February 5th, 1987
When I was going to school my teachers taught me how the United States of America came about. They taught me that without this wizard we would have very bad trouble, many people would be hurt or killed. Your teachers will be telling you the same thing in coming years. But it is not true. Don't believe it.
The truth is that about the time they told King George he was a humbug, grown-ups stopped believing in all the other wizards, too. Now, these men had been told that terrible things would happen if they did that, and they believed the lie just like grown-ups do today. They were afraid to let go of their humbugs. Then they were very surprised and happy when everything was just fine! There were no congressmen, no governors, no policemen, and no judges. Nobody ever teaches this history to children. If people knew they could get along without wizards a lot of humbugs would be out of a job.
So that no one would ever forget the truth about what happens when all man-made government is gone, these men wrote a letter called A Proclamation of the Colony of the Massachusetts's Bay. I put that in Lesson 1 so you can read it and know it really did happen.
Government is the word grown-ups use when they mean all the wizards they believe in both great and small, visible and invisible. Thomas Paine was alive then and he wrote about the abolishment of government, too. He was not afraid to live without government. He knew that government and all its wizards are humbugs. I put Thomas Paine's ideas in Lesson 1, also.
David Ramsey was alive then, too. He saw that people get along just fine without human government. He told us in his book that there is a real government which can be seen only when make-believe governments are gone. That is the government that each of us has in his heart and mind. The same government that Laura Wilder knew about. It is called the Kingdom of God in the Bible. Wizards do not like the Kingdom of God because it helps people stop believing in humbug rulers. It helps people stop playing Wizards of America.
In Russia the wizards are very mean to people who stop playing make-believe and live in the real world of God's kingdom. In Lesson Thirteen I'll tell you about some people in Russia called Doukhabors and what happened to them when they told the Czar he was a humbug. The same thing happens in Russia today, and very sadly, in America as well. A famous writer named Count Leo Tolstoy helped the Doukhabors leave Russia. It's a very interesting story.
Many of us have been put in jail many times for trying to live in the Kingdom of God and for telling the truth about wizards. But the last time they did not put me in jail. That story is in Lesson 11.
Say hello to your Dad and Mom, and Grandma Mary and Grandpa George. Bye for now!
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