Thanksgiving for the (actual) "crazy Ron Paul people"Submitted by jg10289 on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 12:11
I frequently read comments on the Daily Paul regarding the apparent infiltration of the Liberty Movement and DP by various fringe elements, the so-called "new age" folks. Being an honest and informed citizen, I know how it feels to be part of the fringe, so please read no implied judgment in the use of the word "fringe."
Most readers need no further explanation to conjure up the image of the fringe people under consideration. They are the folks who believe in planet Niburu (with respect to Mr. Nystrom's rules, I will not check the spelling of the planet's name). Some of them believe that lizard people walk among us (I have to admit that when I see Ed Schultz on MSNBC or Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, I find myself considering the plausibility of their theory; have you ever really looked good and hard into the eyes of those guys?).
Other members of that fringe have ideas about “bigger picture” changes afoot, or they spend time trying to connect the dots asking “what does it all mean?” like caricatures of stoners. Some of them will probably comment that certain mind-altering substances help human beings to perceive the world in a way that our mind typically does not permit (by the way, I would agree, since that is what it means to take a “mind-altering” substance). They also populate the ranks of the former and current hippies, the anarchists and the everyday libertarians who believe that people must and will change for the better. Admittedly, I align myself philosophically with this fringe in the sense that I believe any chance of the Liberty Movement succeeding requires a sea change in the attitudes and behavior of people: humanity needs a moral compass, and this is not a change that can be effected through the political process.
So why are there so many of these "new agers" attaching themselves to the Liberty Movement? Why are there so many folks who wake up to liberty and eventually move to the new age fringe? Like many of you, I ended up here because I naturally pursue truth. I try to embrace truth when it challenges my previous beliefs, even beliefs long held. I try to seek truth in the shadows when those with the spotlight would divert my eyes to falsehoods. I don’t accept authority that is founded on anything other than truth. I rebelled against teachers when I thought they were wrong, nuns when I thought they misunderstood the true message of their religion and occasionally peer pressure when I thought my peers wrong.
For anyone else out there like me whose journey has taken them here, we have seen the manner in which institutional structures have pulled the proverbial wool over our eyes for a lifetime. Worse, we see the desperation with which many of our friends try to avoid removing the wool from their eyes (perhaps because deep in the core of their subconscious they fear the changes that come from accepting the truth).
In an apparent paradox for someone like me who believes in the pursuit of objective truth whenever possible, I have come to the conclusion that virtually anything is possible. Throughout history, daring to go out on a limb for the truth has been a perilous endeavor. The non-fringe did not take kindly to the fringe that thought that the world was round, that all humans are endowed with rights, that doctors should wash their hands between medical procedures, that sleep was something other than the process of returning blood from the feet to the brain (these last two are actually true, believe it or not; perhaps we should start a thread of incredibly irrational ideas that institutions and societies clung to at the peril of those who challenged the ideas).
After discovering that the foundation of my American experience is a steaming pile of lies and deceit, how can I accept that anything is outside the realm of possibility just because it is not a widely accepted theory? Planet X colliding with earth? I hope not. Lizard people among us? Probably not ready to accept it, but that is different than ruling it out. Age of Aquarius ringing in a change for the better in all of humanity? I could live with that (and I could use some of what you’re smoking, provided that there are no agents of former admitted drug using presidents watching!).
So, from one man to all of the fringe types, thank you for your thoughts and your involvement. You have enriched my life over the past year. Many call you crazy. Some of you probably are crazy, but so are most geniuses who live with the unfortunate burden of being ahead of their time.