Listen and Seek Truth

In Plutarch’s Essay, “On Listening”, he teaches that “speech contains both injuries and benefits in the largest measure.”

Throughout our day to day lives we hear people shouting at us to go one way or another and sometimes it’s hard to determine what we should and should not follow. Some of the things we hear can hurt us; we can be influenced by flattering words and be steered in a direction that can lead us to harm, instead of bringing us closer to truth. However, some of the things we hear can aid us in coming nearer to the truth. We can hear inspiring quotes or lessons that can help us realize what we have been doing wrong or could be doing better.

With all of the things we hear, how can we tell what we should and should not follow? We listen. Not only need we listen, we must listen well enough that we can recognize when what is being said is helpful or harmful. Overall, be a seeker of truth. In order to do that you cannot, simply listen to one thing and be content with only that. Keep your mind open, but be cautious so you will not be swayed by enticing words. Plutarch also said that “success is not due to chance or accident, but to care, diligence, and study.” We cannot expect to gain knowledge and obtain truth if we don’t care enough to listen, be diligent enough to follow up, or study enough to decide what is true. The amount of success we have is based solely on the amount of work we put forth. I encourage you to listen to all that is being said around you, be cautious, and seek truth. By doing so, you will come closer to personal liberty and virtue and be able to know for a certainty what is true.

Yours truly,

Publius

Changing What We Thought

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” Albert Einstein

When I saw this quote, I began to think of how we thought and are thinking today.  What were we thinking that caused us to lose our liberty? Ideas such as “it’s the government’s job, I shouldn’t have to do this” and “I am entitled to this free stuff because…” might be the reasons we have ended up without our liberty. Our ideas have been promoting greed and laziness, instead of charity and hard work. If we want to restore liberty, we cannot continue to rely on the government for everything because that is what gives them so much power. We must turn our thinking from “what is the bare minimum I can do?” to “what more can I do?” We each can accomplish so much, but in order to do so we need to turn our thoughts to others instead of ourselves and be willing to put forth the work that is required. What we think effects so much of what we do and who we are. If we only think of ourselves, our perspective is limited and there is no way we can accomplish all that we were meant to, but as we think of others, our vision becomes broader and we can do so much more. If we are to solve our problems, we must put aside the thoughts with which they were created and instead come up with new ones, thoughts that will make us, and those around us, better than before.

Yours truly,

Publius

Happy Independence Day!

Benjamin Franklin declared, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”

242 years ago, fifty six men signed the Declaration of Independence in order to finally free themselves from the tyranny that had been reigning over them. However, this was not always their first choice, and many were hesitant to do so. Most of those men did not want to be independent from Great Britain, but it was the only option if they wanted to restore liberty to the thirteen colonies and just like Benjamin Franklin, they considered liberty to be one of the most important things they could posses. Today, we celebrate the amazing bravery, wisdom, and courage each of our founding fathers demonstrated. They sacrificed their time, money, and even their lives in order to ensure our freedom. So many of the things we praise them for were so difficult for them to accomplish and we need to recognize just how much they gave so that we would know the blessing of liberty. Independence Day is not only a day for us to celebrate our Independence, but for us to remember why we have it and how much was sacrificed in order for us to be obtain that independence and liberty. As we remember these things, I hope we can all be reminded that we have a duty to restore that same liberty they fought to restore. The amount of virtue each of those men possessed is nearly impossible to live up to. They were selfless, brave, and kind, but as we look to them, I hope we can all try to become like them. Brigham Young taught that, “true independence and freedom can only exist in doing what is right.” If we all do what is right, we can become just as virtuous as those men and women and accomplish just as much. This Independence Day, remember the love of liberty, the dedication to their country, and the concern for their posterity each of those men and women possessed. Remember their sacrifices for liberty and that we must work and sacrifice too if we are to restore it again.

Yours truly,

Publius

Great Things Through Many Hands

Every great invention, event, or idea came to be because someone was willing to put themselves out there to get it started, but almost none of them were accomplished alone. Few people began and through the help of many others the goal was accomplished. M. Russel Ballard reminded that “great things are brought about… through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” Nothing great can be accomplished completely alone. We have to rely on the support, knowledge, and skills of others, whether they lived a hundred years ago or they live today, we need their help. Whether physically, emotionally, or mentally, it is impossible for us to reach our goal without the efforts of many hands. When I first had the idea to begin America Restored, I began thinking of all that it would require and I knew it was impossible to do it on my own. I reached out for help, and with the help of a few fellow patriots, whom I am so grateful for, America Restored has been able to grow so much since then. If I had been left to work on it alone, I would have been unable to continue for these past two years. I know it can be hard when you are trying to accomplish something that is out of the ordinary or “weird” and not many people stand with you. When put in this situation, look to those who are standing with you, and rely on them and your own personal strengths and rest assured that if you are doing what is right, you will succeed. Never feel like you have to be alone because if you look around, there will always be someone there to help you accomplish what you have a desire to accomplish. Helen Keller taught, “alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Don’t be afraid to reach out to those who are fighting for the same cause. Let them know you’re for them and you’ll see they are there for you. Let us all come together so we can accomplish a great work.

Yours truly,

Publius

Two Years and Still Just the Beginning

It is official. It has been two years since America Restored published our first entry! Since June 16, 2016, we have written exactly one hundred entries and received nearly four thousand views. I cannot believe how much this website has grown since then and I am so grateful for how much support we have received. It amazes me to look back at how much I, personally, have learned and grown over these past two years while writing for America Restored and I am also incredibly grateful for that. These past two years we have written about the principles of liberty and virtue that we value most, and we want everyone to know how important these principles are. They are the principles our founding fathers valued more than almost anything, fought for, and risked almost everything for. They are the principles that thousands have sacrificed their lives for. As we strive to live by these principles, we will be able to restore liberty. As we continue America Restored, we hope to continue to be able to teach others and to be able to continue to learn and grow ourselves. To those who have been with us since the beginning, thank you so much for being willing to continue and for supporting us. For those who are just now reading America Restored, thank you for seeking knowledge and trying us out. Once again, we are so grateful for the experiences, support, and knowledge we have received throughout these two years and we hope for more to come!

Thank you,

Publius

State of Mind

A fellow patriot and good friend of mine said to me, “I’ve realized something. About our tendencies. We often describe ourselves in absolutes. Like we say ‘I’m lazy’, or ‘I’m not smart’, or ‘I’m weak’, or

‘I’m not good enough’ but that’s not true. ‘I’ve been acting lazy’, ‘I don’t understand right now’, ‘I have weakness’, and ‘I am working working towards achieving that goal’ are all correct and a better mindset.”

We often say things as if there is no room for change, like the classic excuse, “that’s just the way I am”, when in reality each and every one of us has flaws that can all be made better if we are constantly working towards bettering ourselves. We must be progressing, instead of telling ourselves we are one way and that is the only way we will ever be. Sometimes it’s difficult looking at those things about yourself you want to change, and it’s even more difficult to put in the work to do so, but if we neglect to do so, we will never be able to accomplish anything and we will doom ourselves to staying the way we are. People say mindset is half the battle, and that can be true. If you tell yourself you can never be more than what you are now, you have already given up and won’t be able to accomplish what you could have if you have believed that you could. I urge you fellow patriots, to work towards bettering yourselves daily and to never give in to the lie that you will never be able to change. You have more potential than what you see.

Yours truly,

Publius

Being Accountable

Everyone at one point has struggled with remaining accountable. Whether it’s because there are too many things on your plate or there are just better things to do, whatever it may be, there are times when the tasks at hand don’t get done. In those moments, people always look to someone or something else to blame. In the end, it is always our fault that we were not accountable. As Ronald Reagan once said, “It is time to restore that American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions”. While you are responsible for your own actions, that does not mean you can not reach out for help. One of the easiest ways to build accountability in yourself is finding a friend to support you and keep you in line. You can’t put everything on their shoulders, but you can ask for help. Or maybe you are the one on whom others can rely. Not everyone is perfectly centered on their own. But in order to hold others accountable, we must first look to ourselves.

In government, we always want our representatives to act responsibly. Together, we can build accountability on a small scale, later expanding it to those in charge. Like we always say, if we ourselves become virtuous, our governments will follow. So when we are asked whose fault is it that we are where we are, we must realize we are the ones accountable.

Yours Truly,

Publius

Demonstrating Gratitude

Yesterday, we celebrated Memorial Day and were all reminded of all those who have sacrificed so much and have demonstrated amazing courage and patriotism. We are so grateful for the examples all of these men and women have shown and for their constant bravery and dedication.

While taking a day off to remember all of these sacrifices that have been made is a good way to show our gratitude, another way we can thank them even more is to show them we care for the liberty they were trying to give us. If we ignore the duty we have to restore liberty, then we are ignoring the sacrifices that have been made because of it. As mentioned last week, we cannot procrastinate virtue and liberty, but need to be constantly striving for it now. Benjamin Franklin taught that “lost time is never found again”. We have been given this time now to make an impact and restore liberty. We cannot waste this precious time, but instead must use it to do as much as we can. This is the best way we can prove to those men and women that we truly appreciate their sacrifices. As you continue to remember those examples and sacrifices, I urge you to think of what you can do to restore the liberty they were fighting for.

Yours truly,

Publius

Be Virtuous, Be Brave, Be a Leader

Martin Luther King Jr. taught, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

How often do you see something needs to be done but think “it’s alright, someone else will do it”? Whether it something small like picking up a piece of trash or something bigger like helping someone out, we all tend to be followers every once in a while and not leaders, hoping someone will take the first step so we can follow safely behind.

In the fight to restore liberty, you could be risking a lot; acceptance from the world, an easy and carefree life, and a government that gives you whatever you want. This is why, I believe, there are so many of us who are afraid to be the first ones to share the message of liberty and to fight to take it back, because there is much to lose and frankly, it is scary. It is much easier to find someone who has already begun the fight and just follow closely in their shadow, hiding from those who might use it against you. Today, however, we are in desperate need of more brave and virtuous leaders who are willing to stand up before the world and declare the things they know to be true so we can get more people to join the fight and eventually restore liberty. It cannot be done alone and it cannot be done if we choose to sit and watch from a safe distance. We need to follow the examples of the Founding Fathers and not allow the influence of the tyrant to scare us off, but willing to take the first step needed to restore liberty. Be virtuous, be brave, and be a leader.

Yours truly,

Publius

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

William Ross Wallace once wrote, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. This past weekend was Mother’s day, the day where we celebrate the loving, tender hands that forever rock the cradle of all generations. It is important to remember that you are what your parents lead you to be. The knowledge you obtain, the characteristics you have, the standards you uphold, these all come from the seeds your parents place into you, especially your mothers. They are the first hands you hold, the first heartbeat you hear. The relationship of a mother to child can never be duplicated. Because of the influence a parent can have on their child, it is key to remember what we want to instill in our children. We must place the principles of liberty in our youth at a young age so it is engrained in their subconscious. Mothers are our first teachers and that is why they can rule the world. They send you on your life’s path in whatever direction they choose. So in order for us to prosper as a people, rich in the luxury of liberty, we must become the best mothers, and fathers, that we can be. Only once we start from the bottom up can we truly restore our country to where it should be.

Thank you mothers everywhere,

Publius