Murder vs Killing

It is a decision to commit murder. It’s society’s right and duty to kill when someone commits premeditated murder. Note the difference between murder and killing. Murder is immoral, while killing is an ethical action. Murder is criminal, while killing is judicial.

Build on Strength

There is a lot of talk about “radicals,” “extremists,” and so forth. That talk is foolish because it is important to methodically build on strengths. It is not good to try to change the world overnight. Rather a solid and meticulous plan needs to be put in place that slowly improves the human experience.

Many of the 2019 class of US congressional delegates disagree with this principle. They are convinced that the US must change, that we are somehow obligated to replace morality with tolerance. Nothing can be further from reality. It’s very simple, and it’s a principle: build on strength to compensate for weakness.

Read more: They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

Don’t throw a fit

This is a saying that comes from my wife: you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit. Basically she is telling us to be content with what we have even though our expectations are considerably higher. To her credit, she is a fantastic provider and care-giver, so she’s really not asking much! Often, though this is applied with the kids when a meal doesn’t match their expectations for sugar-frosted-cocoa-infused-ADD-bombs.

Don’t work, don’t eat

My mother used to help me understand that hard work is required if you want to eat. Today, many years later, I still realize that weeding is literally back-breaking work. If you want fresh chard, you have to work the soil, water the plants, and remove the weeds. It’s a never ending cycle. But the cycle is important, as is the lesson: everything worthwhile takes effort; even eating.

Produce more than you Consume

There are lots of interesting analysis, theories, and projections in financials. However, the basic principle is that for you to be stable and in a better place tomorrow than you are today, you have to produce more than you consume. This has a lot of applications, but here are a few:

  • Don’t allow unfunded liabilities. Your pension is probably underfunded. If it is, don’t rely on it for retirement.
  • Use credit cards for their utility and convenience, not for over consumption. This one is kind of tough, because all credit card transactions are extremely expensive.
  • Make sure your work is productive, and not simply a time filler. If you can’t clearly articulate what you produce, then it’s time to assess why you’re in your present job.

Read More: Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations

Be Good

I find it amazing that very few people understand the direct correlation between doing good things and being in a position to negotiate. If you find that you are fearful, it’s probably because you are doing something that is wrong. There is nothing to fear if you’re doing what is right. So, consistently making good decisions places you in a great position.

Honor

When someone gets in trouble, think corrective or disciplinary actions, they tend to get very defensive.  I find the best approach is to try to talk through what the expectations are, and demonstrate that I’m looking at the overall picture, not isolated incidents.  I also do this with my children.  When I’m talking about honoring our elders, it is insufficient to constantly wait to be given tasks, they should anticipate need.

This is the principle, as people, we are engaged in helping our community, our family, and ourselves every day.  Rather than waiting for needs to become acute, it’s better to plan ahead and be addressing needs when they are relatively minor.  Just like an ounce of prevention versus a pound of cure.

Civilization

The foundation of happy and productive society is correct and mutually held principles.  Should the United States have an “everyone is welcome to be a citizen” immigration policy?  No.  Only people who agree or, maybe, commit to agree as soon as possible with the principles that make America successful should be allowed citizenship.  This blog is dedicated to enumerating those principles.

Read More: Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Labels

I was taught that Barry Goldwater was a basic left-wing lunatic in school.  I don’t know where I got that impression, nothing could be further from the truth.  He’s morally, economically, and socially conservative.  He has sound principles and articulates real issue that restrain the US.  But in today’s world, isn’t the most ridiculous label always chosen?  Don’t we wallow in a stye of absurd projections?

Read More: Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

Creeping

It’s an American idiom, but take a moment to compare the term “creeping fascism” to “creeping capitalism.”  The former is used frequently in speech and writing, while the second is so absurd that it doesn’t make sense.  Why must fascism creep?  It creeps because fascism is a very foreign concept to most, as of writing, Americans.  Most people do not intuitively understand what fascism is, and neither do they agree with the principles of fascism.  I find this amusing because while Antifa – “against fascism” if I understand their public persona – routinely rallies against self-reliance, individualism, and moral absolutes; these are principles of capitalism – private ownership and a free market economy.  Conversely, fascism is exemplified by government control of the economy: public ownership and no economy.