My subject title this morning is a quote from Andre Gide {1869-1951}, a French writer. There have been so many great writers coming from France. One in particular is Frederic Bastiat, who wrote the book “The Law”. To understand political governments, how and why they operate the way they do, read “The Law”.
 
One of my greatest concerns regarding this country, the people, and our future is the current out-picturing of so much confusion. As I see  it , the citizenry by the droves becoming more and more disenchanted with  current status quo and events surrounding it. Actually, the current upheaval is a positive sign because it is a rude awakening something is terribly wrong in this country.  Basically, what is wrong is the fulfillment of President Obama’s  original campaign speeches when he told us he would ‘transform America’. It’s this transformation which has disturbed the status quo and should.
 
Right off the bat, on some level we innately know that each one of us played some part in current state of affairs. We the people set it up and let it happen. We must stop blackmailing ourselves into thinking otherwise. Therefore, it’s time to take personal inventory and ask yourself, what you did or did not do to help bring these conditions we face to day into being.
 
Because this nation was founded upon the idea of individual Freedom as the moral imperative, we are where we are today because Freedom has been squashed and replaced by a man-made centralized system of governing, now in control. which is the an-thesis of freedom. This morning I read an article titled, “Facing adversity”. The author stated he felt a dark cloud spreading over America, stating it is spreading from the Middle East”.
No, our problem is not coming from the middle East, that’s only the effects of the problems we have set up and let happen internally in this country.
 
We must face the fact we have done it to ourselves before we can fix it. So where do you start? Quite simply by examining yourself and what it is you believe, and desire, and straightening up your back-bone to understand the problem and make a decision to do something about it in your personal life. Freedom is self-responsibility and self-control, and you can only sustain and maintain by first understanding its meaning, and having a desire for it. Only you can place a higher value on Freedom than the alternative of bondage.
 
Freedom itself is a Principle awarded to each individual by our creator, it carries with it the responsibility of valuing it enough to abide by the tenets it requires to be free, and you do this by realizing Freedom is not Free, it has a price. And we are taught from childhood the price is eternal vigilance. And we have failed to do that. No-one in the mid-east nor sitting in Washington replaced freedom with bondage because we have done it to ourselves. And it’s up to each individual to stop and take stock of themselves and decide whether or not Freedom is valued enough to understand and re-gain.
 
Freedom is interesting and exciting and Bondage is boring and painful. Personified by misery and fear out-pictured today.
 
I have over a thousand articles posted on my website, many articles devoted to understanding freedom. One article titled “Principles & value Judgements” issue 212 written in 2009, has received more attention and comments than any other article. Two comments on that issue this morning. One commenter saying, ” I cant wait to hear more from you. That is really a terrific website”.
 
If you decided this morning you wanted to have cake for dinner, you cant have it without obeying the basic rules relative to baking a cake. Does that sound like a silly analogy for acquiring Freedom? Probably does, but the bottom line is you cannot enjoy freedom without applying the basic tenets required to have it, i.e. self-control and self responsibility.
And waiting around for food-stamps and government rent check, or any other government hand-out is not the route to go if you desire freedom and expect to have it.
 
And Freedom is not doing anything you want to do when you want to, which infringes upon the property ownership of another is  not the route to freedom. Therefore, the first pre-requisite to having freedom is understanding it and applying the rules for attaining and sustaining,  and because the majority have violated those basic tenets is the cause of where we are today.
 
A Principle is Universal law, un-deviating and immutable. For the most part, individual value judgments have accepted man-made laws contrary to those Universal Principles which have landed us in the conditions we face today. A reminder in the end result, Nature is always going to have its way. The fear, pain, confusion we are experiencing today is a result of violation of universal laws of the Universe, we as human beings somewhere along the line decided we could replace and supersede by taking from the haves to give to the have-nots. Now blaming the mid-east as the cause of our dilemma.
 
A child knows the difference in Right & wrong, but we the people with our diplomas and college degrees, some-where along the way have been misled and misinformed by public schooling, politicians, and mass media brainwashing techniques. Now at a crossroads, on the verge of collapse into the totalitarianism of a transformed America into the abysmal mediocrity of a different system than the one handed down to us by our forefathers who fought and died to leave us the legacy as a free gift, which provided the greatest good for the greatest number known to civilization, and we have squandered it.
To the commenter who wrote, “I can’t wait to learn far more from you” this morning, my report is It’s your responsibility for the decisions for your life to make the necessary changes, and does not belong to someone else to change things for the better in your life. Understanding and desiring Freedom is the answer for overcoming the pain and misery of bondage. Freedom is no “free lunch”.
From Hong Kong martial artist, actor, and instructor  Bruce Lee comes this quote: ” A teacher is never a giver of truth-he is a guide, a pointer to truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.”
 
And I might add similar to the catalytic converter on your automobile which enables you to go from point to point place you wish to go.
 
Let Freedom Ring
 
Just me Ac
 
Email; annecleveland@bellsouth.net

 

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