Winterborn, This Sacrifice, The Cruxshadows, from the album “Frozen Embers”, 2003.
The “information” available to regular folks seems to be nothing but spin. Where are we to find even a hint of trustworthy truth? The credibility of all the established information sources is at an all time low. I use “LifeSite News” and “Duck Duck Go” as alternative sources which are out of step with the MSM, and Google, and the Wickedpedia, and YouTube, so I can get different input and different insights.
And mercifully, thanks to the Red Bat Flu and all the restrictions on our freedom (not to mention the disastrous economic impact), modern Canadian families have finally been forced to seriously reconsider what things and activities are truly important and what things and activities don’t really matter.
Recreation and education and health care and government services, and all information media have been rather dramatically redefined on the pretext that the authorities are “protecting” us. Many folks may not return to the old normal when the restrictions are lifted … if they are ever lifted.
Here is just one example of a news article that most MSM sites have not picked up. LifeSite News, a Catholic Pro-Life website has just released an up to date post thus:
Catholic clergy led by former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Joseph Zen, and Janis Pujats have joined an appeal “for the Church and the world” that warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is being used as a “pretext” by world leaders to “control” people, strip them of their fundamental rights, while providing a “disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control”
Read the whole article, it is worth it … and not just because I have been beating this drum for a few months now.
Things may well change when parents discover that they can cover the entire k-12 curriculum in a couple of hours of “On Task” focused work per day. In that new light, will they want to return to running their lives focused around the disastrously expensive agenda of the education system and teacher’s union priorities?
When families discover that they managed without doctors and nurses for several months and are actually healthier than when they started, in spite of all the uncertainty surrounding Red Bat Flu, will they have a different view of the disastrously expensive and intrusive health care systems imposed on us by our political and social masters?
When the only government services available come at the end of an hour or two long wait in a telephone queue, will they still feel the need for those now “non-essential” government services?
When families finally wake up to the realization that there is no main stream news or information service nor anything on social media that can be trusted as truthful or factual, will they start thinking, forming their own opinions and thoughts, based on something other than all these contaminated sources, these “experts” and social media gurus?
With recent revelations about Professor Lockdown and his hypocrisy, and some extremely wild and other not-so-wild social media theories about Bill Gates owning the patent on COVID-19, it seems to me that the entire spectrum of opinions lack anything resembling credibility. A lot of screaming hysteria, but I find myself agreeing with Elon Musk, and disagreeing with the Gates Patent crowd.
Facebook touts the “International Fact-Checking Network” as it’s “independent, non partisan” fact checker, used to filter articles on Facebook, but IFCN is actually funded and promoted by NWO “Brights” like the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Duke Reporters’ Lab, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google (which owns YouTube), the National Endowment for Democracy, the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundations (Soros et al) and the Park Foundation.
I guess we are left with a huge credibility gap over the entire spectrum of news and opinion, and just have to start making up our own minds about who to trust. I am certain of one thing, that is one cannot trust any authority or media in and of this world. They all have an agenda and a purpose and our well-being is not part of that.
So, what to do and think? I continue to look at the rolls of sheepdogs and donkeys … and sheep of many folds … in the context of our polite society and of the Good Shepherd and the Return of the King.
For the last few months we have lived shut down and confined. Everything that we used to do, our daily activities and distractions, shut down by our “leaders”. Academia, and Worship went online, Recreation moved back to the kitchen from the bars and concert halls and arenas and clubs, Sports and leagues from midgets to pros disappeared overnight. And those who wanted or needed that sort of contact coped heroically with the changes, and for the most part without much complaint.
The lights stayed on and the gas kept flowing, groceries still showed up at the food stores, drug stores stayed open, the mail kept coming, and all the grid of truly “essential” services kept functioning thanks to the legion of faceless donkeys out there working away unsung in the background.
Most folks handled things pretty well in spite of the media engendered fear mongering. A few people lost it and went on rampages and the “sheepdogs” were there to handle things.
So first let’s look at the sheepdogs, here is one point of view … I used to believe I was a sheepdog … I used to feel good about being a sheepdog … I used to feel good about being different. Maybe this metaphor is a lot less useful now that I no longer feel good about being different, but things are what they are.
And, as the linked article says, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land and they can’t deal with the wolves. They would prefer that the sheepdog didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in fatigues holding an “Assault Weapon”, or patrolling the skies and the sea lanes. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”
This divide between the sheepdogs and the sheep, is an artificial construct, “made in government” and in the MSM, to keep us fractured into our little xenophobic tribes. Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock, of every fold, tries desperately to hide behind the lonely sheepdogs. And here is the ultimate tragedy, or irony if you look at it that way. The wolves outside the walls get all the attention, all the hype, they are the ones who get all the media attention with endless debates about terrorists and freedom fighters, and so on.
And meanwhile the 5th column apparatchiks inside the walls have poisoned the sheep against the sheepdogs. Now the sheep are taught (thank you very much academia) that the sheep ARE entitled to want whatever they want ,and to think whatever they think, and to believe that they can do pretty much whatever they please ,as long as it doesn’t threaten the 5th column and they are taught that the sheepdogs are somehow the bad guys because they have guns.
BAN THE GUNS!!!!!! Whatever …
The big weakness the blind spot, of the sheepdogs is that they must not and cannot turn on the 5th column. They literally cannot bite the hand that feeds or they become wolves. And here is a link to how that part of the story turns out. This another point of view somewhat different from the previously linked article about sheepdogs..
And then there are the donkeys, the real heroes, the ones who keep on going no matter the lies of this world.
In case the point of this epistle seems to have wandered off into obscure tracks it should be noted that we are talking about the hallmarks of evil here … now, under the current spotlight, in the midst of our “made-in-government” Red Bat Flu pandemic. It’s gone on long enough now for us to notice things, that it’s not difficult for anyone to see the evidence these days. By their works shalt thou know them.
The point of this series of posts is that the focus of our lives should be on the the how and why of giving of self … giving to and for others … helping and working on what we have in front of us, the things we can actually accomplish in our daily lives, with a view to eternity. We should not be haring off against some new windmill or some long dead horse, some “save the planet” credo, which mission is doomed to failure even before it even gets started.
I have spent some time in the last two posts identifying those actors I see doing what seems evil to me in our current landscape, identified by their works – what the actual intended results of the perpetrators’ actions are, not what they loudly proclaim to be their intentions, policies and designs.
I used to think of myself as a sheepdog, but now I more and more see myself as a donkey … no longer focusing on mission impossible – fixing the world … but rather on what can I actually accomplish for good. These posts are really about the choosing of sides and the importance of choosing the right side, for all eternity.
The donkeys, (who I now admire most of all the players), do all the daily work of keeping the machinery of life running smoothly.
“Oh blessed perseverance of the donkeys that turn the water-wheels and the grindstones and the mills and the looms! Always the same pace. Always the same circles. One day after another: everyday the same. Without that monotonous daily grind, there would be no ripeness in the fruit, no bread, no blossom in the orchard, no scent of flowers in the gardens, nor anything else that we simply take for granted in our lives” (I forget where I got that bit, but it’s nice)…
water, heat, light, gas, food, shelter, phones, and internet, and cars, and entertainment, and so on ad infinitum, all totally dependent on the efforts of countless donkeys going about their daily regimen day after day. I know this because I worked for a while as a donkey (janitor) in the public school system in a medium sized city in our fair land. That was way back before the government banned schools to protect us from the Red Bat Flu.
Anyway, I sometimes feel sad while observing that the sheep and the little lambs, especially, take all that the donkeys do for them totally for granted because they are never taught how things work and why. You know who I mean, the invisible people, the janitors, the fuel truck drivers, the elevator technicians, the power company employees, the plumbers, and electricians, and mechanics, and garbage men, and hospital orderlies, and pipeline workers, and civil engineers, and project managers, and the myriad other “essential trades” without whom our entire civilization would collapse utterly within weeks.
Instead, the sheep and the lambs are taught to feel good about themselves because they breathe, and are taught to think and talk and vote the right way for the right candidates. They can’t read or write but little Johnny needs his fix of self respect or he won’t grow up OK, he’ll be “stunted”. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, and all that dreck. See how it’s such a blessing that the government shut down all the schools to protect us?
The sheep and the lambs only ever notice what the donkeys do when it is missing for some reason, and then instead of being grateful for all the countless days when everything works they bitch the one time things don’t work. They completely miss the miracle of the countless days.
And the beautiful young empty heads look down on the donkeys and treat them with disrespect because, well, that’s what their teachers do … not all, but most. They don’t look as smart and as beautiful and as articulate as the brights running the show and that attitude is what gets taught to the empty minds in the desks.
So, the donkeys are just stupid, ugly, I don’t know, well, they are just donkeys, ya know what I mean? “Oh Miss Simpson … the toilet is plugged.” “OK, just call the donkey, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible”. No discussion about how the toilet got plugged, or who is supposed to teach the empty minds that you are supposed to eat what ever you put in the toilet BEFORE you put it in the toilet.
So that vignette captures what our fearless leaders have now shut down, and they have inadvertently given everybody a “time-out” and a chance to realize just how wrong headed the whole public education “system” has been for years. Pray God they arrive at appropriate conclusions and don’t just turn all the children back over to the state machine as soon as they are able.
But, all these well trained little consumers grow up trusting government, and teachers, and talking heads. And in spite of all the propaganda, and noise, and smokescreen, and indoctrination, nothing that matters comes from guv’mint. We have already been going through this mill for three generations or so and it may already be too late … time will tell. If you want to see the logical and material result of the guv’mint taking control of EVERYTHING, just take a look at North Korea, where they apparently had no COVID-19 deaths at all according to the big Johns Hopkins University pandemic stats site.
There is no possible way that a reasonable case can be made that guv’mint has the best interests of the folks at heart. One has to willfully choose self interest over helping others to seek employment in gov’mint. No one seriously believes that most gov’mint employees are there to sacrifice for the public … that they are REALLY “public servants”.
Everyone, including most guv’mint employees, especially management, know full well that they enter gov’mint employ because it’s an easy gig, if they follow the party line and kiss the right asses. There’s lots of benefits and they might have to actually do something tangible for two or three hours a day and all the rest is coffee break, and lunch breaks, and smoke breaks, and socializing, you know the old saw about “safety meetings” – “nobody moves and nobody gets hurt”. 15 years of “government service” under my belt, and working my way up the food chain, and the penny finally drops … it’s not fixable. (I guess I’m a slow learner)
Sure, there are lots of folks doing difficult, dirty, dangerous jobs in REAL public service but even in the “public service” these folks are always on the lower rungs.
The self interested, ambitious employees hurry up and move up the ladder until they don’t have to work any more, they just supervise and make rules.
Or they move up into higher positions in the unions. Self interest is a wonderful thing ain’t it?
Take epidemiologists in academia and government, for example … Please take them far far away to another planet, preferably with a methane atmosphere! … My respect for epidemiologists is lower than my respect for left-wing journalists and politicians. If anyone, anywhere, is aware of one epidemiologists anywhere who ever failed to increase the sum of human misery, I have not yet heard of them.
The moment the first guv’mint official, backed up by scientific “experts”, used the fateful words “the people” or “the voters” or “the proletariat“, or “the constituents“, instead of “John” and “Mary” and “Joe” and so on, they stopped being “of the people, by the people, for the people” and joined the wolf-pack as wolves or as their jackal scavengers.
But our guv’mint official are “stealth” wolves, and jackals, because they have brains enough to rig the game in their favour but not enough balls to come out into the open – which is maybe pretty smart on their part, all things considered. If they were honest about how things work they would be strung up by the poor sucker sheep they are milking.
And the 5th column keep putting wedges between the sheep and the sheepdogs to maintain control over both and none dare call it conspiracy. Since at least the 60’s and 70’s all the usual useful idiots have had a field day dissing the sheepdogs, not because they knew anything real about them but simply because it was “Cool” to hate “The Man”, right Bill Ayers?
And it was all a lie, they knew they were safe. The sheepdogs would never bite them. All very courageous that. Like attacking Christians while carefully avoiding pissing off the Islamics.
And you gotta know that there is nothing particularly morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. As the above linked article pointed out: (you must) understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: “He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle“.
That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones. And, lucky for the enlightened ones in power, the sound of the guns never includes the sheep unless they are victims, so the sheepdogs are really no threat to the 5th column at all.
After the attacks on September 11, 2001, (Remember that day?) most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in North America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.”
The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.”
When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warrior-hood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference. You NEED to make a difference.
As mentioned, there is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. Because of that he is the only threat to the predator and the predator knows this.
There was research conducted a few decades ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd or the flock that is least able to protect itself. The predators sense weakness.
Both the violent psychopathic predators, and the stealthy 5th column predators sense their victim’s weakness. The 5th column, in particular, sense both the weakness and ignorance of their victims and also are very aware of their own weakness, hence their colossal need to hide that weakness deep and dark, far way from the light. The First Commandment of all 5th columnists is “Thou Shalt Cover Thy Ass”.
So my people, regardless of the soft lies of the Prince of this world, there is no comfort or safety in ignoring evil or giving in to evil. No satisfaction in self indulgence. “There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men“. – Edmund Burke.
As I get older and more experienced and less convinced that I can “save the world” by being a good sheepdog, I more and more realize and truly believe that the real heroes are the donkeys.
They move under the radar working steadily, you know the sayings: “same old, same old”, “same shit different day”, “just another shitty day in paradise”, and a host of other dry witticisms, working away every day to protect the folks from the 5th column and the little weasley predators prowling within the walls.
They do this by simply doing their jobs, their invisible essential jobs, to the best of their ability, regardless of how they are treated.
So we “gird our loins” and prepare to go on, and on and on, doing everything, with nothing, forever … “Stranger passing by, tell the Lakedaimonians. Here we lie, having obeyed their orders.” Leonidas. 480 BC. If we fail to grasp that true life is about sacrifice and serving others, even unrecognized, then we are doomed to die for all eternity.
“… Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” Tennyson, “Ulysses“. Noble sentiments for a banal and heroic life of sacrifice.
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