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COLUMN: Where's the Peace? Freedom?
Bob Weete, columnist
Bob Weete, columnist
Bob Weete

The world has long looked for peace and freedom. Yet, to date, those two goals have pretty well escaped our total capture. Oh, we can talk about it, we can think about it, and we can, in many instances, even achieve them - for ourselves.

Yet, world peace seems so far out of our grasp, because in order for us all to have peace and freedom, we all must subscribe to some basic rules for society. And therein lies the problem. "Rules" suggest denial, and, to some true freedom means "I am free to do anything I want/feel like doing."

Mankind has moved out of the savage stage, where the above is acceptable. Supposedly. We have become "civilized", meaning we have left our barbaric, self-centered ways behind. Yet, again, we don't have peace. And freedom is a joke.

We have had some basic peace and freedom rules for centuries. When you think about them, and even more importantly, the more people practice these simple rules, the more you will see that peace and freedom are ready for our lives.

One rule to follow is to honor your father and your mother. Parents are not always "perfect"; they often don't give us every little thing we desire. Good parents are there to try to guide their children in the way they should go. And their experiences in life ought to guide them in protecting their children from making the same mistakes.

"This hurts me more than it hurts you," my parents told me, as they took a switch to my hind-end. I scoffed at that until I became a parent and realized the truth of that statement.

Another rule of society tells us that we should not murder. How can we disagree with that? If I am "free" to murder anybody who crosses me, nobody is exempt. Nobody can feel free, because we may tick somebody off and we may not even know it, so a "free" person can take my life. Where is the "freedom"?

Humans are gifted with sexuality, but we must honestly consider the many unpleasant consequences that can happen if you choose to involve yourself in adultery. There are diseases, there is the risk of unwanted pregnancy that come to mind when you choose to be "free" to have sex whenever you like with no regard for possible consequences.

Stealing is no way to get something you want. Really. You certainly risk going to jail. Where is your freedom then? If you want certain things, rely on your own gifts and inclinations, and get a job, save up your money, and then it's yours. When you steal, you are also denying the rights of others to have peace and freedom.

Another good societal rule of life is to not give false testimony about others. Heard of "gossip"? That is false testimony. Ever had someone tell something about you that wasn't true? Hurts, doesn't it? Why do something to someone else that you don't like when done to you? Does it bring peace to either one of you? I think not. It isn't "okay" to do this to someone else, just because they did it to you, either.

And another thing that works in a civilized society is that we don't covet anything that our neighbors, relatives, friends have. Coveting what other people have is right up there with stealing. All coveting really does is disturb your own peace. Envy, jealousy and feelings of that nature start building, and your peace is gone and your freedom is crushed, because it takes over your nature.

Be happy with what you have. Yes, some of us have "more" than others, if we are only concerned with things. One person is less only if he chooses not to follow the rules listed above. Much talk about being "equal". We are already equal and to say otherwise, is only serving Satan, because it makes us jealous, envious, and a multitude of things that will tear our freedom and peace to shreds.

It has been said that "the poor will always be with us. I think we could add that the rich will also always be with us, too, so, as they say, "Get over it". If you don't, surely your peace will be destroyed, as will your children's. What people "need" and what they "want" are different.

Now, there are a couple of other well-known rules that I have no intention of leaving out. These rules are also given us by someone who always has and always will, love us dearly. He is our Creator; he made every thing on Earth for us. He gave us everything; He even sent His Son to the cross for us.

All He asks of us is that we respect all the opportunities He has given us, who are not perfect. Not an easy task, I grant you, for imperfect people, but God has given each one of us the power, with His help, to find peace and real freedom. It's up to us to give Him thanks.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Article comment by: Marie antoinette

Wikipedia states, Just prior to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, the top wealthiest 1% posses 40% of the nations wealth. The bottom 80% own 7%. The gap between the top 10% and the middle class is over 1000%, that increases another 1000% for the top 1%. The average employee needs to work one month or more to earn what a CEO earns in one hour .95% of economic gains went to the 1%. The weathly, want us joe schomos to believe that they became wealthy by their hard work alone. We are just not working hard enough we don't "want " it as much. We are lazy moochers. Minimum wage hasn't changed since 2009. Its not that we, the working poor don't work hard enough, it's that the wealthy have made the rules so that the average hard working man cannot support his family. The Pew Research Center states, U.S. income inequality has been increasing since the 1970 and has now reached levels not seen since 1928. Why should poor people need food stamps ? Just let them eat cake.

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