One late afternoon in June, I arrived home from work, my last day on the job. The company had just fired me. The boss told me they needed team players and couldn’t tolerate the anti-social stuff I spouted off too often. He said “Get your belongings together, visit human services for your final check and get out. It wasn’t the first time somebody fired me. From past experience, I should have considered the ending the start of a new journey.
After a rough day at the office, I walked into my apartment, turned on the TV and plopped down on the couch. I felt completely demoralized from dealing with irrational people and power-hungry corporate bureaucrats. I sadly concluded that my dedication to logic and reason meant nothing to these reality evaders. Even worse, I would have to deal with them tomorrow. Incredibly, I had no idea I would soon become a Reluctant Objectivist.
Members of the political and financial establishment prefer that you place your faith in their paper promises. In addition, you must trust the Central Banking system. You should avoid the barbaric relics gold and silver, unless of course you’re purchasing jewelry. Make sure you have a credit card available. You don’t want to handle those nasty germ-ridden bills.
A version of this article appeared on Laissez Faire Today as “Gold’s Redheaded Stepchild is Stumbling Back.”
Don’t you think we ought to find out if silver is a rock-solid investment. Of course, if you prefer to believe in Federal Reserve promises, you don’t need to read the article. Maybe you get the “warm fuzzies” listening to Janet Yellen and company.
Last Friday I published “The Objectivist Chooses the Path of Mysticism. I must state that the article is not an endorsement of mysticism. It showed the dangers of the mystical way of life.
No doubt you’ve heard about the virtue of selflessness. I discovered an article from someone named Tara who explains a mystical sense of life.
What is Selflessness?
Being selfless means to put the needs of others before your own – a form of self-sacrifice.
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.
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?
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”
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.
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 stated “Evil requires the sanction of the victim.”
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.