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prisons of personal pity

We are victims of ourselves more than anyone else. Acceptance of that truism is the first step to personal responsibility. When we act on this truth, we are able to be that only Jesus that some will ever see, because we always have the choice to act in love. Sometimes that love is tough. Sometimes it means letting go of your own desires for the sake of those you love. It doesn't mean they aren't there, but you choose not to act upon them. And when you do that, it's fascinating how it seems to bring those desires back to you.I hope it continues to work as such. Because there are plenty whom I miss. But I have to be brave. I have to move on, I have to see the beauty in the new as well as the old. But this is part of losing oneself. It means reaching out. It means playing with others. It means having the self-honesty to be myself.I know there's a whole wonderful world outside, waiting for me, full of loving, wonderful people. I just have to engage it.It's easier to fe…
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My Scope of the Sky

I am selfish. But that's okay, because I am figuring out how find myself by losing myself. I have to see myself in everyone else. Not literally, pervert, just keep reading.I know only I live my life, but what I am starting to see more clearly each day is that life is much better when it is shared - it can't just be mine, it must be yours also. Having good experiences is fun and all, but they're only as good as the company you keep. And man, have I had some good company. It's why I feel most truly blessed to have my existence.Good people make our lives good. Those that we are able to share ourselves with magnify our joy. Nothing makes me happy like seeing the people I love happy. It is the pinnacle act of joy to make them happy. By finding this I have found that pursuing to serve the pleasure of others is the source of purest self pleasure. I also feel we grow an affinity for other existents as we serve them. And in those with whom we share wonderful experiences, we see…

The Glimmer of Venus

Our partnership grows firmer with each libertine embrace,
our bond is strengthened with every potent pleasure we share.
Such thoughts alone make my heart and mind race, 
contemplating the beautiful truth of our love deepening along with our desire to dare.

I've learned to be patient, not to push you or act the fool,
I've played that part all too well and it only works against me.
I'm no longer that same silly boy, mouth agape with drool,
no matter what we decide to do, I am your man completely.

But we do not behold the glimmer of Venus
with the passing of each and every night
and our coming glimpse of that celestial furnace
elucidates the brilliance of your light.

I revel in the knowledge of our common yearning,
our wish to worship the goddess of our fantasies.
The sensuous combustion of our passion burning
propels us with powerful thrust toward uncharted seas.

We both lust to fulfill our decadent dream
of adoring her Heavenly Body.
I swell with the urge to explore her as a team,
our consumm…

Maybe satire can lead to success.

I have hope sometimes with Trump for the really long game, because in my eyes, his administration has been making the government a satire of itself. My hope is that it sparks the political Eureka we need that we're better off looking to each other to directly provide for the general welfare and mutual defence rather than expecting it from the State.When we demand those things from the State, we look for others to act as a sovereign over us in order to accomplish an end that can only come about through voluntary consensus. We defer our responsibility to enact justice ourselves and thereby attempt to avoid accountability by blaming that sovereign when there are injustices in the world. That's why I believe the more local sovereignty lies, the better, as long as that sovereign is respecting all individuals justly.What breaks my heart most about the world is that we have enough wealth so every one could live with access to food and shelter, yet we haven't figured out how to sh…

Electing the Tyrranical Man

These thoughts were inspired by a selection of quotes from Plato's Republic, in particular, his description of how democratic men become tyrannical men. "Last of all comes the tyrannical man; about whom we have once more to ask, how is he formed out of the democratical? and how does he live, in happiness or in misery?"
Our founding fathers and the history of our country has shown that we can apply Reason for the sake of Liberty. We have been flawed the entire time, but we were the first modern people to rid ourselves of the injustice of monarchy. In our Revolution, we rejected the idea of divine-right, of titles and nobility, and replaced them with the authority of property-right. Though the extent of some of those property-rights have been oppressive in their own right, the fact that we rejected the institution of slavery indicates to me that we can correct our property systems flaws. We're still capitalists, but at least our political process has evolved our leaders …

What does a "fair" economy look like?

I think laws often provide an illusion of fairness which can really only be enacted by those who seek it in their hearts. Unfortunately for us, the rule of money, the market, and law have so far invaded the rule of our consciences that we must all act with complicity in modern economic injustices, or one will be punished. As a Christian, I interpret God's form of fairness and justice as one of mercy and grace. The Golden Rule and Jesus' reminder to not judge lest we be judged are my personal favorite when considering the application of force or violence for the greater good.I have given a lot of thought to applying grace economically through social agreements because I believe a merciful society requires a systematic approach of protecting our rights to access the available means of our survival as well as a fair title to the fruits our labors. The Old Testament describes such merciful justice with the law requiring that the fields (held in common) be harvested in.a circle by …

A brief economic evolution of mankind.

The point of economic activity is to make our lives easier - to economize our time. It is nonsensical to consider its purpose to be anything other than to reduce the efforts for the actors involved. Unfortunately, many of us are Tom Sawyers at heart. It's the human condition to want to take the greatest advantage of everyone else in our society while having to do the least. Worse, we want to be told "good job" for our lack of effort. We want to be given our Lion's share - but this tendency to idleness allows some people to take theirs. We think of ourselves first - it's natural. I mean we were hunters and gatherers just like the other animals for much of our evolution. We developed bonds with our mates, kin, and tribe as we lived in the "Garden of Eden" of Africa. We pondered why we were here, but we lived in a land of plenty. We have always been social creatures and as we grew in number, so did our collective intelligence and the scarcity of resources…