We chain ourselves, and doom our group with corruption.
**The Following is an Opinion Piece; assumptions are made by the writer, keep Law 2 in mind when reading**
Corruption runs deep in humans. It’s why Communism works on paper, but not in practice; why true Monarchies end with violent revolutions; why Capitalism ends in corrupt major powers lobbying against common sense. Where does it come from, though? Why is it so prevalent in our species? Can we destroy it? If not, can we at least circumvent it? Corruption has not only planted its seeds, it has been growing with us as long as human history. Humans have been helpless to it since the dawn of social hierarchies. Why try and fight something that’s been around since before Christ, or for that matter, any form of religion at all. It permeates us so completely, that it seems we’re helpless to it. So the real question becomes, not how can we rid ourselves from it, but how can we make it harder for it to occur?
Informed Citizens always have the sun rising on their civilization.
What is an informed citizen?
Before ascribing my own view, I would like to gather a few definitions of “informed citizen/citizenry” from around the web:
Now that we have that, let us define the individual words of that ever important phrase, just for comprehensiveness:
Merriam-Webster defines ‘informed’ as having information; educated, knowledgable. Having accurate information is critical and necessary to being informed and one can only be educated and knowledgable if they are informed.
It defines ‘citizen’ as an inhabitant of a city, town or state; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman; a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it. So as a citizen of the United States you are entitled to full civil and political rights, and protection by your government.
So, using various similar definitions we can use critical thinking and common sense to reach the conclusion of what an informed citizen actually means. An informed citizen is someone who uses reliable information from multiple sources to understand subjects and situations, thus used to create appropriate judgements to understand their government and more importantly what is happening in the world around them. Simply put, someone who thinks for themselves and strives to fully understand their society and governance on all levels. That doesn’t mean you have to be a lawyer, or a scholar, but it does mean you have to fully understand your rights and the role your government plays in your life, and use that knowledge to draw informed conclusions.
Those willing to give up freedom for security deserve neither.
– Benjamin Franklin(author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat, a father of our country.)
Will this be untrue soon??
Okay, let’s get to the meat of this. First, I would like to get some facts out onto the stage. The first one being the second amendment to our constitution:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
-The Bill of Rights
Now, a lot of people “interpret” that in different ways, mainly because of the comma after state. I ignore those “interpretations” and get to the literal meaning. What it basically means is that every state will have a regulated, trained military force made up of common people to defend said free state when the main body of the military is unable to. We call them the national guard today. The second part is the important part for you; people have the right to bear arms and your government cannot hinder that undeniable right in anyway.
“Write the truest sentence you know.”
The most invaluable advice any kind of writer can receive is this quote. Your book will not succeed(and I’m not talking about fiscally, pieces of crap can still sell) if it isn’t full of the truest sentences you know. I keep this quote and one other piece of writing advice in mind at all times during the writing process. This is of my own invention and its held true thus far. There must always be one central theme, one pillar that holds up everything else. The turtle that carries the world on its back. If you read your story, and you cannot see the one theme readily, then you have failed. I don’t care if your book explores so many facets of society, or the characters are three-dimensional, or even if your plot is dynamic and superlative. All of these things matter not, if your one true theme is muddled into the story.
You, as the writer, are the gatekeeper and your theme is the gate.
Following our dreams leads to innovation, which is the life blood of this country
I am going to become an storyteller. I have no other plans outside of becoming a story teller. Everything I do is all for this one goal. I have no back up plan, I do not plan on becoming anything but an author. If I fail at that, I have nothing else to work towards. I have no career to go to, no aim in my studies, nothing, and I love it. Continue reading
If you haven’t read the first two parts, I highly recommend clicking them before continuing with this part.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to write another entry ever again. I feel I’m nearing the end; I’m having trouble visualizing a scenario where I come out of this sane, or even alive. So, if this is the last piece of writing I end up doing, thank you to all who’ve invested their time into my works. I’m thankful for that. Maybe people will pass this around as a ‘creepypasta’ or something. Either way, thank you for reading this, whether you know me, and you are reading this as my final minutes, or you’re just sitting in the dark, enjoying a creepy story. That’s all I ever wanted, for people to read what I wrote.
I think I may have lost a day during this, today is Sunday, but I don’t remember Saturday… So much has happened, I don’t even know how I can keep my fingers moving. I can barely see the words I’m typing, my vision obscured by great wells of tears. My life has fallen apart, and I know no matter how this ends, I’ll never be able to put it back together. I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s go back, when I was still sitting in McDonalds.
Okay, so it’s around 7:30 pm, about 5 hours since I last wrote. I’ve been through a lot of shit to deal with in five hours, so once again, forgive me for any grammatical errors.
In the several hours that have followed since my last post, things have escalated beyond my comprehension. None of you will believe me, which is to be expected, I wouldn’t believe me. That’s not the point of this. The point is, the people who know me, they’ll read this, and they’ll know. Hopefully, it’ll warn them.
So, I woke up in the hotel room, read the note my girlfriend left me(she went to work), thought twice, and called her to make sure was at work(she was), then sat down to write the first post. I needed to clear my head after writing all that shit down. I didn’t even know if I had imagined all of that. Continue reading