PREOCCUPIED WITH PASSING PRINCES
(Musings of a War-Weary observer)
I’ve been sick for an extraordinarily long time. This isn’t like me, but I think I began to falter somewhere around mid- December. Finally, after a “collapse” in early January, I gave in to the best remedy of all: a cycle of rest/nutrition/reading/rest/nutrition/reading . . .
Along the way I learned a LOT! And here’s where I’ve been in my reading.
Join me in the Jungle of Politics!
(Don’t read every name!!! Just scroll down to the end of this . . .)
There. << Is all that clear? >> My mind has been living in present times and historical times simultaneously — because it’s fitting. The past instructs the present.
Each name in these charts HAS A STORY!! Each name is a person who struggled to win power, and they did it by various sorts of warfare, alliances, intimidation, influence, including putting out rumors and Fake News. Not unlike our political campaigns. We think we know something when we know some details about public figures.
200 years from now poor young students will be struggling with learning the historical details of the 2016 election and the (hopefully) uneventful passing of power into the hands of America’s next “prince.”
(Oh, I don’t really, actually believe we will have emerged from the coming Dark and Ignorant Bloody Centuries that will be following this one so soon as “200” years. It may be that we are in for a very long extended period of time before we regain our human senses, including recovering basic life skills, reverence for our Creator, a dedication to the preciousness of children, families, the distinct roles of women, the importance of the intellect, and all the other precious foundational notions of a civilization.)
But whenever the restoration of civilization happens, or perhaps there will be merely a “reformation” of human civilization, people (students) will look back on our present time as just an extension of the rise and fall of kings and princes, or premiers and presidents, same as there ever was.
Sic transit gloria mundi, right?
We are so preoccupied with our present princes that they can lead us wherever they need to in order to preserve their power. We need to back off from the minutiae of American (and European) politics. The issues are far bigger.
And there is far more at stake than whether or not our political or social opinion prevails.
I think we’ve let the ball drop as we live off the “fat of the land” in an appearance of peace and prosperity, while all the while forgetting to do the hard work and sacrifice of building and maintaining a civilization. Civilization is never built with ease and laxity. And it never comes with ignorance of the past.
God help us. God is there to help us.