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Low esteem for others’ opinions

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I find it fascinating and inspiring that the people who will often say that I’ve accomplished things they never could and continue to do things they still can’t imagine doing are the very same people that never stop trying to get me to do things their way. They’re so programmed that they cannot see — even while being jealous of me — that I’m not capable of living by The Formula.

I never set out to be different. I’m just doing life the best way I know how — for myself and for my daughters. That usually means that I don’t see things the way the average government-schooled, college educated person sees it. I could have chosen that path. I was in National Honor Society and even “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” I could have done law school at Harvard or Yale and then Congress and the Senate and… Dear, God. Just the thought of it makes me wanna vomit. (I could still choose it now. But I would fail on that path because I have the one thing that will prevent the success of a whore — self-respect.)

It would have been a whole lot easier and a lot less fun to follow that path. It also has no promise of great reward. I don’t have much yet but I’m not done. On that path nothing would have ever been mine. On this path, everything I ever achieve is entirely mine to be shared only with those I can persuade to take the ride with me. I owe no one anything that I haven’t negotiated in a voluntary, value-for-value relationship.

I understand this isn’t for everyone. I don’t judge others who choose the easy and boring path. But that doesn’t stop them from judging me! I don’t sleep when they think I should. I don’t sleep as much as they think I should… except for the times when I sleep far more than they think I should. I eat too much, drink too much and smoke too much. Except for those times when I don’t eat enough. I spend way too much money except for the times when I’m being way too tight with my money. I also seem to always spend it on the wrong things. Just like I eat either too much or too little of all the wrong and right things.

I’m not changing — either what I do or how I do it — based just on your opinion. If you have useful advice, I’m all ears, always. I’m determined to remain teachable for all of my life. That’s Wisdom. But please stop offering advice for which I haven’t asked in venues where it’s completely inappropriate and don’t ever offer it unless you have actually accomplished something that inspires me. If you’ve never done anything I would like to do, I don’t care how you did it and you probably have no insight that applies to me. (Those offering parenting advice, please take special note of that part.)

With very few exceptions, I’m probably not asking you to go with me on this ride. If you can’t handle big peaks and wild falls, you’re not tall enough to ride this ride anyway. Most of the people that offer me unsolicited advice are the same ones that would’ve puked at least three or four times a year and begged to get off the ride while sitting in the back seat of my life for the last seven years.

That doesn’t stop them from slapping me on the back and telling me how amazed they are at how well I’ve handled it all and how much I’ve accomplished in spite of it all, then – in the same breath – telling me that I need to go to bed earlier, stop staying up for days at a time, get up earlier, work harder or not work so much… ad infinitum.

I can’t live by your rules, Man! What’s more — brace yourself — I’m raising my daughters the same way I live and it’s none of your business.

I’ll close this with the immortal words of the great philosopher, Pee Wee Herman:

You don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

I’m not a rebel by choice. But I’m fine with it. Maybe you should be too if it has absolutely nothing to do with you.

Just sayin’.

Finding value in a pagan tradition

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I’ve written previously about my general disdain for the hodge-podge of collected pagan traditions that make up what we call “Christmas.” I won’t go into all that again. I will remind you that I still “celebrate” Christmas because it’s important to my family and – as long as the underlying meaning is emphasized, I still find some value in it.

At the same time, I’ve become more and more cynical about the materialistic, secular version of it.

I encourage you to go read Mychal Massie’s latest column at WND. It’s not about my beliefs regarding Christmas. It’s about something equally important: setting high standards for your children and not allowing the world’s version of “Xmas” to corrupt you or your children.

Intelligence vs. Wisdom

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I’m a smart guy. I’m smarter than most. Usually, I’m the smartest person in the room. It’s awkward and difficult most of the time. For the most part I’ve gotten used to it and learned to live with it.

This blog attracts people that are smarter than average. I love that. At Vox’s blog and here too, I’m not usually the smartest guy in the room. That’s what I like about this place and his. It’s a relief from the pressure I get pretty much everywhere else I go.

I’ve struggled with this – and prayed about it – for much of my life. It’s not arrogance. It’s a gift that has often seemed like a burden to me. I’ve humbly tried to get God’s help in dealing with it. I spent much of my life in a quandary trying to figure out how to manage it and just fit in.

Here’s what He’s shown me in answer to those prayers:

Wisdom is the principle thing. In all your getting, get Wisdom. Intelligence as the world measures it is only one kind and, taken alone, it’s worthless. There are different kinds of intelligence. There are people with IQs much, much lower than mine that are far more successful than I am at the moment because they have other forms of intelligence that aren’t measured by an IQ test. Many of them also have Wisdom.

I’m not going to get into all of the different kinds of intelligence here. That’s not what this is about.

When I was in High School, I made money winning bets before and after class by doing long division in my head while reading aloud from a book. Sometimes I even provided the answer before the jock betting against me had gotten it from his calculator.

I was arrogant then because I could do things like that.

What profit is that without Wisdom?

None. Wisdom is the principle thing.

I have two points here. The first is that government schooling set me up to fail by making me cocky about my gifts. They lead me to believe that I was “gifted.” (I was. I am. They corrupted it.) They led me to believe that the world was my oyster. I thought I was gonna be the next Steve Jobs. Being smarter than your “guidance counselors” is not a great way to plan a career or a life. (And if your kids are average, they’re smarter than their “guidance counselors” in the government schools, Corporate Dad. If you love them, get ‘em out.)

The second point is that Wisdom is far more important than raw intelligence. It’s a funny thing about intelligence relating to Wisdom – Intelligence often gets in the way of Wisdom. That probably explains why I was raised right – taught Wisdom – and it still took me way too long to even start pursuing Wisdom. I was too busy making money with my circus side shows, like doing long division in my head while reading aloud.

But I’m coming around and it’s working for me.

Proverbs 3:17 reads (speaking of Wisdom), “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

Go read the whole chapter. I had a hard time choosing an excerpt. So here’s a couple more:

“Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour”

“She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her”

Seriously, there’s context that you need. Go read Proverbs 3.

Bottom line: I find myself now very happily and voluntarily following people that almost certainly don’t have IQs in the same category as mine. But they have Wisdom that I want.

I respect that far more than the eggheads that think college degrees make them smart.

Proverbs 3 (AMP) ends with “The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.”

I know a lot of wise people with low IQs and even more very intelligent, self-confident fools. I used to be one myself.

As long as they’re properly socialized

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

You think this isn’t coming here? I’m not saying it’s coming tomorrow, but we live in a sick world. This is most definitely what government, institutionalized education is about. Before you go looking for my tin foil hat, just remember that the Governator, just this week, signed into law what is effectively a ban on the terms “Mom,” “Dad,” “husband,” and “wife” in Californicator schools (among many other things) because those words are discriminatory against sodomites.

From the first article:

The vast majority of Norwegians send their children from the age of one to the kindergartens, where they spend their days until they begin school at age six.

Pia Friis, leader of the popular Bjerkealleen Barnehage in Oslo and a well-known pre-school educator, told newspaper Dagbladet on Tuesday that children should be allowed to express their own sexuality at day care centers. She doesn’t want to stifle what comes naturally.

Children, she said, should be able “to look at each other and examine each other’s bodies. They can play doctor, play mother and father, dance naked and masturbate.

“But their sexuality must also be socialized, so they are not, for example, allowed to masturbate while sitting and eating. Nor can they be allowed to pressure other children into doing things they don’t want to.”

No, they cannot be allowed to pressure anyone into anything until they are properly socialized by education, and preferably elected by our new overlord, Democracy.

“Children must learn about sexuality, otherwise things can go very wrong,” said Langfeldt. “Children can’t object to something they don’t know about, and children can more easily and readily report assaults if they already are aware of their own sexuality.”

Ahhh. Now I see. My young daughters need to be molested by other children under the sanction and watchful eye of their “teachers” so they can recognize when they are molested by the evil pedophiles that are lurking behind every bush.

Leave My Child Behind. We have .45 ACP around here to deal with this sort of thing. Call me an extremist if you like. But this is why I’ve rearranged my entire life to make sure my children are exempted from government schooling. I fear nothing, but I see far more need to protect my children from government schooling than the imaginary pedophile that Chris Hanson would like me to believe is stalking them on the internet or every corner of our town.

As an aside: This is ultimately another result of feminism. It’s a demonization of men. Any man that shows any interest in children is suspect because he must be a pervert. While at the same time, under the watchful eye of caring, sensitive pedagogues, a toddler should be encouraged to masturbate so she can learn how to identify and report those evil Chesters that molest her.

I wonder why 9 of 10 stories I read these days about teachers “molesting” students in government schools are involving female teachers?

Feminists are children that never grow up. There has never been a mature person in the history of humanity that subscribes to feminist philosophy. At its root, it’s entirely about avoiding adult responsibility. At all costs.

Even if that means encouraging 2 year olds to masturbate in public. Or boys to use the girls locker and rest rooms in government high schools.

Reason #458 why I chose home education

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This is a cross-post of a comment that I originally posted at I have added a bit to expound on the original comment for this blog post. In the interest of transparency, what I’ve added to the original Fark comment is in brackets.

The original op-ed that started the thread is here. The first paragraph is quoted from the original article. I presume it was written by someone holding a degree in journalism, the only degree that rivals a degree in education for it’s ease of acquisition by those prone to “schooling” and incapable of being “educated.” I still recommend reading it for context, if you care. Or if you just need a good laugh at what college graduates are paid to “write” for newspapers these days.

Indeed, as more than one former teacher has opined about this issue, high school is a good place to learn about rules, discipline and surrender of individual will to achieve a greater goal than fulfillment of one’s self-expression.

[I don't care one whit about the opinions of any teacher, former or current, and] this is likely made up by the ignorant writer, but what “more than one former teacher has opined” is, unfortunately true. Government school is the best possible place to “learn about rules, discipline and surrender of individual will.”

THIS is why I’m a home educator. It’s not easy, only because of opposition – the kids learn on their own mostly. [I don't struggle to get them to learn. To the degree that I fight at all with this, it's with those who would rather they be "socialized" than educated.]

There are no “public” schools. There are only GOVERNMENT schools and private schools. If the private Jewish schools teach Jewish fundamentals and the private Catholic schools teach Catholic fundamentals… What do you suppose Government schools teach?

Since you likely “graduated” from one of their government indoctrination camps, let me spell it out for you.


Take your number and get in line.

Test results demonstrate conclusively that teachers, as a group (and I only point that out because I’m a fierce individualist [ - there are always exceptions that prove the rule]), are THE DUMBEST of ALL college graduates. Test results also let out the dirty secret that government school administrators are the dumbest of the teachers – like most government, the least capable rise to the top.

This first year principal is likely plum stupid. At the very least he’s ignorant and clumsy. He’s trying to establish power and authority. Typical of those with below average IQ and test scores.

Green-hair girl needs to be brought down a peg. She’s smart. THAT will not be tolerated in any government institution.

If you’re smarter than the mental deficients running the institution, you WILL be punished.

That’s the end of the original comment at Fark. All I would add is that I’m not personally on board with this girl dying her hair green. But that’s not the issue anyway and if my daughter decides to dye her hair green tomorrow or when she’s 17, I won’t stop her. It’s silly but on the other hand… it’s just silly. The real matter at hand is that we have some schmuck who is so stupid that he aspired to a government job as a principal and has never overcome the jealousy that he has for the smart kids and the jocks. (Green-hair girl is BOTH – she’s 4.0 AP and varsity volleyball. I’ll lay $10 at 3-1 that he’s never been either.)

He’s an idiot with an inferiority complex and with good reason – I dare him to take a public IQ test. It will show that he’s over-employed and would do much better at one of those jobs the immigrants are taking because he won’t. (Or doesn’t have to.)

THIS IS GOVERNMENT, friends. This is why I refuse to accept it and I work to shield my daughters from it as best I can.

In government, those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those that can’t even teach are promoted to administrators in “education.”