When I was 8 and in second grade, I discovered our nearby Carnegie Library. I went at least once a week and read everything in reach. By the time I was 9 or 10, I’d read everything in the children’s library that was of interest. That is when a kind librarian guided me to the history section in the adult library.
I learned early on that history is a nebulous subject at best, and that is one reason I study it. You have to dig to get to the truth.
When studying history, always remember that the victor records their version, which is not necessarily the truth, or the whole truth, but a biased perspective of what the victor wants to believe and, more importantly, wants posterity to believe.
One can believe the “truth,” but there is a difference between the truth and belief. Belief is like a religion, not needing factual basis, just faith that it is the truth.
Much information in academia is now tainted with belief instead of truth. Even Darwin stated that his theories could not be verified in any tangible way and that they were likely to be found wrong.
Still, scientists have a belief that his theories are infallible, even though many more forward-thinking scientists have pretty much proven that epi-genetics is more workable.
The idea is that biological communities actually prefer cooperation over annihilation to survive and that mutations occur based primarily on need or what the environment has to offer. Still, the dogma of science goes with Darwin.
Does that belief fill the needs of industry and government more completely? It’s a question one must ask.
Take this a step further with the so-called news and you can probably see where I’m going. We are presently inundated with information from who some consider are merely actors, spewing the dogma of government and politics.
It’s laughable how the prominent politicians, the actors, go along with the grand production of the “fiscal cliff” and other fabricated crises, believing they can hoodwink the majority of Americans into thinking what great statesmen and politicians they are, saving us from calamity when they are in fact bringing us to the brink of insolvency.
There is no “right” or “left,” and no right or wrong with these morally bankrupt characters who prefer to name-call instead of engage in legitimate debate.
The information is fabricated to a great extent, and you have to dig to get to the truth. The truth is that the United States has not kept the promise it made with the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944. This gathering of 730 delegates from all 44 Allied nations at the Mount Washington Hotel, situated in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to regulate the international monetary and financial order after the conclusion of World War II, is where the Dollar replaced the Pound Sterling as the world trading currency.
The United States agreed that it would trade with gold at $35/ounce and not over-print or expand the currency to keep world currency stable.
It didn’t take long for the U.S. to end up tying the Dollar to Petroleum, thus ensuring a steady stream of profits to the U.S. petrochemical industry.
Since then, the United States has spent tremendous amounts of currency in building up the military industrial complex to strong-arm countries into trading with the Dollar. But they have also spent the lives of our most precious commodity - the best and brightest of our progeny, in order to maintain the Dollar as the world currency.
We surely would not be living the way we do without that military investment, but the problem has become so unwieldy that it is about to collapse upon itself. Why did the Egyptians riot in 2011? Their welfare cards did not buy enough food because of inflation.
That inflation was caused by our Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, printing too much money. Most of that currency goes overseas to enable trade transactions between countries. The Egyptian currency is pegged to the Dollar.
Along with printing more money, U.S. made goods are less expensive to overseas buyers, but it erodes the value of dollars that we hold in our pockets, a hidden tax.
Americans don’t like to think of themselves in this selfish way because we are a generous, caring people who love liberty and its spread throughout the world. In truth, the majority of Americans are a good and moral people. It is sad that we have entrusted our government to a significant number of politicians who lack those virtues and who think they can buy their way into the electorate’s hearts. They have to some extent.
The media and the elected officials have played their parts well enough that many citizens believe their ruse. That is why we are living in a selfish, “give me free” culture.
Only when the entitlements of welfare and unemployment checks no longer buy enough food for families, will the “give me free” culture come to an abrupt end.