Death is the phenomenon that brings value and meaning to our lives. It is empowering and uplifting. It means nothing is permanent. It means nothing is truly ours. The impermanence of our existence highlights what truly matters. How will you live your life given the finite time you are given? We are all given a deposit of 86,164 seconds per day. It is the great equalizer. What will you do with that daily allotted time? How will you spend it? The course of your life is determined by the choices you make today. Every passing moment is an opportunity to change your life. You have the power.
The butterfly is beautiful because of it’s short lifespan. The flower is beautiful and it’s scent alluring because it is fleeting. Fresh food is delicious because once cooked it immediately begins to rot and decay if not eaten quick enough. Relationships are often passionate for short fleeting moments as many times such high intensity energy cannot be sustained over long periods of time. This is fine because there are many ways to love and many phases to a relationship.
Look to death not with fear, but rather with gratitude. It is the inevitable moment that incentivizes us to live to the fullest with passion, kindness, love, and compassion. What would you like to be remembered for? What actions or words do you want to define your life? What principles do you hold to be sacred, that you would fight for? How do you want those dearest to speak of you at the moment of your passing? Your answer will determine the course of your existence. We will be remembered for our words and actions. Choose them with great care.
For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We ought to be careful indeed what we say.
Many people blame technological innovations and inanimate machines for the woeful problems plaguing humanity. As with most assertions a basic definition of terms is warranted. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, technology is defined as follows:
1) The practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area.
2) A capability given by the practical application of knowledge
3) A manner of accomplishing a task, especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge.
I would define technology as the application and use of man’s intellect and creativity to transform raw crude natural resources into usable goods and services that benefit and lift his fellow men and women out the default state of poverty we were all born into. Technology is the means by which our lives have become less perilous and more comfortable. Technology is the use of tools to improve our daily lives. To be against technology is to be against hammers, shovels, cars, trains, airplanes, washing machines, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, electricity, air conditioning, shoes, telephones, computers, and the Internet to name just a few.
The tool can never be blamed for the wicked actions of the individual. We were all blessed with free will and a mind capable of making decisions. The responsibility always lies with the individual to discern right from wrong based on his/her own conscience. Moreover the consequences of those decisions can never be shirked, rather they must always be assumed by the individual. The tool is an extension of our bodies just our hands are an extension of our bodies. Just as if I strangle a hobo my hands are not blamed but rather my body/mind is; so too an inanimate object can never be the focus of any serious crime investigation. It is not a War on Drugs but rather a War on People. It is not a War on Terror but rather a War on People. It is not Gun Control but rather People Control.
It is not only that Free Market Capitalism has raised our level of comfort and given us enormous product variety, but also that many people throughout the world have come to depend on these technological innovations for their very existence. The wealthier society sees technology as luxurious but unnecessary and superfluous. The poorer society sees technology as an oasis in a vast desert. For us in the West to deride technological advancement and actively strive to dismantle its existence is to condemn the poor and suffering people of the world to lives of misery. Pay your respects to the intrepid inventors and courageous entrepreneurs that have, through their arduous toil, created the immensely intricate and wondrous civilization we have all inherited. The creation of wealth is a magnificent human achievement and representative of the awesome power of the human mind. It is what separates man from beast. Before you expire and pass into the nether world, do your part to make the world a better place than when you found it.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.
I am not a political activist. I do not advocate for marches, protests, or the signing of petitions as a means of effecting change. This represents the acknowledgment that political predators have legitimate authority over my life. The host does not concern itself with the opinion of the parasite. Shuffle off and deprive it of nourishment and rest assured, it will perish of it’s own accord. The laboring industrious have no need for the leeching bureaucrat. Indeed a new Renaissance will be realized when producers finally stop prostrating themselves in obeisance to the rulers. Every extorted tax dollar is one less unit of currency that could have improved a product, created a new product, started a business, or enriched the lives of a peaceful human being. This is the principle of the seen vs. the unseen. Stop feeding the beast with your currency, attention, and participation.
I am a teacher. I pass on the lessons of Peace, Compassion, Economics, and Voluntaryism I have gleaned from those who have come before me so that I can do my part to help lift humanity to dizzying heights of prosperity and wealth. I teach with words and by example. I teach to empower my fellow brothers and sisters. I teach to make the world a more peaceful, gentle, compassionate, and loving place. I may not live to see a world absent the belief in the State but that will not deter my focus or render impotent my words. That some 19th century Abolitionists did not live to see the end of chain slavery did not detract from the power of their message. I am privileged to learn and espouse this magnificent philosophy. It has improved my life in countless ways. It behooves me to spread it far and wide. I remain eternally grateful to all the peaceful human beings who strive to leave the world a more beautiful place then when they entered it. You are my heroes!