Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Governmentâ€™s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Exactly! You can’t have it both ways because there is only one way under Natural/Divine Law, which is specifically enumerated by the US Constitution. You have your inalienable rights and those business owners have them too.
And no! I’m very much not one of those who’ve jumped on the Pandemic Panic bandwagon. Frankly, a disease with a 0.28% Crude Mortality Rate (CMR) and a 1.4% Infection Mortality Rate (IMR) doesn’t particularly impress me, especially when only 4.5% of those deaths occurred in people under the age of 65 who did not have an underlying medical condition such as: Diabetes, Lung Disease, Cancer, Immunodeficiency, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Asthma, Kidney Disease, GI/Liver Disease, and Obesity. But this isn’t about COVID-19; it’s about rights and what’s right and what’s wrong.
It was and is the same thing as businesses saying that you can’t bring your firearm into them. It’s their right. It’s also the same thing as businesses setting a basic dress-code. It’s their right.
You have a right to your person, but they have a right to their persons and their property. So, don’t be an asshole. You’re far closer to being an oppressor by doing so than those business owners are by exercising their rights.
You also have the right to just not patronize those businesses, just as they have the right to tell you that they don’t want your business.
Much like Truth enslaves more than it frees, Wisdom often brings discomfort rather than peace of mind. This is because much wisdom is unpleasant, especially when it deals with the nature of people.
A case in point where wisdom brings pain instead pleasure…
People unfit for freedom â€” who cannot do much with it â€“ are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a â€œhaveâ€ type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a â€œhave notâ€ type of self.
Whether he meant to or not, Eric Hoffer aptly summed up the pathology – or, at least, one of the pathologies – of entire cultural demographic in America with this one statement.
And yes! While there are many of all “races” who are to varying degrees unfit for freedom, I am specifically writing of the “Black Community.” They have over the last century and a half proven themselves to be woefully and dangerously unfit for the freedom that they were given.
Of course, not all representatives of Homo sapiens afer in the US are part of the “Black Community.” Many have rejected all or part of that particular culture and assimilated in that of America. That has to be taken into account whenever one speaks in a general manner about the Blacks.
So we are left with two distinct Black populations: Americans who happen to be Black, and the “Black Community.” The latter populace is, by and large, unfit for freedom – especially unrestricted freedom equal to that of the actual citizenry of America.
But sadly, therein lies the rub. Liberty is a basic, natural right and, as such, doesn’t need to be earned. Hence, we cannot rightfully return the “Black Community” to slavery, even if doing so would greatly benefit America and in no small measure materially and existentially benefit those Blacks who were returned to chains.
Presented for your entertainment and edification – 14 rules of life that every teen should be taught before they leave home and school in order to give them a better chance at achieving some form of successful adult life in the real world.
All 14 are basic laws of life in the modern world.
Sadly, given the state of America’s educational system, they won’t learn these things in schools. Even more sadly, given the state of parenting in America, they also are unlikely to be taught these rules at home.
14 Rules Of Life
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you’re out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That’s what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for “expressing yourself” with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.
Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven’t seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.
Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school’s a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.
One thing that parents should take note of – failing to teach your children these rules of life they will have to abide by after leaving home, may well mean that don’t leave home or quickly return home in failure.
Breaking Life’s Rules Brings Consequences, Not Punishments
Plenty of titular adults could also greatly benefit from learning and abiding by these rules of life but these are not the sort of lessons that work well in the setting of adult remedial education.
NOTE: These rules for life are very, very often misattributed. They’re most often attributed to Bill Gates but are also wrongly attributed to Kurt Vonnegut and Georgia state Representative Brooks Coleman.
Strangely, only the first 11 rules are normally used during these misattributions.
Additionally, both advice columnist Ann Landers and radio personality Paul Harvey have presented the first eleven rules in the list of rules several times without any form of credit being given to the actual author or anyone else.
There’s more than a little talk about Conservatives actually being regressive rather than merely conservative and there is, or at least should be, some truth to that claim because the opposing force to the Liberals and Progressives march to dissolution and dissipation cannot be an attempt to merely “hold the line.”
What Passes For Progressive Progress
It’s natural law that change is almost always entropic in nature and that most mutations are lethally negative. This, judging from Man’s history, holds true for societal functions as well.
One need only look at what the agendas of the Liberals and Progressives have wrought so far in order see the objective truth of this.
Go Back! We Fucked Up Everything!
Progress to a better societal state, as opposed to change for the sake of change in the hope that it’ll be better somehow, sometimes means accepting that you’re on the wrong road and turning back before you run off a cliff or become mired in a foetid swamp or tar pit. 😉
When you’re this far off course and heading towards disaster, you don’t just stop; you turn around and move the other way at speed. If that means refusing to be relegated to the backseat and taking the reins by force, so be it.