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Vic Biorseth, Friday,
November 27, 20155, 2015
Don't Worry; Be Happy was the title of an insipid, but happy, popular song that tended to make people smile a rather stupid, self-conscious smile, because the song was just so stupid it made you smile. You couldn't help it. It encouraged the mindless, happy escapism or whatever it is of the pot smokers. A sort of psychological lullaby.
It reminds us that happiness is good, and encourages us to seek happiness. Seeking happiness for its own sake can become an end of its own, and even an addiction.
And, it so often seems, nobody wants to get into the details of religious doctrine, or the details of political issues, because they are divisive, confrontational, uncomfortable, etc. But, life goes on, and the problems of life do not stop building and multiplying and growing while we avoid the discomfort zone. Religion, like politics, is not something you are supposed to keep to yourself. They are social issues; they are the issues that make society, and you are part of some society, unless you are a complete hermit.
You, and I, make society. Avoidance of uncomfortable social issues, unfortunately, is merely a "happy" path to ultimate unhappiness. When social problems or dangerous social trends are left unattended and unopposed long enough they will take over your society, and they will finally get your full and undivided attention in a most unhappy way.
Today, thanks to many purposeful distractions, and thanks to popular inattentiveness to the topics of religion and politics, we have mortal enemy ideologies deeply involved in our national political process, and controlling our political Parties, our media, education and entertainment industries and more. And, we have a mortal enemy "religion" growing and metastasizing in significant neighborhood enclaves scattered all over the nation.
Don't worry; be happy.
This came to be because too few of us ever left the comfort zone.
The people who openly speak of these things are the oddballs, like me; we are considered to be whackos and nut jobs, argumentative, too authoritative, definitely not comfortable to be around, and not someone to engage in religious or political conversation.
It's uncomfortable to hear Islam described verbatim from it's own scripture. It's much more comfortable to believe that Islam is a religion of peace. After all, that's what they all say, except for the few radical terrorist oddballs.
It's uncomfortable to hear Marxism described verbatim from it's own manifesto. It's much more comfortable to believe that redistribution-ism and equality in possessions and social sameness is actually possible, and something to strive for, to achieve "social justice".
Well, I'm here to tell you, the water is fine out here in the discomfort zone. Jump in. This is where I live. I've been out here so long now that the discomfort of it is comfortable. If I'm not upsetting anybody, I feel like I'm not doing my job. If someone isn't attacking some part of this website, I begin to feel neglected, if not incompetent in delivering my message. I feel duty-bound to attack all "shades of grey" areas both in my religion and in my politics. Compromise is for those too weak in their faith or too weak in their politics to properly defend them, let alone go on offense against the opposition. Or even to recognize that there is opposition. Compromise is not for me; I'm no diplomat.
What's the point? What am I driving at? Why even do this?
I look at our beginnings, and I look at where we are now, and I am disgusted. I just can't stand it. I mean to get back to basics, which is to say, to get back to Truth, or die trying.
Imagine what our political discussions would be if we ever got to my dreamed-of elimination of Political Parties, and the elimination of our whole tax code and the IRS, and the destruction of the Ruling Class of crony Capitalists and professional politicians, and the political control of the Media over such things as debates, and the need for big money to run for office. What would that look like?
It would look like it looked circa 1787 after the Constitutional Congress. There were no Parties. There was no Media. There was no such thing as an income tax. There were no Crony Capitalists, no Crony Catholics or other religionists. There was no need to raise and spend a fortune to make a successful run for any office.
Political arguments were, and should be again, centered around Principles.
The Moral Principles under political contention would center around which candidate held the highest moral ground, as recognized by the voting citizenry. That would develop into contentions between denominations, which would be a good and healthy thing to contend.
The Political Principles under political contention would center around which candidate held the highest purely Constitutional ground, as recognized by the voting citizenry. And which might best safeguard the citizenry from not only federal encroachments on Constitutional rights, but also State and Local encroachments as well.
Would those not be more productive topics for candidates to debate than such extraneous and even disgusting topics as what phony "genders" might get to use the lady's room this week, or, whether we should spend billions on "carbon credits" pretending it will be good for the planet, or, who among us is allowed to use the word nigger, or, if the Edison light bulb is to be made illegal, or, a blue million other things completely outside the Constitutional scope and enumerated powers of the federal government in the first place?
We are frittering away our attention, treasure, time and resources while mortal enemies of our Constitution are dismantling it, right in front of our eyes, but we are loath to leave our comfort zones. We can't even call a duck a duck. He walks like a duck, he talks like a duck, he is constantly seen in the company of other ducks, but, don't call him a duck. No. That might make some people uncomfortable. Can't have that.
I once heard an older Jew ask and answer a rhetorical question: What do you get when you get two Jews together? An argument. Now, maybe you think that's funny; I think it is as it should be. Jews are not afraid to argue. We should take a lesson from them. We are supposed to argue; to think deeply, to challenge and be challenged. Argument hones our critical thinking and sharpens our minds.
You can just push back that easy chair and forget it, or you can join in. It's all up to you.
The water's fine out here. I don't mind it at all.
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Date: Fri Nov 27 20:04:49 2015
From: Andrew Maggard
Location: Port Haywood Virginia, USA
A great piece and I relish your claim of being a whacko or nut job. When such accolades are directed your way, you can be assured that somewhere you have engendered the ire of a someone firmly entrenched in his or her comfort zone. When the word niggardly elicits outrage you know with who and what you are dealing with. Meanwhile the water is fine out here.
Date: Sat Nov 28 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you, and I deeply appreciate your company. If it is true that misery loves company, it is also true that unabashed and unrelenting seekers and speakers of Truth, today popularly known as whacko nut-jobs, love company. If we don't form, build and strengthen the solidly committed minority that will restore civilized society, civil society will not be restored.
Date: Mon Nov 30 13:50:07 2015
From: Bernard Ames
Location: San Carlos, CA / USA
There are three areas where I get myself in trouble with my wife some friends and those I forward controversial articles to about the Catholic Church, the liberal socialists in the government and the climate issues.
I enjoy a good argument but find that all too often the other party merely closes down or calls my position stupid and changes the subject.
So your points are well taken and I will continue to press whenever I am able to push for truth. Of course with this administration truth is as elusive as ever.
Keep up the good work and jeep the faith.
Date: Mon Nov 30 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
When they "shut down" and won't go any further, it's because you've won, but they cannot admit it, and cannot face it. Error and falsehood cannot ever stand up to reasoned argument. The reason is that untruth, at its root, is always involved in a divorce between faith and reason. Faith without reason winds up in superstition; reason without faith winds up in baseless cynicism. That's what secularization of our culture has done; people no longer recognize the necessary relationship between faith and reason.
But hang in there. Somebody has to do this, and we're it.
Some ammunition for Proper Catholicism: Orthodox Catholicism Pages.
Some ammunition for Heterodox Catholicism: Heterodox Catholicism Pages.
Some ammunition for Liberal Socialism: Marxism Pages.
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