Sometimes to remain silent is to lie.

In today’s politically charged climate, many of us are forced by professional restraint to quiet our voices of discontent.

When we are witnessing countless atrocities and we are equally bound to restrain any form of outspoken confrontation of such, it unquestionably generates the seeds of discontent deep within.

Our nation has so completely polarized as to divide us into two camps and leave us in a quagmire of inverted evolution.

As I was writing this, the newsflash that the Senate has rejected the latest bill on the use of automatic and semi automatic firearms is only one small portion of something that is symptomatically so unbalanced as to make any intelligent mind doubtful that our legal representatives are anything more than guns for hire from the world’s most powerful lobbies.

This led me to wonder how one of those senators would feel if their child or relative were a casualty of one of these daily mass shootings in our country. Would that suffice? Seeing their mother gunned down in church? Do you think they have enough of a soul left as to reconcile their Faustian bargain as they watch their mother die before them?

I don’t understand how the gun lobby is as powerful in and of itself as it is, but the stranglehold it has on our nation is so cancerous as to make any intelligent mind that is paying attention, wonder where all of this will ultimately lead.

Do people really value their paycheck over the lives of other human beings? If somebody on payday had to walk up to collect their check and watch another human being die before they could receive their money, would that coarse reality drive the point home?

What if they actually had to put the bullet in the other person before they got their paycheck? What if they had to shoot a school child point-blank before the cash was handed to them? At that point, do you think they would wake the fuck up? What if they had to shoot one of their own children in order to get the paycheck? Do you think these soulless senators would find a backbone at that moment in time? Or are they really devoid of any intelligence, compassion or humanity? There is no moral argument for the stance they are taking. It is absolutely indefensible. There is no reason why any civilian must have semi automatic weapons. But now that it is so pervasive in our culture and as our country is getting closer to a real Civil War with violence in the streets throughout our country, when the next election is contested, what will be the tipping point? What is going to stop us from killing ourselves? When do people of conscience speak up and try and drive the point home to those who are remaining blind to what is happening every single day in our country?

As a black belt, I have been trained to walk into every environment with open eyes for vulnerable territory in which an attack can transpire. When I first learned this, it felt almost overkill. But as I have grown older and our country has spiraled further out of control, I am much more aware of every place that I spend time in. And you should be too.

The nation of safety that my generation grew up in is collapsing faster than we can do anything about it because the National Rifle Association is so corrupt, they cannot even eject their leader, Wayne LaPierre for countless financial violations.

If you are a concerned citizen, and you have any person be it friend or family that you love, there is no more time to be silent about how out-of-control violence is becoming in our nation. This is the moment to speak up. 

Happy Sunday!

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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!