Monday, September 08, 2014

Carpe Libertatem! (Seize Liberty!)

People have often asked me where I got the phrase Carpe Libertatem from. I reply that the following prose inspired me to create the theme. Also, prompted by the Latin phrase de jure Carpe Diem from the movie Dead Poets Society, the theme and style combined became Carpe Libertatem. I assume the prose had a different title at one time, but by the time I got a copy, several generations old, it was lost. I have often asked if anyone knew who the original author was, as I would like to give them acknowledgment for their creativity. So far after a few years on the net the authorship is still unknown. - Mit

So you want to be free?
Then become free. All the freedom you want is yours, which you are able to seize.
How does one seize freedom?
By avoiding, evading, escaping, discouraging, overpowering, destroying, or otherwise frustrating anyone who initiates force or threatened force against you. (Freedom as used here is defined as: the absence OR EFFECTIVE NEUTRALIZATION of initiated force or threat of force.)
"But the oppressors ignore my pleas for freedom," you complain.
Do you expect THEM to SET you free? As you yourself point out, your oppressors have morals which would shame a beast of the forests. So long as you obey all their rules, no matter how onerous, and pay all their taxes, no matter how burdensome -- why SHOULD they?
"And the oppressors dupe my neighbors, who are confused, unaware, and apathetic," you protest.
Do you expect THEM not to deceive? The herdsman can milk only tame cows; the tyrant can drive only submissive slaves.
"We must overturn the oppressors," some of you proclaim, "and rule wisely and justly in their place."
Then go do it --if you can! But don't be surprised when the oppressors stampede their bewildered subjects against you.
"We must educate -- teach increasing numbers our values and ideas," others of you shout. "And SOME day evil will be banished from the earth."
But as even YOU admit in your more reflective moments, this will take time -- MUCH time. So how shall you live the only life YOU will ever have? And how many followers can you attract AND HOLD if you offer only visions of a paradise for their great grandchildren?
"I DO want freedom," you cry. "But there is NO way to get it now -- no chance to elect, no means to revolt, and no place to go."
I reply: If you want freedom SEIZE IT!
"But my oppressors are organized into a powerful state," you object. "They have thousands of agents and millions of police."
However, each of the state's minions has only the same two eyes, the same two hands, and usually not so much brains as you or I. They cannot be everywhere; they cannot see everything.
"But they will collect a tax on my earnings," you protest.
Only if you are so craven as to hand it over. Discover ways to avoid their extortion's: Trade with those who practice freedom. Or be as a gypsy who sells -- and flees.
"But they will confiscate my property," you quaver.
Only if you are so foolish as to lead them to it. Convert your wealth to forms you can conceal. And rent your shops and homes -- or mortgage them to the hilt.
"But they will throw me in jail," you whimper.
Only if you are so careless as to stumble over them -- they who have trouble apprehending morons and psychopaths. Make yourself hard to find.
"But that is too much trouble," you quibble.
"I'd rather follow their rules and pay their taxes,
lick their boots and hone their axes,
do all they demand, and maybe, oh maybe,
they will leave me alone just ...a... little."
Then tag along with the sheep to slaughter; you who expect freedom on a silver platter. For how long can you appease the tyrant who will demand more and more, until he has YOU? And what do we know of this utopia that some of you dream of? In every land, of which we hear, there are some who covet the lives and creations of others -- predators who rob and enslave the weak, the foolish, and the cowardly.
Sometimes the predators are lone -- and slink about as criminals. So, the free men go like tigers -- armed and ready for self-defense.
Sometimes the predators join together -- and stalk about as rulers. So, the free men go like foxes -- inconspicuous and ready to hide.
Occasionally the free men ally to put down the predators. But somehow their forces tend to become slavers and looters in turn.
However, in almost any land, those with the courage to assert their freedom seldom need to fight OR hide, for the predators live off the easy prey.
"But this will pass," you say to me
"for now, at last, I have the key --
the elixir for liberty--
for the first time in history--
And once sufficient numbers see..."
Well maybe... but in the meantime...
All of the freedom is yours which you are able to SEIZE!"

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Why We Celebrate July 4th

Why We Celebrate July 4th
By Tim Wingate

In 1776, fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence declaring that,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”
What truths were “these truths”?

The 5 Truths

The whole of the Declaration of Independence and the instituted governments of the United States of America rest upon these 5 Truths.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence believed that those who supported these 5 Truths were good people and supporters of freedom. 

However, those who opposed the 5 Truths were against liberty as agents of dictators, tyrants and despots. 
Which one are you?
Do you believe in the 5 Truths?

Truth 1. All people are created equal.

Truth 2. All people created equal are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.  (No commentary was given about the nature of, or, who this “Creator” was believed to be. However, the previous paragraph declares that people have “separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them.”  Therefore, it can be inferred based on the common beliefs of the day that the implication was from a general “Christianized” worldview.)  

Truth 3. Only by the consent of the created equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights, governments are formed to secure those endowed certain unalienable rights and derive their powers only from the consent of the equal people endowed with certain unalienable rights.

Truth 4. When any form of government becomes destructive of those endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people, it is the “Right of the People” created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights to replace that government with one that will secure those, endowed certain unalienable rights of the equal people.
Truth 5. When it becomes evident that a form of government has a design to reduce the equal people with endowed certain unalienable rights under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such a government.

Make no mistake in thinking that this is a light matter. We as a nation are approaching a fork in the road together.

There are those among us who believe that “government” is the source of rights and liberty. They are the modern day Tories, the royalists, and believers in the divine rights of kings. Today their “king” is the Government.

We have almost come full circle in our experiment in liberty from where we started.

an out of control constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government that reduced its loyal citizens to property of the State,

a constitutional representative government that distorts words and meanings in the Constitution thereby reducing the people to property of the State.

True American Patriots still believe in the 5Truths of Freedom

·      To embrace these truths by believing in them and living by them is to be an American patriot, honoring the men and women who fought and died for liberty.

·      To infringe or alienate these truths by action or accepting government’s actions is to dishonor the patriots who have lived and died for us.

On which side do you stand?

(a)   The promise of tranquil security by intrusive government, mouthing words of liberty while taking away rights by regulation, forcing you to give up your “fair share” of freedom for privileged benefits that rest upon you as chains of control?

(b)   The 5Truths and the certain human rights endowed to an equal people that must not be infringed by your countrymen in your service in government leaving you to live the “animating contest of freedom” in liberty while pursuing the happiness of responsible self-ownership?

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Truth About Easter 2

This year's Ostara and Vernal (Spring) Equinox will be with us on Tuesday, 20th March (at 05:14:01 London time for those who love to be specific)
Also known as:- Oestra, Ostara, Eostre, Vernal or Spring equinox, Alban Eilir or Lady Day, first day of spring and so dates vary from year to year.
It is a time when both day and night are equal and so a time of balance.
See More at link below

Why do Xians celebrate a "pagan" Holyday?  Modern-day Easter is derived from two ancient traditions: one Judeo-Christian and the other Pagan. Both Christians and Pagans have celebrated death and resurrection themes following the Spring Equinox for millennia. Most religious historians believe that many elements of the Christian observance of Easter were derived from earlier Pagan celebrations.
The equinox occurs each year on March 20, 21 or 22. Both Neonaturalists and Christians continue to celebrate religious rituals linked to the equinox.  Neonaturalists usually hold their celebrations on the day or eve of the equinox. Western Christians celebrate Easter on the Sunday on or after the full moon that follows the nominal date of the Equinox -- MAR-21. 

[Picture: Eástre (1909) by Jacques Reich.]

Origins of the name "Easter":
The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." 1 Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: "eastre." Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime. Some were: 

Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus,

Ashtoreth from ancient Israel

Astarte from ancient Greece

Demeter from Mycenae

Hathor from ancient Egypt

Ishtar from Assyria

Kali, from India

Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility.

So maybe the following makes more sense, or not. Either way it is more fun and entertaining. Enjoy!