We have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue”, usually said in casual, witty circumstances, but have we ever stopped to think about what that really means and what knowledge this simple statement may hold? I have mentioned from time to time one of my favorite quotes, “there is no liberty without virtue”, and if patience is a virtue then we need to recognize that we cannot have liberty if we have no patience. This virtue is one of the many that have been lost in the past few years and people seem to continue to lose more patience with different parts of their lives every single day. Personally, it is growing more difficult to be patient with others and even just with what I’m trying to focus on at the time. Today, it is becoming more common to be less patient because people have stopped fighting it. People are losing patience with close family members and friends, with work, and more importantly, with learning. Knowledge does not come easy, and definitely not quickly; we must be patient as we work toward obtaining a greater desire to learn and the knowledge that comes from that desire. The knowledge that is truly valuable cannot be taught from a textbook, it comes from continually searching and studying the words of the men I mention almost every week. Benjamin Franklin taught, “He that can have patience can have what he will.” Liberty is not something that can be obtained within a week, or a year, we need to be constantly striving for it in order to obtain it. If we can teach ourselves to have the patience everyone had 250 years ago, we can and will restore the liberty they fought for all those years ago. Every day people miss opportunities because they are so used to not needing to have patience. Please, don’t lose patience with the things that are most important in your life, because then, you will lose those things that are most important in your life. Trust that if you continue to fight for what is good and virtuous, it will come eventually. If it is virtuous, it will come!
Edmund Burke said, “Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil”. I have already written about slavery many times, and talked about its meaning, which is obviously the loss of liberty, but what I have not yet mentioned is that slavery does not come about just from tyranny. In today’s world, people are enslaved by more than just the government. As Burke’s quote said, it grows on every soil. His analogy doesn’t only apply to where slavery is, it applies to what it is… a weed. No matter what you do or what you try to surround yourselves with, there will always be something that can enslave you, and you can’t stop that, but it is your choice as to whether or not that thing will enslave you. There are so many things that distract from the more important aspects of life, and if you allow these things to dictate how you live your life, you’ve allowed them to make you their slave. It is devastating to see that so many lives are ruined because people allow something so small and seemingly innocent to control their entire lives. Fortunately, we have the power to choose how we will live our lives! If we don’t want to let an object, or a tyrant, to make us slaves, we don’t have to. We have the power to say no to the tyrant or whatever is threatening our liberty, even if others tell us to say yes. We have the power to say yes to those good and honorable things that will bless our lives, even if the tyrant tells us to say no. We control our own lives no matter what stands in our way. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t stop something from controlling you. The only way to truly be controlled is to accept that you are giving up power, you must be willing to give yourself up to the things that seek to distract you or to enslave you. People will always say it doesn’t matter what you do, that everyone is addicted to this or that, which is false. You have a say in what possesses your mind. All you need is the knowledge and willpower to only give yourself to what is right. There are books filled with teachings that say you will be blessed if you do so, despite what the world says, because liberty is something far greater than anything the world can offer you, you might just have to work to see it.
Frédérick Basiat taught, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” But what exactly is a law? Many people have been led to believe that if the president or any other government official decides to put a rule into place, it is a law and therefore must be followed. I will declare right now that this is a false idea. A law is a rule put into place, as Basiat said, for the protection of our lives, liberty, and property, within the bounds of the Constitution. If it does not follow these standards then it must not be obeyed. Now, I understand that this is easier said then done as people are still punished as if these rules were laws, this is yet another reason why we write. The more people there are that understand this principle, the more people can take a stand for what it right. It is sad it see that not only are these “laws” not completing their initial purpose, they are doing the opposite and putting boundaries on life, liberty, and property. Somehow instead of protecting these things, they are taking them away in order to satisfy the greed of those who have put these “laws” into place. It is time we stop accepting everything and recognize that it is ok to resist when you are resisting tyranny. This nation was meant for more than this, there is far more potential than any of us can recognize in this country, and in ourselves. It is our duty to live up to this potential and help others do the same. These “laws” we have been taught to obey, the ones that have put a stop on liberty, cannot be the reason we quit fighting for that liberty. As said in a previous entry, don’t fear the crown, and always fight for what is right, despite the hardships the world may throw at you. One day these “laws” will be discarded and replaced with real laws, laws that protect us, instead of harm us; on that day we will rejoice and say farewell to the tyranny that had destroyed our liberty.
With confidence and assurance,