Last night I finished the biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles. Over the past year and a half, I have read the biographies of George Washington, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller (all by Ron Chernow). In this same time period, I was given a book called “A Course in Miracles” by a very dear friend and fellow Ron Paul supporter. And since beginning to really focus in on politics since 2009, as well as run for Congressional office in Colorado in 2012 and 2014 (and exploring a third in 2016), one thing has become very apparent to me.
I am saying goodbye to the monsters. There are so many people who exist, who seek to raise fear and use fear as a tactic to stop you from achieving your dreams – or achieving anything for that matter. Even people who claim to support the same things that you do – when I have stood up for that – they repeatedly tell me how scared I should be of this ominous force that seeks to destroy me.
For years and years I have been told to prepare for the next economic collapse – all while I take time and energy away from actually engaging in positive and productive actions that may stop me from ever being rampaged by such a catastrophic event in the first place. By using this fear of a tragic event to come, these people who behave like monsters, lurch behind you, using facts and data to support something that is obviously very real – but not really any different than anything that has happened for hundreds and thousands of years.
After reading these truly wonderful biographies, I was astounded at how again and again – instances of politics (the attempted destruction of individual liberties, the use of force by government, the use of force by corporations, politicians being bought by various interests, the strengthening and weakening of the federal government over States’ rights) repeated. Again and again. What we are seeing today, is absolutely nothing new. This is how we roll. This is life.
You see, there are good times and there are bad times. There are times of economic prosperity, and there are times of stagnation and depression. There are times of achieving liberty and there are times of oppression. History continues to repeat – and here we are in this present moment – this “holy instant” – and what do we do with it? What do we do with RIGHT NOW? Because the past is gone and the future is unknown, how are you going to take this holy instant and what will YOU do with it?
I am saying goodbye to the monsters. I want to use my precious seconds on Earth, to love, to give peace, and to peacefully rebel against people who use fear to stop others from expressing themselves and living in liberty. True liberty is taking off all of the shackles of fear away from your heart and your mind. All of the bad, the disaster, the war, the pain, the evil – can you imagine yourself not feeding it anymore? Can you imagine acknowledging something but not giving your heart and mind to it? Can you imagine, instead, believing in goodness, peace, and kindness? In your seconds, you have the choice for what you feed your mind. I am no longer feeding these monsters of fear.