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I’m enjoying re-reading Up From Slavery the autobiography of Booker T. Washington. There’s a great deal of wisdom here. For example, Washington observes, “The average man usually has the idea that if he were just somewhere else, in another state or city, or in contact with another race, he would succeed, forgetting too often to utilize the forces that are about him and in his hand.” yep and Amen.

We often think that if we were in another place; if we had another position or more money or greater prominence or important connections, THEN we would be truly useful and influential. We’re dreaming. The reality is if we’re not being faithful where we are with what we have, having more wouldn’t help us. Don’t fall into the trap of blaming your lack of fruitfulness upon a lack of opportunity or the absence of some asset. Take advantage of the opportunities you have now being faithful to fulfill the duties that you have been given now. True “success” is founded upon faithfulness in your present circumstances.

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That’s the Game…

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I’m not a big fan of Ayn Rand or anything, but this is a pretty good piece of writing, and very insightful.

Human institutions exist in order to preserve and perpetuate their own existence. They need work to do, even if they have to make it for themselves out of practically nothing. Armies need enemies, traffic cops need speeders, courts need the accused, and many times they aren’t beyond doing anything they need to do to get them. And when the accused pleads “time-out” or “foul,” he’s just offering further proof for why he needs to be taken down.

They operate by that old saying: “You can’t make an omelet without ruining a few innocent lives.” (more…)

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