posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:25 AM
I've been realizing recently how much the them-against-us mentality still flourishes. While I was growing up I was so protected from it, but
it is still very strong in politics, business and elsewhere.
We all know that in family, and in smaller communities, we all have to cooperate and look after each other in order to survive. Everyone has a part to
play, and each one is valued for the part they play. If someone screws up really badly or turns criminal he gets spoken to very strongly, or kicked
out of the group. Once in a while the locusts, or the tornadoes, or an outlaw gang would sweep through and make life unbearable, kill people, etc. And
then our community would either fall, or it would somehow recover.
In government, politics, and business, they deal with criminals, disasters, and threatening situations every single day. And there is a real tendency
to lapse into us-versus-them. In such situations it can literally be kill or be killed; shoot and ask questions later. In every religion that I know
of you can find stories supporting both approaches to situations. But the great teachers tried to remind us of which approach was saner or "more
holy" as they would say.
Crime, and the insanity that goes with it, is very real, and a very real threat to our survival. Every community has tried to protect itself from
crime. And particularly to protect the children. Because as we know: Crime has absolutely no respect for children. We have seen this over and over
again. The only solution we have ever known has been to encourage our strongest and bravest to train to be warriors and to defend our communities from
criminals by fighting and killing them. But we have always been at least dimly aware of the consequences of doing this: Our warriors tend to become
morally broken. They get infected by the same spiritual poison that has infected the criminals. This has always been a huge problem for us.
As we developed better and better weapons to kill criminals with, they in turn stole them from us and turned them against us. It is so bad now that
the average person could see no way to win a fight with a well-armed criminal. And since the weapons they use are really much too deadly, they are
illegal for honest citizens to possess, too.
This situation has brought us to the point where higher spiritual knowledge and ability is the only weapon we have left that might be effective
against the continued spread of terror by insane criminals. And so various individuals who still care enough have grabbed onto various spiritual
solutions that made the most sense to them from their own viewpoint.
I don't know Perry that well, but he seems to be in the camp that believes that insanity and criminality are basically the result of a loss of faith
that can occur when one is taken over by the devil. "Sensible" people laugh at this idea. But it is closer to the truth than many other more
"sensible" (and totally unworkable) ideas about the subject. Unfortunately, insane criminals can learn how to sound "sensible." This has always
been one of their most potent weapons and they are using it now everywhere and all the time.
Exorcism is a very crude technology for dealing with criminal insanity. But I have seen videos of it done and reports that it has been
successful. So there are people in the various movements that are supporting Perry that probably really believe that they have found the answer. I
doubt he really believes it.
The other Republican candidates that want support from the various Christian movements are probably even less sincere than Perry is. Romney is pushing
a "business" approach. While this is "sensible" it dodges the issues that many citizens want to see addressed. I don't know that many of them
would agree with Romney that if we just back government off the business community, it will magically start to create jobs. He will get business
support for that line, and could win on that basis alone, but I don't know how much popular support he'll get.
That leaves Paul. I would swear he sometimes acts like Jesus is standing right next to him. And I'm not a Christian! I'm just talking about his
restraint, his level-headed approach to explaining himself, and his apparent interest in the truth.
And that is the one thing that has been losing the most in this world. The truth. It is the spiritual weapon that could save us. It probably
won't get Paul elected. But if he continues to push in that direction, instead of worrying about explaining why his ideas are "sensible," he could
contribute greatly to the survival of us and our planet.