In the last post, the tyrant reared his ugly head. That’s how it works. You sometimes won’t even know he’s there, plotting to undermine you.
Some people do not even recognize his lies. They do not differentiate between his voice and their own. This is because, they have given him power.
He (the tyrant) would tell us many lies, if we should listen. And when we listen and obey, our freedom is taken away.
As citizens under his rule, we do not enjoy basic rights, such as freedom of speech. We begin to tell others the same lies we believe ourselves.
But we who have fought and vanquished him many times are more sensitive – we remain vigilant – and we can resist him.
You see, we don’t just resist following him – we resist becoming him.
Decide Who You Are
Although I have not spoken forthright about the Diplomat King in some time, I have been sharing many characteristics and crucial habits of which the Diplomat King must possess and exhibit.
The Diplomat King is a leader first and foremost. They first led themselves, and leading oneself is sometimes the most difficult task.
Self-discipline and self-leadership are at the core of remaining prepared for the Storm.
As we seek our own freedom, we inevitably desire others to be free as well. That is why many whom lead themselves often lead others out in the world, in some way or another.
Because you have fought the tyrant in your own self, you desire others to resist and vanquish the tyrant within themselves.
There is a danger, however, in leading others with vanity and pride in yourself. Perhaps you believe that, Because you have defeated the tyrant again and again, you are superior and others must follow you. They must buy your products and you shall be their Idol.
In the climate of social media, we have been taught that the number of followers is what defines us and raises our status – it will make us happy and whole.
We should not seek to raise the number of followers we have. Instead, we should be vetting the followers we already have accumulated. Some of them may be spies, insurgents, or traitors working at the behest of the tyrant: fake friends and fake followers.
The most effective way to rid yourself of fake followers is to avoid becoming your own follower. When you become puffed up in your own pride and vanity, you are raising yourself up upon a pedestal – becoming an Idol.
When you are following a dogmatic method, involving a specific program, specific supplements, and adherence to a personal creed, you are not free. You have traded one tyrant for another.
This is one of the myriad methods the tyrant traps and ensnares you – he strokes your ego, flattering you with likes and comments on your Feed. But what are you ingesting/consuming through your eyes? Lies.
Do not fall into the trap of listening to these lies, whether they be written, spoken, or simulated.
Avoid this by serving others as a leader.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Immediate Action Drill
This drill is not so simple. It cannot be done in a hurry, or stuffed into a hectic, disorganized morning routine. Rather, you will have to plan for it. Furthermore, you will have to become engaged!
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