On Power, On Truth, On Life

truth –
1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
6. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
7. honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
8. ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience: the basic truths of life.

The truth is a powerful act, even a revolutionary act in times like today, but the truth is no longer sufficient by and of itself. There have been countless times in the past when truth has served as a powerful voice to reason and “saved the day”, but that time is now long gone.

There is a widespread misconception that “real truth” is going to be the long-needed catalyst to instigate the changes required in our world before it is too late. This is without a doubt, not true, not in today’s world.

In today’s world, power does not recognize or even acknowledge truth. Truth is readily manipulated to be whatever the powerful entities say the truth is. Real truth is hidden, discouraged and often as not, vehemently attacked by those in power. They define the meaning of truth, literally creating, weaving and fabricating their “reality of lies” for millions and billions of people.

This is the truth that is accepted, defended, fought over and you and I are asked and even demanded to die over. This is the official state-sponsored reality, a matrix-like existence that underlies the fabric of civilization. But despite these facts, the official reality is not the truth and never can be the truth. It is a artificial construct, carefully woven into the minds of billions who live within its prison walls, unable to see or even comprehend that another, truer more accurate reality even exists.

This is the artificial reality which most embrace, because the real truth is simply too painful to comprehend and too difficult to accept. For this reason, the real truth of our lives on this planet and their impacts is rejected out of hand. Powerful interests have seen to this by reviling, rejecting and redefining the world into their image-scape. As a direct result, our day-to-day existence and perception of reality really belongs to them and not to us, an image-scape of their design and construction, catering to their power and control.

Of the many, many countless efforts that are underway to reveal the truth of our condition, none have succeeded in breaking through the chains of these illusions. In effect, the truth is not powerful enough to overcome illusions, not anymore.

Personally, I have serious doubts that anything can be changed by exposing the truth anymore. There are several reason I hold this view:

a) public exposure of the truth informs and educates, but only to those that bother to listen (a small minority);

b) of this minority, even fewer still will actually do anything at all with the information they’ve learned;

c) and of this subset, far fewer still will do anything actually effective with what they’ve learned.

Examples would be the slave labor practiced by many American corporations. How many people are actually aware of this? Quite a few in reality, but of that group, how many have done anything at all? And how many are actually doing anything truly effective to stop this or change this?

Most people just keep right on shopping at the same stores, turning a blind eye to the truth that they’ve only shallowly absorbed. It’s inconvenient to shop elsewhere. Those few that actually stop shopping at these types of business don’t effect the desired change and never will, because their actions are effectively powerless.

It would not matter if one million shoppers stopped shopping there either since these actions are actually ineffective. These corporations would, if necessary, just pick up and move somewhere else, or change their name or rebrand their product or setup a sweat shop in yet another, different country and the whole thing plays itself out over and over again. Nothing really changes. Nothing ever does because we remain powerless and ineffective (more on this later).

We could even expose the real truth behind 9/11 to 100,000,000 Americans, but the reality is, it really won’t change anything. Liars such as Bush and Cheney try and hide from truth, but they’ve yet to run away, they don’t need to. They just enact new distractions, or new bombing campaigns or spin more rhetoric which is picked up by the lamestream media and spoon-fed over and over again to the brainwashed.

Truth is not power. Not anymore. Power caters to power. Power recognizes power. Disgruntled, unhappy consumers are not powerful enough to make a difference in anything of significance. They can only influence those who are truly “influencible”, such as small businesses that don’t have the deep pockets to deal with a lack of consumer confidence or something similar. But they cannot effect the real changes necessary in the huge multi- nationals on the scale and time lines that are needed.

It’s not just sweat shops we’re talking about here of course, but other issues such as the mountains and mountains of useless crap this is destroying our planet that simply shouldn’t be produced in the first place, or the politicians that keep lying to us. But they keep making it (bullshit) and we keep buying it and this will continue until hell freezes over because we remain effectively powerless to stop it.

We remain powerless because we remain trapped inside the reality image-scape of their design. Even worse, we are tricked into actively supporting and defend this fabricated image of reality to our own destruction, effectively self-defeating any and all attempts we could possibly attempt to try and change things.

There is a misconception that the real truth will empower us as individuals and instigate change. If only enough people would believe “the truth” then we could change our world. No it won’t. Stop believing this lie. This lie is based upon the “critical mass” theory that claims once a sufficient mass is reached, change will be inevitable result.

The problem with this is two-fold: A unified mass is most often never realized, and even a unified mass doesn’t actually control anything (not even their own purchasing power). In a world where all the politicians, corporations and resources are all bought and paid for and we effectively own nothing, even our very lives, a unified mass doesn’t actually stop anything, the problem just morphs itself into a new existence.

Related is the lie that we are all supposed to believe, is that lie that our “voice” counts. No it doesn’t. It doesn’t count at all. Precisely because this society is a democracy, it does not count. We are forced through practice, tradition, belief systems and actual enforcement (laws) to seek to enact change “democratically”. Yet those who are responsible are neither democratic in their actions and care not for who makes the laws or what their customer / consumer base is saying. They remain relatively unaffected by our discontent and always will.

The democratic paradigm is actually deeply flawed. This only works in manageable, representative societies, which we certainly do not have today, we only have the illusion of such a society. The double-standards and variable application of laws, rights, responsibilities and accountability is one of the primary reasons why our voice in a democratic society does not work anymore (but not the only one). Power caters to power and only recognizes power, none of which the people have and none of which the people will ever have either, as long as they remain trapped within this fabricated reality of illusions.

The divide and conquer techniques and double standards effectively nullify every effort we could possibly make to gain a unified voice.

The reality is, if we are brutally honest with ourselves, is we are effectively changing nothing that isn’t already decided for us. We are not making the decisions, they are. This is a fact, not conjecture or wishful thinking; and it will not make any difference at all if 100,000,000 million voices were to “demand” change. The only change we would get would be a whole new set of illusions which would cater to power. The “Green Earth” movement is a example of this, a new set of illusions that does effectively nothing to change the status quo, nor learn to live sustainably.

We can only effectively demand what we can actually change in ourselves first, and few will actually do that, which is why we remain divided, disorganized and not unified.

Truth is NOT POWER by itself and never was. Truth is not power because the world has been built on lies, operates on lies and practices and supports lies. This is the real “reality” we all live under but choose to ignore. This is our society and our civilization. Truth only becomes powerful when we become powerful.

The real truth is despised, rejected, distorted and maligned. Those that seek truth, practice truth and live truth are sought out and killed (eventually) because power hates truth. But power is not harmed nor hurt by truth that remains non-powerful. Only when truth becomes powerful (force of will) does power become seriously threatened or destabilized. And it only takes one to become powerful and this is where the danger lies (more on this later).

But until that time, power disdains the truth and has little regard for it. The riddle is easy when you come to understand it. You are powerless in truth and with truth because you refuse to do anything powerful with the truth you have. Power fails to recognize your truth or anyone else’s truth for this reason. Truth by itself changes nothing. Only truth that has become powerful by a force of will can hope to change anything. And very, very few will actually choose this path because it is irrevocably difficult, lonely and hard.

You must do something powerful before power recognizes you, or changes because of you. But what is that?

A personally powerful act changes with time because society itself changes. At one time, speaking the truth was sufficient to instigate change as history has shown. Not anymore. Not when the truth is maligned, despised and rejected, or can even get you arrested or killed. When there is little regard or concern for the truth as it is today, the truth by itself no longer becomes powerful. It must be enjoined with a powerful act by powerful people. This is you.

Withholding your vote is not a powerful act to those that do not even recognize your vote. The (s)elections of 2000 and 2004 were already decided in advance of the voter turnout. It would not have mattered or made any difference at all if another million voters had “voted”, the vote was already decided as we now know.

If there are (s)elections in 2008, they may be marked by staged “terrorists” attacks meant to strike fear into the sheeple. In any case, the (s)election 2008 and it’s desired outcome has also already been decided and you haven’t even “voted” yet.

Voting in State or Federal elections is no longer a powerful act for reasons already covered. Here are a few more:

a) you’re not allowed to vote for the real candidate of your choice, you are simply offered the pre-picked “selections” already decided for you by other powerful interests;

b) the demographics and Electoral College system make federal (s)elections a sick, sad joke;

c) the actual “representation” of the candidates and (s)elected is to perpetuate the system that controls you and does nothing to enable you;

d) the very act of voting gives “implied consent” (contract) to be governed by this system, the implications which are absolutely stupendous;

e) this consent includes all of the evils which governments do (take your pick, war, graft, taxation, tasering, imprisonment, slavery, corruption, etc.).

There are many more reasons that I do not approve of voting, but detailing these would distract from the rest of this essay. Suffice it to say that voting is simply a waste of time at the Federal or State level if you do not accept the view that we do not have a representative government, that voting can change anything, and that my consent to be governed is not given. The real powerful act in this case is to not vote.

Withholding your purchasing “power” (boycotting) a multinational corporation isn’t a powerful act and never was because your “money” is actually meaningless to them. This is a misconception taught by those who fail to understand that our dollars are meaningless to those that already have too many dollars and can quite literally create “dollars” out of thin air anytime they want. Moreover, they are operating with an entirely different set of rules that does not recognize the “threat of money” and can not easily circumvent this. This type of personal power activity only affects those that cannot afford to be boycotted, and this simply does not apply to multinationals or mega corporations.

Writing your Senator or Congressman is not a powerful act anymore because they simply do not care about what you write [they’re ALL previously ‘bought and paid for’, such as Jane Harman by the Rand Corp with HR1955.]. They do not even read what you write in 99.9999% of all cases. On the exceedingly rare occasion when your letter makes it past the censors and staff secretaries, your letter might be read by someone near to your Senator or by the Senator his or herself. But your mere words are insufficient of themselves anyway, since their just words and carry no power or force of will, and they know that, which is why they disdain our words these days, they’re not entirely stupid. They already know that we will continue to go along with whatever they do or demand. They themselves cater to power, which is not represented by you and your letter of words.

Many people write to those that they wish to boycott or express discontent with using email or faxes. This is the worst method of all. The delete key works very, very well and can nullify millions of letters of discontent in an instant. Faxes can also be instantly destroyed in the memory buffers in the same way or simply fed into the shredder.

One of the most powerful acts we could do (but we’d all have to do it) is to stop contacting our “representatives”. Stop voting, stop writing, stop attending speeches, stop going to dinners and functions, stop calling, stop faxing, stop emailing, just stop. Don’t even sell these pricks a condom or bottle of booze. A “silence from the people” who are disgusted beyond words at our “democracy”. A withdrawal of consent on a global scale.

This might not change anything if my premise holds true, but it would probably scare the living hell out of these bastards. A “deafening silence” all around the nation and all around the world. In any case, it’d be fun, since contacting them is a waste of time anyway.

Protesting on street corners or in “marches” or picketing is perhaps the most useless waste of time anybody could spend, a utterly useless non-powerful act, despite the actual and real force of will. This worked (sort of), once upon a one time, but not anymore because our society has changed and no longer recognizes or even marginally acknowledges such efforts, thanks largely to a complicit and corrupt media bias.

First off, protests are “illegal” without proper permits and are often broken up on this basis alone. Secondly, they are derided and ridiculed by the media themselves, who badly misrepresents the reasons, numbers and purpose of the protesters. Thirdly, they are now relegated to “free speech zones”, out of the public eye and away from those who are the targets of the protests. You don’t even get noticed, by anyone [except by the Gestapo]!

Yet people still attend these misguided efforts, and still encounter the same risks as ever. They are still subject to arrest and detention, and would have been far better off to simply protest illegally in the first place where they would at least have gotten noticed, if only briefly. Adherents to these methods claim that it’s good for the “company you keep” and acknowledging each other and your combined discontent. Better yet, get together and go to a coffee shop and sit down and hatch an effective campaign of personal power!

Blogging isn’t powerful act either, although millions are now engaged in this activity, including myself. But I recognize the futility of it all, because it hasn’t change anything either. All forms of writing and reporting are no longer powerful acts like they once were, because those that are the targets of our protests and discontent are simply more powerful then all the words we could possibly assemble. We must not forget the billions upon billions of words, words, words that have been penned and piled up, yet they have changed nothing. Words are no longer the powerful swords they once were, because they no longer carry the meaning they once had (and the lives that reflected them).

We must also not forget that they own and control the mainstream media itself, which is why the hard truths and hard questions are never asked or answered and our corrupt leaders are never held accountable. It is the media which controls a huge percentage of people’s perception of what passes for truth, and it is the media which is constantly, incessantly spinning lies and fabrications of truth to the minds of billions.

They are extremely successful at this too, and can rightly be thought of as the enablers of evil these days. They do this because it is in their vested interest (besides being owned by the corrupt) to keep up the lies and illusions that are the fabric of our society. This is like an onion and has been very carefully grown, layer by layer for many, many years. To put this into perspective, you must go back hundreds or even thousands of years to understand just how vast this really is.

To “reveal the truth” now by these media monstrosities would be to destroy themselves, something that they are not willing or inclined to do. And even if they did by some miraculous event, they’d be immediately discounted by everyone else, including their peers and other media outlets, and the readers themselves, because the lies they’ve spun which the world has embraced have become the accepted and even preferred reality.I’ll give you an example of this. In America, there is a widespread, commonly held belief that mankind is both master and owner of the Earth. This conception came about over a very long period of time extending back thousands and thousands of years and has even been found in the root of most religions.

More recently as example here in America, the “Manifest Destiny” doctrine among many others emphasized this “truth” with a particular emphasis on “America’s destiny”. This was in reality, something that has been practiced all over the world and as a result, mankind raped and pillaged and plundered “his” planet at the expense of all other living things, including all the other humans living all over the earth.

But the real truth is actually just the opposite of this. We are neither the masters nor owners of the Earth, we are but one species that lives here, yet this simple fact is widely disregarded. It contradicts the very foundations of our civilization and is widely ignored by literally everyone, politicians, religious leaders and citizens alike. A very tiny few people know the truth, but they are derided, ridiculed and even killed for it, such as the indigenous tribes that once lived all over the Earth. They didn’t “die out”, they were slaughtered, repeatedly, over and over again, all over the world until they were extinct. The truth they once knew has nearly died with them.

Now, returning to my point, revealing this truth today by a major media outlet would be instantly self-destructive for them. It does not matter that this is the real truth, a truth which should be earth shattering and all-important, because nobody wants to hear it and virtually nobody even cares. The false ‘reality’ remains preferable. The truth is only meaningful if humans care enough for it to matter, and matter enough to change, otherwise it’s simply not meaningful to anything else.

There are in fact, many, many truths just like this, that have been swept away and destroyed by our history and civilization. Overlying these buried truths are the illusions and fabrications that have been woven and designed to keep you afraid, controlled, manipulated and divided. Hiding the truth also keeps you dependent upon your plantation owners for everything you will ever need in life in order to live. They in effect, own you, control you and manipulate you to their every whim. You live because they exist, make no mistake about it.

You can rail to your hearts content against these distortions of truth, but you will not effect the change you desire as long as you remain powerless and continue to do powerless things. You are in reality railing against the fabric of civilization itself which caters to power alone.

Real power does not come from within the walls that have confined us, but from outside of these walls. We must never forget that these are walls of their design and construction, not ours. Unlearning the lies we have been taught is the first enabling steps we can take to becoming powerful.

The most powerful men and women on earth today are those that define their own reality. This would of course include those very people that we are opposed to. Leaders and industry elites are constantly redefining what is “permissible, what is “right”, what is “good”. They are manufacturing and manipulating the “truth” to suit them. It does not matter to them what is legal or lawful, they create the reality that they desire by manufacturing and manipulating the means and mechanisms of society to ensure that their reality is realized and comes to fruition.

This in itself is a powerful truth that we can use to understand that we too can scale the walls that control us and constrain us. We must nullify the walls that confine us and break them down. We must create our own reality that enables us with power, that is closer to the true reality which we all hide from. We must commit powerful acts with our lives and abandon all the deceptions we have embraced that keep up neutralized, powerless and distracted.

Those most deserving of power don’t want it. Those in power are most concerned about staying in power. The average man will never be served by those in power, since power caters to its own selfish self-interest. Instead, the illusion of service is the oblique offering, all of which is designed to keep you personally powerless and afraid.

Our civilization caters to power, and until you become personally powerful, you will remain insignificant and weak, personally powerless and subject to all that our plantation owners demand of you.

The reality is that all power is ultimately self-serving, even our own personal power. The danger is obvious, power does corrupt and absolute power absolutely corrupts those that wield it.

Having been warned, we must regain control of our very lives by committing real powerful acts with our lives. This is in reality, all we have anyway, our very lives. We have nothing else and never, ever will.

This is the “force of will” that I referred to earlier, and is characterized by the following points:

a) We cannot play by the rules so liberally and forcibly applied to us but not applied to others; if the rules are designed to only serve a few, then the rules simply do not apply and can be disregarded. This has been shown in the lives of leaders throughout history, who refused to comply when faced with injustice and double-standards.

b) Personal power does not come from a “consensus”, but from within. You alone are powerful enough to instigate change in your own life and in the lives of those you effect. It is up to you do use this power or to go on pretending it does not exist and cannot be yours for the taking.

c) We cannot “part time” our personal power and then go back to supporting what we have come to despise; this makes us hypocrites and self-defeating. In today’s world, we are all hypocrites and self-defeating because we have all been made into dependent-slaves.

d) We cannot wait for a “better opportunity” to become personally powerful then now, the best time is already here, now before it too late or later with its terrible side effects and long term ramifications.

e) When you become personally powerful, do not seek to “reform” what is irrevocably broken and flawed. We must destroy it or simply abandon it altogether. Attempts at reforming what is already broken only perpetuates the illusions that they were first built on.

There are many valid reasons to become personally powerful, but not because you are trying to change the world. Your primary goal is to change yourself first and foremost. Your secondary goal is to be able to defend yourself, and letting those changes you’ve come to make in your life continue to exist in a world that truly hates the personally powerful. It is your reality that you are defining and defending here, not someone else’s.

Seeking to change a world that continues to embrace illusions is a fools game. You cannot save anybody who prefers illusions and are wasting your time to even try. This is also why you cannot even save the planet, even though you live here too.

Taking charge of your own life is your first primary powerful act. Take charge of it and refute the lies and the illusions that are being crammed down your throat. This is in itself, a revolutionary state of being, the first necessary step in a personally powerful life which is to think, to act and to live, independent and free of the coercion and control that seeks to keep you afraid.

Your second powerful act is to learn to defend yourself so that you can keep on living that life. There are a great many mechanisms now in place to make sure that you only live the life that has been designed for you. Learning your defense of your life will be necessary because the world does not want or like non-conformists. This will require is an essay or two just to mention the highlights needed here.

The third powerful act is to learn to use the “force of will” in your defense and in your life. This is where “one becomes powerful” by performing as needed, powerful acts that define the real nature of what you are dealing with. This would include many things, such as operating outside of the normal convention and restrictions. For example, there is no reason, moral or otherwise, to blithely ‘obey’ what is unjust, immoral or simply wrong.

A great deal of what is demanded of us today fits into one or all of these categories. Very few people are will to perform the simple, powerful act of disobedience. Disobedience will not change anything, nor will it enable you or make your free. But it will revoke your consent to be ‘governed’ for each and every act of disobedience you perform.

Personally powerful acts do not come free either. There is a cost that will be levied against you each time you ‘engage’. But the opposite is compliance, consent or complacency. If you intend to be personally powerful and take charge of your life, you will have to make a choice and stand your ground.

Pick your battles carefully and wisely. They’re not all to be won, nor will they necessary change anything, but you won’t be a simpering slave either. But they will be fought, sooner or later by someone, somewhere as the tyranny increases.

A single powerful voice, or uniquely powerful act can have far reaching consequences which are difficult to measure. Therefore, this isn’t the goal, since it cannot be defined or even ensured of success. A powerful life is a process, not an event, characterized by a force of will, and a refusal to be a slave. Powerful people define their own reality, and make room for others too, by their very state of “being”.

Most people live in fear, a deep, dark, shadowy fear that governs their daily lives. They recognize the injustice and the oppression, but they are afraid to do anything at all about it. They’re even afraid to rebel or withhold their consent. Powerful people do not cower in fear nor stand silent when injustice occurs, they act if they can.

You are only bound by the ‘rules’ that you permit to bind you. Most rules are not there for your benefit, nor even the benefit of someone else. They exist to benefit the plantation owners and their agents. Do what is right and don’t look back. If you don’t already have a strong, personal code of ethics, then you will quickly be taken down. But if you do, you will also realize that the world refuses to recognize an ethical code of conduct and will insist instead, that it has both the right and the authority to define this for you.

This is why there is such a clash between individuals and society, experienced in innumerable ways. What is needed is a complete tear down of the societal expectations and ‘rules’ that govern people and a rebuilding from the foundations upwards. But that isn’t about to happen, so you will be in constant disagreement and discord with what society expects and what you have learned and experienced.

An example of this is the recent legislation that is currently in the news about raising and growing your own food. Slaughtering your own animals for your own consumption is becoming illegal. Society says you must have permits, licensing and be regulated, but your stomach and common sense tells you otherwise.

Another example would be someone who chose to live off the land, taking what they needed for their sustenance, shelter and clothing. This is illegal throughout America on “public” land (an oxymoron if there ever was one). Personally powerful people have long settled these stupid debates on these issues and do what they want — what is right, proper and simple common sense. They disobey the ‘rules’ and do as they need, despite the real consequences of disobeying the law.

There are countless other examples that could be applied here. A civilization that manipulates, controls and owns you, is a civilization that needs to be torn down and disobeyed. Not rebuilt, because reform isn’t possible when power caters to power. A new ethic and way of life and living needs to be born, but it cannot be born on the ‘redesigned’ structures of the old.

All revolutions begins with freed minds, and then freed lives. The changes that many want must begin within before they can be realized without. An individual revolution is the empowered life that takes charge of its own destiny, living, engaging and performing powerful acts that will by their definition, be contrary to the controlled society.

We are men, not sheep, and we alone have the right to choose how our lives are lived. The elite hate this and will do everything in their power to make sure you never realize it. Know this now and never, ever forget it. Live and design your own life accordingly.

[the following are contributions to this essay by Lonewolf]

Reminded me of an excellent book, “The Power of One” by  Bryce Courtenay, selected excerpts:

“Doc had taught me the value of being the odd man out: the man who senses that there is an essential collective sanity to humans and who assumes the role of the loner, the thinker, and the searching spirit who calls the privileged and the powerful to task.  The power of one was based on the courage to remain separate, to think through to the truth, and not be beguiled by convention or the plausible arguments of those who expect to maintain power.”

“”¦I had discovered that only two places are available to those who wish to remain concealed [from the scrutiny and control of the powerful].  The choices are to be a non-entity or [to be] an exception.  You either disappear into a plebeian background or move forward to where most others fear to follow.”

” “˜Everything fits “¦ Nothing is explained.  Nature is a chain reaction.  One thing follows the other,  everything is dependent on something else.  The smallest is as important as the largest, See.’ he would say pointing to a tiny vine curled around a sapling, “˜that is a stinkwood sapling which can grow to thirty meters, but the vine will win and the tree will be choked to death long before it will ever see the sky.’

“He would often use an analogy from nature. “˜ja”¦ always in life an idea starts small, it is only a sapling idea, but the vines will come and they will try to choke your idea so it cannot grow and it will die and you will never know you had a big idea,  an idea so big it could have grown thirty meters through the dark canopy of leaves and touched the face of the sky.’  He looked at me and continued. “˜The vines are people who are afraid of originality,  of new thinking.  Most people you encounter will be vines; when you are a young plant they are very dangerous.’  His piercing blue eyes looked into mine. “˜Always listen to yourself”¦ It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention.  If you are wrong, no matter, you have learned something and you will grow stronger.  If you are right, you have taken another step toward a fulfilling life.”

All great truths begin as blasphemies. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. ~ Nietzsche

Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions. “¦ Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”

The world is divided into [by] people who think they are right. ~ Unknown

Faith (not truth) is belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ~ Andre Gide

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. ~ Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Advice to Youth

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. ~ Katherine Mansfield

Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery. ~ Lawana Blackwell

The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. ~ Herbert Agar

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. ~ Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. ~ Josh Billings

Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ ~ Kahlil Gibran

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895, Act I

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading. ~ Quintus Spetimius Terullianus

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) The Sign of Four, 1890

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Truth is truth
To the end of reckoning. ~
William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 5 scene 1

If you look for the truth outside of your self if gets further and further away.” ~ [Chinese, Shaolin proverb]

Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.
~ W. Edwards Deming

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  • November 27, 2007 at 7:46 pm
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    Gee, what a great essay!! I still don’t know what “The Truth” is. I’ve heard it said that the truth is that which you choose to believe. Now we’re getting into philosophical ethics. Some Sophist once said:”The only absolute statement that can be made is that everything is relative.” Maybe truth is when you realize you are going to die, like when looking in the barrel of a .30 cal rifle (choose your own cal/gauge), or holding someone you care about that is leaving this existence, or…I’m sure most of us have a personal experience we can relate to. When you get down to the nitty-gritty, as they say, all this philisophical bullshit don’t mean squat. What’s going to happen will happen and there’s not a damned thing we can do to stop it. The train-wreck is happening and we can only watch. We can’t do anything about the causes; we can only deal with the effects, and how they affect us. Hence: prepare (as we are doing) for the inevitable, and all that follows.
  • November 27, 2007 at 10:08 pm
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    Some of those things could be powerful. 100,000,000 people is the entire working population of the United States. If they stopped working, or paying their taxes, they would shut down the entire system. If they demanded changes, the powers that be would at least pretend to be sympathetic.

    Unfortunately, it’ll never happen. When you can’t feed yourself, and live paycheck to paycheck, with no savings or stored food, utterly dependent upon the system, who’s going to bite the hand that feeds him? And that pretty well describes modern Americans. If a strong, powerful person came along, who would risk joining him?

    But even as I write this, I can’t help but think that there are a hundred other factors: widespread apathy, lack of community, “look out for number one” and “profit at any price”. I donno… the whole system’s rotted through. Deliberate manipulation? Who knows…

    But it makes me wonder. Did any large group of people ever change because of truth alone? I suspect they never changed except by necessity, when they were already feeling the pain… perhaps the truth only revealed the cause of the pain…

  • November 28, 2007 at 12:37 am
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    It is the idea that is powerful,it doesn’t have to be true,but it has to be believed. The problem with promoting a lie is that it can be torn apart be true facts,hence all the secrecy. You seldom have all the facts and its those secret facts that they won,t tell you that they use to justify their actions. If you ever have these facts use them,if you don’t,give them to someone who will. I am that small minority that fights back and it is just like Naomi Wolf said they will not have to take everybody down,just a few prominent ones and make examples of them. You risk very little if you stay with the herd,but when we’re gone nothing will slow them down. But it is you they are afraid of,they have no power you don’t give them. The system is corrupt,but for the time being it’s all we have,we must take it back. People need encouragement. The idea that nothing can be done plays right into their hands keeping the public docile if not content. One thing I tell my Union brothers is to prepare by being able to meet their needs and pay there bills for 6 monthes. This would apply to you as well. This will strenghten your confidence. The truth is they have a lot more to loose than we do. One action by itself will not get the job done. We must be consistent,do your duty as a citizen,and don’t give up your rights as a citizen. If and when it all collapses then Lock and Load.
  • November 28, 2007 at 8:29 am
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    If your not resistng, you’re part of the problem. The ‘simpering fools’ who decry that there is nothing to be done have given up already. There all just dead weight, consuming resources.

    Our duty as citizens is to fight these bastards tooth and nail. Admin is right, you cannot reform what is broken. You cannot fix a system that is corrupt from within. But you can still fight back, and should. Get up off your knees and act like a man.

    Take back? Take back what? It was never ours, this is the ‘illusion’, don’t know why you cant see that.Who would want to be the inheritor of what is already corrupt anyway? We’d just replace one tyrant for another.

  • November 28, 2007 at 2:01 pm
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    This affirms your stance on activism that leads to nothing: (“Super Corridor” will pave over the heart of America)

    Public hearings and protests have occurred along the route of Interstate 69, but they have done nothing to stem this massive boondoggle. The lazy press has spun the corporate framing narrative—that the superhighway is “inevitable” and any efforts to stop it are “futile.” Activists are portrayed as “ecoradicals” and shoved aside, or jailed for minor infractions that are inevitable when crowds of protesters gather. Meanwhile, the “business community” hails the false panacea of “economic development.”

  • November 28, 2007 at 5:47 pm
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    “get up off your knees and act like a man” 34 years in the labor movement has me covered in scares and put me in situations where I have had to literally fight for my life. To fight them on their own ground by rules that mean little takes more courage than you’ll ever know. Try it sometime.

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