Why I Love Liberty

Throughout all of history there have been accounts of people fighting for liberty, obtaining it, losing virtue, and therefore losing that liberty. Then, as the years go on, the cycle has repeated itself. An important question to think about sometimes is, where are we right now in that cycle? Where do we want to be? Some people may be satisfied with the “benefits” that come from tyranny, while others recognize that the blessings that come from liberty surpass all others. The founding fathers loved liberty. They treasured it and gave their lives for it, and they set an example for us so we can do the same. Something I wanted to share is why I love liberty and why it is important to me.

I love liberty because it allows those with righteous desires to do all the good they are inclined to do. Liberty brings all those who choose to go down a viscous path to justice and holds them accountable. It helps people, both young and old, see what they are capable of and what they deserve. It helps people reach the potential that they have. I love liberty because with it, all those who seek knowledge will have complete freedom to find it and learn what they want to learn. Not only this, but it teaches parents that they have the ultimate power over their child’s education and they can raise them to do amazing things they never thought possible. I love liberty because it creates a society of people who love and care about each other; people who lift each other up instead of tear them down.

These are only some of the basic blessings that come from liberty, and they are not too far out of reach! We can begin with ourselves and as we are virtuous, we can do good, learn more, lift others, and teach others. Then, as the message spreads to others the blessings of liberty spread with it, and it becomes its own cycle. I love liberty because it makes me, and all others who experience it, happy! It brings real and true joy that is rarely felt otherwise. Now, the most important question is, is it worth it? Will you follow the examples of those how came before and love liberty enough to truly fight for it?

Yours truly,

Publius

Liberty: Through Thick and Thin

Thomas Jefferson declared that “the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” I have written a countless number of times about why this is true, but it is becoming more evident in my life that there is more than just sacrificing time, popularity, or even your life. I believe it is safe to say that each of us encounters trials and hardships on a daily basis, and there are some that are harder than others. During the times when you seem to be dealing with more than you had bargained for, it becomes much easier to make up an excuse as to why you cannot fight for the cause of liberty at that time. The struggles you face may make you feel like you have too much on your plate so you cannot continue to pursue the things you were before. To put it simply; these trials may make it easier for you to give up. However; difficult times are no reason to give up, in fact, they should only push you to work harder, as impossible as that may seem. Trails are what challenge you, and only as you endure through them can you see what you are truly capable of. The world is hard, and it likes to throw unexpected events in your way, but sometimes what helps is looking at those hard times with a different perspective. The definition of a trial is “a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone”. Yes, they can be hard. But once you see them for what they truly are, tests of your strength, it becomes easier to navigate through them. I know that this does not make it effortless, and sometimes it is okay to have moments to just sit down, take a deep breathe, and remind yourself that it is all going to work out. Do not forget, however, that you are simply being tested, and the best way to pass the test is to keep trying your best until time is up. Do not see the first difficult problem and give up, work through it no matter how long it takes! Sometimes the hardest part about fighting for liberty is keeping up with your commitment to do so when the world seems to be crashing down, but by doing so you prove yourself and the load you are carrying actually seems to feel a little lighter. Know you are not alone in this cause and that you never will be, and that it is so worth it to continue in it through thick and thin. Throughout this new year, I have made it a goal to be able to recognize that hard times become easier as I keep doing what is right, even when it may not feel like it, so I can better myself and hopefully those around me. As you think about your goals for this year, I hope you consider that as well, for it will only bring you happiness.

To end, we wanted to thank all of those who have continued to support us and the cause for liberty throughout 2018. We can’t wait too see what 2019 has in store!

Yours truly,

Publius

Losing Yourself

As everyone is celebrating the holidays, people are taking time to focus on others, on giving and being kind to those around us. It’s sad to think that this mentality only seems to last such a short time out of the year. Jean Jacques Rousseau questioned, “what wisdom can you find that is far greater than kindness?” All the knowledge that you strive for, the wisdom you seek, the work you put in to become better; isn’t it ultimately for the good of others? Whether it’s those in the future or those who live now, people will undoubtedly be affected by the good we are doing right now. So if we are working to make the lives better of those we don’t know, why not strive to be kind to those we see on a daily basis? Let us put aside political parties, views, and ideas and just see each other as people. In order to better yourself and increase your own personal virtue, you must first, as Ghandi put it, “lose yourself in the service of others.” As we go about doing service for others, we forget about the things in our lives that weigh us down and are lifted up in seeing the joy we can bring to the lives of those around us. As you continue to celebrate the holidays, strive to keep that feeling of charity and kindness in your heart throughout the year. Ultimately, it will bring you closer to your goals.

Yours truly,

Publius

Focus

Today, there are a lot of things that pull your attention all over the place. While some of these distractions are based on an unvirtuous pillar, some are just that: distractions. People today never sit still. It’s one place to the next with ten thousand jobs to take care of along the way. I know I myself am guilty of being swept up in one endless task to another with no moment where I simply stop. But how is this affecting us? Well, primarily in two ways. 1) It prohibits us from having any true deep reflection. Never do we sit down in pure silence and stop to recall the day. We don’t have commonplace books like the founders where we could recount the things we heard, saw, and learned. When we have a break, we pull out our phones to check social media or play a little game or text our friends. The problem is that this reflection time is when some of our best thoughts are had. In the silence we can think more deeply and process more clearly. If we are constantly running, how will we ever stop to think about what is really going on? And this leads to me to 2) we are distracted from seeing what really matters. Because of everything that is being thrown at us, it gets harder and harder to look through to the important aspects of life. You don’t see or hear something truly amazing because you don’t stop to look around. The biggest things we miss due to all of our distractions are the government’s actions. There is a reason our attention is pulled one way then the other, and it is because they are trying to shield you eyes from the evil that is happening. We become so caught up in unimportant things that we never stop to ask what is really going on. We must eliminate the unimportant distractions from our lives if we ever want to focus on what really matters. It’s not going to be easy. Mindless nonsense had been pumped into our heads for decades now, and it has only gotten worse. If we take a minute to slow down and turn everything off, we can bring ourselves closer to the truth. Stop and smell the roses, sit down with yourself and think. It will only help in the long run.

Yours Truly,

Publius

You Are in Control

I’ve written before about what it means to truly be happy. And that we can choose for ourselves if we want to be that way. But the world constantly tells us otherwise, so I feel like it’s important to address once again.

We are constantly confronted with lies promising happiness, or telling us that with our circumstances happiness is unobtainable. While it might be easy, we cannot buy into these lies. We are the only ones responsible for our happiness and no one can take it away, or even give it. The word happiness does not refer to our worldly pleasures, but our virtue. As we strive for virtue and knowledge, we are in the pursuit of happiness.

George Washington said that “happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” But why? Because as we do what we are meant to be doing, we are fulfilling the job we have been given and accomplishing our purpose, and nothing can give us a greater sense of joy than this. No one can tell us our circumstances restrict us from true happiness because we are in charge of our own moral character. And no one can promise us happiness from worldly pleasures because they bring only temporary satisfaction, but soon die away and we feel the need for something more. Though today’s entry may be brief, the message is true. You can be happy. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. As you work toward what you know to be right, joy, real joy, will undoubtedly come.

Yours truly,

Publius

Wisdom of the Heart and Mind

“There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart.” -Charles Dickens

What is the wisdom of the head? This is fact. We know one plus one equals two and nothing can change that. It cannot be argued or disputed, it just is. Some of this wisdom can be argued, however. Wisdom of the head may also include ideas that can be debated using logic and reason. Whatever it is, wisdom of the head does not come from feeling and emotion, but from fact, logic, and study. We gain this type of wisdom from simply reading books. We take in the knowledge that comes from them and keep it in our memory. Though important, this is not the only type of knowledge we require.

Wisdom of the heart is very different from that of the head. It is emotion. Everyone can feel differently in this wisdom, and most of the time, no one is entirely in the right or entirely in the wrong. It is often debated and fought over because people usually tend to be more passionate about this type of wisdom. It cannot be proved by looking in a textbook or typing numbers into a calculator, it has to be studied and thought over. In order to gain wisdom of the heart you must not only read, but you have to ponder and consider as you do so so you can form opinions and ideas based on the heart.

While both of these types of wisdom are beautiful and needed, they cannot exist alone. If we truly want to gain knowledge and make a difference we must use them hand in hand. We need to be able to see the facts of things. To know what is actually true or actually false. But we also have to be able to feel. We can take that knowledge we gain from learning facts and use them to think deeply into important matters and form opinions and beliefs based on what we feel as we study them.

Publius

Do Not Settle

Every day we are faced with questions. Some are simple and we can answer immediately, others require more time and thought. As we ask these more difficult questions, it can be really frustrating when we work toward an answer but can never find one. However, the important thing to remember is that we cannot give up and we cannot settle for the answers society lays out for us.

A question each of us may face is, “what should I be doing right now and where should I be heading?” We all want to know where we are meant to be now and meant to be headed but finding the answer to this takes hard work, and once you find the answer it often leads to more work. So in response, the world answers, “you should not have to care” People will urge you to do what is not right for you. But remember that we each have a specific purpose and duty, and we should never settle for something else just because it’s easier. Those things we know, the things we’re good at, and the things we’re drawn to, all lead us closer to what we are meant to be doing. At times it is so tempting to just stop in the middle of your journey. After all, it is terrifying when you don’t know where you’re going and you can’t see the end, but we cannot settle. We must press forward, even if blindly.

Never be scared to ask a question, never be scared of the answer, and never settle for the world’s reply. Only by asking the important questions and studying them out will you be able to discover the most important answers. Every person from history whom we respect and revere had to, at one point, as themselves questions that they knew would not have a simple answer. Regardless, they asked the questions, the slaved for an answer, and when they found one they worked hard to live up to it. I hope we can all do the same and allow our carefully discovered answers to guide us to virtue and liberty.


Yours truly,
Publius

Show Kindness

With the elections going on, there is so much contention among everyone. You can barely turn on the tv without seeing an ad saying awful things about someone, or enter a conversation about politics without someone getting angry. People are getting so caught up in their party and point of views that they are forgetting to show kindness and understanding. Everyone has an opinion, and that doesn’t mean one side is completely right and the other is completely wrong. We must recognize that the important thing is not to force everyone believe what you believe, but to study, grow, and teach and then accept what happens because of that.

Francis Bacon warned, “read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourage; but to weigh and consider.”
We should be striving for knowledge because of all the good it can do; because it makes us better and helps us to assist other to do the same. We should never seek knowledge simply so we can tear down people who simply have a different opinion than us.

We always say to strive for virtue, and one of the biggest parts of that is being kind. We cannot read the minds of everyone around us, so we should not be so quick to judge and act unkindly to people. If we work with those around us instead of against them, we will go much farther and create something so much stronger. Do not allow your ideas to come in the way of how you treat your neighbors. Always teach what you know, but never do it with discouragement or hate. Work toward virtue and remember to show everyone that kindness no matter what.

Yours truly,
Publius

What If?

It’s a scary question, I know, but really – what if? This opens up a world of possibilities, an open-ended book where you can fill in your future. But, really, it can be simpler than that. The “if” can become stressful, or frightening, and people want to shy away. This doesn’t have to be a burden; it can be a gift. What if it happens? What if it comes to me? What if we win? Why should this be scary? It’s motivating, like “why not”. So, what if you make it? Is that not encouraging enough? Yes, a vast ocean of options is waiting in front of you, and some parts will be good. There has to be a bright light at the end of our tunnel as long as we take the right turns. But what if you fall? Well, what if someone sees you fall and now knows not to step there. But what if you get stuck, what if you can’t walk on? Well, what if you just can’t do it alone, what if someone now tries to walk ahead of you. But what if there is no end? Well, what if you’re better off half-way than no-way. Anyone can look at a mountain of possibilities and see the darkest shadows hiding everything else. You might have to dig, but there is a what if that you can find to push you further. There is the great what if that everyone asks, but every person defines their own answer; everyone has their own what if. So, what if no one reads this? Well, what if someone does. And what if I’m wrong? Well, what if I’m better off for it. What if it doesn’t help people? Well, what if it helps me. What if you can change yourself, and thereby change the world? Don’t shy away, just ask, what if?

Publius

Go Forward, Regardless

Something important for each of us to always keep in mind is that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to get everyone see things exactly how we do. We cannot change the minds of everyone, we cannot make them feel everything that we feel, and we cannot convince them of every truth.

As we go about teaching, we naturally want everyone to be on the same page we are, to quickly see how great the principles we are trying to teach are. However, this is never the case. People take time to come to an understanding of the timeless principles such as liberty and tyranny. And sometimes, they choose never to seek out that understanding. This can sometimes be so frustrating knowing that what you are trying to teach is so important and beneficial and they simply choose to ignore it. But, the beautiful truth is that though we have no control over what others think, say, or do, we do have complete control over how we act. We can be virtuous, study diligently, and teach others regardless of how those around us act. As we have said countless times, there will always be opposition, but that should never determine how diligent we are in pursuing timeless truths. Benjamin Franklin affirmed that, “An investment of knowledge pays the best interest.” It doesn’t matter if everyone believes you or if everyone ignores you, the knowledge you teach others, if good and virtuous, will always benefit someone and that gift will surpass all others. So, do not be discouraged by the lack of understanding or interest those you are teaching seem to have obtained. It is okay! As long as you are constantly doing your best and pursuing what is right you will make a difference,  someone will learn because of your example, and you will personally grow and be strengthened.

Yours truly,
Publius