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  The Ultimate Act of Freedom     From: ZeroHedge by Cognitive Dissonance

chicken egg-280Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I ask not because I require an answer, but rather because I desire to ask better questions both of myself and of the world around me. Asking a question that seems to compel the questioner to chase his or her tail is not as pointless as it may seem if the query can be redirected to challenge ‘common’ knowledge or long standing beliefs.

So let me try again with a different question. Which came first, the sociopathic leadership or the seriously dysfunctional populace? I suspect the answer is both and neither.

  How To Deprogram Your Own Mind     From: Orange Papers

deprogram-01-smRecognize that programming is everywhere,
and it isn't all bad.

Your programming started with your parents teaching
you things, and both consciously and unconsciously
programming you with all of their beliefs and attitudes.
     ■ That is not necessarily bad — it is usually good.
        You are better off for having had parents who
        cared about you and wanted to teach you.
     ■ But unfortunately, you also inherited all of their
        misinformation, superstitions, mistakes, and
        irrational and untrue beliefs.

And you also inherited your "culture", which includes all of the false, irrational, and wrong beliefs
of your entire society.
     ■ And you are left with the job of figuring out which of those beliefs are good and true, and
        which are stupid and crazy.

And you are always vulnerable to pressure from your peer group, which will always try to make you conform to their beliefs, standards, and behavior, even if your friends are not even really aware of the fact that they are doing it.

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  Gaian Corps ♦ Conscientious Objector Project

Welcome to the Gaian Corps — Conscientious Objector Project

In 1970, in response to the Vietnam War, I applied for and was eventually granted CO From: Wikipedia
A conscientious objector (CO) is an "individual who has claimed
the right to refuse to perform military service" on the grounds of
freedom of thought, conscience, and/or religion.
 status by the U.S. Selective Service System From: Wikipedia
The Selective Service System is an independent agency of
the United States government that maintains information
on those potentially subject to military conscription.
Most male U.S. citizens and male immigrant non-citizens
between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by law
to have registered within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_Service_System
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In 2008, I moved to Angeles City with a vague sense that maybe I could make a difference, and in some way contribute to making a better world.

In the intervening six years, the vague sense of wanting to help has developed and been refined into the follwoing goal:

Technically, the phrase "conscientious objector" is used in the context
of performing compulsory military service.

  Conscience defined   

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Conscience is defined as:
1. a person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour.

Other definitions of Conscience include:

  • Conscience can be defined as an emotional feeling of truth on a given subject.
  • Conscience is a sudden, instantaneous state in which one cannot hide anything from oneself, cannot lie to oneself, where one is at once aware of all the feelings one has felt in relation to something or somebody.
  • Conscience is sometimes called the Representative of the Creator.
 

Conscientious objector here is used in a wider sense:
   ■ The conscientious objection to unethical behavior.
   ■ More specifically, a conscientious objection to unplanned pregnancy/childbirth.