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I Wanted To Change the World...

I'd like to share a quote that has inspired me in the recent months...

I Wanted to Change the World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.

My family and I could have made an impact on our town.

Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

- Written by an unknown Monk around 1100 A.D.

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A personal story: The story I'm about to tell is about my personal growth over the years. I am only 24 years old, so I am still young. Reading this quote has given me new understanding on what I need to do.

In 2008, I was as Anti-Bush as they came. "Hell no to McCain!" I'd argue with my "Republican" friends. "You seriously want 4 more years of BUSH!?" I was fresh out of High School, North Hardin Class of 2007, and I was eager to take my first steps into that ballot box to make my voice heard. I wasn't politically active. I was a sheep. I had no other arguments except for MSNBC talking points. I was young. I was naive. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on one's own opinions) I was in the middle of my training with the Military and missed out on my first voting experience.

Around 2009, I began to see that everything Obama had promised were all lies. I began watching FOX News all day, err day... I couldn't get enough. I thought I was in the "know" about "conservatism" and changed my party affiliation accordingly. Glenn Beck was my favorite... “THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS COMING! GEORGE SOROS IS BEHIND IT! EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!!” I took Glenn’s advice. I started educating myself on our Founding Fathers and the Original Intent of the Constitution. Perhaps, in my case, this wasn’t what Glenn had in mind, because I educated myself on THAT windbag as well.

In 2010, as the mid-term elections were approaching, I was still in my FOX News stupor. My entire ballot was cast for ALL Republicans, except Tom Tancredo (Constitution Party), who favored marijuana legalization. I was still a sheep, but this time in a Neo-Con Armor. Oh! The excitement I felt as I stepped out of my polling station. “How’s THAT for some change!”

As time rolled on, I began to feel unsatisfied. I could watch FOX News all day, but my appetite for “truth” was no longer being sated. I began to feel like I was being lied to again. The Tea Party (I wasn’t aware at the time, of the Liberty Movements roots in the modern Tea Party) seemed to be getting off track. It became a joke.

It was in early 2011, that I first heard Dr. Paul speak. Who was this guy? What is “Liberty”? I didn’t fully understand the message at first, but I couldn’t help but latch myself to Dr. Paul’s words. Peace, Sound Money, Non-Interventionism, Prosperity for all. I began to research deeper into our Founding Principles and found myself “waking-up”, politically speaking. Little by little, I began to understand the Principles of Liberty and became politically “active” for the first time in my life. The message of LOVE resonated so much with me. I wanted to share everything I had learned with the world!

In my little understanding, I had my eye on Federal Politics. The “Big Fish” needed to be fried. I took Dr. Paul’s advice and participated in my local Caucus. I stood up and presented myself to the entire delegation and threw my hat into the ring to become a Ron Paul Delegate. I was elected as a delegate to my County and State Conventions. My mind was focused to become a National Delegate, but those would be chosen at the State Convention. I could wait…

Participating in my local County and State Conventions in 2012 awakened me even more to the importance of local political participation. I decided to let someone else take the delegate position on the National Level. Someone with more knowledge and experience.

Election Day 2012. The only 2 National positions I voted on were for my Congressman and President of the United States. I had proudly cast my vote for the Libertarian candidate in Colorado District-5 in hopes of sending Doug Lamborn (Neo-Con) packing and “wasted” my Presidential vote by writing in Ron Paul.

Where am I today? Thanks to the many voices here on the DailyPaul and with the help of big names within the Libertarian/Liberty Movement, I feel like I finally understand republicanism (little “r”). There is still plenty more for me to learn, but there are still some changes I can make, if I want to change “the world”. I have begun focusing my energies inward lately, as opposed to outward, and I feel like a lot of things are syncing up right now.

A few weeks ago, I was mentioning to a friend that I wanted to find a “spiritual” community center where I could go and meditate and center myself. The Universe provided me a brand-new Buddhist Center across the street from me. I don’t technically consider myself a Buddhist (just spiritual), but I appreciate the teachings and am not closed off to worshiping with them. I feel like this is a great opportunity to “change myself”. By extension, I want to give more back to my community as well. This Saturday I will be participating in a Charity Walk for MS for a friend who has the disease. The Saturday after that, I will be participating in my first protest as I March against Monsanto.

When my charity walk and protest are all said and done, I have plans to volunteer in my community. I’ve been looking into some local shelters and soup kitchens/food banks that might need some help. My schedule is a little tough, being an overnight worker, but I can afford to lose a few hours of sleep now and then. I am also working on strengthening my relationships with my family and friends. I am making myself available to help whoever might be in need of it, neighbors included.

In conclusion, we all have big goals of making this world a better place. Always remember though, that we need to be the change we want to see. By focusing our energies inward to ourselves, our potential for massive change grows. Like the quote says, “…if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

Much love everyone. The R3VOLution continues…




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Don't yell at me...

for bumping please :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

I agree!

Great quote and story! Thanks for sharing!

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Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

Well spoken

You have come to a great realization for the age of 24. I feel like most people never make it there and for those that do it is much later in their life. In high school I read Voltaire's Candide and the final conclusion, "we must cultivate our garden" I have always taken this to fall along the lines of your thoughts. The world is a wild place and much is out of our control, what matters most is cultivating your own garden, growing your own mind, your own self - to create a positive niche for you and those around you.

I am 28 and have a similar state of mind. I loved hearing your progression of political thought and want to praise your efforts as a delegate. This was me at 24: http://www.dailypaul.com/113254/i-was-elected-to-city-council

My term is ending and it was a wonderful and often frustrating learning experience. After 4 years I am not running again in order to focus on education. I teach 9th graders and Iraq refugees US History and I love it. Best of luck on your future endeavors.

And since we're sharing music - I have very mixed feelings about John Mayer(1x RP supporter) but I feel this song captures the feelings of many.


http://youtu.be/oBIxScJ5rlY

I recently started this meditation DVD course

http://laura-knight-jadczyk.com/tag/meditation/

Eíriú-Eolas Breathing and Meditation Program
Posted on September 13, 2009 by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

As some of you may know, we have recently released a breathing-meditation program on CD/DVD. For those of you who are familiar with the Cassiopaean transmission you will need no introduction as to the reason and impetus for this audio video program as it is clearly discussed in recent sessions posted on our public forum. In the photo below, you see us making the video out in the back garden.

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."

Compass & Self-Analysis.

We need a trusted criterion, a compass which is doubt-less. When we are unsure or lost - the 'aid' of faulty material can worsen our situation/ condition. The present mess in the world has been created by pretenders, who claim to 'know', even if they do know they conceal. This way it becomes difficult to know who is friend, foe or fool.

When /or once we understand what is Truth, then we can classify people into three types - only. Firstly, Truth has only One version, e.g. 2+2=4.
It canNot be 2+2=5, 2+2=6, 2+2=22, nor 2+2=4.1 even though its close. Now we try and see the difference-s, of the 3 types/ kinds.

1) The Fair-minded, who seek Truth, recognize it when they find it, value it and make note of it, remember (& read ritually), recall & remind when required or formally (teach), explain & clarify for easy understanding of others. We can call him /them the careful = Witness of Truth.

2) The Anti- Truth, who oppose knowingly. There are two sub -types here, = the active and the passive. Passive ones conceal the truth, the active ones are liars, or those who mix true & false, who corrupt, edit or change records of truth, = who bear false witness & misguide. We call them Liars.

3) The Care-less, the unaware, or those misled by liars. Those who ignored the truth and remain ignorant. Those who did not value truth and so forgot it, lost it, they give ear to nonsense, prone to exploitation. Struggle in trials, found in Error.

So, we have 1st as True, 2nd as False, 3rd as Error.

If you search for the 4th you become 3rd. There are Only 3, and there are degrees within each. 3rd can find 1st and correct their'Self, join & be'come as 1st, get invitation/ entry to Noah's Ark.

If the 3rd reject the 1st, then the 3rd become 2nd. 2nd can give up arrogance, repent & amend, announce truth, but here is low probability because accumulated guilt hardens their heart /stance. The 2nd keep themselves out, got drowned in The Flood.

1st _ Beware, even you can be misled by the whisper of the serpent - Satan, = this happened to father Adam & wife, when they became 3rd, = then they felt the discomfort of nakedness, had regrets. So, later they were offered another chance, re-entry & mercy. The Merciful sent the Word for repentance & Forgiveness.

Very insightful!

and thank you for your comments Najam!

What's your story? :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

a joy to read, and by the

a joy to read, and by the way, i know you put it in commas, but just so you and others know, in my mind, a vote for ron was never a waste, as far as im concerned, it is, and always will be, a badge of honour.

Journey on brother

"A vote for Ron was never a waste...

It is a badge of honour."

Thanks gomez, I like it!

And thank you for taking the time to read this :) I appreciate it even more, knowing that you enjoyed it.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

I enjoy these talks, i like

I enjoy these talks, i like seing myself in some of the things being discussed, how the writer feels the same way i do about a certain thing, even in cases where there may be one or two points where i might not agree with, either no question, or lack of information to form a definite opinion, even if leaning one way.

When current events or arguments have not closed my mind to reading a thoughtfull post, it can remind me what we are here for, THE SAME THING, i can only say im sorry to those who pour their soul, at a time my mind may be closed, to all those, if i can not give you my time, then i give you my, however chessy this might sound, my soul

That is my long winded way of saying, thankyou

For you gomez!


http://youtu.be/nN4eySlToGw

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

i normally dont listen, to

i normally dont listen, to what i call british grime music, have no idea if that is the correct term or not, but this video shows me even if i dont like moody music, as thats how i used to feel with some songs, this shows me, again, we can always find something in common with one another, on its own merits, i like the message, for what it says, and how i feel about it

Heres one for you, although, you might have already heard it, and it probably has nothing to do with anything being discussed on this post, your video just reminded me of it


http://youtu.be/RQJHAFHxNCU

I liked it

Nah I hadn't heard it before. Sorry it took me so long to take a listen :) I liked it and had a few laughs while listening, lol.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Member For: 1 year 16 hours 53 minutes

Today marks my 1 year anniversary with the DP. In the broad spectrum of users here, I'm still a newbie, but for the most part I have felt welcome. I may have nipped at a few ankles in my short time here, but what can we expect when debates get heated? We're only human after all, and I'm not perfect...

Thanks to everybody here for helping me along, on my path. I've met a lot of wonderful people here and I'm sure I'll meet more.

Much love everyone :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

From someone close to me :)

Dude,

This is freaking me out. Me planning to volunteer, you planning to volunteer, your DP piece, the recent psa with the Ghandi quote [on AFN Radio], our conversation about all of this, then just now I read what somebody posted on LOP today:

The Hippies Were Smarter Than We Gave Them Credit For...

"The hippies back in the 60-70's were a lot smarter than we give credit for. The main philosophy behind the hippy movement was that "by changing yourself, you change society". Why do you think they were black sheeped so f*cking fast, they were actually posing a real threat to the status-quo, and were promptly eliminated, in the exact same way Occupy was crushed, not by the government, but by instilling the mentality that these people are lower than the low, and thus using the people themselves to defeat an idea that would be beneficial to them..."

It shows that we really are all connected, just like the swirling fiber-optic lamp vision of God that I was given.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Cool story! Keep seeking

Cool story! Keep seeking there is always more and don't forget to take the time to enjoy life along the way.

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Enjoyed

the read, and am happy that you feel you are making such positive personal progress in your life.

Are you from one of the districts that is attempting to recall the gun-banner reps? If so, that might be an area worth focusing a bit of energy on.

Nock Nock

http://library.mises.org/books/Albert%20Jay%20Nock/Memoirs%2...

"To my mind, those few concluding words sum up the whole social responsibility of man. The only thing that the psychically-human being can do to improve society is to present society with one improved unit. In a word, ages of experience testify that the only way society can be improved is by the individualist method Jesus apparently regarded as the only one whereby the Kingdom of Heaven can be established as a going concern; that is, the method of each one doing his very best to improve one."

Joe

Indeed

Change yourself and the world will follow.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

Click Here To See The Candidates On The Record

Have not heard that quote before

It was good.

Thanks. Sometimes I feel as if I am fighting against the current, your post puts it in perspective.

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."

+1 for Loving Sincerity.

best wishes Mike, for your journey in search for Truth.

Let There Be Light = Let Truth Be Spoken.
Truth liberates, = "The Truth shall set you free".

Light = Knowledge = Truth = Not falsehood, (falsehood handicaps).

The Truth that is Universal, not limited to region, time, sect or cult.
The Truth that is recorded, written, preserved in original form.
The Truth that is verifiable, read, understood, explained, doubtless.
Traveled thru the Test of Time, relates to before, & the Here'After.
EnLightens the "In"side & the outer environment, the here & now.

just for you Mike!

Eric Clapton - Change The World

http://youtu.be/x11NA63gLDM
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Come On Sing Along!

If I could reach the stars I'd pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside is everything it seems
But for now I find it's only in my dreams

CHORUS:
That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world

If I could be king even for a day
I'd take you as my queen I'd have it no other way
And our love will rule in this kingdom we have made
Till then I'd be a fool wishin' for the day

CHORUS:
That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world

- GUITAR SOLO -

CHORUS:
That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world

** Yup, best way to manifest change, as the old proverb goes: BE the change you want to see in the world.o)

Great luck to all your endeavors and journey, friend.

Love, and Peace!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Thanks AnCap!

I can't say that I have heard that song before. I'm very happy that you posted it here, because it's beautiful!

Thanks again for your comment and well wishes.

Much Love, my friend :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

quite welcome.

yup, granted it has a bit of 1980's pop-ballad-y feel. but personally, it's still one of the more sweet well meaning songs Clapton's done since his post-Mtv Unplugged album, and for those who enjoy R&B producing great BabyFace's works, it's a great collaborative effort IMHO.

plus makes you feel good all day, after having listened to it, at least for me anyway.D

thanks.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

the gateway drug of karaoke

or chords if you're into guitars