Swallowing the Red Pill

My story may be like a lot of people who go through life thinking one way, then you discover something that completely changes the way you think about everything, for the rest of your life. That’s how it was for me when I discovered The Creature from Jekyll Island.

No, it’s not some cheesy B movie about a guy in a rubber monster suit, it’s a real life horror story about how the Federal Reserve system was created in 1913.

That was the beginning of the end for America. Most people don’t even realize it’s not “federal” at all, but created, ran and managed by a banking cartel for one sole purpose. To make them richer and richer why the rest of America¬†gets poorer and poorer.

Let me back up for just a minute and explain…

I used to have a regular job as a Wonder Bread driver. I started there in 1989. I thought I had made it to the big time. A good job, good pay and retirement with the Teamsters Union. After 10 years though, I was in bad physical shape from the wear and tear of loading tens of thousands of trays on and off a truck every day. My back was shot, my shoulders and knees were a mess and I knew there was no way I was going to make it another 20 years until I retired.

In fact we used to joke around that we’d be able to afford the best wheelchairs money could buy!

So I got into network marketing and “biz opps” on the internet. One of the first programs I ever joined was called “Life Without Debt”. The products the company gave you were really nice collections of audio cassette tapes (remember those? : ). Most had information about finances and how to get out of debt, hence the name “Life Without Debt”.

One of those tapes I listened to was a 90 minute audio with G. Edward Griffin talking about his book The Creature From Jekyll Island; A Second Look at the Federal Reservegriffin_island“. It went into great detail about the men who created it, pushed it through Congress, and ultimately used it to control almost everything.

I’m talking about creating wars and profiting from both sides, actually fueling them to continue to keep the money rolling in. Boom and bust cycles to manipulate the markets and make them richer. Creating events to start wars, runs on banks, and the list goes on and on. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book and read the whole thing.

For me, that was the end of “normal” thinking. I was no longer sleeping, I was awake to how the world really operated. Realizing almost everything in my life was actually being controlled. I kid you not, it really was like taking the red pill in the Matrix. From that point on, I never looked at life the same again.

I became very¬†pessimistic and continued to try and find a way out of the “normal” life I had led up to that point. I wanted to be truly free and that time I thought I would need a lot of money to make that happen. I took a lot of financial risks, got involved in a lot of ‘stuff’ only to lose money time and time again.

The internet for me became like a bad habit, I was a junkie trying to use it get high but when things didn’t work out, the withdrawals were brutal. I never gave up though, always trying to learn from my mistakes and create a better life for myself and family. I actually had some great successes, but also many failures.

After many years of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, my marriage of 15 years ended. That was a huge blow to me and it took years for me to recover. In 2008 I had made a lot of money. I moved to Boise, ID and within 2 short years I had blown through it all. I managed to stay there and get by until 2011, at which time I sold my 2005 Harley Davidson and put a camper on my truck. I moved back to Washington state in 2011 and lived in my camper for 4 months while I worked.

During that time I met Renee at the local Mexican restaurant and we hit it off right away. Not too long after that I was laid off from the job and moved in with Renee. She is an amazing woman and believed in me. She told me to do what I needed to do to get back on my feet. I began working online again and in 2013 I had my best year ever. Having her in my corner made all the difference.

During that rise and fall I learned something very valuable. Freedom isn’t about having lots of money or stuff, or fancy houses and cars. Debt actually is like slavery, keeping you bound in its chains and weighing you down. The most freedom I ever felt was when I was living in my camper. My life was simple, I had plenty of money, I could go where I wanted too anytime and have my ‘house’ with me.

gregamberI would spend time with my family, a week at my mom’s, a few days with my daughters, visit some old friends I hadn’t seen in years. I felt like I was a better person, son and father because I had the time to do those things. I wasn’t rich, wasn’t living in a fancy house, but I was FREE! Ask yourself how free you really are?

I’ve really have come full circle from those early naive days. Now I am focused on becoming that free man again and helping as many others as I can to become free as well. Most people think that money is the problem when it’s the debt that is the real killer. If you don’t have debt, you can get by on much less and most the time be a lot happier in the process.

So now I’m on a mission to share my story, to teach people about debt and our monetary system. Help them protect what they do have by purchasing silver and gold. Above all trying to show people you don’t have to be rich or have a bunch of fancy stuff to be happy. Keep your life simple and focus on what’s really important. Your relationships and memories, spending time doing what you love and living everyday to it’s fullest.

It’s hard to undo the years of programming we’ve been through, but it can be done. It’s taken me a long time to get here, but I know my best years are still ahead!

To your success and FREEDOM!

Greg & Renee