How the World Should Be: Making the exceptional “normal”

Don’t get me wrong, for those who believe my love of traditional values is rooted in returning to a day when cowboys roamed the dusty streets of ghost towns to duel it out with rivals, they are mistaken. While I do look toward the American Cowboy as the symbol of individualism that is unique in the world, and part of a new philosophy that other countries have yet to discover, I am very much a lover of technology and would prefer a motorcycle over a horse and an iPad over a sheet of paper. It has never been, and never will be my goal to see America put up its walls to keep out all the immigrants who wish to flock here and to tell the world that we are going to live on an island of ideology that is exclusive to Americans. The closing ceremony at the Olympics in London I think epitomized the influence that America has in the world, and the beauty of freedom that has forced England and other countries to a smaller extent to rethink their praise of monarchs, kings, queens, and other forms of political nobility.

My anger at politics is not ideological. I received a nasty note the other day from a person calling me “Romney’s Dog” as in attack dog thinking that I am on the payroll of the Republican Party and that I do what I do for profit—to make money off the political machine. In reality the only money I make is from an occasional book sale. I do not take money from any politician and I never will, because I despise politics. I despise it because the egos and looting of politicians are preventing the world I want to live in which is a free society complete with cures for cancer, flying cars and an education system that produces young people like this:

When I saw that clip I actually wondered why people were so shocked at the little girl, named Olivia who I think should be considered normal. The first thing that comes to mind when watching the 7-year-old girl recite a poem in front of millions of people is that it’s quite impressive, but to do it with a snake wrapped around her neck is extraordinary—but why? The reason is rather sad, because we have a political system worldwide that keeps it’s foot on the neck of individual exceptionalism. To witness one little girl who is exceptional and made it through the gauntlet of mediocrity that normal society lives under is a shock—and it shouldn’t be.

Philosophies of collectivism which plagues the world do not produce individuals like Olivia–good supportive families do. Without a doubt the bright-eyed seven-year old has a parent, or parents who have encouraged her that she can do anything, and public education has not yet had the chance to stamp out the hopes and dreams of a fully functioning brain that comes in such a pure form as in young children.

What disgusts me most is to see young people and full-grown adults walking about half-asleep mired by limitations given to them by the theories of collectivism, the result of years and years of forcing the most unusual to be less so in order to preserve the feelings of those who are not so fortunate. At the Olympics it is good to see that the world does unite under a common understanding that each country put forth their best athletes in a hope to win the competitions they participate in. That in essence is capitalism, and America produced so many athletes in so many different categories because capitalism is superior to every other economic system, because it is a luxury to come from a culture that can afford to allow athletes to train exclusively in their category without being economically productive in other ways.

China outnumbers the American population by 4 to 1 yet they were not able to produce more medals than the United States in spite of grilling their youth from the time of a fetus into a super athlete produced under communism. America did better and it is because independence and freedom are the foundations of our nation, and not subservient sacrifice to a country. The country benefits due to the desire, greed, and individual achievement of the athletes it put forward.

As I thought of the winter Olympics being played in Russia soon, then the next summer games in Rio, both countries are experimenting with various degrees of socialism and will not be able to produce athletes at the levels of competition their countries could otherwise achieve if they did not have a collectivist oriented society. Even though it is fashionable to embrace collectivism, collectivism does not produce exceptionalism.

Usain Bolt from Jamaica was astonishing in the Track and Field categories and without question the Socialist International Party that is currently in power in Jamaica with slightly over half the voting population will attempt to attach themselves to the back of Bolt’s individual effort as a collective salvation enterprise. But Bolt is an exceptional individual with charismatic charm that has evolved beyond the reach of politics in the rather loose environment of Jamaica that is very close to the type of government currently at play in the United Kingdom. Without the socialism, Jamaica may be able to produce more Usain Bolts and that is the tragedy of intrusive collectivist societies. Exceptional people like Usain Bolt and 7-year-old Olivia reciting poems with her pet snake are such strong personalities that no political system can stamp out their flame of brilliance. But I can’t help but think how many others are squashed who are equally exceptional but lack the charisma to develop their talent, especially in communist and socialist countries.

What I want for the world is for all countries to be more like America. Tourist areas like Cancun, Mexico, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and the entire city of Hong Kong have allowed western capitalism to function much to the success of those countries, and I would like to see more of that—which would improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people instantly. I would rather see the Japanese people wearing cowboy hats in downtown Tokyo than young people dressing up like samurai warriors in a Seattle Starbucks. The cowboy hat should be the fashion trend in Moscow, rather than that damn fur thing Russians have made popular. In essence, it’s not that I want America to isolate itself from the rest of the world. I want America to impose itself on tyrants, dictators, and socialists who hold back their collective societies with an ideology that is incorrect, and individually destructive. In short, I want the world to be more like America, and not as the U.N. proposes, to adopt the schemes of Socialist International.

Individualism is the key to success for the entire world. It is the exceptional that all societies should strive for, and the obstacles should be cleared to allow the exceptional to flourish. I would like to see a world where 7-year-olds like Olivia were common, not unusual, and the bar for all of the human race be raised. Because the key to our survival is not in the dumbing down our youth to those with the least advantage in our society, it is not compassionate to destroy society so that those less fortunate do not feel bad. Compassion is in helping those who fall behind with encouragement, but not belittlement because they are not as brave as Olivia, or as fast as Bolt, or can conduct music like John Williams. Societies all over the world are richer when they embrace the best among them with open arms and not the extra burden of political looting as President Obama did the moment Michael Phelps landed back in The United States. American Presidents believe that by sucking up to athletes like Phelps, actors like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Superbowl winners it will make them publicly appear to have more exceptionalism than they actually have which is political theft. The politician in The White House is not royalty and is in fact a public servant, no different from the kid who cuts our grass, or waits on us at a restaurant. But by rubbing shoulders with achievers in the world, people like Obama can appear to be more than they are by riding on the coat tails of those who are truly great. And it is that tendency which brings poverty and misery to the entire world, which is wonderfully absent in events like the London Olympics where the politicians sit in the stands and do nothing but watch.

And as a side note, if it were my job to pick the next singer for a future James Bond film, I’d give the job to Jessie J based on her performance of that classic Queen song, “We Will Rock You.” She nailed it hands down, and should be utilized among the great female musical performers in the Bond film archives. The confidence she displayed during that Olympic performance was—exceptional! However, the world I want is one where such performances are normal.


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