Saturday, 17 September 2016

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

A new quest has begun. When I was young I was inspired by the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I enjoyed Zen from my study of the martial arts and I enjoyed riding motorcycles. At the time it was my primary source of transportation as it has once again become now.

Recently I was inspired by a movie about George Christie called the Last American Outlaw. The original intent of the movie was to make a sequel to Easy Rider and follow a guy who rides a motorcycle across America reflecting on lost liberty. I think that quest is timely and important.

I've booked some time off work and am going to go on my own quest. I'm going to ride my motorcycle from New York City through Canada down the Oregon coast to LA camping in a tent along the way. It will be my sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance experiencing freedom in the moment. It won't be about finding God or defining religion. It will be about experiencing freedom and defining the civl liberty in the Constitution and Charter of rights which is under constant attack. Indeed the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Peace.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Resurrection of Common Sense

Thomas Paine wrote an essay entitled Common Sense in 1776 which presented the case for the establishment of a free republic free from British rule. He wrote another essay in support for the French revolution. This blog has two embassies. The first isn’t just a freedom from British rule, it is a quest for freedom from Tyranny to preserve a free republic.

The second is to establish that the founding fathers quest for freedom was for all mankind. It wasn’t just an exclusive power grab like the Magna Carta. It was a heartfelt plea that all men and women, regardless of citizenship are created equal and are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As we speak, tyrants from within are attempting to redefine the constitution making citizenship an exclusive status while they intentionally violate the constitution for non American citizens. This is in complete opposition to the intent of the constitution. All people are equal. All people deserve the freedom of speech, the freedom of association as well as the freedom from arbitrary arrest and torture.

Indeed, these are the times that will try men’s souls. Indeed, these are the times when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will shrink from the service of their country and the original quest of the founding fathers preserved in the sacred constitution. Equality and freedom for all. Not the creation of an exclusive state that is above and oppresses others.

To accomplish this task we will reexamine the writing of Thomas Paine and the founding fathers including the Federalist papers to preserve and protect the intent of the constitution before it is watered down and washed away leaving us with nothing but another tyranny to rise up against.