Sunday, February 22, 2015

George

I've often said that I would like to write every day. And further I've stated that I don't consider writing to be too much of a chore. That is the actual act of writing is not terribly difficult if I've got access to a computer, and therefore a word processor. At that point the difficulty becomes, what shall I write? And to be altogether honest it is not as if the budding author really lacks for subject matter. Rather he or she is always wondering if what has caught his eyes will appeal to the general public or if he can attract an audience to his view point.

Today I thought that I'd pause to make some observations about life. Lately I've been homeless for one reason and another. While I've been homeless it has been my privilege to be able to access at least some of the services of the local rescue mission.

While taking my meals there I've had a chance to meet some of the people who also eat there, and to observe their behavior. Some people are like myself, very appreciative of what we are given and respectful of the place and its intentions (and I might say results) and others are not, they seem to feel that the few rules that the mission imposes are a hardship beyond bearing.

However I shall for a while put aside such people and concentrate on one old man. This man's name is George. From interacting with George I've come to suspect that he is suffering from a mild case of Alzheimer’s disease. Certainly every day he sees me and asks my name.

The one amazing thing about George, though is watching everyone else who eats at the mission deal with him. I've never seen anyone treat George in a disrespectful manner. I might add that if I ever do see anyone treat George in a disrespectful manner I will probably no longer be able to eat at the mission. Part of the reason for that is that the mission, like a lot of other organizations I've seen has forgotten that there is a difference between fighting and evil. Indeed I might venture to say that if we fail to fight evil wherever we see it then we yield to evil and assure that it is able to advance its rule over the world. Indeed to fail to fight evil is in and of itself more than an expression of cowardice, it is in fact enabling evil in its intention to eliminate good.

But a discussion of good and evil is only a side line to what I wanted to say about George. You see if we believed Barack Obama we would expect to see George disrespected, if not for the fact of his illness, then for the fact that he is among the few men with a dark skin among a large group of men with light skin. But fortunately, unless Barack Obama gets his way, the world will not work the way he believes it does. For in reality most people will not disrespect the aged, not even if they are of a different 'race'.


But if Barack Obama continues to spew his line of hatred for those who do not look like him then the world, not just the USA may plunge into a time when 'racism' is rampant. When men with black skins kill men with white skins for no other reason than that they look different. I hope my fear is unfounded, but little that I've seen in the past few years gives me reason to hope. For at every turn Barack Obama has insisted that any opposition to his policies amounts to racism on the part of his opponent. Indeed he is unable to grant his opposition any intention of good, rather reserving good intentions for himself regardless of the actual results his policies produce.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Compulsion Vs Cooperation

One of the big issues we as humans have in life is the line between compulsion and cooperation. We almost know instinctively that we must cooperate or die. Yet when we try to compel someone to cooperate with us we get rebellion or something worse. Still it seems that in every generation there are those who will say that the only way to achieve cooperation is to compel people to cooperate! It seems to me that cooperation is the exact opposite of compulsion and that if one tries to obtain cooperation by force (which is the definition of compulsion) then cooperation disappears.
The question remains though if we know that cooperation is necessary to maintain society how do we obtain the cooperation? The answer to that is persuasion. Persuasion that the person being asked to do something will benefit from that which he is being asked to do.
Now it is possible to persuade people that if they steal from 'the rich' it will be to their benefit. But since theft eventually breaks down societal cooperation it does not benefit you to listen to those who would convince you that when a group of people does a thing it is more moral than when an individual does a thing.
© 2012 Vic Jones

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gun Bans are the Instruments of Tyrants


If you don’t believe the title of this article then you should learn history. After all a careful search of history will bear this out as the following quote from the socialist dictator Adolf Hitler shows. This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future.” —Adolf Hitler, 1935

I’m certain that more research into gun control laws on a world-wide basis would reveal that more tyrants than Hitler used this method to obtain total control of their nation. I know that the people of the Soviet Union were not permitted to have guns. Nor were the people of Mao's China. In England right now they are experiencing riots because gentlemen are no longer armed. And one very effective tool of the would be tyrant is to allow chaos to reign until the people demand that something, anything be done to restore order to the society.

I also note this for consideration here: In our prisons all weapons are supposed to be in the hands of the guards yet hardly a day goes by (I’d guess that in aggregate no day goes by) without someone (including an occasional guard) being stabbed. This of course does not include the fact that some prisoners will be beaten by others with fists or feet! Thus in the most controlled society that we have we see the presence of weapons and violence without weapons. Therefore we can draw the conclusion that it is not the weapons that are the cause of the violence but rather the minds of men.

If you are a woman you should be even more up in arms against any attempt to disarm you. After all the greatest indicator that you will not be raped is your ability to defend yourself. And ladies, a black-belt rarely trumps a weapon of any sort not even a knife.

Of course there are lots of laws regarding the size and type of knife you may carry as well all of which make committing a mugging easier. Or a home invasion less risky to the criminal. I join many who ask why it is that after a shooting spree by someone we want to blame the gun (which has no feet) for the mayhem caused by the deranged mind that chose to make his fellow man an object of prey.

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.”
—William S. Burroughs

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The invisible holocaust

Some people today all over the world claim to worship the earth. These people have as a sacrament of their worship, the sacrifice of infants. The infants they started with were the invisible ones. The ones that had not yet been born. Now they are reaching for children who have been born. See this column: http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2012/03/07/the_lefts_war_on_babies for more information.  This (abortion) has been advanced as choice or as medical care for women. What is rarely pointed out is that even under the circumstances of a well controlled and well sterilized operating room an abortion (the murder of an innocent) is dangerous to a woman.
What also is not spoken very often is that most abortion clinics (abattoirs for the unborn or temples to a false God of death) are far from a well controlled and well sterilized operating room. In fact except for the fact that they have been declared to be legal they are still almost as bad (if not worse in some cases) as the back alley abortion doctors they were supposed to replace. They replaced them but rather than making abortion safe it just made it more prevalent.

I’m certain that this piece will make some people angry. This includes some deluded women who have bought the lie of sexual freedom. Freedom rarely indicates the ability to do whatever you want especially without consequences. This is because if society does not enforce consequences then nature surely will. Indeed the only thing that women being unwise about the use of their genitals has done is increase is the childishness of men as the men have been able to get that which most men want most without that which men fear most.

What I mean by that last statement is that most men will do most anything for sexual contact with a woman. Most men when they are honest fear commitment to one woman the most. This is because commitment to one woman prevents them from plowing the field next door so to speak. Now we all know that there will be some who will violate their commitment for whatever reason. This does not invalidate the idea that we should hold up the ideal of the kept commitment as best. Indeed the fact of violated commitment proves the necessity of consistently pointing to what we should be doing rather than saying, ‘well no one can possibly do that,’ we should say, ‘yes we have failed to do that, now it is time to get busy and try for the ideal again.’ This is because if we strive to be better people rather than settling for failure and accepting that we will never reach the ideal we become closer to the ideal. While accepting failure, especially saying that because we cannot reach perfection we should not try leads to worse and worse conditions for everyone.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lesson 59 from The Hard Knocks School of Life

Since jealousy and greed are related closely, jealousy must obviously be a source or root of evil.
I am not so much interested in defining evil as identifying the cause of evil, these I have boiled down to greed, envy and jealousy. Indeed I believe that envy and jealousy are actually aspects of greed. Behind any behavior that could possibly be considered evil is the root of greed and its expression as naked greed, or greed disguised as envy or jealousy.

Sometimes of course greed is difficult to identify, for example when many people (including BHO in my humble opinion) start to talk about giving to the poor they rarely intend that they should give to the poor but are somewhat more like Judas Iscariot who had his hand in the money bag of Jesus. I say that even if they may not be stealing money for their own enrichment, for when they use the power of the government to take money from one person to give to another in order to appear to be generous they at minimum steal the accolade that would go with such a gift if they had not stepped between the ‘donor’ and the ‘recipient.’

However since BHO is running the money through the government chances are that at more than one level there are people who are diverting some of it to their own enrichment. This is on top of the fact that government ‘charity’ rarely does anything other than to increase the dependency of its recipient. While the increasing control this gives stokes the appetite of the government for ever greater power (which is one objective of some strains of greed) over all aspects of life.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Monday, February 06, 2012

Lesson 58 from The Hard knocks School of Life

Evil seems to me to be made up of three basic behaviors: greed, envy and lying.

Greed may be (I believe is) the underlying disease for the behavior for which envy is the motivation, and most of the time greed is also the motivation for lying.

The only motivation I have ever seen for lying other than greed is fear. This then brings up the question of whether or not fear motivated lying is as evil as greed motivated lying. Another issue that muddies the all lying is evil is the fact that at times lying can be very necessary to stop someone from carrying out an evil act. An example of this is those people who hid Jews from Hitler’s SS during world war two. These people obviously lied and did good. Thus lying became not only a necessary evil at that time but became an actual active good.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Lesson 57 from the Hard Knocks School of Life

Socialism (or communism) seems to me to be systems of government based on greed and fueled by envy.
Communism and its child/sibling socialism are philosophies that are often hard to discuss rationally because people get heavily emotionally involved in these belief systems. Perhaps the reason for this is that so many people have invested their ‘treasure’ both in worldly goods and belief in these ideas and if anyone refutes these ideas they are devaluing the treasure that has been invested in them.

Yet when one takes the time to examine the idea that everyone should have the same stuff, (goods and services) without all of the emotional baggage, it becomes very evident that communism is childish or infantile at best and evil at worst. The reason for this is that not everyone wants, or needs, or deserves the same things in life. For very young children it may only seem fair that Johnny doesn’t have a cookie when Timmy doesn’t have a cookie. But adults can easily understand that if John works every day he has the goods and services he earns while if Tim refuses (not cannot) to work then he should likewise have what he has earned which is poverty.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stop SOPA and PIPA

As a creator of intellectual property theft and piracy does concern me; but as a creator of sometimes controversial content these bills frighten me to death. I’m often amazed at the clueless person in the media who decries the exercise of power by the government when men like Nixon (very NAZIesque in my opinion) Reagan, G H W Bush, and Bush the younger; yet they celebrate the increase of government power and interference in our lives by men like L B Johnson, J E Carter III, W J Clinton and their latest hero du jour Barak Hussein Obama. Government power is a corrupting influence no matter which party or person is wielding it! I refuse to believe that the choice we as humans have is between Stalin and Hitler; there must be an alternative to the bad ideas that both of these men put forth.
SOPA or PIPA is a bad idea, just as The Patriot Act was a bad idea. Bad ideas know no party affiliation. They can (and are) put forward by businesses (which despite the media [which is a BIG business] bias toward Obama's weilding of power) or government functionaries. It does not matter where (or what side of the political aisle) a bad idea comes from; all men who wish to be free resist such ideas.

Here is an article that says more and better than I could on this subject: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/jeffcarter/2012/01/19/stop_sopa_now_why_its_important_to_the_average_joe/page/full/ I suggest strongly that you read this article and consider the implications of this bad bill.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lesson 56 from The Hard Knocks School of Life

Men only dare greatly if they expect great rewards. The government that seeks to limit the size of reward that a man may hope for or expect is foolish at best and tyrannical at worst.

Some say that greed, or need is the mother of invention and I would have to say that the first is closest to the truth. That is because no matter how great the need of a people group is the only reason something new is attempted (which is the essence of invention) is if the person who is making the attempt believes he will reap some reward that he feels is adequate to his effort.

The only difficulty I have is in calling the self-interest that inspires invention greed. This is because I do not believe that wanting a better life in and of itself is a manifestation of greed. It seems to me that greed is when you try to prevent other people from having a better life. Or when you desire something and steal it rather than work for it.

The characterization of profit as evil is one of the many ways in which the lazy and greedy rulers of a society work to make it easier for them to steal from those who work and produce the good things they desire but do not wish to soil their hands with the production of.

© 2012 Vic Jones

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Tough Times Ahead


I extracted the following quotes from this article. http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2012/01/08/obama_fails_math_portion_of_presidency_test/page/full/ I believe that it is well worth your time to read but if you don’t feel like it then consider these words of wisdom.

"The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business and invest it in tax-exempt securities or to find other lawful methods of avoiding the realization of taxable income. The result is that the sources of taxation are drying up; wealth is failing to carry its share of the tax burden; and capital is being diverted into channels which yield neither revenue to the Government nor profit to the people." Andrew Mellon Secretary of Treasury for Warren Harding.

It seems to me that we would be very foolish not to look at history and see what has occurred at other times from the current era to the fall of the Roman Empire which can be traced back to policies that are very similar to those of the current president of the USA.

For wisdom let us look at someone from the party he says he represents though from another time: John Kennedy.

"Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits… In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now." John F. Kennedy

We are spending money we don’t have to make things better in the USA today. This is like a family maxing out all of its credit cards. The question remains this: What will happen when no other nation will lend us money? That I believe is a fearful day and fast approaching. Worse yet is the day when no one will accept our money, when it is viewed with the same disdain as the peso… indeed times are going to get tough.

© 2012 Vic Jones

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