"Betty, why does it increasingly feel like our world is hurling headlong into darkness?"
are [others] who want to gain control over [the minds and/or bodies of]
human beings, then why don't [the] people
stand up and do something against it? What
is the cause of (our) indifference? Is it ignorance?"
"Why are you silent about
what is going on in the news?"
"Where is your outrage?"
Some of you have written, wondering if I am on vacation. I'm not. The events of the past two months (9-11 hearings) have simply left me stunned.
the news of the past
week has just left me near speechless. How
can I possibly squeeze all that I would say about all of this into a
format? How can one SCREAM, and yet remain
was I thinking?
Americans have, after all, successfully eliminated every
semblance of anything resembling a
consistent moral or ethical barometer from our consciousness, schools,
We have instead become a proud nation of absolute relativism. Anything goes. Tolerance
for everything. Torture is good. Shock and Awe! Bring it On! (How
can I squeeze tons of outrage through a #2 lead pencil...)
in the midst of the worst decade of my life, I was given a
fortune cookie which read, “All is
not yet lost.” Judging from
events, I just don't know how
much farther we can slide into depravity.
It feels like most of what I grew up believing about my own
country certainly has
been lost in the past three years. Some kinds of "terrorists" have not just
destroyed the WTC along with our innocence, they are now tearing our
country apart. They have divided us right down the middle--left
or right, right or wrong; for the war or against the war. To be
a patriot now means to be pro-government,
are so many sentient Americans evermore paralyzed, unable
criticize, to comment? We, like
lemmings, look to the evening news to lead us, to tell us all we
need to know--how to think. And when our
own leaders and Congress reflect, “This is not torture; it is isolated
abuse,” we just stare
blankly at the screen. But no, NO, NO,
NO!!!!!!!!!!! We believe such
crap because we want to believe it. Questioning
to get up from our comfort zone. Quit allowing this soft-pedaling
Rape is torture! Abuse is torture! Neglect is torture. Never, never, never is
it justified. It is inhumane.
(See: Geneva Convention Rules re: POWs)
blind faith. What horse manure. What vanity!
Many are. I don't mean
uneducated. We are a very educated
nation. Lots of commas and credentials
after our names. We are in fact the most
literate (per capita), prideful
nation on earth--unwilling to see ourselves as we are, or as others see
the French) Rather,
we see ourselves as we wish to be seen. And we
want to believe that we are basically
is an old delusion, however.
It predates the Flood. Our English
Bibles inform us that honoring oneself is an old luciferian
concept we readily and rather ignorantly embrace. Our
originally entreated to doubt God and follow their hearts.
Today we are further encouraged to win at all costs.
At ALL costs.
cannot tolerate the propect. We
cannot bear the truth of it.
And history demonstrates that we will even kill to suppress the truth of our hidden (secret) natures.
do not wish to be made to look at those unpleasant POW photos over and
over. We want to believe that such is
just an isolated incident of insanity--perhaps battle fatigue—because
that means that the rest, the majority of humanity, is
know that to live without rules for social behavior is to digress into
Just as we don't want others to know the truth about us, we likewise prefer to not know the truth of others. We often wax theological to justify our unwillingness to discern such truth, “I don't JUDGE others for what they do or are.” And, "Didn't Jesus say, 'let he who is without guilt cast the first stone!' ” Funny how everyone reverts to Biblical quotes when trying to justify every one's right to remain indifferent. Funny how we can always throw around enough bad theology to perpetuate our selfishness. But if we had actually READ the Bible and actually studied scripture, we might have learned how wrong we are--that while we are indeed instructed against one type of judging (by appearance, random acts of condemnation), we are also exhorted regarding the necessity of another type of judgment—discerning truth. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%207:24;&version=50;
But, to protect the status
quo, we wax theologically hypocritical, neither having studied nor
biblical scripture, as we vainly defend our status—not realizing whose
are truly playing into.
Another favorite theological half-truth often thrown around is, “Well, after all…didn’t God create us ‘in His own image’—that means if WE are basically bad—He is too.”
Not so. We were created in His image, but never given His nature. But that is another Editor's message.....
We avoid discerning
the truth of the abject torture of those
takes real courage and hard work to face the truth.
The Bible says it takes an act of God. Facing truth
is a work diametrically opposed to our
true natures (see image of God
Our true nature is to
serve ourselves. We suppress truth
can control the outcome. We invest in
appearances, in altered reality. Appearances
count. Current TV programming
demonstrates this with
a plethora of “Extreme Makeover” programming; rooms, houses and yards,
most popular is the one involving people; ugly ducklings turned into
if your life sucks, don't
change anything, just get plastic
surgery. We believe that by simply
changing the outside, the inside will feel better.
Again, we are NOT creating something new—no new
creature from an old one—we
are merely altering that creature’s
appearance. Inside, it is still the
same old creature. Oh, one’s life may be
temporarily impacted by changing one’s exterior, but one’s ultimate
fate will ne’er be dissuaded by a fresh coat of paint.
We sense something needs to change, though—so why do we only aim at the exterior? Because the media has increasingly informed us that how we look influences how others treat us. And sadly, we put more blind faith in the media than in any religion. In fact, HOW we look has become more important in our world than WHO we are. But I thought we as humans are EVOLVING? Getting better? Truth is, we are only fooling ourselves. And for all our millennia of efforts, we cannot achieve immortality. (Do you REALLY believe humans evolved from big bang swamp slime? Don’t you understand that the likelihood of us having evolved from a marsh microbe is about as likely as an explosion in a paper factory resulting in a fully alphabetized set of encyclopedias?)
We can neither outsmart God nor run away from Him. This, too, is vanity. Inwardly we know He exists.....and we feel guilty, because, once again, we have suppressed evidence. But like all truth, this, too, is not a popular message. So we support deceit. We do not look within to find truth, but to view the contents selectively. Preferentially. Our world has become so convoluted in its thinking that that we actually equate physical beauty with goodness. Attractive, popular people can get away with lying better than others. Look at Ted Bundy. OJ Simpson. We hide dark natures behind a pretty package. The term whitewashing truth comes from the Bible.
Jesus said, “Whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but
are full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness”…and, “You cleanse the outside of the cup but
within are full of extortion and excess.”
We have indeed become a prideful nation of “whitewashed tombs…"
And if we seek to know God, we merely give lip service by attending only those churches/institutions that tell us we are basically good (the word SIN is not a nice word—it makes people feel bad). We listen to how Jesus was just another carpenter, teacher, healer, maybe a prophet--but we turn away from hard-line messages that just might save us from a state of morbid vanity. We do not easily hear that Jesus claimed to be God incarnate who lived on earth and died and rose from death to save us from ourselves. We reject those messages intended to turn us from self-destruction, while we demonize the messengers, inverting God’s value system on earth. And we feel good about our own deception.
therefore, can we expect to face the truth of what is
happening on our planet?
compensate for our guilty knowledge of our true natures, some of us
form or join service clubs; benevolent brother and sisterhoods--we give
to bums with signs, and try to save the whales. But what on earth are
thinking? We can't even save
of arrogance deems us capable of saving anything or anyone else?
Evil does not originate from WITHOUT. It lives within us. Each of us. All of us. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If vanity or SIN--as the Bible claims--is but our weakest link as a race, the chain cannot withstand pressure.
do not live in truth, we hide
the truth of our own hearts, and we do not wish to face the truth of
happening to our world.
and will not change until our hearts change.
The evidence of who are and what we have become, is confronting
than ever before in history, and how are we coping?
By denying what we are being shown, ignoring
the evidence, making excuses, minimizing reality, maintaining our
status quo, persecuting
others who deliver an opposing message, increasing self-interest and
empathy; and by waiting for someone else to do something first…
We sit in comfortable recliners before the nightly news, and we glean support for doing nothing from plasticized makeover celebrities whom we *trust* to have unearthed truth for us, just like we trust others to inform us who God is. And, just like with church, we will channel surf until we find a voice that tells us what we want to hear.
We must not perpetuate this insanity. We cannot keep channel surfing. We cannot remain silent simply because the popular press and our government have demonized those opposing voices. We must take the high, hard road. We must begin by questioning all that we believe we are truly seeing on the nightly news. We must not turn away any more. True peace will never be achieved at the expense of Truth.
Irish orator and politician, Edmund Burke, once
wrote; “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing.” We may not be truly
good, but we CAN truly do something. We
can begin right now. Demand
accountability from all those on whose watch such crimes occurred. No longer accept, “I didn’t
know, I don’t’ remember,” as excuses.
Otherwise, all is