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The man who has been made in God’s image is the inner man, the incorporeal man, incorruptible, immortal one.

Origen, in Homily on Genesis

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Want to understand disorder and those who are disordered?  Just listen to Origen’s words above which date back to the Second Century after Christ.

His point is this: we are made in God’s image and that means we are in essence and fundamentally the man within us, the interior man.  In this, where God resides in us, we are as God: incorporeal – more than bodily man, here we are incorruptible – that is good at the core of our being.  We are in this life God – immortal – cannot die except that we pass from mortal life to eternal life.

So the disorder ones are those who know not their interior being – have never examined themselves thoughtfully, who – in contrast – live an exterior life – one of appearance, one that seeks status and advantage and fame and wealth, and cannot deny their most corrupt passions and desires – however sick and self-destructive they might be.

For them: more drugs, more sex, more rock and rock – more “free” stuff – more dependence, less autonomy, less dignity, less responsibility – childhood forever – all demands met – no God – no morality – ideology governs – and the ideologues say “kill the infidels who dare to have faith.”

Friends, we live among disordered people and they make life very dangerous and quite its contrary.   Their living denies life – they are the dead who must bury the dead.

This is precisely the circumstances we live in today.  Without God insanity becomes sanity, and bad becomes good, chaos becomes peace – Yes, lies prosper and pass as truth.

Shalom.

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The moment you have a self at all, there is the possibility of putting yourself first – wanting to be the centre – wanting to be God …

C. S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity

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Lewis writes here about corruption – an individual’s corruption – a vital element in human history, an issue each human must face in his or her life, a critical factor in understanding corruption in culture … in those around you – particularly among those holding or seeking power and the legions of advocates for this or that which promotes or demands simply their selfish desires without regard to anyone else.  In politics and culture today, we have many such errant narcissistic individuals and groups all more or less nihilists.

Make no mistake – the foundation of corruption is the individual desire to be his or her own God.  Yes, such thinking is insane and produces discord, division and conflict.

Yes, thinking one is one’s own God is frankly – living a colossal LIE.   You doubt this?  Think abortion as mere “choice,” or Holy Matrimony as same-sex “marriage,” or slavery as acceptable, or division by race, or multiple “genders.”  These are manifestations of men and women acting as God.

As Lewis so correctly says this “hopeless event” of human as God: it is men and women “invent(ing) some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God.”

We like to think of ourselves as smart, intelligent, an educated society.  Yet, the thinking and conduct such as described here (and so clearly visible among political-social-sexual “activists,” pundants, college professors and their ill-schooled products of nonsense, ideologies and hubris – as well as entertainers, celebrities, the media and some who would be “clerics,” and lawyers with grossly little intellectual depth or range or insight, among others) – simply puts the lie to our brilliance, and the opinions of a whole range of people whose godlessness defines their ignorance, establishes their uselessness.

Yep, God versus godlessness.  Sanity versus insanity.  Truth versus gibberish.

Shalom.

 

As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

Leonardo da Vinci

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We are a badly divided nation.  We can thank the liberal social critics who have flourished like crab grass in the post-War 60’s through to the present day.

Yes, we are done in by division – by identify politics which by it’s very nature divides and makes one the enemy of another.

Who you asked has done this?  The Leftists who oppose our Founders gift of a Federalist representative democracy and a Constitution that weds liberty with religious belief and  makes us one.

The dividers?  The perpetually disgruntled Democrat Party that cannot but find reason to complain, divide and destroy.  Indeed, look today at the childish displays at the Senate hearings on the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice.  Democrats take adult moments and turn them into childish tantrums – showing adults as snotty preschoolers – Democrat Senators included.  Divide and destroy is their mantra.

This conduct kills relationships and incites conflict, disorder and discontent.

Then there are the university professors and administrators who profess not faith but ideology – Marxism, and totalitarian socialism.  Such talk is painless on “easy street.”

And then we have the race-baiters who see color but not their neighbors and God’s children.  And there are misguided heirs of the 1960’s “sexual revolution” that separates man from women, and diminishes both and family by doing so.  Hedonists to be sure.

And let’s not forget the pagan abortionists who value “choice” more than child.  Life is not sacred for them.  Could anything be more damaging and demoralizing to the human psyche, in the individual and the aggregate, than desanctification of life itself.

Sadly the “sexual revolution” has entered Christ church were homosexual misconduct is hidden, protected and excused.

So too we have wealthy athletes who hold no gratitude for flag or nation, or for those who (unlike themselves) have served in the military, or died in defense of country,  foreign innocents and their fellow citizens.

By God’s design – we are given the impetus to be united – one, One in God.  Faith, first and love of country and others follows.  The division we see manufactured today breeds our destruction.  Build on God’s truth and restore a love of nation – we are blessed.  We need not be mired in division – better to be unified in thanksgiving and love of one another.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

Winston Churchill

We are safer, happier and more prosperous when we are united and our unity begins with God.

Shalom.

 

God does not give us graces and talents or virtues for ourselves alone …

Thomas Merton, in Seeds of Contemplation

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The Left lost because it is the Left.

Ideologues are inauthentic, impersonal, a nuisance – the deadwood of backwater small college campuses and ungoverned larger but narrow educational wastelands.

Their orientation is to smallness – self and selfishness.  You see it in their reaction to the election results and in their attitude toward others.

As to their reaction, we see it in hateful protest marches and public disruptions. These are less protests than they are childish tantrums.  Such is the instinct of those to whom childhood trophies and Nobel Prizes are given for no particular achievement.  Such is the “instruction” offered by cave-in administrators at places like Yale.  Better an education at Krispy Kreme: less expensive and closer to maturity.

The Left lost because the guy that beat them saw other people better than they did.  He saw those who were excluded and maligned.  He saw them because he did not have the Marxist cataracts that obscures their vision.

Their candidate offered nothing inclusive, rather just more hatred and division, and sing-song failed Marxist-derived refrains.  All B.S.

You see the ideology of the Left divides, antagonizes, excludes and is (or attempts to be) belligerent.  It does not sit well.  It is a-human, sick, soulless, unkind, unloving.

Indeed, it is blameful, ugly, hostile and in this – quarrelsome, tedious, rote, trite, anti-intellectual, controlling, inhuman and autocratic.  Its advocates are a bore.

Its efforts at governing have failed, and fail now in a huge ways – trillions in national debt, increasing welfare rolls and dependency, the shrinking of the middle class, activation of racial conflict, the divisive fiction of gender politics, loss of gainful employment, danger-enhancing stewardship of our national security, Obamacare – the unaffordable health care fiasco, etc.  They break rather than build and bind.

Let’s be honest – the Left fails and pisses people off all the while they insistently demand more failure.

Perhaps the single most interesting psychological aspect of the Left is this: they are utterly unable to see themselves; unable to see themselves, they cannot see or understand others.  Indeed, they maintain that others are “the problem” and hence, others are “the enemy.”  Such is the wasted educational years they endured – times that made them far more ignorant than wise.

Funny thing, in a free society no one wins at life or politics who is not mature enough to honestly see themselves and others.

In the end, the Left is childish, boring and blind.

In this election they got precisely what they earned.

Shalom.

Upset with the Trump Win – You can thank President Obama and candidate Clinton.  The President never led, was aloof and arrogant.  Ms. Clinton was simply a hodgepodge of untruths, hyper-secrecy and lawlessness.  In a populist year – neither Mr. Obama nor Ms. Clinton were likable.

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