A guest posting by Jim Kirwann
Jim is a real hero of mine. He has a fertile mind and has a real sense of the challenges facing our world. As you hear his story, his perspectives and his unique point of view, I think you will find it as fascinating as I did when I met Jim on Skype back in 2012.
First, I’ll place the article Jim wrote here. Second, I have put my interview with Jim Kirwann below the article. Mr. Kirwann is brilliant and may the conversation inspire you as much as it did me! Happy Friday dear readers and followers and I wish for you what you wish for yourself.
If you invest a few minutes to listen to this interview from 2015, you will understand why Donald J. Trump is sitting in the White House. ~ Mitch Santell
If we choose to dance with the Universe then we must learn how to Question Everything, and how to stop living the lies that others have designed for us to suffer with. We will all die at some point; but between birth and death there are literally millions of opportunities to use the gifts that we all came with; not just to improve our lives but to leave something beyond our fragile footprints in the ever shifting sands of time.
Far too many people, in the old USA simply ceased to grow after highs School. Look around you. How many are just living out a continuance of their high school-lives: Fascinations, sports, maybe still wanting to be jocks or frat-boys or sorority girls-but for so many, how much has really changed? High School was supposed to provide a basis on which we could each build a real and individual life with choices and challenges unending?
When I was senior in high school, my majority had already been declared, I was a legal adult with my own apartment; however I had a legal problem that precluded me from attending college. I had football and academic scholarships, but I could not go. After the last class had been held with the College recruiters that had come to tempt potential recruits for their particular schools, this hard-as-nails nun shut the door on them and said to us:
‘You know you don’t really need to go to college, unless you’re planning to specialize in something very complex like being a surgeon or a lawyer. You don’t really need to go to college because all of you already know ‘how to learn what you need to know.’ And your are each smart enough to do that for yourselves.
So why not just design your own lives, create your own career for yourselves and then you will have begun to live an authentic life. After all, these last few years you have each come to understand compound thoughts and you’ve been monitoring critical thinking in most of the work you’ve done just to get to graduation. I think that what you’ve come to understand here is related to how to find and enjoy-the-hell out of life itself. Most people don’t NEED College, they never have and they never will. And since most will spend our lives being students anyway; why complicate it and hold yourselves back by spending a full third of your life as a formal-student when you could already be living a real life, just after you pick up your diploma here?’
I tried to use what that nun said, from then on. So when I was appointed to the Air Force Academy in 1959 by the then Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Robert S. ‘Bob’ Kerr of Oklahoma: I thought about it, and checked out the contract. After I discovered that I would need to “give” the military 22 years just to become a pilot, I declined the appointment.
From that day forward I began to try and live life on my own terms, and by and large I have never really looked back. I’ve also been very lucky, so I cannot say that this is anything that I actually did alone. Most of my high school friends went the other way, beginning with college. Most of those I stayed in touch with are brain-dead now; locked into all the lies and the continual denials that haunt their every decision, but of course some are happy as well. Each of us, in some way, chose early on what we wanted our lives to be. And now because of this global situation those choices, of necessity, have come up for re-examination. In some ways these choices and the results of those choices seem so very far away from our collective youth; and yet to many those yesterday’s seem like only an eye blink away.
Life & Death have changed me over these many years; just as it has changed millions of others. This has happened so often that it is impossible to know how this all happened. The trials, the failures and the passions that each of these bits and pieces played in what has led me to this point, were mostly unexpected. But looking back there were many very critical changes in the course of my flawed but almost never boring life, that I simply wanted to have and to experience.
I would wish this joy for others, except that real-experience like freedom cannot be given away to anyone else; because it must be lived if it is to be real. All of whatever your life has been or would be, must be lived minute by minute and day by day and choice by choice!
Death comes to all of us, at some point, but it is not death that we need to fear; rather it is the wasting of the life we were given to do something with, that actually matters. Life is always out there waiting to embrace us whenever we have the guts to risk everything just to dance with universe once more. That can only happen after we have learned to trust both ourselves and the universe which is represented by this LIFE that can be the most challenging part of what our individual lives have always been about. However for those that never chose to leave their teenage years, I can feel nothing; because they are still laboring to AVOID every opportunity to use their gifts for anything except their own myopic selves. For far too many the MOTTO of their lives can be summed up this way: “Instant gratification takes too long”!
For those that have adopted this point of view ‘life’ has been reduced to one long shopping spree in a world without content or convictions and where neither ‘joy’ nor ‘pleasure’ are able to find any place to exist. For most of those that chose this path their lives are just a loop of continuous “roles” which they play at fulfilling in the unseen-movie they wrote and directed and are now starring in. This problem looks a lot like Facebook and all those mini-websites that feature them and all their favorite things: millions if not billions of pages but without a real script or any real challenges: Mostly it’s just reports sort of like postcards from the edge of their own private oblivion. Given these conditions it becomes very hard to detect the ‘life’ beneath the posturing. It is really beyond sad that so many failed to pick up their personal torches that could have helped them to choose life over safety, living over artificial-security and freedom over slavery. So now when the choice of resistance over UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER is waiting in the wings for our decisions: This becomes very difficult for way too many.
Life, just like Freedom is not free. It makes demands on all of us and what we each decide can make all the difference in the world. If we choose not to fight for the freedom that was your birthright, then while you might still be able to breathe and eat and sleep, for all intents and purposes you are dead already. And as for your so-called life, that can be nothing but dead-birds and broken glass as far as the eye can see, and your life will be consumed by the ashes of the fires you will have enabled by failing not just yourselves but the wider world of which we are all a part; as well!
The book of life is ours to write and edit as well as to review and live for ourselves. It is available to each of us according to our choices. It is this “right” that the STATE has STOLEN from each and every one of us. No part of our lives still belongs to us: Because inside every word, every deed, and every thought there is this foreign-agent who is always present.The STATE has taken charge of REALITY and that now rules over everything we must now do according to their dictates-and this is no longer in doubt.
It’s time to fight, but how to do that when you’ve spent your life avoiding the inconvenient truths that now clutter-up your every thought? Still the day may yet come, but only if and when we finally decide to “question everything” AGAIN!
You may visit Mr. Kirwann’s web site at: http://www.kirwanesque.net