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by OPOVV, ©2013

Born in 1564, William Shakespeare has been considered the “greatest writer in the English language” (Wikipedia)

(Apr. 8, 2013) — Hello. Today we’re going to have a short lesson in logic or, to put it another way, what’s good for someone else may not be good for you. I think the most misunderstood word we have in the English language is “progress,” which is sometimes substituted for “advancement” and “better off.”

One of the characteristics that sets the people apart in Western Civilization is the acknowledgement of the endless avenues of freedom of human expression.  We have sculpture, music, paintings, books, photography, an endless list of possible ways, including philosophy, as expressed by Bruce Lee in his philosophy of “being.” Shakespeare said about the same thing in Hamlet:  “Be true to thine own self.”  As a matter of fact, it’s the leniency we give to our philosophers that sets us apart.

An economic system is a philosophical view on monetary principles: does one work for the improvement of all or does one for the mediocrity of everyone? A religious system explains the unexplainable and offers guidelines on how to live one’s life: does one kill for enlightenment or does one believe in The Golden Rule?

In the Western Civilized countries, a philosopher can articulate his viewpoints in a multitude of ways: books, radio, television, comic books, soap boxes, the internet. Take me, for instance. My viewpoint isn’t unique, but it’s unique to me. I believe in The Golden Rule and the U.S. Constitution.  I try and emulate what I know about the life of Jesus, but I fail miserably, which really makes me feel pretty bad. I’d like to be able to heal people, but I don’t know how. I’d like to convince people to get along, but how can you talk to an Obot if they continue to believe in the fake Birth Certificate(s)? My military experience leads me to continually believe in the philosophy of “If they shoot at you, you shoot back faster, bigger, better; make it so they never get the chance to shoot at you again or anybody else, for that matter.”

Now that the preamble has been completed for the quiz, let’s begin. Remember, no cheating.

The “Are We Better Off? Quiz”

Since January 20, 2009, is the world a safer place?

Do you have more freedom than you did in 2009?

Do you have faith in banks?

Do you view the future with confidence or trepidation?

If the teachers at Sandy Hook school were ex-military and armed, do you think that the outcome would have been the same?

Gas prices have doubled since Obama took office.  Would you call that inflation?

The price of many food items have gone up more than 50%.  Would you consider that inflation?

Do you believe The Federal Reserve Bank is looking out for you or their shareholders?

Do you believe that a Federal employee should be prosecuted for being caught using a stolen Social Security number?

What if that same person submitted two fake Birth Certificates: should that Federal employee be allowed to keep his job and continue to receive a government paycheck, paid by your taxes?

Do YOU feel safer than you were four years ago? Have you read about “flash mobs” and what you would do to protect your family if you were caught in one?

So, how’d you do? Are we better off or not?


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