Tag: freedom

Don’t Waste Your Wonder – Episode 163

The Story: How to have a free mind and use your sense of wonder

Many people seek to hold and to defend a belief in a material or even mechanical universe. A belief in God or anything supernatural or paranormal is considered just a superstition, and to believe in those things, to those people, seems more like a delusion than a rational exploration. We know that if a cult tells you that their way is the only way to salvation – the only way to the truth – such an organisation is probably not interested in an honest pursuit of truth. Yet, when believers in science or scientism make similar statements, many accept them. If we are really interested in finding out more about reality, shouldn’t we be willing to explore ideas?

In this episode, Kurt takes a trip to Guanajuato and reflects on hardcore skeptics, atheism, the exploration of ideas and belief systems, miracles, and how people can use their sense of wonder to enrich their lives. Join us on another paradigm-shattering episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Leandrew Dixon – Believer to Atheist to Wonderer

The Links:

Hegelian Dialectic

Reticular activating system

Confirmation bias

Cognitive Dissonance

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A message of peace – Kurt Robinson Raps

Kurt delivers a divine discourse through acappella rhyme, conveying to the audience that they are powerful, reminding them of their essence.

 

Lyrics

You might have seen me burn a stage, ruptured with earthquakes
But you never saw when I put first feather to first page
Thousands of hours going unshowered fighting with a pen
Writing, rewriting, editing, and writing again

Creating complex metaphors with such force
Well-articulated thoughts given physical form
Imbibing forgotten mystical shamanic medicines
Performing sacred rituals to show the proper reverence

I spent time analysing logical and philosophical premises
How to develop prosperity, how to avoid pestilence

Studying holy texts that are so complex
They made my brain flip my solar plexus and soul flex
Alongside entrepreneurial biographies to get a clear view
Of how to integrate the spiritual and the material

So when you hear me spit it’s not just any rhymes
It’s a perspective of a man who has lived many lives
Who has dug deep into the spirit to autodidactically verify
Peeled back layers of onions to find what it said inside

I’ve jotted mountains of lyrics of found-within-ness
That condense the epiphanies of powerful visions
It takes a scholar to make the division between my witticisms
My pseudo-intellectualism and my wisdom

In past lives I ate fools whole and chewed bones
Barefoot face of the sun, walked through snow
Killed men and raised dead for a cool show
Wrapped space around time in a cute bow

I outlived universes’ entropy till it grew cold
Waited through the heat death till they anew growed
All the skills from my past selves, all of my cast spells
But nothing compares to the power to move a human soul

God’s fingers touched my lips so let me speak
For I come from beyond time with a message of peace
These things I know heaven is high, hell is deep
And nothing will fill your heart like service to your fellow being

So what lies within your heart tell me please
Tell me what you hide inside that’s seldom seen
Suffering makes you live, you bled, you breathe
Embrace your divine nature and set yourself free

You’ve been blessed with will and pure intellect
A chance to love yourself or ignore and neglect
The need to decide your own meaning of life
Within your forty more breaths divorced from death

You can be Me easily reborn in the flesh
With an earth with soil so well-formed and fresh
So I humbly present you a choice with all respect
These are yours to wreck or yours to protect

You were born with a divine melody, a holy tune
Singing the sweetest song a soul consumes
Look into the eyes of a child and you’ll know it’s true
Your earthly brethren have such high hopes for you

Life can be like a hall of mirrors
We get obsessed with the surface like a sort of sickness
Take a look – what’s behind all those visions
Pure space, the space to transform into brilliance

All those millions of possibilities the universe spins through
You came from nothing, so you’ve got no more to lose
Everything that’s within me is within you
So please stand up, and do what you were born to do

Kurt Robinson Raps – “Free” Verse

freedom of movement and a free life
free love & compassion can free minds
free thinking your thoughts can be free
free association and freedom of speech

free to be emotional free to be calm
the right to self defence free to bear arms
while the kids demand a free education
shit ain’t free, you must be freebasin

i know you heard this one it’s some deep stuff
there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch
free mp3s downloaded we handle
i’ll steal the beat for this track a free sample

monogamy polyamory and free lovin
live your whole life think you’re in a free country
constitutional republic as long as it lasted
abolish gov. for a strong free market

wander through the hotel get free wifi
free your imagination through your mind’s eye
make freedom so common it seems boring
i forgot my clean underwear i’m freeballin

none of those phony laws you should believe in
victimless crime spree derrick j freeman
drug dealin free enterprise you can be the boss
and that reminds me man – free ross!

Without government, wouldn’t warlords take over?

If you believe government is needed, and someone suggests that it isn’t, you might be rather distressed. You might start to picture bands of rogues roving the land without cease, raping and stealing. In the minds of many statists, this fear is so real that it seems certain. But of course, little is certain in life, and we can no more say for sure that warlords will take over than we can say that they won’t. However, we can at least begin to estimate the likelihood.

If you’re like most people, it’s almost certain that you are threatened by group of people which claims to help you, a group which takes your money without asking first. Just as we can’t be sure that warlords won’t take over in a stateless society, it’s not certain that this violent group won’t grow larger, to expand to a level of control where many are fearful and even people with friends in high places can be destroyed without anyone being punished. In fact, such a case is much more likely to be found in a society with a state, than a society without a state, as the power structures are already there. In a stateless society, if these structures form, they’re likely to be smaller. It’s easier to go from 8 to 10 than it is to go from 0 to 10.

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To get to a society that has no rulers, first there has to be a cultural change. People have to learn to do things without the help of their rulers, and instead depend on each other. The less they can solve problems on their own and working in teams, the more chance they have to be seduced by a person offering easy answers, or threatened by someone who comes along with a few guns and a few demands. If certain states vanished tomorrow, there would be a 99% chance that warlords would take over. However, the more the people learn to support each other, and the more people love liberty, the less chance a tyrant has of taking hold. The tragedy is, the more people cling to these concerns about warlords, the less people who learn to love liberty.

In the end, the reason cling onto these ideas is because of a deep-seated fear. People want to feel like everything is under control, even if it’s by a someone who, in their hearts, they know is a devil. Their fear leads them to fearmonger, spilling endless “what if” cases, none of which can be allayed by logic alone. As I said, nothing in life is certain. Yet, by embracing our uncertainty, and our fears, we can learn to overcome them. It’s scary to stand at the edge of darkness, not knowing what lies within. It takes heart to put your foot over that threshold, yet, that is the only way that humans grow – by putting ourselves in realms where nothing is sure, but everything is possible. Screw your courage to the sticking place, and feel just for a moment, what it would mean to be free.

Integrity – A Man’s Gotta Have a Code Part 1: Link McElvenny & Mr. J. – Episode 135

The Story: Values, principles and ideals

Many people go through this life without thinking too deeply about what it is they value, what they would be willing to die for, and what they would be willing to kill for. It takes an uncommon man to consider the question deeply, and an even rarer man to follow through with his decision when the chips are down. Undoubtedly, people fail in this process all the time, but when you see someone make one of those tough choices, putting his principles above his bank balance, or his integrity before gratification, it can inspire you, and make you wonder: if one soul can stand so firm, firmer than old concrete, what else might it be able to achieve?

In this episode, Kurt is joined by two friends and collaborators, Link McElvenny and Mr. J. to discuss their ideas on the codes, principles, values and frameworks which they use to make decisions, and guide themselves through interesting lives. We discuss liberty, the non-aggression principle, non-violence, masculine and feminine polarity, trying to help others to gain a more empowering perspective, open-mindedness, and the difference between eastern and western views of teaching and learning.

Join us in this next soul-challenging, introspective, middle-path-walking episode of The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Down at the ashram: Link McElvenny

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Captains of our own destinies

With most of the world raving about the presidential election in the US, it can seem that your fate rests in the hands of a sociopath who thousands of miles away. The truth is, unless you’re being harassed by bureaucrats or police officers every day, you probably still have a lot of freedom in your life. Every breath and every step is an act of liberty, so choose them wisely.

Watch the full episode here: 2016 election: The two clown show.

There’s no such thing as rights – only what you negotiate: Anam Paiseanta

Anam Paiseanta explains his ideas on why rights don’t exist, and why keeping firearms can be so important – especially when negotiating with violent gangs.

Transcript

Anam Paiseanta: To have maybe an educated opinion about [gun control], we have to look at some of the other ideas we’ve inherited. It seems natural for anarchists to be pro-gun, because we understand that there are no such things as rights, right. There’s only what you negotiate.

The idea of rights – who gave us this idea of rights? Like there’s a package of benefits that you just ‘get’. Who gave us that idea? There’s not, that’s an illusion. And if we just started to see the world as – there’s just this playing field and then the results are whatever you negotiate.

Like a soccer team or a football team enters. There’s a field, it’s level, there’s a goal on either end. There’s lines that segment the field. There’s a team that opposes you, this could be seen as the obstacles in life. Then there’s the ball, there’s your effort, and there’s the network of people you can form who support you in your goals – literally in your goals – there’s a metaphor for you.

Which team has the rights to a goal? The idea doesn’t even make sense. There’s no goal unless you negotiate one. As we’re going through life, there are no rights, there’s only what you negotiate. When you’re negotiating with people in voluntary relationships, you have to come by adding value. And when you’re negotiating with gangs, even really organized gangs, that all wear the same color clothing, and have insignias that they all belong to the same gang, and they all have guns, and they come to the negotiation not with words, not with pieces of paper that are promises – they come to the negotiation with guns. And a lot of times, they act to take away your right to your body, your right to your product, your right to your free movement. So these are the three aspects of the self – your present, your future and your past self, right. Your body, your movement, and your product – things you spent labor or time on yesterday in order to acquire.

So how do you negotiate with these people? Because there’s no rights – there’s only what you negotiate.
So although I am all for peace, and I seek to contribute to a society that generates peace because it’s just, and it’s just because it’s voluntary – I recognize that, we don’t yet live in that society. And just like every eagle has claws and every gazelle has horns, and the ability to run away from its predators, and every animal on Earth has some kind of mechanism or apparatus to defend itself, I think that humans should not be the only animal

*Holds up rifle*

that gives away its ability to defend itself to its only predators – which would be other humans.