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An Essay I Wrote for LizianEvents

The Great Epoch

An Experiment with Ideas – It is fascinating the way we conceive issues, situations, or possessions. Only when we actually experience something do we have a full understanding of it. Maybe our Events and the Community who make it thrive, have to be experienced before the Ethos is fully understood.

246Dino

246Dino

Some years ago I spent some time with a classic motor car. It is considered one of the most beautiful cars produced. It is the Ferrari 246 Dino. I drove the car for many miles, and it is a delight to push quite hard on the roads. While driving a thoroughbred, you notice people watch you and the car. They wonder about the who and the what of the situation. Of course, there is no who or what, the fact is a man is driving a rare car; with only 2500 examples produced.

Before continuing, you must remember I drove the 246 for many miles, and there is a clear recollection of the motor car. Yes, it is fairly brisk to drive, although not as fast as believed. It was incredibly predictable around bends, and it would be interesting to drive one today with modern tyres. This information is all any driver would need to know about the Dino.

I will upset the Ferrari fan. The 264 Dino is easily out paced by a VW Golf 16 valve. It is certain; the new VW Golf would whip it to death. There is no apology for writing this; the Golf is a better car, apart from two factors; one the pedigree and, two, is its rarity. Either is of no consequence to a critical thinker. We allow common sense to overwhelm nostalgia and illusion. When someone chooses to pay 350 thousand pounds for a 246 Dino today, they have to be wealthy and can do as they like with their loot. There is no reason to envy them or qualify their purchase, ninety percent of people live in houses worth less than the Ferrari, and most spend twenty-five years paying the mortgage. Therefore, the reality is, the car is insignificant and not worth wasting time considering.

Red Italian

Red Italian

I am reminded of the 246 because of pictures I recorded in The Sterile City (Nottingham) over the weekend. The images are of another Red Italian and a Tyre company. If we consider the two images we realise, we are as strong as its weakest link, and the Master is a slave to the servant. Without the humble rubber tyre, the car travels nowhere. The reader will correctly comment ‘It is a none argument, tyres will always be available.’ There is agreement, and yet the reader must concede to the truth of the observation.

Nothing Moves Without Tyres

Nothing Moves Without Tyres

There are many parts to any equation. The most complex is the equation of Social Beehives. The vast percentage comply to the rules, and a few do not, these are the weakest link. It matters not if they are the top or bottom of the hierarchy, it seems they are the ones who prefer to call the tune to be played. The majority conform to the future, and the minorities, take whatever is an easy picking. The majority is becoming tired of the minority; we are entering a new Epoch. One of less compassion and the taking of responsibility.

The hard truth is, those who are taking responsibility for their lives are becoming intolerant of those who do not. The Ferrari is not what it seems, the People’s majority Golf is as competent, leaner and is more adaptable than the minority illusion. The interpretation of the word Spiritual is shifting from supposition to integrity. Once there were fundamental beliefs which could not be questioned, now everything is questioned. We choose to be part of a thriving community, and we work for the Well Being of our Community.

We choose to be part of a thriving community, and we work for the Well Being of our Community. The unattainable (to most) Ferrari is like a Spiritual illusion, millions of people believe the image – Although the attainable Golf is an achievable reality.

For some time I have considered the potential of a focussed personal environment. An idea which dictates, only becoming active with and for those who affect one’s life. In my work environment, there is a great fortune, Liz and I work to promote around seventy people and their success. We benefit from the communities success, and we do not see our future in any other way. It is interesting more people are showing a keen interest in our endeavours. It is fair to comment a significant percentage of our community now see the potential of a unified effort to success. It is evident visitors are also being guided by our Events, through the transparency of the Ethos.

Not all will understand our Hive of Activity

Each day we receive interest from new exhibitors. And it is inevitable because of our ‘First come first stand’ policy; many will have to be added to the waiting list. We have to choose those added to the Community with care, as it is our desire to keep a balance within the Exhibiting Community. Until we have our magic 500 + visitors to each event, there is not the slightest chance of changing the stand numbers.

I can use one application as an example of how we deal with some issues. A potential exhibitor wanted to know about attendance figures and how we could guarantee the numbers through the door. The applicant showed a keen interest in the response from ‘Exhibitors’ about our performance and our ability to organise the events. This type of question will receive the same answer; it is one which sometimes fails to be understood. It is the Red Car syndrome; the voyeur has already formed an opinion of how they perceive the image. The reality is; you have to drive it to know the experience.

Liz invited the potential ‘exhibitor’ to contact any of member of our Community and receive an unbiased opinion. There is often a disappointment when Liz informs potential ‘exhibitors’ that the Community takes responsibility for contribution to promotion. There is difficulty in understanding this concept; so Liz sometimes expands with this sobering fact: ‘Before the Lincoln Well Being Event I posted 700 pounds worth of mail-outs. During the Event, we stamped the tickets of sixteen of these cards. The number of presented cards equates to forty – pounds per visitor. The majority of visitors came because of our social media interaction and the awareness of our Community Members.’

We cannot own the Ferrari; we can own the reliable and attainable Golf. We may choose not be the minority; we can choose the majority who takes responsibility for our Environment. It is fair to say our Community cannot carry those who desire to take the honey and not gather the pollen. Dino or Golf? I’ll take the VW every time.

Let us consider some recent figures to discover how our Community are working to make our hive thrive: –

2700 Vimeo Views
1240 LizianEvents News views each week
1000’s of FaceBook Likes and Shares
From May to Today: – 121 LizianEvents News Posts
864 LizianEvents FaceBook Followers
2776 FaceBook post reach this week

That’s the work of the Community – As you continue to share and like you will taste the honey of your efforts.

See You Soon

LION

I am lion

You see me as stone, I see you as stone heart, cold and somewhat foolish. I am the left-lion where humans meet on their first date. There is no counting how many girls and boys curse the lover who failed to arrive. I wish they could have my lions heart, to replace their broken hope.

Let’s go for a walk, be by my side. We do not have to go far today. Left by the council house, up the hill along the tram lines. On the right is a ‘human glitter shop’ – Sparkling carbon for thirty-six thousand pounds. In Africa, where my spirit lives, there are millions of carbon rocks. The strange human believes the firework crystals are rare; intelligence is a stranger to them. I listen to beggars asking for the price of coffee. Kids are counting penny pocket money. Mothers are giving their last penny for an ice-cream.

In the same shop, I see watches costing the price of a year’s wages. Tick tock time has no value to an unhappy heart. There is no way the metal and springs can be worth the price of time. It’s the name; the price is in the name. I hear the evidence as I sit on my pedestal ‘I paid triple-X for this, it’s a name’ ‘Look at her she’s wearing a name’ ‘I’m saving up to buy a name.’

How do I know about money? I listen to everything as I sit guardian to the council house. Dealer, lover, thief, beggar, lying drunk, all is watched by my cold eyes, all listened to by my silent ears. And my spirit roams the city because there is nothing hidden from me. In passing conversations, hatred, love, plots, plans, conspiracy. All enter nothing lost; I have known millions of people, wealthy to pauper. They all cry the same tears, hearts bleed the same blood, have the same fears.

The citizens are proof of the different clothes shops, all types accounted for, from Haute to tat. Friday and Saturday nights; out they come, dressed and ready to drink. Immaculate at seven – Bedraggled, sick and penniless at drunken midnight heaven. Greetings, names, friends, arguments, enemy, fights (girls are the worse) and a taxi home. The lies I hear, the lies believed, anything for an evening of illusional romance. I know about the shallowness of human love.

I miss nothing; all is a stone lions prey. And talking about prayer; there is no accounting the number of prayers. The shunned lovers, broken hearted, ‘I pray for rain’ ‘I pray he’ll listen to me’ ‘I pray she gets well’ The memories of years past ‘I remember when we met by this lion’ ‘I wish I’d never seen this lion’ It all begins with ‘Lets’ meet at the left-lion’ and too often ends in a drunken argument.

I have been touched by many celebrities, watched Brian Clough (my favourite) seen wartime bombers miss their target and my magnificent square is broken up by urban traitors. I sigh in sorrow as big wheel spins, and fake beaches degrade the city. There is jubilation when winning teams and Olympians return cups and medals in hand. Waves to our queen, heat wave crazy days all watched by my stone grey eyes.

An Essay I Wrote For LizianEvents

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Sorrow

An essay I wrote for LizianEvents

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The Tarot is an instrument of creativity. Many see it is as a divination tool. The Church once called it ‘Devils Picture Book,’ and they were half right. It is a picture book, although we must cast doubt if the Devil has anything to do with its creation. I am confident if does Lucifer exists, he prefers: – Pistols, machine guns, cruelty, tyrants, and politicians to paint accurate images of his work. It seems to me, the seventy-eight symbols printed on cardboard are less dangerous than a daily Big Mac.

I purchased my first Tarot in 1972 from The Atlantis Book Shop (Link Here). My memory seems to point me toward a price of £1:50 for the Rider Waite Smith Deck (R.W.S). I do remember the lady in the shop had a beautiful smile and was surprised when I asked her for a particular deck. I know why…

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Insignificance

Alexandra Bastedo

Alexandra Bastedo

I do not have a favourite 1960’s tv show; because all are my first choice. The Baron, Saint, Man in a Suitcase, The Champions (Alexandria Bastedo a dream girl), The Avengers (Linda Thorson’s portrait of Tara King is superb) the list is endless.

Linda Thorsen

Linda Thorsen (heartthrob)

My love of spy, crime and pseudo action shows cannot wane. Nostalgia waxes my creative mind. The stories, characters and production combine to produce a viewing encounter unique to the era. The ‘punchy’ bright and vibrant colours seal my fate, I find the programmes more addictive than tobacco.

The Prisoner - Patrick McGoohan

The Prisoner – Patrick McGoohan

Over the last few days, I have revisited ‘The Prisoner’ starring Patrick McGoohan. Anyone who has watched the series knows its uniqueness. The seventeen episodes have influenced writers, actors and film directors over the last four decades. If there is a television series which keeps the viewer guessing, this is the one. McGoohan was asked many times about the meaning of the series; he gave unsatisfactory answers. My feeling is, it’s a reflection of being imprisoned by fears.

The programmes hold another lesson. As I watch the episodes, I realise there are millions of people who: – 1) Would not know about the series and 2) would not recognise or know the names of the players. At the time of production and broadcast, millions of people around the world saw the programmes. Forty years later they rest in a desert known as insignificance.

Think how well known and famous the programmes and actors were at the time. And now they have vanished from existence. Today while looking after my partners market stall, I took the opportunity to talk about the programs to the customers. The first sixteen customers looked at me with the classical vacant stare. I gave up the quest to talk to someone about the programmes. Believing me to be talking some form of secret code, they purchased incense sticks and with ‘It’s a busy day today’ ‘Not too much time today’ ‘See you later in the week’ left me to my insanity.

I’m running out of time.

The programmes made me think. If the television series ‘stars’ who were once ‘household names’ are forgotten. What hope has a human of being remembered by anyone outside his close and personal environment? In reality, we are insignificant. Those who work a lifetime chasing recognition and fame waste their life hours. Recognised or not, in the long term all of us are insignificant.

Times up – It is a 10-minute essay

Keep Moving

Picture by Alice Stanford Age Four

Fulfilling objectives is easier when there is no comparison to other people. Those who most often succeed, have no interest in comparison. They understand the temptation to steal the ideas of others results in becoming on the same level. The one sin of theft is never allowed to stain their being. Truth, integrity, honesty are just three of many words within their vocabulary.

The problem with taking other people’s ideas, everyone sees the truth. Obvious plagiarism is a real and present danger to reaching objectives. Remember we do not make success, people make us successful. When an individual makes a change, comparisons are inevitable. In business customers WILL look at similar internet sites. When themes, ideas, innovation are seen to be lifted from another individual, bang! The thief has a hole in the head. Those who know us judge who we are. To make three people happy is fine, upset one and a distorted story travels like a bush fire.

The innovator stays on his toes, knowing movement change and evolution is essential to the future life. Character, personality, family, friends, home, work, all become an active part of their existence. Always search for fresh ways of viewing the environment, keep on moving. The clear-minded person is continually sharpening the way he is perceived; this is a difficult task an honest human will relish.

Remember the secret of progress: The smaller and more efficient the steps the greater the probability of reaching maturity. Each day, a ‘master’ works toward creating a beautiful thought, idea, an object of art, conversation, or friendship. This dedication ensures the next step becomes easier to achieve.

Each moment of life we set own level. The objective should always be in the forefront, within mind, sight, knowledge or understanding. Remember it is in the future where success awaits. Many make the mistake of referencing outdated successes. Previous success is boring. As is recalling failure, failure or overcoming adversity is a sign mistake were made in the first instance. Who cares if the business was set up on a shoestring? Holy expletive, we all begin on a shoestring.

Commerce is the same, find a product, a place of sale, a customer. In between the product and the client is a salesperson. On the internet, the in-between is the sales platform. The words on the sales platform are ‘approved’ by the owner. The customer knows this; the visitor knows this, do not attempt to fool them. They know the reality and see everything, know everything, watch and listen to everything about the product. They make their choice; the product has to fulfill the promise.

The summit is the completion of an objective. The climb is where we are at any one time. Most often the climber is too close to the mountain to see the summit. The great mountaineer is fit and healthy, continually practicing, to become a master of the technique. Other climbers can climb the high peak. Each one follows their route; the objective is the reward, not fame or recognition.

Could an individual paraphrase the previous paragraphs and use them to personal advantage? Why would they want to do this?

Because the seven paragraphs you have read are the methods of: –

Steven Jobs
Bill Gates
Mother Teresa
Robert Oppenheimer
Johnny Depp
Julia Roberts
George Clooney
Ram Dass
Richard Bach

How many more names? The list is endless.

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Time’s Running Out

I do not write about cameras much these days. In fact, truth to tell I am a little bored with the technology. The ‘This cameras better than that one syndrome’ is tiresome. The illness of betterment is more than dull or boring, it is a character death warrant. Why must we have the latest Canon – Leica – Sony? Everything is getting better, so what. There are reasons to use technology; there are reasons to ignore it. Cameras have the same appeal to me as cars. They are tools and nothing more. I drive an Isuzu pickup truck, and like my eight-year-old Canon 5d with its 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 lens, it is a tool.

My pick-up just works. It’s not fast or luxury class.
My Canon and the fifty-pound lens takes pictures for my promotional work.
My occupation is about writing, recording, photos, and videos. I have no care about the tools – I have every care about the knowledge to use them to their best advantage.

Some time ago I reflected on the Abe Lincoln statement: ’If you are going to cut down a tree – Spend some time sharpening the axe’ I like the idea and the sentiment. Although if I were to cut down a tree today, I would hire a chainsaw. I’m hoping you grasp the view; it is not a thorny rose or stinging nettle. The idea is to use the right tool for the job, and the correct tool does not have to be the most expensive.

My body is becoming tired. Age is indeed the restriction no human can escape. I listen to a man talk about his wealth, looking at his body I feel it’s fair to say ‘Chum, you haven’t spent your money wisely. Your money has made you look like your evolved persona, which is, mean, ugly, selfish and boastful. He’s a fool, and his loot is not evidence of his intelligence: it is evidence he can earn a few quid, nothing more. I know a woman with little money, she has more wealth than he could accumulate.

This is the point – no matter what you have – if you cannot find a way to understand or enjoy the life experience – it is worthless. If you can benefit from the pleasure of using and, get the most out of what you have – you have everything. Possession, relationships and most of all life, make the most of every opportunity.

I listen to those who crave retirement. I read and listen to those who profess to possess all the answers. As I enter my sixtieth year, I feel retirement is the death warrant of human progress, and I know nothing is of value apart from life itself. During my life, only one person has truly impressed me with real intelligence, my friend Francis. And yes, he was materially wealthy. His intelligence was not an encyclopedia of information or catalogue of names, facts, and figures. He was at the highest rung of academia and well respected by his peers. Francis taught men and women how to think and reason. ‘Learn to use words and speak only truth, Ian. And you will become wealthy beyond your expectations’ He is of course, correct, the master or mistress of words is in total control of their thoughts and therefore their life.
Francis taught invaluable lessons ‘No man is equal – all find their level.’ ‘Those who struggle to discover success are simply not learning how to be successful.’ I’m not going to qualify the word ‘success’ in this essay. If you are going to play word games, then the objective will be evasive.

I see the word count is 540 and my ten-minute time limit is 60 seconds away.

Final notes:-
1) All pictures are taken with my old Canon and a fifty quid lens.
2) Greedy readers may not be able to work out the sentiment of the essay.
3) Grammar Nazi’s have a Blitzkrieg – I’ve no time to edit the article.

🙂

Attainment?

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Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

If we were to gauge our daily actions with emotional feelings what would be the outcome? In other words, if something made us unhappy we refused to be part of it. If another situation made us happy, we would work with it. For example, borrowing may make us miserable and result in long-term restrictions. Working to own our home will provide a sense of achievement. The consideration is this: If we decided to love and enjoy every facet of our life. If we train our minds to face reality and learn to become responsible for every action and choice. If we sought fact against deception, reality over illusion, how would our life change? If we used the emotion feeling of happiness, truth, and integrity to guide our lives, would we become free from problems?

Let us consider the idea that we become managers of our environment. What changes would we have to make? I suppose we would have to consider what a manager is before going further. A manager is someone who knows how to run the factory, office or store within certain limitations. If you wish to manage a home in the same way as these people, there would be changes to make. A good manager knows how to run the operation and the most vital piece of information is how much is the budget?

It is just adding up the monthly income and subtracting the monthly outgoings. Whatever remains can be saved or spent, the choice is the managers. Later, decisions are made to take on credit commitments, to purchase special needs. A good manager exchanges the word ‘credit’ for ‘debt.’ He controls outgoings and overheads. At this stage, choices will be made whether to live close to the edge with excessive spending or commit to saving and long term security. One way results in ongoing juggling and difficulty. The other is a way which dictates we endure hardships early to be comfortable later. Yes, there are good and bad managers, the difference is looking at the whole picture or hiding the severe problems.

No wonder politicians are in fear of truth. Because they all make the first choice, they overspend and borrow. The promise’s made at election time have to be paid for, and those who vote for unrealistic and expensive promises are contributing to long-term debt and heavily taxed hardship for their grand and great grandchildren. The lack of responsibility and greed from both voter and politician will perpetuate the long-term difficulties. You will be correct if you comment ‘There is nothing we can do about it.’ Truth to tell few of us believes anything of real benefit comes from politics. There is little chance of change in our society. People argue, fight and enter into war. A few are happy, most exist and die, preferring illusion.

Allow me to paraphrase the last paragraph:-

No wonder humans live in fear of truth. They choose to overspend and borrow to fill the debt. The promise’s we make to justify the debt are soon forgotten. And a weak mind which allows this debt contributes to its own misery. In the long term, this way of life affects the way our offspring live their life. The greed of our children allows them to love those who spoil them. Those who live within their means are ridiculed as fools and seen to be poor due to lack of visible wealth. There is little happiness in the way of those who live within an illusion. Millions sitting in front of TV screens, hypnotized by illusions, is a perfect way to stop people thinking for themselves.

Forget conspiracy theories; the majority or people are in self-destructing mode. Drugs and cures for illness? Best look for a reason for the disease. There is little responsibility for the problems which surround our environment. That is fine we have the freedom to do as we wish. Why fight against the odds? It is worth considering complacency as an option. Resistance will result in those holding an opposite view fighting their corner. People have to be fit to fight, and if there is no argument, the opposition becomes complacent. Tobacco cancer is now replaced with junk food cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The taxes earned from the junk food business is greater than tobacco. People work in the industry for pennies and live a borderline existence. Blame the establishment if you wish, remember, you have free choice to do as you like. No one forces you to self-poison, it is an easy option to blame others for your illness, poverty, and issues.

The idea of focussing upon one’s inner being. Finding peace within one’s personal environment. Working toward freedom from all forms of debt and living within one’s budget. These are real options. The ideas accompany an attitude of mind. A dedication which involves a fair degree of solitude. It is far from easy; the advertisers are adept as heroin at addicting the unwary. Those who wish to find peace (and honesty) are surrounded by double standards and deception. Dishonesty and deception are currencies of the establishment. Think carefully about those who are so called pillars of society. They are ships in a bottle of lies. If the majority of people see their deceptions as acceptable, there is no hope of making changes.

To counter this, any individual who works to control their lives. Takes the time to research real truths and exist within the knowledge of reality. Will see the futility of fighting against the illusion. And they become self-empowered and free to become content within their existence.

Of course, this essay is open to many counter arguments. It is worthy of 11000 words, not 1100. The astute reader will realise there are many spiritual parallels in the examples used in this article. What is a modern interpretation of the word spiritual? It could be understanding the issues which affect our lives and strengthening our resolve to live happily with what we have available to us. We have a lifetime available to us, and to squander the gift of being able to experience life is to live the life of a fool. The politician, industrialist, and media mogul controls the mind of the majority. There are some who desire to discover alternative ways to live.

It is not important to dress like a pantomime actor. Hope the universe will fill your pocket with gold. Follow the ideas of so-called gurus. All one has to do is reason with the truth. Accept the road to attainment sometimes seems long and arduous. See the love within happiness and integrity. We do not need a book or genii to show us a magical way. The magic is in our mind and within our actions.

The reader is left to consider this thought; if a man and woman unite and care for their family. Helps and guides their children how to find success in their lives. If they demonstrate living without debt, within truth and accepting the faults of those who surround them. What is the degree of their spiritual attainments?

Three Minute Essay

By my desk is a piece of paper. On it is seven ticks. Each one signifies a question

‘Ian, what do you think about the election?’

Seven times I have answered – ‘I don’t think anything about the election. Nothing will change, the politician says anything to get a vote. Their words are rhetoric.’

Only one did not attempt to take the conversation further. I don’t try to repeat my reply. I smile and tap a few more words on this keyboard.

One thing is for sure, The Members of Parliament will not be concerned if their lies never come to fruition. Knowing full well the social and cultural history of this country is in ruination; due to politician’s manipulation to personal gain; I cannot see any good in their relentless ignorance, and therefore I cannot comment. They are deceivers who are motivated by self-interest.

Whenever man attempts to become within power, he will lie. The lies are designed to corrupt the listener into greed. ‘If you vote for me I will give you more benefits.’ And the social charity defeats the integrity of all the populous.

Three minutes…

The Answer is What?

 

Lion Heart

Lion Heart

It is a great life. No not great, it is brilliant. Take every moment as your own, and those who cannot see the advantages, let them live in their disadvantages. I don’t care if the computer doesn’t work, they have spent too much, the promising child turns out to be a spoiled self-centered brat or the benefits have been wasted on tobacco, booze or drugs.

I’m not interested in the how something occurred or why I lost 30 years of life in a London Smog existence.  There is no interest in why something happened and who was part of the situation. I take full responsibility for every moment of my six decades of life.

The question is not who or why? If Jacks’ in constant conflict, it’s because he will see the problem in every issue or situation. Jack doesn’t accept his rebelliousness, fighting against and resistance is his downfall. There will never be a way out for this unfortunate. Because he enjoys the drama, it is the only way he’ll be acknowledged or seen. Personally, I will not recognise his self-inflicted plight. Is his problem addiction to sympathy?

My way is not who, why or when. It is ‘what’ am I going do to make my life better and happy. What work do I need do to earn an excellent lifestyle? What do I need to research to think and reason critically (with precision and care) and with clarity? What emotional strength do I need to overwhelm the weaknesses of, blame, complaint, and self-delusion? What should I speak? It can only be my truth.

I know I have to take chances and many times I will fail. I understand I have to expose my truth and integrity to the world without compromise. The wisdom of reality rises above all illusions. And those who live and dream are always asking who, why, and when because they cannot face the reality of what? What have I to do today, tomorrow, next week, month, year, decade to make my life successful?

What have I to do? This is my only question.

Amendment: Sidney Vincent asked ‘What is successful?’ I replied in this way:-

‘Success is a knowledge of achievement. It is ongoing and ever evolving. Success is reciprocal love, kindness, and endeavour. It has little to do with money, it is how we are seen by others. Success is your relationship with Marjory and those who know and love you. I am surprised you has to ask Sidney’

Of course, there can be many interpretations of this word. It is important to realise our personal meanings to ANY word affect the way we live our lives. If I achieve recognition of personal integrity, ability to face reality and work to be free of the many forms of debt, then in my mind I will be successful as a human-being.