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The Spiritual r3VOLution Inspired by Ron Paul

[Note: This essay was originally published 2008-09-09, shortly after my return from the 2008 RNC. Thanks to friend and moderator photoshopwiz for serendipitously bringing it back to my attention today, at a time when I am searching and wondering about the purpose and mission of the Daily Paul going forward.]

Yesterday I said that my involvement in Ron Paul's campaign began as a political quest, but it has grown into a spiritual one. Spiritual questions are fundamental, eternal, and can only be answered by each individual. Who am I? Why am I here? What is this whole thing – life, the universe, everything - about? What happens to me when I die?

Not wanting to ask these difficult questions, most of us keep ourselves distracted nearly every waking hour. The media-entertainment complex takes advantage of our fear and desire to be distracted by offering up an endless loop of amusements: Cell-phones, video games, iPods, Blackberries (so you’re never out of touch, lest you have a silent moment – God forbid – to think, ponder or reflect upon your life!), movies, gossip, and of course "news." One of the biggest distractions of all is our political system, which has devolved into a system to divide and conquer Americans by appealing to our base, tribal natures and turn otherwise friendly neighbors against one another by focusing on differences rather than similarities.

The two parties may talk slightly differently and have different “platforms,” but by their actions and the fruits of their labors, they reveal themselves to be the same. They choose the most minor (but divisive) molehills to blow into the most outrageous mountains. Members of each party then claim those mountains as their own, climb atop them and fling stones and arrows at the other side. It accomplishes nothing but ego gratification for the participants and a tremendous, draining, emotional distraction for the spectators in the peanut gallery who think they have nothing better to do but propagate the same arguments they see on TV within their personal circle of friends, colleagues and family. Serious questions and debate get thrown under the bus.

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But one thing to remember about this place – this place we all find ourselves together – is that no one gets out of here alive. We all share the exact same destiny, and that destiny is death. You’ll rarely have anyone on TV remind you of that – the whole point of the idiot box it to distract you from the ultimate destiny that you’re moving closer towards with each passing day.

To quote the Flaming Lips,

do you realize?
that everyone
you know
someday
will die?

Scary, isn’t it? So it is no wonder we distract ourselves with all manner of false concerns, blowing molehills into mountains, getting angry and emotional about all manner of trivia that at the end of your life won’t amount anything. You know the drill – just look at your life. Most people tiptoe through life on their way to death, not wanting to offend people, not wanting to get yelled at, not wanting hurt other people’s feelings, not wanting to get their own feelings hurt. It is a constant state of fear, and in order to avoid facing that fear, they “go along to get along.”

Some people might say it is depressing to talk about death. But understanding that there is no way to avoid your destiny can bring a new clarity of purpose to your life. You have only one life to live, what do you choose do with it?

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Ron Paul sees with clarity the purpose of his life, but it was not until I experienced the cutthroat world of real politics at the RNC that I developed an entirely new level of respect for him. It takes courage to endure what Dr. Paul has endured. He is a human being, just like you. But how many of us have ever stopped to think how would it feel to stand alone in Congress, time and time again? How would it feel to face the laughter, ridicule, and mockery that he faced during the presidential debates? Would you be able to go toe-to-toe with Giuliani and patiently, kindly, and lovingly explain the roots of terrorism as a packed theatre crowd mocks you?

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A word on love
One of the things that kept me sane on the plane ride home from Minneapolis was a book that my friend Brad, fellow MA alternate and all around good guy, gave me to read called The Servant. Among other things, it addresses a point of great confusion for most people regarding loving one's enemies.

How can you love an ax murderer, after all? It was in The Servant that I found the distinction of what this means. The Greeks had five words for love: eros, erotic love; storgé, love for family members; philos, brotherly / reciprocal love and finally, agapé – an unconditional love rooted in behavior towards others without regard to their due. In other words, do unto others as they would have them do unto you, regardless of how you feel about them personally.

What a blunt instrument the English language is, having only one word to cover so many distinct concepts!

When Jesus speaks of ‘love’ in the New Testament, he speaks of agapé, the love of behavior and choice, not of feeling. In this sense, to love your neighbor or your enemy (agapé) means to show them the same patience, kindness, humility, respect, selflessness, forgiveness, and honesty – regardless of whether you agree with them or not. Just as Dr. Paul does. He treats everyone – friends and opponents alike – with the same patience, kindness, humility, respect, forgiveness and honesty that constitute agapé love.

If I learned nothing more last week in Minneapolis, I learned this. All of this is more than just about electing presidents, and whether or not you’re going to join or leave the Republican Party. After the big vote, one of the MA delegates was telling me the story of what happened, through tears of sorrow and pain: “Before we came to Minneapolis, I never had any idea that all of this would happen – that it would all come down to this!”

We all share the exact same destiny. Most of the events that occur in your life are out of your control. The actions of other people are out of your control. Life’s best laid plans can all be shot to hell by some random, completely unpredictable event that blindsides you a Tuesday afternoon. Through all of this, the only thing that we have full control over is who we are going to be through all of it. They may laugh, jeer and ridicule you, but they cannot take away what you believe in and what you stand for. Only you can give that away.

Above everything, this is what Ron Paul has taught me. Not with words, but by demonstrating it with his own actions and his own life.



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I'm not a bot :)

I'm sorry for posting this again, but I wasn't sure if Michael would see this post attached to my original one. Tricia

I'm very glad you read my post Michael! I had to google the word bot because I wasn't sure what that meant. No offense taken :)

I hope you will take the time to go to the website I posted about
Life's Ultimate Questions http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v4/n2/life-quest...
and the other website titled:
Why Ron Paul
http://www.gracefamilybaptist.net/voddie-baucham-ministries/...
written by the same author Pastor Voddie Baucham.

You are right to say I'm joyous, but not in my religion. I'm joyous in my relationship with the One Who saved me and changed my life, Jesus Christ.

Blessings, Tricia

"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Matthew 12:25
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Great post

Great post.

I don't agree with Dr. Paul on everything but you are right that his example challenges us to re-examine our lives and become better people. The quality Dr. Paul best exemplifies is courage. Courage that makes him admired across the spectrum.

Many essential virtues flow from courage--even humility.

I loved your post.

It seemed to nail just about all the feelings I have had since immersing myself in Ron Paul's ideas.

The ideas and reasons behind them have had the effect of making me a happier person and I think love and respect for others is a major part of this.

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."

Thank you, Michael

The English language can be extremely limiting. The events in Tampa were beyond all words, so was the mindset of some former Ron Paul supporters I know. But, as you have said, love is not so much a feeling, but an act of the will. So we love them, while continuing to stand for what is right and graciously communicating the benefit of our stand.

*sigh* Sometimes I find communication with them far more difficult than communication here, maybe because typing allows for more time and thought than simply speaking one's mind (or holding one's peace, for that matter). Or maybe the disagreement about freedom really is a deeper disagreement than I care to admit, or we are distant enough to not allow for full communication. I don't know.

But I do know that in the end, as Ron Paul himself said, "We will win in due time."

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thanks DP!

I've always been somewhat bewildered by the interpretation of God as a totalitarian. To me, when I study the Bible God is the ultimate libertarian. He gives us the freedom to choose what is good and reject what is bad, or not.

It's almost a year since I first heard of Ron Paul, and what a year it has been for rocking my view of the world and reality!! I hadn't the slightest idea things were the way they are. It felt like a personal blow to me each time a victory was robbed from our delegates, each time it was lied about in the media, etc. But have you ever had that moment when something you've known all along and thought you understood suddenly just clicks, and takes on a whole new dimention? It's nothing new, but at the same time it is because suddenly you understand?

That moment came to me once on the DP when someone posted this link:http://www.activistpost.com/2012/08/8-rules-to-defeat-tyranny.html I read it, and it occurred to me: the evil that caused thug-cops to throw our (my impression of) soft-spoken, wise, elderly delegate with a bad hip onto the floor, the evil that is the banking system and polititians together robbing the people, the evil that is the lies of the media...(list goes on) That is the EXACT same evil that I vote for or against on a personal level, every day, every moment. And as strong as its presence is in the world, it will never be strong enough to confiscate my thoughts, my heart and soul, unless I let it. And I won't. I choose liberty! And as long as I do, and you do, and as many people as we can influence in a positive way do, we win. The other side has already lost the war. (And I hope will also lose the battle against our U.S. Constitution!)

So thanks to the DP for being an unlikely catalyst for making me a better Christian! I find the diversity of everyone here refreshing and stimulating, whatever your personal faith or un-faith is. As long as you consider yourself a libertarian you are my brother/sister in faith at some level.

Very Nice.

Thank you for re-posting, especially since I missed the first time. Love it. I have equated my conversion from neo-con to libertiarian to my conversion to Christianity to many people before. No, they are not the same, but they are similar in that each event in my life changed they way I looked at just about everything.

RP is a rock star. No doubt about it.

In this video he describes how secession is a right.

http://www.dailypaul.com/272347/success-council-video-series...

www.SuccessCouncil.com
Protect your assets and profit from the greatest wealth transfer in history.

Revolutions are spirals, not circles.

Most think of the earth as revolving around the sun in an eliptical orbit, a "stationary" orbit. The truth is, we are hurtling through space at mind boggling speed, making our path a spiral. So it is with our love r3volution. Each election cycle it feels like "Dear God, here we go in the same circle AGAIN" but truly, if we stop and look around, we have covered a LOT of ground. For me, the "r3volution" has been heavy on the "3volution."
In January of 2007, I called myself a "Libertarian" but paid no attention to politics. I believed we were destroying the planet with global warming and that our government was staffed with inept, but basically decent people. I believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in a cave after masterminding the 9-11 attacks. I believed "preppers" were paranoid. I believed Randy and Vicki Weaver were skin-head neo-Nazi types. I believed Waco was David Koresh's fault. I believed the Jim Jones cult in Guyana drank kool aid in a mass suicide. I just learned the truth on that one a few weeks ago. But as we close out January 2013, I call myself a human, a slave subject to a corrupt political system - because I paid attention to politics. I know that all those other things I believed were lies. It was a brutal spiral in many ways, but transformation always requires an "un-formation" step that often gets messy.
Today... I have glimpsed into possible futures, and understand that what matters is this moment, and doing what I can in this moment to walk toward the future I desire.
I watch Rand, and I hope. I am not sure if it is a good or bad characteristic, but it is a human one I suppose. I want a hero, I want someone to come through and make this easier. But Rand will not build my rocket mass heater, he will not try to feed any of my neighbors, he will not teach anyone how to feed themselves. It is not as if I can jump to a different spiral and not ride the politics go round, we are all in this together at a very basic level. But I just don't know how much more benefit there is to pouring attention to the matter, the agents of "divide and conquer" are well practiced. And such an easy target for division we libertarians are. It is like our defining characteristic, "individuality" is just not that different from "utter division." And yet somehow, we grow in meaningful ways that have the promise of a truly better way.
Agenda 21 is coffee shop talk now. It was a "crazy theory" in 2007. Obama had to produce a birth certificate - not a legit one but at least they had to respond. Orly Taitz is not done with him, either. 9-11 is fairly openly discussed now, even among RP folks it was only talked about in hushed tones. (Until Jesse Ventura took the stage - that was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. THOUSANDS of "truthers" finally out of the closet!) Sandy Hook stinks so badly that average "worker bees" are discussing it. Even this gun grab is really not going down well, "gun nuts" are generally speaking reasonably, rationally and the gun grabbers are left to get hysterical.
It has been an interesting ride, and even when it feels like we have been here before it is still uncharted territory. The DP is the best thing we have had for a "navigation room." Politics may have drawn us together, but once we got here we shared everything on life, liberty, and various pursuits of happiness.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

You make a great point here! Congrats...

I also think Ron Paul's daily walks are both for physical and spiritual purposes http://relate4ever.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/ronpaul-healthy/

Positive support for Ron Paul ideas! Support from the Restoration and Liberty Movement on http://cristianpaduraru.com

Why not?

Why not treat others as you would like to be treated?Why not treat others with goodwill,kindness,compassion,forgiveness and mercy?Why not admit and repent of your mistakes and the wrong things you have done ,said, and thought.Why not swallow your pride and listen to your conscience.We know our conscience is real,whether we believe in God or not.Why not search for and accept the truth no matter how difficult it may be.Why not at least try to live by these principles.In the end,do you actually think you would regret living this way?These are just some thoughts taken from the video linked at the bottom of this post that I think some of you might appreciate.

Thanks for the repost. I

Thanks for the repost. I particularly enjoyed reading Politeia's post regarding Buddhism and libertarian philosophy.

I have read several books on Buddhism and really enjoy the philosophy. The Dalai Lama speaks peace and logic like no other. The only lineage that compares is the Jedi, although fictional, I think one would find a deliberate similarity between Yoda and the Dalai Lama.

I run into people who claim to be Buddhist from time to time, but they always seem to subscribe to the democrats version of compassion. I think to be true to the Buddhist philosophy, you would have to be libertarian.

Ron Paul is to the American government as the Dalai Lama is to the Chinese government.

I hope some day Ron Paul comes out with a book called, "The Spiritualiity of Freedom".

The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.

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What is your insight on the spirituality of freedom?

That is an interesting topic.

I think that is a larger program, within which "The spirituality of justice," and the "spirituality of liberty" run within. In the spirituality of freedom, all options are open. Those options that you close off with your mind, like maybe sleeping with your brother, are all wide open. Then the question really is a matter of what choice do you make. Everything is wide open. That is true freedom.

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BTW, I run into people who claim to be Buddhist from time to time, but they always seem to subscribe to the democrats version of compassion. I think to be true to the Buddhist philosophy, you would have to be libertarian.

What do you mean by the 'democrats version of compassion.' You mean like their robin hood ways, of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Does the Dalai lama advocate that? I would imagine he's a voluntaryist.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Interesting indeed

The way I think of it, freedom is relative to the harmonies of life, i.e it would be pointless without consideration for constructive relationships. The interpretation of freedom as meaning to have no boundaries doesn't support life. The constitution is a set of boundaries which defines ones freedoms.

I also think that the nature of many situations in our lives today, that is also very much present in the political one, is one of a spiritual awakening. I see these things as the culminating point of the isolationist / materialist world view, and that in many ways we are making choices between unity and righteousness, or materialism and deceit.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Fear leads to... big government

I have considered a theory that there must be a common spiritual thread to those who believe in liberty. In order to accept the concept of liberty, you must be comfortable with non-aggression and you must also be comfortable with others who may push their liberty to the limits. In order to be comfortable in a free society, you must be in fit spiritual condition.

Fear is a good motivator. Fear is the vehicle for which all loss of liberty is derived. Uncontrolled fear can cause someone to act aggressively. Or fear may cause someone or a group to remove some other group's liberty.

Ron Paul is fearless in the face of evil. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." It is as if Ron Paul is so confident that God is with him that he is fearless among the evil ones.

So to emulate Ron Paul, we must be fearless among the wolves.

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As far as the American Buddhists- (*disclaimer, this is more of an opinion than fact based)It is my experience that the American Buddhists tend to be liberals. I think they mistake welfare for compassion. Some might even be closet communists. I also think they don't understand the bigger picture. If someone was to explain to them the extrapolated version of welfare, that it is democratic in nature and requires government force and control, then maybe voluntarism would sound more appealing. In my understanding of Buddhist principles, non-aggression and voluntarism would be the only means that wholly fit their precepts.

The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.

In my PhD, which I am writing

In my PhD, which I am writing now, I am exploring "the spirituality of freedom" from a respiratory and an aerial perspective.

For example, zazen as a certain form of Breathwork in Zen is understood as a way to attain absolute freedom.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

Buddhism in America has been

Buddhism in America has been degenerated/deviated from its original spirit. You have to have certain worldview to be an American Buddhist. In other words, you have to be an Obama follower.

This is a big deviation from Zen Buddhism in Japan.

As for the Dalai Lama I think he is like an Obama of the East. He loves publicity and being popular with a light non-commital personality. He did not oppose the Iraq war and kind of went along with the whole charade.

I am sorry but

the idea that you have to be an Obama follower to be a Buddhist is ludicrous.

I wonder

if he is in California. Buddhism in Cali has a very definite left lean.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

it doesn't matter

Many Buddhists in California may very well be to the left as much of California does. However, that does not preclude others from being libertarian. He said you have to be an Obama follower and that is absolutely false.

Are all Catholics Republicans? Oh wait, are all Catholics Democrats?

Yep it is so true: We are all

Yep it is so true: We are all born dying!

in case you missed it last time

One of my very favorite "My Momma told me" sayings, as my mother really did tell me this:
"Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate."

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Beautiful and timeless!

Ron Paul showed me what a real Christian looks like. Thanks be to God!

LivingTheDream

Time

Ticking away the moments
That make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours
In an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground
In your home town
Waiting for someone or something
To show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today

And then the one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun

(Solo)

And you run and you run
To catch up with the sun
But it's sinking

Racing around
To come up behind you again

The sun is the same
In a relative way
But you're older

Shorter of breath
And one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught
Or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation
Is the English way

The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say

Home
Home again
I like to be here
When I can

When I come home
Cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones
Beside the fire

Far away
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYiahoYfPGk

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

The key to liberty is feeding the poor.

At the end of the day the action that will actually result in the undermining of the very real authority currently held by the state will be loving our neighbor (even the ones we don't agree with) and feeding the poor.

And also

Eating together, poor, rich, and in between. I ate some hard tack this weekend from a friend.

Give and receive. I've found even the smallest of things like opening a door for someone or letting someone go in front with two things in hand at the supermarket usually gets their heads up from the iPhone or even from looking at their shoes. Oh, and I like to pay tolls at bridges for the person behind me when I have the money. I don't cross bridges much but it's small acts of kindness which are invaluable.

I also feed people asking for money when I have the cash or am willing to go hungry for the night. It's easy to think they are asking for cash for booze or whatever but I've found some who just want to eat. It's fun chowing down on some chicken or a sandwich with someone who is ravenous. My son learns well too. Everyone needs to eat and needs water. If anyone asks me for food I try to get them some.

There used to be a guy who lived on the tracks behind my house and I caught him dumpster diving. So I watched him for a while to make sure he wasn't taking any paperwork out of the trash, but he was pulling out valuable stuff people throw away. I started talking to him and he lost his job, lost his house as a result, and was in and out of living in apartments with his wife.

I didn't invite him and his wife to live with me but every time I saw him I gave him food and he would give me stuff he found if I needed anything. I also gave him gloves. He disappeared a while back and I think it's his bike chained to a pole nearby, maybe he found a place but I always think about cutting the lock and bringing it inside or just think about him or else that bike will be thrashed. But it's amazing what people throw away instead of using it until it dies.

The fact he's not dumpster diving and I haven't seen his wife tells me he found a place to live. But one of the most important things he told me was "I had a house, lost my job, couldn't pay the mortgage, got kicked out, homeless, and I tell that to everyone I meet, that could be them." And he told me sometimes people would treat him like garbage even though he was making better money than they were at one point in time as a software designer. It hits home. It's hard to get a wage slave job with no address.

He dumpster dives for stuff, people even throw away flatscreen TV's and other valuables, and he sells them on eBay. I still have a tube TV and broke or else I would have bought a nice flatscreen that worked from him if I needed one and had the cash. We checked to make sure it worked. But who in the heck would throw away a 50 inch flatscreen which worked fine? I've seen them on the street. But he understands my predicament. Besides, my tv refuses to die, probably because I never use it.

There is another lady who lives nearby who dumpster dives for cans and stuff, and I put mine hidden in some bushes for her (although I mostly drink tap water - yep, know about the flouride) so she doesn't have to dig through the trash cans. She lives where I live and I suppose she's trying to make ends meet and she's very polite. The way I see it is she makes money off what we recycle and we could do the same but it costs more in gas than what to make, or we toss it into the recycle bin which costs us money. So why not? I assume she amasses a large quantity at once.

I keep a close eye on who is dumpster diving and who is casing cars, which is another issue. There was one kid we caught twice. He never came back. If I ever find anyone going through any papers I tell them I called the police and they better hold tight for them to come, but that's only happened once this last five years and they never came back.

I don't actually call the cops as they are useless but the documents go back, I rip them up, and then they scatter. I burn all my documents personally after shredding. If I see a bank statement or utility bill I always rip them to shreds. I can't understand why people throw away the whole envelope.

But people shouldn't have to rely on the govt for handouts. We should help other people in need. I even buy beer for winos when I see them shaking like a leaf if I have the cash. That person could end up dead. When I do that I always refer them to a detox center which they never go to. I know it's postponing the inevitable but it keeps them alive.

I wish I had the cash to hand out blankets, but I don't.

Not trying to toot my own horn, but as my old friend told me "You could be me in a year." I wish he wouldn't waste his money on smokes though.

We need to cherish friends and family alike and break bread and eat and talk to look after our neighborhoods together. I've often forgotten to lock my door and once didn't close it all the way and was wide open when I got home. If someone wants to steal my 300# TV, they can have it. That's the only thing of value I own aside from my computer which is 5 years old.

Anything else is kept in a gun safe offsite.

I'm happy as a wage slave (although taxes suck and should be illegal) but take a look around and see good people struggling. It's sad.

I was talking with a friend (who said he was tired of being poor) about how we would still be making good money except inflation is kicking our behind. I haven't had a raise in 6 years, my rent has gone up more than 30% (more like 40%) since then along with anything I want but costs twice as much for cheap quality. I can't buy anything any more. I don't even own a vehicle. Luckily my boss lets me drive a company vehicle.

My friend wonders why I never shop at Wally world. So we aren't actually economically challenged, inflation is kicking our butts. And I always remind him, we could be homeless. But if we were back at 2007 we would have a bunch of disposable income.

That job might be up for grabs for someone willing to work for less and as in my last job they denied me unemployment (the HR manager bragged about how he was able to always fire an employee or get them to quit so no benefits would be paid) and that could be any one of us. Luckily I have contacts and was able to get a job withing a few days of cold calls.

We live in a sick world which needs to be fixed somehow. A small random act of kindness can help make people feel real good. Like I wrote, open up a door, let the lady with two kids go in front of you, feed someone, and not only will it make you feel good but more often than not it makes other people feel good. And I've found that kindness comes back. We get in our own small universes and often don't think about others. It's time to. If I owned my own business I would try to employ those down on their luck trying to find a job or even veterans as well.

I liked your thread BTW.

I've thought of volunteering at a soup kitchen but I like to spend the time I can with my ilk. It's free good food (which is great) and teaches values so I've been on the fence about it. I always buy a bag or two of groceries at the supermarket to feed people during the holidays, thinking that could be me needing that food, but lots of people forget it's winter, people need food, and the holidays are over.

Sorry for derailing the thread. It's a good one and I also like the Flaming Lips of course. :)

For what is a man profited,

if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26
The greatest rhetorical question of all time. There's no way around it.

Sometimes I just have to put things on hold and re-evaluate them with this in mind.

Thank you Michael,

that was wonderful. It is so true. It is the main reason I have so much respect for Ron Paul, his life. He has truly lived his beliefs. We must do the same. It seems that it is so frustrating in politics that we seem to have so little effect. But, in my life of raising 6 children, homeschooling them, teaching them love, and liberty, and how to live, and now with their children, my 21 grandchildren, all being taught the same, I have hope that it did make a difference, much more than fighting the political system. I am soon to go to my first grandchild's wedding, and he is marrying a Christian, loving girl, a liberty lover, from a Ron Paul loving family.
Your post has made me feel like I have made a difference. Maybe not as much as Ron Paul, but these liberty loving children, and grandchildren are the future. Michael, your work will go down with love too, and is making a difference.

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Photoshopwiz

has a way of sending the right things at the right time. She has always been an asset to this forum and I miss her input, but understand her absence. I'm very happy to have made her acquaintance. Miss you wiz. I will call soon. M

Wow !

That was awesome.
Michael your comments are awesome. This blog is so well written, so apt, and so wise. I already share much of the same sentiment, but it is beautiful to read it in a new context from a new perspective.
Thank you.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Life's Ultimate Questions

Who am I?
Why am I here?
What is wrong with the world?
How can what is wrong be made right?

We may not all articulate those questions with those exact words, but in our soul each of us wrestles with those four basic questions.

Find the answers at:
www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v4/n2/life-questions

I hope the above helps answer questions some may be having.

Blessings, Tricia

"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Matthew 12:25
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