Sunday, August 8, 2010
I read Atlas Shrugged when I was 13and it changed my life. In my quest to discover the meaning of life it instilled in me a true affirmation of self-worth and self-reliance. I also read a lot of Cicero's writings, which helped me to understand the relationship of man with nature and God, and His gift of reason to Man, and Nature's Law, which is undeniable.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
To find the answers to your existential questions, to be able to arrive at a peace and contentment through which you can live your life, you must start with the basic question - Is God Real? Haven't you wondered this? You probably grew up going to church or temple with your family and heard about God and learned all of the stories in the Bible or Torah. They just assumed that you accepted the fact that God is real, that He is and always has been, that He created the earth and the entire solar system as we know it, and all of the living animals and organisms on the earth.
But in my experience I had to question everything. Nothing was certain for me. I came upon this quotation from Thomas Jefferson:
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
In other words, God has given us reason above all else and that separates us from all of the other creatures on this earth. He would much more want us to use our reason to question His existence, and through questioning have His existence revealed to us, than to just believe in Him because we are told it is so, or out of fear of not believing. I believe that when we come to worship Him with true knowledge and certainty it pleases Him most.
Belief in God is the first step toward self-actualization. As I stated previously I found that many men in history asked this question, and their writings and conclusions helped me find the answer that was true to me. It may not be the same answer that you seek, but perhaps I can help you discover for yourself what rings true to you, and what will give you peace and contentment and help you build a life of faith and conviction.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions...It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely." Marcus Tullius Cicero
Friday, February 26, 2010
This kind of existence shapes ones interactions with everyone and everything. It can be something to rise above, or something that you abhor so much but end up duplicating the scenarios in your own life.
I turned inward, becoming extremely shy, afraid I would say the wrong thing to someone, and be somehow judged.
This led me to copious reading, an activity in which I immersed myself almost exclusively. What a great way to escape the reality that surrounded me!
I found myself reading books on philosophy, religion, politics, history, anything that helped me shape a positive vision of life and its meaning. I realized that over the centuries men have been asking these very same questions, and discovered some answers that resonated within my core and brought me peace and quiet understanding.
I have titled my blog Cicero 2010, because I was most empowered early on by the writings and orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, who lived in the 1st century B.C. in Rome. It is only at this later stage in my life that I have again begun to read from these treatises and am finding that our founding fathers also found inspiration and enlightenment from Cicero, along with many other great thinkers throughout the history of mankind.
I hope that this blog will be found by people who are searching for answers, who perhaps are teenagers like I once was and looking for certain truths and undeniable realities in a world that does not make sense right now.
Because what I have found, and what I always knew in my heart, is that man, created by God in his image, is not intrinsically bad, as I was told. We are all here to experience love, joy, happiness and we have the freedom to choose our own path.
So as I write this blog, I intend to share some wisdom, a lot hard learned in my almost 55 years, that can perhaps save another child or young adult from the feelings of unworthiness, not being able to love or be loved, and set forth to experience the life that they dream they can have. Because we all have a choice, we all have it inside ourselves to rise up beyond any circumstance and be complete, as God wants us to be.
If you wish to comment, or contribute, I welcome your input. I intend this to be a positive, uplifting blog, and I know many people who have been through similar experiences have found their own personal answers, and perhaps they can impact others through this medium.
We will see what happens! I am eager to teach and learn.
I will be posting on this site weekly, so please check in with me and share your thoughts with me/us.