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An Octogenerian's Blog | WHIFM – WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? (Issue 2016)

PART ONE

According to most psychologists and psychiatrists, every act we perform is for a profit or a gain. Despite the fact it might result in a loss, our underlying aim and desire is for some kind of profit, frequently for the psychic profit of “recognition.” And we always act according to our highest value in the moment.

Unlike Principles which never change, our individual value system is frequently changing. My favorite example of this is the can of soup. When you purchase a can of soup the can is of value, until you decide to have a bowl of soup, then you open the can and throw it in the garbage, because it is no longer of any value. A sort of over-simplification, but makes the point.

It was back in the early sixties, returning to the States after four years in Japan, I went on a search to find teachers and mentors to understand more about Freedom and the role and purpose of political governments. I was living out in the desert in Reno, Nevada, on Stead Air-Force base, when a man driving a laundry truck stopped by to pick up dry-cleaning.

He told me about Harry Hoiles and his chain of Freedom newspapers, so I subscribed to the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, whose editor was Robert LeFevre. Reading his editorials, I discovered there was a consistency in his writings relative to Freedom, no matter the subject. I not only read but studied his editorial page every day. The information was a treasure trove of what I was seeking, and it was through that medium of news, I discovered one of the editorial writers, Dr. George Boardman, a PhD writer and philosopher living in the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona.

I contacted Dr. Boardman, and visited him several times. He had a little motel named My Motel. I spent hours with him, walking the desert with him, as he taught me about the “philosophy of freedom.” He devoped a course in “Philosophic Research.” I was his first student, consequently no matter where I lived, I could study the course.

It was through him that I first heard the coined word, WHIFM, i.e., what’s in it for me. It was through the consistency of the writings of Robert LeFevre and Dr. Boardman that I learned the “Philosophy of Freedom.” They became my mentors. Later LeFevre left the Gazette-Telegraph and became the founder of Rampart College, a graduate school that taught the Philosophy.

Because my husband was an Air-Force pilot, we moved around, leaving Reno for Sewart AF base in Smyrna, Tennessee, then to Dayton, Ohio.

During those times, I read everything I could find about political governments and freedom. I began corresponding with Robert LeFevre, still studying the course on philosophic research. During that time, I engaged in many battles, particularly with compulsory attendance public schools, which I have written about in previous articles.

It was in Tennessee, I removed my children from the public school system and faced arrest for defiance of compulsory school laws, and it was in Ohio that I decided I wanted out of the military as a dependent wife, and my husband decided to retire. At that time he was a test pilot at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. This was in the early sixties.

We moved to my hometown, near the Atlanta area, and we both worked for a motel managers school. I became director of the school, when I decided to take a scholarship examination to attend Rampart College. I won a distinguished recognition award to attend, by writing on “Principles and Value Judgments.”

It was that background which formed the basis of my writings, and the manner in which I live my life, lo these years later.

My love of Freedom, and concerns about the intrusion into Freedom by political government, drives me to write about conditions we are living in today. I have personally enjoyed a great deal of freedom, in spite of all the current conditions under which all of us live, simply by understanding the meaning of it, and that which is behind the lust for power of those operating the centralized political government.

Contined in PART TWO

LET FREEDOM RING

Just me AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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