To comment on the problems of the day presents a daily burden, particularly when the problems are serious and cut across multiple layers of American and Western life.  I can tell you thinking daily about what we face is taxing, keeps me tired more so now than it has in the past.  Yet, I know these things: (1) we face serious problems, (2) public narration is narrow – each person speaking only about their small slice of life – the economist speaks of economics, the pastor of Scripture, the psychiatrist of the mental state of the person, etc.  Few have read for a lifetime across disciplines.  I have done that for most of my life.  I suppose that imposes a responsibility on me to share what I see and what I think I know.  Doing so is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable – but rather only to inform as well as I am able.  God bless us all.

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What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of the spirit is spirit.”

Jn 3:6

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These are the words of Jesus as he speaks to Nicodemus, the Pharisee.

There is a vast and critical distinction between flesh and spirit – and between a life in the flesh and a life in the spirit.  Yes, a difference between what is less and what is more, what is partial and what is whole, what is disordered and what is ordered, what is ill and what is healthy, what is loss and what is found.

Psychiatrist Carl Jung, M.D. makes this exact point in an essay he wrote entitled “The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man.”

Jung notes as a practical matter that the priest’s role is to provide the healthy functioning of one’s psyche within a recognized religious belief system.  He notes as soon as one departs from that belief system then the psyche stands alone and a “convulsion of spiritual life” ensues and uncertainty and doubt arise.  Yes, one is divided against himself or herself … “at war with ourselves.”

Jung reminds us in his essay that Freud saw the first signs of this “convulsion” in sexual perversity and criminal fantasies – each “incompatible” with a healthy, whole and civilized person.

In considering Jesus, Jung and Freud we may be able to see in a broad view the troubles we have today.  Is not the evidence of our being “at war with ourselves” visible?

Re-defining marriage.  Sexual politics.  A borderless nation.   Abortion.  Doubling of the national debt.  Lawless executive orders.  No legislative affirmed national budget. America’s withdrawal from the world and her retreat from the obligations of justice. Abandonment of allies.  Murdering of police officers.  Racial division. Identity politics. The rise of the radical Left.  Political “correctness.”  Decline of the family.  Hostility to religion.  The silence of Church leaders and their unwillingness to hold to their professed beliefs.  Export of industries and jobs.  The creation of an impoverished dependent caste. Government and political corruption.  The collapse of an independent news media and the prospective disintegration of one of two of our political parties.

It seems safe to say that we are at war with ourselves when institutions we relied upon are dismembered and chaos takes their place.

Shalom.

Note – When you hear or read loose talk about the “Far Right” in politics understand that this is the natural reaction and corrective to balance the Far Left who have been more and more disruptive in all aspects of existence from marriage and bathroom privileges, to national security and fear of foreign engagement.  All suggestions of the Far Right should immediately conjure up the self-loathing and recklessness of American Left and their dislike of this Nation.

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