“O, very young, what will you leave us this time?” (Cat Stevens)
None of us will become any more enlightened than the sources we seek for truth. Nor will we become any more wise than those whom we trust to tell us the truth.
Trust is a choice.
We’ve talked about this before. Nothing new here.
But it keeps coming back to me. Like a wild call, deep in the forest, that continues to echo back through the hills and the canyons.
It is blatantly obvious that a vast segment of the American public has chosen to follow the popular media as their source for truth. Much of this country has checked their collective brains and souls at the door; freely giving a relatively small group of elitists control over their future.
Protected From Reality
When I search on the internet, I get a liberal view. When I turn on the mainstream media, I get a liberal view. When I pickup the average newspaper or magazine on the news stand, I get a liberal view.
I don’t know what the real ratio is when comparing liberal media to conservative media, but it has to be 80 or 90% liberal — at the very least. I just don’t see that many outlets communicating conservative thought.
Conservative opinion that is expressed in media is limited to a couple media networks, a few magazines and scattered AM radio talk-shows. That’s about it.
But, you would think that the conservatives possessed a tsunami-like control by the way that liberals scream against any voicing of conservative opinion. Why is it that the liberals cannot handle the 1000 to 1 ratio that they have over conservatives?
Is 100% control over all expressed opinions what they really want?
Progressives are like atheists protesting any mention of God. Which has never made a lick of sense. Because, if God really doesn’t exist, what are they worried about? If He is no more real than the Easter Bunny, what’s the big deal?
They are like the college students that live in a liberal bubble in their so-called institutions of higher learning. They are unable to function unless they are protected in a “safe space”. A space where nothing might upset their liberal, religious vibe.
Which is the exact opposite of what colleges are supposed to provide!
To Silence Conservatism
All my life, liberalism has controlled the media. Even when I was a kid watching Walter Cronkite, I really don’t think I was getting a conservative view. Sometimes a moderate view maybe; but still controlled out of LA, New York and Chicago. Which are the centers of liberal thinking.
As an example, National Public Radio likes to tout their “All Things Considered” program. Which should be more accurately titled, “All Liberal Things Considered”.
It just sounds more tolerant and intellectual to pretend that they are actually taking conservative thinking into account. With free reign to propagandize college students in dorms across America, they try to create the illusion that they search widely for opinions and consider all sides.
In reality, they simply give 1,001 variations of liberal opinion. Presenting conservative ideas as extreme and destructive. Making the average conservative appear as a rabid, hate-filled nut-job.
And most college students lap it up. Believing that listening to NPR has made them more informed, well-rounded, intellectually-honest scholars.
The Myth of the Well-Rounded Graduate
The young liberals today believe they are very well educated, very intelligent, very savvy, very tolerant, and very sensitive.
Yet, most of what I see is pretty much the opposite of that. What they have in common is often an emotional, chaotic and volatile type of thinking. Very easily manipulated by the liberal media and the University culture.
These graduates are like a product fabricated on a mass-production line. The schools and the media are the factories. All producing a predictably deficient product. Each college offering slightly different packaging; yet spitting out the same basic widget.
Leaving each student believing he is a brave individualist marching to his own drummer. Emerging from college as an heroic, existential, free thinker ready to fight against the evil forces of conservatism.
A Pause . . .
Now, I know that there are many young people that do not think this way. Or who simply are unsure what to think in this current firestorm. They have somehow navigated the propaganda stream that has inundated them since childhood and come through it all in one piece.
My heart goes out to them. They are in the minority. And they will need our support.
But it is often difficult to reach the others whose intellectual pride refuses to deal with us lesser mortals. They lack the humility that hard times, disappointments and reality brings.
Even many of the older baby-boomers exhibit this pride as well. Who now embrace the corruption that they once marched against in the 60s. Who have simply discovered new ways to do the same old crap that they used to hate.
All the while, believing themselves to be better people than those they used to hate.
So, what can one say to this? How can we talk to the very young? How can we help them to see the truth?
A Frightening Comparison
I have been reading lately about the French Revolution. And also about the rise of Nazism in Germany. It is amazing how much of the philosophy of those terrible regimes has found a new home in America. Revealing itself with new and vibrant expression in the Progressive movement.
While the modern Progressive ideology doesn’t take the same shape and form as those older regimes, the hatred and fascism is the same. There is the same belief in the power of the State (which is really what fascism is). The same rejection of biblical authority. The same hatred for all things Christian. The same push for subservience to the collective good versus individual rights. The same hatred for traditional morality.
I bring up fascism because you hear that term used constantly by the Left to cast hatred against the Right. Declaring those on the Right to be fascists. And even calling Trump supporters, Republicans and Conservatives Nazis.
This collective stupidity is the result of a lack of historical understanding. Contrary to the popular spin, the fascist parties rarely came out of the Right of the political spectrum. Hitler and Mussolini were Leftists. They did not promote any of the conservative ideas we see today. Instead, they were eerily in line with the same philosophies and political theories pushed by the modern Progressives and academic professors.
Even promoting many of the same social causes popular today among the Left.
Many young adults as well as baby boomers have an infatuation with themselves. They are absolutely convinced of the purity of their own good intentions (a paraphrase from Liberal Fascism, by Jonah Goldberg).
Most of whom are unreachable through reasonable dialogue and discussion.
Time is Running Out
My guess is that we don’t have much time left to reach them.
If they lose another election, it may set a terrible wheel in motion. The wisdom of the founders in constructing the Electoral College to defend against mob rule is lost on those who have traded reason for emotionalism. With those who are determined, at all cost, to see their political, social and religious revolution begin.
Just as the masses chose to enforce their greater will or public will with the French Revolution.
When it comes, in the US, it will not begin as a result of terrible famine, poverty or injustice — which the French certainly experienced — but due to a famine of a different kind.
It will be a famine of hearing and considering the words of God; a famine of rational thinking; and a famine of thankfulness for all the blessings God has given to America.
We can only pray that God will give us more time to reach those that can be reached before the Lord Himself shuts the door.
If we still have the time.
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)
Recommended: Check out Jonah Goldberg’s book, Liberal Fascism. It is a thick, reference work that will greatly help in understanding the many social and political movements in our country over the last 100 years. Indispensable!
March 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm
The world you live in, sir, must be very convoluted. You have a racist president who wants to turn America white again, though it never was. However did he get elected if the American liberals outnumber their nazi fascist conservatives 1000 to one. Something is not adding up, and I think it is you.
I have had so many conservatives tell me they are scared of the American liberals, yet clearly they are the present ruling class. They should be celebrating with bells and whistles. Yet they are not. You are trapped in your homes, your fortresses, waiting for the mean liberals to come get you. Why?
Because you know deep inside you are on the wrong side. You know your racist hatreds are wrong. And you fear you are going to be discovered for what you are, bullies! Get real. If you are going to be conservative, stand up and count yourself. We want to know where to aim the bullets. Oh yeah, you guys own all the guns. How stupid of me!
March 19, 2019 at 10:26 am
RawGod, There is much to talk about here. It is obvious that you hate racism. So do I. Yet, I am a conservative. How can that be? How can I love
other people and still be a conservative? What a mystery. You sound like you would like to come after conservatives. Do you want to shoot them?
Is that a loving thing? Is that a tolerant thing? I teach about the love of Christ. My clearly-stated source is the Bible. I am willing to discuss the things you’ve mentioned against the Bible. Let’s talk about how what you say and I say lines up with the Bible. Please, let me know what your source of authority is so that I can understand your position? Otherwise we are just two people posturing in front of each other and seeing who can yell the loudest. Please, let me know what the source of your hope is?
March 19, 2019 at 10:59 am
I have no need to shoot anyone, so I guess you missed my sarcasm. But that is no matter. It is nice to know that there are non-racist conservatives out there, I figured there had to be, but lately they, you, have had no voice. The ones that yell the loudest are the ones that get heard.
Yet I did hear you calling liberals fascists, and nazis. Either you are using a totally didn’t version of English than I, or the words themselves must have totally different meanings. So I guess we have already come down to name-calling.
You ask what my Authority is? Easy, it is me, my experience, and my ability to reason. In your language that would translate to having no authority, because you believe in authority. I do not. I have responsibility, and I have understanding, and I have life. That is all I need.
I also have the desire to live safely in a world gone mad. And that desire extends to all living beings.
Yes, I am an idealist, in a non-ideal world. I am also an atheist, in a theistic world. I know how to think for myself. And that is what I do.
I do not expect you to understand that. You need authority in your life to tell you what to do. I do not. I take responsibility upon myself. That is how I live.
March 20, 2019 at 9:37 am
I went back to reread my post, What Will You Leave Us This Time?. As I thought, I did not call anyone a fascist or a Nazi. What I did was to show who more closely aligns with the philosophy and ideas of those groups today. You would not hear anything about these groups today if the Progressive Liberals did not constantly call Conservatives they do not like Fascists or Nazis. Relentlessly. Even on the main news outlets we are constantly referred to in this way. I would recommend that you take a good look at Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, Death of a Nation. It is out on DVD now and probably available through your library. He very carefully and powerfully shows what I just stated above. Through interviews with historians who are expert on these topics, And who are not necessarily Conservative. He shows where the Progressives are philosophically and practically.
As far as your foundation of truth. Without meaning to offend, we can have little dialogue or debate if you lift up yourself as the source of truth. Or if you lift up your intellect or common sense above that of someone else. Anyone might claim the same. But my purpose is to provide hope for people outside of themselves. That hope is in Christ. A person that sees themselves as the Source has made themselves “God”. In that case, you can say whatever you want as being the truth.
My guess is that you have a source that you are looking to as the final authority. Logic, science, etc. is common for atheists or agnostics to fall back on. Those things all have a part in anyone’s consideration of the world around them. But they do not give final answers. They can only provide details within a very limited, provable, repeatable sphere of thinking. When it comes to Origins, science has deep problems. Who you are,
where you came from, where you are going, are all based on faith. On a leap out into the unseen and unproven.
That is what I am here to discuss.
March 20, 2019 at 11:56 pm
Hi Doug, (by the way, the name is rawgod)
Okay, you are not representative of most conservatives, and I am not representative of most atheists. Accepted. But can we agree to disagree? Probably not, because you look for authority outside of yourself, where I see none there, and I look for authority inside myself, where you see none there. For the moment I am going to ignore the labels fascist and nazi. These are labels you brought into your post, and so I used them back on you–they are words you will never find on my blog posts, or in my comments, unless someone else brings them up. But that is not important.
(BTW, just so you know, I live in a small town 500 kilometres away from the nearest small city. Our library is about 10 years behind the time. I will be long dead before they ever bring such a movie into our library. Besides which, I am not interested in someone else’s interpretations of who such labels should be directed at. I don’t know their agendas, and don’t care to.)
Meanwhile, I do not lift myself up as the source of truth, but of “my” truth. As I think I already said, I rely on my experience, and my ability to reason. Sometimes experience is what has happened to me in my life. Sometimes my experience is what has never happened to me in my life. My ability to reason is what it is, and depends on no one outside of me to tell me what to believe–or what not to believe. That is always up to me, and me alone. Whether you can conceive of such a condition, I do not know. But not only do I conceive of it, I have total faith in my abilities. I believe what I experience. I do not believe in what I do not experience.
Origins, does one really need to know origins? How does that help you understand who you are? I am about to make an assumption, but it is one I am willing to bet my house on. You do not believe in reincarnation. This is your first and only life on Earth. This is my forty thousandth (approximately) life on Earth. The first life I know of was in the primal soup in which life first appeared on this Earth. (I lived about what we call 30 seconds before I died.) Another way of looking at that is I have never died, I just passed back through the veil of death, was born again, and passed back through the veil over and over and over. This would mean I existed somewhere before I first appeared in the primal soup, because if there if no death nor is there birth. There just is…
But, in my present incarnation, I look at it as being born and dying, because that is what happens to life on Earth. When I am in the spiritual in-between, then I can look at is as one life. But how I understand life to be does not matter, I am, at least while I am on Earth. The “I” that I am while on the spiritual side is completely different. Here I have an ego, and a mind, as well as spirit. There I am spirit, with no ego, no mind. The difference between you and I is that you have no memory of the spiritual side, so maybe it does not exist for you. I have memories of the spiritual side, so I cannot believe it is not there. That would be unreasonable.
And that is what I am willing to discuss. Will you want to carry on this conversation? That is up to you. Nothing you can say can change my experience. Anything I can say might cause you to change your faith. I am not saying it will, but it might.
March 21, 2019 at 10:36 am
A lot here to chew on. Authority. Experience. Truth.
Not meaning to offend you, but how do your know that your experience of Reincarnation is not a deception? Feelings and perception can be skewed. I know that well enough in my own life. Feelings change from moment to moment.
Self-confidence is based on patterns of success. A belief in ones own ability to overcome whatever situations that arise. Repeated success is deceiving. It fosters a false reality that ones own abilities have brought about ones own progress.
Right up until the point that the bottom falls out. Just watch a few of the Fail Blogs on YouTube. People would not attempt the ridiculous stuff they do unless they had convinced themselves of their own super powers. Sometimes they die in the process.
I believe that Christ gives me this one mortal life. If I trust Him, I have eternal life, even after this body dies. I see no promise in the Bible for anything outside of that. Granted, there are religions that speak of Reincarnation. And they claim authority for that belief based on their own sacred writings. But they are not the words of God.
So, upon what is all this confidence in yourself founded? Upon what Certainty do you place your hope?
March 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm
Ah, they are not the words of “your” god. Of course my experience of reincarnation could be a deception, after all it was drug-induced. But it changed my life, not just over a short time span, but my experience happened 50 years ago, and I am still discovering knew meaning today. I used to be a christian–now it makes no sense to me. And, the same could be said for your truth, it has as much chance of being deception as my experience does. That is the great thing about life. We get to see our own truths.
Fail blogs are about stupidity and daring. I have not injured myself physically from believing what I do, nor has your god killed me for not believing in him. He has never made one gesture to punish me for backsliding, or one attempt to convince me I am wrong. How could he? He does not exist in my life.
Why would I need certainty to place my hope on something? That makes no sense to me. Hope means uncertainty by its very definition. If you knew, there would be no hope involved. But having said that, my vision is based on experience. To not believe my experience would mean I am insane, because in your view of life I cannot be sane. And I will tell you outright I did go kind of insane after my experience. It was so far out of my understanding of what life was about that it knocked me for a loop. But as time went by, and I was able to processs what I lived through, I realized I was not insane, but unsane. Sanity involves seeing the same reality as everyone else. Unsanity is see the same reality as everyone else, but still being able to see THROUGH that reality to an underlying reality. You could say you do the same thing, but you have no sane reality to base your faith on. That is what faith is, trust. You have to trust you are living your life for what you believe. I expect I am living my life for what I believe, but I don’t trust it. I am either going to find out I am right, or I am wrong. IF I am wrong, I will never know, I will cease to exist, and I won’t now I wasted my life preparing for what I expect to happen after death. But if I am right, then I did myself and life a favour by believing what I was shown. On the very slim possibility there is a god, and that god is the Abrahamic god, then I will spend eternity in hell. But exactly what does that do for me. Eternal punishment? There is no purpose in that, and therefore no purpose in life other than to make someone like you feel superior to someone like me. If that is my purpose in life, then what is yours. The most you get would be the satisfaction of knowing you were right, and you live for eternity with that satisfaction. That would be boring as, pardon the expression, hell. But really, I would never be bored, I would be constantly in pain from burning, constantly knowing I screwed up. I’ll take that anyday over being bored.
But seeing as there is extremely little chance of that ever happening, I have no worries. Non-existence is preferable to boredom.
And then there is global warning. That might be your god punishing humanity for failing to sustain life in its many forms, but really it is just evolution removing a failed experiment. Evolution is about experiments, trying to find a perfect life form. Humanity is not perfect, far from it. We damage everything we touch, we hurt all living beings including ourselves, and we are destroying the only planet we have to live on. We are sick sick beings. We deserve to go extinct, if we do. If we don’t, that will be a miracle, but not one if god’s doing…
March 22, 2019 at 5:33 pm
rawgod, it would be tough to try to argue anything on the basis of experience. You are convinced of yours; I am convinced of mine. I am not merely following of a set of beliefs, as in a cold religion. I came to know Christ as a person at 15. I am now 62. In these many years, I have been through many deep and dark times. Many beyond any hope of coming out intact on the other side. Either physically and emotionally. Yet, the Lord brought me through them. How? I do not know. The beginning of knowing Christ is when one reaches the end of his own ability. And then casts himself upon Him. He has never failed me. A person who thinks they have all they need in themselves or by their own reason, intelligence, wit, etc. will one day reach the end of their rope. That is guaranteed. The only question will be if it is too late to trust Christ. He only gives us today to trust Him. Tomorrow is not promised.
March 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm
Tomorrow is never promised. Death is but a millisecond away at all times. But our view of the end of a rope is about exactly opposite. You see that as the time you could not cope, and you gave your fate up to someone else. When I reach near the end of a rope I look deeper inside myself. There can never be a time my rope ends, I am too resilient for that. You can call it arrogance or whatever you want, but the only thing that can defeat me, is me. When I was still a christian, god failed me over and over. Since I stopped believing, other people can fail me, if I put my trust in them. I learned not to do that. I learned to depend strictly on myself, and no one has failed me since. There is nothing anyone can do do me that I cannot cope with. It is all a matter of perspective.
March 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm
rawgod, There is much that you say that I can understand as far as your taking responsibility for your own actions. And for not trusting others because of having been failed by people in the past. Of course, I don’t know what you have been through. But some things can bring us to a point of taking great care that people will not hurt us again. I call that Pain Management. But, sadly, you will not be able to ultimately overcome by yourself. No one can. You, like us all, will one day have to deal with the Lord Himself. He is the One that created you. He gave you life and He gave
you the opportunity to know Him.
Hell is not a place where there will be boredom? I disagree. There will be nothing there to allow you to focus your mind on anything but regret and pain. Anyone there will welcome the worst boredom as instead of that. And it will never end. Your will, your strength, your determination and whatever you think you possess in yourself will mean nothing there. All there will be time for is focusing on pain. Terrible and endless. Period.
But it does not have to be that way. The Lord offers you a custom-designed eternity just for you. With all that He has created you to know and enjoy in Him forever. It will not be boring. It will be challenging and exciting and beyond the most amazing life you could imagine. It will not be a religious, stupid existence but real, vital, and more real than anything we have ever known.
There is much you say that I can respect. But denial of Christ will destroy you.
March 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm
I am already destroyed, in your eyes, however you understand that. I will never be coerced into fearing eternal punishment ever again. If that is what you really believe is waiting for you, I hope you get it. I know it is not what is waiting for me. God did not give me life, he did not create me. Life gave me life, and cannot take it away.
Do you see the dilemma? You have faith in your belief. I have faith in me. If only one of us can be right (which is not what I am trying to say), who is more likely to be correct? The odds are in my favour.
March 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm
I am here to hopefully lead people to hope in Christ. No one is “already destroyed” unless they have made some irrevocable decision that only they realize. As I said, there are things that you have said that I can respect. I am not saying that just to blow smoke up your behind. There would be no need for that. This site is meant to be a place of openness and honesty. Whether that honesty is beautiful or ugly.
My purpose is to reach people wherever they may be that are not hearing the truth that can help them. Churches often fail to give people what they need because they become too polarized in one way or another. Such as those that you may have encountered that will crush you. Others are too sugary-sweet and dish out “love” in 1,000 flavors. Jesus Christ came to give both grace and truth in fullness.
There is a place for fear for those that think they can reject Christ and be independent of Him. And there is a place for gentleness for those that need to hear that He did not come to Judge them but to save them. So that He can fully know them and give them what was lost because of man’s sin.
Do you have no sense of sin? No sense of guilt? Do you possess no more value than an amoeba that pulled itself out of the slime by its own bootstraps? Or whatever its “appendages” are called. Why are you here? Do you not have an eternal longing for what is beyond this life? Or is your life so perfect that you do not have these thoughts? I am not being sarcastic. I am serious.
June 12, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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