Judge a Book by Its Content, Not by Its Cover

Thomas Jefferson – the principal author of the most profound document ever written in human history — once said,

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

He said this because he was fully committed to truth, justice, and reality.

This statement is a reflection of reality.

The reality that no such thing as “too much liberty” exists.

That “too much liberty” is an impossible contradiction – like “too much” self esteem, self respect, and integrity.

And contrary to popular belief, “too much liberty” is not anarchy. Liberty requires government – a proper and just government, fully and absolutely committed to protecting the rights of man – every man.

Anarchy is an absence of government, and of the protection for liberty.

Anarchy is a negative. Liberty is a positive. The two are not combinable.

 

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In the same way, and for the same reasons, I am convinced no man with reason as his absolute can expose himself to “too much controversy”.

Cannot expose himself to “too much”, because the confrontation of that controversy is an uncompromising quest to uncover the reality and truth surrounding a given issue that he has judged to be important.

An uncompromising quest that requires more than the strength of a thousand men. A quest that requires the strength of a man to stand against men – the one against the many.

This is a strength all of us possess, but most of us shrug.

It was a strength exercised by the founding fathers of the American States.

It was a strength exercised by Ayn Rand in her lifelong battle to depict the ideal man.

It was a strength exercised by Arthur Jones in his quest for the ideal exercise machines and protocols to use them.

It is a strength exercised by our first re-founding rather, Ron Paul, in his struggle to reverse 150 years of improper government and it’s corresponding momentum.

It was a strength exercised by Doug Mcguff and John Little in their journey to undo 40 years of “fitness” nonsense, and identify the foundations for an ideal exercise program in their book Body by Science.

It was a strength exercised by Tim Ferris when he went on national TV to promote The Four Hour Work Week and stated that if you hate what you are doing, you should do as little of it as possible – even as little as four hours a week.

It is a strength exercised by Bill DeSimone when he creates material that undoes an eternity of bio-mechanical ignorance, and puts forth an ideal way to exercise the body.

It is a strength exercised daily by Mark Sisson when he confronts an onslaught of misinformation, group think, and half a century of conventional wisdom.

It is a strength exercised by the young James Steele in his constant research of the lower back – a critical subject that pains many, and is ignored by even more.

 

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This is a strength possessed by all. The courage to use it, by most. The will to go through with it … a select few.

This is a strength I possess, yet, am still learning to exercise properly – and perhaps, will always be learning how to exercise ever more effectively.

“Rape” is a subject I judge important at present. I consider it the salem witch trial of our day. The word in our language has become nothing short of an obscene slander, flung around like shit – and sticking all the same.

What I view as it’s mis-use and improper, vague definition, is the source of the reversal of one of the greatest principles of a free society – that man is innocent until proven guilty.

The degree to how hideous this is cannot be stated in words. It is ignored at your own peril – man and woman alike.

My examination of the term “rape” has also caused me to question whether or not it is mentally healthy, and rational, for a woman to desire to confront physical force from a man she has willingly chosen – a man she is fully attracted to.

While apparently unpopular to the highest of degrees, I am convinced it is. I am convinced a woman of self esteem – a woman who is convinced she is competent to live – would seek this out, and while she probably wouldn’t advertise it on a bill board, she would not be ashamed of it – as the rest of society and the sum of our culture has told her to be.

She would not be ashamed to seek a living man stronger than herself, in every sense of the term, and to experience that strength in the clearest expression possible.

These are the basic premises I sought – the pieces of a larger puzzle I am building – in the previous posts on “rape”.

I do not have all of the pieces, but I do have some. If you disagree, you should state why, and attempt to disprove what I have put forward.

While I may not have been as clear in those posts as the best of my ability would and should allow, me being unclear in a post does not make the flicking of a tongue in silent, bitter disagreement morally courageous.

Quite the contrary. Evil reigns when good men stand by and do nothing.

If you disagree with the above points, let my posts on “rape” be a lesson in why silence is not always the best choice.

If you disagreed with the posts, without reading them, and without giving your best effort to understand them, let those posts be a lesson in why judging a book by it’s cover and not it’s content (assuming you now agree with the basic points I am making), is the wrong choice in all cases, with the exception proving the rule.

 

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I will not always be superbly clear in what I am saying, but my commitment to what is right is inflexible to the highest of degrees – to the highest degree possible.

Remember this when you read The Dream Lounge, because there is no controversy I will ever back down from, or submit to.

– Anthony

 

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at TheDreamLounge.net and Declarationism.com.

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9 Responses to Judge a Book by Its Content, Not by Its Cover

  1. Dv7 March 1, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Thomas Jefferson isn’t the best proponent of liberty. He was the best of his time, but still had many flaws, and wasn’t a purist. He passionately supported public educaiton, for example. So he was not fully committed to liberty.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Public education does not interfere with liberty by default. It only interferes with liberty when it becomes compulsory and/or is funded by force. I am not familiar with his ideas on public education enough to comment on whether or not he supported such things. My suspicion is no — that he would never stand by and watch a child forced to attend school by the barrel of a gun. Nor would he watch that school be funded by gunpoint — such as with the property tax of our day.

      Are you suggesting he would?

      All things taken into account, his achievements cannot be undermined.

  2. jaYOST7 March 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    The SECRET to lower back pain is SIMPLE, and comes down to ONE thing– Posture. 100% PERFECT posture.

    • James Steele II March 3, 2011 at 9:21 am #

      Wow! I’ll stop all my research right now then.

      How is posture maintained then Jeff?

      What is ‘perfect’ posture?

      The anatomical position?

      Are you referring to the curvature of the lumbar lordosis?

      If so, in what position are you considering it? Full anterior flexion, extension, neutral?

      And what is the ‘neutral’ posture? It’s self defined surely? Affected by numerous variable?

      Body composition might be one. Fat people have more pronounced lordosis in their ‘neutral’ posture. Fat people have high rates of back pain. But so do slim people. In fact weight doesn’t correlate very well with back pain, nor does it correlate well with actual lumbar spine function. studies from as far back as the 60’s show this.

      Invoking the undefined concept of ‘perfect’ posture is of little help.

      • Joe A. March 3, 2011 at 11:04 am #

        James,

        Slightly off topic . . . but do you have an opinion about Esther Gokhale’s concepts on back pain and posture? Specifically, anteverted pelvis?

        Thanks!
        Joe

  3. James Steele II March 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Joe,I admit I am not hugely familar with Esther Gokhale’s concepts, I have not read her book.

    Regarding the concept of anteverting the pelvis, I am not sure what she means or more specifically what she is trying to acheive.

    Looking at the diagrams on her website it seems as though she is suggesting to rotate the pelvis anteriorly without moving the back. I can’t see how this is possible, certainly not from a relative perspective. The pelvis moves relative to either the femurs or the lumbar spine. Looking at the diagrams especially of the guy sitting she is suggesting that the pelvis can rotate forward anteriorly independent of movement from either the femur or lumbar spine. Thats just not possible. If the pevlis rotates anteriorly then by neccesity this would have to either involve hip flexion or lumabr extension as it moves relative to either the femur or lumabr spine.

    Like I said though I haven’t read the book and am unfamiliar with the her prescriptions for attempting to acheive this so wouldn’t want to comment on its efficacy. Though it seems a bit pseudo-scientific to me.

    Hope thats useful.

    James

    • Joe A. March 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks for the input, James.

      If you google “authors@Google: Esther Gokhale” you will find ~hour video presentation with brief but decent explanation.

      I personally think there is ‘something’ there . . . definitely feels correct/better. May be interesting in light of your research.

      I believe that sitting, standing, walking/moving with proper posture allows a person to receive adequate lumbar stress and relaxation for natural low back care, without the need for specific isolated low back exercise (b/c it’s built into the design). Now obviously, there remains a need for such, rehabilitatively. But, I do not believe the common condiitions of the low backs of our generation are due to a MedX-lumbar-machine-deficiency. It is posture (cause and cure).

      This is not really the appropriate place for this conversation, but if you have any comments/feedback after watching the video (or if you happen to read the book), feel free to email me: josephbree (at) yahoo dot com.

  4. Anthony Dream Johnson March 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Maybe not the perfect place to continue the discussion, but feel free because this had me falling out of my chair.

    “I do not believe the common condiitions of the low backs of our generation are due to a MedX-lumbar-machine-deficiency.”

    • James Steele II March 4, 2011 at 5:36 am #

      “But, I do not believe the common condiitions of the low backs of our generation are due to a MedX-lumbar-machine-deficiency”

      That had me laughing also, but is not really the point I attempt to make.

      “I believe that sitting, standing, walking/moving with proper posture allows a person to receive adequate lumbar stress and relaxation for natural low back care, without the need for specific isolated low back exercise (b/c it’s built into the design).”

      Actually from my examination of anthropoid lumbar spinal & pelvis evolution I would argue that it is precisely because of our anatomical ‘legacy’ that our backs are not adequeately stimulated through everyday activity in order to maintain its function. This is what I am covering in my walking tall blog series. Sure the lower back is necessarily involved with gait, posture etc and the musculature active, however this does not presuppose that this activation is sufficient to maintain function or promote further functional adaptation.

      I agree, probably not the best platform for an in depth discussion of this. Thanks for pointing out the video though Joe, I will try to sit down and watch it this weekend if i’ve got time. In the mean time if you would like to continue this discussion feel free to use the comments section on my blog posts to do so. I’ll also send you an email once I have watched Esther’s video to give you a more informed opinion of her ideas.

      Thanks

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