The Dawn of Humanity’s Twilight


City is burning

Embers fall throughout the night

Burnt ashes of a homestead

Human flesh fertilizes soil after it sails through the air on its flight

Who has the authority?

Who has the right?

Machiavelli in The Prince

Endorsed it from his sight

The imposition of law

Governance to make things right

Can still manipulate the laws

 And still make us fight

As in a society

A military uses its might

So does a single person 

wronging another out of spite

An eye for an eye

The two wrongs that don’t make a right

Only love can conquer the world 

Not a soldier and his smite

Whosoever dwelith in this world

Look back and use your hindsight

If we continue on this path

Till be the dawn of humanity’s twilight
DCG

Am I a Patriot or Am I a Fool?


Am I a patriot or am I a fool?

For those of you 

Who bleed the red, white, and blue

History will show

The heart of a country has gone askew

Right and left

Pointing the finger across the aisle

The silent masters watch with their Cheshire Cat smile

Simply look to the historians

You’ll find the commonality

We once said In God we trust 

Now we argue over gender identity 

In the cult of persuasion

A party will make decrees

Are they ones that are vigilant?

Or ones that deceive?

We the people

Trained to expect less

Conditioning our serfdom

The real human game of chess

Orwell and Huxley

Visions of gloom

The war on humanity

Continues and resumes

Our liberty and freedoms

Are now shadows of the bicentennial past

Erosion of the social contract 

Poverty for the middle class

Failures of education

America’s economy under attack

The rise of the ignorant

Now becoming amnesiac’s

Don’t be seduced

As the government gives away

Other people’s money

Social engineering

The construct of our decay

There is no incentive

For a community that wants free things

Communism or Socialism 

Feed off a body politic pulling all the strings

Rewarding the nonproducer

 The lazy man’s dream

The lowest common denominator of our society

It may seem 

If you are caught in this dilemma

And this is unforeseen

A market system controlled by the state

Are you on the right side of history?

Or do you fall somewhere in between?

It’s not a loaded question

For those of you in doubt

Just look to the central banks

The evidence for our sellout
DCG

The Trial of Human Reason


Prologue

In the historical context of the Genesis story there are 48 verses that deal with the consequences of the first temptation and the exodus from Eden which St. Augustine refers as “The Original Sin”.  The questions I raise in a novel are the implications of such a story whereby my protagonist is “Human Reasoning”.

What is Satan’s Greatest Lie?

John 8:44

– You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of all lies.”

“Don’t lie to each other.” (Colossians 3:9)

Christians are in warfare against Satan. While it is true that Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, it is also true that Satan never ceases his attack on God’s People. In this warfare, let us look at five of Satan’s greatest lies he uses against people.

GREATEST LIE #1 – GOD WITHHOLDS GOOD THINGS FROM US

  • A. Genesis 3:4-5 –“‘You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
  • B. Satan tempts us to believe God’s goodness obligates Him to gratify our desires immediately, and when that does not happen, it is a sign that God does not care about us.
  • C. God’s plans are always for out best over the long haul, and not just for the immediate short-term.

GREATEST LIE #2 – TRUST IN THE DEITY OF SELF

  • A. Psalm 20:7– “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
  • B. Satan always provides a list of alternatives to choose from in place of choosing to trust in God.
  1.  Humanism
  2.  Materialism . . . Things . . . Stuff
  3.  Denominational-ism . . . Religious beliefs and organizations that did not come from God.
  4.  Numbers . . . Satan tempts us to trust in numbers and not God’s provision.

1 Chronicles 21:1

– “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”

5. Self . . . Self-reliance.

a.  Satan wants us to fall victim to the lie of self-reliance.

Philippians 4:19

–“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

b. God-reliance . . . Not self-reliance.

GREATEST LIE #3 – GOD’S PEOPLE WILL NEVER SUFFER

  • A. Matthew 16:22-23– “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.’”

B. Satan tempts us to believe nothing bad will ever happen to us as Christians. And, if something bad does happen, it is just a further sign that God is not all we believe Him to be.” Satan would have us believe that.

  • C. Satan’s lie sows self-pity that blooms into bitterness of heart.

1. How thankful we should be for the Book of Job.

2. Romans 8:28

– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

GREATEST LIE #4 – MONEY BRINGS HAPPINESS

  • A. Matthew 4:8-9– “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.’”
  • B. Greed will take our eyes off God.
  • C. Listening to Satan will short-circuit God’s plan for us.

1. Malachi 3:10

– “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

2. God will provide things for us . . . But things will not provide God for us!

GREATEST LIE #5 – FORGIVENESS IS IMPOSSIBLE

  • A. Corinthians 2:7, 11– “Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
  • B. Refusal to forgive invites bitterness into our hearts.
  • C. Unable to forgive divides people and kills fellowship.
  • D. The road to forgiveness begins with remembering how much we’ve been forgiven.
  • E. In order to reach Heaven, not only must we be forgiven by God . . . But we must also forgive others.

Mark 11:25-26

– “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

John 8:32

– “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

resources to ponder:
http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tb3.htm
http://www.leighb.com/genesis.htm
https://global.oup.com/obso/focus/focus_on_genesis1/
http://www.michaelsheiser.com/TheNakedBible/HaselGen1ANE.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Da_Vinci_Code
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost

 


The Trial of Human Reason

3:6   And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

Temptation in the garden

The seductive lies that are told

Forever turning us away

Now forever wearing the blindfold

How can it be?

We turned away and now rely on what is fallible

Breaking the covenant

To trust on oneself, is truth now intangible?

The serpent’s deception

A fools path for amity

Free will determines our fate

A masterstroke for calamity

If you were to believe

Evil does not exist

Another problem to consider

Another problem to dismiss

What do we value?

Philosophy and logic?

Are they our absolution?

Are they anagogic?

The argument for freedom

Comes in many different shades

Can we lay down a trump card?

Can we lay down our ace of spades?

Consider the reasons we argue?

Consider why we fight?

The need to know?

The need to be right?

Understanding is fundamental

Understanding is our largest drive

Where do we turn for answers?

Is it truth or is it contrived?

The trial of human reason

Forever in debate

Is this our undoing?

Is this our checkmate?


DCG

 

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. ~John Milton:

 

Opposing Views



A difference of opinion 

An opposing view

We all must protect our rights

Even the radical few

Freedom of speech

Endangered by rule

Attack on our liberties

The donkeys and mules

The human spirit

Cannont be silenced

MLK and Gandhi will attest

An example of the few

Who fought for the rest

A voice silenced by law 

Is not something new

Only reason and debate
Can quell the dissonant voices

And this is in my view

A mind unfree to think

Not allowed to question

Not allowed to dream

A plantation mentality

A design of the thought machine

To suppress an open discussion

The thought police reins king

Climate change Denier

They want you to plead guilty and sing

The penalty imposed is dangerous

The penalty imposed let’s be clear

There is no republic without freedom

And despotic rule is severe 

The Irony in The Myth of Sisyphus


When your outlook is dim

We tend to notice what in life is grim

We relate to the world

Thinking that the fix is in

Our energy diverted

A diminished reality

We see only the negative

How can this be?

I tire of this habit

Beholden to this claim

I tire of this feeling

That subjects me to shame – Who’s to blame?

The physics of emotion

In all antiquity

Questioned by the mystics

The essence of energy

Suffering can be averted

If the mind employed is free

Free from attachment

Siddhartha Gautama is key

If we manifest our destiny

The impoverished minds will plea

God please save us

They shout at the devil – reactionary philosophy

If we manifest our destiny

The wise men say

We change our reality

Orient to the positive

Attract to the good in this way

Whatever befalls us

10% is what we make it

As for the rest of our experience

90% is how we take it

The myth of Sisyphus

Camus counters with disdain

The obsession absurd

Is it an irony of perception?

An irony all the same!


DCG

The Social Justice Warrior


How splendid are we

The Social Justice Warrior will plea

They argue in ignorance of the free

A constitution recognized only for their need

SJW you bite the apple, the forbidden tree

Are there secrets you refrain to see?

The devil does not exist

Safe to say you agree?

SJW you do what you’re told

Don’t disregard the facts

Don’t put logic on hold

Please chalenge authority

Don’t always believe what’s been sold

SJW beating the drum so loud

Stirring the divisions

Stirring the crowd

It validates the agendas

Of which you are so proud

SJW a proxy to a disease

The average man now on his knees

Prince or pauper; who will you appease

A nation of laws

A constitution now under siege

Parties that point the finger

Often become the bullies

We all want accountability

We should all want honest debate

Because we disagree

Should we not seek common ground to conflate?

To the libertarian…an individual is important

To the Progressive… the collective is the vital thread

From culture to cult

Yes that is what I said

We the people

Live with tolerance and controversy

What values do you support?

Is it left only to subjectivity?

SJW speak up and speak loud

Are you sure of what you believe in…

Is not covered in any shroud?

Conduct ourselves with integrity

Conduct our behavior with etiquette

Forget the hive mentality

The mob may not always rule, not yet

Consider the issues wisely

Don’t listen to the gang of fools

Know who are the puppets

Know the operating tools

The republic is not perfect

The truth written in our decree

We the people

in order to form a more perfect union

established justice secure domestic tranquility

provide for the common defense

promote the general welfare advance

secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and posterity

do ordain and establish this Constitution

for the United States of America


DCG

Don’t try to shock Mr. Spock


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At what cost do we tread upon the woven fabric of society that is now dividing us because we think we have knowledge that fuses our disagreements into becoming weaponized moral issues?  Are we so disconnected that we believe we are the only privileged owners of truthful information when we find ourselves in different corners of a debate?  Is our world view that much different to begin with?  Why is there so much tumultuous rhetoric being flung toward our conversations these days?  I need only look to the “lame-stream” media to proclaim the child-like arguments many people seem to fall into before they see fit to unravel the chaotic rubbish embedded into the premises uttered.  Even our educational systems feed politically correct agendas.

What is the source of our information to begin with?  How do we know it is truthful, factual, or correct?  This author believes whether we know it or not, we are in a cultural information war that is reaping havoc upon all of us.

Having healthy debates over issues is rightfully good if and only if the debaters allow the other to speak their minds freely without resorting to name calling and actually listen to the side of their respective opponents.  I find that most people cannot properly debate their discussions on a social media platform among others.  They do not follow any ascribed rules, but rather they tend to ramble on a diatribe of content that is not brought out into the argument with any integrity and tangles much of the content in logical paradox.  If we make assumptions without proper analysis, then we can continue a conversation that will be laden with errors of logical deductions.

A few pointers for having fair intellectual debates:

  • 1st) Never Use A Personal Point To Debate The Validity Of Someone Else’s Factual Point
  • 2nd) An Argument Against A Reputable Expert Can Only Be Made By Another Reputable Expert
  • 3rd) Emotional Responses Are Typically Full Of It
  • 4th) Always Let The Other Person Speak
  • 5th) Don’t be Long Winded – Make Your Points In As Few Words As Possible
  • 6th) Lure and Destroy
  • 7th) The Best Way To Respond To Name Calling: Silence
  • 8th) The More References, The Better Your Chances Of Influencing Your Opponent
  • 9th) Any Question That Anyone Asks You May Be Loaded
  • 10th) Emotion Is Not Your Friend

When will we be free of this dishonest blather?  If we do not approach one another with any constraint, we are destined to fall into baffled ruin like the children of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies!

The lessons of Mr. Spock could come in handy!

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