War and Peace: I Can No Longer Watch Without Doing Anything.

I sit here at the edge of world change, wondering what the next move will be. There is so much restlessness in the world right now, and rightly so. It is a shame so many people in the United States, the country in which I live, are choosing to ignore it. The fact that people are focusing on Miley Cyrus and not the imminent war with Syria is just a part of this larger problem.

Peace. This is all that I want, and what most people actually want. Unfortunately we are swimming in pools of ignorance as we succumb to the whims of those who seek power, not peace. Peace is not obtained through war, but rather through harmony. We find the root of our differences, and we learn to weave our society of the differing threads. Peace is obtained by harmonizing. I repeat myself to drive the point home.

We cannot sit idly by while those who seek to put our lives at risk remain unchecked.

We cannot sit idly by while those who sit in power, seek to use that power to kill our human family.

We cannot sit idly by while the war wages on the home front, and not in the MIddle East.

We cannot sit idly by while those who control the masses lead our eyes away from the truth.

We cannot sit idly by, we must stand, and we must wage a battle of peace. We need not answer them with violence, for then we will become as them. Instead, let us serve as living martyrs, as they attempt to silence us. Let us give them a reason to want to silence us.

With the growing police state in this country, they may attempt to take me for these words, or some words I say in the near future.

This is irrelevant. I can no longer sit idly by.

Please. Listen and understand. We are meant to do more than follow blindly.



So that there is no confusion about my views on a number of things, I have decided to educate everyone on how my mind works. I try to avoid labeling myself, but in order to get this point across, I will make an exception.

1) I am a Taoist. I have always been a Taoist at heart, even while practicing other “religions”. I was a Taoist before I knew what Taoism was, as when I first discovered it, I was immediately entranced by how well it matched my beliefs. Fearing persecution from those around me, I kept this mostly to myself. I don’t care about what others think anymore, so now you all get to know.

2) I am flexible in relationships. Personality means a great deal more to me than gender when determining who I would want to associate with on any level of relationship. In this case I refuse to be labeled, because no label sticks. I am simply attracted to the things I am attracted to, and it should only matter to you if you are either trying to form a relationship with me, or if I am trying to form a relationship with you. I consider it a wasteful use of brain power to involve one’s self in another person’s sex life without invitation. 

3) I am a Nihilist. No, that does not mean that I have no morals(A common misconception). I simply do not believe you can ever conclusively prove anything. I do not believe that there is a universal basis for things like morality. Do I believe killing is wrong? What a tricky question. It’s tricky no matter who you are. Some will say yes, but then you ask them, “what about self defense?”, and then they second guess themselves. I could go deeper on that, but that isn’t what this post is about. I do not believe in a universal right or wrong, but rather that such things are determined by your own self at the moment of a given situation. MANY will disagree with me here, but hey, I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I dare you to prove that you are morally right, without resulting to your religious text. Give me conclusive evidence.

4) I am NOT a Democrat. I agree with the spirit of many of the things that they say, regarding many social issues for instance, but they often do not practice what they preach, which leaves me frustrated with them, not satisfied. At the same time, there are other ways in which I definitely don’t agree with their platform, such as their need to regulate EVERYTHING. I will never support a group of people who want to impose their morals upon me.

5) I am NOT a Republican. I agree with their emphasis on smaller government, and because they “occasionally” put that into practice, I am slightly more comfortable with their leadership, but I would almost never vote for one. I disagree strongly with their common emphasis on almost theocratic rule, and supposed moral superiority. I will never support a group of people who want to impose their morals upon me.

6) I am nearly Libertarian, but I am not Libertarian. I don’t tie myself down to any political party, because my views change often. There is, however, at this current time, little I disagree with in the general Libertarian platform.

7) I am open-minded, and will change my opinions often when presented with new evidence, or new perspectives. People often think this means to lack conviction, but this is not true. It is simply a matter that my conviction to find the best course of action through life is stronger than any other conviction I hold. I find that holding strong opinions can be useful, but unless you are willing to bend, you will often find yourself breaking.

That’s it folks, now hopefully there will be less confusion when I post.

Lesson 1: Perspective – This is Water

Everything is perspective. That is the number one lesson in life, and the secret to understanding everyone. You may have difficulty understanding others if you can’t learn to step back and see from different points of view.

It also makes the cause of peace very difficult to fight. If you are unable to achieve a heightened understanding of what is really going on, by being able to put yourselves in the shoes of either your comrades or your opponents, then you will flounder in the heat of battle. This is why perspective is lesson number one.

We begin with this video, as it is an excellent introductory course on how to start seeing things in a different way. I hope you enjoy it, and will think about it in anticipation of the next post.