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Learn from the Late, Great Thomas Jefferson

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature…I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

I had to lead with these, not because I agree that Christianity has no redeeming features. As Jefferson noted, there are redeeming qualities in all belief systems (as well as all economic and governmental systems). The problems come when people do what we can’t help but do: we interpret rules in ways that justify our actions. (I am probably doing that now to justify myself in some way!)

Still, I cited this quote first so that all of the Christians who claim the United States has always been a Christian nation can see that perhaps a bit more research is required. To the best of my knowledge, I was not alive when Thomas Jefferson was, or when he said this. But I trust my source, and I will continue to encourage thinking versus blind following in nearly any situation.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

As I’ve said many times, each of us has a duty to contribute to this country and the communities in which we live. This does not necessarily mean that we must volunteer our time or give until it hurts. But we must be accountable for our own situations. A wise teacher once told my class that we must assist each others with their burdens, but not their responsibilities. We must give hands up, but not handouts. We must teach people to take care of themselves and to improve their situations, not coddle and oppress them. We live in an age where people with severe handicaps achieve the seemingly impossible, set world athletic records and lead huge entities. There is little excuse for anyone to not contribute in some way to the greater good.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Last week, a new President took office. May he find new ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our government by eliminating the useless, confusing and erroneous. May we see precision and a return to basics so we can focus where we need to for the betterment of our nation, ourselves and the world.

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

To all of us who have gotten into debt because we failed to heed this warning, it’s time to take responsibility and corrective action. Yet detach from any self-punishment. Vow to do better. Educate yourselves. Develop better plans for success.

To all of those spending government funds without ever contributing in the form of labor or taxes, shame on you. You have a duty to participate and contribute to the system that provides for you.

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

This, my dears, has been my attempt to inform all of us so that we might become enlightened and exercise control with wisdom and purity of heart.

Have a spectacular day and a year full of love and successes beyond the confines your imagination. 🙂

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City, where she works with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, labor managers, risk managers, and executives to generate results beyond the boundaries of their imaginations. She is committed to creating a unified human race by empowering people to have lives they forgot were possible.