Michael Arthur Nystrom (MAN): IntroductionSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 01:58
Wow! There are over 500 comments on the new member introduction thread. I can't wait to read it.
Here is my abstracted introduction.
Once, I started something, but I had no idea what was happening at the time. I lit a match, and the whole thing exploded. It was a raging inferno. And then it died down. But then there was a second explosion, as we all hoped would come. It was bigger, but you already knew where it was heading. And after it met its inevitable end, the fire started to burn down slowly again, to the point now where it is barely a flicker. Hardly a glimmer. Merely a red glow in the coals.
It is waiting. It is waiting to explode again and to breathe again.
Will there be fuel? Will there be unity?
Can the Captain steer the Ark?
Is the Ark meant to be steered?
What is the nature of an ark?
It is a vessel to provide safe passage.
It is a place of safety.
It is a sacred container.
Before it became the Ark, this site was based around Ron Paul.
Not for who he was, but for what he did. Not because he ran for president, but because he stood up.
In a sentence, that's why this website was started: Because someone stood up.
Today, it is the Ark of Liberty. It carries the Remnant of the Remnant.
I was reading about how Steve Jobs developed the Macintosh. He led a team outside of the main structure of the corporation - away from all the bureaucracy and the nay sayers.
I figure that is what Rand Paul is doing. He is going his own way. It can be stifling here, among his father's supporters. There are few opportunities for growth. Here they expect him to not deviate from his father's tracks. But Rand is his own man.
His father's fame has strapped him with certain burdens. But Ron Paul's fame was a blessing and an asset that launched him into the Senate.
If burdens can be turned to advantage, they must be used. If not, they must be jettisoned.
Nothing personal. Just business. Just politics.
For me, from a strictly utilitarian stance, watching Rand will be entertaining. I've developed a taste for the debates - or rather, for the farce of the debates. In that way, I'm like a hipster. I watch the debates only to mock them, because you have to admit, they are ridiculous. They are set up like the Hunger Games, which is what makes them so entertaining. It is a fight. A joust with words, within impossible confines set by the Corporate Agenda.
"30 seconds to answer."
"No more time, we must take this commercial break."
"We're not going to get to solving the world's problems tonight."
Here's the proof, in what is probably Ron Paul's highest moment of nationwide televised truth telling. And then watch what happens at the 4:00 mark:
It starts with Giuliani, begging for 30 seconds to address what Ron Paul just said. Then Romney starts groveling, too (but for the team): "No, we'll all get 30 seconds!"
Really? Is that all you need? 30 seconds? These men are in a contest to become the single most "powerful" man in the world, yet look at how they grovel.
"Please, Corporate Massa. Just give me 30 seconds, it is all I ask. Just let me. Just give me a chance to be president, and I'll do whatever you say." The talking head turns to McCain. "I'm going to change the subject," he says, and the tension is broken. The audience let's out a sigh of relief, in the form of a chuckle. Good natured folk, they are, the sheeple. Good natured folk.
"I don't think we're going to solve this tonight, gentlemen," the announcer man declares. (And we're certainly not going to try!)
Change subject! Hard right! A question from the North, to the South, about the Confederate flag. The crowd groans.
No one takes control. No one stands up and says, "Hey wait a minute - this is important! We need to talk about this!" The subject has successfully been changed. The Corporate Agenda wins.
I think Rand understands the Hunger Games nature of the debates. In order to win these Hunger Games, you need broad appeal and physical attractiveness. It was those two traits that earned a different first term Senator a ticket to the White House.
Broad appeal, and physical attractiveness. It got Reagan there as well. Kennedy too. Obama was beyond all that. Not only a rockstar, but with the cache of a professional athlete as well. Broad appeal. You gotta have it to win.
Perry will never be able to overcome "Ooops." Cruz is not serious. Christie is done. (Or is he? Will he be the night of the Living Dead candidate, like Clinton was in 1992?)
Romney was a flawed candidate. He admitted as much himself in the Netflix documentary, Mitt. McCain. How the hell did that happen? Like Dole and Romney, he never had a chance.
What hand will Fortuna deal Rand Paul in 2016? Right now it looks like he's sitting on pocket aces. But we all know, that is hardly a sure thing.
So for me it's like that line in that Prince Song, Alphabet Street.
If you don't mind, I would like to
I'm going to start reading the new comments tomorrow. It may take me a few days. I wish I could do this full time. I'll be deactivating accounts that didn't leave an introduction.
So that's a little about me. I'm looking forward to reading about you tomorrow.
Once again, welcome. May I please ask of you one simple request:
Please treat fellow Daily Paulers with respect. You are a family, and the Ark is a vessel to provide safe passage for all. Don't make others wrong.
My request is that we do our best to get control of our minds. Understand that there is no "out there." There is only "in here." It is all in your head. The whole world is in your head. It is in everyone's head, but everyone's got a different version! We're all walking around, projecting it, like a hologram. But it doesn't exist. It only exists in our personal holograms of the world, not in reality. And that is fundamentally why we humans always have conflict. Conflict of minds.
So if you can't control your mind and you endanger the safe passage of others, I have no choice but to toss you overboard.
That is my onliine version of the NAP. Summed up: Don't be mean on the Daily Paul. Meanness causes psychological pain and distress. Therefore in the world of information, meanness is a violation. We'll call this the MAN Principle. The Mean Always Not Principle. Or the MANP, for short.
The MANP guarantees safe passage. Safe passage can be accomplished by the concepts expressed in:
- Peace: Always have a peaceful heart.
- Gold: Maintain your truth. That is what it means to have a heart of gold. And,
- Love: Love and kindness are really all that matter.
Only kindness matters in the end. Jewel said that.
Peace Gold Love. Keep these in your heart, and you're guaranteed to live a blessed life.