James, I fixed your post.

THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE AMERICAN RELIGION

A response to a September 20, 2016 post by James Altucher. A reduction from 1670 words to 482, and a simpler, more universal message.

I failed as a father. My 17 year old is going to visit some colleges today.

I would never force anyone to listen to my reasons. But I can say I think she is making a mistake.

We are the average of the five people around us. Be around skilled, compassionate, good, interesting, people who are trying to improve themselves and the world and this in turn will improve you.

To live a simple life is to live a good life.

Away from the coercions of a corporate master, or a government master, or peer pressure, or death and hostility.

I am often not able to do it. And even in those moments, I have to find and be content in my personal freedom.

But awareness is the solution.

When I see a situation I want to help, I give money and I help the situation.

There are thousands of ways to put money to good use.

The role of government is to help people who cannot in any other way help themselves. Money collected through taxes is the mechanism.

Fine.

One time I wrote an article, “Tell me a war that is justified?”

I sincerely want to know. I have two daughters. There’s no justification that would ever get me to be happy with either of them going to war. Zero.

If people have an illness, they go to the doctor.

This seems to be the accepted path to health. But it’s wrong. Medicine was always intended at the extremes.

The important thing is to live a healthy lifestyle so you don’t need to go to extremes.

If you look at the top ten killers in the United States, almost all of them can be delayed or even avoided by a healthier lifestyle.

The simplest example is if you don’t smoke you can avoid many diseases. If you have good sleeping habits you can avoid many illnesses and so on.

Medicine is an emergency. Health is a lifestyle.

But ultimately, people want to believe their own truths. This maybe is the only truth.

To live a good life, I want to not want. To live a simple life where I can explore my interests with as little interference as possible. To love my family and the people around me. That’s it.

We should ask, “Why is this necessary?” on the things we hold dear. instead of saying, “I have to do this or else.”

The phrase “Or else” is scary. I don’t want it.

A child laughs, on average, 300 times a day. An adult…five.

Learn through questioning, with the mind of a child and yet the experience of an adult, and you recapture the beauty and contentment of a simple life. This is my only hope for myself.

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