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THE AGENDA’S POWERFUL TOOL

April 12, 2018

The most powerful tool that can be used against good people by those who want to change those good people so they can  promote their Agenda –  is Forgetfulness.

Just de-emphasize a point in history.    Stop teaching it.   Spread  controversy about it that makes most people turn away in confusion and disgust.

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.     “Never again!”  is the cry of the people of modern Israel.        But there’s a problem, as noted by these headlines:

Europe’s Jews Facing Resurgent Anti-Semitism, Highest Levels ‘Since the Second World War’

Jewish communities across Europe are enduring a level of mainstream anti-Semitism “not seen since the Second World War,” the European Jewish Congress has warned.

This news story and many others like it are rather  disheartening – and  scary. .  Jewish schools, synagogues,and people on the street are being attacked, and not only verbally.     And especially with the spread of people from the   m o  s l   e m    world,   the danger is increasing in intensity and geography.

Who knows about this?   Who cares?   Well,    here’s another news article:

CBS  News reports: NEW YORK —

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.   The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.

Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was.

Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found.

 

According to Official  History, now,  six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.    You are not really allowed to analyze that number or even ask where it came from.     Decades ago it was a legitimate question in colleges and universities,  but no more – not since the Spirit of Totalitarianism has been slowly creeping into Western Civ.

But that’s okay.   I’m not a professional historian.     I’m good with  saying six million.  It’s certainly symbolic of the huge psychic shock   of genocide experienced by both Jews and  non-Jews.

There are very few survivors of Auschwitz left to tell the true story. Eva Kor is one of them.   I met her, I’ve heard her speak, and I wrote about here life here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/eva-the-eternal-word-and-a-rejection/

. . . and her message here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/eva-the-elephant-and-empathy/

(1)     Perhaps it’s also  a good day to see again Schindler’s List.      (2)    There are many good novels about life in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.    (3)   Netflix has an excellent series on Hitler’s Inner Circle.      ALL of these sources of information help us to understand ourselves and perhaps – maybe –  prevent such a thing from happening again.    (I’m not one of the optimistic ones, though.)

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.

Please give it a thought.

There are those who would like us to disconnect us from our past:

“He who controls the present,  controls the past.  He who controls the past controls the future.” 

Our future.

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IT DIDN’T GO SO WELL BEFORE

March 25, 2018

(From the last posting):   Isaiah 3:4 –  “And I will give children to be their princes.”   

These words were  meant to be a warning to Israel, who had left the teachings of Moses;  and by analogy  it’s meant to be a warning to any society who turns its back on God.   That’s just the way it works.

“Young adults”  who are easily stroked and flattered are enlisted to put forth a “new agenda” for old, failed revolutionary marxist hopes even as the adults become weak,  immoral, confused, and degenerate.

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Two headlines in the news today, one secular marxist,  the other religious marxist:

First is this  (paraphrased):   “The Barack-Hussein person in a speech in Japan ponders a million Young Barack Obamas.”     This is not new.  When this person was put in the office of our presidency  ten years ago, he announced the creation of a Million Man Force of young people to  implement his marxist agenda.   He boasted that it will be larger than and better funded than the American military.

Reminiscent of  . . .   dare I say it?  (  ———‘s  Youth.)

Second,  on the religious side,  the short-sighted arrogance of “young people” are being pumped up  and encouraged to defy any adults who get in their way.   Really!   The headlines read:    “Pope to young people:  Do Not Let Your Elders Silence Your Voices!”     

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A “catholic”  youth festival –  don’t be silenced!

 Yeah.   Do not let the older generation get in the way of your marxist-infused agenda.

Reminiscent of  . . .   dare I say it?  ( —–‘s Youth, who  were encouraged to defy their elders and spy on their parents.)

Do we dare contemplate the consequences of a manipulated Youth Movement?

Think:  Arm Bands.  As shocking as it seems,  I’ve been watching increasing numbers of  photos  showing armbands and fierce nazi scowls on these “youth.”

ARM BAND for Change

“Armbands for change”

There were instructions about how to construct an Arm Band –  on this photo someone has written over the picture to remind us of the danger of politicized  Youth Movements.

 

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Of course, one of the first tasks of  all totalitarian societies is  Gun Confiscation.   The children recruited for this current Youth Movement could not explain to the cameras recently what kinds of restrictions,  what kinds of guns,  or even identify any of the different guns,   but they are given scripts and mottoes and a pulpit in front of cameras.

There were directions on what to say to the press:

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Reminiscent of . .  .  dare I say it?    . .  .  of the Hitler Youth who were propagandized in German schools and encouraged to believe they were In Power.    As Walt Disney told us a few decades ago when this revolution was just beginning:  “YOU are the LEADERS of the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY !!!!!!!”     (Mickey Mouse Club  echoes in my ears.)

But it took a couple generations to get us to where a very dangerous Youth Movement could actually arise.

“A million Young Barack Obamas” ??      Youth of the World told to not listen to the older generation??       Adult teachers and celebrities and politicians driving and financing political youth rallies — and punishing those students who do not want to participate?

There were “instructions” and there were “directions” and there is a Role Model:

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Will there be gray shirts instead of brown shirts?

 

Revolutions build slowly, they wind up, and then without warning burst onto the stage of history.   They are never safe and mild.    Might makes right in a revolution and there are always those who want  to grab power away from a civilized society.

A godless culture cannot go on forever, it falls in many ways,  and  one of the  signs that a culture is failing is that the adults watch in perplexity as “young people”  are used to push forward a “new agenda”   by power-grabbers.

 

(God help us.    This is a supernatural issue.)

 

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ASKING WHY

March 21, 2018

 

(A rambling, sprawling, catch-up visit with you all):

I sleep with my radio on, of course. 

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  I woke up today  to a radio news report that got me asking “Why?”    But first . . .

I always feel as though I have to “explain” myself when I’m  away from The Spruce Tunnel  for several days.   I don’t, I know.   But I’m making kind of a record — so I  will.

I wrote this SIX days ago!     (Quote:  me)  –

Well, another glitch, another breakdown!     I missed seeing today’s news because my computer monitor had begun strobing out at me in flashes and flutters, and then a few nights ago it blossomed into a lovely shade of light pink in its lower quadrant.

So, FYI,  if you use a monitor,   this is not a good sign, but a pretty good warning of its soon demise.    And today my monitor went BLACK.        (It was weird to have a black screen where I usually see lively colors and videos — and work to do — but it’s okay,  there is  a new monitor on its way, and I transferred an old, old monitor to this  somewhat newer main computer.)

Then Hubbie’s big red van broke down –  and though it’s old,  I’m  happy to maintain it for him now that he’s gone.    The parts didn’t come in  when the shop requested it, so I spent more than a week “in suspension,” so to speak,  waiting to have my household made whole again.

Both problems are taken care of as of last night –

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This was not at all enough to keep me out of The Spruce Tunnel.    Instead it was  a series of “difficult”  news coming from my friends and family which affected me deeply and came coincidentally all within a two-week period.    No details here because none of my “friends and family”  should feel as though I can’t bear their . . .  troubles –  but the categories are:   a terminal illness;   a shocking “psychological lapse”;    a mortal danger;    a serious moral “lapse,”  which I suppose is actual “mortal” too, spiritually speaking;  news from someone which resurrected some deep conflicts;   oh . . .  some other things, and all during this time my “entertainment”  was watching all the seasons of a popular gut-wrenching dramatic (soap-opera) series offered by PBS ….

The reason for the umpteen hours of entertainment is this:

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After I got the pattern established I needed something easy to keep my eyes and attention on why I made progress on my sweater.    Usually I can read and study while I knit,  but not with this pattern!   And so I  overlayed all the recent real-life troubles with the near-to-life troubles of  a dying social system,  a dying moral world,   and the constant though natural  departures of   people from one another:

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Highclere Castle

   —  the home of the present-day Lord Carnarvon,  whose ancestor was an enthusiastic Egyptologist who financed and took part in many expeditions to Egypt,   thus opening up the knowledge of ancient Egypt with all its wonders and glory to the rest of the world,  including the expedition that discovered  King Tut’s tomb.

This castle was the scene of the Jeeves and Wooster series, as well as the Downton Abbey series, which, as I’ve alluded to,  I saw for the second time these past days.  I was not enthusiastic the first time through, and I missed so much;  I “got it”  this time . . .

Taking too long to get to my radio news?    Well, the tragic collapse of a moral and well-ordered society  (along with its excesses) should acutely inform our emotions as well as our intellect, because an emotion is energy –  and it fuels motivation . . . .

(From the Good Teacher in The Spruce Tunnel:   acknowledge your emotions,  feel them;  you need not give in to them or even show them to others, and never inflict them on others;  but use their energy to  help come to terms with whatever difficulty,  real or imagined,  caused them.    Emotions can feed your very useful imagination, and you and your world can be a better place . . .  Intellect,  emotions,  imaginations are some of the necessary tools given to us by our Creator.)

So filled with all the “energy” of the past two weeks from all the sources,  I heard that the Austin, Texas,  “b.”  (perpetrator of the random explosions that put such fear into the population down there),  was tracked down, shot at, and exploded himself in his car at a motel . . .

Now that he’s dead,  investigators are going to work hard to find his motivation.  Here’s where I asked “Why?”

So we can understand him – and people like him?      So that . . .    “why?” – what will we do, what will we change?   Actually change?

So we can understand “society”  that made him do it?    “Why”   “What do we, as a society, have the will to change?     Because it takes a very strong collective will to get any changes done.

So we can  look for more laws to change or add to our nation?    (Better watch out whose strong “will” is behind change-making.)

So we can make new regulations against bullying victims into criminals?   Bullying is only a symptom of lawlessness  in our society and in our schools.

So we can educate our children better?       I was a teacher in this new education system when we made the changes that we were told were for the better.   My strong opinion on what changes should be made is this:

bulldozing the schools

There is no fixing of a system of education which abuses our children in their growth and development.     We must start again.

When we do find out what may have motivated this criminal activity in Texas,   then what?

The bewilderment and consequent lack of action should point to a cause.  Maybe we’d all have to take a second look,  “watch a second season,”  about our culture.

I think it’s not that we cling to  “our bibles and our guns”  as the Barack Hussein person stated it when he was frustrated that we didn’t go along with all his Progressive ideas.  It’s rather that we are comfortable, we don’t want “discomfort,”  and so we cling to the Status Quo.

Go ahead and find out that Texas man’s motivation.      That what we do – in this present culture.   We give ourselves the illusion of “doing something.”

But as far as the state of our culture goes,   (our society, our education, our politics),   when a train derails,  we must go back to the point of derailment, in order to find our way forward.

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Cultural destruction.

 

There is much to bear in this “modern”  world.

 

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THIS OR THAT; EITHER/OR

March 13, 2018

I need to do a “computer dump”  and post a lot of blogs and use up a lot of waiting photos.  My monitor is giving every sign of breaking down, and I’m afraid I’ll get caught with no monitor at all in the time between seeing black and getting a new one.   

I was perusing Scandinavian news again, and came across a report that more and more in Sweden (and elsewhere, I know for sure)  are reconstructing the ancient religions and reviving knowledge of the Old Gods.

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Yeah!    Looks like Viking warriors to me!    Before Christianity got to Scandinavia.     Only these are modern men worshiping that . . .  thing and the gods represented by that . . .  thing.     Presumably educated modern men.

(Well, no –  modern “education” is not education.  Modern “education” teaches you just enough to become strongly opinionated about various issues.    But that’s for anothoer post when I talk about bulldozers . . . .)   

But we’d expect men in this modern world to be educated.   And women:

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A Daughter of Freya.      (Of the Odin-Thor family of gods.)

There are some women in Scandinavia who take the Old Gods just as seriously as American women like to take their reconstructed and wholly imaginary version of the Druids and the Celtic gods.  Goddesses, actually.

Years ago  (years and years ago – before the Leftists began to dominate the universities and “reconstructed a wholly imaginary version of history” —  I remember a history professor who demonstrated – from historical records – that wherever there was a matriarchal society with goddesses,  there was extreme human cruelty and oppression, death and the early collapse of that society.

When goddesses are in charge,  it’s not all sweetness, with young maidens running around with . . .

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      ” . . . .  with flowers in their hair . . .”   

GK Chesterton is one of the greatest observers of modern Western culture, and he writes with humor and wit.       One of his observations is that “When a man stops believing in God, he does not believe in Nothing,  he will believe in Anything.”    (see the men – and women – in the photo up there.)

Now, Chesterton was referring to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob –  revealed at last through Christ, the Son of God,  Creator.

(Traditional) Christians know and teach that the Creator created everything, all that is real and good and true.   If you reject that Creator,  then according to Chesterton,  you open yourself to any other story –  any other story that you yourself want to tell yourself, or any other reconstruction of wholly imaginary ancient errors.     Including “no gods at all” as some  Greeks and Romans tried.

On March 12th we celebrated the life of St.Gregory the Great.  By all accounts,  contemporary and modern,   he became  “the Great”  because he was Good.   In everything he did he manifested his lifelong subjection to the  Goodness of God.    So much was placed on his shoulders,  but he retained his dedication to the Good.

Again, he was Great because he was Good in his words and actions.

(Reminds me – as an aside_  of de Toqueville’s assessment of  America when it was new,   fifty or so  years old.  His observation was that “America is great because America is good.”     As a whole, in general,  her citizens were good people.)

Full circle back to the Old Gods of Northern Europe:  It is said that when Gregory was still a bishop,  he was walking through a marketplace and saw two young children,  a boy and a girl,  on sale.    He stopped to look at them because they were unusual in appearance,  very fair skin, light yellow hair, and blue eyes.   Like the stereotypical angelic beings.

We know the commonly told story:  “Of what race are they?”  “The children are Angles.”    “Oh, they look like angels!”

“Of what province are they?”   “From Deira”  (Which breaks down into de ira:  the anger of God)    Gregory’s playful response was:  “Then we must rescue them from the wrath of God.”

“And what is the name of their king?”   “He is called Ella.”     “It is well.    Alleluia must be sung to God in their land.”

And so was sent Augustine, a great missionary,  with other Christians to Angle-Land to teach the Angles to worship the Only True God, the True God.

Without Truth there are lies, and lies bring confusion and division and dissatisfaction and all the other things that make us ill in this modern world because most have been led away from God.

It’s either/or.    Lies can’t prevail when the Truth is known.

In our modern world,  the Big Lie was Liberty –  but we lost true freedom.       Now our cultures believe in Anything and Everything, and so far there is no St. Gregory the Great to send teachers to show us the Truth.

It’s not impossible to seek after the Truth and to learn,  but it is well-nigh impossible.

 

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You would need the determination and strong spirit of a Viking Warrior!!

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THE NIGHT OF THE 39 CROWNS

March 10, 2018

(Story time):

I’ll try to do this story with a lot of pictures, but this happened before cameras . . .  and it’s only a side story to the main one,a story about one witness.

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“It was a dark and stormy night…”   Actually it was an eerie cold winter night, when the darkness is deep.   Like this:

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I woke up one night,  restless, and looked out my window at the snow and ice.  The night felt strange, and the “strange”  dark spots on my pond fed my imagination  that something was not “the same.”    Things can feel different in the middle of the night!

(They say, if only the Veil could be removed from our “eyes,”  we would be able to see the spiritual activity around us, the energy,  the forces,  the beings  and what they are doing, right now, to affect us.  When we partially perceive this spiritual world, it feels  eerie like something weird and other-worldly is nearby.)

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On this night,  March 10,  “a little while ago,”  40 soldiers of the Roman army stood naked on the ice in the middle of a small lake.   Only a few torches lit the scene around a frosty little lake.   Strange enough!

What were those 40 men doing there?   After all,  they had been loyal soldiers of the Roman army.

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(A necessary bit of history, especially for those of you who have been taught that the  Constantine,a pagan,  made Christianity the official religion of the Empire — which he didn’t;  and to make Christianity more acceptable,  he mingled pagan practices with what was left of the Christian  teachings,   thereby corrupting Christianity and causing  “The Great Apostasy”  (that actually never was).

 It didn’t happen.   (Constantine pretty much remained a pagan all his life,  being baptized as a heretic, not a  Christian,   just before he died.)   In fact,  shortly after that Edict of Constantine – which did happen – the other Ruler of the Empire more forcefully imposed his version of pagan religion onto vast areas under his rule.  

One needed to have a lot of courage to be a Christian (then —  and now, I  think too).

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These 40 soldiers in one of his armies in Asia Minor happened to be Christian, and after they had refused to honor the gods with a little pinch of incense on a little statue, they were arrested,  they were stripped naked in the cold winter air,  some accounts say flogged   —

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— and then forced to stand on the ice in the middle of the little lake until they froze to death.

At the edge of the lake was a steaming bathhouse,  promising warmth and safety to any of the soldiers who changed their mind and would renounce their faith in Christ.  If they were willing to publicly reject Christ  Jesus,  they could be comfortably warm and live on.

Many hundreds stood around to watch the execution:  fellow soldiers, families, and local village people.    It was a public execution, meant to instill fear of the government into  the people.

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But in the darkness of night things got “eerie,”  as I said.    One man,  Aglaius,  was awake,  keeping guard over the prisoners, naked and bleeding,  huddled together on the ice in the middle of the lake.

As Aglaius watched.  he saw the first man falter, and break,  and run to the bathhouse.   Just as that man reached the doorway of then bathhouse, with its promise of relief,  he died.

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It was something to make you think.

And that’s when the night sky above Aglaius changed.  It revealed spiritual beings  holding 39 crowns, one for each of the soon-to-be martyrs.
And Aglaius was thinking.

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What do these crowns mean?     The crown of the Christ these soldiers worship was made of thorns,  but the crowns the angels held were looked like shining golden crowns –  full of light and glory,  suitable for Heaven.

And why start out with 40 soldiers?     In the ancient world as well as in the biblical world, “40”  signifies  “Enough!”   Time enough or deeds enough  or  people enough to accomplish the intentions of God for that purpose.     It is completeness, a full testimony.

But now the angels brought only 39 crowns.

Aglaius  was deeply moved by the absence of one crown.    Whatever he had heard about Christ before,  whatever he had seen in Christian behavior and honor and love,  whatever he had learned about Christianity,  now worked inside of him touching his spirit, and he responded  to the spiritual aid that always comes down to us —
In a sudden, firm act of his will,   Aglaius bolted!    He ran toward the lake,.    Tearing off his clothes he proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined the martyrs.

Now Forty martyrs are crowned this day.

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Not 39.  Not almost a strong testimony to Jesus Christ.     But the faith of these soldiers stand as a full, complete witness to the absolute Faith in Christ –  which saves.

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St John in his Revelation saw martyrs arrayed  in a privileged position around the Throne of God.     They were doing two things:

They were “casting down”  their golden crowns before the feet of Jesus Who alone had made their home in Heaven possible.

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Martyrdom is not the only way to gain a Golden Crown,  but the way in this world is difficult and sometimes dangerous.     Today, all over the world,  it is often dangerous.

The second thing the martyrs around the Throne of God were doing was praying, begging, interceding:  How long, O Lord,  how long —   “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”  (in the Apocalypse, chapter 6, verse 10)

There are things you can do to bring honor to Christ.        There are things you can do, however, to diminish the honor of Christ.    Join the Christian soldiers on the icy lake – and pray for the gift of Final Preservation!

March 10th.   An important day of instruction and remembrance.

 

Many around the world still remember in churches and monasteries.

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  Church of the 40  Holy Martyrs,  Bulgaria.

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TO BABYLON – AND LIFE CUT SHORT

March 3, 2018

Musings for a Sunday Eve.

Sometimes distractions are a good thing.

I have this tree, right outside the window in front of my study desk.  It’s kept its orange leaves and they shine brightly in the winter sun, they glow in the light of the full moon,  and in our  recent snowstorm —

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—   the orange was enough to show through the heavy snowfall.    All that in a soft, downward motion . . . .

I was trying to read a book, read it and learn from it,  but the huge snowflakes were so distracting.  I kept looking up at the torn-tissue size flakes that came down heavily, but not quite obscuring those orange leaves.

The book was “By The Waters of Babylon,”  and it’s about the very earliest seekers after the “real” city of Babylon – “if it even existed.”    References to Babylon were mainly from the Bible, and the materialists and naturalists and darwinists  of the 19th century had no “proof”  that would satisfy their new philosophies.

And I thought about that, in my daydreaming with that tree in front of me.   Established science is one of the most closed-minded endeavors of intellectual activity.     You know,  once a “consensus” of a few scientists is formed,  then it’s declared dogma.

But some were curious enough and were willing to risk the criticism of the “educated” ones of their day and the many obstacles to their hoped-for  success.   Although this is a current rendition of what Babylon could have looked like —

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—  this very large and beautiful city in the 19th century now looked like this:

lay great cities become

It wasn’t going to be easy to find – “if it ever existed.”   Local people in the desert of what we now call Iraq had their own names for these lumps and bumps of sand.   No writings  guided their exploration;  cuneiform writing on stray pieces of pottery was thought to be just triangular decorations on potsherds.

For the young men of the 19th century who  explored the ancient cities,  there were no modern “facilities” out there to protect from the harsh climate;    no cure for the many common deadly diseases.  There was no equipment beyond pick-axes and shovels,  small wooden carts, canvas tents;  no motors or machines to help with the excavations and transportation of objects;

Archeology and its careful methods had not even been “invented” yet!

I daydreamed during that snowstorm about that too.   What hard, long discouraging and life-threatening work they endured!     So far from our American comfort zones!

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But I want to focus on the men themselves.  Young men.   Men of broad education in languages,  history,  religion,  philosophy, literature.  Men capable of working long hours each day.   And men of many, many talents.

Just two names, if you want to get started on a little discovery of this era:

Henry Austen Layard . . .

 

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And  Claudius Rich:

Phillips, Thomas, 1770-1845; Claudius James Rich (1786/1787-1821)

Young men, really, and many others like them.      There are studies and speculations about why some young men achieve so much.  Among their common qualities are:

Focus and persistence of  effort.      Confidence in their abilities.     Strength or force of character.     Timing and luck.   Versatility in several fields.     Emotional stability.    And willingness to risk intellectual chastisement, to go against conventional wisdom.

The young men were accomplished and recognized in many fields,  they published books on  a variety of unrelated topics,   some were put in positions of authority in far-flung British colonial government —  how much hard work it took to get them to these accomplishments!

And as I was daydreaming, looking out at that orange tree in the snow,  I had time enough for the impact of their common and startling End:  nearly all died in their thirties!     Nearly all died young of disease or injury.

Their lives cut short.   What more could they have achieved if they had lived a bit longer?

Those poor, poor young highly accomplished, highly educated men.     Where are they now?

What would it have mattered  if they had achieved more?    (What would it matter if I achieve more for this world than the tiny bit I have?)     What was their life for?  What are our lives for?

It’s Sunday “Eve” now.      There’s a pretty pastel sunset outside, in place of the blue sky today.   (Again,  nature distracts me . . .  and points me to big thoughts.)

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We are everlasting souls.   Our everlasting existence is not here on this planet, at least not as it exists now.        Sunday Eve;    and we’ll go to Mass tomorrow to worship the God who created it all,  before our lives are “cut off.”

I don’t really know any more than that.

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POOM !!

February 12, 2018

Bear.  Waiting.

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As the weekend began,  I was having a very comfortable, peaceful night. Soft snowfall outside.   Fireplace going.    Knitting nearby, nearly done.   Good book I had been reading, turned upside down on the table.    Such are my cozy evenings.

And I was baking bread.   I had just finished kneading the bread, I had put it in a bowl,  just covered it with a clean, damp cloth —  when   POOM!   Louder than that.   It sounded like a gunshot right next to me!

Glass on Stove

The glass lid on that pot of water next to me had just exploded.  There is a reason, of course,  but I don’t know the reason.   The stove top was not being used;  it was cool.  The water in the pan was room temperature.  and the thick glass lid on the pan had been there for hours.   I had just laid a cloth on the bread dough (lower right-hand corner)  gently.

I turned slightly to my right to pick up the used mixing bowl, had not quite reached it, when the explosion happened.

The house had been quiet.  Then the loud explosion,  Then quiet again –  but not altogether.   Over the next twenty minutes I heard tiny little cracks.   Like a little shard had fallen with a little “tick” against the stove.  A couple times  I heard a little “tick”  and thought I could hear a slight sliding, like a shard was gliding for a short space across the stove top.

Clean-up was not easy.   The bread dough was safe because it had just been covered,  but there was a nearby plate of cooked carrots and broccoli, waiting for me.   It was peppered with tiny specks of glass.  And so was my kitchen.

Glass in net

Much wiping up with a damp paper towel, of course,  and then I had to get the broken glass out of the pan of water, without the glass going down the garbage disposal.  Wouldn’t hurt it, maybe,  but I didn’t want it down there.   Luckily I still had a wire mesh strainer  with much smaller holes than the plastic ones.

I had walked in the glass with my stocking feet and walked my stocking feet all over the carpeting in the other rooms.  A flashlight told me that.

The Bear and the Book –

Some of you know why the bear is a metaphor for me – a metaphor that originated in a nice walk in the woods with my parents when I was a child –  interrupted in an instant by an angry mother bear that roared out at us and chased us about a quarter mile or so back to our cabin in the woods.

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It’s why I wear this bear paw print bracelet –  to remind me that at any moment, life can be changed.   Things beyond our doing, beyond our control pop out and change the world for us.

The bracelet was bought at the Donner Party Museum last time I was on Donner Pass  (where my grandson lives).  The people in the Donner Party didn’t expect a 22-foot snowstorm when they were at the top of Donner pass either.

The Book?     To Hell and Back, by Ian Kershaw,  the years between 1914 – 1949.  It’s a thick book, dense with information, but so important for us to know –  because these things are happening again.      Life was “normal” in Europe –  and then a war began,  a war worse than any other war up to that time.    Soviet Socialism changed the lives of many millions.    Then life got normal again,  but fearful signs were unseen, National Socialism slowly grew  –  and then a terrible war began.

I wish every who reads this book would then  know how to stop history from repeating itself,  but like the bear,  like the sudden disappearance of my glass pan lid,   the changes that have been building up in the United States,  will suddenly rush out at us in unstoppable fury,  and whatever freedom we think we have,  whatever laws we think protect us,  whatever economic stability we think we are enjoying, all of it will explode away in a sudden fearful recognition that the world has changed for us, very much.

As vague, rising fear is the first sign,  subtle enough so that we can get used to it, even deny it’s really there.

It’s above our ability to stop it, I think.   At least from the growing signs I see.      A Tipping Point is near.        Perhaps  “Above” is the only answer.    Pray, of course.

We don’t quite know what to do with ourselves.  We don’t quite know how to manage the world without God.      More than pray.     Look to God Above.

Bear Trees a Man

We quite know how much more time we have.

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PART TWO: REFUGEES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN

February 8, 2018

I ended the last post about slavery with a brief reference to quantum physics  (thinking chiefly of  Light Entanglement)  and the interpenetration of the seen and unseen worlds, the co-existence of the material and the spiritual.

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And, therefore,  of our spiritual and material duties:  To love God with our whole heart and mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

Today, February 8th, is the day we are reminded to celebrate the life of St. John Matha, a man who lived those two Great Commandments.   He lived in the 13th century, that century which is designated by many as the “Greatest Century”  of Christendom, for all the advances in human understanding and achievements it had made.

John was a good young man,  caring of the poor, though not of the poor.   He was popular and trusted among his friends, and soon came to wonder if he ought to become a priest.    He became a priest in his thirties,  a little later than most. . . .

During his First Mass – an important milestone in the life of a priest –  he had a vision,  recorded by many artists:

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Further above in the upper left-hand corner,  this artist  (de Miranda)  had shown the relevant portion of the vision –  a youth, probably an angel, wearing a red and blue cross and holding out his arms, crossed, with a hand on a Christian and a hand on a Moor.

(I didn’t show it because I wanted to accentuate the artist’s understanding that above any Mass, even today,  there is no line of separation between the spiritual realm and the material realm.   No dividing line.    The entire spiritual world pays attention to what we do and how (and if)  we worship.)

John, in his forties, after much studying,  consultation,  preparation,  growth in holiness,  and permissions obtained,    established a group of young men dedicated to the rescue of slaves from those Moorish lands I wrote about in the last post,  based upon the meaning he had gleaned from his first vision.

These men did their work  among the North African Islamic nations and were called Trinitarians.    They wore that red and blue cross on white robes.

john b r red blue cross St.  John of Matha

St. John  and the men collected alms from the Europeans, peasants and rich people alike.  He used those alms to purchase the freedom of slaves in Africa, after negotiating with  their Moorish captors:

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They ransomed hundreds of thousands of slaves – an endless supply –

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The work was hard and dangerous.  John walked among the slaves,  consoling them,  reminding them to be faithful to Christ,  encouraging them to be patient while he worked for their ransom.

One time,  sailing back to Europe with 110 former captives, the boat was attacked by  a small group of Moorish sailors.  The sails on   John’s boat were torn and shredded,  the rudder was damaged and unusable.   They were left to drift.

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Heaven saw and then answered their prayers.  The survivors offered their cloaks and blankets,  sewn together to make new sails –  and even though rudderless,  made it back safely to Europe.

From one of the accounts:

The saint, full of confidence in God, begged him to be their pilot, and hung up his companions’ cloaks for sails, and, with a crucifix in his hands kneeling on the deck, singing psalms, after a prosperous voyage, they all landed safe at Ostia, in Italy.

Their work continued for many centuries, inspiring another young man,  St. Peter Nolasco,  (also in this “greatest” 13th century)  to begin a group with a similar mission,  the Mercedarians.

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These  groups exist today, somewhat, in this not-so-great century and as part of the New Version of the Church.   We don’t hear of their work among slaves today . . .

But perhaps . . .   their work can continue, at least in our prayers.

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PART ONE: REFUGEES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN

February 8, 2018

(Don’t let your history be taken away from you!)

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Any idea what this kind of cross means?

Trinitarian Cross

. . . .   red and blue . . .  ?

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 john boast people ref   If you read the news today, you’ll have heard of all the M os le m  “refugees”  fleeing    terrible conditions, risking their lives on rickety  boats, crossing the Mediterranean to find refuge.   The “news” articles regularly include admonitions (demands, really)  to Europeans to not reject these refugees  (few ever do) and to give them tax money and welfare aid,  giving preference to them over the Europeans (commonly done) .

If you read further,  you’ll see that the “refugee” camps where the boat people land are frequently places of crime, rape, revolt, and anger against the Europeans who are “rescuing” them.  (Not 100%, for those of you trained by marxist rhetoricians.  Of course not 100%)

The end point for these African “refugees’ of military age?     Often scenes like this:

DECENAS DE INMIGRANTES ENCARAMADOS A LA VALLA FRONTERIZA DE MELILLA

Africans invading Spain (recently)  from out of a “refugee” landing point.

And elsewhere, one of thousands of photos:

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But it wasn’t always like this.  To call these militant young Islamists “refugees” is to pervert the word itself.    They have a different purpose from the millions of refugees throughout the centuries who were rescued across the Mediterranean from actual slavery and torture in Moslem  lands.

Let’s call them Moors, as history does.

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(Christian boat people)

Over the centuries,  millions of Christians from Europe (some of your ancestors)  were kidnapped from their homes and brought to, well,  Moorish countries, especially in North Africa.

Just as Christians who live in Africa today are being kidnapped from their homes,  sold into slavery,  married into another kind of slavery,  and never heard from again,  these Christian captives were  also never heard from again.    You live if you gave up your Christian faith – lived for a while.

The problematic evil of slavery has existed even before written history began – and it exists today:

Slave Women

It’s a real tragedy from the entertainment-news media that the nations excoriated for the evils of slavery are those very nations   (the White, European and European-derived nations)   that have eliminated slavery,  and  long before our great-greatgrandparents even lived!

This simply diverts attention from the real problem of modern slavery.

I don’t mean to imply that only women are taken as slaves.

Little boys . . .  (not for working “in the fields”:

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And young Christian  men:

peek boy slave 400 dollars

The accompanying article said he was being sold for $400.   (equivalent American.)

What do you care about this young husband and father?    About the little boys?  About the young women?       What should we care?   What can we do, anyway?

john's cross do you know 60   What does all this have to do with that red and blue cross?

Well, lots, actually.      And it has a lot to do with what you think about the separation of this life from the next;  of the material world from the spiritual world,  and the knowledge that there is no separation . . . .    Whether this knowledge comes from from the advances in quantum physics  or from religious writing,  or  the experience of Catholic teaching  —  the spiritual world pervades and co-exists with the seeable, material world.

And our duty to God is co-extistent with our duty to our fellow-man.

This post is not getting written as I thought it would, so I’m going to have to do a Part Two so it doesn’t get too long. . . .

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WHAT? SWEDEN?

January 10, 2018

Maybe this comes under the category of Think and Do that I’ve been writing about lately — analyze the situation truthfully, and then do something –  change things for the better, as you can,  in your own little sphere.

But first –  protect yourself?

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As a Scandinavian I keep  watch on news coming out of Sweden  and  Finland  (not linguistically Scandinavian, I know.)

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Right up north at the top where the yellow, orange, and purple lands meet  is where my ancestors came from,  both sides of my family.      One of my favorite commenters is a young man named PeterSweden . . .  that’s his YouTube name;  he’s easy to find.

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He speaks English with the accent that  my grandparents had.     Kind of nice.   Check out his gondola ride up a Norwegian mountain – breathtaking!

He comments on the current events in Sweden, as he watches his poor country self-destruct as they are overwhelmed with m o s l e m  people largely from Africa, according to the Global-socialist directives.   The   “migrant-invaders”  have taken over large portions of Swedish towns now.     There are murders,  explosions,  brutal rapes happening all over in this formerly peaceful and safe country.  The police and firemen are outnumbered, threatened, and physically harmed.

Swedish women are told to not go out at night . . . .   In the interest of good taste I won’t even repeat some of the stories.

A few Swedes are asking where their “Viking” spirit is.     Where are the Viking men to protect their daughters and sisters and mothers and wives?

But today I’m reading something very odd.  Here are the headlines:

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT IS WARNING CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR AT LEAST A WEEK WITHOUT HELP

Why?  What’s coming?   And then follows an official statement:

“Because we have the security policy situation we have today, we say that we will make our planning at government level to face a security crisis for three months,” says Eva-Lena Fjällström, Deputy Director of the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten.

– Eftersom vi har det säkerhetspolitiska läge vi har idag så säger man att vi ska göra vår planering på myndighetsnivå för att klara en säkerhetspolitisk kris i tre månader, säger Eva-Lena Fjällström beredskapsdirektör på länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten.

“I think it’s important that you can manage yourself. Society has changed and is vulnerable and complex with many dependencies. It can easily be a disturbance so we have to manage ourselves, “says Eva-Lena Fjällström.

– Jag tycker att det är viktigt att man kan klara sig själv. Samhället har förändrats och är sårbart och komplext med många beroenden. Det kan lätt bli en störning så att vi tvingas klara oss själva, säger säger Eva-Lena Fjällström.

(From:  www . sv t. se/  etc  etc   etc)

“Three months” of disturbances?     “War,”  “crisis,”  and “civil unrest”  were mentioned.

Okay –  so, a little later in the bulletin,  it says that young people must face a changing world and they must learn how to take care of themselves without government help.  They must learn techniques for  personal survival.

They also explain that the “changing world”  has become divided sharply into left and right,  with dangerous consequences for the nation.

Yes, well –  this admonition  (warning?) is coming from a government which fosters cradle-to-grave dependencies;  that is,  Sweden is a radically socialist state which takes great amounts of taxes from the working people and distributes it around, including to foreigners who have settled there and contribute nothing to their care and upkeep, cradle-to-grave.

As Bernie Sanders would say:  “Free education for all!”

Secondly,   it is these revolutionaries/progressives/socialists  who have divided the world into “left” and “right”   which was appropriate, I guess, for the French Revolution,  but we are so used to hearing it that we don’t question anymore how severely those descriptions actually do divide a society  – irreversibly and eventually dangerously.

Now the Swedish government warns of the consequences of their own policies.   You can no longer depend  upon us . . .  and our Left-Right paradigm has produced a dangerous, sharply divided society.

From observation, from history,   Socialism always reaches its end.  Painfully.

Something big has changed in Sweden.

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Is Sweden our Canary in the   Mine Shaft  Snowstorm?

 

Perhaps we have a little more time to observe what is happening there,  analyze what is happening in our country . . .  maybe  do something about it,  like put the brakes on government dependency,  of dividing  our friends into Left or Right politics,  and maybe demanding that people who cross our borders obey our laws.

 

 

 

 

GREATEST MOVIE!

January 9, 2018

Just want to alert you all to a really great movie that I saw today.  I don’t see many,  but I sure am glad I saw this one.

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It is Darkest Hour,  a study of Winston Churchill in 1940 as he and the British government (and people)  came to terms with the very real threat presented by Hitler – who up to that time was seen by intellectuals  as an aid against Bolshevism.  At times it seemed that Winston Churchill was the only one who saw the threat clearly and knew that Britain had to fight – and was the last nation standing against Hitler which could do so.

But how to convince others of that?

Churchill himself had a long and not entirely successful public career.    He was known for his big failures and bad judgment.   On the other hand,  he showed exceptional courage and determination in many circumstances.   His speaking manner was brash, blunt, to the point,  painfully honest and uncompromising.   But he was right about Hitler and his qualities were very much needed at the time.

He also had a sense of humor,  the kind that takes you unawares and will knock the legs out from under you, metaphorically speaking.   I found that I agreed with his take on many things and his humorous, hyperbolic way of saying it.

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I agree,   for instance,  wholeheartedly with this statement of his.

I don’t know if your parents or grandparents or great-grandparents lived during these times and participated in  WWII and passed on any knowledge to you,    but I do know that we need to know about that generation and how they obtained the moral fortitude to recognize and defeat the enemy.

We, alive today,  need to know them and understand them!    This movie can contribute greatly to our knowledge of what it takes to live in this world.    We may need to have this knowledge to use as our guide and our model  when our times become undeniably dangerous.

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God grant we never have to face such a serious threat –  but then again God doesn’t help a a nation that has deliberately turned away from Him.      A society made of a few good souls and a lot of bad souls will lose in the end,  but maybe a movie like this can teach us a thing or two — because the bombs fall on the good and bad alike.

On the way home from the movie I stopped by my little library and found this book:

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It’s turning out to be a very good one, a very valuable one.   Yes, the character and personality and persistence of Winston Churchill really was a deciding factor leading his nation into the painful and costly pathway to victory.

The book itself explains the situation in more depth and fills out the characters that were seen in the movie.   Very satisfying to know these times more deeply.

So,  highly recommended:  Darkest Hour

Highly recommended;   The Churchill Factor

Highly recommended:    To look at reality,  to learn the truth,  to act according to the Truth.

Anything less is a Neville Chamberlain type of postponement of  inevitable disaster.   The world doesn’t fix itself by compromising .

EPIPHANY: DO SOMETHING!

January 6, 2018

“Or else then it will be too LATE!”     I’m not sure how helpful a memory generated by fear can be,  but those are the words that my father often spoke to me.    “Look at the situation; and act;  do your duty while you can or else  then it will be too late!

Yeah ,  little girl being taught (and taught well) by her big giant Marine Corps daddy with Viking fury blazing out of his deep blue eyes.

Sounds too tough?   Well, I got through my father’s parenting, and the older I got the more I was really, really glad I learned  some of   his lessons.     Every word was spoken out of love.

Do something about it!” 

“While you still can.”

gulag campfire

I am reminded of  Solzhenitsyn of the newly formed Soviet Union and his two friends crouching around a small fire in the freezing cold of a Siberian gulag,  discussing with regret that they should have seen this coming.  But they had done nothing but speak and write and discuss  political hypotheses,  as though the danger were not  real.

So what do all these dire  thoughts have to do with Epiphany today?

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There are wonderful, important, life-and-death,  eternal lessons to learn from the actions of the “three” Wise Men from Persia: seeing a star,  knowing its meaning,  and traveling towards it.    The Spruce Tunnel has written about the religious significance on other Epiphanies.

This year there seems to be some urgency.

The Star heralded the birth of the Anointed One from God-Most-High  come to earth to save the people from their sin;     to bring blessing and aid to the humans who are so divinely loved.     For 2,500 years,  more or less,  scholars had been reading of this  promised  Christ — they didn’t know when,  but there would be signs that indicated His coming.   These Magi from Persia saw the Star –

–    and they  did something.

They studied their own times,   they studied the wisdom of the past,  they saw something new in the sky;  and they concluded that now was the time to act – to actually act, not to study it more,  to think about it more,  to be “happy” about it — but to act.    In so doing,  the eyes of these non-Jewish Magi beheld and accepted the Messiah that had come for Jews and Gentiles alike.

The Door has now opened to the whole world.

Wise men afar

Epiphany presents the Actions of God for us;   the actions of faith from us;   and a request for an act of commitment to the Christ-Child,  forever rejoicing in the Light of Life.

Has there ever been any century when the Forces of Darkness did not work through the hearts of men?    Our times, maybe?       Have we shown that we can save ourselves?  make the world a better place?   on our own, without the need for God in our everyday lives?

Of course there’s  a “fun ” side to Epiphany.  Wise Men with  gifts and “We Three Kings of Orient Are…”;   and it’s the Twelfth Day of Christmas;  and we get to put our Christmas decorations away . . . .   but let me show you what I just read today:

The Marquis de la Force in France,  late 18th century,   was a modern and successful man,  up-to-date with the latest in liberal thinking.  All the liberal philosophies that were forming made sense to him and to his society which was in the process of throwing off the old ways, and especially that superstitious enemy of the modern world, the Catholic Church.

And his lovely young daughter entered a Carmelite convent.

And his countrymen began a revolution that ended in regicide and the bloody overturning of his own society.

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The  philosophical wanderings and  political dallyings of de la Force and his trendy friends had led to bloodshed and chaos and changing alliances, so that soon no one was safe.

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This political party,  that political party,  in and out of favor,  no compass, no guide,  no restraint —  just “the politics of personal destruction  and rule by public opinion — and lives destroyed on the guillotine.

Including his own lovely young daughter,  who was one of the Carmelite nuns of Compeigne,  led one by one up the stairs to the block, under the blade.

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The nuns sang sweetly as they waited,  the Veni Sancte Creator, I think,  and as it happened,   little Blanche de la Force’s voice was  the last one left singing before she was executed.

We know this from history:    the French blithely tossed away  the Catholic Church and  then lost their foundation of moral law and truth and justice.    What takes the place of the Church are the Forces of Darkness, ready to rip through the hearts of men.

Her father spoke these words:

“This outrage is intolerable!   Something ought to be done about it!   Religious people should see to  it.  I’m told that they still exist in sufficient numbers.   I hope they will increase.   These circles are indispensable for law and order.   Why don’t they do something!”   *

We don’t know much about what happened to the Marquis,  but, as the author of this little book says:  “Life took the initiative . . .  and as far as I can see,  the actual events were the logical consequences of his (political)  beliefs.”

So here at Epiphany  with the Wise Men,  and now,  and  there at the French Revolution with all its faith in a society without the Church,  and later at the Soviet Revolution,  with its determination to create a perfect society without God,   we can witness great ideas that influence mankind,  wise men who put the good ideas into action,  and others who just let the Forces of Darkness steer the events of this world.

There is a present meaning for us  in Epiphany.    With the Light it brings,   with the epiphany it creates in our minds,   I hope we can do something to head off the Darkness that is coming  —  or then it will be too late.

 

(I feel  like a little girl again.)

“This outrage is intolerable!   Something ought to be done about it!   Religious people should see to  it.”

 

.*  The Song of the Scaffold,  by Gertrud von la Port

ADVENT’S STATE OF THE WORLD – “THAT DANGEROUS PIN”

December 7, 2017

Very difficult to assess the state of the world when there is so much hyperbolic speech going on.   

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Found somewhere on the Internet:   A young man, a product of the uneducation of American youth,  dumbing down a generation,   decided to take an exciting Selfie.  He got his cell phone ready,  he picked up a grenade he had found,  and then “dared himself” on camera to pull the pin.    He did.

He’s no longer in the land of the living.

When I was looking for a cartoon photo of a hand grenade,  I came across several of President Trump pulling the pin on a hand grenade referring to his China policy, North Korea,    Iran,  and now Jerusalem.

The Arab world is now proclaiming that President Trump has “pulled the pin” in his announcement that America will recognize Jerusalem,   Israel’s self-named and thousands-years-old capital city.     But   “who are we to judge” what city a nation may choose as its capital?

Well,  not former president Bill Clinton.  He’s the one who signed the bill proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.     From a foreign newspaper  (Canada)  which    watches America closely and observes:    “In fact, it is official U.S. policy to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has been for 22 years, thanks to an act signed into law by none other than Bill Clinton.”   (The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995)

 

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That foreign newspaper also observes that succeeding presidents have cooperated with that law,  so we can’t blame Bush 41 or 43,  the New World Order  dynasty.

Can’t blame the next person that occupied that office,  the Barack Hussein person who  is the pride and joy of Illinois:

Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate

He cooperated too.  Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

And not President Trump,  he is just in the line of those who cooperated with the law, all who voted successively to delay the move of our embassy to Jerusalem.

Until now.

We read in the foreign newspapers to watch for “disturbances”  on Friday of this week, during    m o s l e m   Friday prayers in mosques.

Has a “pin” been pulled?

The Koran does not speak of Jerusalem.   They have no religious tradition there, based on their holy book.     The  m o s l e m s have no history  in Jerusalem or that part of the Middle East –  until they built a mosque in Jerusalem to prevent the building of a Christian church in that location  —    and until they discovered they could hold that part of Jerusalem as a kind of hostage to force the West to take land away from the territory that the U.N.  voted to give to Israel in 1948.    (That is called the “two-state” solution.)

The U.N.  voted yes to Israel.   The Arab world does not want to cooperate with that vote.

Israel says Jerusalem is their capital, as it had been thousands of years ago.   President Clinton signed the bill saying Yes to that.    President Trump says now is the time to begin a years-long process in moving our embassy to their capital city.

Who says President Trump has “pulled the pin”?

He is not the one holding “the pin.”

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An update:   Now that morning is breaking in Europe and the Middle East, we do indeed see riots and demonstrations over this matter.    Hmmmmm.   Riots in Holland.  The Dutch are kicking in the windows and doors of Jewish shops?    The Dutch?

Oh, no.   It’s the  migrant invaders in Holland who are “disturbing the peace.”

 

TOWN&GOWN, SWORDS, AND ANTIFA

November 3, 2017

(Random thoughts from The Spruce Tunnel)

Walking through a parking lot this afternoon,  this caught my eye:

Bummper Sticker

Bumper Sticker “art” —

The bumper sticker reminded me that I live in a university town.  Well, I live out here where the professors live,  the students mostly live in the town contiguous with us, but we see a lot of them in our stores.

So . . .  cute bumper sticker, “eh” ?      E   A  R  T    H       

Take out the art, you take out the beauty.  Or maybe the other way around – take out the beauty and there is no real art.     Seeing beauty is an art,  and “poetics”  is what we humans try to do to capture the beauty,  hold it still before our eyes.

Random thoughts and pathways:

But it made me think of all the artists and artist-wannabees around here:   the artistes.  Universities attract them.    Universities and university people live right in the middle of an ordinary town.    Sometimes the two populations don’t understand each other –  with amusing or newsworthy consequences.   This university town is known for throwing couches out  windows and setting them on fire in the streets below — usually when we win a big football game.  Or when we lose.

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The police come,  but not until several students have had the opportunity to jump through the fire . . . .   Some people just don’t get it.

Town and Gown

But there has always been clashes and sometimes violence between the university population and the town population.   In the Middle Ages,  sometimes groups of students took their swords to school to fight with other groups of students or with groups of townspeople.     Imagine caring that much about what a professor teaches you that you want to defend the issue or destroy the issue with your sword!

(Not an easy thing to do!   Do you know how heavy a real sword is?   No women students in the 13th century at a public university.   They couldn’t wield a sword anyway.)

Twenty Towns in America  —

Riots and clashes planned for Saturday, November 4, in twenty towns and cities across America have nothing to do with intellectual issues, and not even with the intellect itself.    The International Communist-backed movement called Antifa will try to incite riots this  weekend.   It’s what they do.    It’s what they’re paid to do.   This is the weekend in 1917 that the Leftist Bolsheviks took over the major cities of Russia in a coordinated attack.   Turned Russia into the Soviet Union. Eventually 65,000,000 dead.

I don’t think that will happen this weekend, 2017.    The Antifa people are armed with slogans but not with strong intellects that could drive them through to the “end”  that they are told to shout about.

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It will be interesting to see what today’s feeble-minded revolutionary-wannabees will accomplish.

Much, eventually, if there is no pushback.     But not tomorrow.

 

 

 

HIJACKED*

October 9, 2017

This man’s story was:

Columbus 1 (2)

 

And here he is again:

Columbus 2

Or maybe for the children:

Columbus 3 ch

 

He came to our hemisphere.

Columbus 4

Although not the first European to sail here,  his journeys came at a time to have a prominent – and positive – impact on this hemisphere.

(Which history has been thoroughly hijacked. by those who MUST destroy Western Civilization.    It’s what you do when you’re waging war.)

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.*  Hijacking is an illegal act in all nations of the world.

 

II. FLAG AT LEPANTO

October 7, 2017

 

It’s October 7th.     

Lepanto

One of the “Top Ten Dates”  to know and to remember,  because on this day in 1571 Europe was saved.

Without this victory we would not have known:

 
Freedom  (of religion, of speech, of thought, of action)

The predominance of the English language

The idea of Human Rights

Equal protection under the law for men and women

Universities

The concept of fair justice

Advanced science

Holy Matrimony

Justice and Morality given to us by our Creator

And more . . .

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It was a hard-fought and mostly naval battle.     Christian Europe against the Turkish Empire.    The ships of  “Suleiman the Magnificent”  vastly outnumbered the European fleet.  Everything was against the Christians.

Famous non-military people in European history fought at this battle.

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The author Cervantes, for example,  who afterwards would write his  famous novel of  political commentary  called  Don Quixote.   Used to be valuable, required reading for citizens of the Western world.    He wrote it without the use of his left arm,  destroyed in the battle at Lepanto.

Everyone acknowledges that the victory was a supernatural one.

L and Mary

This onslaught of superior Moslem forces needed to be stopped in order to ensure the survival of Europe,  but the European kings weren’t exactly paying attention.   Most didn’t want to get involved.   It was Pope Pius V who rallied a few leaders to fight,  a little money to equip the tiny European navy,  and inspired the prayers of many.    The pope called for much prayer,  including an appeal to Heaven through the use of the rosary.

Heaven responded to the pope’s call and to the people’s prayers with a mighty (and unfortunately somewhat unrecorded)  vision of the battle at the moment of the unexpected victory of the European forces.  

As usual, in war and battles,  flags were an issue.   You followed your flag.  Your flag raised was your inspiration.  A flag captured was an acknowledgement of defeat.  The Europeans captured the Turkish actual banner  and presented it to the pope, amid celebrations,  for this victory promised the future existence of  Europe and of Christendom.

Until this century.

Another mighty enemy,  more powerful,  more subtle,  more persistent,  more well-financed,  and more pervasive  rose up in the past two or three centuries,  and by the 20th century there were few fighting this unacknowledged war.  Some popes sounded the alarm, of course,  some European leaders and scholars,   some laymen . . . .

By the mid 20th century it seems the tables had been turned on Christian Europe, which was not left with much Christianity.   No surprise.  This had been foretold in numerous prophecies throughout the ages,  but nevertheless,   here it was,  and here was Pope Paul VI  making his “magnanimous”  gesture of  “good will”  –  as he publicly returned the Turkish banner, captured at Lepanto,   back to the Turkish government!

Thereby voiding the meaning and importance of the victory at Lepanto.

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According to those prophecies,  the Church has to go through its preordained time of  abandonment and apparent defeat, as it reprises the life of Christ her Lord,  who also had a time of abandonment and apparent defeat on Calvary.

But that wasn’t the End.

 

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(This is not an American thing.  New from Europe –

A million Catholics gather on the Polish border in a massive Rosary Crusade entitled “Rosary on the Borders”  to commemorate the Battle of Lepanto,  during which the outnumbered  Christian naval fleet dealt a massive blow to the Muslim Ottoman Empire, saving Christendom from Islamic domination.”

From:   https:/   /www.    thomasmore.   org/    million-catholics-pray-rosary-polands-border-commemorating-defeat-islam-battle-lepanto/

 

Why are the Polish people doing this?    Because Turkey  (and Islam)  is not done fighting.

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CODA TO THE LAST (LUDDITE) POST

October 2, 2017

The last post was decidedly anti-technology,  even as I use and enjoy all our digital technology; and yet,  truthfully,   I have never discovered a technological “achievement’  that was not a mixed blessing for us  humans.  A very mixed blessing, actually, with the mix almost always bringing more unfortunate results than blessings.

So why is mankind continually inspired to increase the power and the reach of technology?    Why does the Enemy of God and Mankind lead us further and further away from living naturally and in harmony with our planet and further and further into  an interconnected digital and artificial world?

Oh, we are easily led.  Easily convinced that we can make the world a better place with electrical connections and artificial living.   We – Mankind – can solve all our problems, with science, with technology, with . . .  well,  many of us remember the DuPont ad that told us  “Better Living Through chemistry!”

chemistry

But we have a very precarious dependence upon all this technology.    (See Puerto Rico today.)    This all seems to have a life of its own.   Where is this all leading?    Why do we keep getting new inspirations from  “out of the blue”?

In other words,  why does the devil need this technology?

Because, the great Enemy of God and Mankind is NOT omniscient,   all-powerful,  all-knowing, almighty.     To spoil this beautiful   planet earth and its inhabitants  he needs help;  technological help.    technological  help to see everything, to see everyone, to know everything that’s going on;   to know where we go and what we do and what we are thinking.

I wrote of Catalonia a few posts ago.

The Catalans have voted overwhelmingly to leave Spain and be their own independent country.   This goes counter to the great mandate to create a one worldwide totalitarian state.    It’s not pretty over there, before and after the election.   Spain is appealing to Brussels,  to the EU.   The desire for self-government must be stopped.   So stay tuned.

So that’s the coda,  the little addition to yesterday’s post:    Evil exists.  The Evil One exists.    And his method for managing  “all these human beings”  is the tyranny of a totalitarian state.

Communism/Socialism/Progressivism  is the enemy of free and independent human beings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GATEWAY DISCONNECTED, INHUMANLY SPEAKING

October 2, 2017

Out of time:   this is a post that is unedited, unchecked, perhaps ill – considered, hastily written…..

(Some of you may know what a “gateway” is on your laptop of PC.  It’s the way it connects to your modem and thus to the Internet.   My main PC, my communication/ research/ study/  entertainment/  information  “gate”  was cut off by a Trojan and/or virus;  repaired;  brought back to the repairers,  who cannot understand why my “gateway”  is now missing.”)

(Help, anyone?   I am NOT going to go into the DOS window and enter new numbers.   Yet.   I don’t think.   And I’m reluctant to spend mucho bucks – again – to have another repairer look at it, and not know what to do.  Again.)

I’m thankful for my little laptop which is not up and running.

During this time my little California family came for a visit.   There was NON-STOP activity.   Even late into the night.  If activity “stops”  around midnight or so –that’s  THREE 0’CLOCK  in the morning here in the Far North.

I have to run off to class pretty soon — a not very- well- prepared- for- class – but the class is very smart and they’ll do the thinking work for me.

So it is that after this afternoon class,  it looks like I’ll have my first chance to slow down and think a little,  and maybe catch up on news and thoughts  (random thoughts)  here in the Spruce Tunnel.

Meanwhile,   please consider this thought taken from the writings of Solange Hertz.    She summarizes my thoughts about this modern age,  this oh, so inhuman “modern age.”

(Me and Ms. Hertz) :     There were three events that we know of in human history that brought us back to the Stone Age.

One is the persistent story of Atlantis, and specifically, the reason for its destruction, following the unimaginably increased wickedness and hubris of the Atlanteans.   What was their crime?    It was the development of artificial technology based upon the use of “electricity”  or “energy”   generated from some sort of crystal technology.   (Just from hints given to us in ancient writings. by people who had long since lost knowledge of that technology.)    The Atlanteans became dependent upon that technology in their everyday lives, and though it produced wonders of communication,  material wealth,  tranportation,  etc.,  the people forgot their connection to the earth they lived upon and the Creator who made it and them.

So –  boom! – something happened to Atlantis.   Was it a thunderbolt from Heaven –  along the lines of Thor?   Or did the Creator allow their amazing civilization to be destroyed  by the very technology which created their (artificial and godless)  civilization?  Did their own technology become too powerful to control?

Did that catastrophe set off the events that produced the worldwide Flood that is recorded in every single native tradition on every single inhabited continent?

Second event that brought us back to the Stone Age:    The Tower of Babel.

Long derided as a superstitious mythical event that ignorant ancients used to explain the existence of many “languages,”   what followed the building of the Tower of Babel was no mere “confusing of the languages, ”  but rather a worldwide “influence”  that affected the minds of human beings causing an inability to communicate and the subsequent development of human cultures that were foreign to all the other new human cultures.  It goes far beyond just language, but involves varying approaches to reality,  mindsets,  attitudes,  ways of thinking,  mores, understandings . . .

And since one small group of people could not understand or appreciate another small group of people,  small groups,  families,  small clans,  moved off into other territory where they could be safer . . .  and rule over places  far distant lands.

Mankind could no longer gather together to produce whatever technology was inferred by “the building of a Tower”  and the grand desire for mankind to “Make A Name For Himself,”  which is, by the way,  the meaning of the words used to describe this endeavor.

The Tower of Babel was emblematic of the domination of the world by a single governing power that  was sufficient onto its own self.   No god needed, thank you very much.    The Tower of Babel represents an outright rejection of God the Creator –  and the use of technology made this possible.

For a time.

The world seems to be broken up into a divided, warring mess.

Of course,  one must eventually and inevitably come to the conclusion that humanity without its Creator is a dead humanity.   Dead and condemned (since humans have a never-ending soul their is a never-ending death . . .  also called Hell)   It is the abode of an evil entity,  the Enemy of God,  who hates humans with a passionate,  supernaturally strong hatred.  This enemy wants us ruined and “dead.”

So what do we have now?   Technology.   A world dependent upon technology away from and apart from the planet earth, which actually could provide everything humans need to live and to thrive.

Again, enter technology.   A wedge between us and our earth.  A wedge between us and our Creator.      Electricity – based upon moving electrons.  Delivered to us at frequencies which are harmful to the human body.   At strengths  which can kill us.   Generated by harmful processes,  not the least of which is nuclear-generated electricity which  we are suffering from (though so far we can ignore that)  and that our planet will suffer from for thousands of years to come.

Electrical devices which are way too costly and which harm us a nd interfere with our biological rhythms that could have kept us healthy.

And electricity which make it possible for us to be surveilled,  controlled,  and eliminated by the gathering world power – inspired, of course,  again,  by that great Enemy of God who wishes us . . .  dead.

. . . . .

And just how will our near-extinction event occur, the one that will of necessity bring us back to another STone AGe?

 

 

 

LOYALTY SENSE

September 14, 2017

“Ethnonational secessionism or global hegemony” — remember that phrase.  I’m going to use it in a minute.

(No photos, I think.  This is an interior thought from me and is a recording, for me,  of a snapshot in the timeline of world history.)

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 “Blood is thicker than water.”     When it comes down to the most fundamentally,  extreme basics of life – your family is instinctively your first point of reference.      (There aren’t as many extremely dysfunctional families or self-loathing families as the entertainment-news media would have us believe.)

Normal people are rather loyal to their own families.   Grandparents, parents,  sisters,   brothers, children, and grandchildren.    And then cousins . . .   etc.

I grew up in the ’50s and the pre-radicalized ’60s.   (Never mind how old that makes me:  I’m not really that old.)  It was Chicago, and my home was in the midst of various ethnic groups:   Irish,  German,  Italian, Polish, and Mexican primarily, with a few outliers like me,  a Swede-Finn.     After a few curious questions like “What nationality are you?”  or  “Were your parents born in America?”  we went on with our lives, our school, our play, without any further thought or even awareness of our “differences.”   We went home at night to our various-language speaking homes.

Once Cultural Marxism took over and became the dominant philosophy presented to us in movies,  television, radio, and magazines,   we were taught to think that differences made a  . . .  difference.    Somehow.

A big surprise in the ’70s came when I read a sociological study that concluded that “People are happier when they are living in neighborhoods made up of primarily their own kind.”    One race likes to live among people of its own same race.   One ethnic group is happier living with people of its own familiar ethnic group.   Et cetera.

That seemed like common sense,  evidenced by my own observations from a pre-radicalized American culture.

Blood is thicker than water.   You are happiest among your own familiar  “kind” of people.

How hard it is to write those words today – and not feel defensive.

But there is nothing wrong with feeling patriotic and loyal to your culture even if it’s made up of many ethnic groups.    “America”  defines a culture with citizens of one common set of values.     It is worth our heartfelt  loyalty.

As a history major in the universities I attended,  I saw how evil ethnic cleansing is,  and genocide,   and granting privilege to one ethnic group or another.  One of the biggest causes of unrest in the world —   small wars,  skirmishes, guerilla warfares, armed revolutions,  civil wars —  is the deliberate creation of artificial  national boundaries,  breaking up families and tribes and ethnic groups into arbitrary political alignments.

Tribes just want to get back together again.   Clans and families want to live together.

As I’ve returned from my  rather long vacation and returned to reading world events,  I see so many areas of the world on the verge of civil war for just this very reason.   The Kurds want their own country,  their own national boundaries.  They do NOT want live across four or five other “nations”  created in the Middle East.

The Catalans want their own region back, under their own local control.    (Even though it’s been a few hundred years since they were annexed into Spain.)   Ditto the Basques.

Many  ( a majority?) of  Ukrainians speak and feel and identify as Russian.   Why do the NATO nations want the Ukraine?      Why should they?

Africa is one big political and cultural mess of forcibly moved ethnic groups,  with Leftist governments desperately trying to keep control through any tyrannical and murderous means they can use, starvation being a very effective tool.

China is trying to take back (or take over)  an area of northern India, closest to them.   They’re close to succeeding.   400,000 refugees in “relief” camps;  50 dead this summer.

China and the Uighurs.

Burma.   The Philippines.   Southern Russia.  Chechens.  India  (Darjeeling tea, anyone?)

If you are well-informed,  you get the picture and you’ll be able to see an overview, draw some useful conclusions.

This is the picture of Ethno-Seccessionism —  ethnic groups wanting to secede from the national state that is now governing them.

What is holding them back?    What force is opposing them?   Why cannot people live in peace among their own families, clans, tribes, and ethnic groups?

It breaks my heart that people can’t.

What’s stopping them?     It is the diabolically strong force of Global Hegemony.    The opposing Force wants control of —  everything!  And everyone.    to do that It must break down boundaries, barriers,  loyalties,  identities, blur differences, and absorb all.     It must have Global Control,  Global Hegemony over everything and everyone.

And this motivation is one of the driving forces behind the deliberate promotion of ethnic groups being “migrated” into foreign countries, where they don’t match the culture,  where they are not willing to be assimilated,  where they do not respect the citizens already there.

Civil wars, unrest, agitations result, today, from this clash of Ethnocentric Secessionism and Global Hegemony.

Who do you want to be?      Who do you identify with?    Who are you and your family safer with?

Local control or an inhuman, “efficient” Big Brother machine?     Power makes on hungry for more Power.

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To see how far along the second road we are,  check with your local township government,  your local school board,  or city,   or county.    See how much in compliance they are with Agenda 21 –  or 2030 – or any of the new names the Globalist have come up with.  

Check also the book of Revelation in the Bible –  chapter 13.  ( “Beast” is just a way of expressing the Force behind this growing Global Hegemony.)     If it’s seen in the bible, does that mean it’s inevitable?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD WAR ONE REVISITED

August 26, 2017

You should . . .  we all should:  revisit World War One.   Or maybe learn about it for the first time.     And 1917.  So much happened in that year that is relevant to us today — and if we don’t learn its lessons,   its warnings for us will come true.

KANSAS  CITY,  MISSOURI:

I had two things on my list to do in Kansas City:   (1)  visit the zoo;  (2)  visit the National World War One Memorial and Museum.

It’s NOT easy to drive in Kansas City,  and they had just received about 9 inches of rain, so many roads were still closed for flooding.  I was heading for the zoo, but got lost and found myself staring at a sign that pointed to the Museum . . .

It looks like this:

WWI Tower 400

It’s large.   You go forward and downward about fifteen feet, and then in through those dark doors in the middle.

Fortunately (if you want to have some fun)  you can go way up to the top of the tower too,  up in a rattle-y metal elevator:

WWI looking down elevator

That’s standing at the edge of the elevator looking down a couple hundred feet!   It lifts you up and then you walk up a further 45 winding steps,  just like in a lighthouse.

Quite a view!

WWI KC overlook

And my pretty blue car, way down there:

WWI Blue car

 

But inside the museum,  it was serious.    Serious history for a serious century.   You entered the exhibit rooms by walking on a glass floor.   Underneath the floor, about twenty feet down,  was a garden of poppies.

WWI glass floor anad foot

The reflection of the bright light makes it hard to tell that it’s a transparent floor,  but there’s my shoe to show you I’m standing on glass!

Deep down below, if you were there,  you’d see the poppies:

WWI glass poppies

I  cried.

Poppies.  *    We must never forget.

World War One was a slap in the face to “modern” man,  and a punch in the stomach.   With all the confident promises of modern technology to solve every problem, we discovered that technology could be used to wage the horrific, murderous, brutal war we could not even have imagined.   Airplanes were used to deliver bombs and chemical gases.    Artillery increased in unimaginable sizes.   Submarines delivered death to civilians, not just enemy soldiers.

And a new kind of warfare took the lives of almost half the men in the war:

WWI Trench 400

This was a life-size model of a trench from which much of the war was waged, on both sides.   10 to 15 feet or more deep.   Dirty, muddy,  disease and vermin filled.   A map of the trenches ran from the English Channel all the way down to Switzerland,  and it was not just one long narrow string of trenches.    There were many intersecting trenches,  some for fighting,  some for communications, some for the officers to plan,  some for tending the wounded,  some for supplies . . .   The web of trenches were like small cities.

And many, many young men died in these trenches.  Or trying to get out of the trenches.   Or ordered to get out, up, and over, to bring the fight to the enemy.

WWI Men sign up 400

America entered the war after a few years.    There were campaigns to raise money for our troops.  There was rationing at home.   “Tobacco parties”   or “Tobacco Balls”  to raise a supply of cigarettes to send to the troops.    And there was pressure on young Americans to enlist.

My grandfather enlisted in the Navy.      U.S.S.   Utah.

In 1917 the war effort faltered as Russia left the war to fight an internal war of its own.

WWI stolen guns

Actual German guns – taken by the Russians,  to use in the Russian Revolution.

Like World War One and “poppies”  the Russian Revolution is another event of the 20th century that should be revisited, since the same revolutionary group is at work in the United States today, promoting anarchy,  social upheaval,  class warfare,  racism,  discontent, and violence.

We need to remember what that did to the Russian people.   I know for a fact that our school and university history books do not tell us what we need to know.

World War One ended, then in 1918,   but its lessons for us do not come to an end.   Unless we want an inevitable Three.

 

 

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