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Hayek Quotes: Liberty, Socialism, and Economy

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Quotes by Friedrich Hayek

keyIf we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice. ~Friedrich August von Hayek

socialjusticeThe mirage of social justice

F. A. Hayek made many valuable contributions to the field of economics as well as to the disciplines of philosophy and politics. This volume represents the second of Hayek’s comprehensive three-part study of the relations between law and liberty. … Google Books

hayekbooksocialismThe Fatal Conceit

Book by Friedrich Hayek

The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism is a non-fiction book written by the economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek and edited by William Warren Bartley. Wikipedia

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Friedrich Hayek

Friedrich August Hayek ( 8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently known as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian, later turned British,[1] economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. In 1974, Hayek shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Gunnar Myrdal) for his “pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and … penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena”.[2]

Hayek is an economist[3] and major political thinker of the twentieth century.[4] Hayek’s account of how changing prices communicate information which enables individuals to coordinate their plans is widely regarded as an important achievement in economics.[5] He also contributed to the fields of systems thinking, jurisprudence, neuroscience, and the history of ideas.[6]

Hayek served in World War I and said that his experience in the war and his desire to help avoid the mistakes that had led to the war led him to his career. Hayek lived in Austria, Great Britain, the United States and Germany, and became a British subject in 1938. He spent most of his academic life at the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

In 1984, he was appointed as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for his “services to the study of economics”.[7] He was the first recipient of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Prize in 1984.[8] He also received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 from president George H. W. Bush.[9] In 2011, his article The Use of Knowledge in Society was selected as one of the top 20 articles published in the American Economic Review during its first 100 years.[10]

More about Hayek from Wikipedia

The Hayek Center

Quotes on Foundation of Faith: Key to Peace

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Quotes from Christian Leaders on Foundation of Faith:

Prayer and Scripture Study: Key to Peace

Boyd K. Packer: Scripture Study—Key to Protection

ScripturePoetryMake scripture reading a part of your regular routine, and the blessings will follow. There is in the scriptures a voice of warning, but there is also great nourishment.

If the language of the scriptures at first seems strange to you, keep reading. Soon you will come to recognize the beauty and power found on those pages.

Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”5

You can test this promise for yourself.

We live in perilous times; nevertheless, we can find hope and peace for ourselves and for our families. Those living in sorrow, despairing at the possibility of children being rescued from where the world has taken them, must never give up. “Be not afraid, only believe.”6 Righteousness is more powerful than wickedness.

Children taught an understanding of the scriptures early in life will come to know the path they should walk and will be more inclined to remain on that path. Those who stray will have the ability to return and, with help, can find their way back.

If you are set on a course of faith and activity in the Church, stay on course and keep your covenants. Continue forward until the time when the Lord’s blessings will come to you and the Holy Ghost will be revealed as a moving force in your life.

If you are presently on a course that points away from the one outlined in the scriptures, let me assure you there is a way back.

Jesus Christ has prescribed a very clear method for us to repent and find healing in our lives. The cure for most mistakes can be found by seeking forgiveness through personal prayer. However, there are certain spiritual illnesses, particularly those dealing with violations of the moral law, which absolutely require the assistance and treatment of a qualified spiritual physician.

Repentance is individual, and so is forgiveness. The Lord requires only that one turn from their sin, and “[He] will forgive their iniquity, and … remember their sin no more.”10

As the repentance process is completed, you will come to understand the meaning of Isaiah’s promise about the Atonement: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”11

Just as chalk can be removed from a blackboard, with sincere repentance the effects of our transgression can be erased through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That promise applies in every case.

The gospel teaches us to be happy, to have faith rather than fear, to find hope and overcome despair, to leave darkness and turn toward the light of the everlasting gospel.

Paul and others warned about the trials of our time and the days yet to come. But peace can be settled in the heart of each who turns to the scriptures and unlocks the promises of protection and redemption that are taught therein. We invite all to turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, to His teachings as found in the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

I bear certain witness of the scriptures as a key to our spiritual protection. I also bear witness of the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, “that through him all might be saved”12 who will be saved. The Lord’s Church has been established on the earth once again. Of the truthfulness of the gospel I bear witness. Of Him I am a witness, in the name of Jesus Christ.

 Faith and Prayer Key to Peace—We Never Walk Alone

family6prayingThere will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift. You worry that you walk alone. Fear replaces faith.

When you find yourself in such circumstances, I plead with you to remember prayer. I love the words of President Ezra Taft Benson concerning prayer. Said he:

“All through my life the counsel to depend on prayer has been prized above almost any other advice I have … received. It has become an integral part of me—an anchor, a constant source of strength, and the basis of my knowledge of things divine. …

“… Though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life’s greatest blessing.”2

The Apostle Paul admonished:

“Let your requests be made known unto God.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”3

What a glorious promise! Peace is that which we seek, that for which we yearn.

We were not placed on this earth to walk alone. What an amazing source of power, of strength, and of comfort is available to each of us. He who knows us better than we know ourselves, He who sees the larger picture and who knows the end from the beginning, has assured us that He will be there for us to provide help if we but ask. We have the promise: “Pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.”4

Of course, prayer is not just for times of trouble. We are told repeatedly in the scriptures to “pray always”7 and to keep a prayer in our hearts.8 The words of a favorite and familiar hymn pose a question which we would do well to ask ourselves daily: “Did you think to pray?”9

Allied with prayer in helping us cope in our often difficult world is scripture study. The words of truth and inspiration found in our four standard works are prized possessions to me. I never tire of reading them. I am lifted spiritually whenever I search the scriptures. These holy words of truth and love give guidance to my life and point the way to eternal perfection.

As we read and ponder the scriptures, we will experience the sweet whisperings of the Spirit to our souls. We can find answers to our questions. We learn of the blessings which come through keeping God’s commandments. We gain a sure testimony of our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of Their love for us. When scripture study is combined with our prayers, we can of a certainty know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

Said President Gordon B. Hinckley, “May the Lord bless each of us to feast upon his holy [words] and to draw from [them] that strength, that peace, [and] that knowledge ‘which passeth all understanding’ (Philip. 4:7).”10

As we remember prayer and take time to turn to the scriptures, our lives will be infinitely more blessed and our burdens will be made lighter.

As we seek our Heavenly Father through fervent, sincere prayer and earnest, dedicated scripture study, our testimonies will become strong and deeply rooted. We will know of God’s love for us. We will understand that we do not ever walk alone.

US Constitution Series 4: Church, State, and Religion in American Life

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The Founders’ Basic Principles: 28 Great Ideas that changed the world

From The 5,000 Year Leap—A Miracle that Changed the World

By W. Cleon Skousen

US Constitution Series 4: Church, State, and Religion in American Life

Principle #4

christianchurchWithout religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

Many Americans fail to realize that the Founders felt the role of religion would be as important in our own day as it was in theirs. In 1787, the very year the Constitution was written and approved by Congress, that same Congress passed the famous Northwest Ordinance. In it they emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in the schools. (Skousen, p. 75)

In it, they stated that formal education was to include among its responsibilities the teaching of three important subjects:

1. Religion, which might be defined as a “fundamental system of beliefs concerning man’s origin and relationship to the cosmic universe as well as his relationship with his fellowmen.”

2. Morality, which may be described as “a standard of behavior distinguishing right from wrong.”

3. Knowledge, which is “an intellectual awareness and understanding of established facts relating to any field of human experience or inquiry (i.e., history, geography, science, etc.).”

How to Teach your family about Church and State

George Washington

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, relgion and morality are indispensable supports …Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”

Washington issued this solemn warning because in Franc, shortly before he wrote his Farewell Address (1796), the promoters of atheism and amorality had seized control and turned the French Revolution into a shocking blood bath of wild excesses and violence. Washington obviously never wanted anything like that to happen in the United States. Therefore he had said: “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness [religion and morality].” (Skousen, p.79)

225px-BenFranklin2Benjamin Franklin

Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other  children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion.

The “Fundamental Points” to Be Taught in the Schools

The five points of fundamental religious belief expressed or implied in Franklin’s statement are these:

1. There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.

2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living shich distinguishes right from wrong.

3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.

4. All mankind live beyond this life.

5. In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.

All five of these tenets run through practically all of the Founders’ writings. These are the beliefs which the Founders sometimes referred to as the “religion of America,” and they felt these fundamentals were so important in providing “good government and the happiness of mankind” that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge. (Skousen, p.78)

In fact, the Founders had taken the five truths we have already identified as ”religion” and had built the whole Constitutional framework on top of them. (Skousen, p.92)

Thomas_Jefferson_by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800Thomas Jefferson

Special provision has been made by one of the amendments to the Constitution, which expressly declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”, thereby guarding in the same sentence, and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press, insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others; and that libels, falsehood, and defamation, equally with heresy and false religions, are withheld from the cognizance of federal tribunals.

The Federal “Wall” Between Church and State

In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association dated January 1, 1802, [Jefferson] explained his position and said the Constitution had created “a wall of separation between church and state.”

In recent years the Supreme Court has undertaken to use this metaphor as an excuse for meddling in the religious issues arising within the various states. It has not only presumed to take jurisdiction in these disputes, but has actually forced the states to take the same hands-off position toward religious matters even thought his restriction originally applied only to the federal government.

justice gavelNOTE: In its 1963 ruling, the Supreme Court in actuality did not take a hands-off position. Instead, it established atheism as the national religion. (Atheism, as a system of beliefs, qualifies as a religion.) Today, the preferred religion in schools is Islam, while Christianity continues to be banned, even persecuted. The Supreme Court violated the clause in the US Constitution which forbids the federal government from both “establishing” religion and “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Because of this national decree by the Supreme Court, the states are failing to protect religious freedom on the state level. Hence, the rampant atheist and Islamic indoctrination in the state schools. ~C.A. Davidson

This obvious distortion of the original intent of Jefferson (when he used the metaphor of a “wall” separating church and state) becomes entirely apparent when the statements and actions of Jefferson are examined in their historical context. (Skousen, p.89-90)

Jefferson and Madison were anxious that the states intervene in religious matters so as to provide for equality among all religions, and that all churches or religions assigned preferential treatment should be disestablished from such preferment. They further joined with the other Founders in expressing an anxiety that ALL religions be encouraged in order to promote the moral fiber and religious tone of the people. This, of course, would be impossible if there were an impenetrable “wall” between church and state on the state level.

Jefferson’s “wall” was obviously intended only for the federal government, and the Supreme Court application of this metaphor to the states has come under severe criticism. (Dallin Oaks, ed., The Wall Between Church and State, 1963, 99.2-3)

Alexis de Tocqueville

He emphasized the fact that this religious undergirding of the political structure was a common denominator of moral teachings in different denominations and not the political pressure of some national church hierarchy.

                De Tocqueville Describes the Role of Religion in the Schools

De Tocqueville found that the schools, especially in New England, incorporated the basic tenets of religion right along with history and political science in order to prepare the student for adult life.

                De Tocqueville Describes the Role of the American Clergy

After noting that all the clergy seemed anxious to maintain “separation of church and state,” he nevertheless observed that collectively they had a great influence on the morals and customs of public life.

In America, he noted, the clergy remained politically separated from the government but nevertheless provided a moral stability among the people which permitted the government to prosper. In other words, there was separation of church and state but no separation of state and religion. (Skousen, p. 82-83)

Why the Founders Wanted the Federal Government Excluded from All Problems Relating to Religion and Churches

The Supreme Court has stated on numerous occasions that to most people freedom of religion is the most precious of all the unalienable rights next to life itself. When the United States was founded, there were many Americans who were not enjoying freedom of religion to the fullest possible extent. At least seven of the states had officially established religions or denominations at the time the Constitution was adopted.

Under these circumstances the Founders felt it would have been catastrophic …if the federal government had tried to establish a national policy on religion or disestablish the denominations which the states had adopted. Nevertheless, the Founders who were examining this problem were anxious to eventually see complete freedom of all faiths and an equality of all relations, both Christian and non-Christian. (Skousen, p.86)

Principle 3: Virtuous and Moral Leaders

 

Quotes: History, Church, and State

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Month-Defining Moment

keyWashington warned that if religious principles were separated from public institutions such as our courts of justice, then citizens would no longer have a secure basis for property, life, or freedom. ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.11

Defining Moment: Church and State—where do you draw the line?

pilgrimprayingresize Many Pilgrims left the land of their birth, because of government interference in their religious rights. Following are some quotes from David Barton’s excellent book on Church and State.

Book Review—Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant

By David Barton

Part 1—History

America

Washington warned that if religious principles were separated from public institutions such as our courts of justice, then citizens would no longer have a secure basis for property, life, or freedom. ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.11

Very simply, the Founders understood the numerous societal benefits produced by Biblical precepts and values and had no intention of expunging those principles from the public square. They even believed that American Government would not function properly if separated from religious principles. ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.9

There is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America—and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth. Alexis de Tocqueville

In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of Christianity and democracy. ~Harry Truman

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . .the general principles of Christianity. ~John Adams

One great object of the colonial charters was avowedly the propagation of the Christian faith. ~John Marshall

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education. . .reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ~George Washington

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or a by a power without them, either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man, either by the Bible or by the bayonet. ~Robert Winthrop

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. ~Noah Webster

In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, [if we remove the Bible from schools] I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. ~Benjamin Rush

Wall between Church and State

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God,. . .I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. ~Thomas Jefferson (emphasis added)

In his letter, Jefferson made clear that the “wall of separation” was erected not to limit public religious expressions but rather to provide security against governmental interference with those expressions, whether private or public. (On numerous other occasions, Jefferson repeatedly affirmed that the sole purpose of the First Amendment was to ensure that the federal government could not interfere with public religious expressions.) ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.13

When should government interfere?

Note: Some people actually commit murder in the name of their religion. This is where you draw the line; where civil government should interfere. But such is the confusion today that government is denying liberty to Christians, while some other religions are getting away with indoctrination, murder, and violence in the name of freedom of religion. ~C.A. Davidson

[T]he rightful purposes of civil government are for its officers to interfere [with religion only] when its principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order. In th[is]. . .is found the true distinction between what properly belongs to  the Church and what to the State. . .Congress was deprived of all legislative power over mere [religious] opinion, but was left free to reach [religious] actions which were in violation of social duties or subversive of good order. (1878 Supreme Court Case Reynolds v. United States, emphasis added) ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.13

Since the federal government was only to inhibit religious expressions that were subversive of good order” or “broke out into overt acts against peace and good order,” that Court (and other courts, including in commonwealth v. Nesbit and Lindenmuller v. The People) provided examples of the types of “religious” acts into which the government did have legitimate reason to intrude—acts such as human sacrifice, concubinage, incest, polygamy, injury to children, etc. tut in traditional religious practices (whether public prayer, the use of the Scriptures, etc.), the government was never to interfere. This was the clearly understood meaning of Jefferson’s “separation” letter and the manner in which it was applied for a century-and-a-half. ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.13

[W]we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . .Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~John Adams (emphasis added)

Unfortunately, in recent decades activist courts have dramatically redefined the word “religion” in the First Amendment, giving it a definition found in no dictionary (except the Court’s own privately written one). The result is that the First Amendment is now used to prohibit the very religious activities that the Founders themselves once encouraged under that same Amendment.

Clearly, the use of the Bible in public school classrooms did not violate Fisher Ames’ view of the First Amendment—and he was one of the Framers most responsible for the wording of that Amendment. Ironically, the Amendment he helped write now prohibits the very activities he once encouraged under that same Amendment. ~David Barton, Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant, p.8

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Parents Teaching by the Spirit, Quotes

Epicworld Dinner Topics May 2014 Newsletter

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dinnerAnd these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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Theme Quotes for May: Parents Teaching by the Spirit

holyspiritAnd all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. ~Isaiah 54:13

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.

But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. ~Mosiah 4:14-1

The Lord has made the promise to all who will repent and remain faithful, exercising a spirit of humility and diligence, that they will be entitled to the guidance of the Spirit of God. This Spirit will lead them and direct them throughout their lives.

To withstand the influence of the adversary, parents must bring up their children in light and truth. Parents will be responsible for the actions of their children, if they have failed to teach their children by example and by precept.

Parents should do all they can to help their children understand and live the gospel of Jesus Christ: set righteous example; begin when they are young; teach children to pray; teach them the scriptures; hold family nights; teach virtue, chastity, and morality. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball

Parents must boldly teach the consequences of immorality. ~Gary and Joy Lundberg

Teaching our children how to repent is the greatest act of love any parent can offer. ~C.A. Davidson

grandmainrockerYou have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?

If the answer is that they have done very well, then your happiness will be complete. If they have done less than well, then no other satisfaction can compensate for your loss. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

The home is the cradle of virtue, the place where character is formed and habits are established. While [your children] are very young, read to them the great stories which have become immortal because of the virtues they teach. Cultivate within them a taste for the best. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

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Stress Relief Tip of the Month: The Comforter

holyspiritgiftBut the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ~John 14:26

The Lord has made the promise to all who will repent and remain faithful, exercising a spirit of humility and diligence, that they will be entitled to the guidance of the Spirit of God. This Spirit will lead them and direct them throughout their lives.

 

 

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“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.

This month the Defining Moment is the Holy Spirit; how Enoch walked with God, and how we can, too

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Priority: Investigation of Common Core reveals that it is blatant Left-wing indoctrination. Your state can choose not to implement Common Core. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children.

It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.

 

Ongoing

NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.

1. Tea Party Updates. Leading Conservatives consider the Tea Party to be the true representative of conservatism and patriotic American principles. Coming soon—a review on how conservatives can restore Character to the government in 2014

Fiscal Responsibility. This is a peaceful, well-organized grass-roots educational movement to combat tyranny on the federal level.

2. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide. Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.

3. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!

4. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar.

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

Happy Mothers’ Day!

C.A. Davidson

 

Christian Life: Marriage, Real Family, and Quotes

Moral Decisions for Eternity

By Russell M. Nelson

keyThe wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity.

The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression.2 Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity.

Are we not all children of God? In truth, not one of us can ever stop being a child of God!

The Human Body

My professional years as a medical doctor gave me a profound respect for the human body. Created by God as a gift to you, it is absolutely amazing! Think of your eyes that see, ears that hear, and fingers that feel all the wondrous things around you. Your brain lets you learn, think, and reason. Your heart pumps tirelessly day and night, almost without your awareness.8

Your body protects itself. Pain comes as a warning that something is wrong and needs attention. Infectious illnesses strike from time to time, and when they do, antibodies are formed that increase your resistance to subsequent infection.

Your body repairs itself. Cuts and bruises heal. Broken bones can become strong once again. I have cited but a tiny sample of the many amazing God-given qualities of your body.

Even so, it seems that in every family, if not in every person, some physical conditions exist that require special care.9 A pattern for coping with such a challenge has been given by the Lord. He said, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; … for if they humble themselves … and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”10

Stellar spirits are often housed in imperfect bodies.11 The gift of such a body can actually strengthen a family as parents and siblings willingly build their lives around that child born with special needs.

The aging process is also a gift from God, as is death. The eventual death of your mortal body is essential to God’s great plan of happiness.12 Why? Because death will allow your spirit to return home to Him.13 From an eternal perspective, death is only premature for those who are not prepared to meet God.

templeWith your body being such a vital part of God’s eternal plan, it is little wonder that the Apostle Paul described it as a “temple of God.”14 Each time you look in the mirror, see your body as your temple. That truth—refreshed gratefully each day—can positively influence your decisions about how you will care for your body and how you will use it. And those decisions will determine your destiny. How could this be? Because your body is the temple for your spirit. And how you use your body affects your spirit. Some of the decisions that will determine your eternal destiny include:

How will you choose to care for and use your body?

What spiritual attributes will you choose to develop?

The Human Spirit

Your spirit is an eternal entity. The Lord said to His prophet Abraham: “Thou wast chosen before thou wast born.”15 The Lord said something similar about Jeremiah16 and many others.17 He even said it about you.18

Your Heavenly Father has known you for a very long time. You, as His son or daughter, were chosen by Him to come to earth at this precise time, to be a leader in His great work on earth.19 You were chosen not for your bodily characteristics but for your spiritual attributes, such as bravery, courage, integrity of heart, a thirst for truth, a hunger for wisdom, and a desire to serve others.

A pivotal spiritual attribute is that of self-mastery—the strength to place reason over appetite. Self-mastery builds a strong conscience. And your conscience determines your moral responses in difficult, tempting, and trying situations. Fasting helps your spirit to develop dominance over your physical appetites. Fasting also increases your access to heaven’s help, as it intensifies your prayers. Why the need for self-mastery? God implanted strong appetites within us for nourishment and love, vital for the human family to be perpetuated.22 When we master our appetites within the bounds of God’s laws, we can enjoy longer life, greater love, and consummate joy.23

It is not surprising, then, that most temptations to stray from God’s plan of happiness come through the misuse of those essential, God-given appetites. Controlling our appetites is not always easy. Not one of us manages them perfectly.24 Mistakes happen. Errors are made. Sins are committed. What can we do then? We can learn from them. And we can truly repent.25

We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change. How? There is only one way. True change—permanent change—can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.26 He loves you—each of you!27 He allows you to access His power as you keep His commandments, eagerly, earnestly, and exactly. It is that simple and certain. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!28

A strong human spirit with control over appetites of the flesh is master over emotions and passions and not a slave to them. That kind of freedom is as vital to the spirit as oxygen is to the body! Freedom from self-slavery is true liberation!29

We are “free to choose liberty and eternal life … or to choose captivity and death.30

marriageMarriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to the Lord’s doctrine and crucial to God’s eternal plan. Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s pattern for a fulness of life on earth and in heaven. God’s marriage pattern cannot be abused, misunderstood, or misconstrued.33 Not if you want true joy. God’s marriage pattern protects the sacred power of procreation and the joy of true marital intimacy.34 We know that Adam and Eve were married by God before they ever experienced the joy of uniting as husband and wife.35

In our day civil governments have a vested interest in protecting marriage because strong families constitute the best way of providing for the health, education, welfare, and prosperity of rising generations.36 But civil governments are heavily influenced by social trends and secular philosophies as they write, rewrite, and enforce laws. Regardless of what civil legislation may be enacted, the doctrine of the Lord regarding marriage and morality cannot be changed.37 Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God!

While we are to emulate our Savior’s kindness and compassion, while we are to value the rights and feelings of all of God’s children, we cannot change His doctrine. It is not ours to change. His doctrine is ours to study, understand, and uphold.

The Lord’s way is the only way for us to experience enduring happiness. Each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny. One day each of us will stand before the Lord in judgment.41 We will each have a personal interview with Jesus Christ.42 We will account for decisions that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes, and how we honored God’s pattern for marriage and family.

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Real Family Life

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Stand for the Real Family

 

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Empowering keys found in each dinner topic; Preparing for the Epic Journey of Life;

Epic Heroes in Training;

Parent Resources 

New! We are now including each month’s theme quotes at the beginning of our newsletter. Everyone can use great quotes to brighten their day.

family5prayingdinnerQuotes on February Theme: Stand for the Real Family

No success can compensate for failure in the home. ~David O. McKay

‘The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.’ ~Harold B. Lee

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. ~The Family Proclamation

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. ~The Family Proclamation

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.

MARIANNE E. NEIFERT, Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity. The Lord instituted the family to endure eternally. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and the bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children. As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

A man should never neglect his family for business. ~Walt Disney

As the forces of evil attack the individual by tearing away at his family roots, it becomes critical for …parents to maintain and strengthen the family. There are certain old truths which will be truths as long as the world endures, and which no amount of progress can change. 1) One of these is that the family (the organization consisting of father, mother, and children) is the foundation of all things in the Church; 2) another, that sins against pure and healthy family life are those which, of all others, are sure in the end to be visited most heavily upon the nations in which they take place. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

The thought of a nation without the family unit as its fundamental foundation, where all the citizens are comparatively strangers to each other and where natural affection is not found; where no family ties bind the groups together, is one of horror. Such a condition could lead to but one end—anarchy and dissolution. ~Joseph Fielding Smith

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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for February is Real Family Life

NOTE: Every day government schools are giving us more and more reasons to teach our children at home—either find a good private school or take the plunge and home school. There are many support groups nationwide and a variety of curricula to tailor to your needs. Begin now to prepare and plan. Don’t wait till the task of undoing the secular influences becomes impossible. You can do it; you need not feel alone. God will help you protect your children from the increasing evils of the world.

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Family Meals, Teaching Moments

Teaching Moments. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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The Dinner Topic Theme for February is Stand for Real Family Life

Defining Moments

“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.

This month the Defining Moment is Family—traditional, nuclear family.

More Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Respect

Famous Birthdays: Mendelssohn, Thomas More, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Andres Segovia, Leo Delibes, George Washington, George Friederich Handel, Victor Hugo, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Giacomo Rossini

Other Articles

Christian Story: Jacob meets Rachel

Saint Valentine and marriage

U.S. Constitution: Compact for America—states are working to regain their Constitutional rights and powers

Education:

The Last Literate Generation

The True Story of Common Core              

Abuse Report—there are so many government abuses now that there is not room to report them all, so they will be summarized and listed in one report, with links to the complete article; this month: abortion, food stamp abuse

Moral Repair Plan—this will be much harder, but when we come across solutions, we will report them. This month includes: Principled statements on marriage and family, rescuing abortion workers; storing food

Book Reviews: The Real George Washington, On Being George Washington

Culture:

Nuclear Family

The Moral Force of Women

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

Priority

Priority: Investigation of Common Core reveals that it is blatant Left-wing indoctrination. Your state can choose not to implement Common Core. It’s hard to control national and even state politics. However, we can still do what is best for our children.

It is going to become increasingly difficult to counteract the insidious influences pervading our society. If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.

Ongoing

1. Tea Party Updates. The Tea Party is holding a Symposium on Article V of the Constitution, studying ways the states can use their power to overcome the tyranny at the Federal level.

Compact for America. This is a peaceful, well-organized grass-roots educational movement to combat tyranny on the federal level. This is slowly returning power to the states by focusing on one nation-saving amendment at a time via state conventions. Georgia state legislature just voted to hold a convention. The goal is for votes by ¾ of the states to compel Congress to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment by July 4, 2014.

2. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide.  Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.

3. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!

4. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap.

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late.

C.A. Davidson

Christian Leaders: Quotes on Faith and Future

Dinner Topics for Wednesday

“I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”~Joshua 1:5

key“The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future” ~Jeffrey R. Holland

Look Ahead and Believe

Edward Dube

In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much what we have done or where we have been but much more where we are willing to go.

family7gardeningWhile I was a boy working in the fields with my mother, she taught me one of the most important lessons in life. It was late in the morning, the sun was up, and we had been hoeing for what I thought to be a very long time. I stopped to look back at what we had accomplished and said to my mother, “Look at all we have done!” Mother did not respond. Thinking that she had not heard me, I repeated what I had said a little louder. She still did not reply. Raising my voice a little higher, I repeated again. Finally, she turned to me and said, “Edward, never look back. Look ahead at what we still have to do.”

Jeffrey R. Holland counseled: “The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future

Boyd K. Packer once attended an ox pulling contest, where he drew out an analogy. He said of the experience: “A wooden sledge was weighted with cement blocks: ten thousand pounds [4,535 kg]—five tons. … The object was for the oxen to move the sledge three feet [91 cm]. … I noticed a well-matched pair of very large, brindled, blue-gray animals … [the] big blue oxen of seasons past.”

In speaking about the result of the contest, he said: “Teams were eliminated one by one. … The big blue oxen didn’t even place! A small, nondescript pair of animals, not very well matched for size, moved the sledge all three times.”

He was then given an explanation to the surprising outcome: “The big blues were larger and stronger and better matched for size than the other team. But the little oxen had better teamwork and coordination. They hit the yoke together. Both animals jerked forward at exactly the same time and the force moved the load” (“Equally Yoked Together,” address delivered at regional representatives’ seminar, Apr. 3, 1975; in Teaching Seminary: Preservice Readings [2004], 30).

Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Strength to Endure

 Richard J. Maynes

Heavenly Father has organized our journey through life to be a test of our character. We are exposed to both good and evil influences and then given the moral agency to choose for ourselves which path we will take. As the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Samuel taught, “Ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.”2

Endurance is an important principle found within the doctrine of Jesus Christ. It is important because the quality of our eternal future is proportional to our ability to endure in righteousness.

Because we face challenges every day, it is important that we work on our spiritual stamina every day. When we develop spiritual stamina, the false traditions of the world, as well as our personal daily challenges, will have little negative impact on our ability to endure in righteousness.

footraceThe Apostle Paul stated, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”5 The race that is set before us on this earth is an endurance race filled with obstacles. The obstacles in this race are the challenges we wake up to each morning. We are here on earth to run the race, to exercise our moral agency, and to choose between right and wrong. In order to honorably and successfully finish the race and return to our Heavenly Father, we will need to pay the price of dedication, perseverance, and self-discipline. We need to get into spiritual shape. We need to develop spiritual stamina. We need strong testimonies that will lead to true conversion, and as a result we will find within ourselves the inner peace and strength needed to endure whatever challenges we may face.

So whatever challenges you wake up to each morning, remember—with the spiritual strength you develop, coupled with the Lord’s help, at the end of the race you will be able to enjoy the confidence that the Apostle Paul expressed when he said:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

“I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”

 Thomas S. Monson

Our Heavenly Father … knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass.

It may be safely assumed that no person has ever lived entirely free of suffering and sorrow, nor has there ever been a period in human history that did not have its full share of turmoil and misery.

When the pathway of life takes a cruel turn, there is the temptation to ask the question “Why me?” At times there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel, no sunrise to end the night’s darkness. We feel encompassed by the disappointment of shattered dreams and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea, “Is there no balm in Gilead?”Jeremiah 8:22 We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We become impatient for a solution to our problems, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.

The difficulties which come to us present us with the real test of our ability to endure. A fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us: Shall I falter, or shall I finish? Some do falter as they find themselves unable to rise above their challenges. To finish involves enduring to the very end of life itself.

Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome.

From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”((Joshua 1:5) Such comfort is priceless.

Our Heavenly Father, who gives us so much to delight in, also knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass. We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and when we may be tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us, and to become something different from what we were—better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before.

This should be our purpose—to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow. Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:

SmokeyLightGood timber does not grow with ease,

The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length.

The more the storm, the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timbers grow.Douglas Malloch

Success Plan: Education and Patience

Dinner Topics for Monday

Month-Defining Moment

Defining Moment: Perseverance

Persevere: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

keyQuotes on Perseverance

The trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3

climbup“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill

When life knocks you down, you can choose whether you’re going to get back up again. ~Dre Parker, “Karate Kid” movie, 2010

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
Victor Hugo
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885);

“If your dream requires patience, give it.” ~M. Russell Ballard

All through the town, the army went about its work, but the celebrations were few. If the war was to be won, this day was only one victory. There had to be many more.

It is the arrogance of them all, of William Howe and King George, all those who so blithely dismiss this army. Yet we have a purpose, and if we are allowed the opportunity, we will defeat you.

George Washington, after the first victory of the American Revolution, Trenton, NJ. The American Revolution was won against overwhelming odds.  Shaara, Jeff: The Glorious Cause, p.151

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

Louis L’Amour (1908-1988);
American Author.

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”

Plutarch (46-127);
Historian, Writer

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

Unknown

“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.”

Polybius (200 -118 BC);
Greek Statesman And Historian

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”

Horace (65-8);
Roman Lyric Poet

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”

Roy Disney (born 1930);
Former Disney Executive, Nephew Of Walt Disney

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  ~Newt Gingrich

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials.  Hold on; hold fast; hold out.  Patience is genius.  ~Georges-Louis Leclerc

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  ~Robert Schuller

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” ~ Unknown

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Time Management and Pacing

Priorities. Simplify your life; each life needs its own quiet place. Do not covet the trivial things and neglect more weighty matters. (Doctrine and Covenants 117:8) One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. Did you know that 1% of 24 hours is only about 15 minutes? Can you spare 15 minutes out of your game time, social media time, etc., to read your scriptures and plan for success? Then share those scripture gems with your family at dinner time. It’s the little moments that make life big. The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. Perseverance does come before success; it is an essential element of success. Moments in time may define true success; Discover things that will be treasured; Perhaps not always in money measured.

 

Rush Limbaugh Defines Success—It may not be what the Media says it is

I found the story on working hard makes you sick.  It’s dated January 4th.  It’s by Gregory Miller, Edith Chen, and Gene Brody.  “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?” Now, what in the name of Sam Hill…? Thirty years ago, this kind of concern would never even occur to anybody.  “Upward mobility” was the personification of the American dream.  Upward mobility is simply improving your standard of living.  Upward mobility is simply making a better life for yourself.

Success is the result of hard work, and there is stress involved. 

There’s stress involved in the success track.  There is stress involved getting there.  There is more stress involved staying there.  You know why?  ‘Cause everybody wants what you’ve got.  Everybody, at least in the immediate arena where successful people compete, everybody wants to be the best.  Everybody’s trying to be.  It may be a universe of 10 people or a hundred or whatever, but there’s always competition.  And that is stressful.  Some people don’t do as well with competition as others.  Some people thrive on it, some are intimidated by it, some ignore it, whatever.  We’re all different.

Whoever had the idea that success is pain free?  Whoever had the idea that success doesn’t have consequences?  Everything does!  Where do you think the old adage, “Money isn’t the route to happiness” came from?  It came from people who ended up earning a lot of money and were still not happy, for other reasons.  And they weren’t happy because of stress or because of — well, any number of things.  The idea here somehow is that everybody thinks success is a daily red carpet and the after party, and then the awards show, is that what success is?

The media loves you and everybody wants your autograph, and everybody wants their picture with you, and every holiday you’re either on a beach in St. Barth’s or Hawaii or somewhere in the Caribbean or Florida, and you’ve got a supermodel on your arm, that’s what success has always been?  Is that what it is?  And then people start looking for success and find it and they find out, just like Woody Allen said, one of the greatest things Woody Allen ever said (paraphrasing), “All success is, is that you get rejected by a different class of woman.”  He’s right on the money.

It’s a classic line.  Stop and think about it.  Things don’t change no matter what your economic circumstances are, and having success is not something that erases everyday problems or stresses in life, but yet people must think it does because a story like this ends up getting published. “By the way, don’t worke too hard, it can make you sick.  Don’t work too hard.  It’s not what it’s made out to be.”  This is the absolute wrong kind of thing to be saying, particularly now, because the route out, the way out of these dire economic circumstances a lot of people find themselves in is hard work.

The best way out is hard work.  It’s not extended unemployment benefits.  It’s not Social Security disability checks.  It’s not Obamacare.  The way out is what it’s always been, ambition, drive, desire, singular focus, and hard work. An added bonus is if you find something you really love, then all the rest of that stuff is much less difficult.  ‘Cause if you’re really doing what you really love, the rest of that stuff doesn’t matter.  If you’re doing something you don’t like and you’re successful at it, then the rest of that stuff will be a bigger problem.  But people who have found what they really like don’t even think they’re working.  They think they’re just getting to do what they love every day, whatever it is. 

So you love to get up, and the first thing you do is get on a computer and start learning things, or whatever you do, first thing you want to do when you get up is jog, whatever the first thing you want to do every morning is, find a way to get paid for it.  That’s what a lot of people have done.

RUSH:  Now, let me clarify something that I said in my monologue moments ago, in pointing out that there is a lot of stress in success.  There’s a lot of pressure in success.  It manifests itself in all kinds of ways that you can’t imagine until you become successful.  And by that I mean when you’ve reached whatever success is to you, when you’ve reached your goal or you’re getting close to it, I guarantee you it will be different than you think it is.  That’s not bad or good. It’s just I’m telling you it’s gonna be much different than you think.  Success is gonna have a far different reality than what you think it’s gonna be.

The stress of competition is different than the stress of despair.  The stress of working at peak performance levels and earning money, there’s a lot of stress in that.  You get yourself in a circumstance where a lot of people are depending on you for their own lifestyles, there is a lot of stress in that.  But it’s far healthier than the stress of be being out of the game. 

The idea that the stress involved in success can make you sick?  Fear is one of the greatest motivators there is.  And since there’s stress and pressure in everything, including retirement, I would just as soon have the stress that goes along with success as opposed to the stress that you get when you’re in despair.  I would much rather have the stress that comes from competition than the stress and pressure that comes from not even being in the game.

Have you ever noticed, folks, speaking of upward mobility, have you ever noticed how under capitalism the rich become powerful, and under socialism the powerful become rich?  It’s amazing when you look at it that way.  Under capitalism, the rich become powerful.  Under socialism, the powerful get rich.  They exploit others.  They get rich by taking from others, by using their power.  In capitalism, the rich become powerful.