<<<< I saw this picture in the creative commons section, listed under "dark" and I said: Well sir, I like that. It struck a cord deep inside me. Shall we talk about the Darkest Hour?
The darkest hour is just before the dawn. Meaning: There is hope, even in the worst of circumstances. Yes, lovely; but to me I can't help shiver and quake. Why? We have not seen the darkest hour.
When I was 17-years-old, I did the unthinkable. I was presently locked into the State's system and like a rebel, I chose to runaway. Did you know it is a crime for a child to runaway. To me, this says I am nothing more than chattel who must be minded after and told what to do, think, and say. I had been moved into a "dorm" so to speak. Basically it is a transition area where a bunch of teenage girls are herded together and have to earn points to be able to move out, you know, be an adult. How do you get points? Buy a car, have a job, read a book, nothing that drastic, and actually a nice idea, I mean you don't want to throw foster kids out on their ass the moment they turn 18 do you?
Well, whatever, I didn't like it there. I had a job, I could support myself, and so I left. Bad idea, well at least to the State. I however supported myself with a job and was not a burden on taxpayers. When I turned 18 I decided, well, I no longer have to be on the run, so I went to court the day the Judge would decide if I would be released from State's care. Big, big mistake. The judge literally yelled at me, called me a child and even said to me: "What you think you are so cool? So cool because you fooled all the cops?"
Yikes, the man was more angry that I eluded police. How hidden could I be? I had a job. I paid my taxes. I lived only a mile from the police. Did they come to the door where I was staying? Yes, yes they did. Did I hide, yes, yes I did. Why? Why would I break a law? Because I was a free human being, I was doing no harm to anyone, in fact, I was being a good little citizen.
How did it end? Well after being yelled at I stood up and asked: Am I a criminal? I was in a situation that was not right for me. The girls were cruel. They stole from me. And love, compassion, there was none your honor. It was like being locked in a prison, but being able to leave to go to work or school. What was my crime? Why was I put in this place in the first place. I was 17. I had a job. I could take care of myself.....Needless to say the judge was not pleased, he placed me on a good-faith thing until I was 21 that said if I broke one law, even got caught smoking, I would go to jail for a year.
Did I make it? Of course I did, I didn't want to go to jail, so for the next three years I lived in utter fear. It's a sickening feeling folks. A feeling you should all share as we have so many laws now that anyone of you could end up in jail, and over the slightest pretense.
But what does this have to do with: Hope? And the Darkest hour?
My darkest hour, my darkest hour? My darkest hour was at age five. My darkest hour was running into the darkness. My darkest hour was running in snow, bare foot, and freezing. My darkest hour did not deliver the dawn. The dawn would not come for another 15-years.
Sad story Elicia, but what does this have to do with anything? Simple: We are living in dark times my friend. Sure we must have hope, after all, things have gotten better, at least I think they have. We at least have the illusion of freedom, but as more and more laws pass, I fear that we haven't even begun to imagine just how dark it can get.
Technology is a double edge sword. It has delivered a new awakening where people can find information and get the truth, and yet, it is also fraught with lies, lies so deeply rooted that I fear those who spout the lies believe it to be true. We know this statement is true, how: Go to any social media outlet and read some comments on "hot" topics. Abortion, Climate Change, Police Brutality, Taxes, CPS, Vaccination, Medication, Farming, Food, Education, and GMO to name but a few. What do you see: Lies, manipulation, and possibly, if you are lucky, the truth: but how do you know which is which? You don't, not really.
So what can you do?
You must rely on logic and reason. You must learn to ask these simple questions: Who, what, where, when, why and how. You must also grow up. You must be an adult! I knew what was happening to me in the State Home was wrong, so I took the bull by the horns and walked away to ensure my sanity. I was breaking a law. I was owned by the state and I didn't have a right to take care of myself, and as absurd as this sounds, this is what is happening in the United States of America, right now.
You must realize that the same argument you use to take away someone's rights, will be used against you.
Doctor's and nurses are learning this right now. Parent's with school age children are learning this right now. In fact, as the days wear on, many people are learning that they really do not live in a society where: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness matters.
Now am I saying: Stop all welfare and change the laws back to the way they were. NOPE! Think about how many people would die if you shut off the government. 35.4% of the population is on welfare. That is 109 million people. Another 4 million work for the government, and not to mention people who work for the local government and states. And what about the people on Social Security, you know, the elderly generation that paid into it but had their money stolen by the government? In all reality, from what I can find, we have about 119,400,000 people working full time. YIKES. If we don't do something those who are paying for all the food, the energy, doing the work, will no longer be able to carry this burden.
Time to wake up. The USA is 17 Trillion Dollars in Debt!!!!! Who do we owe this money to: 2.1 trillion is owned to the Federal Reserves. If you see my source;here, you will see that the Federal Reserves is listed under the Federal government, sorry the federal reserves is not the Federal Government. Please do some research. We also owe: 2.6 Trillion to Social Security. (How did this happen?) We owe about 5 trillion to other countries. We owe around 1 trillion to individuals, brokers, corporations and others. (So really we owe 3.1 trillion to private bankers.) Oops sorry, we owe even more to private: State and local, banks, credit unions, mutual funds, private pensions, and insurance companies.
And it isn't getting better folks. Please see the following chart, here, it shows our federal government constantly spends more than it takes in.
What can we do?
We need to hold ourselves accountable. We must hold our nation accountable. We must no longer bitch and complain. Now is the time for action. Now don't get me wrong: I am not telling you to take on the world, if you are one of the millions of working poor you have enough burdens. So what can you do? Baby steps. If you look at our spending and debt, you can find little things that will help. Our medical spending is out of control. Seriously folks. If everyone that can get healthy, did, we would help ease our burdens. If you are overweight, smoke, take dangerous medication: Maybe it is time that you found a natural and free way to fight these things. Imagine a nation that all got out and walked 30-90 minutes a day? This may sound stupid, and too simplistic, but in reality, it is the only solution right now. No one person will be able to fix our nations problems, but each individual can, for the most part, fix themselves. And what is a nation but a billion individual people?
Another step: If you can get off welfare, food programs, or other things like this, please do. Now I know everyone needs a little help now and then, but surely 35.4% can't be a good thing.
Another step: If you are in debt, do whatever you can to get out of debt. Set a good example. This is hard to do, I know that, emergencies happen, but if you are going in debt to drive a fancy car or to buy a fancy phone or to buy some more clothes, well, this is not a wise thing, this is especially true when buying a home, bigger isn't always better. Remember: A nation is but a billion individual persons. If we want our country out of debt, we must strive to set an example. If we want a healthy nation, we must get healthy. If we want a country that is not corrupt, we must not be corrupt. If we want to end abuse, we must not abuse...on and on.
Remember: Even though you are but a drop of water in an endless ocean, an ocean is merely a collection of drops of water.
Okay, I will stop here, but I want to share one last thought, you may think it is pseudo-science, and that is okay: But I ask you to please ask the following and try to answer it for yourself. Why did Elicia Share this under the topic of "It's always darkest before the dawn?" And then, maybe: Ask Who, what, where, when, why, and how.
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