“The choice is not self-sacrifice or domination. The choice is independence or dependence. The code of the creator or the code of the second-hander. This is the basic issue. It rests upon the alternative of life or death. The code of the creator is built on the needs of a reasoning mind which allows man to survive. The code of the second-hander is built on the needs of a mind incapable of survival. All that which proceeds from man’s independent ego is good. All that which proceeds from man’s dependence upon men is evil.” Howard Roark – The Fountainhead
There are two kinds of people – the individual and the collective.
The individual is a powerful being. One who takes pride in who they are, what they do, and has the self-assurance to look any man in the eye because he/she knows the truth of who they are and the power of their soul. The individual rises to the occasion of creating, inventing, and being. They expect nothing of any other because they are self sufficient. When an individual works, they take no pride in the wages; just accept it as a perk. You see, the reward is in the work. Their reward is their presence in a piece of art, a patient, a building, a law, a tune, a brilliant word, a recipe, a stack of fruit, or any other feat they’ve accomplished. The individual is accountable to their ego, knowing that their ego is powered by God, and are therefore accountable to Him. When the morals and values of men waiver, the individual stays true to itself and pays no heed to that of society.
The collective are men without ego. They have nothing to give to originality and expect all to give as they are and be selfless. They are drones – looking for an easy road claiming it to be the hard, taking no responsibility, and claim being accountable to everyone, who is no one. The collective have no self respect but they do put on a great show. They are self-haters and want every person around them to be just as miserable. Their dreams never achieved because they never had focus or drive. Drones want recognition not for what they’ve done but for what they can claim to have done.
The leaders of the collective, the manipulators, are more than happy to have them. They criticize those who are the creators as egotists or capitalists. They are happy with their drones and do all they can to destroy what they see as the individual. The manipulators can ensure the unlimited submission of their drones, including the gift wrapping of their work as being “service” to their society. They have their drones stepping all over themselves to submit more, give more, be less, and that it is true happiness – yet no one is smiling.
When Hitler took over Germany, he didn’t start with the individuals, the men who influenced and supported the individuality of Germany, he started with the collective. Men who were out of work or without their own dream, who had nothing to create but coveted the creators. Those who saw the opulence and felt they deserved it out of want. Hitler was a true genius. He knew that by “leading” the collective, he would win the votes he needed to rule. He took his most faithful servants and placed them into higher ranks. He taught them the art of manipulation and the power of leadership.
Germany had a great collection of individuals before Hitler – artists, scientists, builders, composers, bakers, store owners, jewelers, and many other talented people. Knowing that the individual was his greatest enemy, Hitler set out to eliminate or control them. You see, he knew that if you could strip a man of the one thing he knew to be right, REASON, you could control his every thought and every move.
What makes the individual be so contrary? It’s the one thing the manipulators want more than anything. The Soul. The manipulators will lie to you. They will flatter you. They will try to sell you a bill of goods that will break more than your bank. Break Your Spirit.
The manipulators know their job is to keep you content, to keep you focused for their will and their want. Their goal is to establish power without accountability. Their want is action without responsibility. Their collective believes their lies so their lies become truth. Their drones perform flawlessly so their focus becomes real “service” – to their manipulators. They see the government as their savior, provider, and parent.
The collective, without even knowing and before they can even fathom the realization, becomes slaves. Economic Slaves. They exist not for their own happiness but solely for their leaders. Their work is not their own, their wages go back into the collective, and their lives are based on another choosing want would be best for them.
I liken the relationship to that of sharecropping. After slavery became outlawed in the United States, the plantation owners found a new way to exploit the slaves through sharecropping. Most sharecroppers promised an 80/20 split. You farm the owners land and a portion of the crop at harvest was promised as profit for you. And that promise was legally kept. The land owners collectively owned the stores and let their croppers extend credit. They collectively owned seed and let the cropper charge seed. They collectively owned transportation for harvest and let the croppers charge that as well. When all was said and done, when the harvest came in, the cropper’s expenses were paid with interest and they ended up owing more than the harvest profited. The cycle would start all over again.
When you hold another person to be your savior, provider or parent, you give up what you are as an individual. You exist totally for that person. Your ego is quashed. Your soul gone. Your reason destroyed.
Individuals – the true artists. I have known so many. I have surrounded myself with them. Whether it’s Julio stacking produce in the aisle at my local grocery store or Judge Hyde articulating a ruling in a major case, each man, from very different worlds, awakes every day to do their very best. They know that when the day is done, the goal is to be able to look at themselves in the mirror and have a sense of pride in their day. They are men of ego.
Individuals know that what they do for themselves and for their own happiness is what provides the greatest service to their fellow man. The individual does not have a goal of serving. It isn’t their intention but it is their outcome. Because the individual does what they do best and with perfection in mind, mankind prevails with their knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
The individual appreciates right from wrong. They appreciate the rules and laws. They seek structure. They are logical and methodical. They are reasonable. They know that a governments’ sole existence is based individual freedom and on protecting the individual’s rights. They know that the individual has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The individual pursues their own dream and not the dreams of another. The individual rejects any form of socialism, fascism, and communism because these ideologies do not appreciate the individual.
The individual knows no excuse. They only know personal choice. The individual chooses to wake up every day and be grateful for the opportunity to “be” an individual. The individual, even when their first choices may not provide the fruit they expected, they choose to not give up and to overcome whatever challenges become present.
The individual believes in personal choice and he must be responsible and accountable for his choices. He does not look at another to be accountable for his choices nor does he look to another for acceptance of his responsibility. He is an egotist and maybe self righteous. He is a man who answers not to man, but to God.
So this morning, the question becomes this: If you were born an individual and somehow became conditioned to that of the collective, how much more are you willing to give up to have your government become your savior, provider, parent?
I want to share with you 10 items no other country on the face of the Earth has and please feel free to share which one you are willing to give up, if you only had to choose one, to have your utopia.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of aGrand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.