Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, freedom and all that shit...

There's a lot happening right in front of our eyes these days that some people don't like. Hey, I get it, I do. 

Statists gonna State, am I right ? 

This entire NFL flag distraction is just that... A distraction. 

If you truly believe in the idea of Liberty, Freedom, Life, and the pursuit of happiness, all of this bullshit folks are worked up about is a non-issue. This is the people partaking in their right to protest, right to free speech, right to address and petition their government for a redress of grievances... 

I am a Former Active Duty Marine, y'all know this... I volunteered years of my youth to defend the Constitution. With that responsibility comes the acceptance of knowing that there are people out there exercising rights in ways that some may not agree with and you don't have to agree with it. You don't have to watch it. You have the freedom of choice not to if you so choose to do so. I'm not mad at anyone. More power to y'all for pursuing your rights. I'm an American, a Texan, and this is what it's all about folks. I'll do what I want with my flags, but don't expect me to cater to your opinions and demands for what I do with them either. Go do you without infringing on me. I'll sing the National Anthem. I'll put my hand over my heart while I do it. So what if you don't?

Television programming is called programming for a reason, ya dig? Know when to see the bullshit for what it is and catch the little rice grains mixed in with the rat turds when you see them. 

I played football as a youngster as well as many other sports. I really enjoyed the contact and competition. I excelled at them. Hell, I fucked off a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech two days after our last game my senior year by getting arrested for someone else's pot at school. True story. Mama wasn't happy about that one, let me tell you, but I owned it. Who knows what might have been...

As I've gotten older, I don't give a shit about who's playing who... But I'll tell you who is getting played, and that's the people wanting to force others to stand and worship a flag or be punished. What the fuck, is this North Korea? Kim Jong is that you? We see y'all and there are more and more of y'all coming out of the woodwork for the first time. They label themselves as Patriots. Real Patriots don't want to punish people observing their rights. They just don't. Like I said, you may not like it, but so what? Nobody is ever going to like everything that everybody does. The perfect world doesn't exist and nobody owes you a fucking thing. 

In the words of Harry Browne:

A Gift for My Daughter
by Harry Browne
December 25, 1966    
(This article was originally published as a syndicated newspaper column, dedicated to my 9-year-old daughter.)
It’s Christmas and I have the usual problem of deciding what to give you. I know you might enjoy many things — books, games, clothes.
But I’m very selfish. I want to give you something that will stay with you for more than a few months or years. I want to give you a gift that might remind you of me every Christmas.
If I could give you just one thing, I’d want it to be a simple truth that took me many years to learn. If you learn it now, it may enrich your life in hundreds of ways. And it may prevent you from facing many problems that have hurt people who have never learned it.
The truth is simply this:
No one owes you anything.
How could such a simple statement be important? It may not seem so, but understanding it can bless your entire life.
No one owes you anything.
It means that no one else is living for you, my child. Because no one is you. Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel.
When you realize that no one owes you happiness or anything else, you’ll be freed from expecting what isn’t likely to be.
It means no one has to love you. If someone loves you, it’s because there’s something special about you that gives him happiness. Find out what that something special is and try to make it stronger in you, so that you’ll be loved even more.
When people do things for you, it’s because they want to — because you, in some way, give them something meaningful that makes them want to please you, not because anyone owes you anything.
No one has to like you. If your friends want to be with you, it’s not out of duty. Find out what makes others happy so they’ll want to be near you.
No one has to respect you. Some people may even be unkind to you. But once you realize that people don’t have to be good to you, and may not be good to you, you’ll learn to avoid those who would harm you. For you don’t owe them anything either.
Living your Life
No one owes you anything.
You owe it to yourself to be the best person possible. Because if you are, others will want to be with you, want to provide you with the things you want in exchange for what you’re giving to them.
Some people will choose not to be with you for reasons that have nothing to do with you. When that happens, look elsewhere for the relationships you want. Don’t make someone else’s problem your problem.
Once you learn that you must earn the love and respect of others, you’ll never expect the impossible and you won’t be disappointed. Others don’t have to share their property with you, nor their feelings or thoughts.
If they do, it’s because you’ve earned these things. And you have every reason to be proud of the love you receive, your friends’ respect, the property you’ve earned. But don’t ever take them for granted. If you do, you could lose them. They’re not yours by right; you must always earn them.
My Experience
A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything. For so long as I’d thought there were things I was entitled to, I’d been wearing myself out — physically and emotionally — trying to collect them.
No one owes me moral conduct, respect, friendship, love, courtesy, or intelligence. And once I recognized that, all my relationships became far more satisfying. I’ve focused on being with people who want to do the things I want them to do.
That understanding has served me well with friends, business associates, lovers, sales prospects, and strangers. It constantly reminds me that I can get what I want only if I can enter the other person’s world. I must try to understand how he thinks, what he believes to be important, what he wants. Only then can I appeal to someone in ways that will bring me what I want.
And only then can I tell whether I really want to be involved with someone. And I can save the important relationships for those with whom I have the most in common.
It’s not easy to sum up in a few words what has taken me years to learn. But maybe if you re-read this gift each Christmas, the meaning will become a little clearer every year.
I hope so, for I want more than anything else for you to understand this simple truth that can set you free: no one owes you anything.
Marinate on that shit for a minute... You're welcome. 


Stackz O Magz said...

Damn Glen, tell us how you really feel. You gotta let some of that anger go man. It's poison. All of this is beyond our control. I don't sensor comments except for the obvious spam and ones that detail a little too much personal information from my real life friends. You dropped a few words that I'd never say and don't encourage my children to say, but I guess it's a good thing we're all adults here and can handle the fact that we cannot control what others do. I enjoy having a place for people to say what's on their mind.

Glen Filthie said...

Hmpffff. I seem to have shat myself on your blog, Stackz. I'm sorry.

I've had jobs where I was the only man in the office. The women would cluck and gossip, and I'd do all the work and sort out the problems. It was a toxic environment because the HR fatties and the affirmative action flunkies were always keeping an ear out for wrong-think or wrong speech - and when they heard it they'd scamper off to the management to report it. I worked most weekends back then trying to keep up - and would go home afterward, crack a beer and watch the game. If I was with the boys we'd tell rude jokes, mouth off at the TV and just chill. Sometimes it was beers and BBQ, or natchos or whatever. It was like balm to my soul after working with failed affirmative action experiments all week.

at home we had my inlaws living with us and I would come home after work and find those two idiots glued to my TV ... watching Orca Winfrey. Those liberal progtards thought that bint walked on water and I got scolded and harassed at home for being politically incorrect and having the wrong opinions too. But we could all watch hockey or football without being at each other's throats. Beers and couches and junk food and a game... there's a lot to be said for bread and circuses.

But now...? Now I m to be scolded for my white privilege by the circus clowns too..? Whatever. Just not on my dime. You're absolutely right; those clowns don't owe me a thing nor I them. If they want to run the league for the benefit of the clowns then the clowns can have it. In the end it's the money that talks, right? Welp - those clowns will not be protesting on my dime.

Sorry again for crapping on your blog, I was caught by surprise with this and felt betrayed, is all. I'll just have to grow up and get over it.

Glen Filthie said...

Oh and if you want to delete that, Stacks ... go for it. I probably shouldn't have said it...

Peteforester said...

I can't believe the media saturation on this! Of all the black lives matter BS, this is the easiest to control; JUST CHANGE THE CHANNEL! JUST DON'T GO TO THE GAMES! Once TPTB in the NFL start seeing their golden goose being plucked, this crap will stop in a HEARTBEAT!

Freedom of speech is just that. If I want my freedom of speech, I have to allow others theirs. As things are now, people are saying "Ban this!" and "Ban that!" D'gubment isn't taking away our rights; we're giving them up ourselves!

Stop the stupidity, people!