Trenchard and Gordon wrote a series of letters that became huge inspirations to the Founding Fathers. These letters, about political and business events in connection to wise decision making, are referred to as the Cato’s Letters because Cato was the pseudonym they chose to write under. In Letter 6, Gordon writes “Self love beguiles men into false hopes, and they will venture to incur a hundred probable evils, to catch one possible good.”Here, Gordon is describing how men let vanity dictate all of their actions. The sense of pridefulness, or self love as he calls it, creates a destination that is not only impossible to reach, but is rooted in nothing but a hypothetical dream. The road you must take to achieve this dream is filled with strife due to the lack of true substance to grab on to. No profit would ever come from the glimpse of happiness your mind has imagined. Once you become full of yourself, you believe anything can be accomplished. You think you’re untouchable. But no one can do all. And this assumed maxim will lead to you doing anything to make it true, no matter what the cost.
The founders knew they were not perfect. They didn’t rely on themselves alone to turn things around. Because of this, they knew the idea of success was no false hope. They also did not take a path of evil in order to find good. They stayed true to their virtue and banded together, overcoming their faults not ignoring them.
We must recognize that we are not perfect. We can know our strengths without becoming prideful or vain and we can eliminate evils on our path to good. We must not be deceived by our own mind if we ever wish to avoid deception by someone else.
Benjamin Franklin brilliantly said “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”
Today, looking online or on TV or wherever you look for entertainment, there are people who enjoy criticizing the government, or on a more personal level, their circumstances, and many of those people, do it publicly. It is so easy to get caught up in the bad things in life, after all, they seem to surround us. But, despite all the bad that seems to be going on, there is still good. You can be that good.
Don’t just add to the darkness, light a candle. Don’t even settle for darkness or believe it can’t get any lighter. Be the good in a world of difficulty and make someone’s day brighter. If you light a candle and speak out, some people might look away because you’re brighter than what people are used to. That doesn’t mean you’ve become part of the bad. People will become used to the light eventually, then they’ll begin to crave it. Stand up and speak or you’ll fear the light as well. With enough candles, you can light a whole building.
Instead of complaining about how dark the world is, be the candle that lights up the world. “Don’t let someone dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes.” -Unknown.
“If good men do not involve themselves in the management of the republic, then the good will always be governed by those who are worse than themselves.” -Plato.
Since the creation of this new website, we have had over 700 views and we are thrilled about that, however, compared to the amount of the people in this country, this number is minuscule. Many people reading this may think that they do not have to take action because we already have and others will, but this is not the case. There are approximately 318.9 million people living in the United States, most of them likely have no idea that the things we write about exist. They don’t know about tyranny or liberty. So, if every single person who has read this website, went and taught one person the things they have learned, we would have 1400 people who knew. Then, if those 700 people taught one more person, there would be 2800 people who were taught about these things and then it keeps going on and on. However, every person who decides they don’t have to do anything because someone else already has, that’s another person they haven’t taught, and they can’t teach more and more people and the cycle ends with them. The right to teach the things you have learned isn’t just a right, it’s a duty. “You are freemen, and men of reason and spirit; awaken your spirit, exert your reason, and assert your freedom.” Cato’s Letters.
So today, we beg you, don’t think you can’t do anything, don’t think you don’t have to do anything. Teach others, then they will teach others, and we will have more people knowing about the blessings of liberty than we could ever have imagined. Don’t remain silent because “all tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” -Thomas Jefferson