Truth of the Past
Those who do not take theological ideas and scriptures with any seriousness find no merit in these ideas and words. This is understandable, given that they have watched, their entire lives, ineffectual religious institutions who themselves do not understand any longer those same ideas and scriptures, fumble, stumble, and fall over their own Hubris, time and again. The institutions that have purported themselves the arbiters of the Way to Heaven have offered little in the way of tangible notions that can help in every aspect of a person’s life.
The usual argument is that these ancient texts spoke in quaint, poetic ways; the only means of language that they had available to them, and thus were no more than clumsy attempts at communicating scientific ideas, ergo, their use as sources of knowledge and wisdom are mostly moot. “We know now that…” and so on. Whether this is true or not has little value to society as a whole unless it has value to the individual. This is not to say that everything is true for each, or moral relativism is correct. It is to say that, to find Truth, the journey has to start with the individual, versus trying to garner Truth from society itself, most especially mob-think, or what we call the Hivemind.
The Truth that I find ever-apparent, as I search out history, science, and how these things correlate to books like the Bible, is that the language may be poetic to us, may seem quaint and outdated, and yet the principles, notions of the universe, understanding of historical patterns, the predictive nature of these texts to a fault, and the depth of the structure of the language itself bears out an understanding of the universe from the quantum level upward, that causes Modernity to pale in wisdom in comparison.
Many of the fathers of modern science were men who understood this. Newton wrote millions of words of commentary on the Bible. Einstein had a firm grasp of music, art, science, and the imagination to ponder God in the midst of his brilliance. The notion of God in no ways deters the scientific method. Plato, though a proponent of a monadic, unknowable God, still grasped more about the trajectory and inner-workings of our universe than many a scientist today. Modern science still, at times, finds itself wondering if dismissal of some of his peculiar ideas is warranted.
This election brings to mind one of the many ways in which the scriptures bear out an understanding of the world we live in, so simplistic that the pertinent wisdom is easily lost.
The Serpent and Eve.
We can eat of any tree in the Garden, except one. We can’t eat of, or touch, that tree, or God says we will die.
Did he really say you’ll die? He doesn’t mean that! If you eat of that fruit, you will be like gods, and He doesn’t want that!
The tactic is simple yet brilliant: insert doubt (Did he really say…) and then insert the lovely lie (You’ll be like gods, and that will make God jealous! He is obviously capricious and wants you lowly for the sake of being lowly. But I can help you out here, if you’ll listen).
How many ways there are to apply this to our history. We have leaders in place in the West, and a media complex in place, that tricks us, like man in the Garden, to render all that our ancestors worked to build into rubble using these same two tactics. Because we tend to see Evil as darkness (and it is, below the facade), we miss the reality: the lies that Evil uses to tempt us are shiny, full of false light, and attractive. Temptation doesn’t arrive at our door ugly. Most often, in fact, it’s so beautiful that we are blinded.
The Serpent brought something to mankind through God’s hand, because of man’s choice: new legislation, new laws. The initial rule was simple: don’t eat of that fruit. Everything else is yours, and you own it and have dominion over it. Once humanity had given into the Serpent, God was forced to intervene, and the list of rules got longer, consequences were introduced, and man found himself slave to the dirt itself. Had the Serpent enacted a complex, interwoven plan in order to accomplish this?
Behind the scenes, yes. But to bring his plans to fruition, this Serpent brought a very simple tactic to play against man, because it knew man’s weakness better than man, for Hubris was also its weakness. Our leaders and media have done the same to our culture. The plans to bring the West down have been complex, extended generations, they involve sleight of hand trickery behind the scenes that is impressive, to say the least. But the tactic needed to give these plans money and momentum was the same trick as the Serpent: 1) insert the doubt 2) insert the lie.
For America, the doubt was: is America really the great nation that it has purported itself to be in our lives? Look at all of the wrongs done! Look at the horrid nature of some of the acts of this nation’s greatest. An onslaught then of twisted history with no context was fed to us in every sort of way possible. As technology increased, so did the frequency of the narrative of doubt.
Again, this doubt has been fed to us outside the context of the original history. To build something takes time. To build anything that can move the beast of man towards civility and organization takes even longer, requiring, at times, the eradication of cruelty and the unjust things be a slow process, as the mob never wants to give up what it has become accustomed to. By ripping our own history out of the context of these realities, our leaders and media have, like the Serpent, weaved doubt into our very blood; how few now can even cite the truth of our history with any confidence?
Then, the lovely lie: we can rise above those horrible things to become the Enlightened. Like gods, we will be able to right the wrongs of our past. Then, we will be able to achieve all that we’ve ever dreamed; united as one, we can actually evolve to become gods. It’s a lovely lie, and full of temptation, because like any lie, Truth is woven in, here and there, the tapestry becoming almost irresistible to us. So we cover ourselves in it, unaware the price that has to be paid to reach this myopic goal.
To be part of a Republic is to be a servant to that Republic. We have responsibilities and duties that often go against the core of our being. These require a kind of self-less selfishness, wherein we use the desires we have to help both ourselves and others. Legislation is simpler, but that simplicity requires these duties on our part. We are individuals, but part of a whole, thus we must serve the whole of the Republic as individuals, never forgetting what it is we tether ourselves to in order to form that Republic.
The lie in part is that we are slaves. That we’ve always been slaves. And that the Republic itself is an institution that merely reinforces slavery. Again, there is truth to be found in this lie, but the truth has to be put back into proper context in order to be seen clearly. The lie doesn’t tell us that it wishes to make us the slave. For while we had choice in the Republic, the ability to forge our own way, so long as it works within the context of the greater society, once we accept the lie, new legislation is put in place. Because it has to be put in place as the people of the Republic are less and less inclined to govern themselves, because they believe the lie that the government, intercepted by the serpents of this world, is now there to protect them.
Soon, every aspect of the Republic is tainted. The government is full of the serpents, as is the media complex. And those serpents collude and whisper, like the Nachash, building on the lie. The mob begins to rise up, tilting at every windmill they believe they see in their path, laying waste to the very things that gave the mob the comfort and prosperity it then began to see as prison. The best of that Republic, now facing its Nemesis of Democracy, sink away, retreating, because they recognize the real yoke of slavery that is on their back. The greedy rise. The unthankful rise. The thoughtless rise.
And, soon enough, the lie has come to fruition and the once Republic finds itself within the death throes of a cancer that metastasized from two simple tactics, tactics as old as time:
- Insert the doubt
- Insert the lie
The Serpent is, no doubt, rather proud to see its age-old strategy alive and well.