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gatorgrizz27
05-31-2013, 12:05 PM
Just saw this article and thought it would fit well here. Most of us live by some form of this, yet fall short in certain areas. It is a rather concise reminder of the way we should be living and help us to focus on improving our character and lifestyle.

Credit given to the author, Wesley B, copy/pasted instead of linked due to the nature of the site and respect for OST.

"I am a sovereign man, responsible for my own actions and their consequences. I am the supreme authority of my life, and I may do with it as I please. I hold this to be an inalienable right of my humanity, and I will not suffer it to be infringed upon.

I wish to assume the calculated risk, to wager my livelihood and well-being upon the decisions I make; I desire to test my skill and intelligence against all form and fashion of challenges. Danger is the spice and variety of life: all danger is simply risk, and I weigh the risks and pursue those that offer the highest return; whether that return be material gain, spiritual enlightenment, temporal pleasure or simply the euphoria of success.

I will neither ask for nor receive unearned handouts; I will trade value for value. I will work for what I own, and I will own what I work for. I abhor debt, considering it as merely a front for economic slavery. I do believe in the principles of capitalism, where one is rewarded according to his ability and productivity. I make money, not just gather it: producing products and services of value, squaring off against my competitors in an effort to win.


I am fiercely competitive, and proud of my country and myself. I strive to be the best I can be, not by pulling other people down and restraining them, but by striving to outdo them, to better them at every opportunity. I will not apologize for my ability, nor will I cower before any foe; I resolutely embrace my skills and intelligence, and use them to my best profit. It is my right to be uncommon, to walk the path less traveled by. I hold that if everyone were to work for their best interests while refraining from infringing upon others, then the competition would drive quality up and price down: that we would raise each other up, instead of pull each other down.


I choose my friends and company from among my betters, constantly seeking to improve myself. I maintain an inviolate sense of honor, my word is my bond: I deal with people in a straightforward way, expressing the truth, with tact, in all I do and say. I communicate precisely and simply, speaking and writing what I mean to convey exactly.


I neither impose my will upon others, nor do I forcefully oppose their will; if I choose to attempt to convert someone to my point of view, I use logos, swaying them through reason and immovable logic. I will readily yield to another point of view, maintaining an open mind, provided I am convinced through the use of persuasion that the other party is correct. I refuse to coerce or be coerced.


As the logical result of my economic and moral conscience, I believe in living under my means and preparing for a rainy day. I fix things myself. I become the master of my possessions, learning their inner workings and using them to best effect, not to be held in their thrall. I buy things of superfluous quality, both for the itemís intrinsic value and because something made to such a high standard shows a mind and mentality such as mine.


I am always a student. I enjoy studying the literary works of great acclaim, apprenticing under the tutelage of a master in his trade, and exposing myself to fresh experiences. This does not mean I accept everything I come to understand, I apply myself to think critically and skeptically of all new material: keeping the grain and letting the wind blow the chaff away. I do not limit myself to any particular trade or subject, but seek out and delve into diverse topics.


Being responsible for my own fate, I do not deign to leave it in other peopleís hands. I take it upon myself to acquire skills and knowledge that I can use to defend myself and those I love, and to give myself as much of an advantage in any situation as I can. I maintain a high level of awareness, both of my surroundings and myself. I respond decisively and with no apology to defend myself, my possessions or the lives of others.


I dress immaculately. I present myself with composed confidence, sure in myself, certain in my choices. I am tactful and good company, not to curry favor with others, but because anything less would be disgraceful and below the level at which I hold myself. When the time to work comes, I wear clothes whose form is expressed in flawless function.


I do not dwell on that which is outside my control. I accept it and adjust accordingly: I am permanently flexible and perpetually stoic. I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.


I consider religion a personal matter. Whatever I believe, I separate it from my politics and my judgment of others.


I voluntarily surrender a measure of my authority over myself to my government, which I hold to exist for the sole purpose of removing coercion as a viable means to achieve an end. I participate actively in the politics of my land, not as a method to raise myself above my peers or achieve a position of power, but to serve. I consider political service a necessary duty, not a career; I regard a large, intrusive government to be the greatest of all evils, because all that is required for it to succeed is for good men to do nothing. For this reason, I am a proponent of citizens being free to arm themselves, as they ought: the point of arming the populace is not pleasurable pastimes nor is it individual protection, the point is to empower the people. If the people have less force available to them than the government, then the government is free to coerce them. At that point, they are no longer citizens, they are now subjects.


I am an American. I own my life, the product of my labor and my mind. With these, I will contend with fate. I will not trade my freedom for a guaranteed existence. I am, therefore I think."

Saladin
05-31-2013, 12:14 PM
Good read!

Gabriel Suarez
05-31-2013, 12:23 PM
I disagree with this man's premise. Moreover, I strongly resist tying the Bon Vivant ethos to a nationality, or to patriotism, or similar lines of thinking/feeling. A Russian can be as much a Bon Vivant as an American. As well, we do not worry about being "sovereigns" or anything else. To wit:


I abhor debt, considering it as merely a front for economic slavery.

I think we have already discussed DEBT being a tool. Fear of debt is like fear of anything...unworthy of us. I have debt and I am thankful for it as it decreases what the government steals from me every year.


I am fiercely competitive, and proud of my country and myself.

Once the US turns 180 degrees and moves to the right that will change, but I cannot be proud of a communist states. Can you?


........that we would raise each other up, instead of pull each other down.

Sounds like a "we are all on the same team" Koombaya dope smoking group hug. Sorry...only interested in pulling up Family and Tribe.


I neither impose my will upon others, nor do I forcefully oppose their will; ........ I refuse to coerce or be coerced.

No? Sure we do. We impose our will all the time just by showing up!

I voluntarily surrender a measure of my authority over myself to my government, which I hold to exist for the sole purpose of removing coercion as a viable means to achieve an end.

Nope...not at all. Such golden views of the government belong in the 1890s maybe but not now. Consider this. If the US Gov did not have the power to punish you, would you still give up all the rights, finances, etc. that you do know??? Government = Coercion. That is reality.

I participate actively in the politics of my land, not as a method to raise myself above my peers or achieve a position of power, but to serve. I consider political service a necessary duty, not a career; I regard a large, intrusive government to be the greatest of all evils, because all that is required for it to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

Good luck. I choose to not swim in that swamp.

Mike Erwin
05-31-2013, 12:29 PM
The OP lost me at, "I am the supreme authority of my life". There were other items I could not associate with and Gabe summed them up very well.

Mike

gatorgrizz27
05-31-2013, 12:58 PM
I disagree with this man's premise. Moreover, I strongly resist tying the Bon Vivant ethos to a nationality, or to patriotism, or similar lines of thinking/feeling. A Russian can be as much a Bon Vivant as an American. As well, we do not worry about being "sovereigns" or anything else. To wit:

True, though I think some of the authors viewpoints depend on how you interpret it, and it is written more in a context of the country/politics than an entirely unattached life.

I agree with you on the debt situation, though it follows under personal choice and risk v reward, and you have to control it rather than vice versa.

In terms of patriotism and politics I am still proud of the "American" ideals in any context or country and see them as something to strive for, regardless of how the current administration tramples them. Likewise, the view of government is that the people hold the ultimate power, even if that means the ability to overthrow them forcefully. I agree that there are plenty of things that we submit to because of the government's force and power that we do not desire, but as long as we view those things as less important than maintaining our daily lives, the status quo will remain for the time being.

I wasn't trying to turn this into a political discussion as much as point out ways to live honorably despite it.

BeardedPelican
05-31-2013, 01:39 PM
China called, they want their wall of text back.

Gabriel Suarez
05-31-2013, 01:58 PM
Mine in bold


True, though I think some of the authors viewpoints depend on how you interpret it, and it is written more in a context of the country/politics than an entirely unattached life.

"Country and Politics" is what suppresses everything achievable by creative and hardworking men. I would steal JFK's words and rework them for 2013 - Ask not what your country can do to you, ask how you can avoid them at every turn. Moreover, not to belabor the point, we do not seek an entirely unattached life. We are attached to God, to those we love, and to those we have a bond of honor with...a brotherhood if you will. Attached to the whims of lesser men, elected by stupid men looking for a handout? No...not that.


I agree with you on the debt situation, though it follows under personal choice and risk v reward, and you have to control it rather than vice versa.

Everyone will do as they please...or as they wish to interpret the Word. What I know is that my yearly Governmental Robbery was less than it would have been if I had been debt free. I love debt and cherish and maintain it every year. I could in fact go debt free anytime...but that would be one of the stupidest things I could do. Note - I am not an accountant nor a tax attorney and thus wuill not get into those discussions on the internet. In short...Crown Ministries to the contrary...Debt Free is vastly over rated.

In terms of patriotism and politics I am still proud of the "American" ideals in any context or country and see them as something to strive for, regardless of how the current administration tramples them.

Oh, I agree with you there...but my point is this...Are They American In Origin? I have met "American Thinking People" in Africa...Asia...Europe...South America. As well I have met people born right here in the USA that do not have a clue about any of this because they are communists. Those incidentally outnumber you and I by a wide margin. We will see if that changes in 2016.

Likewise, the view of government is that the people hold the ultimate power, even if that means the ability to overthrow them forcefully.

Well...like I said...good luck with that...specially the "overthrowing part". I am not going to put my money on the overthrowers.

I agree that there are plenty of things that we submit to because of the government's force and power that we do not desire, but as long as we view those things as less important than maintaining our daily lives, the status quo will remain for the time being.

BINGO!!! I value the stability of my daily life...and future evil plans...far more than some dude's view of his rights in New York. So do you. The country did not go leftist overnight...Obama did not get to be POTUS by some miracle. Go listen to the nation around you...you would be surprised how few actually share our world view.

I wasn't trying to turn this into a political discussion as much as point out ways to live honorably despite it.

Its not a political discussion but the author chose to interject "king and country" into his dissertation and formula for success. My point is that "king and country" are becoming irrelevant, and in fact, the greatest impediment to success in our times.

Gabriel Suarez
05-31-2013, 01:59 PM
As an American, you are the most heavily regulated , montiored , taxed and controlled person on earth. Oh and while we're discussing these things.......... let me assure you. You most assuredly are not voluntarily surrendering authority........... what your doing is trying to make yourself feel better. Because deep down inside it kills you to know that your a slave of a state that will tell you what to pay, how you can live and behave. They will complicate everything and write laws above everything and every angle they can find to control you and fleece you of your $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Well....there it is. That right there...that is reality.

bae
05-31-2013, 05:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKnEAC-7WVo