One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased … because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message is gone.

Oswald Spengler

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In my lifetime I have seen this country move from a place of virtue to a place of disordered thinking and actions. Disorder in almost any institution we have and among people we rely on for leadership and intelligent decision-making.

We are closer to losing the eye for Rembrandt and the ear for Mozart than I could have ever imagined.  More tragic is this: when we cannot hear Mozart or see Rembrandt – we have lost contact with the voice of God, with our heart and our soul.

How can this be?

There are many contributing factors.  But one thing is a prime factor and it is this: a facile and fraudulent leftist political narrative full of falsehoods and canards, a narrative that divides people, creates resentment and hostility, excuses violence by the “oppressed,” has taken root in many people, and many institutions – particularly in the political arena, in the news media and entertainment, in academia and in public education. This narrative has made particular groups into professional malcontents and “comrades” in arms.  Their enemy is very simply America and its established ways.

When we speak what is false and hateful – we get what is false and hateful.  And we are getting it now.  When evil is spoken evil is produced.

Those who fuel discontent are, predictably, neither seen nor heard when their rhetoric explodes into death and destruction.  Apologists render excuses that blame those who are targets.

The Gospel of Matthew reminds us: “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” It then asks: You brood of vipers!  How can you speak good, when you are evil?” (Mt 12:33-34)

Our life is now a referendum on good fruit from good trees or bad fruit from bad trees.  The next national election will record whether we are good fruit or bad fruit. This question looms daily in what we do and say and how we think. We are attacking ourselves, destroying who we are.

We are in serious straits and it is hard to hear Mozart or see Rembrandt.

Shalom.

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