The Greatest Blessing

05/14/201620 Comments

We are programmed to look out for danger and respond to threats. It's instinctual, and well it should be. We live in a dangerous world and our family line wouldn't have made it this far if there wasn't an eternal vigilance against potential perils.

But always focusing on the threats and dangers can send us off the deep end. Especially when dealing in the doom and gloom that pervades so much of the alternative media, it can be all too easy to dwell on the negative and forget why it is we're fighting for truth and justice in the first place. In fact, it can become difficult to remember that we're fighting for anything at all and just focus on fighting against. Against our enemies. Against the politicians and banksters and globalists and fraudsters and psychopaths. But just like the returning war vet who can't stop fighting the war in his head or the homicide detective who assumes everyone is a murder victim in waiting (or a murderer in waiting), this perspective starts to ruin our appreciation of the world until we forget why it is we even cared in the first place.

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  1. Oscar says:

    Thank you for your article James, that is good advice!

  2. earlthornton1202 says:

    Excellent, and well received. Thank you, kind sir. Blessings to you and your family from Charli and I.

  3. whateverittakes2 says:

    Lovely piece, James. I didn’t take it as “heady and philosophical” at all. Seemed very down to earth, remembering just the right things at a very special place in your life.

    Congratulations to you, your wife and son, and that new baby girl for landing in such an interesting, and obviously, loving, place.

  4. OneOhOne says:

    Oh Kee Duh Kees.

  5. patrizia says:

    yes, that’s it.
    thanks James and love to you and your family.
    Patti (mother of a 22 years old girl)

  6. candideschmyles says:

    Paused (am I the only one playing ?)

    OK was the name of a ranch in the American Wild West?

  7. loftbat says:

    Such an important message you are bringing to the world, James.

    People do tend to forget what it was they were fighting for in the first place. Just like I did 3 years ago when your first child was born, I wish you joy, peace, and ungovernable love as you endeavour to raise another new human in this oftentimes troubled world. Becoming a father must be the greatest blessing, but I haven’t had the opportunity to learn that yet. I think so many of us need reminding that life is not about fear, worry, anger or the like, but instead about inspiration, empathy, exploration, understanding, and so much more. The magic that happens when you’re around people you care about and who care about you makes living worthwhile. If any other parents out there are reading this, look into the eyes of your son or daughter and tell me you don’t care about what happens in the world. The only reason I started following alternative media to begin with was the love I feel for humanity and all living things. Though I don’t have any children of my own, I still care about those who’re to come and what they have to look forward to.

    Thank you for this newsletter especially, James; it could well be the most important piece of information on your website.

  8. TeeBone says:

    Instead of OK! We could use all right!

    Congrats on the new addition James!

  9. macburns says:

    Thank you

  10. david1 says:

    Great message, Thank you.

  11. T.T. says:

    Thanks James! I’m certainly going to take your advice because i’m feeling a ‘burnout’ creeping up.

    The only thing i knew about OK was from the movie Silver Linings Playbook, and apparently they were partially right.

    All the best to you and yours.

  12. hartmand12 says:

    zero killed

  13. dwayner says:

    I’m a mother of 3 daughters, 3 grandkids. My youngest was a crier. I wondered why she cried so much, compared to the other two. I did everything I could think of, including lots and lots of cuddling. I carried my babies on my front and back for most of the first few months. Breast fed. No vaccines. I finally came to the conclusion after watching her anguish that she really had a hard time being a physical being. The pregnancy was very healthy, the birth was natural, at home and a 3 hour non-traumatic labour. So I figured she found herself fresh from some blissful spirit realm, not quite feeling comfortable with a body.

    She got over it eventually, but I had to leave her to it, sometimes, and just let her cry it out. It hurt my mother-soul, but what else could I do… I know you have probably figured it out already, but I just wanted to give you some encouragement. All babies are different, and they come in with their own agenda/karma/cosmic purpose/whatever to planet earth and we may never know the whole story of who they are. We can only stand by, help as much as we can as parents and fellow earthlings, and let them fly when the wings get strong enough.

    An attitude of gratitude is in order, for parenthood is a crash course in enlightenment.

    Love you, James, and much mother blessings to that mysterious wife, too.

  14. dwayner says:

    Oh, and here’s what I was “always told” about OK: it came from the days when boxing was so popular. When the guy was slugged, he might be “KO”–knocked out. If he got up he was OK, opposite of KO. It sounded logical to me, but even though the term was used in this way, it doesn’t mean it was the origin, obviously. Sometimes some old-timer comes along an says “shucks, that’s nothin’ new! We were using that word a long time before you were born!” And he may have not known that it was used even before HE was born! So, for those who really want to get the origin, they should get that book!

    A little off topic, James, have you read “Thank you and Ok!: and American Zen Failure in Japan” by David Chazwick? I think you would really enjoy this guy’s take on how American English has made its way into Japan, among other interesting cultural contrasts. I laughed a lot.

  15. VoltaicDude says:

    Etymology – it’s always a fascinating trip!

    And thanks for helping us focus “our eyes on the prize” with your “Blessing” article.

    It’s a journey, and it’s the journey that counts.

    Funny too, so many comments here are inspiring – nice!

    Joy to you and to all.

  16. Jason says:

    Concening the Larken Rose ‘Island Analogy’ lecture.
    i have the impression that Larken completely ignores human nature. He seems to constantly use a logic where he is supposing people will be morally prepared to go along with his theories. Taking human nature chances are bigger that a small group of the stronger survivors will create a hierarchy with less intelligent / manipulative people who will control and ‘lead’ the group of survivors.
    There is a reason why civilisations fall into the same patterns of hierarchy, power and control. And there will always be a minority resisting and trying to show the majority they could be free from the ruling class.
    Anyone see this differently ?

  17. n.riva1989 says:

    Right on James! Your a good man; and I wish your growing family all the best in the world!

  18. mariedarragh says:

    Great article James. Inspiring in these dark times, especially for those with small children in the face of a daunting future, who see the world with a bit more clarity (thanks to your show and the guys at Tragedy and Hope). Keep up the great work.

  19. NES says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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