Intuition is the ability to know something without any proof. I believe intuition is associated strongly with common sense. However, when talking to friends and family, it is often suggested that common sense isn’t so common. Reading best selling author Orrin Woodward’s new release, ‘The Financial Matrix,’ makes a lot of sense. Looking over the real data on the economic indicators, I wonder how it got this way without our society being aware of the financial stress they are under, and in frequent cases actually accepting the situation. Could it be possible that our common sense was strategically dumbed down for financial gain? For example, how is it that 2/3 of America’s debt is from the mortgage system today and yet as recently as 1950 people had 80% equity in their homes? How could we as a society accept the fact that we have $17.5 trillion dollars of debt knowing that it will be nearly impossible to pay it off? What type of society have we become when we ignore or lack the common sense of that? Where have our values of freedom gone? George Orwell in his book ‘1984’ points out it is possible for those in authority to maintain a police state because no one is able to recall the many blessings of the period which preceded that type of society…many have accepted as normal. I believe a large part of our loss of intuition comes from our lack of lessons learned from studying history. James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon found, “295 million Americans are not being exposed to American History.”
Frederick Bastiat wrote, “We recognize the right of every man to perform service for himself or to serve others according to conditions arrived at through free bargaining. Communism denies this right, since it places all services in the hands of an arbitrary, central authority.” Any central authority that claims the results of our country’s finances and literacy would be fired if they performed for a private company. Is it common sense to put all financial and educational decisions into a central authority? Maybe it’s programming that's causing the complacency and dependency that is spreading throughout our country. For example, there is a comparison to the loss of freedom and lack of literacy. In Germany, they burned the books. In America, they made us too busy to read or even be aware of it. Our common sense or intuition declines in proportion to the rate that our knowledge declines. We then have to rely on others in authority to decide what our values are and how we should live. Ken Shapiro from the University of California said, “We are experiencing a literacy breakdown which is unlike anything I know of in history…” Chris Hedges reports in his book ‘Empire of Illusion,’ that "Functional illiteracy in North America is epidemic." Robin S. Eubanks writes these strong words, “… for 100 years many parts of education have been formally dedicated to mind arson... Because the mind is the private domain that fuels individualism and creative innovations.” This loss of literacy is in proportion to the loss of freedom. It’s so subtle though, people don’t even recognize it. Intuition asks if this happened by chance or there was a systematic dumbing down? Could this message quoted from Robin S. Eubanks book, ‘Credentialed to Destroy,’ from Jeremy Kilpatrick, be an indicator of social engineering? “We first need to determine the moral, social, and political order we believe to be desirable, then set out our educational purposes, and in light of those purposes choose curriculum content and objectives.”
What political, social, and moral order do you believe is desirable? People intuitively know something is wrong when we look at the numbers of failed marriages. History shows that freedom is rooted in having a strong family core. I wonder if they are aware intuitively that money is the number one reason for divorce. An APA poll revealed that 72% of American’s are stressed out about money. The misery index is the sum of the unemployment rate plus the inflation rate for a given period. In the Great Depression it was 27. Today its 32.89. When an average American household spends $1,500 a month to service their debt, I can’t believe that they intuitively don’t know something is not right. I can’t believe that there are mothers out there who intuitively would want to be home with their kids if finances permitted. And those with children should be outraged that student debt is over $1 Trillion dollars and there is only a 50% chance that these kids can find work in their chosen field. The answers we are given to the problem are even worse. We are told that those in authority need more money to put into it and that will fix it. Putting more money into a broken machine doesn’t fix it. Do you believe that a heist like this could be pulled off unless there was an alliance between our financial institutions, educational institutions, and our government? (The security and investment industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, contributed $53 million to congressional and presidential candidates in the 2008 cycle, placing them second behind lawyers)
It would be intuitive to think that the number one investment in the 21st century should be ourselves. LIFE Leadership is committed to becoming the bench mark for a self directed education. It’s never too late to learn that in today’s civilization learning must be a life long process. In addition to our physical needs, we need to address our mental and spiritual needs if we truly want to help people as a whole. A literacy movement would help restore our intuition or common sense. It will awaken the mind and spirit that apparently have either been neglected or misdirected. Without a literary culture we are doomed to repeat past failures. George Washington wrote, “Knowledge of books is the basis which other knowledge is to be built." That knowledge leads us to intuitively seek out successful people who use successful systems. Orrin Woodward writes in his book, 'The Financial Matrix,’ “Billionaire Warren Buffett recommends, get out of debt (play defense) and invest in yourself (play offense).” When we invest in ourselves we learn what we are ignorant or deficient in. We can learn to course correct. We intuitively know that the current model is not working. This moves us closer to the model of the future where entrepreneurship marries education surrounded by business innovation.
Intuition is reasoning power. It distinguishes human beings from animals. Don’t we sense something is not right? By investing in ourselves we can develop a literary movement where we can gain an understanding of ‘The Financial Matrix.’ We intuitively know this will make a difference in our lives. Taken a step further, by sharing this we know that intuitively we can make a difference in others as well. Intuitively, does that make common sense? God Bless, George Guzzardo