21415 Gleaning Repent
Those of us who pursue positive change are very often frustrated. We see the necessity of change all too clearly, and we can explain how it should come about, but it never seems to happen. It’s a discouraging situation.
The truth, however, is that change does come; it just comes more slowly than we’d like, and in ways that differ from those we imagined.
One real change I like to point out is the passing of blind trust in politicians. In the 1950s and ‘60s, most people spoke of politicians with respect and even with reverence. Now it’s almost standard for people to agree that they’re liars and thieves. That’s a very significant change, even if it did take several decades to unfold.
I’ve tested this change, by the way, on taxi drivers worldwide; I’ve yet to find one that defended politicians to me.
So, a significant change has occurred in our time, and over a very broad base.
Still, most people are hanging on, and often desperately, to old ways that should really be abandoned.
The Automatic Benefit of the Doubt
It’s a bit troubling to see how blindly, and for how long, people give the benefit of the doubt to hierarchy and its operators. They can know that a system is abusing them, and they can complain about it at length, but still they grasp at reasons to keep believing in it.
Here’s what I mean:
During the bad spots of the Middle Ages, people would be abused by clergymen but say, “If only His Holiness knew!”
During the reign of the USSR, people in the Gulag would often say, “If only Stalin knew!”
In our time, people hold Political Party A or Political Party B as grave evils, while pretending that the combination of A + B is good and noble. Still, such blind biases do eventually break. Stalin, after all, is gone, along with his USSR.
The Protestant reformation broke the domination of the Church.
And our modern delusion that groups of thieves acting together work righteously will die too.
And today I’m pleased to tell you that the political idolatry of our time—giving every benefit of the doubt to the same people we condemn as liars—is cracking.
“Still, I look to Find a Reason to Believe”
If there were such a competition, I’d nominate Rod Stewart’s song, Reason To Believe, as the Anthem of the Age.
Regardless of how badly they are abused, people have a very hard time letting go of their hierarchies; they’ve taken emotional refuge in them, after all.
Even when sharp pain forces them to examine hierarchy, the impulse to maintain belief erupts. Here’s how the song expresses it:
If I listened long enough to you,
I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true.
Knowing that you lied,
straight-faced while I cried.
Still I look to find a reason to believe.
Humans have a real problem with that last line: looking for reasons to believe. It flies in the face of both logic and honesty, but people both do it and defend it.
As for specific reasons to believe, they’re endless. Seldom are humans quicker and cleverer than when justifying their previous actions.
Why This Is a Good Sign
When people are grabbing at reasons to believe, it’s a sure sign that the benefit of the doubt is cracking beneath them. Otherwise, why would they have to fight so hard?
It also happens that the circumstances of our modern world are propelling people toward this break:
Every time they see cops beating the hell out of people, belief in the system cracks a little more, followed by a scramble for reasons to believe. Every time an esteemed figure gets caught abusing children or making up whopper lies or (fill in the blank), the image of hierarchy’s inherent virtue cracks a little wider, followed by people grasping at reasons to believe.
Every time an eight-year-old is handcuffed for kissing another little kid at school or running a lemonade stand or (again, fill in the blank), blind faith cracks a little more, followed by another scramble for reasons to believe. And so on, on a daily basis. More and more of us are conceding that it’s not just “one bad actor” here or there, but that Joe Stalin’s system really is evil, that the clergy really is corrupt, and that hierarchies suck by design.
Reasons to believe are wearing thin these days. Little by little, humanity’s blind devotion to authority is cracking. Someday, it will break apart.
May that day come soon.
Negotiators have set a June 30 final deadline for an accord, and Western officials have said they aim to agree on the substance of such a deal by March.
Antichrist Israel Whore Of Babylon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due to address the Antichrist Mark Of The Beast U.S. Congress on Antichrist Iran on March 3 – to the annoyance of the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo The 911 POTUS Clown administration – has vowed “to foil this bad and dangerous agreement.”
4 For, lo, the day hath come, burning as a furnace, And all the proud, and every wicked doer, have been stubble, And burnt them hath the day that came, Said Jehovah of Hosts, That there is not left to them root or branch, 2 And risen to you, ye who fear My name, Hath the sun of righteousness — and healing in its wings, And ye have gone forth, and have increased as calves of a stall.
3 And ye have trodden down the wicked, For they are ashes under the soles of your feet, In the day that I am appointing, Said Jehovah of Hosts.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, That I did command him in Horeb, For all Israel — statutes and judgments.
5 Lo, I am sending to you Elijah the prophet, Before the coming of the day of Jehovah, The great and the fearful. 6 And he hath turned back the heart of fathers to sons, And the heart of sons to their fathers, Before I come and have utterly smitten the land!
And Jesus answering said to them, `Elijah doth indeed come first, and shall restore all things, 12 and I say to you — Elijah did already come, and they did not know him, but did with him whatever they would, so also the Son of Man is about to suffer by them.’
13 Then understood the disciples that concerning John the Baptist he spake to them.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.