While speaking to some female business professionals the other day, the topic of Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was broached. During the interview, Markle made a veiled accusation of racism against the British Royal Family and the ladies with whom I was speaking seemed to think it was quite the scandal.
It was obvious the women sided with Markle in the royal feud and, for reasons unknown at the time, I decided to expand the conversation a day or two later via e-mail. I sent them a link of an article describing why “Meghan Markle is a perfect representation of what has happened to our civilization a whole”. I explained to them that I couldn’t care less about the British Royal Family in general, or the fallout from the recent Meghan Markle interview – but the article (linked above) was, in my view, “another perspective on the fracas”.
The above-linked article also contains some choice words of condemnation against Markle by British broadcaster and journalist, Piers Morgan:
Having had personal experience, on a very small scale, of Meghan Markle’s ruthlessness when dispensing of anyone in her life that’s ceased to be of use to her, it was no great shock to see her lighting a gigantic bonfire that will surely cause irreparable damage to her husband’s family.
After all, she’s torched all her own family, along with her ex-husband and most of her old friends.
This was the acting performance of her life, with every word, every facial expression carefully planned and choreographed.
One of the ladies replied that Piers Morgan seemed obsessed with Markle and had, supposedly, tweeted against Markle scores of times during the previous week.
In turn, I described how I personally disliked Piers Morgan but found the irony humorous: Morgan is a tool of the liberal elite who is now in the position of having to defend the royal family from racism. I added: “It’s like the Political Left is cannibalizing itself in Trump’s vacuum. Look at what’s happening with Cuomo in New York.”
Unsurprisingly, the responses from both ladies remained sympathetic to Markle – so this is what I wrote in response:
Maybe I appear to you as being insensitive. But it’s just that I don’t feel sorry for any of them. In my humble opinion, it’s all politics and power plays by people who did not achieve their fame and fortune by means of their own accomplishments. Yet, they preach equality and fairness from their castles and mansions.
The women replied that my above assessment was “fair” and I took it as a win; a small victory, to be sure, and insignificant overall given the daily onslaught of the global deceptions currently. However, the discussion raised a few questions to consider: Can minds be changed? And, either way, is the effort worth it?
The women agreed with my final assessment because it was accurate. But, even more than that, it was phrased in such a way they could personally understand. These women are quite accomplished and they worked hard to obtain the level of success they now enjoy. And, yet, they found themselves sympathizing with an entitled celebrity playing the victim.
It calls to mind the conservative, hard-working parents who sent their sons and daughters to college only to have them come home as liberal progressives spouting Marxist dogma. But when the parents asked if they would donate their A and B grades to those with D and F grades in order for everyone to pass with a C average… the kids replied: “But that’s not fair!” No, it isn’t fair, but it was suddenly personal to them which, in turn, allowed them to view their ideology (regarding fairness and equality) in a different light.
There is an ancient scripture that states “people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. And, certainly, this is true but I find myself wondering if a “lack of knowledge” includes forgetting what we once knew.
Cultural values are all about the “feelings” today so it’s no surprise why relativism reigns. There is no logic or reason to feelings and this is why the hearts and minds of useful idiots are infinitely malleable. It is why America today has a porous southern border but a militarized zone defending the nation’s capital. It’s how musical profanity can be National Public Radio’s song of the year while Dr. Seuss children’s books are censored. It explains how no fraud was discovered in the 2020 Election in spite of all the documented evidence… how an ancient and addled swamp creature received more votes than any other American presidential candidate in history and how a U.S. vice-president was chosen for her sex and color by people who say sex and color shouldn’t matter. It also explains why Americans will eagerly accept their Covid stimulus soup in exchange for their own freedom and their children’s birthright.
Obviously, many in America have forgotten once they once knew or, worse, they forgot to learn.
Below is a screenshot of a video-game I will occasionally play on my phone – usually while I’m waiting for someone, such as at an appointment or while my wife is shopping. The photo shows a guy driving through the ups and downs of life’s “game”, gathering nickels in the dark, and with a tiny circle of light by which to focus on what’s just ahead at any given time.
Metaphorically speaking, the photo exemplifies the modern “cycle” of life: Average folks strive to meet their basic needs on a daily basis within their immediate proximity: They make mortgage and transportation payments and keep food on the table. These concerns occupy their focus, even to the point of forgetting how they got there and what eventually awaits them in the distant dark. In meeting their daily sustenance, they have forgotten the timeless principles which would endure beyond their own lives to sustain future generations.
Like mice in search of cheese, hamsters on wheel, or rats in a race, the people perish without knowledge in the same manner a freshly decapitated chicken blindly runs about: with no long perspective, or vision, or thought. Yet, at the same time, the impressions drift down from on high, through electronic screens, while stimulus money appears from thin air. The Centers for Disease Control explains how we can remove our face-coverings and gather to together again but ONLY if we accept experimental synthetic genetic software into our bloodstream first.
We hear the “president” tell us we might be allowed to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, with certain limits, as long as we continue to behave and obey.
The people fail to understand the stunning irony because, in their daily pursuits, they have forgotten their inalienable rights.
Is it any wonder why the Marxist Mob now erases America’s history and tears down statues, as cancel culture thrives? And why do you think the Woke Agenda mandates multiple genders and has fractured the identities of younger generations by means of sex and “equality”? It’s obvious these cultural initiatives were implemented so the people would forget who they were and this, in turn, allowed for new suggestions to take hold. The sheep, with the attention span of ducks, graze six-feet apart and swallow these impressions that fall like rain from an electric cloud:
– President Biden’s “job approval at 60 percent”!
– The U.S. could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone!
– The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan® will “revive and supercharge the economy – mission accomplished”!
And just as the best lies contain some truth, the media headlines include fragments of reality. Sleepy Joe’s approval rating is boosted by the polling of eight out of ten dimwitted Dems. The U.S. may, indeed, reach herd immunity by summer, but it won’t be the result of vaccinations. And the $1.9 trillion porkfest is, actually, the largest wealth transfer ever, to the blue states at the expense of the red ones:
“This very system disproportionately benefits poorly-managed blue states at the expense of well-managed red ones,” Sen. Blackburn [R-Tenn.] says… “They’re going to walk away with billions and billions of dollars.”
But, states that properly managed their finances and allowed businesses to reopen would lose millions and, in some cases, billions of dollars…
Is it any wonder the nation’s leaders are now legislating from behind military barricades in Washington DC? It’s because war has been waged on conservative America while the news media reports on comic book storylines featuring theatrical heroes and supervillains; which, evidently, includes evil queens and exiled princesses.
Our politicians and news media are contentious clowns floating stories into the air like colorful balloons. Theatrical deception is the new normal as propaganda spreads and truth is censored; as ballots magically appear in the dead of night and digital money spews via high-tech electronic wizardry; as tyranny is promoted as protection.
To be sure, psychology is where philosophy and politics meet and powerful people have been perfecting the alchemy for decades. The global financial elite have positioned themselves as puppet-masters who hold all of modernity’s high-tech strings.
What can be done?
A few days ago, while surfing the net, I came across the following quote:
The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…
It seemed familiar and then I remembered I had posted a visual from the same source in my last article:
If one searches “Epictetus” on the net they’ll see he was a Greek philosopher who died in 135 AD. The various online encyclopedias agree he was a slave and there is some speculation that Epictetus was crippled; either as a slave or possibly lame from birth. Yet, even as a crippled slave, his teachings had broad influence through the millennia ranging from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to leaders in the U.S. Military; including former U.S. fighter pilot and vice-presidential candidate, Admiral James Stockdale (1923-2005).
According to Wikipedia:
Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.
So what does that look like within the ever-burgeoning deception and tyranny of our time?
It means we do what we can: Use it or lose it. Our effectiveness is only as good as what we do well every day. Practice, drill, rehearse. And what we don’t use, fades – forgotten like those college gen-ed courses and drunken one-night-stands.
In my aforementioned example with the Meghan Markle mavens, I chose to engage: to remind them of their conservative values in the face of a massive media distraction. But in other circumstances, I have chosen to go gray, like Gandalf 1.0 on a foggy day.
As I’ve written before in past articles, I believe the answers we seek are found in the solutions to our problems, and not in the problems, per se. This means, at times, the solution may be to act towards a specific outcome, or, on other occasions, to speak truth to power and, in some instances, stepping out of the way and NOT interrupting the enemy in the middle of their mistakes.
At this point in time, the tsunamis of deception roil over the nation. So much so that even Epictetus would argue few can be saved. Therefore, all we can do is to choose our battles wisely and make our best effort on any given day.
Gandhi’s system of Satyagraha could be defined as the insistence of truth and this can be accomplished only by those who have not forgotten what is true. It is, indeed, a way of life but the application of “insistence” may vary according to circumstances. For example, a soldier behind enemy lines is insistent on the advancement of his mission while not insisting that the truth of his mission be made known.
Here is another, more personal, example: When someone persistently asks me if I’ve been vaccinated, I can either get real with them or shine them on. Of course, I will only get real with those with whom I can trust – both now AND in the future. This is because telling the truth now may, in time, put a target on my back. At the same time, I don’t want to lie either. So if someone I don’t trust asks me if I’ve been vaccinated, I will tell them I have allergies and I’m in the process of consulting with medical experts regarding any potential problems with the experimental mRNA treatments.
Occasionally, I may explain why the Covid vaccines aren’t actually “vaccines” in the traditional sense, but, instead, the means to inject synthetic RNA into the body’s immunity cells and that some in the medical field don’t believe it is a good idea.
Now, certainly, all of that is true. There are medical experts who believe the Covid “vaccines” were rushed to production and it is a fact they are being administered now through an “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) that was granted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.
It’s also true that I have allergies. But, first, let’s consider the definition of that word:
Definition of allergy
1 : altered bodily reactivity (such as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure a bee venom allergy so severe that a second sting may be fatal
2 : exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual
3 : medical practice concerned with allergies
4 : a feeling of antipathy or aversion
Honestly, I do have an “altered bodily reactivity” when exposed to the stupidity and hubris of others. The reaction also generates a feeling of aversion within me to the point of my eyes squinting slightly and causing my head to shake horizontally back and forth slowly as a sense of internal discomfort takes hold. My point is this: I’m not lying when I tell some people I am ”allergic” and that I’m in the process of consulting (online) medical experts regarding potential problems with the experimental mRNA treatments.
Therefore, we insist on truth, we don’t forget, and we do what we can.
An online contributor called OHMama once phrased it thusly:
We have a choice, either step up and lead, or get out of the way, hunker down, clan up and re-emerge when the dust settles.
That pretty much sums up our ongoing dilemma in these times, does it not? Admittedly, these may vary according to timing and circumstances – especially in the absence of genuine leadership at the local and national levels – and while surrounded by those who can’t be trusted, including those who lack knowledge or have forgotten.
Since ignorance is no excuse within the hard consequences of reality, it may be wise, therefore, to prepare for the new “strains” of Covid that are, very likely, coming. These would be used to further lockdown the nation amid new waves of hysteria. If, or when, this happens there will be nothing we can do to stop the carnage. In the words of Epictetus: “we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately…”. Why? Because … “individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline”. Or not.
Accordingly, it may be wise to soon add some lysine (amino acid) to one’s daily regimen of selenium, quercetin, zinc, & vitamin D:
Nightmare Scenario Developing; Antibodies Against New Mutant B.1.1.7. Coronavirus Produced By Vaccines Do Not Stop Viral Replication. Noted Virus Researcher Alex Chaihorsky PhD Says Lysine Amino Acid Acts As Natural Universal Antidote.
And, if the animal studies from the initial covid vaccines are any indication, it could be the respective destinies of the newly-vaccinated may include organ failure.
Author and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, has addressed the “instances of hyper-immune response in test animals during previous attempts at coronavirus vaccines, like SARS and MERS:
All seems well for awhile, until the animals are exposed to the wild mutated virus…
Dr. Tenpenny and other scientists predict that millions may die from the vaccine but it will be blamed on a new strain of COVID – to make an argument for even MORE deadly vaccines.
Regardless of any future occurrences, however, there is no denying it is up to us, as individuals, to defy the odds now.
In Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged”, there is a tale recalled by the story’s heroine, Dagny Taggart, about her grandfather, Nathaniel Taggart, who was the founder of a railroad. When expanding his company, there were some problems that stopped the construction so Nat Taggart went out and started laying down the rails himself. That’s doing something in face of occurrences beyond one’s control and there is a dignified satisfaction that derives from doing what one can in the middle of uncontrollable events and circumstances.
Creators and producers harvest from the bounty of their character as everything desired by the looters turns to ash; even as celebrity theatrics manifest in dramatic distractions and occupy the minds of millions.
The three-minute video below was made last year by a forgotten quaranteenager in response to the despicable political lockdowns callously perpetuated by widespread deception and inexcusable ignorance. It serves an inspiring example of someone doing what they can. Message received.
When all is censored, let us never forget.
The bloom is off America’s rose but a dying flower has a beauty all its own; its ultimate resistance resounds as a supernova in the final fade.
We do our best against impossible odds; and in memory of the words stacked like boulders around ancient trees near a winding river: and the message carved upon a graveyard gate.
“The truth to set against the woes of this world is Joy!”
If that is forgotten, nothing else is worth remembering.