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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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celeste

from all the souls posting on here my soul somehow has this spiritual
mini crush whenever I see your nick.

To those who are upset about what is going on I say go to the park and feed squrrels...

Ron Paul will always be our president!

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thank you for the reminder Michael

We can, like Jesus Christ, or Ron Paul make a difference if we do what is right and live our life by being true to ourself, and by loving, true agape love. Look how much difference Ron Paul has made, despite not knowing all those years that he would, but still stuck to it. Great post!

"Trust no future, however pleasant!

"Let the dead past bury its dead!

Act, - act in the living Present!

Heart within and God overhead."

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I was created for one purpose... to please God, my Creator. When I stay conscious of that truth, all that I do...works out.

When I allow the 'radio' signals of this fallen world to have reception into my consciousness, I am negatively influenced and distracted from my purpose.

I know there is an eternity, but I must live each moment to it's fullest.

I can't live in the past or the future...only the present.

Successive moments of NOW.

"Committed To The Eradication Of Poverty Among Patriots"

"Those Who Strive For Excellence Refuse To Fear Mediocrity; They Eradicate It."

The ongoing WOW of RIGHT NOW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzMnbx7olSM

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"We really do have...a once in a lifetime opportunity to take the Republican Party back to where it was." -Kent Snyder, 1959-2008

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"...a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." -John F. Kennedy

Thank you, brother, your post made me cry...

and that's a good thing. In our Messianic assembly, one of the members spoke about Palin's speech and her stand for life. I was saddened, so I prayed..and was reminded that a real r3VOLUTION took place when someone out of great love took the penalty I deserved...so I mentioned that , and that we should all be telling people about it. Jesus always called things what they were, but in the end, he gave up his life for all who will accept it. I agree with your statement about Dr. Paul, he is one of the most Christ-like people in the public that there is.

Libera me, let the truth break, what my fears make--Leslie Phillips

"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

Wonderful - Aweful - in the old sense of the word...

Michael, have you ever read Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton? I think you'd love it. Thank you for this powerful reminder...what I love about the old folk songs is that they all reference death almost without fail.

Still I desire from earth and earthly joys to fly
he never happy lived that cannot love to die

A little mistake in paragraph 4: "the whole point of the idiot box it* (change to "is") to..."

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Wisdom and Death Prevention

Wisdom: some people get a head start by having wise parents. It seems to me that Ron Paul's parents must have been wise. It is clear from family photos that there is no shortage of it in his family life.

Certainly, one can learn it from great teachers and following good examples such as Jesus -- talk about standing up to power!

Easier learned than done, however, but I think it gets easier the more you do it. And having company helps. I'm so glad that we have made all Dr. Paul's sacrifices worthwhile for him. What a tragedy if he hadn't lived to see it. We may feel like success has eluded us, but I don't think he does.

Death Prevention: I realized some time ago that what the general public expects and seems to want is for government to prevent death.

I think this came about due to the income tax and the usurpation by government of the functions formerly the domain of religion: charity, spiritual comfort, care for orphans and the dying, etc. The more we paid for it, the more we asked government to do, and now it's as if we expect the goverment to be our Father. Big mistake.

One thing religious conservatives need to realize is that government is not their salvation: it is their biggest competitor.

So, folks, how about cutting back on the name-calling? Maybe agape works better.

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Beautiful post Michael. I

Beautiful post Michael.

I too believe that our freedom philosophy is one step closer to the "truth". A truth that we probably won't see or understand but we know it's important.

I feel truly blessed being a part of this great awakening. It's a powerful, natural, and beautiful awakening.

Freedom will reign once again!

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Michael I look

forward to your book about this wondrous journey we have all taken together.
Your talent lies in your writing skills. Please, share what you have learned in a book this movement and all its aspects needs to be journaled for others to understand this road less traveled. Peace Patriot

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Christianity Explained by Spirits

Because of your post, Michael, I wanted to share with the group that there are many resources that go further into Christianity and teachings of Christ. The best I have found are the Kardec Series, a scientist from 1800's France that interviewed higher order spirits through mediums. Even Christ himself said, "When you talk to a spirit make sure it is from God". Also, from Brazil, Chico Xavier, the most powerful medium in the last 100 years channeled 400 books. 15 of which are now in English. Nosso Lar is AMAZING. My favorite of them all is the Gospel Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine. Higher order spirits explain the teaching of Christ in the Gospel itself. It is incredible. 30,000,000 people in Brasil are Spiritists based on the expanded teachings of Christianity form Kardec and Xavier. Anyways, these books can be best found here: http://sgny.org/books.htm as well as http://allan-kardec.org/ The return of Christ may just be the "Christ Consciousness" in all of us.

Michael Nystrom ...

your best post yet.

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absolutely

His inner core inner essence came out in this writing completely and it occured after a
dramatic traumatic experience.

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I would agree

that ultimately the Campaign for Liberty/Ron Paul movement (and I'm an admitted Truther) is a means of self-examination to ideals, virtues and truth that I can only strive for and extend love to humanity at large.

Thanks for the post and my very best to all..

Thanks Michael,

God bless you.

To Micheal.

How many of you are happy?

This march towards death talk is most depressing. I know if I obsess over every shred of news that filters through this site, I stress out. Isn't the goal to live out a happy and responsible existence? I think most here have the "responsible" down, but I would also guess that most are like me and find happiness elusive while trying to change our political system. Take some time off if need be. Go try to have a light-hearted outlook towards your daily endeavors and come back after some laughter and good sleep. We'll be here when you get back.....

Good Point

Good point Billyboy. After the announcement tomorrow, think I'm gonna take some time off from DP and rest the ol' braineroo and do more reading in the Good Book.

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

You have a brain, holbrook? Could of fooled me.

Does your Good Book advise telling people to go shove their head in shit if you disagree with them?

You stated in a previous thread, "why not just trot down to your local pasture and find a real big heap of cow shit and stick your head in it? You will at least be dealing with some facts then!

Moooooooooooooo

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

My Mortality Makes Me Happy

Eternal sleep is the eternal reward.

When I was younger and I would get sad and confused about things sometimes I would contemplate suicide.

Then it occurred to me that since suicide is always an option if things get bad enough, then all you ever really have to do is hold on one more day and see how things work out. Thus suicide is a convenient safety exit you never really have to use.

The certainty of death is the one thing that makes life livable. If all good things must come to an end and life is good, then death is the best possible confirmation of the value of life.

Sorry to disappoint you!

There is no eternal sleep ... only eternal happiness in heaven, or eternal suffering in hell. Loving the Truth draws you closer to God, while loving some fake "lifestyle" draws you to the eternal "deathstyle." Choose your path on this side of death. Sometimes life gets tough. At those times we have to tough it out. Suicide is not a way out but in (to hell).

Don't play Russian roulette with your eternal soul ... because you will lose.

How do you know?

You really believe a loving God would condemn anyone to eternal hell? Can you smile with that supposed knowledge brewing in your soul? Do you look upon creation and your fellow brother with hatred? Stop wishing to torture your brothers, you right now are embodying a Satanic archetype with your threats of eternal torture. You would torture us with terror to save us from unproven torture? Please snap out of it! You are CREATING HELL right now! Break the cycle! My whole life experience has been, when you turn toward God, blessings begin to flow much more readily, and life's trials ease. When you turn away, the difficulties pile up. Hell lasts only so long as our souls refuse to acknowledge God and turn back. Stop preaching fear please.

If that's the case then the

If that's the case then the ruling entity is going to get a nose full of knuckles.

Life is a long enough row to hoe and I plan on doing what I damn well please after I'm dead.

Doesn't the mere thought of existing forever and ever through all eternity with never a single break, on and on and on some more and then it's still not over and it keeps going and so on and so on and so on...make you want to go screaming into the night?

How could such an experience ever be thought of as being pleasant?

Bravo, Michael!

Bravo, Michael!

nobody dies, we merely change form

that is because you are not your body. your body is just a tool that we use to live here. so that we can experience who we are.

Death IS the Afterlife

If, after death, I regain consciousness in some sort of afterlife (good or bad) I'm gonna be really pissed off.

The idea of being a conscious, thinking being for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever is enough to drive me insane.

What makes you think that

What makes you think that you'll remember anything from your past life if you wake up in some sort of afterlife?

I mean... i can't even remember everything about my own current life. Do you remember when you were born? How about your first step?

You may remember KEY events... probably events that shaped your life.

But you won't remember everything (unless you have photographic memory).

Maybe you did have a past life... But you just can't remember it because it was soo long ago. Maybe you see glimpses of it while dreaming but are unsure of what exactly it means.

Now... maybe you remembered your past life as a baby - but as time went on, you forgot because you had a new life, new family, kept your mind occupied with other stuff, etc.

Anyways.. Thank you Michael for a great post!

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

It's Been in All the Papers...

"What makes you think that you'll remember anything from your past life if you wake up in some sort of afterlife?"

Well, that's the reported nature of the Judeo-Christian afterlife, isn't it?

You go to either Heaven or Hell based on your good or your bad deeds. And those in Heaven are reunited with the people they loved in life and those in Hell burn forever in regret for their sins. In both cases the participants are supposedly fully cognizant of their lives on Earth.

The only souls who might float around in a sort of semi-conscious la-la land would be those consigned to Limbo, such as unbaptized babies. Although I think the Pope may have liberated those unfortunate infants with some sort of proclamation in the past few years.

Anyway, that's the scuttlebutt.

And I say count me out.

one famous Russian general

who was great against the Napoleon's armies after dying became a rabbit
in his next incarnation...when in a bush hiding from hunters his thoughts went like this~
I was a general chasing all those French armies and now simple hunters try to make a rabbit pate out of me.

~Karma~
Whatever you do onto others will be done unto you.

He had to learn another lesson.

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ha, me too

thats why i bet a lot of us chose to come back and re-experience life.

body is clothes for the soul

Lets uncover all the veils covering our inner essence!
As Rumi the Sufi mystic said death is a marriage to God.
It is a wedding.

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