Thursday, July 28, 2016

In Search of Her

English: Llwybr peryglus - A dangerous path Be...
English: Llwybr peryglus - A dangerous path Beyond this decaying gate from Y Dryll an overgrown path descends to the beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you love Truth, you will follow her wherever she may lead. If she leads you through the pain of being ostracized, you will follow. If she leads you through the pain of death, you will follow.

Most of us don't have to follow such an extreme route to find her and maintain our walk behind her. But most of us, regardless, do not really care much about her. We are too busy to look. We are comfortable with the imitation we currently have.

Our harlot is our god, because we made her in our image. So we like her that way. But there are some who are ignorant of the fact that their current harlot is not really a perverse imitation of Beauty. And still some of us prefer the ugliness of perversion--so we stay where we are. But yet there are a very few others who recognize that something is not quite right with her, so they unconsciously search for Truth through the by-ways of life. And if they have the will to grasp her when they find her, she will eventually show herself.

She will reveal herself at least once to everyone regardless of whether or not they seek her. This is how many come to seek the path that she is on. For when they see her, they are not ready to accept, but the seed is planted and they will never be content again until they see her again. So they begin their journey. And if they love her. When she shows herself, they will grasp on to her and never let go. Even if she leads them through misery and death.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Morning Thoughts.05

I drive. I drive a lot. Like five-thousand-miles-per-month a lot. And I'm not even a truck driver. To make my time on the road productive, I listen to a lot of podcasts. Some of these podcasts are centered around men's self-improvement.

The hosts of the podcasts always have guest speakers on their shows. Inevitably, to support what he is preaching to the podcast audience, the guest always (like always) brings up evolution. "It's Evolution that caused us to do the things we do," they say. "It's Evolution that has wired us to be the way we are when reacting to certain environmental stimuli," and so on and so on. For example, when talking about dealing with stress, most of the speakers who discuss this topic touch upon the fact that we react to specific stresses like driving in traffic with flight or fight--even though there's no fighting involved. They ALWAYS say things like, "Well twenty-thousand years ago when we were fighting off Sabre Tooth Tigers and hunting in packs, Natural Selection weeded out those who did not fight... And therefore even though we live in cities, that's why we do such and such."

These ideas just demonstrate the arrogance and self-centeredness of modern, Western men. I wonder why these guys don't consider that there are people who live in the jungles of South America who have never seen a car, or traffic, or sky scrapers, and have no concept of people who do not have to hunt in tribes and deal with the viciousness of Nature every day effectively, or get eaten by a tiger, even though it's not of the Sabre Tooth variety. Their arrogance doesn't allow them to see beyond their own city, state, country or continent.

Other times, in their arrogance, they preach Pagan philosophy by giving living, mental capacities to the conglomeration of galaxies, stars, and planets known as the universe. "The universe hears our pain and will order things into our lives to heal it," is just one example. Or, they say that something that someone does is somewhat of a concern to the universe. These tendencies to speak this way reveal their self-centeredness in the way they boldly preach that the infinitely large universe is somehow concerned with one little tiny person, on one little tiny planet, in once corner of a vast, limitless ocean of galaxies.

They should instead just stop and consider the absurdity of what they are saying and instead consider that instead of Evolution wiring humanity, that the Creator made us in such a way to insure our survival. And that a rational, thinking, limitless, and eternal being must have been behind the creation of a vast, limitless universe since something doesn't come from nothing. Instead of giving their honor to mindless, created things, it would be much more rational and credible to pay their homage to the One who created it all.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Like a Weed on Neglected Turf

Abandoned House. Minsk Province, Belarus
Abandoned House. Minsk Province, Belarus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Success comes through discipline; failure is just there waiting to grow like a weed in a life that is neglected. We are created to work. We are created to store things up for droughts and early winters. We are made to maintain our lives through continual pruning and attention. When we neglect these things, we buck the natural order--the way things were meant to be--and chaos, disorder, destruction just arrive in our presence, like a weed on neglected turf. This concept applies to every facet of our lives. From our material surroundings to the inner most core of ourselves. If we neglect to discipline our bodies by moderating our food intake and leisure time: obesity, disease and early death just spring up easily like a weed. Failure to work your home and maintain its functioning and outer beauty, and soon the roof leaks and mold appears like weeds on neglected turf. Neglect learning about how and why you were created, what the true religion is, why you believe what you believe, then forgetting to tend to it, and your soul will sprout negativity, depression, and disorders--just like the ground sprouts weeds when it's neglected.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Morning Thoughts.03

Taking baby steps and relying on mercy and love from God is one of the only ways to make it through the storms of life that lead to change. Large life changes have a tendency to drive me inwardly and focus my attention on myself, causing me to be self-centered in an unhealthy way that's not good for personal relationships or the soul. I need to work at affirming others without expecting to be affirmed in return. I need to put others ahead of me instead of placing myself above others. When I place myself above others, I become frustrated and angry when others don't do the same for me. An unacknowledged contract that I have with everyone I come into contact with that basically states that you need to acknowledge and affirm me before I affirm you, and if you don't, then I don't really care and will just move along about my own business. This, however, is not the way we were created to interact. We are made to serve. In other words, we are made to be humble and love others as ourselves. I would never neglect myself. Neither should I neglect the need others have to be acknowledged. It's only in the way of taking the focus off ourselves and on to others that we become healthy in mind, body, and especially the soul. I won't be able to weather the storms of life well without having all three of these exercised and fit. It's a process of change. But without continued growth, I will not have anything long-lasting or beautiful to offer myself or those I love.
Taking baby steps and relying on mercy and love from God is one of the only ways to make it through the storms of life that lead to change. Large life changes have a tendency to drive me inwardly and focus my attention on myself, causing me to be self-centered in an unhealthy way that's not good for personal relationships or the soul. I need to work at affirming others without expecting to be affirmed in return. I need to put others ahead of me instead of placing myself above others. When I place myself above others, I become frustrated and angry when others don't do the same for me. An unacknowledged contract that I have with everyone I come into contact with that basically states that you need to acknowledge and affirm me before I affirm you, and if you don't, then I don't really care and will just move along about my own business. This, however, is not the way we were created to interact. We are made to serve. In other words, we are made to be humble and love others as ourselves. I would never neglect myself. Neither should I neglect the need others have to be acknowledged. It's only in the way of taking the focus off ourselves and on to others that we become healthy in mind, body, and especially the soul. I won't be able to weather the storms of life well without having all three of these exercised and fit. It's a process of change. But without continued growth, I will not have anything long-lasting or beautiful to offer myself or those I love.