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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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cool, i like that

but i bet you we are never separate from God.

we all have spark of the Creator in us

and we live many liftimes learning from each and every one.
Those that do not learn and cause suffering to others earn a life of suffering
but in the end all creation comes to its original pure state.

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we are individual waves in the same vast ocean

do unto others as we would have them do unto us, because we actually _are_ doing on to ourselves.

thats because we are all one.

Troy exactely!

we are just droplets in the vast ocean.
we are fish rising toward the sun a higher level of understanding a higher heaven.

earth is the lowest heaven.
When wars pass away this planet will be complete.

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Great Post Michael

Life is short, Eternity is not.

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

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

I believe

I believe the answer you are looking for is "42"

But what's the

But what's the question?
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"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." -- Cicero

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." -- Cicero

Amen, brother.

Well said. To add to the awesome Flaming Lips lyrics, I'd mention Hemingway's aphorism: "All true stories end in death."

Learning to be responsible for our own beliefs is necessary before anything else can change. I have gotten into heated arguments with good friends over my principled refusal to vote -- mostly because I am easily frustrated at how otherwise decent and intelligent people cannot break out of their automatic Republican-Democrat welfare/warfare support when it is so obvious to me that supporting any of it is simply to personally condone and legitimize evil.

Thank you for your reminder about agape. I often wish I had 1/10 the patience of Ron Paul around those who cannot (or will not) see. Maybe with practice I'll continue to get there. After all, it's the rank injustice and indiscriminate slaughter that most appalls me about our political system. But how can you oppose violence when you yourself don't have love in your heart?

Peace.

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Michael

What you have explained here is what Jesus wants all of us to know and experience. He wants true agape love emanating from us. As Christians we believe this love emanates from us the more we spend time with Him. I truly believe that is where Ron Paul's comes from. We can not conjure up agape love. That is why there are so many divorces. People think love is a feeling but true love is active no matter how you feel.

Ron Paul is a true teacher and a true Christian. He lives this but doesn't wear it on his sleeve. A man like that is very rare. That is why most religions get a bad name. People can never live up to it and misrepresent it. But you will know a man by his fruits and Ron Paul has a very large orchard full.

Healthnut4freedom

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6

Healthnut4freedom

The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

Nystrom: "Who am I? Why am I

Nystrom: "Who am I? Why am I here? What is this whole thing – life, the universe, everything - about? What happens to me when I die? "

a. You are whoever you say you are.

b. You are here for whatever reason you wish to be here.

c. There is no ultimate meaning or teleological purpose to existence, but there is unlimited non-ultimate meaning. It (life, the universe, everything) means whatever ignites your passion.

d. When you die, you cease to occur. Death is the end of the story.
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1. To believe that a theistic creator deity exists, the believer must imagine their deity was in some timeless fashion akin to "before" existence alone in a timeless, non-spatial, void, without matter, energy, location, dimensions, fields, concepts, knowledge, symbols, perceptions, physical natural law, logic, or referents. And that it then wished existence to instantiate.

2. Consciousness is an axiomatic irreducible primary that at the most common denominative rung on the ladder of complexity consists of awareness of existence.

3. Consciousness of consciousness necessarily requires primary consciousness to first obtain as awareness of existence.

4. Prior to existence there could not have been anything to be aware of.

5. Without anything to be aware of, there could not have been any awareness.

6. Without awareness there could not have been any consciousness.

7. From 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 there could not have been a primordial consciousness prior to existence.

8. Creator gods are defined as primordial consciousness.

9. From 7 and 8 Creator gods cannot exist.

Read Joseph Campbell's "The Hero With A Thousand Faces"

Read Joseph Campbell's "The Hero With A Thousand Faces"

While I tend to agree with

While I tend to agree with your points a. through d., I'm not sure you can approach the topic like a discrete mathematics problem in steps 1. through 9.

Michael

You composed some truly great posts but this is perhaps your finest one.
We are in a spiritual battle on a daily bases.
And we choose the winner and the looser.
Reminds me of Jesse Ventura's run for governor of Minnesota.

Once after Jesse became a governor Dalai Lama visited him
when the meeting ended press asked what Jesse said to the holy man.
He asked the Dalai Lama, who had visited to ask the governor to press China on human rights, if he's ever seen the movie Caddyshack. "I asked him the most important question, I think, that you could ask him — if he'd ever seen Caddyshack," Ventura said in an interview with WCCO radio.
Here is the famous line~
Following is a transcript of Bill Murray's famous monologue as Carl Spackler, the greenskeeper in the 1980 film Caddyshack.

"So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy; a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald — striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one — big hitter, the Lama — long, into a 10,000 foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. And do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... Gunga, gunga galunga. So we finish the 18th and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?" And he says, 'Oh, there won't be any money. But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

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Thanks for the Flashback.

thought-provoking...

I have encountered this kind of conversation throughout my journeys in the Ron Paul R[3VOL]ultion. It is entirely enlightening to hear the views of others in an existential sense.

I have to say that I agree with you. We human beings often distract ourselves from our own mortality. In the end, this is yet another way that we are divided and yet another way that our insecurities are preyed upon.

Then, there is the next level of existence or consciousness--that which is self-evident, that there is the possibility of the unknown. In fact I think it is a convergence of science and spirituality. And it can all be summed up in this--the observed does not exist without the observer. Think about that--there is no way to discern or measure the observed without the observer--it's a contradiction to suggest otherwise.

In my philosophical and spiritual journeys I have arrived at the conclusion that indeed we are all one. And that is one reason why I favor individual liberty as one of the highest human ideals--free will gives us the opportunity to add or subtract, to create or destroy. Personally, I think that we get out of the universe what we put into it, so I stand on the side of creation.

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Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty!

"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

freedom

Death is a point that we can all agree on that is true. The christians among us would say that it is but the next step and a grand adventure is awaiting us after.

I like how it's said in "Return of the King" by Gandalf when he was asked about death.

Pippen: I didn’t think it would end this way…
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here… Death is just another path, one that we all must take… The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back and all turns to silver glass… and then you see it…
Pippen: What, Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores… And beyond… A far green country under a swift sunrise.
Pippen: Well, that isn’t so bad.
Gandalf: No… no it isn’t.

What the future holds only God knows for sure but I say that he blesses the righteous.....those who fight for the freedom that he has given them.

God Bless Ron Paul

well said, though I have a comment

This is only about the Fear of death - and my take on it

First off I am an atheist, though technically I pay church tax and am a member of the church with all it entails....of my free will...
Though my mind sees no reason whatsoever to accept any kind of biblical things, just no proof, I am more of an science person...
A book I can recommend, is The God Delusion...if I remember correct, it explains much better than I can do where how I feel about all that.

You said we fear death.... personally I do not, truthfully, I may fear disease or such thing, but not oblivion. Sometimes it seems to me that those that believe in god, fear death, or actually the natural way of life.
When I die, all that is me remains, all the atoms etc, the only thing that is erased is my memory, which ofc do not matter in the scope of things, if u have a child your DNA survives in a new better form, more suited to carry on.

another thing:

I recommend to all stop watching TV and read books instead... I never watch TV and my life is so much better. For news use the internet.
Refuse to be spoon fed.
Leave your cell-phone at home, why on earth do you wanna be 24/7 bothered by every little detail. My cell is usually home unless, I really need it.

/Mike

Swedes Never Sleep

I, too, am an atheist.

A born again atheist, actually.

Fear of death is a bigger motivator than most people think. I believe that apocalyptic thinking (which can be found in religious groups around the world) is really symptomatic of each individual's fear of their own death. When an individual dies, it is as if the whole world dies from the point of view of that individual.

Dispensationalists (folks who believe they will be raptured into heaven before the apocalypse) are really just trying to calm their own personal fears by denying that they will ever really have to die (but pretty much everybody else will).

to much coffea

good thing I don´t drink it often...got no sleeping pills

/Mike

Heresy!

There is no such thing as too much coffee.

Repent with a cup of steaming black java before it's too late, brother.

I can´t sleep for 2 days after coffea

I know this so usually I avoid it...but sometimes I can´t let it be, not often, but it is really tasty...I guess I am a weak man ha ha

/Mike

Coffee Makes You Strong!

You will be the mightiest ant on the ant hill.

yeah, I never got that

I'm an athiest too. I never got the hysteria about the rapture.

Why would it matter if the rapture is coming? We're going to die anyway. Whether its old age, a heart attack, or the rapture, what difference does it make on an individual level?

I used to be an Atheist

for a few years.
One time when I was a kid in then Communist Poland a priest said that Atheists will be the first ones going to heaven because there is no rules for them LOL that priest had a gold watch and just came from visit to USA
I think he was a Communist spy.

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ha ha ha funny one

/Mike

Terrific post...Ron Paul is the Job of the Revolution...he leads

by example.

We have only tasted a tiny bit of what Ron Paul had to endure for decades.

It is much harder to hang on than I thought it would be.

The compromises of the delegates was quite unnerving. I want to say I would have been strong enough to weather the pressure, but I was never in that position. Imagine the endless waves of pressure to stop that Ron Paul endured just in the last year...certainly some of the pressure had to be physical threats.

Indeed, we'd better get our spiritual lives in order as we proceed. Otherwise, we'll lose faith in a variety of ways.

The spiritual Revolution,

is a good title.

For me, I was waiting in the dentist office over a year ago, and was reading a major magazine(forget which one), and they had an article about Ron Paul. I remember feeling awe, that such a person still existed in our government. That night, I looked him up on the internet, and it really is amazing how far down the rabbit hole of corporate owned government I have gone since that time.

This is no longer an election, for me it is now a spiritual quest for freedom, justice, and liberty.

Armed with this new knowledge, I will never support a party that does not support Dr. Paul's ideals. I would support an individual candidate of a party who was worthy.

I don't believe however, that we can take over the Republican party, the Neocon leaders will just be replaced with other Neocon leaders. The true patriots will only get so far. Change is a bad thing for an established "good ol' boy" network, and as we have seen, they will fight change at every turn, fairly or un-fairly.

I believe that the Ron Paul Revolution could take over the Libertarian or Constitutional party overnight, and the patriots on the ground could work to gain ballot access / debate access. Better yet, unify all the 3rd parties into an "AMERICAN" party with a Ron Paul platform.

The "AMERICAN" party if created could absolutely win, because, it would truly represent its members and offer a "none-of-the-above" choice to the sheeple.

(stepping off my soap-box now)

For me it happened at the Values Voters Debate

I posted my afterthoughts at Break the Matrix under the name flhsmomma.

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

It's nice to see you are on a spiritual journey Michael.

Life is eternal. This world is merely a stopping point, probably to learn some much needed lessons about the universe. I never bring my spirituality into politics, but deep down inside, I hope that when I teach people about free-market economics, that some day they will see how beautiful it is, and then relate it to the way nature works, and maybe then even find God.

The people you encountered at the GOP are corrupt individuals. These are people that may be oppressive in their nature, but in reality, they are suffering too. They are not people to hate, but to feel sorry for. For I feel sorry for people who are constantly confused and ignorant. Of course, we all are in several different ways, remember that, and you'll hopefully realize that judging others is hypocritical and counter-productive. Keep up the good work.

Well said elkingrey but I do

Well said elkingrey but I do know one thing although I feel sorry for them I can not hang around them because they drain me!!