“The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things ain’t so.” So stated American humorist and lecturer, Josh Billings, (1818-1885).

How many remember Prissy’s famous line from Gone with the Wind, “…I don’t know nuthin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies!”

I don’t know about other families, but I grew up in a large family during the Great Depression years. Only one sister and two brothers, but a slew of aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents living on the paternal and maternal side, even my great-grandparents were alive when I was a youngster. Many were living on adjoining farms, which felt like we were just one large family. There were no computers, cell phones, nor even line phones. We kept up with news of the outside world through radio, newspapers, and once a week current events class in school. We entertained ourselves via reading, family gatherings every Sunday, listening to stories about family, religion, politics, current events, and jokes.

There were sayings and clichés among family members carried from one generation to another, when some family member thought a particular remark was worth repeating, and apropo to pass around, when it seemed applicable to a given situation. Some were like legendary tales. An example of this was a story stemming from my first day home from school. My dad sat me on his knee and began asking me questions about my first day in school. And I sat silently and would not say anything. He kept on asking questions, trying to get some response and I apparently sat there acting dumb, refusing to answer his questions, until finally blurted out at six years old: “I don’t know much about that cat!!!”

Apparently the teacher had read a story about a cat and that was the only thing I thought worth recalling about my first day at school. Throughout the time my family was still alive, that became a family by-line, repeated many times when any family member was confronted with a situation they were unable to explain, they would simply say, “I don’t know much about that cat.”

I heard it so many times growing up, it seems to resonate in my head today when faced with anything about electronics in general and computers specifically. I know almost nothing about a computer. When I decided to purchase one, I thought if four year olds could operate them, I too could learn about computers. I soon discovered it’s the language I’m ignorant about. I don’t know a search engine from RSS feed.

Lately I’ve received complaints about loading onto my website. For example, one comment read: “I tried reading your website from my experia X10, but it wasn’t visible properly. Is your website supported by mobile browsers?” That’s Greek to me, I have no idea what he is talking about. I know nothing about an experia X10. My original web manager is no longer with the team that designed my website, but I will check into the problems reported relative to connecting to my website.

In my last article, I appealed to my regular readers to help me expand my readership by passing on information about octogenariansblog.com to their friends and acquaintances. My goal is to increase readership to at least ten thousand per month. Which would warrant advertisers to defray the cost of the website. Now beginning my fourth year writing articles for my website, I’ve never received any money for my articles nor the cost of it. The project has been financed solely by my son and myself, and has been a labor of love for my country and Freedom.

As I understand it my, traffic hovers between 3- and 4 thousand per month, about 130 per day. About 40,000 per year. Obviously, website writing is quite competitive, inasmuch as there are thousands of sites. And I suspect most of my traffic is regular readers. I’m frequently receiving comments saying they just happened to stumble upon my site. However if my regular readers would pass the word around to a half dozen they know, I could reach the 10,000 monthly very quickly.

As I have stated more than once, I write because I must, and in hopes of motivating another to stop, think and act, relative to the direction this great country we live in is headed. Before I began writing on a website, I was always writing, and filing my writings. I have files for the files as a result of years of writing. Unless my readership increases, I’m wondering if I should continue posting on the internet. Now almost 600 articles posted. Because of the cost, my team of assistance has been reduced, but depend upon an associate editor to edit and post.

According to most psychologists, in general and my own particular belief, everything we do is for a profit or a gain. Despite the fact it may result in a loss, or be for a psyche profit or a gain. For me personally, my profit from writing and posting articles, is the notion I’m doing something, like a pebble in a pond, that might move another to stop, think, and act, to save this great nation from the collapse so many are now predicting. To motivate another to consider changing direction with reference to the manner in which they view the current crisis we all face. To acknowledge a crisis exists, and every individual has the power within themselves, to do something to help re-transform this Nation back to the Principles which made it so great and the envy of the world, once upon a time. Refusal to acknowledge, and refusal to act, means one is giving up and giving in to those working 24-7 to destroy a way of life that made this the greatest nation of individual Freedom, the world has ever known.

I’m not asking anyone to join anything, nor contribute any money, only to recognize you are not powerless, and there is something you can do today from wherever you are, by helping to pass the word, to restore personal Freedom. I am asking you not to surrender your individual sovereignty to a group of power-hungry invividuals, while there is still a chance of reversing the transformation of America back to its original intent. The power to do this lies in information and acting upon information. Refusing to heed information readily available to everyone, and a decision to do nothing, is a certain formula for bondage and enslavement. Which is where the road to Socialism leads. Whether the brand is Communism or Fascism.

The choice is a simple one, i.e., to know and to act. The predictable result of non-thinking non-actions is also a simple one, loss of Freedom, resulting in bondage.

Josh Billings said: “The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that aint so.”

Felix Schelling said: “True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.”



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