In 1979 Bob Marley wrote these words, lyrics in perhaps his best song, Redemption Song.
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind”
Those words were taken from a speech given by Marcus Garvey in 1937 the full quote from the speech was:
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind…”
Although these words spoken 75 years ago, and in reference to a somewhat different struggle I believe they still are relevant today, perhaps more so.
Why? Because you have allowed yourself to become enslaved.
Do you know why the education system sucks? It isn’t that it can’t be fixed it is because the government doesn’t want it fixed. They don’t want people to think for themselves, do for themselves. They want YOU to be dependent on them. And it all starts in school. There is nothing in grades 1-12 that kids can’t teach themselves.
Learn to read? You Don’t Need to Teach Reading, a child will learn to read just like they learn to everything else. Your kids learn to walk by walking and talk by talking, they will also learn to read by reading and write by writing. Want more? Dispelling Popular Myths About Leaning to Read and Write.
Some of you who are more enlightened may click on the above links but most of you will not click on the above links, why? Because you are brainwashed to think formal school is the end all be all of the education system. You believe the asinine bumper sticker that reads “If you can read this, thank a teacher” what bullshit.
You don’t want to think differently. Maybe you’re scared where it might lead. But don’t worry I’m not trying to convince you to change your mind. I can’t change the mind of someone who is not open-minded enough to even consider an alternative view. You are your own worst enemy. Convincing you is not important to me, except in an abstract or personal sense. You’re not as important as you’d like me to think you are.
The government wants you to be dependent, not to think for yourself, because if you did you might realize that taxes are THEFT. The USA started its first income tax during the Civil War in order to pay of the war itself, it became permanent in 1916 to help pay for WW1. In 1917, Canada’s first income tax was to be temporary, to again help pay for WW1, but after the war the government of the day left the tax in place.
Almost everyone today accepts the idea that it’s perfectly normal and moral for the majority of people to decide what to take from everyone else and spend as they please. It’s NOT, this is called theft. It’s immoral. Period.
Today the politicians and those people with their hands out, talk about what’s FAIR. How much should they steal from someone? In my view any amount is immoral and certainly too much. Theft is theft there is no other way to look at it.
It is time to start thinking again.
Making a mistake and following with another mistake does not make sense. As Mom used to say, two wrongs don’t make a right. Or if you prefer:
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
So what can you do? First, step away from the political system. It does not matter which party is in power, they are slightly different degrees of the same organism. No government is good government.
Find people who agree with you. Be open with your beliefs. Tell people your thoughts and ideas, most people will look at you like you have 2 heads but there will be a few people that agree with you. They may be afraid to speak their minds, but they are out there if you look. Surround yourself with people who can think, really think, those who think critically. You will not be able to change the minds of ignorant, don’t try, it is no use.
“Those who are unaware they’re walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
You may hear “if you don’t like it, leave”. I think that is a great idea. My family and I are looking for a freer place to live. For lack of a better phase we are looking to get out. If you are an American then start here, “Getting Out”. Getting Out covers the top 50 destinations for US expats, with information about the quality of health care, cost and standard of living, and social permissiveness.
For US citizens you will need to give up your citizenship as the US is one of very few counties that will tax you no matter where in the world you live. For Canadians you just need to become a non-resident, move somewhere and become a non-resident and your tax obligation stops.
It is not for everyone but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to stay. Do you really believe that you own your home? Try not paying you property tax and see how long you “own” the property.
It is going to get violent, far more than Greece riots have been so far. There is a coming economic collapse. The world as you know it is going to change, the shit is figuratively going to hit the fan. Don’t think it can happen? That we in North America are civilized? What do you think will happen if the stores are no longer stocked with food? Think Katrina times 10. You remember New Orleans in the days after the hurricane.
You don’t need to know all the answers, you just need to know that forcibly taking money from one person to give to another is theft, and it is morally wrong. It is not your responsibility to have all the answers, stop the theft and then we can talk about how the future works.
Join a group, tribe or as Doug Casey calls them a phyle. “A phyle is a group of people that’s self-defined by whatever values they share. A phyle is not limited by race or language or geography – or, most importantly, by borders on maps or other such fictions.”
Talk, talk to a lot people, understand and think. If you have read this far either you have an interest in what I have written, or you have too much time on your hands either way below are a few links that should help to find people of like mind:
The post that inspired me, David McElroy, Recovering Political Prostitute.
Like minded resources.