What Happened to Our Leaders

It seem we have a shortage of good, true leaders in society today. From the smallest social construct, the family, all the way up through the spectrum of churches, schools, communities, and governments (local, state, and federal). The degeneration of society has come about because of the absence of balance in the roles people play. Today we are looking at the role of leaders.

First off, we need to define what is a leader, and what is his/her role.

  • Head of a group, or organization. This one seems rather obvious, as you can’t ‘lead’ if there are no followers.
  • Virtuous/moral character. While there may be some debate on virtue and morality, it remains true that there is a line that, once crossed, will cause people to no longer trust the ‘leader’ to make good decisions.
  • A leader must balance the benefits of a decision made today with the consequences it may cause tomorrow. Ideally there would always only be beneficial outcomes, both today and in the future. But that is not always the case.
  • Strong, yet flexible. A leader must be able to stand by his/her decisions when he/she knows it’s the right one, while also retaining to ability to change his/her decision when shown he/she is in error.

A good leader leads from a perspective of logic and reason, (what is the outcome of my decision), not from and emotional view of the matter, (how will this make people FEEL). No matter the decision, there will ALWAYS be someone who’s ‘feeling’ is hurt. It is nearly impossible to make a decision, involving more than one person, where someone doesn’t have to budge at least a little on their position.

A some real life example.

There is a school I know of, where the school board has no leadership. The board members are driven almost entirely by emotion. There can be no decisions made without the worry of how someone, (students, parents, teachers) might ‘feel’ about the particular decision made. Therefore, there are rarely any decisions made. The handbook, which lays out procedures and protocols, is rarely followed because the decisions that are made by following the guidelines set in the handbook may cause someone to be upset, so the proverbial goalpost is constantly being moved.

Many board meetings are had, but, for lack of a leader,almost nothing productive comes from them. Teachers are left having to make decisions that should have made long ago by the chairman. They are left to plan field trips, set guidelines for discipline, among other things that should a school board/chairman’s job, all because of lack of leadership.

In churches, many so-called “pastors” run their church based on emotion. There can be no right and wrong because someone might ‘feel’ bad about themselves and their lifestyle. People flounder because there is no definition in ANYTHING! Right, wrong, roles, job descriptions, anything. To define something seems to be a bad thing in the world we are in today. All because our “leaders” are driven solely by emotion.

The same goes in our government institutions. Nearly the only requirement to have a judgement passed in your favor it to “feel” slighted.

WHERE HAVE OUR LEADERS GONE?!?

 

How Would They Build The Roads (Part 2)

This is by no means a deep in depth authoritative study on the matter, just some thoughts as to how things might play out in an society sans government.

A little thought exercise: imagine with me for a moment, that the people who comprise the current government, vacated their positions. Perhaps they were all simultaneously struck with a sudden crisis of conscience, maybe they were raptured in all their saintly-hood. For whatever reason, we no longer have the “authority” there to tell us what we can and cannot do, right and wrong.

Most people’s first thought is, “how would they build and maintain the roads”.

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For the most part, the roads today are already in place and in decent enough condition. There are always, of course, exceptions to this, but the question of BUILDING the roads is mostly taken care of.

Now, how would we maintain them.

This could be taken care of in a variety of ways, all without central planning and oversight. The repair work could be done by volunteers, with funds being raised through donations. In a city with a large  enough population, its likely there would be enough money donated to the road fund to hire an actual paving company. Private businesses would also help, as bad roads are hard on vehicles and equipment, and most private businesses tend to try to protect their investments in any way possible. Take the case of Domino’s Pizza, where they paid to have roads repaired in multiple cities across the U.S.

You could also have a toll-booth like system on lager more well traveled highways. This could be set up somehow with block-chain to keep track of all funds collected to ensure the money is not mis-appropriated.

If a new major highway or bridge was needed, a private road building company might consider doing the work, and charging a toll for traveling the highway. This is often done by government now even though the roads are already funded through taxation.

We are only limited by our imaginations in coming up with solutions to this issue. One thing is certain, we do not need central planners to build/maintain our roads any more than they are needed to build houses, vehicles, and grow food. If the demand is great enough, someone will step up to fill the need, no matter the product in question.

Thoughts?

How Would They Build The Roads

     Anarchy – it’s a word that scares most people. But what, really, is the true meaning of the word? From Wikipedia –  

Anarchy is the condition of a society, entity, group of people, or a single person that rejects hierarchy.[1] The word originally meant leaderlessness, but in 1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon adopted the term in his treatise What Is Property? to refer to a new political philosophyanarchism, which advocates stateless societies based on voluntary associations. In practical terms, anarchy can refer to the curtailment or abolition of traditional forms of government and institutions. It can also designate a nation (or anywhere on earth that is inhabited) that has no system of government or central rule. Anarchy is primarily advocated by anarchists, individuals who propose replacing government with voluntary institutions.

From Miriam-Webster

1a absence of government
b a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

  • the city’s descent into anarchy
c utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
2a absence or denial of any authority or established order 

  • anarchy prevailed in the ghetto
b absence of order disorder

  • not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature
  •  —Israel Shenker

Let’s break down the word anarchy to find the deeper meaning. We’ll start with arch:

From English-for-Students –

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This ROOT-WORD is the Root ARCH which means RULER. It comes from the GREEK archos. From this basic meaning it is associated with chief or head or king or origin in one way or another. You can make many words with ARCH, from ARCHbishop to ARCHfoe, from ARCHfriend to ARCHilar. Sometimes it is pronounced ARCH and sometimes ARK. 

1. Myriarch : myri ARCH (mir’ i ark) n. 

A leader of 10,000 troops 

2. Panarchy : pan ARCH y (pan’ ar ki) n. 

Government by all; universal rule 

3. Anarchy : an ARCH y (an’ ar kee) n. 

A state without government 

4. Architect : ARCH itect (ar’ ki tekt) n. 

The creator of a design or plan for a building 

5. Biarchy : bi ARCH y (bie’ ar ki) n. 

Government by two people 

6. Chiliarch : chili ARCH (kil’ i ark) n. 

Chief over a thousand troops 

7. Exilarch : exil ARCH (ek; si lark) n. 

Ruler over the Jews in Babylon 

8. Ecclesiarch : ecelesi ARCH (e klee’ zi ark) n. 

The leader of a church 

9. Demarch : dem ARCH (dee’ mark) n. 

The mayor in modern Greece 

10. Endarchy : end ARCH y (en’ dark ee) n. 

Government from an inner center of control 

11. Genarch : gen ARCH (jen’ ark) n.

The head of a family

12. Hierarch : hier ARCH (hie’ a rark) n.

A leader in the church

13. Monarch : mon ARCH (mon’ ark) n.

A single ruler, as a king

14. Matriarch : matri ARCH (may’ tree ark) n.

The female head of a tribe or family

15. Patriarch : patri ARCH (pay’ tree ark) n.

The male head of family or tribe

16. Oligarchy : olig ARCH y (ol’ i gar kee) n.

Government in the hands of a few

17. Pentarchy : pent ARCH y (pent’ ar kee) n.

Government by five rulers or five powers

18. Polemarch : polem ARCH (pol’ e mark) n.

A military leader in Athens 

 

 

The word “arch”, has to do with a government, ruler, or leader. Now for the prefix  “an-“.

From Dictionary.com

an-1

Word Origin
  1. prefix occurring before stems beginning with a vowel or h in loanwords from Greek, where it means“not,” “without,” “lacking” (anarchy; anecdote); used in the formation of compound words:

     So you have the prefix “an”, meaning “without”, and the root “archy”, meaning ruler/s. So the literal meaning of the word anarchy is, “without rulers”. Not the implied meaning you get from MSM of chaos, disorder, pandemonium.

I had had several conversations with my cousin this past week that led up to this. We had talked about the wars our country is involved in right now. We had talked about voting, and whether or not it makes a difference if and who you vote for. We talked briefly about 9/11 and whether or not the official story was to be believed. When it came out that I did not, he immediately asked if I was anti-American and anti-government. So I had to try to explain to him how I believed society could exist without people to rule over us – anarchy. His first question,

“how would we/they build the roads?”

So how WOULD we build the roads? We’ll dive into that in the future.

Repairing a Rotten Door Jamb

One of the things I tend to run into in my work, is rotten door jambs. This can be caused by rain water splashing up onto it, improperly aimed sprinkler systems constantly wetting it, or a variety of other factors. Regardless of the exact cause, there are 2 fixes that can be used: replacing the whole door unit, or cutting out the rotten sections and replacing it. The latter fix is the one I used here.

As you can see, water has wicked up from the bottom and rotted the bottom 12 or so inches of this door jamb.

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Here I have used my skil saw and miter saw to manufacture a new door jamb section from a pressure treated 2×8. Notice the small kerf, to allow for installation of the weather stripping.

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Here is another view.

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The 2x8s were a bit thicker than the original door jamb, so I had to run them through my table saw several times to rip it down to the right thickness.

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I also had to cut the threshold to fit the new door jamb sections. I used a side grinder and a jig saw for this job.

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Next step is to bondo the joints.

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The bondo dries fairly quickly, and must then be sanded smooth.

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Here is the finished product.

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Surf Fishing SSI

Having grown up in southeast Ga, there were always lots of outdoor activities available. When I was younger, we spent as much time outdoors as possible. My sister and I would often play together out in the woods. One day I would be the knight riding in the rescue the princess, the next I would be the cowboy dodging arrows (quite literally). My dad and I spent a good but of time on the Altamaha River bush fishing for catfish. One of my favorite things to do though, was seining for shrimp along the beach of Jekyll Island.

Somehow though, I never got into surf fishing until very recently. My friend, Melvin, and I, have been hitting up Saint Simons Island to do some fishing, every chance we get. We haven’t been catching just a LOT of fish, but the relaxation time has been worth it. Here are a few pictures from our last several times out.

 

Back From Hiatus

It seems I have been absent from a lot of things this summer. Let me count the ways.

  • my construction work (good thing I’m self-employed)
  • my online permaculture class
  • any sort of updates on my blog
  • learning how to run the desktop CNC I bought at the beginning of the year

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the things I’ve been away from. But, through all my absences, I have still managed to remain rather busy.

After the school year ended, (my wife teaches at a small private school), we moved back to our farm in KY for the summer. I had no shortage of items on my ever expanding TO-DO list. A list that was supposed to be completed in 2 short months. Tasks ranging from things like

  • install fencing for our 2 calves who have yet to be named (I’m thinking, Steak, and Burgerz. Very original, right?)
  • bush-hog the field of weeds that had taken over in our absence
  • help my dad and mom on building their house
  • build a wrap-around porch on our storage building
  • dig a well
  • thin out some of the forest of sweet-gum saplings that is taking over parts of the farm

Along with all that, I had agreed to work for a local roofer in the area. While I was under the impression that he did strictly metal roofing, my first day on the job consisted of tearing shingles of a roof that ranged in steepness from a 4/12 pitch to 12/12 pitch. Calculated in degrees, that would be about 18.5° and 45°, respectively. Needless to say, my back was rather sore from shoveling shingles that week. Re-installing the shingles was only slightly better. The next job was much better. While we still had to remove the existing shingles, they came up much easier. The new roofing material was standing seam metal roofing, which, while it takes longer than regular metal roofing, is more enjoyable than installing shingle roofing. As it turned out, those 2 jobs were all I was able to help him on.

I did manage to fence in several acres for our two steer calves, which had, until then, been staying on my uncles Jersey cow dairy near Dixon, TN. To save some money, I simply built a 2 strand electric wire fence, with 6ft metal t-posts every 20 feet, and wooden corner posts. In total, I had to buy 75 t-posts, 1 mile of wire (though I only used just over half) and an electric shocker. This only cost about $525. In the future, I plan on adding more t-posts, and installing woven wire fencing.

For now, we are back in south GA, my wife at her teaching job, and I back at my construction work.

Here are a few pictures from our farm over the summer

Here is one taken from the back porch of my dad’s house since we came back to GA

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I pulled to the side of the road one day to catch these pictures