are controlled by an overarching and insidious political agenda designed to malign and disenfranchise men as a segment of the population. Men aren’t allowed to be men and are told that they are what is wrong with society. While it is true that men populate the prisons and commit violent acts, it is but a symptom of a culture that no longer encourages men to be men.  

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The Military Parade

 

The President has announced a military parade. At this point, it would seem that the parade will be held on Veteran’s Day. It is a rare occurrence for those of us in the United States. We seem to have lost respect for those that serve and those that have served. Anyone that has is usually proud of their service, and whether they be Army, Navy, Airforce, or Marines, they consider themselves that for life. They took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies whether foreign or domestic. They risked their lives so others wouldn’t have to do so. A parade to honor those that are serving and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice seems only fitting when less than one percent of the population serves as fighting men and women. Continue reading “The Military Parade”

Choosing your Battles

Life is filled with conflict. It is a fact that none of us can escape no matter how withdrawn we become over the course of our lives. Today, many battles take place on a daily basis for the public to absorb into their psyche on the evening news. These fights are rarely predicated on matters of principle but instead focus on trivialities. We have become accustomed to viewing this circus every day. In our personal lives, we are hard-pressed to escape individual battles that are increasingly pedantic and nonsensical. We all have a choice. Do we fight every engagement no matter the triviality, or do we focus on principles and fight only the most important battles? Continue reading “Choosing your Battles”

Do we get the Government we deserve?

A phrase that one occasionally hears tossed about is that citizens get the government they deserve. Whatever metric we choose to measure it by this would seem to be apt in so many ways. A vocal segment of the population is responsible for putting people into power and re-electing them. This segment is a minority of our country’s citizens. They get the government they want, and those of us that are apathetic to the whole process get the government we deserve because we refuse to engage in the future of our country and our children. We care about our children on the local level but fail to effect lasting change that will affect the lives of our children and their children long after we are gone. Continue reading “Do we get the Government we deserve?”

No Substitute for Experience

The greatest teacher one will ever have in life is one’s own experiences. Unfortunately, the negative ones have the most power to instruct us in the coarseness of reality. When we are young, the majority of us follow our hearts, and we imagine a world in which everyone views the world in the same way. The world, however, is the great teacher and it will teach us many hard lessons that guide the person we become. The animal kingdom is an excellent example of what life is actually like as an adult. Adults compete for resources with one another and look out only for themselves and their families. It isn’t like this in every respect as there are still groups of people that understand the value of friendship and working together for the betterment of the community. As you grow, you become more isolated in the sharing of your real emotions, and this is a universal defense mechanism against the pain inflicted by those that wish to use your desires for manipulation. This molds us the into various incarnations of the modern human being, and not all of them are good.  Continue reading “No Substitute for Experience”

The Dichotomy of Social Standards

We share the earth with one another, each society drawing upon its core beliefs to adopt ethical and social standards for behavior among its citizens. While I can’t be sure if every nation on earth has the same issues, it does seem apparent that these rules are stringently applied to one group while simultaneously allowing another group a tremendous amount of leeway. The dominance of pc-culture has further stretched the limits of cogency to once widely accepted standards of behavior. Many dare not speak their minds for fear of alienating a segment of society that has only just been manifested from the imaginations of neurotic individuals. Thus these standards that were so poorly applied systematically before these new manifestations of delusional identity disorder have further deteriorated. Continue reading “The Dichotomy of Social Standards”

The Corruption of Reliable Leadership

The role of a leader means different things to different people. It used to be someone that made difficult and sometimes agonizing choices to benefit their charges. Increasingly, in this modern caricature of all things honorable we call life it has become less obligatory for a leader to represent their constituents with any sense of honor or loyalty. Machiavelli had an incredible insight into human nature, but he was only out for what benefitted him. He might suggest doing the right thing but only in circumstances that were beneficial to the leader in question.  He would have been just as happy ordering the executions of the leader he was advising’s entire family if it would have advanced his political agenda. While this man had an almost omnipotent understanding of our fellow man, he often used this to justify acts of evil. He did not see the world in terms of good and evil, though he recognized the need to appear righteous as a form of assuagement for the folks that were not in his political circle. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it should; this is the playbook by which our elected leaders and many of those appointed ones in the FBI and DOJ use to plan their stratagems for controlling and mitigating the population they play at leading. Continue reading “The Corruption of Reliable Leadership”

The SOTU Address: My Reaction

Each year we are either treated or are horrified by what we call the State of the Union address.  The state of it, however, is never something we can quantify in an impassioned speech. For the many that watched their eyes told them a much more convincing narrative of the status of our nation than any mere statement could have done. Every presidency has its detractors and supporters, but in this increasingly polarized environment, the battle lines are drawn. Continue reading “The SOTU Address: My Reaction”

The Felonious Nature of Choice

We are told life is about choice and to some degree that is true. It’s when you drill down into the minutiae of life that you begin to see how few options we as individuals have. Through advertising, we are told what is acceptable and on what we should spend our money. The government tells us how we must conduct our lives, where we can live, and what we can do on property that is supposed to be ours. I speak of property not just concerning assets but as each person owning one’s self. We are taxed for every moment we exist. This seems to be the antithesis of self-determination and forging one’s path.  Continue reading “The Felonious Nature of Choice”

Living or Imitating?

 

Sensory overload is a problem in modern times. Often, you will see groups of friends sitting together all staring at their phones in silence. We make little time for social interactions. We prefer talking through messaging and find it difficult to connect with new people in any meaningful way. A significant portion of us fawn over celebrities and hang on their every word as if they are more informed than us ordinary folk. We often live our lives waiting for the next movie or the next professional sports game to take place. We call it entertainment, but for many, it appears to have the detrimental effect of producing a sedentary lifestyle. A lot of people seem to live vicariously through these public figures while forgetting to stand up and write their own story of life.  Continue reading “Living or Imitating?”