One of my greatest, ongoing challenges, is my quest to divest myself of wasteful bickering.
I try to go on 3 walks a day, and on my next one, soon after I finish writing this post, I think that I might try to estimate how much time I waste, per day and per week, by getting drawn into the wasteful bickering between Conservatives and Liberals, and, on a more personal, equally foolish level, by reviewing arguments and conflicts that I've had with others, and, may the Gods forgive me, speculating about prospective arguments and conflicts that I might yet have!
That's all perfectly human, I understand. We all do this.
But I'm a Transcendentalist, striving to become the best possible version of myself, and while I believe that conflict is a component part of any healthy diet, so to speak, bickering is not.
The distinction that I'm drawing is of course between useful conflict and useless conflict.
Useless conflict? Bickering.
And there are much better things that I should do with my precious time.
As a Libertarian, it amuses me, at times, to describe the Republican and Democratic Parties as mutant, bastard offspring of the Libertarian Principles upon which this great nation was founded!
But I prefer to emphasize the positive, not only because doing so is infinitely more enjoyable for all, but because that is the best path to constructive thinking and constructive discussions!
1 > As a Libertarian, I applaud the Republican Party's relentless fight for financial Freedom for us all.
2 > As a Libertarian, I applaud the Democratic Party's relentless fight for personal Liberty for us all.
I'm a huge fan of the American Government, because it was created with both of those things in mind.
I am an enormous fan of President Trump's extraordinary efforts in both regards. I would not presume to tell anyone what to think, but before any Liberals who come across those words persuade themselves to dismiss me as a Conservative, which of course I am not, they should know that I would've been an equally fervent fan of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, had I been around, then.
A Great American is a Great American, regardless of Party affiliation.
And as I've mentioned, before: I believe that Presidents Trump, Kennedy, and Reagan were and are all Closet Libertarians who took the practical approach of joining a mainstream Party.
My point is that I am a fan of Donald Trump...But that I consider it unfortunate that he chose, early on, to take such a bellicose approach, during his presidential campaign. His anger and disgust at Big Government, and all the corruption that so evidently runs throughout Washington, is perfectly understandable, and his relentless intensity in fighting it is commendable, even admirable.
But by undertaking such a hostile, "take no prisoners" approach to things, I fear he may've driven many borderline personnel, people torn between personal advancement and Service to Others, who otherwise might've helped him to advance his agenda, into the arms of Big Government.
The greatest thing that a Leader can do...is inspire people. How does one do so? I believe that I know:
Direct them to their better nature...to their best nature. Remind them that they had Dreams...and have them, still. What most people need to learn is this: Pleasure is not Happiness. And Pleasure does not lead to Happiness. Fulfillment leads to Happiness. And the truest path to genuine Fulfillment is to work for a Greater Good...and to believe that your work can and does make a difference.
This is something that I'll be thinking about.