As I’ve studied the Constitution and the principles of freedom over the better part of a decade now, I often wondered why there were so many references from the founders concerning the need of the people to be moral and virtuous. As a religious person, I could correlate these quotes with my belief that God will help prosper good people, but from a non-religious standpoint, it did not make sense to me. It was only over the last year or so that it really began to click. Now that I’ve seen it, it seems so obvious. Let’s take a look at it together.
As you’ve probably already heard, "five are dead and several more wounded as a result of yesterday’s shooting in Boston, where eight police officers opened fire on a group of protestors. This occurred shortly after 9:00 PM. Witnesses reported that a large group of protestors approached a lone police officer outside of a shipping warehouse near the docks." The officer called for backup and seven more officers arrived. "As angry words were shouted back and forth, the officers opened fire." The protestors were gathered to bring awareness to the past allegations of foul play filed against the local police department against their officers. These allegations include both "rape and the unlawful detaining of citizens."
I have wondered, for a while, what I could say and do about current events that would be the most helpful to the most people. As I’ve done so, I’ve seen a lot of complaints about the ignorance of others. If we define ignorance as “ the lack of knowledge... in relation to a particular subject; the state of being uneducated or uninformed” then there is a lot of ignorance going around. I’ve decided to address one way that almost every person in the world today is ignorant, how it can be fixed, and why it should be fixed.
In a society that has become so polarized that it seems impossible for any two people to agree on anything, especially politics, there is a desperate need for unity. Sadly, it cannot be unity for unity's sake, it must be unity around something meaningful and substantial. If our society were to better understand the principles of freedom, I have little doubt both conservatives and liberals could unite around them. Sadly, we don't. Even worse, we may no longer have time to learn. An aggressive and dangerous enemy is descending upon both Liberals and Conservatives alike, and while the former two are busy demonizing each other over stupid issues, this new enemy threatens to swallow us whole.
Note: This is revised edition.
If you are a self-motivator, a sports fan, or simply a Sylvester Stallone fan, then chances are that you've heard Rocky Balboa's speech that he gives his son in the 2006 film. (Need a refresher? Check out the movie scene above. A written transcript of the speech can be found here.) A motivational gem, it has helped carry me through everything from sporting competitions to traumatic life events. While sports and difficult life experiences go hand in hand with the theme of the speech, it doesn't take much to see how it can apply to another aspect of life: Dating. Here is why parts of this speech really stood out to me in my dating days and why it can be useful for you too.