I know there must be some people who think that I am some kind of a nut job extremist, so I want to take a moment to talk about extremes. Is taking things to extremes always a bad thing? I’d be willing to bet that those who follow professional sports don’t condemn their favorite athletes for the extreme level of commitment they put into becoming the best quarterback, or the best running back they could. Do you criticize those who are extremely intelligent, or are extremely good at a particular skill?
Why then are people such as me condemned for going to extreme measures in seeking out knowledge and the truth? Why are we condemned and ridiculed when we attempt to share the knowledge we have found with others?
I think I can answer that, but you may not want to hear my answer. I think life requires that there be some balancing force behind all things. If there wasn’t any heat, the planet would remain perpetually cold; possibly even freezing over. If there wasn’t any sadness you couldn’t truly enjoy happiness. You see where I’m going with this? Therefore, I think that nature requires a portion of humanity to seek out knowledge and the truth to compensate for the extreme ignorance and apathy displayed by the majority. That’s what I think…
I have no idea how many of those reading this are parents, but for those that are, do you remember when your children were but infants; how inquisitive they were? I’m no psychologist, but I think human beings are born with the desire to learn all they can about their surroundings. Unfortunately, I also believe that there is a flaw in our internal circuitry that causes us to accept something as being true just because we are told that it is the truth by someone who is in a position of ‘authority’.
Yet isn’t the history of mankind filled with examples of people who made great leaps forward in science and human understanding; simply because those who made those leaps questioned well established ‘truths’? I’m sure the Wright Brothers were told that man was not meant to fly; but they persevered in their efforts to break the bonds that held man to planet Earth. Then there were the Flat Earth believers whose beliefs were challenged by non-conformist thinkers, as were those who believed the Earth was the center of the universe.
Why then is it so difficult for most people to see that this thing they call government is not what our ancestors envisioned when they ratified the Constitution? Is it that difficult to see that by repeating the same process over and over, (flip flopping between Republican control of government and Democratic control of government) that they are going to get the same results that they’ve been getting for the past century and a half? Honestly, why do people think they even NEED government; that is if they consider themselves to be free; what purpose could government serve someone who doesn’t actually require anything it provides?
I think a great many people today do not care enough about knowledge and the truth. Possibly it is because they have been taught, (i.e. conditioned) not to use the higher levels of thinking required for discerning the truth amidst an ocean of lies; but maybe it’s also a part of human nature; they’d rather be spoon fed lies than exert the effort required to seek out and understand the truth.
But our country was founded by men who were, for the most part, highly intelligent and knowledgeable about the history of this planet and the various forms of government that had been attempted by man. They knew the strengths and weaknesses of each and sought to establish one which would give government the necessary powers to perform the duties assigned to it, while at the same time balancing the rights of those government was to represent.
I don’t know how many are aware of this fact, but at age 16 Thomas Jefferson was able to write the same sentence with both hands; with his left hand writing in Latin and his right hand writing in Greek. How many of you are fluent in more than one language; let alone are able think and write simultaneously in two languages? Yet today there are those who care nothing about Jefferson’s intellect; all they care about was the fact that he owned slaves and therefore was an ‘evil’ man. But when presented with the fact that Jefferson had attempted to abolish the institution of slavery well before the 13th Amendment, they reject that truth and continue to believe the politically correct lies they have been told about one of America’s greatest Founding Fathers.
You see, our Founders didn’t have PC’s, smartphones, TV’s or professional sports…they had books; and they read prolifically. In a letter to his wife, John Adams once wrote, “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” Yet how many people today can be bothered to pick up a book that might actually dispel the lies they have been taught? Taking that one step further, how many, if they even bother reading something that teaches them the truth, are willing to change their actions and beliefs to conform to that truth?
Knowledge is of no use if it isn’t utilized. If you know that fire is hot, but still stick your hands into a fire, what good is that knowledge to you when you refuse to base your actions upon it? What good is the knowledge that government was designed to be one which held very limited power if you go out and keep voting for candidates who campaign on promises to do things the Constitution does not authorize government to do? What good does knowledge regarding the nature and extent of your rights do if you sit back and allow government to slowly whittle away at those rights in the name of public safety?
Can you not see that this thing you place your hope and trust in, (government), had become a monster that seeks to turn you into serfs whose sole purpose is to keep the wheels of our economy turning? They don’t care a whit about the liberty they were charged with preserving; all they care about is striking a careful balance between too much freedom and too much tyranny. They know that if they go too far with their tyrannical laws there is a chance the people will awaken to their goal of reducing them into absolute bondage. So what they do is they make small cuts, and when the people become accustomed to these small infringements upon their liberty, they make another cut. Just as a human body will bleed out from a thousand cuts, our rights will one day be gone if we continue to allow government to whittle away at them.
CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT?!?
Well, our liberty is dying the death of a thousand cuts because we, the people, refuse to recognize government for what it truly is; the tool which has been usurped by groups of very powerful and wealthy interests who use it to further expand their power, their wealth, and their control over their serfs; we the people. Government no longer represents those it was established to represent; the States and the people, it represents groups like the Military Industrial Complex, Big Pharma, the Unions, and a host of other ‘special interest groups’.
Why you continue to put any trust and faith in government to do what is right is beyond my ability to understand; unless knowledge and the truth mean absolutely nothing to you, and that you are content with being taxed to death and having your rights taken away from you.
I’m going to end this right here, but before I do I want to leave you with two quotes that I want you to seriously consider. These two quotes are from my two favorite Founding Fathers; Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Read them, and if possible, think about what they say and how they mesh with your beliefs regarding government today.
-Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. (Thomas Jefferson to Francis Gilmer, 1816)
– You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government. (Patrick Henry, to the Virginia Ratifying Assembly)
Ponder those quotes; then think about all the laws your government has passed which restrict your ‘rightful’ liberty. Then ask yourself, why you continue to support an entity which seeks to deprive you of the liberty it was designed to protect. That is what I ask of you this Sunday, April 29, 2018.