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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Quiet - But Not Silent)


 
Dear Hannah,

I know that I do not know.

So, I need to LEarn and teach.

I cannot LEarn while talking.

I LEarn by listening.

I teach by LEarning.

I teach by listening and talking.

I create change through power and influence.

I create power through efficient work.

I do efficient work by LEarning.

I influence by reaching - then teaching.

See, I am quiet - but not silent.

Here's what I am LEarning ...


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"LEarning (Quiet - But Not Silent)"
By Derrick Brown
4-18-2017

I know that I do not know.

So, I need to LEarn and teach.

I cannot LEarn while talking.

I LEarn by listening.

I teach by LEarning.

I teach by listening and talking.

I create change through power and influence.

I create power through efficient work.

I do efficient work by LEarning.

I influence by reaching - then teaching.

See, I am quiet - but not silent.

Here's what I am LEarning ...


1. Slavery *began* in 1865.

That was not a typo ...

Follow me ...

Slavery has morphed into a stealth, sophisticated system of oppression and control (as opposed to an overt, brutal system of outright ownership).

This system is fueled by false ideas of equality (rather than outright inequality).

It is also fueled by unspoken bias ...

... and a desire to control.

This desire to control reinforces oppression in a subtle, ironic way.

See, hurt people can hurt people.

Used people sometimes use people.

Controlled people want to control other people.

So we sometimes accept being oppressed as long as we get to be in charge of something (or someone).

Or, we accept being oppressed because it is written into institutional "rules" and culture.

Institutions like family, education, religion, government, medicine, arts & entertainment, and media.

These institutions are smooth with it, but control through education, focus, and finance.

They do not deny my right to education - instead, they offer me one that they designed to facilitate their interests.

If their design is all I want, then that is all I get.

I can be innovative and original - as long as I cite other authoritative sources that validate my ideas.

They do not deny my right to consume media - instead, they hope I consume it in an obsessive, distracting way.

They hope I spend my days talking, stalking, and squawking.

They hope I chase every chicken, and jump down every rabbit hole.

They hope I am so full of opinions that I never learn to empathize, analyze, or synthesize.

They do not deny my right to earn a living - they control the living that I earn.

I earn that living either by working for wages, or by being self-employed and working for my customers.

I sow into the future promises of pensions and 401ks - but know little about how they invest my deferred earnings.

I overlook that ignorance as "unnecessary details".

I can get financing for a car easily.

Getting investors to support my business plan is a little tougher.

Boy, I have painted a dark reality, huh?

Well, this is my truth - my hard truth - about the bad news.

There is good news, though - for those who keep making moves and LEarning.

Here's the good news ...


2. Judo's self-control principles enlighten freedom fighters.


I am not a Judo master - or a Judo student.

I am a LEarner who adapts and applies all lessons.

Judo teaches simple lessons (pardon my paraphrasing) ...

1. Resisting a more powerful opponent will get your behind whooped - or create other collateral damage.
2. Adjusting to and evading your opponent's attack will cause them to lose their spiritual / mental / physical balance.
3. This balance loss reduces your opponent's power - and makes them susceptible to defeat.
4. Maintaining spiritual / mental / physical balance allows a weaker opponent to beat a stronger one.

This sounds real good, Derrick - how do you apply this to real life?

As I recover from many battles (some victories, some defeats, some retreats) ...

I have LEarned that we wrestle not against flesh and blood ...

So I don't argue, scheme and debate - I spit, state and relate.

I am the owner of my education.

I do not allow media to feed, consume, and distract me.

I am self-employed - and have LEarned how to maintain leverage with customers.

See, the customer is always right ... so choose customers carefully.

All money ain't good money.

Sometimes less is more.

Make a living through your giving.

Learn to turn two into four.

I am converting my ideas into intellectual properties - then financing, publishing and marketing them myself.

See, this road is not to the swift ...

... but to the one who maintains ...

... so stay aligned ...

... and on your grind ...

... and stay in your own lane.

Keep it slow and steady ...

... that's it - nice and smoove ...

... always do your homework ...

... believe that God will approve.

What I want lies on the other side of what I will risk and sacrifice.

I will risk being called "crazy" by those who subscribe to conventional wisdom.

I will sacrifice short-term possessions and security for long-term freedom and opportunity.

I will risk my "position" to claim my authority.

Selah.



Love,


Daddy


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