The outrageous events which followed Jon's senior year deepened his understanding of "inherent rights" taught by Jon's deaf/blind friend, Ur. A trip into the jarring international arena turned into a fight for their lives. Jon became acquainted with the power of death and its invisible impact on the living. An Joy, sweet Joy! Great tears of happiness as well of tears of anguish seared into a farm boy's soul a firmer resolve to live the Pristine American Dream.
From the Foreword:
Tears of Joy is the sequel to The Cedar Post in which I attempted to teach through an exciting novel the principle of The Pristine American Dream.
Pristine: “Characteristics of the earliest period or condition: original: still pure: uncorrupted: unspoiled [Pristine beauty].” Webster’s New World Dictionary.
We as a nation and as individuals have stopped living and dreaming The Pristine American Dream as our Founding Fathers knew and loved it.
The Dream has slowly slipped from our lives like the imperceptible evaporation of a life giving lake. The Cedar Post showcased The Pristine American Dream, which is those inalienable or inherent rights guaranteed to all Americans by virtue of their birth, coupled with the diligence, hard work, and determination required to obtain and enjoy the privileges of life.
Simply put, inherent rights are the rights to be and to do good. Everything that is good is right, an inherent right. Nobody ever has the right to do bad; they only have the power to choose it. No matter what circumstance individuals, families, communities or nations find themselves in, they always enjoy more peace of mind and happiness when they maintain their inherent rights.
Joined with our inherent rights is our opportunity to seek for the best privileges of life. Some have misunderstood and thought that living by one’s inherent rights brings on the privileges. This is not true. If it was, then only the good people would have privileges. We all know this is not true. For example, holding political office is a privilege, but not all politicians are good people. Being a schoolteacher is a privilege, but not all teachers maintain their inherent rights. Yet, when one maintains his inherent rights, he is more at peace and can more easily focus on and appreciate the good things of life.
The relationship between maintaining one’s inherent rights and receiving privileges is this: if one maintains his inherent rights, then he is safe with his privileges. Anytime one gains a privilege without maintaining his inherent rights, he is a threat to his community because he is not good. He may never do anything bad, yet he remains a threat because of his tendencies.
To understand more clearly inherent rights and how to receive privileges in life, please read The Cedar Post.