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All that matters is changing yourself.

Protesting, voting, holding signs, is all irrelevant. All that matters is changing yourself. Living a life that is free, pure, and beautiful. Seeking revenge will not do any good, nor will hoping that things will change and waiting for a politician to do something. The external world is a reflection of the internal. Get your own life in order, make peace with the past, feel the connection of all things. Things will change. They always do. peace.

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Good sound advice

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Be yourself

I think what matters most is that you are yourself because change is enevitable, you can bank on it, change is going to happen.

Be part of the change you want. Follow your heart and use your head to find the guts to follow your heart. It's not easy to follow your heart, but that's how you find out who you are, so you can be comfortable being yourself no matter what age.

This echos an earlier post.

Every Journey begins from within.

It is said that you cannot change other people, only yourself. I have found this to be true. Unless you change yourself, the dynamic that you have with others remains the same. People and institutions that you interact with have no reason to adapt and change when the dynamic between you hasn't changed. Change yourself and you automatically change the dynamic.

We know that for most their rational mind is at continual odds or conflict with their emotional state. Rational argument then, when presented to these people, only fortifies the emotional state behind which they hide.

So, the only solution is to change yourself, which changes the dynamic you have with others, then lead by example.

In this light, who are we, or what have we become, that assists in perpetuating the systems and institutions of governments which have become so evil, immoral, and oppressive? In other words, what are we doing, or what have we done, and what do we continue to do, which allows, encourages, and perpetuates the evil, immoral, and oppressive system by which we are governed? What dynamic are we a part of which perpetuates this corrupt structure? How are we, or how have we become, an integral part of it?

If we could change ourselves, we could change the dynamic. And if we could change the dynamic we would change everything!!!

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nice reply. I think what we

nice reply. I think what we are doing now is the right thing because govt is exposing itself now for what it really is whereas before no one even thought about it and everything seemed fine. I think we're at the point where people are starting to wake up and we just have to reach that critical threshold and then all the old ways of doing things will collapse. But we're still debating among ourselves which is why we haven't been able to overthrow the old way. for example, some people want to go back to the constitution and some want no govt. i think as soon as enough people unite behind what we really want, then we will see even more rapid change and a totally new way of living.

pgrady
f___ all forms of govt.

I agree in theory, but not in practice

A growing number of people are living free, pure and beautiful lives while an equally growing number are joining swat teams to eradicate freedom, purity and beauty. My friend Randy moved away from it all a few years back and his son, his infant, his wife and his dog were slaughtered by an fbi sniper.
Does it stop me from living a free, pure and beautiful life? No. Will they eventually murder me for it? Probably.
Unless you mean just in your mind. Then it's fine. Keep the bank account, get your obamacare card, watch tv, and think free thoughts, (just don't tweet them or you could get a knock on your door).

if you were totally free, you

if you were totally free, you wouldn't care or worry about being killed. Its not up to us to decide when we live or die. You just live and try to enjoy the days u have. The minute i become afraid of speaking the truth is the moment i start to die. If your destiny is to overthrow govt and tyranny then that is what you'll do.

pgrady
f___ all forms of govt.

Changing yourself leads to

Changing yourself leads to those changes anyway. I don't have cable, no bank account, and I will not be complying with obamacare. These things are not hard to do when you realize happiness comes from within and those things are not important for the enjoyment of life. Point being if political vengeance is the focus it can be stressful and negative. If the focus is enrichment of your own life these things feel very different while achieving the same result.

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sounds like

Someone experienced "the spirit molecule"...

Seriously though great post. Many will think this is an oversimplification but it isn't. To add to your statement: fill your life with love. Learn to accept and love yourself and show others love as often as possible. The bad in the world is only the absense of love.

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“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I think there's a little more

I think there's a little more to it than that.

However, throughout my years I envisioned no carbon dioxide tax, no gun grab, and no WW3 in my life so far. I'm still working on the elimination of the notion of the Federal Reserve Corporation.

Bingo.

You're exactly right! When enough people break out of their selfish molds; when enough people treat one another with respect and dignity… Things will not change for the better until then.

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appreciate it but

I'm at peace when I'm crushing the establishment and neocons in my area.

God does not change a

God does not change a people´s condition unless they change what is in their hearts - Quran 13:11

"Be the change you wish to

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

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Here. Here. It's the most Scalable solution.

If everyone changed themselves, then it is possible for everything to change quickly and potentially all at once, with each person only having to change one person: themselves.

To everything there is a season

Perhaps because I'm Christian, but... while I agree that some self-reflection would likely do us all well, not unlike Jesus' admonition in the Sermon On The Mount:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Matthew 7:3-5

...I don't subscribe to such a self-centered view of life. In fact, if people were able to do as you suggest and actually feel the connectedness of all things, I'd think it would make one wish to speak out even more. Did you ever see the movie Powder? It made the point well, this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uz80zTMO40

And so I disagree that protests are irrelevant. It's surely unhealthy to oneself to dwell on the negative, and it's unproductive and annoying to others to "beat a dead horse." As with most things in life, there's a time and place for everything.

But I'm grateful, thank you, for the protesting on the part of others that over the years has helped to educate me on any number of issues: genetically modified foods; the effects of pesticides; ill consequences related to flouride; inappropriate curriculum in our public high schools; cruelty in factory farms; abuses of the Constitution; the honeybee crisis; anomalies concerning 911...

I disagree but wish you peace, as well.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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Hear hear!

And the amazing thing is, when you change yourself, miraculously, the world "out there" changes simultaneously.

Thank you for the post.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Yep, start with self-governence

before trying to change anyone or anything else. Be the change you want to see, leading a horse to water etc.

In a way, it reminds me of people intervening in an attempt to get an addict to stop their addiction. The addict can't quit for others; they must quit for themselves.

All the logical arguments and statistics in the world won't have an effect if the other person simply tunes it out. I'm not saying that people shouldn't try to convince others into having a less statist bent on political positions, just that you have to let them come to their own conclusions and let it go from there.

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Right on.

The real power is all within one's self. You can search the whole universe and never find answers if you don't look to yourself first.

Live free.

i agree. all the answers are

i agree. all the answers are within. because first u have to know where to look or what you're looking for before u can find the answers. anything that u want to know, u can find the answers to, i believe.

pgrady
f___ all forms of govt.

To a point.

Individuals do live as you suggest. Until outside influences infringe upon the individual.

One must always be willing to defend/protect ones own individual rights, as well as the rights of others. Otherwise, criminals will have a much easier time.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

criminals are just the dark

criminals are just the dark manifestations of ourselves. We've all done things that were wrong. Some people just take it to an extreme. They are extreme versions of ourselves. If they have to be killed, than they have to be killed. I have no problem killing someone who shows that they dont know to live in this world peacefully. Sometimes u kill a part of yourself, to move on to higher levels of existence.

pgrady
f___ all forms of govt.

Clarification :-)

I believe in just war. I believe in the Golden Rule. I promote peace and prosperity above all else :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul