Extracted from the pre-released book Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion by John G. Vibes.

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The world that we were born into and have found ourselves in today is such a complicated mess that even beginning to think about having a positive impact on society can leave any sane person feeling hopeless and defeated before they even get started. Our culture has shielded us from the harsh reality of our existence for our entire lives, so being exposed to this reality for the first time can be a very confusing or even traumatic process. To react with incredulous aversion is a common thing for people to do when approached with information that contradicts the ideas that they built their lives around.

When it comes to the violence of the state and the corrupt nature of the social institutions that surround us, it is very rare for anyone to take this kind of information lightly.

Even after someone is able to see past the lies of the mainstream worldview, the path toward a more peaceful and free existence can be so difficult and frightening that it can seem like an impossible suicide mission. This is the obstacle that prevents most people from even attempting to change or criticize the society that they were brought up in. If creating a free society and a world without war was easy, then I guarantee you that overnight millions of people would instantly be condemning the state and the moral injustice of the violence that it carries out.

Since creating freedom where there is now dictatorship is a very delicate and painstaking process with no real instruction manual, it can seem like a very daunting task. However, humanity is a species capable of incredible things, things that were once seen as impossible and unthinkable.

Today we live in a world with tools and capabilities that would appear to be magic to our ancestors, yet we still have been unable to escape the same primitive traditions that held them captive in their time.

We can instantly speak to people all over the world, travel in to space and store incredible amounts of information into extremely small spaces, but sadly we still live our day to day lives in confusion and fear just as so many generations before us did.

This era that we are living in is an extremely pivotal time in the human story because we really have reached that long awaited moment where we have become advanced enough to destroy this planet and everything on it. This is a massive responsibility, a responsibility that can only be met with a radical elevation in consciousness, one which will allow our species to finally become civilized beings.

No self-respecting creature wants to look at themselves or the society that they identify with as being barbaric or uncivilized. Surely even the cavemen who painted on walls with animal dung thought of themselves as being gentlemen and scholars. However, when a species is killing each other by the millions, enslaving one another and taking part in the kind of culturally justified violence that we see today, it becomes apparent that there is still a lot of work to be done before we can honestly say that humanity is civilized.

This is a worthwhile goal though, to do what we can during our lives to leave the world and the human consciousness in better condition than they were when they were left for us. In all reality, one could argue that this is the meaning of life! It is not an easy path to take and there is no guarantee that you will see the fruits of your labor in your own lifetime, but any new frontier is always shrouded in this same sort of uncertainty, danger and controversy. The creation of the world’s first free society in recorded history is simply the most recent frontier in the realm of human consciousness, just as space exploration is the most recent frontier in the physical realm. Just a hundred years ago if you told someone you were going to build a rocket to fly people into outer space you may have run the risk the being committed to a mental hospital. Yet despite popular opinion the human imagination has once again defied our previous conception of reality by exploring new frontiers and pushing beyond the boundaries of what was said to be possible.

If you are reading these words, then you are without a doubt in the midst of today’s great frontier, which is the fight for freedom and the search for peace. You are a pioneer who has the courage to journey into uncharted territory and be you own mapmaker. Along with the millions of others worldwide who are beginning to find their purpose, you have the ability to change the world for the better in your lifetime, no matter what kind of situation you come from or where you call home. You have found yourself on a rewarding but arduous and sometimes lonely path. I know, because I have been walking this path for the better part of my life, and some years ago I passed the point of no return, to where this path has now become my home.

After realizing that there was no turning back I have tried my best to find the beauty and positivity that surrounds me on this path that I have chosen, and I have found a lot to be optimistic about. I have also made a lot of mistakes and wasted too much time worrying about things that I shouldn’t have. All of these experiences both good and bad have resulted in the essays contained in this book.

These are simply my thoughts on the research that I have done and the world that I see around me, if you want the names, dates and facts, they have all been saved for my hardback Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, which I will refer to when sourcing is necessary.

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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance at bookpatch.com.

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