The Listen Books by Joe Gwerder

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20/20 Listening

20/20 Listening by Joe Gwerder

About This Book

Listening to that little voice. Having a gut feeling. Getting certain vibes. Following your own intuition. Different words with the same meaning. We have all heard these things before but what do they really mean? How do you actually follow your intuition? First, you must be aware of how to “listen”. Second, you need to accept that it is real. Finally, trust it – trust you.

This book is written in short, easy to read chapters that get to the point. You will discover many ideas and suggestions that will have you wondering why this book isn’t in every high school and college. (Give it time, maybe someday.) You will not be confronted with exercises or marching orders. You will simply be asked to open your mind and heart and contemplate this information. There will be chapters in this book that will intrigue you and likely cause emotions to come alive. This content should have your full attention so you can grasp the entire message. Read it, re-read it, share it with others. Learning how to “listen” will be one of the best things you have ever done.

The Purpose of Government

By definition, our governments are performing exactly as described. We need to look no further than the trusted Webstees Dictionary. Here is a list of descriptions according to Webster’s meaning of the word government:
1. Nationwide rule
2. Authoritative control
3. The ministers who govern a country

It gets even worse when considering the Webster’s definition of govern:
1. To control and direct
2. Rule
3. To be dominate in
4. Determine
5. To restrain
6. Control
7. To have depending on it

If we were to grade the state and federal political machines based on Webster’s definitions, we would give them an A+. However, is this really the basic purpose of our system? How do you feel when you read these descriptions? Some of these do have a place within a reasonable practice. Others however, are not serving us well at all. In my opinion, the most damaging example within this list of definitions is number 7, “to have depending on it”. When a dependency is established, it can only be at the expense of freedom. If you, as an individual, become dependent on the performance of anyone else besides yourself, you have given your freedom of control to them to some degree. The larger the degree of dependency, the smaller your personal freedom is.

Whether a conscious or subconscious formation, the occurring result is the same – they have a control over you. When a population forms a dependency of large proportion on their governing institutions, a severe unbalance is created. In the case of our current U.S. political system, a few hundred control a moderate amount of the choices for a few hundred million people. As more of the basic freedoms are relinquished to the governing bodies, the level of unbalance increases. This has been the pattern for many generations in our current American political system.

It is my belief that we have surpassed a time in which an involvement of different people holding high-level political offices can turn this pattern around. I believe, (as stated before) that the “machine” is now too powerful for anyone or any new group of people to change. We have been voting new people in for a very long time, only to see this pattern of increased dependency continue. The only dependency a population should give to their governing body is one of broad scale protection via a common military. This national military is currently necessary only because of the illusion of separateness now insisted upon by much of the human race. In future generations this naive illusion will give way to increased awareness of how we are all connected to each other, which will show a decrease in the need for national militaries. Until then, we should collectively examine ways to reduce the entrenched, allowed, large levels of dependencies we have placed upon our public sectors.

As I have said, we should look at ways to change the game. When we provide different ingredients in the political “makeup”, the outcomes will be different. Our basis of a new foundation could show very good potential if we focus at ground level. I will close the discussion in this chapter by using an old and very useful practice, “brainstorming”. I do not suggest any or all of these potential ideas could have merit. I offer them only as a means of beginning the search for what could be a new and improved political climate.


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Game Changers

1. All state and federal offices limited to 4 years of occupancy by an individual.

2. Reduce salaries of all elected and appointed personnel by 10 % each year until it reflects the average pay scale in their region.

3. Drastically reduce individual expense accounts and perks of all elected and appointed individuals drawing tax payer derived salaries. Maximum of 25 % of their salary.

4. Remove the “electoral vote” system. Move to a populous vote only. Have all candidates produce a written resume for public broadcast.

5. For each new law produced by the legislature, two old laws must be removed.

6. Create annual tax collection meetings at the local level where the congressperson and senator are physically present to face the people.

7. Completely remove the “prevailing wage” requirement for contractors that perform work on public properties, and/or with public funding.

8. Dissolve the IRS. Move to a flat rate sales tax. Taxes are not assessed on income but on purchases. (This idea would be in lieu of #6.)

9. All people, whether a politician or in a law enforcement position, are subject to any and all common laws of the people.

10. Remove the state and federal involvement in the school systems. Allow schools to function in the private sector of business. There was a time when uniformity was necessary due to racial differences. This time has passed. Let schools compete and stand on their own merit.

These are only a handful of ideas I am throwing out. You may think some are good and others are bad. Regardless of their approval rating, they are simply meant to “get the ball rolling”. I believe the political sector will look very different in the coming decades. If the changes are to be positive, they will only come at the insistence and involvement of us, the people. The machine can be reprogrammed, but it will not do . . it on Its own.


This book is the third in a series. Book one: Listen Without Your Ears, covers a diversified array of common life exposure and experiences. Book two: Listen Out Loud, continues this format and expands on many everyday occurrences on an individual and collective level. In this book (book three) we will examine a much broader scope of human interaction. While there will be moderate emphasis on the individual, there will also be a lot of straightforward discussion directed toward our mutually collective approach to each other.

It is my true desire that you find benefit in these pages. I sincerely believe that upon the completion and comprehension of this book, along with book one and two in this series, you will find many ways in which to improve your life’s experiences. Some of these improvements will present themselves immediately and others will have long-term results. Look for the chapters that touch you personally. Read these three books more than once while you are uninterrupted. Read those chapters that have an emotional effect on you slowly and multiple times. Then listen. Do not force – allow. Relax and simply notice how you feel about that subject matter. Open yourself to new ideas. Give it time. If you are sincere in your desires to gain new awareness’s, you will. Remember, there is not a “right way” or “wrong way” to “listen”; there is only “your way”.

~ Joe

Table of Contents

Author’s Message
Chapter 1: Sincerity
Chapter 2: Your Predetermined Beginning
Chapter 3: Noise
Chapter 4: Expecting/Wanting
Chapter 5: Cause & Effect
Chapter 6: The Human Facade
Chapter 7: “Listening” to a Painting
Chapter 8: A Single Word Changes Everything
Chapter 9: The Political Machine
Chapter 10: Religion & Politics
Chapter 11: Environmental Balance
Chapter 12: A Society of Victims
Chapter 13: It All Comes Down to Control
Chapter 14: Force
Chapter 15: Selective…
Chapter 16: Complicated Simplicity
Chapter 17: Application
Closing Comments