18 July 2005

In Ralph's Words

Posted by Jameson Penn

Few people on this earth have more directly influenced my thinking and motivations than Christina's father, Ralph A. Rohweder. He was a delight to engage (or be engaged by, as the case may be), an inspiration to many, and a provoker of thought to even more. What better way to memorialize the second anniversary of his passing than by focusing on his ideas we have gained rather than the loss that we have experienced.

Indeed, Ralph's words and thoughts will live forever, so long as there exists unharnessed individualism and the desire to affect change among us. To preach of individuality and truth is one thing; to live it is another.

To Ralph and all whom embrace his genius:

Expectations and Fulfillment
The quality of life is determined in attitudes associated with two words -- optimism and cynicism. If, in your early life, you find it possible to achieve things that make you proud of yourself, you will become an enthusiastic leader of beneficial endeavors. If, on the other hand, your early experiences are discouraging, it is likely that you will come to see your world as hostile and embittering.

One of the most brilliant intellectual talents of my acquaintance is also a damned fool. His cynical motto for life is: "You’ve got to get them before they get you." Of course, he has built a private world of dangerous enemies. His cynicism is now realistic. He cannot trust anyone. He is under constant stress. His power to accomplish anything is severely limited.

It takes optimistic hope to make anyone want to do useful things. Optimists are the almost only achievers in life.

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Economics: The Core Science of Civilization

Human behavior is not all that different from the behavior of plants and the animals we designate as inferior. Life at all levels involves choices of what to do next. A tree orients its leaves to collect maximum solar energy. It sends its roots where water and minerals are sufficient. Animals, with a wider perimeter for action, have more options for action.

Human beings, being able to be aware of possible later consequences, have more complicated choices to make. Nevertheless, most human action is selected in the light of immediate consequences.

People with superior ability to think choose their action paths with intelligent speculations about consequences affecting more people. They also try to anticipate consequences in future times.

Ability to look beyond one’s own instant needs and desires and beyond the next minutes or hours or days results in the superior performance of some families, ethnic groups organizations and nations. At the same time individuals and groups with the intellectual power to be motivated by broader concerns can be victimized by primitives who concentrate on what can be gained right now.

It is a fact that stealing can result in gains with less effort than producing. It is a fact that deception and force give power to the primitives of the world. And primitives have controlled and made miserable the lives of nearly all of the persons who have lived on this Earth.

Civilization is escape from control by primitives. It is fulfillment of the human potential for life above the savagery of the lower animal world.

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The Underside of Idealism

Most of the killing in the world is done by “good” people.

Can you think of a form of murder more horrible than burning alive at the stake apostate Christians by church leaders? Perhaps the stoning to death of deviant Muslims is as cruel.

All of the large-scale killers in history have been champions of some sort of “righteousness.” Communism promised almost heaven on Earth with government strong enough to force correct behavior. Communism is, after all, total government; and government is an apparatus for compelling conformity. In the Soviet Union at least 24,000,000 were killed to enforce orthodoxy. In Communist China somewhere between 30 and 60 million were slaughtered.

The National Socialist (Nazi) regime in Germany exterminated about 6,000,000 Jews, Gypsies and gentile political opponents. The purpose was to revive a nation reduced to the poverty of a third world country by adversaries. Eliminating opposing groups was deemed necessary for rebuilding a successful nation. Adolph Hitler appeared to many Germans to be an inspiring champion of pride, teamwork and accomplishment.

Passionate environmentalists have brought about the deaths of more than 12 million - - mostly children - - in Africa. Banning production and use of the insecticide DDT has allowed Malaria and other insect-carried disease organisms, such as the West Nile Virus, to flourish. DDT is harmless to higher animals when used correctly.

Radical environmentalists find other ways to hurt people. Some put metal spikes in trees so that loggers are likely to be killed or injured when their chain saws fling the spikes out of the wood. Environmental extremists promote deadly forest fires by preventing removal of overgrowth. They also block construction of access roads so that firefighters cannot function efficiently.

Genetically improved food crops are demonized by health faddists posing as guardians of health. They doom millions to malnutrition and many to starvation.

Much of the world’s food supply is eaten by insects and germs. Less destructive for sterilization than chemicals, boiling or baking is ionizing radiation. Fanatics have prevented widespread use of this most advanced food preservation technology.

Fewer murders, rapes and other violent crimes occur when there is widespread ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens and when there is firm enforcement of the more than 20,000 existing gun laws against criminals.

Criminals prefer helpless victims. Anti-gun crusaders work to give criminals the upper hand. This is why the highest serious crime rates are in the cities that disarm law abiding citizens. New York City and Washington, D.C. are shameful examples.

2 Comments:

Blogger MOSES said...

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There’s a blind man who sees Without the gift of sight But he finds his way with certainty In the power of the Light
There’s a rich man who’s sad So he gives a poor man bread And in turn he made the rich man happy With the words of love he said
He cried

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JUST ONE CANDLE THAT’S THE POWER OF THE LIGHT’ THE WORLD OF FOREVER SEEMS SO OUT OF SIGHT BUT ALL IT TAKES IS JUST ONE CANDLE TO SEE THE POWER OF THE LIGHT

The pieces of the puzzle Are the challenges we face Angels come to help us To reunite the human race
I’ll be there for you And you’ll be there for me It’s the secret of life inside of us It’s the power…it’s the key

CARING AND SHARING MAKES THE WORLD BRIGHT STARTING WITH JUST ONE CANDLE THAT’S THE POWER OF THE LIGHT’ THE WORLD OF FOREVER SEEMS SO OUT OF SIGHT BUT ALL IT TAKES IS JUST ONE CANDLE TO SEE THE POWER OF THE LIGHT

There’s a gentle voice inside you where the seeds of love are sewn It’s the light that protects us; it’s the thread that binds us To create the tapestry of life To have faith in the unseen and to believe that all things are possible With the power of the Light!

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18 July, 2005  
Anonymous colson said...

That was one of the best blog posts I have had the chance to read. It is inspiring and informing. Unfortunately, I tend to get a bit 'out there' on occasion as I run through a post, but that was excellent. Thanks for sharing

21 July, 2005  

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