Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4. A Consequence of Corruption

     Is there anyone who will champion the cause of the child? The swirling, cyclical nature of the procreatic reflexivity relegates itself to itself and the child watches in hunger as the old live in existences of what could have been. What is in man that drives him to the more? Is it mere pride? Is it selfish greed that is so selfish that it entices itself with a total disregard of any consequence? I have been there, a hell-bent puppet guided by my own desires. Is that where we are going as a nation? Will we ever learn from our history and from our mistakes?
     It is in these unanswered questions that I see through the centuries of writers, philosophers, theologians, and the like, that not much has changed in the hearts of men. It is presumed that evolution is taking place and it does in varying categories of life, particularly in science and technology where the current knowledge capitulates to the greater and more advanced knowledge.
     Man's heart, however, has not evolved. One may tend to believe that we are more civilized than our forefathers. Tell that to the soldiers, or, to the terrorists. Our weapons of war have evolved, but our inhumanity to man has not. Men still argue, fight, try to take that which is not theirs, and make war. We make good war and we strive to make war good. The reflections of the soldier in his call to duty are seen as necessary. It is necessary for us to protect ourselves from the onslaught of evil. The eastern front is not going away. Its desire is to annihilate what is not like itself, so much so that the worship of Molech is continued through the child sacrifice of suicide bombing.
     Where do the hearts lie in our government leaders? Lord Acton's dictum, 'Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely,' is in full charge in the hearts of our leaders. Even the minutest foible in the hearts of our leaders are exacerbated by power. It is an aromatic incense burning in the nostrils of the political, religious, financial, and educational construct. Power is powerful. How many humans do I need power over to make me worthy of its grasp? Again, more is the answer.
     Thomas Jefferson stated, "What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon, and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure."  (Jefferson Writings, letter to William S. Smith, 1787, The Library of America, p. 911). Jefferson also stated "I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others."
     And I, too, "have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." (Thomas Jefferson).
     Thomas Paine wrote, "We must not confuse the peoples with their governments; especially the English people with its government." (Paine's Preface to the French Edition, Rights of Man, Thomas Paine Collection, p. 62).
     Leo Tolstoy, in 1893, wrote a book called, "The Kingdom of God is Within You... Christianity Not as a Mystical Teaching but as a New Concept of Life". This treatise of his was to get at the real truth of Christ's teaching and to depart from the traditional church teaching, the oral and written laws of men, so to speak, that had been created over the centuries by self-serving clerics dressed in Christianity, but were far from it. In the book, Tolstoy, details the injustice performed at the children's expense to train them up in the name of RELIGION, but not necessarily Jesus Christ. He states, "Churchmen substitute for Christianity the version they have framed for themselves, and this view of Christianity they regard as the one infallible one." He also says, "And therefore the churches will not for an instant relax their zeal in the business of hypnotizing grown-up people and deceiving children. This, then, is the work of the churches: to instill a false interpretation of Christ's teaching into men, and to prevent a true interpretation of it for the majority of so-called believers."  (The Kingdom of God is Within You, Tolstoy, Wildside Press, pp. 60,61). 
     Even as Paine stated to the French not to confuse the government with its people, Tolstoy admonishes his reader not to confuse Christianity with so many versions of the church. It is the leaders and their teachings that make the difference. Blatant false teachings on every side creating cult-like matter wrapped in power and prestige are always resting on the hearts of men who deceive at the expense of their followers. The 'next election' is always the best time to demonstrate how faulty these talebearers operate within the confines of their reflexive domain. 'I will say whatever I need to say to get elected,' says the seeker of the office who will yet again prove that he is a 'blundering amateur' as Mr. Krauthammer so eloquently describes. 
     Liberal leaders of all types that are caught up within their own domains possess an oblique incredulity regarding themselves. The reflexivity attributes disallow honesty and integrity resulting in self-deception. The salesman believes his own lies which makes him all the better salesman. After all, there is too much to lose by telling the truth.  
     But it is the truth that we all need and need to live by; not one man's version of it, but the truth that we need not be ashamed of. It causes me the most destructive distress to know of a child abused. Abuse comes in various forms from the physical and emotional, to the mental and the irrational. Power over a child's mind is opportunistic and deviant, coercive and demeaning. Being in the church for over 50 years, I have seen the best of loving teaching and I have seen the worst of cultic lies. I am a father of three children and I have seen myself at my worst and at my best; my children have eyes and ears. I am a leader in my community and in my home.
     Have I, as a leader, told the truth?
     Have I, as a father, lived the truth? Am I willing to pay the price for being faithful to the Truth as He sees it, foregoing whatever device man may try to conceive in my mind? We are all seed bearers and sowers, none of us are exempt and none of us are without sin.
     It is the tales we choose to tell that lie at the doorstep of the hearts of our children. A version of the truth is insufficient.  

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