We hold these truths to be self-evident
that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Faith, Freedom, and Finance!
You are now holding arguably the most brilliant book ever written.
I can say that with confidence because I didn’t write it. It was written by some of the most brilliant people on earth. I just compiled and simplified what those brilliant people wrote. I use over 2000 quotes and excerpts from the world’s most brilliant thinkers in order to present what the evidence suggests are intrinsic truths pertaining to faith, freedom, and finance.
It’s these truths, that the evidence will suggest are indeed self-evident, that every man, woman, and child are indeed created equal, and that they are indeed endowed with certain unalienable rights.
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FFFACTS = Intrinsic truth pertaining to faith, freedom, and finance
The misspelled word “FFFACTS” is used purposefully to simplify this new understanding. The extra Fs in the word “FFFACTS” represents “intrinsic truths” pertaining to the topics of faith, freedom, and finance. Intrinsic truth means that you come to recognize and understand that something is inherently true. In other words, you realize that you already knew something was true. You didn’t have to be persuaded, your instincts already told you that it’s true. The FFACTS will present what the evidence suggests are the intrinsic truths pertaining to faith, freedom, and finance.
Intrinsic – Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
We are going to explore the FFFACTS, or intrinsic truths regarding faith, freedom, and finance, because it’s these FFFACTS that are most important in life. As a human being, there is nothing more important than our faith, freedom, and finance because it’s faith, freedom, and finance that determine our peace or strife in life.
Strife = Lack of the FFFACTS
We will all soon discover that all of the strife in our lives can be traced back to our understanding, or lack there of, faith, freedom, and finance.
Strife – angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict.
Strife means angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict. So, our different perceptions of reality are what leads to the strife among us.
If men would as fervently seek after love and righteousness as they do after opinions, there would be no strife on earth, and we should be as children of one father, and should need no law or ordinance” Jakob Bohme
“Peace means either freedom from strife, contention, conflict, or war, or an inner calm and comfort born of the Spirit that is a gift of God to all of his children, an assurance and serenity within a person’s heart – Joseph B. Wirthlin
Disagreement – We always disagree.
We will all disagree with some of the FFACTS! There are over 200 FFACTS explored in this book. You as the reader will probably disagree with some of them. This is normal because as human beings, we disagree on almost everything. Disagreement is the norm. We disagree on religion, politics, money, and just about everything else conceivable.
“Jasnah had once defined a fool as a person who ignored information because it disagreed with desired results.” Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Søren Kierkegaard
“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
This disagreement is what leads to our different perceptions of reality. Then, when this disagreement, or different perceptions of reality, escalates, it becomes strife.
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.” Albert Einstein (Equanimity – mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation)
This book is not going to persuade you to agree or disagree with the FFACTS. It’s just about your recognizing and understanding the them.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” Albert Einstein
The FFACTS are what the research and evidence suggests are intrinsic truths pertaining to faith, freedom, and finance. You can then agree or disagree with what the evidence suggests. The FFACTS of Strife is a book written for the sole purpose of creating a new recognition and understanding of the FFACTS. Not to persuade. And it’s that recognition and understanding offers a new path from strife to perfect peace.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams
Delusion – A belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.
FFACT #8 – Who gives a rat’s ass?
WILF: Willfully Ignorant Lost Foe – The evidence suggests that we don’t have to care about peace, strife, or the meaning of our life. Right? Who gives a rat’s ass?
There are many of us who simply don’t have the time or inclination to give concern about anything that’s not of interest.
“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Thomas A. Edison
For those of us who simply don’t care about our life, it’s time to reconsider. Not caring means that we are “willfully ignorant” or that we have made a conscious decision not to care or understand. This lack of concern for life is not only unfortunate, but it’s also a form of delusion and selfishness. That’s not a castigation of blame or an insult, it’s just a FFACT.
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Benjamin Franklin
Not caring about the meaning of our life is selfish because our lack of consideration for our own life usually has negative consequences on those around us; especially those that love us the most. Furthermore, this inconsideration for life is exacerbated for the rest of society because those of us who don’t care still have an opinion that we impose on others and even more disturbing is that we still vote.
Exacerbate – Make a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse
So, for those of us that are willfully ignorant, hopefully we’ll continue read this book. And in doing so, we’ll learn to care about life. And find it much more intriguing! Hopefully life will become much simpler to understand and even a new adventure to be lived to the fullest.
“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” Dalai Lama
As noted earlier, this is all simple but the FFACTS does delve into topics that many of us don’t particularly understand or care about like religion, politics, and money. However, once we recognize the significance that the FFACTS has on these topics, the evidence suggests that we’ll embrace our new understanding and begin to live our lives with a scholar’s knowledge of these once boring topics and a new found peace as a result.
Theory of Everything that Matters Most – A theory of everything that matters most obviously must include a lot of information. That’s why we are just after the FFACTS. We are just after the FFACTS on everything that matters most.
How do we identify what matters most? The evidence suggests that there are certain things that matter more than others. Those things are faith, freedom, and finance. The evidence suggests that the importance of faith, freedom, and finance supersedes the importance of other things. That’s because all three impact our lives more so than any other aspect of life.
Faith – God vs. Atheism
Freedom – The United States vs. The World – Understanding in a “earthly” context.
Finance – Peace vs. Strife – Understanding in “personal” context.
The FFACTS explores what the evidence suggests regarding faith, freedom, and finance and creates our theory of everything that matters most.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein’s ultimatum is the most pertinent question from which all delusion or peace can be derived. Human beings that fail to rationalize and answer this most fundamental question (a dichotomy that defines the purpose of all of humanity) will experience strife in their lives until the end of civilization
The Creator or not? Einstein suggests that it’s one or the other. More importantly, he insists that it’s all or nothing. This means that only one belief can be correct making the other delusional. Who’s correct? What does the evidence suggest? Clearly understanding what the evidence suggests regarding Einstein’s all-important ultimatum is one step in the path from delusion to perfect peace.
The next most fundamental question for all of humanity is the role of collectivism in our lives. What appears on the surface as a noble cause, all for one and one for all, must be explored to see if the ends justify the means.
“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism” – Paul Ryan
“More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.” – Mikhail Gorbachev
The FFACTS are not going to persuade us. They are to inform us. The burden of proof is on us. We need only substantiate in our own mind what the evidence suggests is true. And the evidence suggests that when it comes to understanding the meaning, purpose, or importance of our life, proof is something that only we can provide. We must prove to ourselves that what we believe is what we truly believe, and that our beliefs are grounded in truth. We all must humbly accept our own burden of proof.
The FFACTS require an open mind to new understanding. What constitutes delusion is a broad subject. So this new understanding is going to include a host of topics that are relevant in differentiating delusion from perfect peace. This variety of topics will include but certainly is not limited to reality, delusion, perception, strife, intrinsic truth, spirituality, religion, politics, conservative, liberal, collectivism, and much more. We might not care about these topics now so that why we need to open our minds.
FFACT #6 – Pique your intrigue! This is cool stuff!
The evidence suggests that I have about three pages in this book to keep you reading and not want to quit. That’s three pages to captivate your thoughts and persuade you that this book will be worth the read. Three pages to convince you that a new, simple understanding can change your reality, to a reality with perfect peace.
“Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.” Kevin Michel, Moving Through Parallel Worlds to Achieve Your Dreams
I’m not going to take three pages; I’m going to sum it up in the next paragraph. Here’s a small sample of the simplified new understanding available in this book…
Your mind does not create your reality, it prevents it – Your past and future are delusions of your mind – Evil in religion is established by one criteria, lack of freedom; the lack of freedom to leave and believe otherwise – Benevolent coerced collectivism is evil’s exploitation of compassion – Love is not an emotion, it’s an action – The spiritual world is only accessible in the now – The placebo effect is the secular secret – The locks in Hell are on the inside but only for only you – Einstein’s E=MC2 explains the relativity of perceived despair – Selfishness is the original sin – Wealth is a perception, not a prize – Government, not greed, creates the wealth disparity – All religions have good and evil – America is the alpha and omega of more than freedom – Jesus Christ is a portal to the eternal – The bible is the word of God, misinterpreted by man – Prisoner or pope, we are all judged on selfishness – Atheist believe in god, government god – Bill Maher could be destined for Heaven! And much, much more.
It’s all simple. If you read this book you will find perfect peace though a new, simplified understanding of reality. So let’s roll.
FFACT #25 – Brilliant Thinkers: Everything that matters has been studied. We simplify the findings.
The evidence suggests that almost everything important, especially faith, freedom, and finance, has been studied to some degree by renowned scholars and that profound conclusions, or evidence, has been extracted from those studies. Those extracted conclusions are to be simplified and presented in this book as FFACTS. And it’s the new understanding of those simplified FFACTS that becomes our path to perfect peace.
I use the wisdom of brilliant thinkers to provide the evidence that will help you recognize and accept our path. This makes perfect sense because in most cases, these authors are much wiser on a particular topic than you or me.
The profound knowledge of these authors lends credibility to the evidence presented and it makes me the messenger, not the message.
Here, in no particular order, are some of the books and authors I will be citing that have led to the wisdom presented in this book:
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book – Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle.
A New Earth: Awakening our Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle.
The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth – Dr. M. Scott Peck
The Art of the Deal – Donald Trump
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Norman L. Geisler, Frank Turek
Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Michael A. Singer
Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? – Rick Warren
The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic – David Emerald
Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife – Eben Alexander
Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash…a Lone Survivor…a Journey to Heaven and Back – Captain Dale Black
Do Dead People Watch You Shower?: And Other Questions You’ve Been All but Dying to Ask a Medium – Concetta Bertoldi
God Said It, Don’t Sweat It – Neil Clark Warren
There’s more to life than this: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side from the Long Island Medium – Theresa Caputo
God on a Harley – Joan L. Brady
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything – Christopher Hitchens
Women Food and God – Geneen Roth
House of Spirits and Whispers: The True Story of a Haunted House – by Annie Wilder
A Course in Miracles ― Helen Shucman,
Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century – 2007 book by Edward F. Kelly, Emily Williams Kelly, Adam Crabtree, Alan Gauld, Michael Grosso, and Bruce Greyson
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
Rediscover Jesus – Matthew Kelly
Cry Until You Laugh: Comforting Guide to Coping with Grief – Richard J. Obershaw
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan