What a Heartbreaking Culture We Live Within

I am a loner. I’ve been called insular, and at times, this has been the accurate description. What I am not, however, is lonely.

I watch interviews with people on YouTube; perhaps famous, perhaps not. These interviews can be about the dangers of social media, technology, the modern world, etc., and yet so few speak with authority on these matters. There is a self-censorship which most often manifests in soft language. Perhaps the person speaking wants to home in on the isolating aspect of social media. In doing so, they will use soft language to describe the poison of this isolation. “I just think that maybe we’re not showing our true selves on social media,” they might say. Their hand gestures and the upward lurch of the tone of their voice tells the tale, that they want to make the declaration that the isolation of social media is bad, but they don’t want to offend anyone, or attract criticism for their opinion. Understandable, but mistaken.

The isolation brought on in our culture by social media is a pox on the entirety of humanity. To say otherwise is to mince words. And yet social media is but one danger in our modern culture.

The majority of modern culture is upside down. Nothing means what we are told it means. There is nothing social about social media. There is nothing about connectivity brought to us by technology that actually connects us. Our medications do more to harm than heal us. A credit score is nothing but a means to an end to spend more money on things that we do not need. Entertainment is indoctrination. An online community is nothing of the sort. A smart phone is an idiotic device. The news media has nothing of the sort to give us. Reality has been upended by the virtual, and our culture writ large has no idea what to do about it, so it does nothing at all about any of it but foment it all by giving more hard earned dollars in order to stay placated and numbed.

Highly publicized ‘mass shootings’ by patsies, psychopaths, and the broken plague American culture. Understandably, there are so many who wonder why don’t we just ban all guns. But this will solve nothing. The ‘mass shooter’ is but a symptom of the heartbreaking condition of the culture we live within, and cannot be stopped by laws. Laws do nothing to resolve spiritual death. Gun laws could be so harsh as to be regulated by door to door searches of Americans’ homes, and these broken people would not be stopped.

Our media is complicit in the madness as it drools like the hungry hyena for the next mass shooting to occur, so that it may garner the clicks, ratings, and money that it so desires. While our news media feigns its concern about our brave new world of the insane killing others with bullets, it masturbates each times another shooting happens, knowing that it will be fed another fat meal like the corpulent beast that it truly is. I often ask myself why there is no culpa for these asshat fools running their collective mouths, lying to us about how concerned they are about life. These feckless, perfidious talking heads do nothing but feed us our own deaths on every channel, believing themselves to be some sort of force for good, and we, the people, sit back and let them spin us up into such a rage that we jump on our social media accounts and blast out rage-filled opinions about everything but the real problems we face. “Something has to be done!” we say, while being completely unwilling to tear down the media complex that feeds us while we also feed it. Our media complex would have no means by which to indoctrinate us were we not so damned willing to be indoctrinated, outraged, and gullible.

Our media complex preys upon the weak, the confused, and the psychologically damaged in order to sell its wares to us. And again, it could not do so, were we not so willing to be fooled, lied to, and manipulated. Why are we thus? It is, like the ‘mass shooter,’ because we are spiritually dead. One can go to church, mosque, or synagogue every time the doors fling open. One can read the Bible or any other book of religious texts every day. Prayer of a sort can be practiced. And yet all of these things will not preclude the condition of our heartbreaking modern culture: that of spiritual death.

We no longer, as a culture, go outside. We no longer gather as a community in person. The average person in first-world culture spends the vast majority of time in front of a black mirror screen, conjuring whatever demon we desire that will lie to us in order to keep us from having to face what we have become. Nature is lost to us, and so the quiet voice of God with it.

Evil is loud, obnoxious, and demanding. It never relents. Evil has a constant refrain of temptation coupled with guilt when we so easily fall victim to our own desires. It is like our technology, ever nagging and compulsive, demanding to be fed at all times, and when we ignore these demands, we are punished.

Not so God, who seeks to gently guide us toward peace of mind and wholeness. God will not shout His way above the din, but rather will wait for us to listen to His teachings. Despite that our modernity offers us access to His word in ways never dreamt of before, we no longer listen to Him. For His way is not that of complacent comfort and instant gratification. His quiet words demand responsibility and purpose, self-discipline and reserve. So despite that we can find His word online, we will not hear His voice until we step away from our virtual world and walk out into His creation.

What can we do in such a heartbreaking culture in order to keep ourselves from falling victim to the plagues of our modernity? Balance. It is the nature of all things. Moderation, common sense, and self-discipline. There are many who seek to displace themselves from modernity entirely, but for most, this is not even remotely possible. Too many that we love can often only be found within the confines of our modernity, and though it would be much easier to isolate ourselves from everything, in doing so, we rob those that we love of our own resolve to maintain our sanity. Who knows how many that are trapped by our modern culture could be loosed by a few words from us, or seeds planted when they watch us set boundaries for social media, television viewing, or keeping up with the ‘news’ of the day? To run and hide seems almost antithetical to the reason we might cite for disappearing. Those of us who see the madness know that there are so many who do not, and if we run from it all, who is left to speak of balance? Who is left to assure those who feel isolated and alone that simply being alone need not mean feeling the debilitating effects of loneliness?

Modern culture seems new but it is truly a very old kind of warfare: that of the spirit, and more potently spoken, our very soul. In our heartbreaking culture, souls are being lost by the day. Let those of us who hold onto ours so dearly find ways to help those who are close to abandoning theirs.

This is a Culture Built by Morons for Morons

The asylum no longer looks like the above image. The asylum looks like our homes, our malls, our fast food and sit-down restaurants, our phones, tablets, computers, Alexa, Google Assistant, and all of the ‘conveniences’ that we hold so precious and dear, despite that they’re all driving us insane.

There is an old phrase: ‘useful idiot.’ We are inundated with them. They beset us on all sides. They are our talking heads on TV, on social media, they are our corporate bosses. Most likely, many of them are our ‘friends’ on social media and as well in real life.

These useful idiots say things like, “LOL!” “It’s always been bad,” or “we’ve never had it so good,” and a litany of pat phrases, snark and pablum. Meaningless, useless ‘positive’ thinking that masks the heart of the world that we live in, and the culture that we are forced to be a part of whether we like it or not. Like children being led to their own demise with candy, our culture is made up mostly of people who not only haven’t the slightest idea as to the damage that has been done to humanity by this moronic culture but, worse, choose to be oblivious to the entire charade of lies. They have their candy and deep down, in their heart of hearts, they know where we are heading. And thus they want everyone to go with them into the pits of Hell.

In America, we go to make-work jobs where meetings and gibberish qualify as meaningful to both middle and upper management. These idiots cannot grasp the concept of ‘buyer’s remorse.’ Forget the fact that most everything that we are told is useful is anything but, forget that our make-work culture costs so much money to prop up, and that most of the time our days amount to nothing more than punching clocks and pretending that we did something, when in reality the only thing we did was provide fodder for the mental masturbation of this pointless make-work culture. The useful idiots care not. Their only desire is to go home each day convinced that the nine o’clock meeting that went nowhere at all was a force for good. They’ll by a Ford Fiesta with a blown headgasket and in a meeting or two, walk out convinced they purchased a Bugatti. It would be beyond hilarious were it not for the fact that it is a daily, never-ending nightmare.

So we buy things. We go home at night and watch TV. We get on Amazon and click buttons that allow us to get things we really don’t need for a discounted price if we’re willing to sign up for a 90 day trial. The shows we watch taunt us, train us, tempt us, and despise us all, and we cluck cluck away, knowing that we’re being played but the dopamine rush is somehow sufficient to keep us docile and calm. Alpha states with no resolution. It’s a world where what we want is all we want until it’s ours, whereupon the things we bought then have no meaning at all, and we’re onto the next recommended item when we go back to Amazon.

We pay attention to rabid feminists, identity politic insanity, and listen to people who long ago disqualified themselves from logically being able to publicly voice opinions on issues that matter. We celebrate and promote insanity. We think we’re being kind, compassionate, and inclusive. In reality, we’re giving the pulpit to the insane every day, and each week more and more lunatics reach out and grab that pulpit, and preach to us the words of the mad, and we sit there and listen as though prophets speak. We have allowed these morons to dictate our own beliefs. Envy and Hubris taint their every thought and word; they are mad as hatters with their perceived slights, offenses, and micro-aggressions. Instead of being honest and true to ourselves and them, we instead manifest misplaced guilt and shame, act on those misplaced feelings, and then virtue-signal like good little animals in Pavlovian experiments, berating ourselves, our own culture, and our own beliefs, with the foolish and flat-out stupid notion that we owe the insane something other than harsh truth and perhaps psychological treatment for their mental defects.

When the truth sometimes tries its best to smack us in the face, we ignore it. We have no True God in America. We have idols. False gods and false religions abound. When they fall down, we prop them up. When they fail, we make excuses for them. When the machinations of the world that presented these false gods to us step in and demand that we fall in line with the insanity inscribed on these false idols and religions, we go along, pretending that we do something that is meaningful.

We don’t have the guts anymore to let our conveniences and comforts crumble around us in order to be true to ourselves. Because in order to be true to ourselves, we must have a firm system of beliefs that we have built through years of sifting through lies and truths until we arrive at something tangible. We are weak, lost. But by God, we’re comfortable and affluent, so who the hell cares? Keep quiet and let Amazon, social media, TV shows, news media, politicians, charlatans and the flat-out demonic and insane rule over us because so long as we do, we are given our daily carrots on sticks. We get to keep our make-work jobs. We get to keep spouting bullshit on our social media accounts. We get to keep pretending that the culture that we live in is the best humanity has ever experienced.

Meanwhile our souls die, our lives waste away, and our ability to think for ourselves is overridden more by the day. We are cowards.

Daily more Americans succumb to this moronic culture built around us, as though the entirety of our nation is willing to commit mass suicide with our own souls.

So long as we’re comfortable and Alexa still answers our inane questions, Amazon still offers one-day shipping, and the latest episode of our favorite TV show still comes on at the allotted time.

 

A Very Old Con

Beware the ally with much to gain by quickly coming to your aid.

The prominent conservative is likely a radio mogul, podcast host, writer, or perhaps YouTube personality. Given that nearly every form of media and entertainment in America generally leans toward the issues of the day, which currently are social justice in nature, and thus the direction in which it leans is left, most prominent conservatives express unwelcome viewpoints. Most prominent conservative personalities are speaking to those who feel like-minded, and in their own way marginalized. Those who feel themselves marginalized on the other side of the spectrum have nothing to fear from the prominent conservative. His stance is clear, and easy to recognize.

The prominent leftist, however, is another thing entirely.

The worship of the celebrity generally occurs towards the end of a once-powerful civilization. The West is in complete decline, so the fact that this age-old weakness has reappeared is not terribly surprising. Humans look to gods, and the limo-bound celebrity makes an easy false one to worship without many immediate consequences.

Like any false god, however, their powers are limited, as are there responses to any issue with the human condition overall. To us, their lives appear as the ultimate freedom. They are lavished with money and praise daily, what could be better? In reality, they are slaves; commodities to be sold, with or without their consent. Public opinion can destroy them in a few tweets. One word spoken awry can vanquish their careers, to the point of quite literally being erased from their own previous work.

Within the parameters of such a rigid and volatile status, it seems safe to say that few humans could do anything aside from doing everything possible to follow the rules laid out before them, as best they can. It seems like a nightmare prison. To be forced to deconstruct and reconstruct ones self based on the whims of momentary socio-political issues that are trending seems like a terribly miserable way to live. In this context, it’s much easier to understand the many melt-downs that occur in our entertainment media. Reality truly is stranger than fiction, and not everyone can handle the meeting of the two.

It seems to be only two personality types that manage to succeed in our vast entertainment media: those who have enough self-awareness and principles grounded deep enough to survive being disagreeable and those who give themselves over wholly to whatever the script requires. Much like the prominent conservative, those who feel marginalized have nothing to fear from the first type. If you ask their opinion perhaps they will tell you, but mostly, they want to work. The second type, however, is more dangerous than the scorpion. It’s a serpent, and it sheds its skin with each new social issue of the day.

What must go through the mind of the celebrity who is dedicated to the leftist social issues of the day? At their level of notoriety, any sensible part of left-leaning ideas are forgone into the realm of extreme political correctness, a gaping vortex of endless nano-aggressions,  insults, hate-speech and miseries. That black hole is never on a full stomach.

At any moment a misspoken word could bring the entirety of the Social Media mob atop them, at which point the horrifying decision has to be made as whether or not to withstand the onslaught or begin deleting old tweets. They will appear on Daily Mail first, and if the story sells, other news outlets will pick them up. The whole thing was just a joke, but in the bottomless pit of modern politically-correct aggressions, a Cardinal Sin was formed and escaped. Tried in the court of public opinion, most of them know the outcome already, the mob rules the day, and there is no place for double-plus-ungood hate speech. Jobs will vanish and status will be destroyed.

Would you truly trust an ally with such forced neuroses and limitations who suddenly rushed to your aid without your very consent?

Take no celebrity ally, no matter socio-political leaning, without always asking one question: “Who benefits?” Ask that enough times and the answer always appears. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, especially our own. When it tells us to beware the scorpion, it isn’t lying.

Beware the ally with much to gain by quickly coming to your aid.

Even the Wolf Knows How to Nurture.

What a world we live in today. One of peer pressure, social pressure, ‘screwed down anti-human views,’ and all manner of ways in which we are tamped down into the dirt daily, told to shove our faces in it so that we do not see reality.

Today, most of the populous believes that going against the grain is going against traditional societal norms. Traditional norms that have stood the test of time and temptation. And yet the result is that everyone is different and unique, just like everyone else. Bucking the basic common sense of societal and natural norms isn’t free-thinking at all. To be a free thinker in our world has nothing to do with tattoos, being a parishioner in the congregation of Climate Change, wearing an ‘I Got an Abortion!’ tee-shirt, looking into the past for institutionalized racism, misogyny, or any other cause du jour of our day.

Being a free thinker means exactly what the phrase intends. If one is parroting a popular cultural opinion, it is not free thought, it is regurgitation. Not once in the history of all humanity has anyone been provocative or original with their thoughts and opinions without making immediate enemies of some form. The human being is above the animals partly because of his ability to ponder the world and respond to it outside of the will of the herd when necessary.  Still the herd is the herd today as it was yesterday, and it will do its best to trample you for daring to voice genuinely honest and brutal opinions about the stupidity and vapid virtue signalling of our day.

So reach down and scrape it, and howl into the herd a primal scream of reality.

There will be consequences, of this there is no question. This is why peer pressure and social pressure work: we feel fear of rejection. It’s only natural, as humans are meant to be communal creatures, and no digital community can take the place of actual, human interaction. But social media, perhaps the best virus every written in the history of computing, has utterly reprogrammed first-world humanity. It has removed empathy, context, critical thought, and reason from us. In the place of those things are outrage and revenge; we live in a ‘hit-back’ culture where people believe that they simply must answer every ‘call out’ with an explanation.

The hell with that.

The best answer to the ‘call out’ culture of our day is to respond by saying, “You are free to express your opinion. You are also free to shove that opinion.”

But at times one must be gentle as a dove and wise as a serpent. Being willing to crash and burn and take the consequences of going against the herd is the most important part of the equation, but still only a part of that equation. Though we need more blunt instruments in our world willing to defy the nonsense of our culture these days, nuance is necessary. To a hammer, everything is a nail, including one’s own thumb if the aim isn’t true. And when swinging wildly, there is always the chance of hitting someone on the head who might have otherwise been willing to hear a different perspective if offered with empathy and kindness. Knowing when to tell someone ‘calling you out’ to shove it is as important as developing the necessary muscles required to have the strength to buck the current trends. Tapping into the truth of reality to find that ‘primal scream’ is the first step. The second is learning to control the power. There are people in this world who feel genuinely marginalized because of many things, and our constant stream of news, entertainment, social media posts, and all the other noise drives them even further towards that notion of marginalization.

But many of them are willing to listen if we are willing to be more than just a blunt instrument. The Christ planted seeds, He did not badger. He was also a master of language and (for obvious reasons) had an understanding of the human condition far beyond any other human. It behooves those of us looking to walk against the grain of modern society to follow His example, and not simply argue for argument’s sake, but rather to listen, to genuinely have ears to hear, and frame our discourse with those who disagree from a standpoint of wanting to understand their thought processes, and merely have conversations with them, rather than attempt to vilify their opinions or even attempt to change their minds. Their minds are theirs, just as are their beliefs. Hammering them as nothing more than blunt instruments convinces no one of anything, and changing their minds really isn’t within the scope of our abilities anyway. What we can offer is a different perspective on their own notions of our own belief systems. I’m not talking about being ‘nice.’ I’m talking about being honest without the need to win the discussion. There is no prize for ‘winning’ an argument other than a dopamine rush.

People in the first world are terrified on all sides. Even if it is only intuited, most know that the systems that we have mistakenly depended on for so long are falling apart from within, and most have no idea where their place will be in the coming brave new world. A primal scream is needed to wake many from their slumber, but there is no need to scream in the face of those who disagree. The call of the wild will draw those who seek something better toward that call, and many will answer it and then fall away, lacking the strength to abandon the herd and follow the pack of loners willing to forgo the constant and debilitating comfort of our world in favor of reality. The strong have something of a responsibility to lead without ripping apart.

Even the wolf knows how to nurture.

No One is Equal

Those addicted to the notion of egalitarianism have made a grievous error: they have far overshot their mark, and having done so, they have forced their hand on all of us, and it is no secret that this forced hand has pushed decent people into a corner, to the point that there is no more room for the horseshit being fed to us all. Most of us are sick to the stomach of all the bullshit.

There are Nazis and white nationalists. White supremacists and far-right fringe people. There are communists and fascists, brownshirts and Islamists. There are all manner of ideologies that pervert every single facet of humanity. They have been here for ages, but the virus of social media and the twenty four hour news cycle have given all of these pitiable fools the airplay that they never deserved to have. As such, perspective and context have been lost. The only thing left is outrage.

And people buy outrage as though it were prime-cut steak on sale for a tenth of the normal price. Our digital news media has exploited this to the degree that they are traitors to their own nation. Say what you want about the Great Orange One in the White House, he is not wrong when he says that our news media is the enemy of the people. Whine on and on about ‘free speech’ and all of those things if it makes one feel better. It makes no difference. Our news media seeks to divide us, to cull us like cattle and sheep into different groups, tribes that focus on self-interest and have little in the way of compassion for other tribes that do not feel and speak exactly the same.

You see, Hubris begets Nemesis every time. The Greeks knew this. Early Christians knew this, and they called it Pride. Call it what you like, but the Devil is always in those details, and he seeks nothing less than to divide and conquer, for he has no other weapon in his arsenal with which to separate us from God. Evil cannot create, it can only bastardize what is good and true, flipping those things and turning them into diseases and mental disorders.

According to Biblical record, Satan desired to be equal to God, not so much to be above Him. A point missed so often. His desire was not based upon bettering himself in the long run by following the natural Laws that God had put into place. The desire he felt was one of envy: he sought to be equal to the Most High, something that he could never attain through such selfish and egotistical ways. Upon being cast down and coming to the very hard realization that he would never be equal to the Most High, his tactics changed: his goal then became one of tearing down God’s new and beloved creation, mankind. Knowing that we, just as the angels, were subject to Hubris and Pride, he made it his lifelong goal to corrupt and infect man with the same envy and Hubris that he felt.

It is difficult to deny his successes.

These things have been around since time immemorial, but as we reach the end of this epoch, it is apparent that the proliferation of data and information without proper context and study thanks to our digital age have resulted in a culture of entitlement, thanklessness, and weakness. Those who believe themselves to be ‘intelligent free thinkers’ are legion, while in reality, most do little more than absorb the talking points of the day, put their phones down, and feel good about themselves for buying into the narrative. We know everything and understand nothing. The true nature of humanity is lost to us, like Dead Sea Scrolls. We ask foolhardy questions about our own nature, despite that deep in our core we know the answers already. We wonder if there are ways to end things like ‘racism,’ when we know the truth of the matter. We talk about things like ‘gender’ equality while ignoring that very data that we worship which gives us insight into why men and women are different, and how these differences affect every aspect of our lives.

We pretend that culture, ethnicity, and race play no factor in our differences while simultaneously worshiping those very differences. Having little more than speculation and feelings, we lecture one another, demanding answers to questions that are idiotic in and of themselves. Despite that we all work together daily, and do our best to get along, we buy into the media narratives that we hate one another. And we do this because we love to ignore a basic truth of the human condition: NO ONE IS EQUAL. To believe otherwise is downright pathological.

To believe otherwise is downright pathological.

The notion of us all being equal is a feel-good delusion that has no basis in reality whatsoever. While we all may have been created equal in the sense that we all came into the world screaming once the doctor spanked our asses, once that moment has passed, there is no such thing as equality. There is hard work and merit. There are principles that separate cultures. There are those who simply surpass others because of natural talent. There are geographical variables. There are IQ variables. To believe that all of humanity could ever be equal is to believe that natural selection, if one believes in such, has no bearing at all. The notion of equality is not based in the modern religion of Science at all.

No one is equal. If we can swallow our pride and swallow this pill, then we can begin to make social change that has meaning, instead of the useless word salad nonsense that we are subjected to daily. The notion of universal, human equality possesses no empathy. It cannot differentiate reality from fiction. Like a soulless artificial intelligence, it disregards the true nature of humanity in favor of a homogenized, easily-controlled populous that does not think for itself, but rather chooses to follow the social narrative like sheep, lacking even the most basic of mental skills to think for itself.

No one is equal. I am rather thankful for that.

It’s the Staining Mark of a Beast of Some Kind, That’s for Certain

The Christian church, for as long as I’ve been alive and much earlier, has badgered the notion of the ‘mark of the beast’ to the point that reading the phrase makes the mind want to shut this down. Close the tab and go back to Facebook. The fear of the unknown sparks panic, and nothing induces panic like previously-unknown technology beginning to come to the forefront of culture after WWII. So there was speculation and panic. Everything from credit card numbers to bar codes were postulated to be the proverbial mark of the beast. It all made its own odd sense, but the human mind can recognize panic and speculation, and will make a decision as to when to ignore it and move on.

Though it’s never gone away, the ‘mark of the beast’ has a rather tainted reputation concerning authenticity.

Nice fonts at least.

What thoughts enter your mind when seeing that above graphic? I suspect I can relate to them.

Perhaps one day an actual beast will step from the ocean. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. In the meantime, however, more pragmatic thoughts are needed.

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What is the ‘beast’ and what is said beast’s ‘mark?’ Of course, there a myriad theories and I ignore the vast majority of them. Mickey D’s version of Christianity, plaguing us for far too many years now, both oversimplifies and overspiritualizes them. The ideas from the Christian church are far too simplistic and yet over-analyzed. The ideas generally mean nothing to the public writ large. Breathless, conspiratorial hearsay and little more. Easy to ignore, easy to dismiss.

Look up the definition for beast and the English word returns a few variants. One of the most useful here is something not human. The Greek word used in the Bible (therion) has several definitions, some wolf-based, and some citing the word to mean a dangerous and venomous animal. A serpent fits this nicely. So we expound on this idea of a venomous animal.

A serpent generally lies in wait. It most often does not pop out of the weeds and declare itself. Growing up in the Deep South as I have, you learn to watch your step during certain times of the year in the woods, in a field of weeds, and so on. Unless it’s a rattler, nine of ten, it’s generally way too damn late by the time you know that the serpent is there and you just stepped on it. Never once have I encountered a snake (and I’ve encountered a helluva lot of them) when it required me to tattoo its name on my right hand or give it my credit card number. Whether the serpent is acting as a predator or in self-defense, the MO is the same: hide and wait until the best possible moment, then strike the blow.

When John the Revalator informed us that the number of the beast is the infamous 666, I believe it had less to do with ciphering out the name of the beast as it did determining the nature of the beast. The Bible cites the number 7 as being the number of the True God so many times that I’m not even going to try and list them here. In this sense, six is less than seven. The desire of Lucifer, and his ilk, is to be like unto God, but this desire has always and will always fail. The lesser gods will never attain the power and divinity they seek, for their aim is not pure. The Godhead rests in a state of pure perfection and harmony. The lesser gods, having rebelled, forfeited such a luxury, and thus spend their days twisting, spinning, and trying to change the entirety of the world in order to appear as powerful as the Godhead. Their desire burns within them like the fire of Hades—to be like the Most High. Yet they have missed the point entirely: they were already created as the image of the Most High, thus their desire is futile, and were they to simply obey the Laws of the Universe that the Most High put into motion, their very desire would thus be attained.

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I look at our world today and I see a beast system already in place. Technology, entertainment, social media, instant gratification; all have led humanity again to a state of utter Hubris. Humanity possesses the same desire as the lesser gods, which is to be like the Most High, and thanks to the cleverness of humanity, we have created a world in which we want for nothing. We walk entitled through our madness as though we were ourselves gods.

Yet we are unfulfilled, bored, and self-destructive. We have no hope. We are not as the Most High, who is Love and Goodness, in the least.  We have lost touch entirely with the belief in the goodness of life itself.

Societies turn bad when they lose any sense of this goodness. Instead of expecting life to bring them positive things, people look toward it with a combination of paranoia and narcissism that has them seeing themselves as the likely victim.

This makes them want to preemptively strike against everyone and everything else. To them, it is no longer stealing or inaction when they take more than they need or avoid pitching in when necessary. They are merely protecting themselves against inevitable future victimhood.

In addition, they gain a sort of metaphysical solipsism that has them see themselves as the object of the acts of the universe. If it rains, it was designed to rain on them; if there is a shortage, life has injured them.

From this outlook a malevolent individualism is born which says, essentially, “I will do whatever I want, and should not be judged for this, because nothing good will come to me otherwise.” All individualism (hubris) goes this way, or at least, individualism does not arise without this latent attitude.

Individualism takes the opposite form of goodness. It says that the world is bad and the only good is found in the individual. In other words, we retreat into our individual selves because we perceive that our surroundings are hostile.

Western people originally had a sense of the goodness to life. We studied our world, did what was sensible, and received benefits; these corresponded to a notion of a metaphysical goodness, or life reaching toward improvement, so that the best always won.

Somehow, we lost this, and life became — like a bourgeois job, filing your taxes, or making small talk at a party you did not want to go to — an obligation. In the hands of human control, what was once liberating and beautiful became repetitive and odious.

Initially, it seems, Lucifer felt more than slighted because he was not at the level of the Most High. Thus Hubris took root, and he decided to take this matter into his own hands, which resulted in him being cast from the all the wonderful goodness that God had given him. Having been punished in this manner, one might think that such a lovingly created being might have learned his lesson. Instead, however, this Hubris festered, and resulted in the nachash working diligently since time immemorial to taint the entire human race, because the shining one knew how much God loved humanity.

This is much like our society today. Based mostly on envy and Hubris, our society seeks with something like a fever to destroy all that is good because this goodness rises above the base nature that humanity has been inflicted with to take the easiest route in life. When those who believe in the old ways (common sense, decency, morality, spiritual goodness, self-reflection, self-reliance, self-awareness) succeed and change the world, then society seeks to tear them down. Identity politics (the ultimate example of Hubris and envy) sort people into angry, sensitive groups that cannot abide the success of those who maintain principle and honor.

But this is only part of the problem.

Even those who do not subscribe to identity politics have succumbed in their own way to the beast system. While their core beliefs are good and decent, they still desire to have their ‘rights’. They desire the cake and believe they also have the right to eat it. The serpent has beguiled them as well. This unholy trinity (666) is far more aware and intelligent than the average human, and knows that simply fooling a few people is no goal. It has sought and succeeded in luring the vast majority of modern, first-world society into believing that humans deserve to have the things that they want simply because they walk upright and breathe. The same people who lament the corruption of our modernity willingly engage in the desires afforded them by this corrupt system, all the while believing that there is no cognitive dissonance in doing so. Mickey D’s Christianity (thanks, Brett, for that one) is a willing accomplice to the beast system. Gone is the reverence of spirituality and the understood holiness of the Most High and the Laws of the Universe. In the place of those things are material desires, entitlements, and shallow requests through ‘prayer’ to have more stuff. All the while, Mickey D’s Christianity trudges right along the path to doom.

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What is the mark of the beast? While I am certain that there will be physical, technological marks that will determine who’s who in our future, the mark of the beast seems, in short, to be Hubris. Entitlement. Division. Envy.

It is a sad thing, when one realizes that humanity, just like the lesser gods, need only recognize and follow the Laws of the Universe that are in place in order to be like the God whose power they so desire. But abiding by laws requires self-awareness, discipline, and decency, and these are things that our beast system and its mark upon us have removed.

We have gained all we can possibly want, and lost everything that we need.