It is no light matter to put in jeopardy a single life when it is the very singularity of each life which underpins the idea of a just society.

It is no light matter to put in jeopardy a single life when it is the very singularity of each life which underpins the idea of a just society.

Tom Stoppard

We live in a world of media overload. We are so bombarded by the overwhelming events locally, nationally and internationally, that at a certain stage, we are all becoming comfortably numb.

You skim headlines and read every day about a mass shooting in this country and you do not stop to read the story because it is becoming so commonplace. There were five such stories in my newsfeed this morning alone. You can hear about whatever atrocity that Putin has committed in Ukraine and only pay partial attention because it is a continuous stream of atrocities and eventually, we tune most of it out, because to fail to do so will result in overwhelm. 

The stories of lives ruined, people suffering and continuous streams of strife will substantially accelerate now that the Supreme Court has an extreme conservative mandate to impose the will of a ruling minority upon the masses of our society.

Our existing infrastructure has been masterfully played by this rogue force that is working to wrestle the freedoms that have been proven law from our Constitution and drive our nation backwards into a new chapter of darkness.

Or so it appears.

The truth is that it is genuinely apathy and ignorance that enable this extremist society to accelerate. The percentage of people who do not participate in midterm elections or presidential elections is so vast, and so harvestable if only they would wake up now. 

There is an extensive voting population who are just coming of legal age to vote, and it is their futures that are at stake. If they are not counseled properly to pay attention they must be told under no uncertain terms that they are binding themselves into servitude on countless measures. 

They must learn that all of the amazing things that existed during our lifetimes, will most likely not be available to them, if they remain complacent and do not take their civic duty to vote intelligently to heart.

Tom Stoppard points out that we, as a society, are obligated to protect each and every life, regardless of the amount of pigmentation, or their religion, or gender identification, with an equal desire for liberty and justice. Any failure to behave in this matter is a direct conflict with the laws of our constitution and leaves us in a horribly imbalanced new world order, if we turn our back on the set of laws that made us the most powerful nation on the planet.

I close with the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln, “But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

Every life matters. Our Constitution matters. Our independence matters.

We had a President of the United States ordering for the magnetic detection systems to be turned off so as to allow people with heavy artillery to come into the capital building because “they were not here to kill me.“ what would have happened if those people with weapons had been able to open fire on the Senate or the Congress or Mike Pence? Where would we be as a nation today? Independence is not a permanent state unless we continue to uphold it.

Happy Independence Day!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!