Politics and Fun; Something’s Wrong (EP.95)

Politics and Fun

Summary

I’m not talking about having a laugh a minute. I am talking about the deep satisfaction that comes from knowing that you are on the right track. That doesn’t always feel like fun, but it almost always feels right. And when things don’t feel right, stop and ask, “Is this temporary, like am I having to work through a hard spot, or I am off track?” When you ask yourself questions like that, go to the place where you tell yourself the truth, and ask again. You will get the answer. Promise. And we all have that “truth” place. Sometimes we deny that we have that place because we are not ready to deal with the truth right then, but it is there. Find it. Go there.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what it means when we are simply not having any fun, and how to fix it.

Transcript

I’m not talking about having a laugh a minute. I am talking about the deep satisfaction that comes from knowing that you are on the right track. That doesn’t always feel like fun, but it almost always feels right. And when things don’t feel right, stop and ask, “Is this temporary, like am I having to work through a hard spot, or I am off track?” When you ask yourself questions like that, go to the place where you tell yourself the truth, and ask again. You will get the answer. Promise. And we all have that “truth” place. Sometimes we deny that we have that place because we are not ready to deal with the truth right then, but it is there. Find it. Go there.

For the next 10 minutes, we will unpack what it means when we are simply not having any fun, and how to fix it.

We all have a built-in barometer that tells us if we are on the right track or not. We just have to be aware of our barometers. It will let us know. We are in the same danger of falling off track if we sense it, our built-in barometer, and pay not attention as if we don’t listen for it in the first place. We are all familiar with that underlying feeling of satisfaction, almost like a quiet buzz, that rises up as just plain fun from time-to-time. And if that is not happening for you, something is wrong. Do not ignore that feeling, passing it off with a false thought, like life is supposed to be this way for some reason or other. Life is supposed to be hard: Life “rules” are simple to understand, hard to implement, and immensely satisfying when done well.  Real fun, real satisfaction, comes only from hard.

There are different names for what I am calling our built-in barometer. Other names include instinct, gut feeling and hunch. Perhaps you have your own name for it. Regardless of the name, I have found that everytime I allow my intellect to overrode my instinct, my barometer, I screw up. Everytime. Not most of the time. Everytime.

Today’s key point. Politics today is no fun at all. Accusations, invective, vitriol, “my side can beat up your side” and overall dislike and distaste for anyone or any group that does line up with with “correct” thinking, make politics entirely devoid of any fun or genuine satisfaction at all. Something’s wrong in our politics. Something is very wrong in our politics.

Until we return to politicians seeking to advance the common goals, the common good, instead of advancing their careers and the power of their party, nothing will change. Until we citizens and voters start demanding more of ourselves in terms of having a true understanding of the real issues–along with understanding the history of these issues and history in general–nothing will change. Until we all get it that unless we all win, that unless America’s needs–not ours or our party’s needs–are met, nothing will change.

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately” -Ben Franklin. When Franklin said this, he was being quite literal. If the Revolutionaires did not hang together and win, the British would physically hang them all separately. Today we do not risk physical death by not hanging together, we risk political and financial death. We risk the loss of our freedoms, the loss of our integrity, and the loss of any claim to any kind of moral authority as a nation. Which loss is worse, the loss of life of the loss of freedom? Here’s another quote, ““Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. Fortunately, we do not have to make this terrible choice. But we must choose to think differently, then act on that thinking. That’s a lot of what Revolution 2.0™ is all about.

All of this ties to the core, driving principles at Revolution 2.0, which are:

  1. Personal Responsibility; take it, teach it and,
  2. Be Your Brother’s Keeper. The answer to the biblical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is a ringing, unequivocal “Yes.” There is no other answer.

If we apply those two core principles simultaneously, never only one or the other, we will always be on the right path. Depending upon what we face, one principle or the other may appropriately be given more emphasis, but they are always acted upon together.

The Founders were declared traitors by the British Crown, and their lives were forfeit if caught. We risk very little by stepping up and participating. In fact, we risk our futures if we don’t. I am inviting you, recruiting you, to join Revolution 2.0™ today. Join with me in using what we know how to do–what we know we must do–to everyone’s advantage. Let’s practice thinking well of others as we seek common goals, research the facts that apply to those goals, and use non agenda-based reasoning to achieve those goals together. Practice personal responsibility and be your brother’s keeper.

Let’s continue to build on the revolutionary vision that we inherited. Read the blog, listen to the podcast, subscribe, act. Here’s what I mean my “acting.”

  • Read the blogs and/or listen to the podcasts.
  • Comment in the blogs. Let others know that you are thinking.
  • Subscribe and recommend that others subscribe as well.
  • Attach links from blogs into your social media feeds. Share your thoughts about the link.
  • From time-to-time, attach links to blogs in emails that mention related subjects. Or just send the links to family and friends.

Revolution 1.0 was built by people talking to other people, agreeing and disagreeing, but always finding ways to stay united and going forward. Revolution 2.0 will be built the same way.

And visit the store. Fun stuff, including hats, mugs and t-shirts. Recommend other items that you’d like to see.

Join me. Let’s grow this together.

Links and References

Ben Franklin Quote Meaning

Common Sense and Politics

Contact

As we get ready to wrap up, please do reach out with comments or questions about this podcast or anything that comes to mind.  You can email me at will@revolution2-0.org, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite device through Apple Podcasts, Google, or Stitcher.

Now it is time for our usual parting thought. It is not enough to be informed. It is not enough to be a well informed voter. We need to act.  And if we, you and I, don’t do something, then the others who are doing something, will continue to run the show.

Remember: Knowledge by itself is like running a winning race, then stopping just before the finish line.

Will Luden, writing to you from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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I am your host, Will Luden, former long-time high-tech CEO and Board Chair. I had no idea when I started this podcast that it would become the highest calling of my professional career. Lincoln famously hoped that a government, “…of the people, by the people and for the people…”, would not perish from this earth. My hope, the reason for Revolution 2.0 ”A Booster Shot”, is that a government based on common goals, achieved by applying non agenda-based reasoning to core facts, will allow us to continue to build on our mutual inheritance of a legacy of dedication to seemingly impossible ideals, a legacy that also includes a history of achieving them.
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