Can anyone provide a service more significant than freeing one from ignorance?
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing." Theodore Roosevelt
I am the namesake that is the basis of this posting, and I will admit I was ignorant...but I knew it! I knew what I was doing didn't entirely jive with what I felt was right, but I have to say deep down I knew following this path would lead me to where I wanted to go.
I could tell you all the self righteous reasons why I did what I did, but really that doesn't matter, I am not responding to make excuses about what I did. I had a responsibility to the my society and I reneged on that responsibility. Whether I did it for a reason or not does not take away from the fact I had the duty and I didn't fulfill my part. For this I have been sentenced and shall pay for my failure.
Do I regret doing what I did? In some ways I do. I regret the suffering that my decisions in this regard has imposed upon my family, friends, and employees along the way. I regret that I have forsaken the society which has supported my throughout my life. And I regret the substantial work that those that look out for the good of our society (the CRA officer and officer of the prosecution service) had to endure for the sake of pursuing me for my decision. BUT in other ways I don't regret my decision. I don't regret it because going through the process; being forced to face my actions as they effect not only me but also the society to which I belong has been immensely rewarding.
When someone cuts you off in traffic how does it make you feel? I used to feel belittle, like they were in some way stealing my respect away from me, they dishonoured me and what I stand for. In many ways that is how I felt the government and the justice system worked. That it did not serve the common man and that it was a calculated ruse to imprison us for the sake of others benefit. That the tax laws were written to keep poor people poor. That there was an unnecessary imposition of the state on the private affairs of society. That there was just too many laws that could possibly be understood by the general public. That there were injustices occurring everywhere that were against my conscious.
So though I didn't entirely understand, or necessarily agree, I decided I needed to find a way to get over the built up anger and disdain I had towards the system that felt like it was imprisoning me, that was cutting off people all around and then giving them the finger (complete dishonour).
In the MNR trial was very rewarding exercise to myself and I think it was for the MNR officers as well. We both made mistakes on that fateful day. Subsequently, in the various court proceeding we were faced each others, and we didn't give each other the finger. We realized that we are just different people, and though we had different opinions on what was right, we seemed to all agree that our intent was honourable. I deeply respect those officers and the officers of the court as they have helped me substantially on my journey. I would welcome them as a friend anytime I may come across them.
In the CRA trial it was a little different because the stakes were substantially more significant, but I proceeded to consider that maybe I was not entirely right about things. I definitely had a different opinion of things after the MNR trial. Now trust me on the taxes we had volumes of information, interpretations, and case law organized and bound into an extensive library of binders for reference. We spent countless hours articulating positions on various things. We consulted with numerous claimed authorities (ne gurus) which I have seen within these discussion forums and researched their positions extensively. I have an extensive library of information all all means and methods but the things that seems to be missing was the question "How does a society exist without rules?". If there was no means to collect taxes, then how could the roads be built. Now those gurus would argue that there are other taxes that cover costs such as roads and hospitals, and they would claim that all income taxes go towards funding the bankers imposed deficit. But in the end all the rules are assented to in the same place, for the sake of society.
Now when it comes to those gurus, I will say I learned allot by combining much of what they taught but when you consciously look at the bigger picture, you realize that the actions they recommend contradict their own positions.
So in regards to the Tax Evasion conviction I am in agreement that it was the proper ruling in my case. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the prosecutors and CRA investigating officers, as throughout the proceedings they were entirely honourable. I guess in regards to CRA I held on longer to a faint hope that I was somehow right moreso out of fear of the bill, than a truly held belief that I was right. I never really disagreed with the need for a tax system, just more disagreed with the way it was being used.
I consider the law of our society to be no different than the law of a marriage. Sure there are things written to make clear the understanding between a man and wife, but long ago there was nothing, it was just understood. The fact we may engage in a written agreement between a man and wife does not forgo the existence of substantially more responsibility that passes between the two. You can't write the emotional into an agreement, it can't be written down, it can only be felt and understood. The unwritten is in fact the more substantial than the written for the family society to exist, to thrive. So if you want the benefit of a loving partner, these unwritten rules cannot be denied. Likewise, the laws of our society try and articulate everything, but the fundamental principle will always be necessary and is paramount. If you want roads to drive on to support your family, hospitals to save your life and that of your loved ones, schools to educate your kids, a justice system to hold people accountable for wrongs imposed on you, and a means to keep hording nations to not kill you and rape your wife, then your going to have to follow ALL it's rules, not just the ones that have no direct cost!
Nothing is perfect! Society isn't perfect; the government isn't perfect; my children aren't perfect; and I'm not perfect. I can accept that fact now. Societies in their operation make mistake just as you or I make mistakes in our daily lives. Being able to accept that reality has been able to set me free from my ignorance. I can accept it now, but move forever towards overcoming it.
Well that's about as short as I could give for a response. So I hope it gives some relief to some ignorance about my situation.
With regards to the claim of philandering, I would suggest that maybe such a claim might be a little premature at the least. But I won't get into it at this point, need to get back to work to make good on my penance. I would suggest the following reading as something that has a similar tone and to possibly consider further research on that matter.https://www.canlii.org/en/ns/nssc/doc/2 ... sc114.html
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." Buddha
"All men are by nature created equal, made of the same earth by one workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto god is the poor peasant as the mighty prince." Plato