When does one take the dark spots on the x-ray seriously? When the cancer has metastasized I guess? When is complacency and/or denial best classed as suicide by self-abandonment?
If you could talk to any Jew who went sheepishly to the “showers” when they knew in their hearts they were going to their doom, there disembodied spirit would moan in remorse that they hadn’t taken a swing at their murderer rather than do everything they could to make their own murder easier.
Just walk into any waiting room, whether you are waiting for a tire to be repaired or waiting for an MRI, you will walk into a room full of people who will glance at you and then stuff their face back into whatever smartphone or lap top screen they have. From toddler to retirement we are a culture distracted from the real world.
As I grow older I see an erosion of the basic conversational skills and social touch of the average person. An increase in the crudeness of daily conversation and the low threshold for frustration in dealing with disputes is evidence of a culture unaccustomed to interacting with others of its own species.
So the lost culture of screen babies may gravitate to those who say they have a way toward fulfillment, toward happiness. Or they may have been raised birth from in culture with only madrassas to inform their vision of the world and Sharia to teach right from wrong.
To be sure everyone will be taught by someone. Some will be taught complacency and some will be taught to take advantage of complacency. .Some will become familiar with finding the facts while others will be programmed to the violent dogma of a violent era 1400 years ago. .
“We will win because you love life…..we love death, that is our reward.” (Osama Bin Laden).
As a matter of fact, the typically violent
Evidence of stone tool making in the pre-historic eastern Mediterranean stretch’s back to 130 thousand years B.C.E. The first signs of cultivation of grain began in the fertile crescent 10 or 12 thousand years ago. People gathered into communities, empires grew and waned. The guiding principles remained pretty much the same. Might was right, if I subjugate or kill you, it means my Gods are better than yours. I decide what is right and wrong and no karmic imbalance happens. If I win, you deserve what you get. Armies of killers roamed all places. Kingdoms were on the tip of a sword innocents were fodder for warlords and nothing more.
The magnificant coliseum in Rome, built by with war booty from a Roman slap-down of the Jews and a destruction of their Jerusalem Temple, the daily murder of tens of thousands of innocents in middle and south America sacrificed by the Mayans, or the blood-soaked mortar of Chinas great wall, are testimony to humanities endless endless capacity for cruelty in service to greatness. Mention could be made of such tragedies as Stalin’s 20 + million dead, or Hitler’s murder of 6 million plus during WWII, but the count is endless and spans the entire history of mankind.
Jesus was crucified a couple of millennia ago. He was a Jew who wandered the middle east pushing a message of peace and love that was so threatening he was tortured to death by the Roman occupiers (at the shrill behest of the local clergy) of Jerusalem. Jesus threatened the status and position of the local Jewish religious leaders of Jerusalem who lived in affluent repose, and were not about to let a wandering vagrant threaten their jobs with his growing popularity
This man, who preached love and tolerance, emerged from an era that respected power and violence above all. He spoke of spiritual values rather than subjugation of others. To this day we struggle with these conflicting drives. Nonetheless the societies that follow his teachings have become more successful than any other groups No doubt that that Christians can and have failed these values, but in balance, we have brought abundance and at least sporadic civility to many. Today evil that is growing in the middle east will not stop its holy war until it finds victory over cultures that offend Muslim sensitivities.
The piklink below shows a rather ironic shot of the riots at Ferguson Missouri. During the nights of riots Obama, shamed at doing nothing for several days, invited reps of the rioters to a parley. During this sit down the salient quote came from the POTUS when he advised the rioters to “Stay the course.” Let me repeat that last statement. He told the protesters/car-burners to “Stay the course.” What course? To continue to loot and burn until the town is a flattened field of ashes?
Representatives of the city of Ferguson were NOT invited.
I have come to expect liberals to caterwaul and perhaps knock over a trash can or two when they lose an election. In my half century of life I have seen this behavior a couple of times…But I have never seen a president encourage such destruction and cultural discord. Hatred is having a party in America, and the founder of the feast is Barack Obama. He had many opportunities to cool down several incidents of civil unrest and downright rioting and chose to do nothing at best….. or fan the flames at worst. But could you expect anything else from a man whose resume’ has “organizer” as his area of special expertise? Getting people stoked and pissed off at each other is his thing. He has never endeavored to build anything, fix anything, or help anyone. The article the pik is linked to is but a particle of the hateful acts that have persisted since President Trumps inauguration. It is a list of violence perpetrated on conservatives by the gentle souls who refer to themselves as” liberals.”…….Teeeheee
For a brief period of my teen years I sold vacuum cleaners door to door. I learned you can tell someone you have a good product till you’re blue in the face but most will remain unmoved. Now show them how well it works with a live demonstration and you can sell some vacuums! The old truism is correct “You have to see it to believe it.”
Well America is getting a live demonstration of the effects of unfettered immigration in Europe. The terrible truth is, however, that many will not believe their own eyes as they witness the cradle of western civilization toppled by immigration from an area that has been in a state of war for the last several thousand years. When Sunnis and Shia sect aren’t shooting each other they are hating and hitting all who are not followers of Mohammed.
Apostasy is a capital crime. It bodes ill for a religion when you have to kill people to keep them paying tithes the religion. What you do see is a proliferation of mandates concerning daily behavior. Life and the execution of life activities is dictated to the Muslim along with consequences if you fail. It appears more an instruction manual than a revelation of truth.
People are getting beat down at Trump Rallies these days. The particulars of who did what , who started it, who was at fault etc. are immaterial. It is the atmosphere of raw aggression that, flocking about him and the leathery whisper of demon wings, fluttering in between each careless epithet and empty platitude Trump spits out. Real violence is coming.
As senators, mayors and former rivals on the campaign trail endorse him, as he racks win after win and leads the pack at a comfortable distance; the pressure has been to jump on the Trump band wagon and succumb to his advances. But there is too much chaos and not enough truth. Not that trump lies a lot; he just says nothing of substance. The histrionic railing gives no point that can be argued. One unintended consequence of the strident rhetoric is the further coalescence of the left into an integrated, monolithic whole. Old insurrectionists are being pulled out of the closet with the deteriorating peace sign on the door. ( Klikdapick )
One can surmise that all the anger and misbehavior is a product of Trumps caterwauling. But for the first time in my life time a maverick is occupying the oval office and he has made it clear that , “If the law offends thee, break it!” All the “broken field runs” in avoiding the strictures of working with anybody at all, supports the outlaw atmosphere that has been deliberately cultivated by our Fearless leader, Obama.
Marching orders for car burners… Obama in a meeting with the leaders (I guess) of the dissident faction of the rioters burning and looting Ferguson (not the police) offered the encouragement to “Stay the course”. Inasmuch as all they were doing was rioting, and burning and looting en masse’, it can be surmised that Obamas sympathies lie with the car burners. As a community Organizer Obama never concerned himself with amelioration and more with intimidation. Obama is here to lead his people from bondage and teach us the err of our ways.
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences. A sense of loyalty to the group requires individuals to avoid raising controversial issues or alternative solutions, and there is loss of individual creativity, uniqueness and independent thinking. The dysfunctional group dynamics of the “ingroup” produces an “illusion of invulnerability” (an inflated sense of certainty that the right decision has been made). Thus the “in-group” significantly overrates their own abilities in decision-making, and significantly underrates the abilities of their opponents (the “out group”).
The assault of the left is a thrust for ignorance, the anger is at a 9.5 on a ten scale and an incremental escalation subsumes all. The bloody gash between Americans, the presidential wink at lawlessness while pandering to lawbreakers set the stage. Look down on the crowd in the street, a crowed of alligators shredding a single carcass, whipping bloody water into a pink froth. Only a miracle can stop the inevitable riot down the road.
…. low sodium, no pepper, make it bland, that way it won’t offend anyone’s delicate digestive tract. Such is the nature of nursing home meals. But in eliminating any risk of offending anyone, everyone is left eating tasteless mush. Of course the oldsters don’t threaten (and often carry through) to murder the servers and cook should they be displeased in any way. Islam does threaten death. So through the years of coercion and abuse we have become the battered spouse, desperately vigilant of our abusers mood and actions, we instantly sanitize anything that could offend and get our little girlie asses kicked. As a matter of fact, it seems that any action taken to defend against this kind of tyranny is seen as offensive.
Divorce reaches 50% in the culture at large. With the two parent family goes the unifying values of the family-based society. and with the father exiting the family, brat boys become dangerous adult males. (Males not men).