Category Archives: Philanthropic

Misplaced Roles

In response to the idea of withdrawing our troops from the world as mentioned by Ron Paul in a recent blog post of his.

Initially, I was wary about the idea of pulling our troops out. But I am sure that is because I have not understood everything. The problem with forming an opinion on anything that our government is doing is there is such a great lack of understanding by so many average citizens like myself. Now that I have learned a bit more about what is going on, my opinion is that we should indeed bring our troops home.

Some may say, “What about all those poor helpless people over there that we were doing actual good for?” The American people should continue to help around the world, but privately. We do not and should not be using our Armed Forces as our philanthropic arm. We the people should be organizing ourselves and helping through private organizations. And many are doing exactly that.

The roles of our government should be small and focused on our nation. The roles of the people of the United States of America, as private citizens, should be focused on being good neighbors and lending helping hands where ever we can throughout the world.

It seems to be a “simple” matter of mistaken identity. Our government thinks it is the people. It is wrong. WE are the people and we run the nation, or at least we should. We have become complacent and self-centered. We have allowed our elected officials to take away our responsibilities as humans and citizens of Earth as well as our freedoms. It is past time for us to take back what is ours and relieve our bloated bureaucracy of our misplaced roles.

I Am A Child of God

“I am a Child of God, and He has sent me here. Has given me an earthly home, with parents kind, and dear.”

If that were the end of the blessings that He had given me, it would still be more than some of our siblings have been given.

If that were the end of the blessings that He had given me, I would still count myself wealthy.
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Redistribution of Wealth in Action

I just read Jason’s post about How “Redistribute the Wealth” Works!. I have to say, Amen to that.

Redistribution of wealth all sounds so warm and fuzzy until it comes time to actually do it. The waiter may have been willing to contribute to the poor of his own free will, but being forced to give charity was not very pleasant and much less meaningful.

This was a perfect analogy for how governmental welfare works. It is basically robbing the rich to feed the poor. Don’t get me wrong, I think the poor should be fed and clothed and cared for. However, I think it should be our choice to give that charitable service.

Forcing people to do good is worthless.

Russell H. Conwell

Russell H. Conwell was the founder of Temple University. The story is very inspiring. However, before you read that, you should read this:

Acres of Diamonds
By Russell H. Conwell

Here are some excerpts:

“When that old guide had told me that very sad story, he stopped the camel I was riding and went back to fix the baggage on one of the other camels, and I remember thinking to myself, “Why did he reserve that for his particular friends?” There seemed to be no beginning, middle or end — nothing to it. That was the first story I ever heard told or read in which the hero was killed in the first chapter. I had but one chapter of that story and the hero was dead.”

“…and he said another thing I would not forget: he declared that a diamond is the last and highest of God’s mineral creations, as a woman is the last and highest of God’s animal creations. I suppose that is the reason why the two have such a liking for each other.”

Once you have read “Acres of Diamonds”, read this synopsis of How and why Russell H. Conwell founded Temple University.

Do schools kill creativity?

I saw this video and enjoyed it. I also think that Ken Robinson makes some very good points. I am interested in what YOU think about the video. Agree? Disagree? Why?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.

(This video originated from here: Do schools kill creativity?)

Note: Whatever you do, please do not think I am anti-public schools or anti-education. I just want to see my children get an even better education than I did in a way that works best for them as individuals.

Live on Purpose

Dr. Paul is the “shrink that expands your life” who wants you to “Live on Purpose”.

I have recently been introduced to a new podcast and web site. The podcast blog and web site were created to help people learn how to become more prosperous and “Live on Purpose”. The creator of these sites is Dr. Paul, who happens to be a friend of mine. He is an amazing teacher and a wonderful person. He is a successful business man who wants to help other people be successful also. I highly recommend looking into his web site and listening to his weekly podcast.

Web Site: Dr. Paul

Podcast Blog: Live on Purpose Radio

If you could listen to only one of his podcasts, I would listen to Making Cents Out Of Setbacks. In that podcast, Dr. Paul interviews the author of The Jackrabbit Factor. It is very worth taking the time to listen to.