Happy Wooden’s (Odin’s) Day
Governments don’t grant freedom. Religion doesn’t grant freedom. The right to liberty and freedom simply is, it is others who are arrogant in their presumption that they have the ‘right’ to take it away or grant it. If you need permission to do something from the government, religion or any other force, you are not free to do it. If we are going to say liberty is an inalienable right, no permission is needed for it to exist. The best we can do with the government is hope it will defend our liberty. The best we can hope from religion is that it minds its own business about the way we live our own life.
But as the anarchists will point out, the very fact that government exists is an affront to the idea of rights and liberty specifically. I agree with them theoretically. I have always felt the problems with anarchism are not the theory and philosophy of it, but rather the practical application. It overlooks one key thing about human beings – we are inherently tribal. I think the founding fathers of the United States using their reason recognized this, so they understood that government is a necessary evil and tried to create one that actually protected the rights of its citizens and one that was so restricted as to not encroach on rights quickly or without restraint. Smart practical men, but they knew over time even their system would fail if it wasn’t maintained by people who value freedom and liberty.
For me personally, I am free because I am free. I alone bear the responsibility of my actions and The Book of Rabyd 2:2 kicks in a lot. It is the following of the virtues of Self-Reliance, Industriousness, and Hospitality that do more to maintain and follow after freedom than anything else.
“Self-Reliance is the spirit of independence, which is achieved not only for the individual but also for the family, clan, tribe, and nation.”
Principle: To achieve and maintain personal independence and advocate for independence in my family, state and nation.
Goal: Find a new, better paying job by the end of June 2019 or before.
Bucket List: To own and run my own successful business or company.
Liberty and Freedom are the two reasons why I work so hard for self-reliance. Anything else is dependence and it can lead to slavery. The cage can be guided but it is still a cage. The more you are independent through being self-reliant, the more options you have that are created by you and that leads to freedom.
“Industriousness is the willingness to work hard, always striving for efficiency, as a joyous activity in itself”
Principle: Work with the enjoyment of work itself.
Goal: Working on it.
Bucket List: Write A Novel and Get it Published.
This kind of freedom and liberty doesn’t just come to you, you have to work to create it. It doesn’t mean you have to work harder but that may be involved. You can work smarter or create something that does some of the work for you. But freedom and liberty are found in the fact that you have chosen the work for yourself and that you enjoy it.
“Hospitality is the willingness to share what one has with one’s fellows, especially when they are far from home.”
Principle: To share out of my abundance to help people where I can with their life’s journey.
Goal: By March 31st of 2020, to be the leader of a support group of some kind.
Bucket List: To own my own home by March 2024.
Being prosperous enough through liberty and freedom with the other two virtues, allows you to be generous. I think this is the one missing element of the entire capitalist structure. This is not the fault of capitalism but rather capitalists who succumb to greed rather than hospitality which would lead to greater overall prosperity. If you can’t let go of what you create then you truly are not free of its control over you. Slavery takes a lot of forms and one of those forms is being a slave to having to own and control everything.
Higher Virtue – Justice:
The best way to live creating justice is to live in liberty not just for yourself but for others as well. Justice means you let people be free to pursue their own path and don’t interfere or meddle in any way. You respect freedom and liberty as forces enough ot let others have it.
- Wife: Communication / Cuddle Time
- Blogging – Organize, revise, write a new post for the next day, 15 min. work on fiction.
- Reading – half-hour. Priority order: work, school, pleasure
- Study / Homework / Research: half hour per day minimum or until all necessary work is completed.
- Personal Business: record financial transactions, savings plan actions, budgeting, appointments, other actions, etc.
- Check Communications and Email after 2 pm but before 4 pm.
- Weekly Routine Items
- Nutrition: Daily Carb Count – 2
June 2 starts another full week for me and I am going to try to be in a position to put all my routines into action more fully. I have a few goals that depend on these routines so I need to get better at getting them complete.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.