Replace Government Regulations With Correct Principles

by Robert John Stevens, October 18, 2016

Should government laws and regulations be replaced with proven, correct principles?

Men and women can’t remember the thousands of laws and regulations enforced by their cities, counties, states, taxing entities, and federal government, and almost nobody has heard of the U.S. Code. Besides for a few traffic laws, most only remember The Ten Commandments and The Golden Rule:

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. — Matthew 7:12

A few errors and neighborly disputes are much better than denying people their inalienable rights, free agency and delaying their earthly mandate to work and be fruitful as God commanded Adam and Eve:

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. — Genesis 3:19

From a land developer’s viewpoint though I see the wisdom of doing all necessary improvements before selling parcels but I feel only certain improvements are necessary for the general welfare, private property ownership and the community as a whole such as utilities, surveying, title work and easements. Building cement irrigation ditches in advance is also very helpful because it alleviates future problems such as collapsing dirt ditch walls.

Almost every improvement though can be accomplished via mutual cooperation and private-party contracts. Courts may be needed to resolve disputes. Government interventionism is not needed nor welcomed.

We also must never forget that men throughout history conspire to create endless laws, taxes and regulations to plunder, control and murder, which is usually the foundational reasons for an explosion in regulations.

Again, may heaven inspire and commission us all to fight to replace all laws and regulations with proven, correct principles.

Why are People so Lonely?

by Robert John Stevens, October 18, 2016

Yesterday I emailed a friend and asked why he and his wife don’t bring their kids by to play with our kids. He responded:

“Your move…created a little more distance (in Festinger (1951) he found that the greatest predictor of friendship ties among students in married student housing at MIT was how many doors away the two couples lived. Next door neighbors were cited as close friends 41% of the time…individuals four doors down were cited as close friends 10% of the time).”

We moved just a mile away and he passes our house twice every weekday to and from work. 🙂

That led me to wonder why people are so lonely and whether or not today’s religions really help.

Throughout history people become friends because they helped each other through trials and hardships and built things together.

After thinking more about his comments and the study he quoted, I remembered a quote by Mormon Founder Joseph Smith:

I see no faults in the Church, and therefore let me be resurrected with the Saints, whether I ascend to heaven or descend to hell, or go to any other place. And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it. Where this people are, there is good society.

Is that still true today? What can we learn from 19th century religions?

Compare the 21st century to times past. After high school, volunteer service and attending college we:

  • No longer work together to build our homes, barns, chapels, temples and cities
  • No longer help each other plant or harvest
  • No longer sit on our porches and enjoy friends
  • No longer physically fight for the cause of liberty or to defend our inalienable rights against government overreach
  • Make great financial sacrifices so certain church members may enjoy full-time career church jobs which leaves us with no or little money for entertainment, vacations or even nice furniture to entertain
  • Spend 40+ hours a week at work or more plus commute time
  • Work until April 24th (tax freedom day) just to pay our taxes. Tithe payers work more.
  • Allow the one-way media or ministry of propaganda to influence our thinking
  • Side with political parties that create strife and division/li>
  • No longer employ neighborhood children to mow our lawns, pull weeds, rake leaves, paint fences or wash our windows
  • Spend more time watching news, sports and videos, playing video games, and doing hobbies such as genealogy than spending time with true, living friends
  • Rarely if ever make true friends of the people we serve after our church assignments end
  • Indirectly are taught that church service is more important than developing true friendships
  • Are told to choose our friends which infers we should exclude those of non-conforming values or beliefs
  • Don’t associate too closely with other married couples because issues may arise
  • No longer send our kids to etiquette school or commit them to apprenticeships; therefore, they pale in communication skills and rarely have unique talents to share with and impress each other
  • Send our kids to public schools where they are taught the deep state curriculum vs home school them and guide them to follow their passions

Also most people today have fewer children despite the advice of Psalms 127:3-5

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

I suspect many readers will disagree with many of my points. I bet if we conducted a survey though we’d discover most people spend less than twenty hours a year with friends and most probably have fewer than three true friends.

These may be signs of the end of an empire or civilization which means a rebirth is coming and things will be very different as people work together to rebuild and survive.

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