a reply to: visitedbythem
Not totally certain how this turned into an almost exclusively Imposter-in-Chief thread but . . . there it is. LOL.
I think the fact that it has is indicative of what I outlined that I was wrestling with in the OP.
--ENLIGHTENMENT/LOBOTOMIZATION; . . .
--RIGHTEOUSNESS, ETERNAL LIFE/LOVED PERVERSENESS, ETERNAL DEATH;
are extremely conflicted now in our culture and, therefore, on ATS.
It would be one thing if these issues were relatively minor issues about which we had merely fairly comfortable to tolerable differing opinions.
But the issues
--strike to the core of our being;
--of who we are;
--why we are here;
--where we are headed;
--how we plan to get 'there;'
--what is rightful and proper authority;
--what is freedom--true freedom vs anarchy;
--how we handle starkly differing constructions on reality;
--how we relate to those who have values virtually opposite our own;
--how we relate to those seeking our enslavement; our death; our hurt; our destruction;
--how we relate to those destroying our lives, our families, our homes, our neighborhoods, our Republic;
--how we survive wrenching double binds where we are damned if we do and damned if we don't;
--how we handle a culture and a national media that calls good, evil & evil, good; white, black & black, white; up, down & down, up;
--how we handle recreational murder, horrific child abuse, professional deception and criminal activity in high places;
--how we face ourselves in the mirror;
--how we lay ourselves down at night to sleep;
--how we feed ourselves and our families;
--how we work and/or face an incapacity to work for whatever personal and/or systemic reasons;
--how honest we are with ourselves;
--how honest we are with our spouses;
--how honest we are with our children;
--how honest we are with our bosses & co-workers;
--how honest we are with God;
--how we handle others who are hopeless, helpless;
--how we handle ourselves and life when we feel hopeless, helpless;
. . .
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. . .
Somewhat rational people on most sides of most major issues are answering most of those questions quite differently--often in opposite ways.
A culture, a people, a tribe, a group . . . cannot long survive such STARK AND VERY INTENSE differences and tensions
. . . any more than a family can . . . or a single thinking soul can.
There is an Evil that has a blood-lust love for chaos, torture, murder, mayhem, conflict, slavery, tyranny, deception . . .
That evil is great at enlisting stooges in behalf of such evil themes, actions, goals . . . and then trashes even its own stooges when it is ready to
cast them aside like used toilet paper.
Most stooges don't believe that . . . "Can't happen to ME, I"m different! I can dance with death and win, smelling like a rose with a newer fancier
car, house, bank account and power and influence above my contemporaries."
It never works out that way, however . . . not truly for long, even if it is decades long. In perspective, that's a flash in the pan of existence . .
. particularly eternal existence with God or without God, alone with the horrors of one's own black hearted soul.
So, I have chosen to still endeavor to be kind and loving as much as I can, by His Grace, with His Help, be.
And, I choose to also rise to the challenge of speaking truth in a culture that prefers lies and deceptions at the highest levels down to the lowest
Quite a gig, ain't it.