The holiday season is in full swing. We have passed Halloween, and Thanksgiving was yesterday. Today is the big shopping day, called Black Friday, when millions will scramble and trample, with a fight or flight attitude, to grab a three-dollar Crockpot.

I personally enjoyed an interesting Thanksgiving, with family and friends in a beautiful home with a formal dining room laden with so much wonderful food, that to suggest it was a Horn-of-Plenty is an understatement. Included in the gathering, some new friends who definitely added to my enjoyment, via discussions of where we are in this war of ideas all of us are a part of in this country currently. And so glad to be in the company of like-minded individuals, already past the trivia of middle-class mediocrity of idle chit-chat, and into intellectual discussions relative to the reality, of where we are on the chart of Freedom versus Bondage.

The day before Thanksgiving, I had posted an article, comparing Thanksgiving dinners during the Great Depression with celebration in the twenty-first century. Yesterday was a living example of the difference of celebrating in a large country estate-style house, in a setting surrounded by dozens of barns, animals, cotton fields, and a garden, and the beautiful subdivision home yesterday.

However there was one area which felt so deja vu to me, and that was the discussion of current events relative to where we are, who we are, and why we are in the crisis we now face. Recalling the times growing up, when we sat around listening to stories and discussions between parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, about politics and economics of that day and age.

A reminder of the times, when the Greek Stoics, known as the Front-porch Philosophers, sat around in gatherings to listen to each other, and teach the younger generation about life, and the economics of it.

A lost art of many and overdue for a revival of discussions about those things of importance, to prepare ourselves for the incoming era, when lifestyles are already changing dramatically, from the way we once experienced them.

Yesterday, before leaving for the Thanksgiving gathering, I dug into storage boxes and pulled out old oil lamps I have had for years. Even have the little lamp I used to study by in grade school in the Great Depression years. I cleaned the globes and filled with oil, and arranged on shelves to use, in the event electricity goes out. I’ve used them over the years, during hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and snowstorms. Even bought boxes of old-timey wooden country matches.

Interesting how the conversation was touched off, when I was sitting in the kitchen, and saw the hostess open her pantry door, and asked her if she was stocking up with non-perishable food items before the inflation predicted for 2011? One of the guests over heard the remark, and that is what prompted the ensuing discussion during dinner, about the reality of current events.

No one knows precisely when the scarcity and inflation will take place, however quite predictable it’s going to happen, sooner or later, and a warning to prepare. Definitely a time to stop relying on outmoded concepts of power structures, force, violence, retaliation, vengence punishment and downright viciousness. And think in terms of practical applications, relative to personal management of our lives, and a New World order of the future.

It’s time to re-think how we conduct the busines affairs of our personal lives, which relates to what we know, how we think, and our attitudes about our actions and decisions.

For those who may still be thinking the centralized government will be there to take care, I remind the reader of the bankrupt corruption and confusion in seats of power already in motion.

The onus of action is upon us, to assume the self-responsibility of Freedom, and use one’s own talents and abilities in a common sense sort of way, to prepare a life for our future and the next generation. At least examine the possibility of predictions, calmly and coolly, because we have squandered so much, I remind the reader, nature always has its way sooner or later, and in the natural order of Universal laws, waste is not tolerated.

Admittedly, I’m no expert on survival, and a long ways from being fully prepared for incoming prediction, however I have just taken a few common sense measures to get by on short notice for a short period. Just a few ordinary measures anyone can take.

I emphasize the fact, we are involved in four wars. Aside from Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s the Mexican border war going on, plus the War of Ideas everyone is involved in, in this country. In the war of Ideas, the basic premise is individual Freedom or Bondage.

Currently there’s confusion, political upheaval, economic stress, a rising rate of crime and delinquency, rampant propaganda. Our biggest dilemma is one of the question, “What is Right and what is Wrong?” Some suggest it is religious, some political, some moral. Probably all of these things reflected in our attitude.

It’s all not such an enigma as we pretend, because a child knows right from wrong and innately has a sense of ownership inherent in his being. If you doubt it, try taking a toy away.

Instead of worrying about holiday leftovers, let’s stop for a moment and examine outmoded leftover ideas, and remind ourselves we are in a War of Ideas. In this connection, a good time to remind ourselves of what the great battle strategist, Sun Tzu, said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy, nor yourself, you will succumb to every battle.”




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    Great comments on how we, generation X and younger, don’t realize all that which is slowly slipping away. I too remember the wisdom bestowed upon me by my parents / grandparents when I was sitting on the front porch or gathered around the dinner table. The art of conversation has turned into that which is meaningless and forgotten. Keep up the writing and the thought provoking discussions!

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