Leading the Way to a New Civilization – Part 1

Leading the Way to a New Civilization
By Brett A. Fernau

Part 1 – Take a Look

If you get your news from television, newspapers and radio, I would not be surprised if you believe that the current situation in the world and in the United States of America is terminal and unfixable. Nor would I be surprised if you fear for the health and safety of yourself, your family and your friends. You very likely feel quite helpless, convinced that you, alone, can do nothing to restore hope, virtue, civility, productivity and happiness to your world. Your feelings and fears are valid and real, but the idea that there is nothing that you can do about it is wrong. There are many things you can do, and the best and first thing you should do is look.

Go for a walk. Notice that most of the people you see are working hard at living and that they are generally succeeding at doing that. Look around you and you will see that there is laughter, productive activity, polite conversation, courtesy, and pride all around you. Your neighbor is working in the garden. Two friends are meeting for coffee at a shop on the corner. A couple is taking their child out for a walk to the park. A truck is delivering a package to someone down the street from you. People are driving, biking and walking to work. There is, yet, life in the world and it is going on in spite of whatever obstacles might appear to stop it or slow it down.

Obstacles are there to be overcome. They are what make life challenging and interesting. Without them, there would be no reason to live. Think about that for a moment. Without obstacles, barriers, there could be no goals, because what is a goal if not a desire to conquer barriers and obstacles to achieve what one desires? Have you ever known someone who seems to have no goal? Even in their aimlessness, they are seeking to go somewhere, achieve something, even if it is only oblivion. Death is a goal. Life is a better goal. Look and see where you are going. What is your goal? Did you agree to that? Or was it handed to you by someone else?

There is something you can do about it. If you are fearful, look at that which you fear. That is a barrier. The first thing you do with a barrier is recognize if for what it is. From there, you can go forward and decide how to go over, under, around or through it, or you can decide that it is too much for you and give up. I recommend the first choice. Deciding to go forward and conquer a barrier is a goal. The most fun you can have in life is the journey you will take between setting that goal and achieving it. There is something you can do about your situation is life, but only if you decide that there is. One of the “somethings” that you can about do it, whatever “it” might be, is to decide that there is something you can do. Look – Decide – Act.

Looking is an acquired skill. You have to learn it and then you have to practice it. Once you have mastered it, you need to share it with others; teach them to look. Take them for a walk. Have them notice things in the environment. Observe the things that are good as well as those that are bad. Enjoy the good things. Decide to do something about the bad things. This is your world, your nation, your state, your city, your neighborhood, your block. Have a look at it and see what you can do make it better. Get some help with that project from your family, neighbors, and friends. This is their world, too. Let them help you fix it up, one barrier at a time.


Where are the Leaders?

Where are the Leaders?

By Brett A. Fernau

What happened to the people who would stand in front of the crowd and say exactly what they meant to say, who spoke with certainty and conviction, who had examined the problems that they were proposing to solve and could set forth a way to attack those problems that everyone could understand?

Where are the people of moral conviction who are willing to stand up and speak the truth to their fellow men and women, who can tell the difference between good and evil and can explain that difference to their fellows, who know what is wrong or right, who know why it is wrong or right and are willing to stand up and say so?

Where are the people who know the difference between freedom and slavery, between independence and dependence, between winning and losing, between surviving and succumbing; who can make a decision based on the concepts of freedom, independence and survival as opposed to slavery, dependence and failure?

Where are the people with confidence in their fellow men and women to do the right thing, to step up and help move things forward; who know that a people with good leadership, along with goals that lend themselves toward survival and principles that lead to independence and responsibility will quite willingly contribute all their strength and all their energy to achieving those goals and living by those principles?

Where are the leaders today? The very concept of leadership has deteriorated to the point where we don’t know where to look anymore. Those people who purport to be leaders aren’t offering any concrete plans to solve the problems facing this nation. Instead they offer platitudes, bromides and generalities, or they blame the problems on someone else and offer nothing of their own. Neither our President, nor his advisors, have a clue as to how to increase prosperity, reduce our national debt, grow the economy, keep the peace, or solve any other problem we are currently experiencing. No, on the contrary, President Obama, his advisors and his minions in Congress only offer less freedom, higher taxes, fewer incentives, more government control, more restrictions, more obstacles and more confusion.

Where are the people who understand that more government is never the answer to any problem involving human freedom and prosperity? Government produces nothing, adds no value to the economy, and can only take away and restrict already existing freedoms. Where are the people who understand that government needs to get out of the way and let people get on with producing and trading and living and thriving?

Where are they? I don’t see any of them in our current administration, nor do I see any in the House or in the Senate. I don’t see any in the current crop of candidates seeking election in November. Perhaps the people we need aren’t politicians at all. Perhaps they are business men and women and artists and spiritual leaders.

Could it be that the people who would make the best leaders for this nation are already hard at work trying this keep this ship-of-state afloat, providing the products and services we need to survive in this modern world? Could it be that they don’t have the time to make speeches, appear on television and radio, or any of the other tasks required to make themselves into viable candidates for public office? Or could it be that they realize that once they declare themselves a candidate for some elected position, they would become a target for the muck-raking, disparaging, character-assassinating, destructive news media?

Who could blame those people, the productive, moral, law-abiding pillars of the community, for not stepping down into the slimy, stinking pit that politics has become? They’re already doing their best to keep us from economic and social collapse in the only ways they know how, in the only ways that work, by producing and providing and creating and employing, by setting an example among their fellows. They are laboring among us right now, and the United States Government is doing its very best to suck the lifeblood from them, because the only way that government can survive is by taking the wealth from those who create it and appropriating it for its own needs. If government protects and encourages the producers and the creators, then everyone wins. However, if government takes the wealth from those who create it and gives that wealth to those who do not, then ultimately production and creation will be destroyed. Thus does the society fall, and the economy collapse, and then whatever remains will feed upon itself until there is nothing left for it to eat.

We must turn from this self-destructive path before all of the productive, creative people have been destroyed. We must elect leaders who understand the fundamentals of a free, creative and productive society. We must elect leaders who have read and understand the Constitution of the United States and are willing to enforce it as it was written. We must elect leaders who understand the meaning of personal responsibility, who are willing to stand upon their principles, who can tell a right action from a wrong one, who will do the right thing, even if it isn’t the popular thing to do. We must elect leaders whose principles cannot be bought, sold or traded. We must elect leaders with a proven record of honesty and integrity. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to prove very hard to find people of this caliber who are willing to serve in public office, given the reputations of the previous holders of those offices. And if we do find them, we’ll have to help them clean up the muck and corruption that has become attached to most public positions. It’s a job worth doing, though, a job challenging enough even for the most able of leaders. With the right leaders and enough support for them, we can turn this country around and make these United States a place our Founding Fathers would be proud of. If they showed up here today, I’d be rather embarrassed by what they’d find, wouldn’t you? We’ve made an awful mess of what they originally created. Still, the founding principles are right there for us to read and there may yet be enough time for us to re-dedicate ourselves to those principles and see that they are applied. It’ll take some work, but most of us aren’t afraid of hard work as long as we can see that it’s for a good cause. What cause could be better than to take out all the trash and restore our country to a place we can all be proud of?