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Napoleon Hill on Faith for 2021

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In the 1930s and 40s while World War II was brewing in Europe there were many in the USA who were sounding loud alarms. The parallels with 2021 are disturbingly similar. Let’s stay alert and be proactive before it is too late.

Napoleon Hill, the author of the most successful and famous “Success Book” of all time, Think and Grow Rich, was the son of a Primitive Baptist church founder who grew up in the moonshine region of Virginia’s western mountains. He became a protege’ of Andrew Carnegie and earned millions as a speaker, teacher, author and journalist. His students, to this day, include the most successful and influential people in the world.

From the book Napoleon Hill’s Greatest Speeches:

“Oftentimes Hill’s speeches were reprinted in newspapers and magazines. The following speech by Hill appeared around 1940 in print in Plain Talk. Each issue was about sixty pages long and sold for twenty-five cents. The purpose of the magazine was to alert readers of the dangers of Communism. It was a bold publication to say the least, covering such topics as the murder of the Jewish Polish prisoners.”

“The range of topics in Plain Talk in the 1940s was broad, covering such subjects as Palestine, China, Soviet spies in the US government, Korea and much more.” (Sounds like current news reports for 2021.)

Other contributors were Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone With The Wind), Sir Bertrand Russell, Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged), and Clare Boothe Luce. This article on Faith by Napoleon Hill was found during a renovation behind the fireplace mantel in a Wise, Virginia house in the area where he grew up.

FAITH

“Faith permits one to approach within communicating distance of Infinite Intelligence (or God, if you prefer that name). Fear holds one at arm’s length and makes communication impossible.

Faith creates an Abraham Lincoln; fear develops an Al Capone.

Faith evolves a great leader; fear creates a cringing follower.

Faith makes men honorable at trade; fear makes men dishonest and stealthy-minded.

Faith causes one to look for and to find the best there is in men; fear discovers only their shortcomings and deficiencies. 

Faith unmistakably identifies itself through the look in one’s eyes, the expression on one’s face, the tone of one’s voice, and the way one walks; fear identifies itself through the same avenues.

Faith attracts only that which is helpful and constructive; fear attracts only that which is destructive.

Right works through Faith; wrong works through fear.

Anything that causes one to be afraid should have close examination. 

Both faith and fear have a tendency to clothe themselves in physical realities, through the most practical and natural media available.

Faith constructs; fear tears down. The order is never reversed!

Faith and Fear never fraternize. Both cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must, and always does, dominate.

Faith can lift an individual to the great heights of achievement in any calling; fear can and does make achievement impossible in any calling.

Fear ushered in the worst panic the world has ever known; faith will usher it out again.

Faith is nature’s alchemy with which she mixes and blends the spiritual with the physical and mental forces.

Fear will no more mix with spiritual force than will oil with water.

Faith is every man’s privilege. When exercised, it removes most of the real and all of the imagined limitations with which man binds himself in his own mind.

The fact that most men of science are free from all forms of fear, while those who know but little or nothing of science and natural laws are steeped in it, is most significant.”

The significance of this message is profound. Remember FDR’s famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is Fear itself”? Napoleon Hill wrote that line while advising President Roosevelt. And it is still true!

FEAR is the enemy. 

Our adversaries understand that. Freedom’s opponents in the Media, White House, Congress, State Houses, City Councils and throughout our Education and Labor Unions love fear because it makes people cooperate. The entire Covid 19 shut down was about testing the limits of fear and compliance. They proved that you could take a disease that ranks low on the risk scale and blow up the fears of it all out of proportion, and the people would accept some of the most draconian oppression imaginable. You could use fear to keep people hiding in their homes, afraid to contact even family members. You could make them shut down their businesses and risk or even endure bankruptcy.

You could change an entire society from openness to apprehension by convincing them that any human was a life threatening disease carrier. Masks on everyone’s faces, handshakes discontinued, public gatherings cancelled. Churches sitting empty. Businesses threatened with huge fines if they allowed people to enter without a mask. Never mind that masks had been proven not to work on Covid, everyone fell in line. Fear persists long after the official medical authorities have given the all clear. And those who aren’t afraid are viewed as if they were traitors and carriers.

Fear is the goal of the dark forces.

At first we feared the disease, then we feared each other, then we feared government fines or lawsuits. All of these were Fears most of all. Fear replaces faith. 

While people are afraid that’s when you pass new laws, create new regulations, form new policies…so that things don’t return to “normal” and threaten your newly acquired power over others. We hear quotes like, “Be afraid, be very afraid”, used as a form of humor. They say, “Better to be safe than sorry.” There is no permanent safety, except in self-reliance. All of the news feeds your fears. “If it bleeds, it leads” in the news. Disasters, threats and scary news outsells kittens and puppies on video.

But when others are playing with fear, they are testing our power to live in freedom and faith. When people talk about fear, change the energy. Talk about hope, faith, optimism. Look toward the light, not the dark. When they talk about safety, you can talk about reason and logic and truth. Don’t buy their weakness, even if it does feel safe.

Following is a poem I wrote to explain Optimism to a pessimistic friend. You are welcome to share it.

Think-Feel-Do “Contagious Optimism Poem”

© Jim Cathcart 9-24-2014

Think, Feel, Do

When you think you can, and when you think you can’t…you’re right

It’s a matter of mind not just a matter of might

To see it through your point of view is key

And you don’t need to think the same as me

It seems completely plausible to say something’s impossible

When you don’t see how … you just assume – You Can’t

But pessimism leads to less

The doubters don’t clean up the mess

It takes no talent to tear others apart

The critic may be smart but has no heart.

Or you can choose to be among the Brave

The one who stands and faces every wave,

with certainly that peace and joy are near

if you only learn to look beyond your fear

Think, Feel, Do

If you think you could, you might

When you think you can, you’re right

If you’re pretty sure that somehow there’s a way

Then you’ll stay the course until you find

the success you hoped for in your mind

Hope sustains, Doubt refrains, Dreams appear when we avoid the fear

What you think defines the way that you’ll feel

If you doubt and criticize you’ll make it real

But with Optimism you can make it so (Yes you can!)

You’ll gain the strength to still get up and go

How you think is what you do

What you see can make things new

When you think you can or think you can’t your right

It’s a matter of mind not just a matter of might

See what you want, feel the positive flow, think of the best

And Make It So!

Think, Feel, Do.

Here’s the audio Recording of this poem delivered by Jason Cathcart, grandson of Jim Cathcart the author.

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Lockdowns hurt more people than COVID

You now have the largest prison camp in human history.

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Tucker looks at China’s second, even worse COVID lockdown. No COVID misinformation warning from Facebook on this one, but one in which he talked about censorship. What’s up with that?

“China seemed to have gone insane, moving from authoritarian to dystopian in a single day. So, this was the world’s introduction to COVID-19, a virus we later learned the Chinese government itself helped to create.”

“Looking back, it all seems like a bad dream. COVID panic has now ended, the virus no longer constitutes a public health crisis in this or any other country, and it’s clear in retrospect, the government lockdowns, whatever their motives, in the end hurt far more people than COVID itself did. The much touted vaccines, meanwhile, provided nowhere near the protection the drug companies had promised, and at the same time came with significant risks that even now have not been openly discussed.”

“In China, they are living through it again. The government of China has just completely shut down the city of Shanghai. Shanghai is the biggest city in the country, it’s one of the largest cities in the world. More than 25 million people live in Shanghai, and the lockdown there, is more brutal and more far reaching than anything we saw in Wuhan 2 years ago.”

“For once, CNN is not exaggerating. You have 25 million people locked inside their homes. You have the largest prison camp in human history. Anyone who tests positive for COVID is shoved into a van and then taken to a quarantine camp.”

“What happened to the lives they left behind? What happened to the dogs and cats they left at home? Well, chances are Chinese police beat those dogs and cats to death on the street. That’s happening tonight all over Shanghai, a mass slaughter of pets.”

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China; Hidden Dragon, or Paper Tiger

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With all the ongoing issues in America today it might seem superfluous to worry about China. Between crime in the streets, the latest Covid variant, lock downs, forced vaccinations and corrupt at every level of government it might seem we have enough to worry about. But, what if it’s all related and part of a plan? What if we have always been at war with Eurasia but were never informed?

First let’s take a look at militarily how the opponents stack up.  On paper and in total dollars the USA outspends China by more than double. ($738 Billion Vs $252 billion). China has more than five times the number of citizens available for military service. Surprisingly at this time China and the USA are about equal in terms of ground forces equipment. (IE: Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rockets)  It would appear that our air forces are about equal in numbers but we have double the number of helicopters and China has twice as many fighter aircraft as we do.  In sheer numbers China has the USA out classed in the naval department. America has more aircraft carriers by a factor of 5, but China holds the lead in fast attack frigates, corvettes and a slight lead in submarines.

As for nuclear weapons the USA has a total of 6,500 warheads but only 1,600 are currently deployed. China is a little harder to asses since they are not part of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and do not reveal the total numbers of weapons they have. (For reference Russia has 6,490 warheads down from 40,000 during the height of the cold war. Currently has 1,600 deployed)

On paper it would seem the two super powers are evenly matched. But let’s not make the mistake most military generals do by fighting the last war. So much of their energy is studying the last conflict, the latest’s one always surprises them. (see Blitzkrieg).  Some of the more forward thinking realize the next war will be economic. Possibly combined with a cyber-attack. Today we are already seeing the probes of our technology driven economy. Most of these come from China. For a listing of these one only needs to go to the Center for Strategic International Studies. (CSIS).

In planning for a global conflict to come it seems the CCP is relying upon the oriental virtues of planning and patience, while the western world is into instant gratification. While the USA exports the virtues of multiculturalism and LGBTQ rights around the world the CCP is investing in roads, bridges, dams, ports and  infrastructure. By loaning money to developing nations at exorbitant rates and requiring Chinese labor and materials they are copying the colonial model sans the hospitals and schools.

Since 2013 China has been following a five year plan (China loves those five year plans) called the Belt and Road initiative. Interestingly announced during a visit to Kazakhstan. The goal is to build a Chinese centered international order. It is also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt, or the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The names are a nod to the historic trade routes to and from the western world to China, popularized by the travels of Marc Polo.  In 2019 a second Belt to road five year plan was instituted to quell the negative press and concentrate on a more “green and sustainable” era. As of 2020 140 of 193 countries and 32 international agencies have signed up.

For some of these countries the BRI turns into a debt trap. When they can’t pay up they are forced to turn over the very projects the Chinese financed. Uganda has turned over its international airport. Sri Lanka has handed over a large port. Djibouti is about to hand over another, adjacent to our largest port in Africa. Zambia is negotiating the turnover of their largest coper mine to help restructure their debt. In spite of all this other countries in South America are signing on to the BRI. Cuba has found another sugar daddy in the CCP’s initiative. Something to keep in mind all these project must follow the China’s National Defense law that mandates civilian infrastructure projects closely related to national defense shall meet national defense requirements and functions and must be surrendered for military use when needed.

North America is not immune to the prospect of “easy” money granted by the CCP. Canada has not signed on to the BRI but has welcomed Chinese investment on several fronts. Mostly in British Columbia and Bunavat. In the United States the CCP hasn’t been lending money but investing. Investing in politicians, Hollywood, Newspapers, News organizations and Colleges. They own internet companies like Tic-Tok, Riot Games, and We Chat. Brick and mortar companies like Smithfield, the Waldorf Astoria and Continental Aerospace Technologies. So much money is invested in American companies that you rarely see any criticism of the Communist countries policies. Global warming, China gets a pass, child labor laws, China need not apologize, slave labor, well what slave labor, and human rights abuses don’t see any there.

So what does it all mean to America and its citizens? As we move closer to China’s social credit system who will stand up and denounce it? The same politicians that accepted enough money to keep them in office? The news organizations that rely on CCP money to keep them afloat? Just look at how many objected to Covid being referred to as the China flu. Speaking of the China flu, what if it was released by China in an effort to destroy the economies of most nations and allow them to take control of strategic ports and airports around the world. Who would stand up if China decides that Taiwan could no longer be tolerated and will be annexed?

It would seem China is a paper Tiger. A paper tiger made of Yen. They have bought and paid for large sections of the United State economy. You could say the same for Europe.  China has ensured that every third world country that is rich in the resources owes a substantial portion of their gross domestic production to the CCP. You don’t need to be a dragon when you own all the paper.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” – Sun Tzu

 

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