What's Your Personal Policy?

How writing out a manifesto now will help you in the future.

At the beginning of the year, I was trying to figure out where I was going with The Freeman Wire. I struggled to the point of creative paralysis where I spent a couple of months of not writing and even thought about quitting.

And then COVID-19 hit. 

Following that, general unrest from the lockdown, protests, shootings, and the presidential election.

2020, the year that some people thought would be an eye-opener, ended up becoming a meme-worthy disaster.

Chaos would be a great way to describe it. Politically, socially and economically. And I was getting tired of it. As you are, I'm sure!

The pandemic, protests, recession, and wars have changed the fabric of this nation. The media, both mainstream and social, have pressured people to conform instead of think for themselves.

Fred Bauer asserts that economic shifts are responsible for the breakdown of family and community.

The Great Recession pummeled employment opportunities for many Millennials, hurting family formation and also creating the conditions for intellectual radicalization. “Burn it all down” becomes much less tempting when you have two kids, a mortgage, and a stable job. The economic disruptions caused by neoliberalism left vacuums of opportunity in many parts of the country. Source- National Review

This has led to the "Great Awokening" and intellectual radicalism which promotes the collective over the individual.

This past week, I think I came up with a good description of what I want The Freeman Wire to be about.

A weekly newsletter to help those who feel overstimulated by the news cycle gain clarity through insights on God, America, and being human.

I want people to think for themselves and I'll encourage you to adopt Judeo-Christian principles.

In this culture, where there is so much pressure to be "woke" it is more important than ever to know your guns and stick to them. 

A good way to do this is by writing out a manifesto. Think of The Declaration of Independence.

Not the Communist Manifesto.

A manifesto is just that, a declaration of your beliefs.

The word is rooted in the Latin word manifestum which means clear or conspicuous. 

I challenge you to take it just a step further and also write how you will act on those beliefs!

Here's how you might want to approach this:

  • What topic will your manifesto cover?

Finances? Marriage? Career? Relationships? Creative endeavors? How you view certain things? It's all up to you!

  • What are your principles?

What are your beliefs, motivations, and values regarding the topic you have chosen? How will you approach these topics? If something needs to be changed, how will you change it?

  • Write it out!

Make sure you use declarative sentences. Start your sentences with 'I Will'. Writing it on paper might be better than typing it out.

The idea is to have a piece of paper that you can pick up and read when you wake up in the morning to keep you mentally aligned throughout the day and help you reach your goals.

It's like having a code of conduct or even a personal policy with principles that you commit to following.

In the old testament, the kings of Israel were required to write out a copy of the Law and read it regularly:

And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them 

Deuteronomy 17: 18-20 HCSB

Thankfully, for those that are in Christ, the Holy Spirit "writes" the Law on our hearts and guides us into obedience to Christ.

Keep in mind, your manifesto might change. It will grow as you grow and change as you change.

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It's kind of like how we have core tenants in our Constitution but several amendments.

You'll change, I'll change, The Freeman Wire will change. But we all need a rock to stand on to give us clarity and guidance in this crazy world of ours.

That's a way to live in freedom!

Have a great week!

-Jordan Blackwood

P.S. Hit reply if you'd like to share a little of what you wrote with me! I'd love to read it! Art of Manliness also has a good article on writing a manifesto here.

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