The first and foremost, bottom-line principle of true teachers of liberty is live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) Now observe those who truly live and let live. Their most obvious fundamental characteristic is trust.

This is because it is impossible to fully, consistently live and let live without trust. Those who are not trusting tread through their days with vision obscured and steps made unsure by a cloud of fear. Those who trust stroll forward with head held high and a bounce in their step every moment as if trust is their bright sunlight. Those who are not trusting cannot help but feel the need to sometimes manipulate or control others. Those who trust can afford to simply laugh and let others be.

In the early 1860s when "In God We Trust" was added to American coins, the original proposal was to add "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust," almost as if trust was important separate from belief in God. Of course the proposal came from spiritual people who claimed that the trust they referred to was trust in God. But the way it was originally proposed leads to deeper thought.

Whether one's trust is considered to be trust in God, or trust in the laws of nature, or trust in a deeper innate goodness in human beings which doesn't always show on the surface, or trust in angels, or trust in visitors from outer space ... it's trust. And liberty cannot be truly taught, in every respect, every moment of every day by those who lack trust.

True teachers of liberty have learned that the world is not governed by laws the world has made up. They recognize the world is governed by a power working in everyone and everything beneath surface appearances everywhere at all times. Being conscious of such a power (whether they give it a name or leave it nameless), they understand that everything is unfolding in some kind of perfect order. They can now trust.

True teachers of liberty see that in everything cycles are at work. "Here today, gone tomorrow" is not fearful to those who trust. Neither is any currently difficult situation, which they know will change soon enough. They understand that as a whole the human race is evolving, and even seeming steps backward are part of the process. They are at peace with change, knowing all change is helpful.

It is one kind of new vision to realize that if my most adamant "enemies" release resistance to me, they are working for me without knowing it. It is even a broader vision to see that ultimately everyone is working in my favor. Finally, it is a totally enlightened vision which sees that all things are working together for my good ... no matter how situations might look when judging by mere surface appearances. -- Course in Political Miracles, Lesson 24

The trust which permeates true teachers of liberty imbues them with a happy lightheartedness that is very attractive. People want to be around such teachers, listen to them, and absorb their ideas both consciously and subconsciously. No better teachers exist.

On a deeper level, perhaps it is trust itself that is so heroic and attractive. Perhaps it is trust itself that teaches liberty. Even so freedom zealots can do no better than to march forward with the motto:

"Confido! Libertas! Confido!"

To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."