© 2014 all rights reserved
For J.& C. E.
At first glance of the title, to some it may look like a familiar word and has been misspelled. To others it looks like a foreign or unknown language. It is related to an English word and it is in fact, another language, Latin to be more specific. But before its meaning and use here is made clear, let me begin by a friendly and traditional greeting for this time of season – Happy New Year!
Speaking of traditions, many have made their new year’s resolutions and many have already broken them or are on their way to breaking them, before the clock strikes midnight once again. Why is it so difficult to keep a resolution? And if they are broken, were we ever resolved in the first place? I think not! But rather we are subject to traditions, repeating things over and over again, or it just sounded like something good to do at the moment.
On New Year’s Eve many of us reflect upon the year past and wish, hope or plan for something better for, this coming year. But New Years Eve or Day is not the only time we do this, just one in particular and in common. Consider a new mother and her infant child. Each is asking the same silent question – “who is this before me?” The babe has been flung from the womb of peace, security, muffled sounds from inside water, and the constant flow of nourishment, to learn to trust that the woman before its face, must provide these things independently. The mother, filled with hormones must learn to adapt to their waning and perhaps, post partum depression, common to a new mother. These physical changes are not alone in their potential torment as she looks upon her child and asks, “How will I care for my child and what will my child become?” Can she be helped physically? Can she be helped mentally, emotionally; spiritually? Perhaps she may be aided more than by one of these, a combination of them or all of them? Yes! And how fragile we all are and yet so connected. We all have been dependent. We yearn for independence? But we should all strive for and teach our children to be interdependent, for we all are connected.
Drop a pebble in the water
Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.
~excerpt By James W. Foley~
Today, our connections are vast, nearly infinite and almost instantaneous. Consider social media. We have friends and family and even strangers we connect with online daily, moment by moment and with many devices. We connect by cell phones. I have seen the poorest of people, homeless, ragged and haggard, ill kept and ill-fed with cell phones. We connect with computers, laptops, notebooks and pads, by text, by audio and even visually. We can know by the moment what is happening on the other side of the world just a quickly as we can know what is going on down the street and still not know what our neighbor might me going through, alone, right next door. We have surpassed the information age and the paradigm shift has begun to change again, while it seems the digital age has just barely begun. Today, we are either highly educated or we know where to get the information. Information is everywhere. We feed on it daily and moment by moment. Instead of all this information expanding our lives, liberties and happiness, how often has it, does it, will it, leave us dazed and confused? The light of absolute truths disappears beneath the shadows and on into the dark of endless variables. Instead of answers we get more questions and after all the ‘tossing and turning,’ we ask: “Which way do we go?”
Questions beg for answers and we seek any and all sources within us and without, to bring us the comfort, safety and closure that only answers can bring. Even if disappointed by the answers are we not still comforted in knowing rather than in not knowing? What fool has thought, written and or uttered, “ignorance is bliss.” There is the fool not most to be pitied, but one to avoid, for they are not alive! Even the wrong answer keeps considering a direction and wants to live, but “It depends on where you want to go,” is not the answer. It just begs for more questions.
There are multiple sources of references outside of selves. It begins with our immediate families, extended families, close friends and associates, then greatly expands as we get older. Today, for most of us, our information comes to us by MM – multiple media. We feed into it and fill up with it. We throw it out. We throw it off. And we throw it up. Too much of a good thing will do the same thing as too much of a bad thing. We are all guilty! We are guilty of reaction. Instead of acting, we usually just react. But let us consider looking at information through lenses to focus upon what is important and clear ourselves out of what is not.
For me, there are three lenses. One is economical, another is political. The last is spiritual or if you can better understand, replace it with the word religious. You may not be spiritual or religious, but I would counter that if you aspire to the brotherhood/sisterhood of human kind, your religion is secular or humanism. Even an agnostic or an atheist has some form of religion. Religion is nothing more than like the English word anthropology or as the ancient Greeks defined the word, anthropos - “ways of the sons of men.” Substitute if you prefer – “ways of the” [daughters] of [women]. But either way, there are no sons or daughters and there is no religion without men and women.
The economic lens focuses on money, things, or acquisitions how to get them, keep them and expand them. Money, things and acquisitions are obtained by people who either earn them or trade for them or they are seized and taken from others.
The political lens is primarily focused on power – how to seize it, how to keep it and how to expand it.
Last there is the spiritual lens. Religion is no different from the other two lenses, but whereas they deal with the past and the present, religion focuses on the unknown future, but it too is a driving force in the past and the present and is many times more powerful than the other two combined.
If you were to look at all information under the economical and political lenses alone, much confusion could be avoided and much life, liberty and happiness would be realized. And this is obtained NOT from reacting to this information, but by ACTING!
Consider the woman with her new baby again. She is educated. She is informed. She reads:
Global warming is melting the polar icecaps. Sea levels are rising. Humankind has become like a virus and has nearly destroyed all of its own resources. The planet is dying. The sun is dying. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, famine, pestilence, plague, disease and all the vengeance of nature is striking back at the humans that have caused and are causing its decay and soon fading, to black and obscurity. The consensus of science has said so. For they have regarded all the known information and disregarded other. Opinion has said so! And mother fears her suckling babe will soon die in her arms. And you know, the consensus of science once believed and taught that the world was flat. There are people today that still believe this. Science has been wrong and still can be! But from the economic lens, who, whom and whom(s) stand to profit from marketing such fear? What books written are purchased in quantity? What universities and businesses are granted, endowed and employ the most scientists? Follow the money!
View all information under the political lens. To whom have they promised all? To them that have been promised all, they are beholden to these that make the promises. But what is ever fixed, ever solved? What changes are made other than today one party or person/persons hold power? Tomorrow it may be others. Parties change and people come and go.
Disguised as choice, all parties seek the same thing, the power to exercise their will over others. And power does not by its own nature, share! Power conquerors and divides and takes more than it could ever possibly need. Power never has enough! Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! They are the race-baiters, fear mongers, God, life & human phobic, the name callers, the blamers’, the dividers and haters disguised, as the wielders of good will toward humanity. Political correctness is incorrect. It divides and politics will seize the power. It is rarely (if ever) a matter of what is right, but what actions must they take to seize, hold and expand power. No one is ever accountable. It is always the fault of someone(s) or something(s) else. All politics are like spiders. And the media spins the web. To some that have not and have neither sown nor reaped is much given. To those that have sown and reaped, much is required and distributed to others. The only ones that truly gain and keep and expand are those in power who take it from everyone and against their will. Spin has rationalized all and disillusioned ends justify the means, say it is so and so right! And mother fears her sucking baby will die before it has finished its meal at her breast.
View all information under the spiritual lens. The Mayan prediction of the world ending in 2012 has been changed to 2015. September 4th, to be exact, someone(s) thinks. Then what about the predictions of Nostradamus that lived from 1503 to 1566? Many have and are successfully using a process of free speculation and have twisted or do twist his words to predict an apparently untold imminent number of events. False premises always end in false conclusions. Many religions and particularly many brands of Christianity (so-called) have abused the Bible and specifically, biblical prophecy. Many have interpreted the scriptures for centuries and have bent them to their whim. Countless ministers, clerics and etc. with names you would recognize, have all given dates for, the “end of the world.” Interestingly, only after repeated failures, have many of the same, ceased from suggesting any specific times. But when one backs off and backs down, there are usually many more to replace them with false predictions. But they mostly all talk about “signs of the times,” to force their dereliction of prediction. And mother fears her newborn child might not live to see its first birthday. But what have all three (economic, political and spiritual) lenses have in common – “signs of the times!” What does opinion, spin and speculation have in common – interpretation and specifically, “private” (Greek – idios = “one’s own”) interpretation! And what are always the consequences of all three of these lenses – Fear!
Fear always binds bounds, will ensnare and enslave. A lion roars to instill fear and freeze its prey before it attacks. Fear is rust. Fear decays and fear divides.
If wishes were real and I could wish a ‘come true’ for, you, I would wish that you could see these things through my eyes. But I know it is possible for you to see them through your own eyes! All of us discern. The sun rises in the east, we see it and have known it. When the temperature rapidly changes, the wind blows more fiercely. When the clouds gather and darken, it most likely will rain, snow, hail, sleet or some storm is fast approaching. We say if the sky is red at night, “sailor’s delight,” for a good day is coming. We say if the sky is red in morning, “sailors take warning,” for the day will be stormy. We look for Polaris in the sky and know it is the direction of north.
“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him [Jesus Christ] that he would shew [show] them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
The Bible, Matthew 16:1-3 King James Version
By the way, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were supposed to be the smart ones in charge and believed to be the spiritual leaders of the time in which this was written.
All of us can discern many things. But why is it we cannot seem to discern the times? We are not the first ones that have ever been asked this question. In fact, ever since humans started dividing from one another (going off to do their own thing), there have been wars, rumors of wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, cyclic and rather traumatic weather changes, and many other naturally or unnaturally occurring phenomenon. And quite often, people could see things coming.
“…be NOT troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
The Bible, Matthew 24:6 KJV, Jesus to his disciples
Now consider this. If Jesus was real and his disciples real, wouldn’t you think that if anyone would know when the end was, it would be them? They didn’t! And neither did or does Jesus Christ! Well then, what about the Mayan’s and modern-day interpreters, science and scientists, Nostradamus and his followers, mediums, soothsayers, prophets (so-called), ministers and clerics or even the Pope? Nope! Now here are the problems with foretelling future events:
For one thing, if you are going to base something on the Bible, one cannot pick and choose what to regard and what to disregard. That’s NOT honest! This is what religion does, makes up stuff. Either the Bible, all of it, is to be believed or none of it can be trusted. It is either truth or it’s a lie, and even more so than the fact that is either day or night, right where you are. So if this all important issue of the end of times can be known, what does the Bible actually say about it?
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man (no one], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
The Bible, Matthew 24:36 KJV
So if anyone would accept this idea as easily as some spend a dollar on the chance of winning the lottery, anyone can take great comfort and not be afraid, because when the end does finally come, you or no one else is going to know when it is!!!
And by the way, what is the biblical standard or criteria for recognizing a true prophet (or prophetess)? How can you trust their predictions, their foretelling of the future?
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously [falsely]: thou shalt not be afraid of him [or her].”
The Bible, Deuteronomy 18:22
Pretty tough test for a true prophet, to be right 100% of the time, but I did not write the book! That’s what it says and that’s what it means! So if you would accept this idea as easily as a child or when you first believed in Santa Claus, one can take great comfort and not be afraid, because if out of 100+ times and just once they miss, this so-called prophet’s/prophetess’ prediction that does not come to pass, they are not legitimate and should not be regarded and especially not trusted! They are no better than the childhood story of Chicken Little where Henny Penny tells everyone the sky is falling! And that goes for all those “beware the ides of March,” palm readers, tarot card readers and the astro-illogical [astrological] folk too!
Next, prophecies in the Bible are understood only close to the times in which they come to pass. There were many in the Old Testament that were not understood until thousands of years after they were written and when they were fulfilled. Oh, and there are several brands of Christian religions that teach the Lord has already returned. Well, that’s a lie and that would contradict what we have already read. There is more about this later though. Now to all those Bible thumpers that want to spew and freak out people with the New Testament book of Revelation being “present truth,” pay no attention to them either! “…present truth?” Is this to say there are different truths? What’s a “present truth?”
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.”
The Bible, II Peter 1:12, KJV
Yes, there are many things written in the Bible just for specific times. And they are written for specific people – Jews (Judeans), Gentiles or to Christians (which became a new classification of people, made up of Jews (Judeans) and Gentiles. And just like we have different administrations of a president (every four or eight years) in the United States, there are different administrations in the Bible. There are 7 to be exact. We are currently in the 5th or the Church age, the age of Grace. So the end times hasn’t happened yet!
The Book of Revelation will apply and will be understood by those to whom it is addressed in the 6th and 7th administrations. Want to be comforted, now? Well the end times cannot take place until Jesus Christ comes for his Church (the dead in Christ and those children of God that are alive when he comes “for,” his saints. Yes, I wish I could wish and I would wish you had the luxury of what I believe, because well, quite frankly, he has not returned yet and it is not the end times yet because, for one thing, I’m still here and dead or alive, he’s coming for me too. :)
The word “for” has been emphasized in bold italic text, because there is a time when he comes “for” his saints and another time when he comes “with” his saints. And yes, you don’t have to be dead to be called a saint. Some saints will be alive when Jesus Christ returns. And I’m sorry, but all the Old Testament believers were adopted, promised paradise (always on earth) and will stay dead until after this gathering together of first the dead children of God in Christ (Christians) and those Christians alive at his coming. This is also why this gathering is never referred to as a resurrection, because you have to be dead before you can be resurrected. The Old Testament believers like Moses, David, and etc. will not be in the gathering together of the saints! They will be resurrected at some time later. Sorry if this blows your mind or bursts your bubble, but according to the Bible, the only one that has ever died, got up, stayed alive and got out of here (went to heaven) was Jesus Christ! Everybody else is either dead, will die or will be gathered together or resurrected sometime in the future!
Some will be dead at the return and they will put on incorruptibility (will no longer corrupt, decay, die) and those still alive will put on immortality, which has the same benefits as resurrection. It is just not called the same thing nor is this ‘gathering’ ever referred to as a resurrection! How’s that for accuracy of the meaning and usage of words?!
And mother with her baby can take comfort knowing these things as can anyone, knowing, the end is not yet. Every age, every generation has thought they were in the end times. There have always been signs in which people discern. But the signs of the times are that you, nor I nor anyone else will know when the end will occur and when it does, it will happen at the same time, yesterday, today and tomorrow, all at the same time, all over the world. Yes, sometime in the world it is yesterday, today and already tomorrow. But did you know that thousands of years before science figured this out or Magellan sailed the blue, it was written in the Bible? It’s in there!
So remember to look at all information through these three lenses of economics, politics and religion. And remember, also that all three use the others to use people. Things are made to be used, but people are made to be loved. God, the true God, does not cause fear so by sheer logic, it must be from some other source. Fear is always wrong and are the by-products of economics, politics and religion, not the true God. Don’t even think about twisting some Bible verses about the “wrath of God” with me either because, you don’t know what that means or what you’re talking about. And I don’t care how smart you think you are or even if you are the Pope in Rome! Is it not written, have you not read, have you not heard that, “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son.” If I were an atheist, an agnostic or just a compassionate humanist, I would read and study the Bible, for no other reason than to help remove fears from others that have been inaccurately taught from it, by the very ones that are supposed to know it and are held accountable for teaching it correctly!!!
It is interesting to note the history of the alchemists. You remember them! They supposedly were looking to turn lead into gold. But before they got whacked in the head with religion, they were originally Christians and very logically minded. They believed that if God created the heavens and the universe that he surely would have provided the mechanisms, natural laws, resources and ways to sustain life on this planet, for the creatures He created. People were born to live, not to die. Yes, people die. And yes, history and science tell us of cataclysmic events that have befallen the planet. Every known history of civilizations of the past, record some version of a great flood. It is recorded in the Bible as well. Surely you recall the story of Noah and the ark? Today, many fear global warming and the potential of rising waters that have come from the polar icecaps melting which would end with the planet being covered again with water. But did you know that according to the Bible, God will not allow this to happen again?
“And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”
The Bible, Genesis 9:11, KJV
By the way, prior to the flood, the correct pH balance (right moisture content and acid/alkaline balance) was kept upon the planet like as some biosphere. Some invisible shield or barrier like the ozone layer, protected creation. The flood was the first time it had ever rained. Oh really? Yes, and it does not rain in a self contained, self-perpetuating terrarium that produces its own climate conditions either! Things get watered, it just doesn’t rain. And rainbows are in clouds, formed by light bouncing off water droplets in the atmosphere. Hmm, guess there was water on the earth and water that came from above the earth for the first time?! But the visual sign that God would not allow the earth to be destroyed again by water, was the rainbow, His “bow.” Comfort yourselves with those words. And finally, look to scriptures even if you do not or will not believe, but look and see just how many times readers are told not to fear!! “Fear not,” be not afraid,” “peace be unto you,” and many, many more references like these are used in the Bible. I dunno,’ maybe God does not want anyone to ever be afraid? :)
We all have our opinions. Almost everyone we know, know what those opinions are! We all know where we are right now. If it is not where we want to be, move!!! How?
Instead of broken resolutions for the new year which if broken, were never resolved in the first place, be resolved to look at the economic, political and religious or spiritual matters through lenses. Examine all information and every source. In essence, does this information make you or cause others to fear? Then the answer to the question, which way do we go, will be, to lead out, to lead forth. We are all leaders! This is the whole purpose of education. Its whole work is simplicity in presentation (that all may understand). And this is the definition of the Latin word -
 “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” a poem by Thomas Gray composed 1742, published 1747. See stanzas: 99 – “No more; where ignorance is bliss,” and 100 – “Tis folly to be wise.”