Simple Rules In Simple Words

Simple Rules In Simple Words
The Hillbilly 10 Commandments
Simple Rules In Simple Words
The Hillbilly 10 Commandments

While many, myself included, love the prose in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, I do believe that many in society would benefit far more from the simple rules therein to be told to them in simple words.

Of course, since this is all delivered in the simple words of the “Hillbilly,” the “Redneck,” the “uneducated” men and women of America’s heartland, those sorts who are the most exilic from the Word, the most fallen away from any faith, and who would most benefit from simple rules in simple words are exactly the ones that would and will reject and deride this.

Then, a great many of those sorts would reject and deride these simple rules and their underlying wisdom no matter what prose they were couched in. They find them to be abhorrent and an abomination.

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Tinfoil Wisdom

Tinfoil Wisdom
Tinfoil Wisdom

Who’s shaking the jar? Somebody has to be shaking it! There has to be some spider in its web and/or some shadowy cabal pulling the strings for their own nefarious ends. Or, so says one variety of common wisdom. A variety I choose to call Tinfoil Wisdom.

With the exception of the Lamestream Media, who shakes things up for their own profit as much as any agenda, there doesn’t have to be any shadowy figure “shaking the jar.” Certain sorts are quite capable of behaving heinously without manipulative instigation. They’re just that bad all on their own.

This is unfortunately the curse of being sentient. We’re built to make use of pattern recognition and, hence, we’re susceptible to false pattern recognition aka Apophenia. We are, as Klaus Conrad wrote, prone to the unmotivated seeing of connections accompanied by a specific feeling of abnormal meaningfulness and to engaging in self-referential, over-interpretations of what we see and hear.

There doesn’t have to be some spider in its web and/or some shadowy cabal pulling the strings for their own nefarious ends. With the ease of communication and the resultant online “echo chambers,” we’re quite capable of producing conflicts organically.

Of course, all that said, that doesn’t mean that sometimes, at some various levels, that there isn’t someone “shaking the jar.” It just means that there doesn’t have to be and that we should jump to the conclusion that there is. Sometimes, probably the majority of times, that “Shaker” didn’t start the shit; they just enabled existing troublemakers in order to profiteer off of them.

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Sadly Unheeded Wisdom

A Message To The Left – Unheeded Wisdom

And here are very much needed words of wisdom for the Left from a brave young man, Devon Stack. Sadly, unheeded wisdom is the hallmark of failure and, hence, an essential piece of the Liberals’ and Progressives’ dogma. As such, they’ll never listen.

No, the Left and those that they pander to- and enable, through their hatred, their spite, and their unending attacks upon the average American, are responsible for causing a condition to develop in this country which will create a climate that will bring seeds up out of the ground with vegetation on the end of them looking like something these people never dreamed of outside of their worst nightmares.

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14 Rules Of Life

Rules for life that few, if any, teens are taught todayPresented 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.

Occupy Parents Basement
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.

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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.

The actual author of these 14 rules of life is Charles J. Sykes, who is almost never given credit for the work. They form the core of his 2007 book, 50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education.

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A Hundred Years Later

Rev. Dr. Thomas DeWitt TalmageThe first century or so of America’s life saw the rise of a great number of very wise men and women who helped shape the character of the nation.

One of these wise men was one of the most prominent religious leaders in the United States at the time, Rev. Dr. Thomas Talmage, whose sermons were published in more than 3,000 journals, reaching in excess of 25 million readers.

One great gem of wisdom from Talmage was:

The American of 100 years from now is to be different from the American of today. German brain, Irish wit, French civility, Scotch firmness, English loyalty, Italian aesthetics, packed into one man, and he an American! It is this intermarriage of nationalities that is going to make the American nation the greatest nation of the ages.

— Rev. Dr. Talmage
“Before They Adjourn” (1896)

Sadly for us, this wisdom has been lost and assimilation in America is now deprecated by large swaths of the residents of our country. The Liberals and Progressives do not tolerate it, preferring to have foreigners stay foreign for generation after generation.

Then there is the relatively new problem of the “Black Community,” whose members, upon reading such wisdom, would rant,“Them’s all be White People! America is racist!”

Rev. Dr. Talmage described the America of his future. A hundred years later we’re living the consequences of his having been wrong due to his overly optimistic view of his countrymen and their progeny.

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