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One Byfield Legacy: Relationships (Part 2)

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Last time, I announced the passing of Edward Bartlett Byfield.  Ted was a journalist at heart, but he was also a teacher, a historian and a political pundit responsible for coining the phrase “the west wants in”.  This became the rallying cry of the western-based Reform movement which eventually led to Stephen Harper’s nine years as Prime Minister of Canada.

I knew of Ted for years as an incredible writer and the architect behind the twelve-volume “Alberta History” and “Christian History” projects.  I was a financial supporter of both projects and remain the proud owner of both original sets.  I can still remember the excitement I experienced receiving each new volume in the mail.  It took me over twenty years to get both sets, one book at a time.

Due to my long-standing support of both projects, Ted came to visit me about fifteen year ago with the intention of squeezing a bit more out of me to facilitate the distribution of the Christian History Project.  What started as a fundraising mission resulted in us becoming good friends, a friendship for which I am eternally grateful.
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Ted Byfield is Gone: Relationships (Part 1)

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I may have completed the last blog a bit early!  It was entitled Goodbye 2021 and was a review of how awful 2021 was for many of us, particularly Faye and me.  I assumed the remaining two weeks of 2021 would be less disappointing, but that was not the case.

2021 ended with yet another school-related issue that required a great deal of diplomacy, negotiation and contending with the bureaucratic jungle of the Department of Education.  Not that any one person can be blamed, but it can be very difficult to get people to think outside of the established status quo.  Somewhere along the line there must have been a memo prohibiting people from challenging the narrative, but I must have missed that one!

Then, as we neared Christmas Day, I received more disappointing info about a very dear friend, followed a few days later with news of his passing.  The iconic, legendary Ted Byfield died on December 23 at the age of 93.

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Christmas Break (Part 2)

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Léo’s Insights is taking a two-week Christmas break. It will return on January 10, 2022.

Christmas Break (Part 1)

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Léo’s Insights is taking a two-week Christmas break. It will return on January 10, 2022.

Goodbye 2021!

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As we near the end of this tumultuous year, I would like to provide an update on our corporate and personal state of affairs.  I apologize in advance for the length of this blog.

I want to be clear before I proceed that I am not sharing this personal information with you to get sympathy.  Rather, many of you have been actively following, supporting and encouraging our efforts to keep Education Unlimited alive and well.  Most see EU as a sanctuary of freedom and a breath of fresh air in a world that is becoming increasingly authoritarian and manipulative.  You have come to appreciate that we are vigilant in protecting your autonomy, particularly in regard to the education of your children.

The second motivation for this review is to comfort you with the knowledge that you are not alone in this crazy world.  Everybody seems to be hurting in one way or another.  This is not a time to pretend everything is “great”.  This is when we need real people with real answers to real issues.  Sometimes, all we need is a hug.  We have received a multitude of hugs during this painful year and this is my way of thanking you and “hugging” you back.
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Dipping Deeply Into Freedom: Freedom (Part 9)

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I want to end this series on freedom by digging deeply into a very big question I have grappled with for years.  We all have deep questions which most often cannot be answered, like “Who created God?” or “Where did God come from?”  These are questions referred to as metaphysical questions, or questions that extend beyond the physical realm.

I may be a bit weird in this respect, but I have been entertaining some of these questions since I was a lad.  I think I may have been enlightened on one of these questions as I wrote this series and while going through some deep personal pain, the type of pain that begs these types of questions.  Let me explain.

The question I am attempting to answer today starts with my limited understanding of what may have taken place long before any of us were around.  To the best of my knowledge, satan, or Lucifer was once an angel in God’s realm of heaven.  There is some Biblical support for this story, in particular Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.  Otherwise, there seems to be a lot of folklore regarding satan, such as he was an archangel, or in charge of music, or very beautiful, and that he had, or shall we say has, quite a following.  These things may indeed be true, but I would not know where to go to find support for these claims.
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Freedom’s Definition Expanded: Freedom (Part 8)

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Throughout this series, I have consistently defined freedom as having both choice and control.  I stated that the more one has freedom, the less one has fear, which in turn means having a greater sense of peace.  I also mentioned that being ignorant of the truth is often what leads to fear and loss of freedom.

A simple formula would be:
Misinformation = Fear = Insecurity.

On the other hand, the more informed one is, the less fearful and the more secure and peaceful one is.
Truthful Information = Less Fear and More Peace.
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Freedom Needs to Be Defended: Freedom (Part 7)

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Edmond Burke has often been credited for saying, “All that needs happen for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”  There is a lot of truth to this statement.

Even though freedom is God given and inalienable, there are a lot of opposing forces at work to rob us of these freedoms.

To start, it is important to understand that most people in a democratic society are tricked into surrendering their freedoms in exchange for rights.  We have already discussed that while God’s freedom is unchanging, it can be taken away or given away in exchange for rights.  What most people do not understand is that this is a matter of who is in authority.  While we are in possession of our freedom, we stand in the authority given to us by God.  When we acquiesce to others claiming this authority, we deny our autonomy and embrace the claims of others as legitimate.
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Freedom Is Being Contented: Freedom (Part 6)

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We all desire to be free, even if we don’t think about it much.  We are born free, even when born in a despotic or dysfunctional society.  Freedom is a given.  It is a gift.  It is what actually defines us as human beings.  However, freedom can be taken from us, either by force or insidiously through coercion and manipulation – big words that mean we can be tricked into giving up our natural born freedoms.

I have always questioned the authenticity and practicality of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Not that I disagree with having something in place to protect us from government overreach, but I question how “rights” and “freedoms” can be included in a single document.  If we are born free, how it is that we need rights?  Could it be that we are tricked into believing the God-given freedoms granted us at birth are protected when exchanged for government- or man-given rights?

Animals have decision making powers, but they are limited in keeping with how they were created or programmed.  Blue Jays are free to do what they want, but only within the limited realm of being a Blue Jay.  Humans are the only beings that are free to choose within a moral framework that allows them to do good or evil.  This is not to say a cat cannot do evil; it does not know better, which is not true of human beings.
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Freedom Robbed by Ignorance: Freedom (Part 5)

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Freedom is having choice and control.  If either is missing, you are not free and you are likely living in fear regarding the issue at hand.  When fear is present, there is no peace.  And we all know how peace often eludes us because life seems to provide everybody with challenges to keep peace at a minimum in our lives.  This is largely done by restricting freedom.

I ended last week’s blog with a statement that likely caused a bit of consternation or confusion.  I said that the greatest threat to peace in your home education program, or your life for that matter, is you.  Let me explain, but before I do, let me be clear: this is not to lay blame and it is certainly not intended to fan the flames of guilt.

Everyone is their own worst enemy because we all make bad decisions.  Why do people make bad decisions?  It is rooted in a chronic, universal “pandemic” called ignorance.  Although this word is often used to disparage people, it is not a bad word.  It is actually a description of reality.  We are ignorant because we just don’t know; we are “ignorant of the facts”.

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