Dear Editor:

We are in the throes of a republic fighting a systemic cancer. This cancer is the result of personal choices about half of our people are making on a daily basis that are tearing down the fabric of our way of life, and opening the doors for a force that knows no limits.

“Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged.”

These “abandoned mind” choices nurture the cancer of not just “power-lust,” but greed, apathy, fear and selfishness, which all serve to self-perpetuate the growing threats to our liberties. Like cancer in the human body, and how it slowly engulfs everything around it and destroys life, left unchecked in a society, this destroys peoples and nations. Why are there so many people who do not own their own thoughts? Why so many who abandon reason, and welcome the chains of servitude and being told how to think? Why so many who have become so weakened over the years by the lies, fraud and twisting of reality they’ve unthinkingly consumed, that this cancer can take root?

What damages human health and leads to cancer and other health issues, is the same as what damages societies. The “chemicals” and pollutants of wrong facts, and poor mental nutrition, weaken any defenses against corrupting principles. The lack of “exercising” of true knowledge, thought, and most rights and liberties further damages social health. Allowing a mental “couch potato” framework to control us simply lessens the chance of liberties and freedom for all of us.

We are killing ourselves physically through ignorance of natural health laws, and we are killing ourselves socially, economically and spiritually because we are ignoring fundamental social/spiritual laws. Our own personal responsibilities to others to know the truth, “own” our actions, and face the situation instead of falling under fear and apathy, has been sabotaged.

“Whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” — Patrick Henry.

Half of the people in America are realizing this. Many more are waking up, and taking steps to fight the cancer eating away at the fabric of our very existence because of the recently exposed and mounting scandals in government … simply more evidence of the seriousness of the cancer. Like symptoms of cancer in the body, the scandals and corruption are “symptoms,” and proof that something is not right, and we had best begin addressing the issues, locally and nationally. Ignoring it will bring the end of society and liberty as surely as ignored cancer will kill any one of us. We must face the “whole truth, the worst, and to provide for it” now, today, and put the cancerous evil out from among us, or be consumed by it. There is simply no other choice.

Jeff Maehr

This story was posted on May 30, 2013.