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Value is a concept that can never be ducked or hidden from, to get, you must give. With that, I begin this article. I based the title on the song “People Get Ready” written by Curtis Mayfield. Why? Because when you consider the core nature of value, there really is no place for the hopeless sinner who would hurt all mankind just to “gain his own”. And I will take the rest of this article to explain my position and title on this subject. Value is something you can never run from, nor can you run from the fact that you and anyone has to support themselves somehow, even by breathing for one’s self. Value is not an extension of life, every productive action, right down to breathing correctly for one’s self is valuable in so many ways.

In life, honesty is required to live correctly even in an irrational, irregular environment, especially in an irrational, irregular environment, where survival skills are needed the most. When I think of the song “People Get Ready” and certain lines in it, I see truths and honesties in it that I can base this whole article on, especially, as my Godfather Simon Chuckster (Charles Edward Simmons) used to say about this song: “Life is your diesel, going through it like a diesel is your mission, being productive and moving down the tracks. (then he would pause) The diesel does not cheat, it just moves, and does its thing productively and efficiently.” This he would say as we watched the Santa Fe train run down the tracks through Compton, California one day as this very song was playing on the radio. To my way of thinking, being like that productive diesel taking cargo, whatever it may productively be without skipping a track or anything is the way to be. So, I repeat what I said at the beginning of this article with a little flourish: Value is a concept that can never be ducked or hidden from, it can only be lived with and lived by. When the song I am typing about says “faith is the keyhole that the doors will open…”, faith means in my genuinely educated opinion being able to accept value and use value right, wherever it may be.

Read my other article about Street Smarts and Book Smarts for more details! Indeed, life is only as good as the value you put into it and get out of it, in that order. Any cheater even if “successful” is stupid and unrealistic, because they miss the joyful experience of the rational give and take of value. When I created fully-integrated honesty, I realized this rational give and take in life is always necessary. If it wasn’t we’d see genuinely happy crooks from Richard M. Nixon and Charles Starkweather on down to Rod Blagoyavich (the alive but embattled with dead political career Illinois Governor) and Kenneth Lay (the dead Enron CEO with a continually living and continuing scandal right down to the end of George W. Bush’s presidency). My point is, no matter how successful for a while, there is no such thing as a “happy crook”, in fact consider that a genuine oxymoronic conundrum (or contradiction in terms to use a little more understandable English). So, if you have that kind of baggage, you don’t need value until you get rid of it. Baggage meaning, a guilty conscience and crook’s mentality. Honesty is as honesty is.

So, to be clear, noses have to be kept clean through discipline, thought, prudence and honest effort. Guilt, fear, “highs” and “lows” do not help in any of those efforts either. I do not drink or smoke, although I did some in my younger, less wiser years. So, that brings me to a point: Ayn Rand smoked, Jim Morrison drank and used drugs. I agree with many of their better and more ingeniously working thoughts about life, but bad habits like that can invariably knock out even the best of those efforts, because if you do not practice what you preach fully, then no matter what you preach and how good it is, like Ayn Rand, you are a grave or gutter bum. I agree with what she said in her professional life as an Objectivist, and Jim Morrison, why did I include him? Because he had the right idea that people should be able to think, act and live for themselves as long as it harms no one else and benefits others, and he made you think with his poetry. But if you have bad habits at a basic level, you end up in the gutter as a hypcrite anyhow, because your words, actions and realities do not line up fully, indeed, that is destructively mystical and unrealistic and doomed to fail as sure as the crooks.

Ayn Rand died of smoking related illnesses in 1982 and Jim Morrison died in a bathtub after a heroin overdose in 1971. So, I disagree with William Blake, that “excess leads to the palace of wisdom”, but I agree with Ayn Rand that “life, to work, must be fully reasonable.” Oh, I’m not saying be dull at all, I’m not saying don’t enjoy your life. I’m just saying be fully honest with yourself (as I am) about your life (as I am mine). Listen, I admit, I practice what I preach, even at the most basic levels. I don’t drink to excess, I don’t smoke. And I am sexually normal and monogamous (hey, I didn’t say virgin) and I live by the honesty I preach. Or as they said about Malcolm X in the FBI, “he’s a monk”. But I’m not that much of a monk, I just live genuinely sanely. That’s about it. I mentioned all of this, because it is important to genuinely practice what you preach. I feel that, I know that, I am that. So, as I sit in the Masao W. Satow Library writing this article. I can say honestly, that I love the horse, diesel or whatever that I am riding, and I would not ride any other.

There is No Place For the Hopeless Sinner Who Would Hurt All Mankind Just to Save His Own