“Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who arises among you” (Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president, 1809-1865).
THE BEST WAY FOR HUMANITY TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENED PROGRESS IS TO EMBRACE TRUTH AND JUSTICE AS SACRED GOALS AND TO MAXIMIZE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, INDEPENDENCE AND PRIVACY
Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? Why is it important that we survive? Why is a commitment to maximum individual freedom critical to our survival?
THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES IS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE AS A SOURCE OF GOODNESS AND LOVE IN THE UNIVERSE
Throughout the billions and billions of stars, solar systems, and planets in the vast reaches of the universe humanity is but a microscopic spec of matter occupying an infinitesimally small piece of the space-time continuum. Yet we are important, important beyond our wildest expectations. We are important because we have been given the greatest gift the universe has to offer; the freedom and intelligence to self-determine a purposeful, meaningful and positive existence. We are important because we have the potential of controlling our own destiny and of becoming a powerful source of goodness and love. We are important because we can make a difference, not just in our own world, but, in the universe at large.
Our importance, of course, is based on our potential not our accomplishments. As a species, humanity is in the most embryonic stages of development and has yet to demonstrate the knowledge, wisdom, discipline, compassion and courage necessary to achieve the quality and speed of progress we are capable of. In fact, a daily observation of the ignorance, discrimination, mayhem and brutality that permeate the world would tend to make one pessimistic about humanities potential to achieve an enlightened state. However, we must remember that it is within the individual human being that all power for human progress resides, and at the individual level humanity is overwhelmingly good. Unfortunately the world population is at such an embryonic level of education, intellectual and economic development that individuals are still highly susceptible to the misguided leadership or intimidation of well-organized forces with evil intentions. It is only through the strengthening of individuals through education, economic and political independence that individuals will have the will and wisdom to overcome the organized forces of evil.
IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, THE HUMAN SPECIES MUST ACHIEVE ITS POTENTIAL; ITS POTENTIAL FOR KNOWLEDGE, ITS POTENTIAL FOR WISDOM, ITS POTENTIAL FOR COMPASSION, ITS POTENTIAL FOR STRENGTH, ITS POTENTIAL FOR FORTITUDE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ITS POTENTIAL FOR LOVE
Fortunately, the world is changing at an ever- increasing speed and there is good reason to believe that the forces of individual freedom and responsibility can and will be successful. While corporate globalization is spreading rapidly and nation states are banding together to assure their mutual survival, the communications infrastructure for a massive shift of political power to individual citizens is being put in place. The forces of freedom and responsibility have an unprecedented opportunity to organize their resources into a powerful focused force and demand on a global level the responsibility and accountability that is necessary to protect human rights and advance the cause of humanity.
The first step in this metamorphous to an individual based society is the recognition of our responsibilities as free people. With freedom comes a responsibility that extends far beyond our global boarders and far into the future, a responsibility that equals the intensity and importance of freedom and life itself. It is our thoughts and our actions that will shape the universe of the future. There are literally billions and billions of unborn souls that are dependent on our understanding of the great gift of freedom we have received and our willingness to do what is necessary to protect and enhance it. Until all human beings are free no human beings are truly free, and we must share the burden of those that are not free in order to accelerate the time when all people will be free. We must be willing to fight for the freedom of others with the same ferocity that we fight for our own freedom. And make no mistake about, we will have to fight hard against those forces that want to control us. We must always remember that our freedoms are our natural rights and no government , religious our corporate force has the right to take them away.
THE KEY TO HUMAN PROGRESS AND TO ACHIEVING OUR POTENTIAL IS TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. HUMAN PROGRESS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED TO THE EXTENT THAT HUMANITY EMBRACES A COMMON PHILOSOPHY OF TRUTH, JUSTICE AND MAXIMIZING INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, INDEPENDENCE AND PRIVACY.
Humanity has been given the greatest gift in the universe, the gift of free will, the right to determine our own destiny through thoughtful conscious decisions. With this right goes the responsibility to protect and enhance individual freedom for our-selves and for all humanity; for those that exist today and for those that will exist in the future. We must prove ourselves worthy to exist as a free and independent species. We must become a source of goodness and love and in so doing we will achieve our purpose.
AS FREE INDIVIDUALS WE MUST COMMIT TO WORKING TOWARD THE FREEDOM OF OTHERS. WE MUST COMMIT TO ORGANIZING OUR COLLECTIVE POWER INTO ORGANIZATIONAL AND ECONOMIC VEHICLES THAT WILL MANIFEST OUR WILL. WE MUST SET SPECIFIC GOALS, THE FIRST OF WHICH IS TO ACHIEVE THE FREEDOM OF EVERY HUMAN BEING BY THE YEAR 2100. TOGETHER THE BELIEVERS IN INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY ARE THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE THAT HUMANITY HAS EVER WITNESSED AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
M I FRIP June 13, 2000