Independence and Modern Relationships – Annie Oakley Style

When America’s great hero Annie Oakley said, “Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.” and “Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.” she could have been reading from the modern feminist playbook.

I think she was way ahead of her time.

But Annie Oakley was no man-hater. She worked well with men all her life.

My friend Shelly of Houston seems to me to echo Annie’s spirit when she writes about getting free of a marriage destroyed by her ex-husband’s infidelity:

The American capacity for self correction constantly amazes me.

Robust freedom of speech is at the core of this strength.

I believe that, on many fronts, conservatism in America needs to reinvent itself to fulfull its essential role of preserving the best of America.

Geoff Fox, November 4, 2020, Down Under

Harry Houdini – Brain Management

Destruction of the social contract leaves me unsure of my place in this world.

In an earlier age, Freemason Harry Houdini was a magician – an escape artist.

He died on October 31st, 1926.

I seek clarity in the following two thoughts from Houdini:

All leaders have to work with what their followers believe.

Geoff Fox, 31st October, 2020, Down Under

Snacking Gone Mad

Melbourne artist Eddy Burger knows my story.

This old friend of mine also knows a lot about moral and immoral forces which buffet us all.

In this drawing by Eddy (with words added by me), I see an image of how life giving purity can be vulnerable to monstrous cruelty .

I see what governments at their worst can do to individuals focussed on life and what life needs.

It doesnt have to be that way, but sadly sometimes it is.

Geoff Fox, 25th October, 2020, Terra Nullius

Building Gender Peace

Shelly of Houston has left the fantasies of The West Coast to seek truth in Houston. The heartland not the hinterland of The American Soul.

Men and women are not the same but most of their rights are the same.

The differences in rights relate mainly to pregnancy, breast feeding and giving birth where women’s capacities are so very different.

The only way to stop the minorities of misandrists and misogynists from causing misery is to build gender peace.

Geoff Fox, 24th October 2020

FAILPROOF FREEDOM

This modern world, crippled by fear, wants a failure-proof freedom.

Herbert Hoover died on the 20th October, 1964.

In 1936 he said, “There are some principles that cannot be compromised.  Either we shall have a society based upon ordered liberty and the initiative of the individual, or we shall have a planned society that means dictation, no matter what you call it or who does it.  There is no half-way ground.  They cannot be mixed.”

Nowadays we want freedom that never lets us down.

But there is no such thing.

Freedom by its very nature offers up the possibility of failure.

That is how we learn to do better.

Listening to our world, we learn to live.

Lest We Forget what we are.

Geoff Fox, Down Under, 20th October, 2020