Consequences of Walking the Path of Mysticism

Here’s the reason I decided to explore the path of mysticism and suffered the consequences.

My new sales and marketing campaign is exactly where I want it. I think I will reward myself with a long walk in the woods and just observe and enjoy nature. The fresh air will do me good. First, I better step outside and check the weather. My thermometer says 66 degrees. It’s sunny with a few puffy clouds drifting by. The mild breeze feels good as it caresses my hair and face. Yeah, I think I’ll do it now.

Well, I’m on my way to Eden Park. It has about 15 miles of trails and many options for changing your path. I should arrive in about 10 minutes.

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The Age of Frustration and Despair

The New Year promises us a new beginning. Eventually the wintry month of January spirals in February offering us more of the same. When you ponder on and visualize scenes of new life born from the dead of winter, you realize spring patiently waits around the corner. Sadly for many, seasons come and go taking with them the hope for better times. A stroll around the block of the four seasons brings many back to where they started…or even worse a scene littered with frustration and despair. Our own thoughts and feelings can be our worst enemy.

In addition, the mainstream media attempts to keep us down in a state of resignation and hopelessness. Unwanted news arrives in the form of mass shootings, reports of terrorism, gun control delusions, Affordable Healthcare illusions, Federal Reserve shenanigans, falling wages etc. etc. ad nauseum. And to make matters worse some of the news hits home…affecting our personal and financial well-being. We realize forces that seem to be beyond our control continually chip away at our personal liberty and economic freedom. Is it any wonder that despair no longer just creeps in, but blindsides us. What are we to do? Living in frustration doesn’t seem particularly rewarding. Is there any hope?

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New Age Denial of Evil and Reality

According to Wikipedia “The New Age is a term applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. Precise scholarly definitions of the New Age differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Although analytically often considered to be religious, those involved in it typically prefer the designation of “spiritual” and rarely use the term “New Age” themselves. Many scholars of the subject refer to it as the New Age movement, although others contest this term and suggest that it is better seen as a milieu or zeitgeist.”

That definition doesn’t exactly say much; however, New Agers of my acquaintance consider it a combination of Christianity and Eastern Philosophy. Take the best of each, eliminate the undesirable aspects and create an inevitable spiritual movement. The result is a mixed bag that displays some positive attributes such as beauty; for instance the music of Enya and the connection to the many wondrous colors of nature. In addition, it reveals some effective motivational techniques.   Continue reading “New Age Denial of Evil and Reality”

The Objectivist Exposes Myths About Greed

I’m sure you realize the majority of people consider greed an undesirable personality trait…especially when someone puts it into action. They are not open to questioning the truthfulness of their belief. Why question something that is common knowledge?

They need to ask themselves these questions: When a person displays greed in his interactions with others is this an unquestionably bad trait? Does greed always have undesirable social consequences?

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (unabridged) supplies us the following definitions.

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Love of Rational Selfishness and Capitalism

Western Civilization teeters on the verge of collapse. The social and economic policies of the political and financial establishment sinks as a bloated mixture of quack Keynesian economics and spurious socialist dogma. You may believe the stock market indicates otherwise; however, any free market economist can expose the so-called recovery as a fraud. In addition, most people show no love for rational selfishness and laissez faire capitalism.

You may be wondering how it’s possible for us to feel any love towards fellow human beings…when so many seem to be caught up in a whirlwind of evil doings, while others apathetically put up with it. Ayn Rand statedEvil requires the sanction of the victim.”

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Government Ought to Do Something Illusion

Doesn’t it perplex you that people search outside of themselves for answers to life’s problems. One of the worse places to seek answers is the government. Of course, greedy, altruistic people promise to supply the solutions. One quick glance at our economic woes tells us this isn’t the place to look.

During Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address delivered on January 20, 1981, he said “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems: government is the problem. Well, things haven’t changed. People still believe in the illusion of government solutions to economic problems.

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Tyranny – The Stuff and Nonsense of Government

News Blitz: Government Tyranny dumps stuff and nonsense on its citizens with regularity.

Do you ever feel like a dumping ground for all the stuff and nonsense the government dumps on you? By now, I’m sure you’re up to your neck in excessive taxation, quantitative easing (QE) scams, oppressive government regulations, healthcare schemes and various liberty violations. The stink of it all probably chokes off your breath, threatening your health and well-being. Soon, government tyranny threatens to completely overwhelm your life, liberty and property.

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Action, Objectivism, Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

In the article Christian Objectivism: Possibility or Contradiction we explored whether Christianity is compatible with Objectivism…or not. Now it’s time to find out if the Four Noble Truths of Buddhist philosophy tie in with the philosophy of reason and action.

Do you ever think about your trials and tribulations and wonder if life is worth the daily effort you must put forth? You’ve probably noticed that as soon as one desire is satisfied a new one pops up and demands satisfaction. You feel as if you are on an endless treadmill of attempting to satisfy wants and desires.

Are you familiar with the “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhist philosophy? They are:

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Capitalism vs Socialism and Interventionism

Although there have many “isms” to designate the various social systems that have existed throughout history there are basically only three. They are Capitalism, Socialism and Interventionism. We can place all the “isms” in one of these three categories.

Capitalism is an economic concept of civilization that requires the private ownership and control of the means of production.

Socialism is a system of social organization that calls for public (state) ownership of the means of production. The totalitarian state owns everything and everyone’s life.

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Christian Objectivism: Possibility or Contradiction

Sean Edwards states Christian Objectivism is a worldview that synthesizes the Christian faith with Ayn Rand’s philosophy called Objectivism.

It’s always nice when Objectivism attracts men and women to its marvelous philosophy of life. However, we must ask: “Is Christian Objectivism a possibility or a contradiction?” Let’s find out.

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