As I sit here in the middle of Seattle, at a local bistro drinking a couple of Mocha Lattes and having a slice of New York Cheese Cake, I can not help but wonder why I am so fortunate while so many others around the world are living in a nightmare.
I often find myself thinking about all of the different situations I could be in, all of the different places I could be at, and all of the different life possibilities I could be living within. Most would call this trait empathy, but to me it is the most important method of learning, as life is a constant journey in which we are always learning about ourselves from our interactions with others. Furthermore, I have come to the understanding that each and every single person is a product of pure chance, from a purely statistical perspective. With this understanding, all labels of racism, sexism, religious bias, and all forms of discrimination can be immediately nullified. There truly is no difference between any man, woman, or child who inhabits the Earth.
The 7,000,000,000th human being will be born in 2011, each on his/her own individual cycle of life, with our own unique circumstances in which manifests our reality. For there is no inherit difference between any single human being on this planet, no matter how such an argument else-wise may be justified. Statistically there is no root difference between any man, woman, or child of any heritage, as each of us are a culmination of circumstances in which we cannot consciously decide. While we may differ in skin colors, languages, ethics, habits, beliefs, cultures, countries of origin, sufferings, injustices, struggles, luxuries, and overall environment, yet we all as individuals share a root common ancestry in which ties the human race together, better known as history.
From there, I think about all of the people who came before me, all of the people who make my life so enjoyable now, and the people who will inherit this world long after I pass away. I think of the people who sacrificed everything in order for this moment to be possible, especially but certainly not limited to all of the men, women, and children that have been involved in the tides of war in the ultimate struggle for freedom.
When these thoughts go through my head, I can not help but to feel a sense of responsibility and compassion to share the knowledge that I have accumulated, as I consider myself very fortunate for all of the opportunity I have within my life.
Looking back on my life, there is not a single thing that I would change. I have had some of the most loving parents, loving family members, caring friends, and privileged educational opportunities that one could ever imagine.
As a young child I attended a private Montessori preschool in which embraced the different learning styles of each child, instead of forcing a "one size fits all" style. I remember one of my teachers, Ms. Mary Lou, who taught me how to tie my shoes in my own unique method, after I struggled to learn the "normal" way of tying my shoes. She also gave me my first job cleaning the turtle pond (cleaning the turtle poop), personally paying me a 5 dollar check every Friday, teaching me about responsibility from an early age.
I was then fortunate enough to attend one of the best and well funded public education systems in the country. I attended Cossitt Grade School, Park Middle School, and then Lyons Township High School. Each one full of educational opportunities that parents all over the world wish for their children.
It was in this setting in which my childhood education was nurtured, learning the ins and outs on how to be a respectful human being. I had my fair share of insecurities, constantly worrying about how I looked and what my current childhood crush thought of me. I remember my constant desire to be popular, losing my sense of self and abandoning those who accepted me for who I truly was.
In middle school I had the opportunity to take Algebra I, as my middle school had an advanced math track for students who tested into such a curriculum. I felt fortunate because not only were my teachers supportive of me, but my family members also provided insight on the basic workings of mathematics, helping me through advanced concepts at the time, always encouraging me to keep pushing the boundaries and furthering my education.
When it came to college, it was never a question but more of an expectation. My family blessed me with the opportunity in which my father and mother payed for my college tuition, leaving me in a situation where I had no student debt and was able to focus solely on furthering my education, but more importantly furthering my development as a person. From childhood, it was ingrained in my head that there was no other choice but to go to college, something in which too many people in America, let alone the world are not privied too. For this reason, I feel it is the responsibility of those who have such education to speak up for those who cannot speak, for if we do not, then who will?
It was freshman year at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign when I made the first real decisive move in my life, as I did something I never thought I would do, I joined a social fraternity. My father applauded my decision while my mother told me that she would pull my tuition if I joined such an organization, for she was worried for my safety and my life direction. Little did she know that this decision would end up being one of the most important and defining actions I have ever made for myself, as the social skills, political skills, and friends made while spending my time at good ole 911 South Fourth Street are what I consider molded me into the confident human being I am today.
I was apart of the spring pledge class "the Big 10" at Phi Kappa Psi, consisting of 9 other freshman who became some of my best friends in life. My fraternity prided itself on philanthropic achievements, but to say that was the reason that most students join a fraternity would be just plain lying. Partying was what we did best, "fratting it up" and just letting loose in life, something I had been missing thoroughly throughout all of my childhood.
When I entered the fraternity, I was an isolated nerd who had spent most of his life playing video games and avoiding social interaction. In my most notorious days, I spent every waking hour of my life playing World of Warcraft. While some may say I wasted my life during this time period, I feel it was my safe outlet in which I was able to develop my critical thinking, leadership abilities, and an outlet in which I felt was safe to explore. Many people of the older generations fail to recognize the positive aspects that children gain from such an experience, as it provided an escape from the harsh world in which we live within. The pressures that children face today are unlike any other today, so is it any wonder that we need a place to escape and create our own identity?
In college, I initially enrolled into the field of mathematics, but found that it was to theoretical for my liking, as I did not like the fact that I could not apply it to the world that we live within today. The only option for a career was to teach others about the theoretical mathematics or to enter into research. As apart of my mathematical track, I ended up taking multiple physics courses. These classes were some of the hardest classes I ever took, feeling completely lost when taking such classes as quantum-mechanics and thermal dynamics.
Junior year I decided enough was enough and I transferred into Actuarial Science, in which can be described as financial statistics. I found myself more at home as statistics and probability are something I have always been more apt to understanding. The teachers in which I was taught from were some of the best out there, as the way that they taught was at the highest of all levels. I am thankful for the opportunity to have learned from such an astute level of higher education. My final year and a half I learned about modeling conjoined with probability, which set the framework for what I was to learn in the near future.
In 2010, I graduated the university of Illinois with a 3.28 GPA, two actuarial exams passed, and seemingly my life all set up for a great paying job, as actuaries are routinely rated as one of the top professions. However, there was a major problem when I graduated, I was using my knowledge to research public policy, and I did not like what I saw.
Moving back into my basement, I threw everything out the window and went against the will of my mother once again, and exclaimed that I would not get a normal job as an actuary, for I was aware that the US Dollar was in serious trouble. I started learning about this topic from Ron Paul, who has been speaking out against the private Federal Reserve for 40 years. I found his logic compelling, and wondered why nobody else was talking about the subjects he was presenting. The more and more I learned, the more and more I became scared of the implications of the privately issued debt that the world economic system was built upon. Recently I wrote this regarding my troubled insights on the Federal Reserve Note and its role in shaping almost every aspect of the world today.
After years of consideration and thought, I eventually came to the obvious conclusion that every single human being shares a common connection through the currency in which populations accept as legal tender. Using this premise, it becomes painfully obvious in understanding why there is so much corruption and deceit in our world today, as the World Reserve Currency, the US Dollar, is corrupt and deceitful at the most fundamental level. When the currency in which is trusted as the reserve currency of the world is based on lies and corruption, the users of the currency will inevitably be more prone to committing injustice upon one another. One could describe it as the the trickle down effect, but in regards to morality of the people. How are citizens of the world suppose to have an honest and genuine society when the currency the world trusts as honest money is anything but trustworthy! Irony in its truest form.
Upon adopting the understanding that a corrupt currency is directly responsible for the corrupt society we currently live within, I have had many epiphanies that have deeply disturbed my own mental health. I saw the corruption everywhere, and it caused my own endless pain to see my brothers and sisters unaware of why such injustices were occurring and nothing was ever changing. The most troubling of all to me was the link between the Western World's Foreign Policy and the global monetary system. The lives of my friends, family, and fellow human beings have all been severely mislead, as the truth behind the curtain is an ugly one in which few dare to speak against with such clarity and focus, for the fear of what may result leaves many of us paralyzed.
Initially, my new understandings left me with a hatred for the creators of such a system, and I thought that if only they were stopped, everything would be better in the world. However, the more pain I put upon myself by trying to change the external world, the more I began to realize that the only thing I can actually control were my own thoughts and feelings. I began to realize that the words that I said provoked predictable responses, as when I spoke with hatred and anger, I received hate and anger in response to the information I was providing.
So now here I am, a 23 year old sitting behind a MacBook, speaking my mind because I can no longer sit back and be apart of such a world. I will not idly sit back and watch the men, women, and children all around the world suffer at the whims of the few, cleverly hidden behind emotionally charged words to fool the public. It has been pushed to such an extreme that the words that I say gravely understate the importance of what I am trying to communicate. For every moment that passes, the suffering that has laid its hands upon this world haunts my consciousness, but even moreso to those who do not understand why the world is such a nightmare.
The men, women, and children who sign up to protect not only America but the world do so with the understanding that they are willing to risk their own lives to protect the freedom and equality for all in the world. Families all around the world have suffered for thousands of years because the gun has always been the primary way of resolving issues, but I insist that ideas are more powerful than weapons can ever be.
This is not just for the people of America, but the citizens all around the world. For we are all interconnected with one another in the current times, like it or not. Those who have laid everything on the line in the past are the reason why we are able to have such a discussion today, and we owe it to our ancestors, but more importantly ourselves to stand up and take our power back.
So what does all of this mean? Are we doomed? Are we powerless to change the world?
Not at all!
My life-long journey has lead me to an understanding in which has caused me great pain and suffering that I have placed upon myself, for I have been fearful and upset about the world that we are currently living in. Two months ago, if you were to ask me if the world was going to change for the better very soon, I would have called you crazy. Today, I sit here in full knowledge that not only will all of the corruption be cleansed, but with awareness to something I could never have imagined unless I have seen it for myself.
I see a world in which no longer will humanity be divided from one another, instead we are on the brink of a very special moment in history. Something that few have full understanding of as of now, yet it is guiding us at the most basic levels. It has everything to do with the evolution of the human species. An evolution of consciousness.
Many people are so focused within the current conditions of the world that we have fail to recognize how far we have come, myself included. Looking back from where life has been, and where we are today, it is obvious that we are connected in a way that never has been before. Ten thousand years ago, civilizations were living in primitive manners, while today we can communicate with one another by something so simple as clicking a few numbers on a mobile phone, or sharing information with one another on various social media platforms. So why is this important? Because at the root of everything, we are all universal energy.
The same energy that gives life to plants, animals, human beings, and even our thoughts... is rooted at a universal level. For reasons that I will further endeavor into at a later time, I am confident that in this time period, humanity will learn to work together, share with one another, and bring awareness to the problems that face the world today. One cannot fix a problem that we are not aware of, and with the internet in today's era, awareness has never been so abundant.
So one may ask how do we bring upon such an evolution?
It is simple. Just be yourself! Whether or not we are aware of it, I have reason to believe that subconsciously we are all helping one another, filling in the black holes of the universe every moment we venture into the future.
There is nothing to worry about, nothing to screw up, and everything to look forward to.
The best thing that we can do is be completely honest with one another, starting with ourselves. If we speak with positivity and with our eyes to the future, we will find ourselves creating a world in which we can all be proud to say we helped create. However, if we focus on the negative aspects of life, we will become our own worst enemies. There are now 7,000,000,000 people on this planet, and it is the responsibility of each and every single individual to care for one another, by first caring for oneself. When we hate others, we are actually hating ourselves. When we love others, we are loving ourselves.
You do not have to believe me in what I am saying, and to be honest, I doubt many of you will at first. For it is all a process, defined by mathematical laws. Tunneled vision and our own ego often stops us from reaching spiritual enlightenment, but it is coming to all, in due time. I think that everyone has their own set of qualities that empowers one another, and that no one person is any more deserving or special than any other.
I hope that you all join me in the quest for freedom, as all of our futures are inherently tied together.
I believe the best possible way to advance the cause of freedom is to support Ron Paul and his bid for presidency. I say this because I believe that Ron Paul embodies everything that a politician was intended to embody when our founding fathers defied tyranny and took the greatest risk in the history of mankind in quest to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To say that Ron Paul has influenced my life and my perception on the world would be a vast understatement. Before my own personal exposure to Ron Paul's viewpoints of liberty and freedom for all, I was constantly depressed by the void of authenticity and common sense within the political arena.
I know from first hand experience that the youth are behind him, for we know how new and experimental freedom is in the history of the world. Let us look past the names and the labels that we put on each other, and focus on what the person represents.
Let us support a politician that truly listens to the people, instead of special interests.
I look forward to journeying alongside all of you, for your future is inherently tied to mine.
Let us remember who we should really be focusing on, the youth of the world, for they are the ones who are most vulnerable. If we do not change the world now, those who are growing up are destined to be victims of the problems of those who came before them.
May we all be the change that we wish to see in the world.
Sincerely, Respectfully, Humbly...
No More Going on About the Pain of Yesterday - Eric "Enoch Mosiah" Stokes