Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

        He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
        He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
        He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
        He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
        He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
        He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
        He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
        He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
        He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
        He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
        He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
        He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
        He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
        For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
        For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
        For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
        For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
        For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
        For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
        For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
        For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
        For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
        He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
        He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
        He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
        He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
        He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

      Button Gwinnett
      Lyman Hall
      George Walton

North Carolina:
      William Hooper
      Joseph Hewes
      John Penn
South Carolina:
      Edward Rutledge
      Thomas Heyward, Jr.
      Thomas Lynch, Jr.
      Arthur Middleton

      John Hancock
      Samuel Chase
      William Paca
      Thomas Stone
      Charles Carroll of Carrollton
      George Wythe
      Richard Henry Lee
      Thomas Jefferson
      Benjamin Harrison
      Thomas Nelson, Jr.
      Francis Lightfoot Lee
      Carter Braxton

      Robert Morris
      Benjamin Rush
      Benjamin Franklin
      John Morton
      George Clymer
      James Smith
      George Taylor
      James Wilson
      George Ross
      Caesar Rodney
      George Read
      Thomas McKean

New York:
      William Floyd
      Philip Livingston
      Francis Lewis
      Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
      Richard Stockton
      John Witherspoon
      Francis Hopkinson
      John Hart
      Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
      Josiah Bartlett
      William Whipple
      Samuel Adams
      John Adams
      Robert Treat Paine
      Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
      Stephen Hopkins
      William Ellery
      Roger Sherman
      Samuel Huntington
      William Williams
      Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
      Matthew Thornton

      Jeremy Edward Dion

Woman and Fire

Woman and Fire

Perfect Mixture of Woman and Fire

We visit her new offices
I’m impressed
She’s at the head of her table
Now she’s free to leave
The papers are collected
She gets up for a drink
Smiling to see me again, we meet
Compliments and comments exchange
Business gets concluded
It’s time to close
I’m the last one out
She makes her move, steps back into me
Turning to save her, eyes met, we kiss
Acting on impulse, my heart is warmed
Excitement rules my mind
I look at her, she learns my name
Our plans then formed
The day is saved
The memory made

-Jeremy Edward Dion

And Society Sheds Its Weak

Hate Week

Many are saying that society is breaking down. I don’t think that’s entirely true. There are pockets of chaos among the young, the sensitive, the ignorant, and the unimaginative; but there are still plenty of rational folk to go around. While these weak individuals jump on the bandwagon to partake in groupthink propaganda and rally to the cries of baseless accusations of racism, sexism and hate against one another; people are forgetting this has been a historical cycle. Every few decades, there collects a critical mass of weak individuals that bicker and fight amongst themselves about feelings and nonsense.

If you’re one of those individuals that’s surprised you got your face pushed in for wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt in a crowd of irrational angry Mexican-Americans, then you’re senses are at fault for not signaling to you the times we live in. Let me be the one to finally tell you, “You’re part of the weak”. Sure, you might think yourself brave for promoting a capitalist candidate in the center of brainwashed misplaced civil unrest that’s against what they believe to be the results of capitalism, but you must realize an angry hostile mob is full of ignorant people. The most dangerous people on the planet are the ones that would support Mao, just to avoid supporting Hitler. They believe they must make a choice, when in fact there is no choice to make. They don’t understand the world so they act out the only way they can be useful, as blunt instruments against each other. They are also part of the weak.

Usually, as a fact of mathematical principle, if you find yourself surrounded by the ignorant and irrational, it’s because you are appropriately grouped. Whether you support candidate-A or candidate-B; you’re a statist that’s already been fooled into believing you make a difference. And so many fall for the classic trap of naivety, believing people aren’t lying to you. I can call anyone a racist or a sexist but it wouldn’t make it true. And for others to assume an assertion is accurate without applying critical analysis to ascertain if the claim is true, and then to stand beside the propagandist and chant the same nonsense; they are now operating underneath their lie. People that cannot get the facts for themselves never become real leaders. They may be delegated various tasks, but they’re working under the lie of another.

The rioting will escalate and immoral criminal behavior will continue to be publicly rewarded by the other weak follower types. The people that bicker and fight with others over these trivial issues of self, personal choice and preference; are more of the weak that will destroy each other. You see these people plastering their narcissism all over social media worshipping their own cultural destruction. If they continue to have nothing to offer society, they will find themselves outside looking in. And once society has cleansed itself of its weak through these developing public spectacles of lunacy and violence; the strong will step up to repair the damage and make a lot of money doing real work helping the truly needy. Then it will start all over again.

But we must not build our houses on corpses. The weak have very little to offer society in the long term; all they bring is intolerance, hate and violence to otherwise civil proceedings. We do not want the stench of their short-sighted failure to interfere with tomorrows dreams. Hate Week begins.

-Jeremy Edward Dion

Genesis of Prosperity

I feel like yesterday was the genesis of the rest of my life. At about a quarter past 4 pm yesterday, I completed brokering a three-party loan deal that should be very good for me. It was difficult to organize because it required nearly constant attention and renegotiation of terms, all of which I was trying to do without a personal phone service.

I had gone some time without a phone because I haven’t required one while focusing on writing. I was beginning to enjoy the lacking distractions. But Wednesday I received a call through alternate means that allowed me to realize just how important this deal could be for things I wanted to do, and so I became determined on that course. I made some moves to secure operating costs and by Sunday I was talking again.

There were moments that I thought things were going to fall apart but I kept finding energy from somewhere and solutions presented themselves. I wasn’t sleeping much at night but I would feel recharged in the morning. I would wake at the crack of dawn without any doubt I may have felt the previous night. All I could think of were possible solutions that I focused on as soon as I woke.

It’s a good feeling to be determined toward something. It has been a while since I felt that way. Writing is cathartic but it’s becoming increasingly painless for me. It was refreshing to try my hand at something new and challenging. Patience is extremely important to achieve many goals worth pursuing. Many would say I’m behind, but I look at what people have and what people want, then I feel I’ve done alright so far. Ideas are immortal and I’m in no hurry.

-Jeremy Edward Dion

Grainger Smokestacks of Conway

DMG Smokestacks Sunflare

Sunday February 7, 2016

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and also the day of the demolition of a historic landmark. I awoke this morning to a thunderous explosion followed by a significant earth tremor. I was soon informed it was the destruction of the smokestacks of the late Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station, just over one kilometer away. I was startled by the explosion but quickly recovered. A lingering emotion was regret that I missed witnessing the demolition. I would have made an effort to wake by 6:30 AM and been at Lake Busbee by 7, standing in the cold rain with an umbrella, if I had known about it. I regretted missing the irreplaceable experience of witnessing the razing of a fifty year old local historic landmark of a town which I’ve lived for fifteen years. I regretted this for about two hours until I rationalized the misfortune and learned something important.

I accepted that I was responsible for missing an event that greatly interested me. I had been so preoccupied with work and play that I missed a major unrecoverable planned event of deep interest, occurring just a kilometer from my residence. The crashing boom that startled me from sleep was a literal wake-up call to my senses. It forced me to realize that I want to be thoroughly informed to the local affairs of the city that affects me. I began to regret less missing the demolition. I started to appreciate the omission of the foreknowledge of the event because I had learned something paramount. I became inspired and motivated to read about the power plant and write what I had learned. More importantly, I was happy I learned of myself a characteristic that I might otherwise not have discovered for much longer. I decided to embrace and own the lost opportunity. If I had been told of the destruction, I would have made a short schedule adjustment and gone to watch. Most likely I would have taken that information for granted and not have realized my deficiency. It’s of course simple to say and accept “we’re responsible for what we learn”, but it’s far more impressive a lesson to miss a grand event that affects us.

I’m going to start reading local newspapers and follow local politics. I want to know about the developments that occur around me. I can’t expect to effect desired changes if I’m ignorant of my environment. I think it’s crucial to take responsibility over our individual education. I can’t presume this is a rare epiphany unrealized by most, but I feel it’s important to share that it took me 37 years to realize I’ve been failing myself by treading water without air in my lungs. Perhaps with my head above water I can get a clear picture of where I’m at, then I’ll start to swim toward beneficial goals.

– Jeremy Edward Dion

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The Center of the Soul

Several days ago I had a dream about the soul. At least, I think it was about the soul but it might have been allegorical to a thought I had while awake. I don’t need to make a ruling on the reasoning, because either way I learned something. I’m a distant person. I’m extremely involved in something most of the time. Even when I’m at play, it’s usually in a manner of my own design. Games can be very scripted and show a clear path and goal in mind. It’s easy to group and cooperate when the goals are the same. But I have very clear goals for myself as far as design and function. There is a quote that is relevant.

“Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun.”

That’s a quote by Harold Eugene Edgerton, a famous electrical engineer. That motto sounds like a good maxim, but one part is extremely difficult for me. The “tell everyone everything you know” part isn’t probable. It’s also not wise when the general morality of a given society has been diminished.

There are plenty that attempt to tell everyone all they know, but it’s an exhaustive practice and often serves to devalue the reception of what they say. Speech becomes cluttered with redundancy and the practice can serve to alienate those that don’t tell everyone everything they know. This practice can very easily be misinterpreted as desperate attempts to bolster one’s ego by divulging all their knowledge, especially around those that already know the subject matter but refrain from telling everyone everything they know. Certainly it’s a valid argument that people care to share knowledge; sharing an informational resource is a valuable practice after all. But context and presentation shouldn’t be overlooked. There is also a level of self-awareness that should be observed when practicing the impossible. Practitioners should be mindful of individual operational preferences, so as to not be received as being critical of their method, or presumptuous of their ignorance. Clearly just because another doesn’t reciprocate in telling everything they know, doesn’t mean they don’t already know what you’re telling them. It can become quite insulting to relay common information effortlessly.

So where am I going with this and how does it relate to my dream?
As I stated before, I’m a distant person. I don’t greatly require human interaction, but when I prefer it, I go out. I used to believe that was how most people operated just because of the self-projection principle, but then I grew up and observed otherwise. The dream was the presentation of these thoughts in a concise package, presented as a colorful example.

The message of the dream was this: The soul is the collection of our knowledge and it craves strong affirmation.

This is also theorized as the same goal of a story-teller. People ultimately want to be taken seriously. Even a comedian requires an attentive audience for them to be effective. Their skill relies heavily on their knowledge and cleverness. They don’t want to be ignored, they want their comments and ideas to be affirmed; positively received. Ignorance (ignore-ance) is the opposite of sharing (or receiving) knowledge. So to not share and be affirmed, one would assume that individual may be ignorant. So the presumption of a quiet individual’s ignorance could be a valid reason for other’s to unload much redundant information on them. The soul would be the collection of one’s knowledge, and thus the defined character for that entity. People often believe they retain their information in the various forms of some afterlife, but again those are conscious thoughts of operational energies forming new connections and knowledge inside the fatty meat of the brain.

The specifics of the dream are for myself, their relevance to anyone else are limited and I will not share them. But the result of my findings are that in some cases, I appear to be stupid. It sounds funny to say that. But stupidity relies on context of subject, and what is considered common sense of a majority. So for me to not give strong affirmation, or otherwise show interest in what someone is telling me, it leaves an opening for it to be assumed I am ignorant on that subject matter. And when dealing with new data on a subject, it is likely to be true. Just as it is equally likely that I have a preference to spend my time working on my own projects than the interests of others. If my projects lead me into those subjects then I would show interest, but even if that occurs, it’s unlikely I will deviate from my current methods to entertain another’s take on any given subject.

Ignorance and knowledge management also has much to do with the passage of time. Many young people spend an enormous amount of time on activities that have little likelihood of being beneficial to their future usage of time. Bad habits are formed. One can spend a great deal of time learning everything everyone wants them to know. But without having discretion on the dissemination of your knowledge, then a great deal of time is wasted trying to spread knowledge to busy people doing their own thing; they are hardly a receptive audience. But how much effort are you willing to spare?

Now this leads me to the practice of procreation. What is life if it isn’t the spread of information? Procreation and building a civilization is based on the spread of information. But without exercising discretion, we’re likely to end up with undesirable results. The genetic information that’s passed from parents to child are literally a physical manifestation of the result of combined information. The offspring can be undesirable if the creators don’t exercise control over their information; diet, nutrition, wisdom, exercise. But who determines what information is proper for each other to share and reproduce? That should be common sense; which brings us back to the “stupid” argument. Eugenics is a form of procreative control. It deals heavily in the management of genetic information, but it’s still just a design based on the ideal’s of a small group of people trying to control the outcome of other people as per their desired result. It’s common sense to want to have the best possible outcome for your children, so why would anyone listen to the discretionary principles of others that are far removed from your conditions? People must decide for themselves what is right for them. Information can be shared, but have no expectations of strong affirmation for your principles because ultimately, everyone should value their own voluntary efforts over the designs of others.

Let’s get back to the soul. So here is this alleged collection of a living essence. What else could it be if the collection of energy and information wasn’t central to its existence? So if there’s an afterlife.. Take comfort in knowing all your knowledge will be shared with the other energies thereafter. And if there is no soul, then why would you spend so much time attempting to tell disinterested people everything you know when your time is better spent working toward your immediate or long-term goals?

Every so often I’ll elect to tell others something I know, but I have no expectation of how it will be received. I prefer to use discretion most of the time because it feels rude to dump subjects on others without receiving interest from them. However if people have made it a habit to unload on you, it’s customary to dish it back from time to time. But by no means should you project insincere interest, that serves nobody. It wasn’t always my way to manage information in this manner; but experiences have developed a tiny bit of wisdom on the matter.

– Jeremy Edward Dion