Summer is lovely and warm in Toronto, in all of Canada, and the café near the corner of Bloor and Isabella is a friendly place where I enjoyed chatting with John, the owner.
The police also enjoyed it as a resting place, they'd sit at the table in the corner and enjoy their quiet time. I initially wondered why they came, what was their attraction, although it was certainly beneficial to the patrons and the owner. I eventually found out John's secret of success. Coffee was free to the police at all times.
Now I was very keen in staying very fit, as well as remaining healthy, and had so became quite knowledgeable about newly found uses for medications. John likewise.
Protection from thinking for yourself
But how do you know if such newly found uses are reliably reported? The legal admonition is caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Yet many governments have tried to eviscerate such protection by instituting enormous numbers of rules and restrictions. Their approach to life is to come up with namby-pamby regulations that do little but waste your money.
There's a vast selection of examples available, but I finally chose this one by the Brits: a sign on a scruffy piece of grass measuring just 3ft by 2ft which says: keep off the grass.
Is the government more trustworthy than the private sector? Public Choice, which won the Noble Prize for Economics in 1986, proved that self-interest is the primary concern of public servants, just as it is for private citizens. You'll change your life once you see that most just pretend otherwise. Since bureaucrats have no motivation to make a profit or to satisfy their customers, how can they be trusted with decisions which affect you but not them?
But I digress. Until new uses for medications have been expressly approved by the nanny-state Canadian government, disclosure of such uses is expressly illegal!
This policy is apparently to protect the public from the enormous risks involved in making up their own minds. It's to protect you from the hazards of thinking for yourself! Just imagine the danger!
Unapproved products from Europe
I was interested in these unapproved benefits, and was about to order some from a mail order supplier in Europe. John was also knowledgeable and decided he also wanted some.
"You have to pay for them in advance," I told him. "How do you know that they'll deliver?" he retorted with a worried look on his face.
"Yet unless you pay in advance, why should they deliver? How can they know we'll pay when we get them?" I asked. He didn't know. His self-sabotage mechanism told him only to give up his money once he’d received the goods.
Be Skeptical, neither Gullible nor Cynical
As a result, I went ahead and purchased them, while he declined the opportunity. He was being cynical, he was not prepared to trust the supplier at all.
My approach to life is to be skeptical. Maybe they would deliver, maybe not. Since I wanted the medication, and it was just unavailable in Canada, I was prepared to take the risk. In the event, they proved trustworthy.
Yet was I being gullible? I've learned not to self sabotage by just believing someone no matter what they say. I see if it fits in with what I know already. And so I determine for myself if what someone is saying could really be true, or if it's more likely to be false. Sometimes you can’t tell, it requires more investigation.
Yes, this approach can upset some people. Once they believe something, then can want you to believe it as well. Yet I am clear of the value in the spiritual saying, Know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
So evaluate everything others say, and especially anything they want you to believe. The secret of success is to determine whether or not it’s true for you. This stops them using you, you can't be manipulated. Thus you increase your personal power.
Food for Thought
"It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to."
- Fannie Hurst, 1889-1968, American novelist, talk-show host, feminist.