For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth.

– Moses 3:5

Short post today, I want to get a little sleep before watching the lunar eclipse which is scheduled to start in about thirty minutes.

I am very excited about tomorrow’s blog post. I have been reading some excellent things in Awaken the Giant Within and I can’t wait to share what I am learning. Tomorrow’s post is going to be all about dreams of what life could be like. Until I get my thoughts together and share my dreams, what are some of your dreams for life? Nothing is too silly or unrealistic.

What Did I Learn Today?

I learned that the overuse of antibiotics can begin to affect us right at birth. Here is the discussion from NPR that I listened to: http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302899093/modern-medicine-may-not-be-doing-your-microbiome-any-favors

What Did I Contribute or Improve?

I encouraged my wife to complete some of the last homework assignments that she has before she graduates.

What Did I Enjoy Today?

I enjoyed having dinner with my siblings and their spouses. Only ten days until I’ll be living one thousand miles away from them.


More Reality?

The key thing to remember is that we don’t move away from real pain; we move away from what we believe will lead to pain.
– Anthony Robbins.

This post is really refusing to cooperate. Maybe he feels too much pressure to live up to the grand, flowing oratory of his older brothers. What if he has fewer words than them? Does that make him inferior? Perhaps he will not be able to muster the mental fortitude to venture into the realms of analogy, or to probe the definition and boundaries of reality. Unfortunately for the post, his vote does not matter. Whether or not he likes it, he is going to be written.

My reading today was largely a continuation on the theme I discussed yesterday. The new material is summed up quite nicely by the quote above – the true Platonic “form” of reality is much less important than what we perceive as reality. Whenever we are faced with a choice we fall back (generally unconsciously) to what Anthony Robbins calls our “belief systems”. At their most basic, these belief systems are the generalizations that we have made about what will bring us pleasure or cause us pain. They are the tracks that we can see heading back to where our little train came from. We try to make some prediction of what the future will bring us by examining the path that has brought us to our current location. Unfortunately this often leads us to incorrect conclusions about the path before us. It limits our view to only what will be if nothing is changed. I believe the main benefit of discussing what seems to be the same topic, from a different angle, is that it can allow us to determine where we acquired our opinions on what will bring us pleasure and pain.

As always, feel free to comment!



“An Unexpected Journey”

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

    I originally created this blog with the intention of indulging my love of international relations with an outlet. There were grand visions of how my unique insights would enlighten those who thought the machinations of countries were unfathomable. I would unveil secretive attempts to suppress freedom and laud those brave enough to stand for it. Why someone who was so uninterested in international relations, and whether people “over there” were free, would read a blog dedicated to that subject was not important. I was preparing to write my own version of the Great American Novel Blog.

    However, as I looked in vain for the perfect story to launch my soon-to-be famous blogging career, I realized that I could benefit from examining a subject much closer to home – myself. I have come to believe that it is impossible to examine freedom and decision-making on a global scale if I have no understanding of how I personally define freedom and make decisions. Without a firm understanding of the way that I live my life there is no way for me to anticipate what I am likely to encounter tomorrow, much less what may happen in a given country or region. 

    As part of my journey to learn about myself I have begun to read the book Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins. One of the concepts he talks about early in the book is the prevalence of “The Niagara Syndrome.” This syndrome is eloquently summarized in Bilbo Baggins’ well-known quote at the beginning of this post. Many people, including me, allow themselves to be swept along by the currents of life without really looking at where their current path will take them. They only realize their destination when they see the spray, and hear the roar of the fast approaching waterfall. 

    I recently had the good fortune of surviving a drop off one of these waterfalls, and I’ve decided that I do not enjoy wondering if my little barrel will be able to withstand the force of entering water that is an unknown distance below me. I am determined to keep my feet under me everyday. While this blog is going to be very different that I ever thought it would be, I’d like to invite you to join me on own “unexpected journey.” I am not sure where we will end up, but I know that we will not get there by accident – I have had enough of that for one lifetime.