Never served in the militaristic spotlight being focused upon today, but I still appreciate the risks and challenges that honorable members of our military embrace on behalf of our security.
There are two main thrusts with respect to my participation in veteran affairs.
One is helping ensure that all veterans have the liberty to access the wonderfully powerful psychedelic experiences that (at least sometimes) serve to help veterans best deal with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and any other condition addressable by the responsible leveraging of that brilliant power.
MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) is engaged with higher levels of the Pentagon about that leverage, for prime example, so this thrust is already thankfully majorly working outside of my contribution.
The other is doing my best to help ensure that the liberty being fought for is actualized, so not the blatantly treasonous exercise spanning national history that leaves liberty defined by the people in power with outright dismissal against the obligatory unalienable right to liberty certainly and righteously (including intelligently) defined as liberty limited only by the right itself (i.e. harmless liberty) — logically to prevent the abuse of law.
Literally all persecution throughout our entire national existence comes from ignoring that righteous obligation, so this is a deadly serious issue worthy of public priority, but remains dominantly ignored in favor of further empowering our oligarchy (the powerful people spanning the private and public sectors who are actually governing us) by torturously judicially defining liberty (usually by similarly defining risk) supposedly against suffering — but instead constitutes the equivalent of pouring gasoline on a fire to put it out.
Our nation was clearly and justly established against law abuse — the worst form of abuse due to its mainly broad (and too often terribly, if not deadly, deep) scope of destruction — but that lesson remains idiotically tossed aside too often for the sake of competing selfish agendas regarding oligarchical affairs that are pathetically merely presented as publicly beneficial.
If liberty is an unalienable right, then (at least certain popular) psychedelic experiences (which factually harm nobody by default) cannot possibly be illegal. More specifically, the harmless acts enabling those experiences cannot be judicially banned or regulated.
While this day formally recognizes military veterans, honorable law enforcement veterans deserve similar recognition for their similar embrace of our security.
All veterans need our public support, but not just the verbal and superficial expression of that support, which is too often weak to a degree raising the question of sincerity.
The support needed is by a responsible and dutiful public capable of ensuring oligarchical pressures are honorable.
Basically repeating for emphasis, that support is severely lacking, while such pressures rampantly extend on behalf of the selfish side of conflicts of interest to serious national deterioration, so in effect forms a complex civil war to define liberty by law to unethically secure certain oligarchical power in the continuously tumultuous bid for power — the ironically pathetic ‘king of the hill’ mental illness against public safety.
Society has a serious stress problem with no remedy being delivered for all intents and purposes. Sure there are people espousing the value of stress management, but that is a small drop in the ocean compared to the dramatic public force necessary for true societal balance, so stability.
Relying only upon the physics definition of stress (basically one body distorting another body), ultimately stress and change are synonymous.
Change (stress) can obviously be healthy or unhealthy, so the aforementioned problem is not about eliminating stress, but ensuring unhealthy stress is minimized while healthy stress thrives to strengthen at least our species.
Productivity is abusively (but popularly) defined throughout history as work.
Rest is taking a break from being productive, according to that abuse.
The result is widespread and too often deep unhealthy stress from the dominant imbalance between work and rest, because resulting pressures towards “productivity” mean more work over rest.
To really be “productive” in the abusive sense, one must work even harder (the impossible 110%), so many (if not most) people are severely stressed out by what should be a publicly obvious societal detriment — excessive application towards professionalism and other questionable traditions.
A healthy work ethic is obviously wise (and smartly working above and beyond for a worthy cause is noble), but so too is a healthy rest ethic.
Balancing those ethics is the key to civility, because balance is needed for stability, which is obviously required for at least composure, responsibility, and survival.
Rest allows the body to heal, so undeniably is productive.
Without that healing, a serious burden upon our healthcare system emerged (and is sustained, if not sickly growing) to empower a “legal” medical monopoly with all of the abhorrent price fixing and other disastrous problems that come from any monopolistic dam.
Without that healing, unhealthy stress way too often leads to the unleashing of violence and other abuses (drug, sex, food, and so on).
By reducing the public burden towards “productivity”, the public is naturally healthier, so more likely to be smarter inclusively as a part of actual productivity.
We the public would also then more likely have the time and energy to focus at least respectably somewhat upon serving as a continuous and harmless kind of “security detail” that secures our unalienable right to liberty (which consequently naturally upholds the rights to life and pursuit of happiness) to best prevent the selfish side of policy and private sector dominance — and that public focus is also real productivity.
That policy obviously (too often questionably, if not outrageously) includes the exercise of subjecting daughters and sons to war.
War includes the continuous vicious poking of the metaphorical bee hive in the prime zone for Islamic pain, which has been nothing shy of egregiously destructive (e.g. refugee crisis, global cycle of violence from religiously militant butchery, horrible infrastructure damage, and so on). ‘The best defense is a good offense’ has been horrifyingly abused to endorse that brutal continuance.
Our nation (especially while allowing the public to exercise the right to remain responsibly armed) could crush a foreign military invasion here, so the goal of a strong national defense has already been achieved, while other goals (e.g. education and poverty) remain idiotically insufficiently addressed during our “good offense”. Neglecting those other critical goals is a more serious (inter)national threat.
War also includes the undeniably illegal (in an uncorrupt judicial system) war on some drugs, which affects us all, but especially endangers soldiers and law enforcement, because of the massive profit margin solely from black market compulsion that pours enormous financial resources into criminal (including terrorist) organizations of all sizes (including corrupt governance) to grossly empower thugs to press their hideous flavor of ‘might makes right’ with basically no respect for public safety.
There can be no honorable doubt about the fact that our Supreme Court illegally redefined the Commerce Clause from ‘regulate commerce’ to ‘regulate any activity having a substantial effect on commerce’ (clearly different, according to the English language).
Allowing the Commerce Clause to form the constitutional basis for Certain Drug Prohibition (if you will) is nothing shy of outrageous, and the hideous mass rights-infringing destruction from yet another failed prohibition (we do not even have a “drug free” prison system — nonetheless one shred of concrete, so credible, evidence proving literally any “drug free” effectiveness at serious taxpayer expense) hypocritically demonstrates even more unhealthy stress against us all.
Honorable veterans serve us, but a healthy synergy demands that we honorably serve them.
Honor in those (and other) circles is the absence of thuggery to instead embrace responsible toughness.
“Just say no to thugs!” does not cut it by a long shot even via the best metaphorical sniper.
That honor extends to include the absence of reason abuse (especially that fueling law abuse) to instead embrace pure (e.g. unspun) and irrefutable logic (so fairness, so justice).
Joining veterans in exercising bravery, courage, and honor for health overall is the only way towards true productivity and ultimately the civility necessary for optimal scientific and technological progress to better secure our military and law enforcement.
This entertainment veteran who has seriously ‘suffered for my art’ is firmly allied with those honorable folks in expression — and dutiful exercise.