As most of you who are familiar with my three books, numerous online articles, and instructional seminars already know, I’ve been on a very specific mission for most of my professional life. Once I came to the realize the nature and scope of the character crisis plaguing much of the industrialized free world, I committed myself to spreading the word about what’s really behind so many of the problems people experience today both within their individual relationships and the larger society. Most especially I wanted to spread the word about what we could do individually and collectively to stem the tide, empower ourselves, and stave off the erosion of freedom that inevitably accompanies cultural decline. To do so, I needed to encourage folks to cast off some of the inaccurate and inherently disadvantaging notions they might have held about human nature and functioning (many of which were unfortunately promoted by “traditional” psychology paradigms) and come to a new, more empowering perspective. Knowledge is power. And through my books, other writings, and workshops, I wanted folks to have the knowledge that would maximally empower them in all their relationships.
As this site exemplifies, my part in this effort has been primarily confined to books, articles, and instructional workshops and videos. But you’ve had a big part in this enterprise as well. For one thing, none of my work has ever been promoted with a lot of splash or fanfare. Rather, it’s you who have carried the message, recommending my books to friends and acquaintances, posting favorable reviews about them, contributing invaluable personal experiences in the discussions on this blog, and inviting and encouraging others to access this resource and make their own contributions. And I have an archive full of thousands of personal testimonials that affirm the value of the work we have done together – especially on this blog – to educate people about the nature of character disturbance, the socio-cultural and other factors responsible for it, what we can do to turn things around, and how folks who were once in any number of compromised positions in their life as a result of dealing with a character-impaired person can regain their personal dignity and claim a more vibrant, empowered life.
For all of this, I simply couldn’t be more edified or grateful. And although I’ve said it before, I certainly don’t mind saying it again: “Thank you.” Because of you, my first book In Sheep’s Clothing is a longstanding international bestseller, published in several foreign languages. And because of your strong recommendations, my more in-depth and broader view book, Character Disturbance, is following very closely in In Sheep’s Clothing’s footsteps. And the response of the faith community to The Judas Syndrome, my first book specifically written for the Christian audience, has been so good that discussion groups about its principles are starting to pop up at churches and Sunday school classrooms across the country.
We simply must win the struggle for better character development. Freedom literally hangs in the balance. The whole concept of a free society only works when people of good character predominate. Leave people with a good moral compass alone to pursue their dreams and they’ll inevitably forge a prosperous life not only for themselves but also for others. That’s how it works. But in the absence of integrity, ethics, and a sense of higher purpose, there are always pressures to curtail freedoms. People of deficient character simply can’t be trusted to do as they please. They inevitably use and abuse. And when they’re predominant in a society, freedom always faces curtailment. Ruthlessness and lawlessness are the predictable result of character impairment. This was on my mind the whole time when the inspiration came for the patriotic song America, My Home! my wife and I wrote some 14 years ago. And because I know the power of song to inspire, it’s been more than edifying to hear so many – some as young as 12 years old – carry its personal exhortation to cherish our best ideals and help keep freedom alive at various events and celebrations across the country.
Although I’ll be writing blog articles for some time, I don’t know if I have another book in me. Perhaps a book or two could be fashioned (possibly with a co-author) from the voluminous material I’ve already posted on the internet, I’m just not sure. But I do plan one last round of speaking engagements, starting mid-fall of this year and continuing through Spring, 2015. At least 9 regions of the U.S. are under consideration as are 5 foreign venues. No dates or locales have been firmed up yet, but when they are I’ll dedicate a page on the blog to a calendar of events, and hopefully we can set up a means of online registration. We’ve hit a few roadblocks finding appropriate facilities and sponsoring entities. I’m committed to making my sessions available to a wide “crossover” audience that includes lay persons as well as professionals and to making fees very affordable. But these days, finding truly cost-effective venues is a real challenge. Still, we’re working at it and if worse comes to worst, I might have to substitute electronic forums for “live” appearances.
Thanks again to one and all for the role you play in my life’s work and passion.