After 28 hours of travel, I’m back in my Sydney digs. The cooler temperature is a nice relief. BTW, I flew two legs on Emirates Airlines in their private suites. I took some video for the next Prosperity TV clip, so look for that next week. Now let’s get back to our discussion from last week on living by a congruent philosophy.
I said you must have a philosophy and be able to articulate it. You must be comfortable defending it, and ok with knowing that the most of the masses don’t have enough brainpower to understand this.
You can’t look for approval of the masses, and hope to live a life of prosperity, because those two objectives are mutually exclusive. At least at this point in time, but hopefully that will change.
We change consciousness one person at a time. And changing consciousness means you have the ability to analyze your beliefs. How you got them, whether they serve you, and whether they can be justified with a logical extension of your philosophy. Very few people are able to do this.
As an example, ask any American if they believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They will maintain that they do. Then ask if they believe the KKK, Nazis, or some other hate group has the right to hold a peaceful march.
“No, no,” they exclaim. “There has to be limits. I’m all for free speech, but not in a case like this.”
Well that philosophy is not congruent. It does not stand the test of logic. Another example.
Suppose that a killer would go free, because the evidence that convicted him was obtained in an illegal search. The judge throws the case out of court, as the Constitution requires that she do. There would be an immediate outcry.
People want to “fix” the Constitution. But you can’t correct this problem without infringing on the Bill of Rights. The citizens must be safe from unwarranted and illegal searches from their government. Which means that an occasional guilty party must go free, to protect the innocent and maintain the integrity of the Constitution.
Don’t get me wrong. I would hate for a killer to go free. And I hate the KKK and those other hate groups as much you probably do. But I also have the intellectual capacity to see the principles and precedents that govern the bigger picture.
And you must too, or you will just be another member of the herd, reacting emotionally to the environment around you.
Give this some thought, and please shares your insights below. Next post we’ll look at the difference between a real philosophy you can live by, and when you simply have a meme complex.