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Freedom by Sonny Barger

Freedom by Sonny Barger

Author:Sonny Barger [Barger, Sonny]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Published: 2008-01-28T23:00:00+00:00


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Knowledge Is Out There, but It Don’t Come Served to You on a Bun

Admit to yourself when you’re in the dark. Don’t go on fumbling around in it, acting like a tough guy or, worse yet, the smart guy.

There’s nothing wrong with saying the three simple words: I don’t know.

If you don’t know, say so. Better yet, ask. Even better, learn. Lots of times it is pure arrogance that drives us. You fake it, someone else fakes it, and after a while you start to wonder who is kidding whom. Time spent wandering around lost could have been time spent learning what it was you didn’t know in the first place. Sounds basic, I know. What I don’t understand is why so many people just can’t say, “I don’t know.”

I’ll only give one small example because I think you get my drift.

Once I was going to the Sturgis rally in South Dakota and I had been forewarned that there might be some trouble from the other clubs. I knew I was outnumbered, but I also knew I could fight back with everything I had, no matter what the cost. I started thinking of something or some way I could be one up on the opposition. Then I asked around. When I was told about a certain law in South Dakota, I went and made sure that it was indeed still in force. It was, but with one wrinkle. It was a gun law that said you had to register all loaded guns before you entered a certain area. Instead of turning them in, you just had to unload them. It still created an illusion of power. You could wear as many guns as you wanted, all exposed and everything, but felons (as I was later to become) could not carry guns. The law separated the sheep from the goats, the felons from the nonfelons, in other words, and the NFers went strapped like warriors, with almost every firearm imaginable. The opposition never showed their faces. If I hadn’t asked earlier on, gotten a tip, and followed up on it, things in South Dakota that year might have been very different.

Knowledge, some wise man once said, is power and it’s up to you to go and seek it and use it to your advantage.

Only the arrogant remain ignorant.



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