We were meant to enjoy life. That’s why God gave it to us. We are not meant to spend our lives in fear. That’s why He gave us His Son. Fear not! So, our only problem in this life is deciding on how to enjoy it. That’s where our senses come into play.
Our senses are meant to receive messages from our surroundings. And to reply in kind. So the question becomes this: will we receive the intended messages He sends us? Or are we intent on receiving others? In which case, what is the meaning of our response to these ‘other’ messages? Will our response be fearful?
While the specific reason I am writing today is the coronavirus fear-pandemic, the core lesson applies everywhere at all times. But let’s look at this one specific example. You’ll notice that I am linking the pandemic to fear. That is the real problem. It’s abundantly clear to anyone who has chosen to actually parse the numbers https://wmbriggs.com/post/30013/ . Unmitigated fear seems to be everywhere. But just look at those charts of actual pandemic outbreaks over the long historic horizon. This current ‘pandemic’ is nothing compared to actual pandemics from the past. Today’s problem pales, as a pimple to a mountain, when viewed in the light of history.
Because according to the current usage, acne is a pandemic. After all, so many people get it. And survive it. Herein lies the first problem, semantics. There is so little understanding of the meaning of words today. A word is used carelessly and a wave of fear descends upon us. Why? Because no one has any historical reference because we have been raised by wolves. Raised to accept, at face value, anything we are told from above. Or below, depending on your (my) outlook.
But let’s not stray here. Let’s get to the point. We have been bred to accept anything our rulers tell us. And they are telling us that if we don’t do exactly what they say, then we’re all gonna die!
News flash. We are all going to die. Don’t take my word for it. Ask all those people hanging out in cemeteries. Or read the obituary column (the only believable content in most newspapers today). Is the historical fact of universal imminent death a problem for you? Are you not prepared to die? Today? No? Why is that, friend?
Let’s get back to the messages our senses keep bringing us. And our responses to them. Have we lost sight of certain sights? Sights of death, all around us? It happens every day, in so many ways. Sights we spend all our time avoiding. In the end, these messages will be received. They are all alike. A single person is separated, body from soul. That’s all death is.
If you think that death is an eternal separation of matter and spirit, then yes, I can see why you might have a problem thinking about this matter. Matter is the only thing that matters to you. You can’t see the larger message. And this leads to the problem of hopelessness. In spite of Obama.
On the other hand, if you think that this separation known as death is only temporary (but not in the Hindu sense), then maybe there is something to be hoped for beyond death. That hope is what allows us to see the messages that surround us in a different light from those hopeless ones around us.
Am I callously saying we should let people die, indiscriminately? That zero effort should be made to save anyone, for any reason? Well, what the Hell do you think? Are you really that stupid? Or are you just an AP writer for the New York Times?
On the other hand, which is more important, to save someone spiritually or physically? Of course, if you don’t believe in the afterlife, then the answer is clear. But if you do see this difference, then the first thing you must do is to clarify things for those somehow at risk of anything physically evil. You must weigh the relative importance of the physical life versus the spiritual life.
In other words, is it worth everything (including the afterlife) to extend a pleasurable physical life here and now, cost-be-damned?By the way, just who is it that will pay this cost of saving (for a while) your somehow precious life? And just how pleasant is this somehow-extended life anyway?
Let’s look at the cost of attempting to extend life, at all cost, and who will pay this cost. There are two groups who will pay. The first is everyone but you. Sometimes known as taxpayers, generally speaking, whether current or future in tense. In other words, your neighbors and your family. They must pay to keep you alive, without your participation in that thing we call work. But if they aren’t working either, how is this sustainable? Doesn’t this simply accelerate everyone’s demise? Does anyone but George Soros approve of this?
I’m not focused on that group today, even though I belong to that same group. No, my focus today is on the second group that must sacrifice to keep you physically alive. And that group is a very small one. In fact, it is composed of only one person—YOU!
Here’s the question, my friend. What price are you willing to pay for an extended stay above ground? Nothing’s totally free, you know.Let’s tally up the cost of your frenetic desire to avoid the unavoidable. That is, your demise. Specifically, your demise from coronavirus.
Are you willing to give up your family? Read Brett Stephens pitiful piece in the NY Times. Tell me he hasn’t abandoned his mother. I know lots of cases where grandparents can’t enjoy their grandkids. Where even spouses avoid contact with each other, and their own kids! And everyone else in their pre-Corona lives.
Not to mention the need to avoid all other human contact. Sure, Komrade, you can go to the grocery store. Once a week. But keep away from everyone. And go straight home. Immediately. Don’t think about talking to neighbors. Don’t try to gather in groups larger than five. Hell, I know families that would have to be divided into four groups based on that ridiculous stricture! I came from one!
Have you seen where the Internet and Cell-Phone Overlords are willing to report your movements and web browsing and purchases to Big Nanny? So that if you are not adhering to the demands of the MacroState (and their idea of physical and mental health), you may be denied access to commerce (money)? Yes, the same Overlords who prize the China market so very much that they are willing to parrot the Party line whenever Beijing speaks. If NBA games are banned in China, guess where they are banned next? But don’t think the NBA ban is all that’s coming.
No, we’re all Chinese now. Unless we start behaving like Hong Kong did. By the way, have you noticed what quelled those demonstrations? Yep. Public Health, at all costs!
What is to be done, Komrade? How do we escape the noose of living robotic lives that are in every sense un-human? How do we keep from becoming robots ourselves? How do we free ourselves from someone, somewhere, hitting the ‘pause’ button that makes life un-enjoyable? Even un-livable?
Simple answer. Enjoy yourselves. But to do it in a way that preserves your hope for a better (un-ending) day. A day in which there is no virus, of any kind. A day in which there is no Overlord seeking to make you their captive. A day in which you are an adopted son of God and not a sub-human slave to another man (and his demonic master).
If your senses were meant to bring you messages, what is the message your senses detect in an environment we now call ‘lock-down’? I perceive it. It’s not very pretty. I reject it, un-categorically.
On the other hand, what messages can you receive when you leave quarantine and you go out to enjoy God’s creation and all those that are in it? When you open yourself up to the original message He sent us (the creation), think of the messages of thankfulness you can send back. Return-messages that will earn you the right to hope in a better, un-ending day.
How do you do re-gain your freedom? Simple. Just take it back. Go out for a ride. Several times a day. Go for a walk. A long one. And talk to people, close up. Have friends over for dinner. Talk over the back fence. Go to the grocery store (or any other store open), even if just to browse. Do it every day. Again and again. In other words, break the quarantine.
Yes, you may pay a price. You might even get a ticket of some kind. Nothing is free, you know. At least, nothing worth having. That’s the real question. What is worth really having? If even a large minority of people do this, how in the world can the cops keep order? How can they enforce the New World Corona-Order?
Yes, it takes faith to believe in the messages He has given us, both on the sixth day (our creation), but more importantly, on the seventh day, His re-Creation. That day is coming up. It’s called Easter. The new first day. The day the big lock-down ended, and Purgatory was emptied.
If you want to be able to enjoy that new day, and all the hope inherent in it, you need to get to work, subverting the message of The Overlords. Go out and enjoy yourselves! Show them that you don’t care what they think. That you don’t think what they think. And that you have hopes that transcend anything they can deliver in this ‘lock-down’ nirvana of perpetual-but-un-enjoyable life.
For all those of you who cannot comprehend this message of faith that brings hope, let me remind you of something. You always say you cannot imagine this world I inhabit. This world that includes but also transcends the merely physical world of matter. Where something greater than matter matters, quite literally. That, as a materialist, you can’t believe in something as weird as Purgatory after a life on earth. Well, I’ve got news for you, friend. You’re already there. It’s called Lock-Down.
If you don’t join the rest of us in denying the godhood of the human Overlords, then this thoroughly un-enjoyable state you are willing to acquiesce to will become hopelessly permanent. Which will make it indistinguishable from Hell.
Tell me again, Komrade, just what it is you believe in. And then tell me why.
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