Pioneers. . . of Truth

Nicole OP

Generally speaking, most people share stuff on Facebook that strikes a chord with them, or that they think is cute or funny (cat videos), or interesting or informative.

So, I am going to assume that Nicole thought this was at least worth reading.

We are some of the first people to explore a way of being that is not premised on survivalism as our operating principal (sic).

What?  Read that again.  I’ll wait.  Who is “we”?  People living in 2015, as opposed to people living in 1715?  Or people living in 2015, as opposed to people living 25, 000 years ago?  Jeff Brown doesn’t say.

But he mentions “career paths” and “life partners,” and that would imply at least some modernity.  I suspect he’s not comparing “people living in 2015” to hunter-gatherers.

But anyway, all that mattered to these other people, from this unknown time, is that they survived. What was for dinner.  And now, it’s all different. We don’t give a shit what’s for dinner.

So because we don’t give a shit anymore about dinner, we can think about lofty things like “living from our truth” (whatever the hell that is), from the “soul outward” (because nobody ever thought or talked about souls until 2000 or thereabouts).

And this has resulted in a “profound consciousness shift on the planet.”

And Jeff and all folks like him are “pioneers of truth,” with nobody to follow.  That’s why this whole thinking thing is so hard. Nobody ever, ever had to do it before.  You know, about having meaning to your life, or about taking control of your own destiny.  Stuff like that.  Nobody.

Oh.  Except. . .

“First say to yourself what would you be; and then do what you have to do.”
Epictetus (C. 55 – C. 135) Greek Stoic Philosopher

“Take charge of your thoughts. You can do what you will with them.”
Plato (428-327 BC) – Greek Philosopher and Prose Writer

“Learn what you are and be such.”
Pindar (522-438 BC) – Greek Poet

“Our life is what our thoughts are make it.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180) Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher

“What we are is what we have thought for years.”
Gautama The Buddha (560-480 BC) – Indian Spiritual leader and Founder of Buddhism

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Solomon (10th Century BC) – King of Israel & reputed author of Biblical Books

I guess they scribbled down those thoughts while scrabbling about hunting for dinner.  History, like math and English, is hard.

 

11 thoughts on “Pioneers. . . of Truth”

  1. Bravo Blessed Blogger for your reasoned thinking and well researched response. The ideas expressed by Mr Brown are 100% BS for everyone except for those living in the angst of the teen years. I’m old now tho…and I do care about dinner 😎

  2. Sigh… she’s so so so delusional.

    Wish in one hand, shit in the other.
    See which fills faster!

  3. A combination of good genes, good parenting, good nutrition, a good education, a free country, love, truth, beauty, and hard work allowed me to be exactly what I wanted to be and love to be. I have passed all those attributes on to my children and they too are doing what they want and love. Not bad. All my grandparents came to this country poor, uneducated, rural peasants. All their children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren achieved far beyond their dreams becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors, teachers, librarians, economists, law enforcement, inventors, writers. Life is funny that way, it makes you work for what you want, and it certainly does not hurt to start from a good home. A good home is not defined by the amount of money one has, it is defined by the care, love and nurturing within that home.

  4. Pioneers of truth?

    If I may, I’d like to water this wonderful flower of hope with some tears of reality. Let me tell you where all of your pseudo-intellectual, manic delusional, and free spirited psycho-babble will land you.

    In a garden shed with a baker’s dozen — surrounded by mud and goat shit and trash and truth.

    Yes ma’am, that’s the truth. Mantras and muddy paths aside. This kind of dreamy drivel is why you snivel. You insist on change and authenticity. You feel controlled and without freedom. You may even feel shamed. Here’s a pragmatic solution; consider mixing generous portions of reality and responsibility in with all the anti-establishment nonsense. While you pioneer your sovereign selves along your paths, remember that it’s the “slaves and statists” that built them.

    It’s those same sheeple that funded your salon and so generously donated their “grin and bear it” money to your go-fund-me coffers. (What the hell did you do with all that money anyway?)

    You could always “lay down new tracks” to somewhere that would allow you to actually pursue your dreams. I hear the beaches of South America are beautiful.

    I doubt any footsteps would follow.

    That would be an option. Why go for “consciousness” when you can actually do a “continent” shift.

    That would be one way of saying goodbye to unhealthy connections. That and actually attempting to be off-grid homesteaders that didn’t spend the majority of their time on the damned internet pretending to be something you aren’t willing to work to be.

    Be a pioneer. Be who you actually claim you are. Stop pretending to be persecuted and threatened by smarter people that figured out how things work and embrace actual authenticity.

  5. It’s strange that Nicole has such disdain for people who work hard and plan for their futures. I do wonder if either she or Joe ever thought to take advantage of any sort of retirement plan in the past and if they will do so in the future. ‘Cause it’s all very well and good to believe you’re doing something that no one has ever done before (snorts), but if it doesn’t pay off big you better have something to fall back on. Other than begging. Yes, yes, I know the risk of loss. I wept into my 401Kaput statement at the end of 2008 – but throughout the economic downturn I grit my teeth and told myself, “It’s all on sale!” as I INCREASED my contribution. Which has paid off handsomely when the markets went back up. If this week is any indication, I’ll be doing it again.

    Lisa wrote, ” A good home is not defined by the amount of money one has, it is defined by the care, love and nurturing within that home.”

    I would like to put in a vote for some nagging/heavy-handed parental statements along the lines of, “I don’t really care what you WANT to do at this point in time. There are obligations to be met and you are to do them. Now. You’re just putting it off to the last possible second in the hope that someone else will do it for you; or you’ll throw something together at the last possible second and eke by. Not acceptable. Get it together. Now. ‘Cause I can keep you up all night making you just as miserable as I am right this second.”

    Fortunately, that sort of thing wasn’t necessary with the elder child and recently isn’t necessary with the younger one. *Whew*

    Hard work. It’s not as likely to kill you (anymore). Can still do so, and can rip you apart pretty badly, but it’s not like it used to be between the 18th through early 20th centuries. I’m thinking about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the appalling cancer rate in the boys who were chimney sweeps (chimney sweeps’ carcinoma [squamous cell carcinoma of the scrotum]), children working in factories who were regularly maimed if not killed…

  6. You all amaze me. This post and all the comments are so insightful and so wonderfully well-written. Bravo.

  7. Pioneers of truth? Is that what megalomaniacs call themselves these days?

    If the author babbled that baloney at a Paris salon, there would be uncomfortable silences followed by no more invitations. In a Paris, Kentucky salon, the hostess and guests probably would laugh them out the door with a kick in the derriere.

    The Nauglodytes reside on the bottom level of Maslow’s hierarchy. When they do temporarily manage to pull themselves up to the second level, they lose their grip and topple back down due to poor decision making.

  8. Another thing that continues to annoy me is how niggardly they are, on the whole. Not a generous impulse to be found to share with the wider community. Even that lam attempt at an exchange was at best, half-assed. A photo of a big pile of filthy clothes that people could pick through and leave their own used clothes. Yeah, it was barely better than dumpster-diving. If you’re going to have a used clothing exchange, then you wash, dry and think of some way of presenting clothes so others might find them and find them appealing. Hanging or folding, sorting according to size, clothing type and at my local Goodwill – color too.

    If memory serves (and chemotherapy doesn’t help with that in the slightest), she had very few people officially accept the invitation. I have no idea how many people actually turned up to get their Naugler souvenir and leave behind some items that were no longer of use to their family.

  9. This whole “truth” aroma, since I first began intrigued with the story, last May. Living in the regional area and seeing the metro news coverage, I felt a little outraged. That one of our own, fellow Kentuckians, were misunderstood. My perception was probably a family, similar to the Amish, Mennonite or another simple living group that is not uncommon in the area. From the media coverage, I discovered the social media page. I wanted to know more. This was just very soon after the children were removed, early May. Even so early in the news breaking, there were other social media pages springing up. “Truth” was part of the title of the pages, some made by Naugler “friends”, some not. For most here, I don’t need to go further into details, in the long and short of the “truths” saga. When the dial moved on the “truths”, so did people. Perceptions were not reality, perceptions were not truth. At least not my first blush perceptions of homeschooling, off the grid, one with nature, faith driven, simple living homesteading. So in all, why don’t they stop the charade? Like the lyrics to the Hall & Oates song, “Do what you want girl, but be what you are”. And as Please states, “Be a pioneer. Be who you actually claim you are. Stop pretending to be persecuted and threatened by smarter people that figured out how things work and embrace actual authenticity.” You can fool some people, sometimes or all the time. But you can’t fool everyone, all the time. And for probably a good number of people, they have come to challenge most anything you say or do, as genuine and authentic. The truth aroma stinks.

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