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Observe. Understand.
Respond Effectively.

"Life is Hard." We can make life easier by following three guidelines. What are they?

Observe. Understand.  Respond Effectively. OURE.
The simple instructions can be used everywhere, by everyone. When more use these credos, life gets better. 


Improve our lives through better understanding.

We are safer when we understand reality

than when we do not.

Everything we learn has the potential to help us as individuals and our communities. The deep knowledge we have within helps to survive the challenges of the world around us when it reflects what is going on accurately.  From simpler things, like how to balance our budget, or how to bake cookies, to harder things, like how to raise a family and build our career: if we don't understand it well enough, we're less likely to succeed. 

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Encourage all of us to push through the challenges.

Being ignorant of something is easier than understanding it. 

Easier does not mean better.

We find that the most rewarding of tasks have been when we have put our hearts, our minds, our souls into them. From raising a family to creating a business from scratch. From studying every night, while working all night, to placing ourselves in danger to protect our communities and our country. Everything worthwhile is not easy.

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Realize that we understand with our both hearts and our minds.

What we know in our hearts, and what we know in our minds, are not always the same.

Our instincts and emotions are powerful forces that can guide us to greatness or into sadness. So too, can our thoughts lead us into the best of times or the worst of times. When both our emotions and our thoughts have an improved understanding, we can more easily find ourselves in better times.

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To help all of us to see the world more clearly in order to protect our future.

When we search to improve our understanding, the world becomes clearer and easier to work with. 

Like eyes blurred by rain, sweat, or tears, when we do not correctly understand the world, we will see things somewhat wrong. When we cannot see correctly, what are we to do? 

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Push our institutions to share truth.

If the government, corporations, or other organizations give us untruths, all of us lose.

If we are told an untruth often enough, even if we know it to be false, we begin to believe it. Common sense is not always common, and scientific 'evidence' can be used to mislead.  We must hold the organizations that guide our lives accountable in their accurate reporting of the truth. If we do not, then we can be led to believe things that put our individual selves in danger, our country in peril, and our world in harm's way. 

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Emphasize the importance of immediacy.

If not now, when?

Procrastination. We all do it. It is easier to think about doing something to improve our lives than to go out and take action. When we delay doing what we know to be important, we limit our potential to improve the conditions for ourselves and our family. 

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Encourage everyone to escape the echo chambers we are in.

We like to be told that we are right. We do not like to be told that we are wrong, even if we are. Let's change that.

At a minimum, all of us want a good, safe, and fulfilling life. Very few of us want to harm other people to get to such a life, but it is easier to think of those who we disagree with as our pure enemies. We all likely wish to ensure the rights asserted within our constitution: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We do not always agree on the way to ensure those rights will last forever. If we attack each other in such pursuits we will only make it easier to be taken over by our true enemies: those who do not believe that individuals should have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Lay the foundation for a better tomorrow.

With each piece of accurate understanding of reality that we find we can build something better.

Like a tool in a toolkit, each element of reality that we learn can be used to build something. Our hands can swing a well-made hammer into a nail to bring pieces of wood together. When we've done this enough, we can build a house. If we consider our understanding as a tool to make our lives better, we will learn to use this tool, and find more of them.

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