I hope you all remembered to set your rocks back one hour to adjust for the end of “daylight savings time”, whatever that is. Didn’t we invent electricity so we didn’t have to worry about daylight and darkness?
I’m just trying to inject a little “light” humor since my last two or three posts, if given consideration and thought might be a real downer, a reminder of just how miserable folks can be.
I can’t imagine any honest review of the lists that wouldn’t find something familiar for virtually every one alive today, probably every human who ever lived starting with Adam.
So, “Daylight Saving Time”, what a joke … a friend of mine sent this stony humor picture to me Sunday morning as a bit of a pick-me-up. I needed it after the last week. Another Facebook post was the Old Indian meme from kevin-stafford.weebly.com.
Humor is good. Without humour, dark or light, life would truly be a never ending grim slog to death and desolation.
And without being able to laugh at ourselves, we would have a grim old time getting through the crap that we create ourselves so that we can continue to pretend that we are really “nice, good” people.
On the mundane side of the ledger, I started watching a new series on Netflix, “Designated Survivor” staring Kiefer Sutherland. I actually am enjoying it in the same way I enjoyed “West Wing” with Martin Sheen, as satire rather than political drama as the left wing reviewers and publicists on the Left Coast like to present it.
The series message is a glaring exposition of the efficacy of the big lie in our materialist lives. The words of the prophets truly are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls …
The Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel, 1964
The publicists rather obvious underlying intent is that a “political drama” has some resemblance to truth and reality, some street cred, as opposed to satire which is obviously a mockery of the point of view espoused in the entertainment.
C.S.Lewis presents an ideal of satire in the “Screwtape Letters” but far enough down the path to perdition, a reader might in fact fail to appreciate the satire in the book and find it rather a boring training manual for liberal bureaucrats and publicists.
The series “Designated Survivor” follows the structure of: “if you are going to tell a lie make sure its a WHOPPER”, and make sure that the fabric of the lie is at least entertaining and invites one to suspend belief for the duration of an episode, even if it will still be obviously a lie to anyone with two neurons firing. When we watch Superman fly we all know its a lie, but it is fun to suspend belief for an hour or two.
As “political drama” it falls “flatter than piss on a plate” as we used to say in the NAVY, but as “satire” it is hilarious. and while we are in the neighbourhood, just take a look at “Heartbreak Ridge” starring Clint Eastwood for another variation of this sort of satire. Even the plays of Shakespeare combine “political drama” and “satire”, and let the audience take what they will from it. Watching others take themselves too seriously is always rather entertaining.
“Designated Survivor” was actually cancelled for primetime in May 2018 and its fate was said, by ABC, to have been sealed by a ratings plunge in season two and its loss of traction in delayed viewing. Whatever, and maybe some people believe that, but why did the ratings drop is the real question.
In its first season, the show regularly registered triple-digit gains in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings, but the second season it averaged 8.6 million viewers and 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in L7, compared to 12.1 million viewers and 2.9 in adults 18-49 in season one.
In the absence of a clear narrative road map for a third season and declining poll numbers, “Designated Survivor” couldn’t recover from the loss of its base. Like politics, primetime TV is a fickle business.
Well, like it’s previous version, “West Wing”, the primetime “Designated Survivor” failed because, at its root, it is a big lie. Politics, and the media representation of it really is all about the big lie. Lets take a look at the fact based reality of recent history. Who are the haters?
Ya can’t fact check Facebook, nor is it possible to disagree with the trolls who just scream down any voice of dissent in the belief that theirs is the only “right” truth.
Lies sell well on Facebook and amongst progressive leftist cliques and their dupes like “Occupy Wall Street” in big urban centres, and lies can even be entertaining for a while as one watches the true thoughts and “feelings” of the authors pour out in all their malicious ugliness.
But when the fundamental premise of anything passing for “entertainment” is a bald faced lie, a re-writing of reality to suite the producer’s circle-jerk fantasy du jour, it’s demise is foreordained regardless of the excuses offered.
That meme, the entire “Not My President“, Evil Military Masterminds, evil Republican congressperson, evil treacherous treasonous military hero meme, is in fact, entirely the position, the fortress of solitude, the religious belief of the Democratic party, and all their thoughtless legions of supporters, media, voters and academics.
Thinkers and those even slightly interested in fact check-able truth and reality and having more than a 10 minute event horizon and a bit of memory are definitely not the target audience.
The knuckle-dragging, red-necked, bitter clinger, in flyover country only ever existed in the minds of left wing haters like Obama and Trudeau, and the rest of the parasitic horde.
These are folks, just like everyone else, but they find the idea that someone doesn’t share their perverse and deviant system of beliefs simply “inconceivable!”. This whole mindset is just so “sophomoric”.
This series premise, in re-writing and reversing the clear evidence of recorded history, is a reliable indicator that even the producers of this cartoon series understand at a deep level that they are on the wrong side of history and will be remembered as “useful idiots” at best.
Truth be known, their true role is as malicious purveyors of evil, divisive, propaganda on behalf of shadowy interests whose only goal is the destruction of America and what it once represented in the world.
The goal, of course is to re-write history into the ‘acceptable” version for enough voters that it will become politically incorrect to ever mention the historic truth. And if enough people believe the lie, then we really get the government we deserve, with collapsing banking systems, declining manufacturing, a service economy of burger flippers and dog walkers, valueless dollars and social welfare all around.
The end game is the total dependence on a government which has now made it perfectly legal to kill anyone and everyone who is found to be “inconvenient”. This all seems so “Eastern Block” somehow, doesn’t it?
Do you doubt it? What do you call Abortion, and Euthanasia, and Eugenics, and how do you explain the total absence of Downs Syndrome sufferers, crippled seniors, and other handicapped people in Iceland and Belgium and soon Canada.
Right here at home, in “Toronto the Good”, the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children is now offering both full term partial birth abortions and even euthanasia for children covered by federal “health” funding, free, without parental consent or involvement.
And that’s just the start of the slippery slope aimed at creating the master race, Lest we forget, Canada has a long and proud tradition of eugenics going back to the 19th century. Ever hear of the “Famous Five”? George Bernard Shaw?
Those are just a few of the famous folks, lauded in Canada, who subscribed to the “too many of them and not enough of us” social philosophy that inevitably results in the sterilization or murder of those considered “socially undesirable”, those lesser races, like Blacks, and Slavs, and Gypsies, and Catholics, and Jews, well, you get the drift ….
And here you thought this was a NAZI problem? Ha! Welcome to reality. I learned about all that stuff in History class, long before History was sanitized into politically acceptable “Social Studies” by our “self esteem” focused indoctrinators in our public “education” system. The left wing Socialist, NAZI regime had nothing on the super efficient modernization of the Canadian Final Solution. Evil is evil is evil, no matter how you dress it up.
So ATTENTION CLASS! Pay attention now, remember Arbeit macht frei ? This is a German phrase meaning “work sets you free”. The slogan is known for appearing on the entrance of Auschwitz and other popular Nazi summer camp programs.
So the question is, for extra credit, “What is the moral difference between the Nazi social policies which gave rise to death camps, or Soviet social policies which gave us the Gulag, and the current Western government policies which facilitate cleaning up the population by killing inconvenient people?” Anyone? Anyone? Evil, is evil, is evil, even if we would prefer to believe that we are nice good people.
“When we tolerate the killing of people simply because of who they are, we lose our own moral standing (and our right) to exist. Recall what Abraham Lincoln wrote about the justifications offered in defense of slavery.
You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own.
You do not mean color exactly?—You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and, therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet with an intellect superior to your own.
But, say you, it is a question of interest; and, if you can make it your interest, you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you.
Do you lose your right to life because of who you are? Because you are gay, or a girl, or a Tutsi, or black, or a Jew, or a Christian, or have an extra chromosome?
Does a person lose his right to live because of his geography? Did a person lose his right to live in Mao’s China because of where he was? Would he have retained that human right had he been in Taiwan? Does a person not have a right to live because he is a few centimeters inside the birth canal and then gain it when he is a few centimeters outside of it? “
This is all just part of the big lie, that killing people is a “solution” as long as the people in question are not me, and maybe not you, but the jury is still out on you. Accepting and not questioning the big lie in our entertainment makes accepting the big lie much easier in our social policies.
So back to “Designated Survivor”. How about the lies in this series, the distortion of truth, the re-writing of history … ?
Just one tiny example of the lie in the TV series, is casting Michigan as a hotbed of treachery and malice. In the context of historical fact, this is an understandable revenge attack, dressing up slander in nice makeup and flashy clothes.
The ignored “Sure Blue Union State” produced a Red Tide of betrayal when election night rolled around. They need to be punished for their treachery! So, lies sell, lies sell well, because at the root of all things we all want to believe that we are actually “good” people, not tools of evil.
We all want to “feel good” about ourselves, no matter what the truth is.
Remember all that BS about “self-esteem” that became the bulk of our academic curriculum in the last few decades? Well, what we see around us now is how unfounded “self esteem”, “it takes a village”, “no child left behind”, plays out in the real world.
The masses, sincerely believing that the world owes them, simply because they have a pulse, produce and consume lies as reality, they vote for the sunshine pumpers, and the Kool Aide just keeps flowing.
Unfortunately, that fantasy doesn’t play well in reality. Evil is evil and always will be evil, and evil doers are not “good” people, no matter how many mountain ranges of propaganda come out of the progressive media everywhere.
There are no “good” people. We all do evil. And in the end, lies are just lies. and the liars are merely useful idiots working for the Father of Lies, shoveling coal for Satan, as some wag once remarked.
I just finished re-reading through the lists of my last 3 posts, and I find it chilling. Our modern society has perfected the art of pretending that demons and evil spirits do not exist, “that stuff” is all just silly superstition, simply superstition or imagination.
And of course if we are believers, that doesn’t give us all a free pass for bad behavior, as Flip Wilson used to say “The Devil Made Me Do It!”, well … that just doesn’t cut it. We are personally responsible for our behaviour, our acts and our thoughts.
My last two posts are rather grim if one is even a little interested in the problem of sin, and eternity. If one is not interested then there is just no problem, everything in life is OK and these posts are just the delusional rambling of some old school superstitious peasant in the boondocks of rural Western Canada.
Here we are, church going riflemen, out standing in our fields, the Great White North, last bastion of the Bitter Clingers. That’s certainly what my urban Atheist sisters would say, or my equally urban Wiccan Priestess auntie, and all my non-religious, but “very spiritual” extended family and in-laws.
We have perfected the art of pretending that these are just “human” problems, demons and evil spirits do not exist, they are simply superstition or imagination, and of course I don’t have any of these problems because I am practically perfect in every way.
Really? Superstition? Imagination? Of course, I really don’t have any of these problems, and they have government Programs for those people who do have these sorts of problems or there’s an App for that. Really? This view is not actually very helpful, is it?
Pope Francis recently referred to Pope Paul VI, who, in 1975, covered this well in his speech on Christian Faith and Demonology: placed emphasis on the fact that:
“… evil is not simply a force in the background but rather (is) truly present, a living being who is spiritual, perverse, and who renders perverse (everything it touches). … (It) is a horrifying reality, a mysterious force who spreads fear.”
I am thinking about millions of people completely ignorant of actual demonic and evil spiritual activity in the material world and the manipulation of the minds and self of human beings by these spirits.
It is chilling, an unimaginable horror story involving all humans, both the innocent and the guilty everywhere, every day.
The lists are literally a catalogue of almost every imaginable social problem, iniquity and misery afflicting our modern progressive materialistic society, our “polite”, “nice”, “friendly” Canadian culture.
So once again, I think that I am faced with an apparent binary choice … to accept the massive cognitive dissonance radiating from literally every Canadian News report and polite cultural meme, OR to reject it all in favour of measurable reality and abandon hope of ANY possible positive resolution to the “challenges” I see before us on every side.
I am invited, tempted in fact, to see a binary choice and only a binary choice … accept that the media talking heads and the politicians know the truth and are telling the truth and things things are better than they have ever been and are getting better, if only we acquiesce to their chosen “solutions, OR … accept the despair of a no hope future where all ends in misery and death.
But that is really a false choice, offered by one who has everything to gain by the misery and despair inevitable on the track we are following. The real choice is actually GOD, or no god. We always find ourselves falling short, full of miseries, failures and sin, always indebted to GOD. We deny and lose faith in GOD because our souls always shiver with fear because we are aware of our failing and dread how GOD will receive us,
Will He turn us away and punish us for our failure and lack of faith? Our miserable selves always answer yes to the punishment concept when in fact that is the age old lie that led Adam to hide himself when he heard God walking in the garden. We don’t trust that GOD loves us. Our limited God holds guilt and justice for us or worse as god we refuse to acknowledge His very existence.
And how can that turn out well? Because we are literally “dead” wrong about GOD. GOD is different from what we believe. I believe that GOD loves me and wants to take me back if only I will acknowledge my sins humbly and simply and sincerely ask for forgiveness as did the thief on the cross beside Jesus. “The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You shall call upon Me and I will hear you, and I will bring back your captivity from all places.” these are consoling words taken from the Catholic Mass. they open our hearts to the sweetest of hopes. GOD loves us in spite of all.
More on GOD’s love and mercy later
Frodo … was asleep almost before the words were spoken. Sam struggled with his own weariness, and he took Frodo’s hand; and there he sat silent till deep night fell.
Then at last, to keep himself awake, he crawled from the hiding-place…. The land seemed full of … noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim….
There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him.
For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. His song in the Tower had been defiance rather than hope; for then he was thinking of himself.
Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master’s, ceased to trouble him. He crawled back into the brambles and laid himself by Frodo’s side, and putting away all fear he cast himself into a deep untroubled sleep.