Tuesday, June 26, 2012

World Vapidity

Right now I'm in the midst of industriously managing family affairs, teaching summer school, and trying to squeeze in assembling a decent home page piece for the next month's edition of my webzine. Most times all of this very much precludes me from blogging, but I have to get this down here, briefly (if I can!)

I teach students U.S. Government at a high school. Part of their lessons involves immersing themselves in current events. This past two weeks we'd been mulling over two of the most publicized cases about which the Supreme Court has issued or will be issuing a ruling.

It already announced its decision regarding the notoriously strict Arizona illegal immigration law. It had struck down some of it, kept some of it. So we talked about this and talked about that, in watching and listening to all that's said I'd been trying to make heads or tails of this part of it and that, I'd been seeing and hearing some people say this and some people say that...

Until this morning I realized something.

How worthless was this decision.

Utterly, completely worthless.

It really doesn't matter when all you're doing is nitpicking about this constitutional protection or that, when the issue still slobbers over the World inhabitant like a giant space zombie baring eight rows of sharp teeth about to have you for snack.

This struck me with more force when during our whole-class current-events sharing time one of my students said this, "Each side of the Obamacare issue is gearing up to claim victory no matter what happens."

Um, problem...

Obamacare and all that is within and without and all-around

Is still there slavering, chomping its gums, licking its chops...

I even shared that with my students as the revelatory nature of this came to me.

"Um, guys. Ya know something? Um, do you realize that no matter what the Supreme Court tells us this week about Obamacare, it will be worthless. Yes, it really won't matter in the least."

The reason is that we all still want sick and poor people to have their medical needs met, no matter how loathsome said sick-and-poor person is. Only the most cold cruel heartless bastards would let a sick-and-poor person bleed to death at the hospital doors. Yes, the question still remains, who will pay for it? How do you work that out?

The Supreme Court won't be able to. Here we are, all waiting with bated breath about what nine eggheads in schnazzy robes will say about it, when ultimately it will be pointless. What fools we are.

Ultimately it is what people see as the difference between the Kingdom and the World that will make any difference. Sadly I don't see too many seeing that. We're not only fools but blind ones too.

When talking about the immigration thing I'd told my kids that this pusillanimous Supreme Court nonsense keeps us from really seeing what's what. I went off about it all, even pointing out that the U.S. just has to address either putting up the electric fence or taking over Mexico (because letting them all in anyway would be no different). Instead we futz around with this piddle Arizona-law-Supreme-Court decision ineptitude.

One student then shared, "Mr. Beck, what would you really want?" Without a beat I told them (something along the lines of) "I'd want Mexican people to enjoy a standard of living at least close to the one we have. I'd want Mexicans to not have to bribe every powerful person around them to get what they need. I'd want Mexicans to not have to fear being dragged out to a ditch late at night to be shot execution-style just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

This very much resonated with my students, but ya know? Here's the key thing of all.

If they don't know the Kingdom way, they will never ever ever know how to make my vision happen. They'll only get the putrid blithering of all these powerful World puppets doing the work of the operatives who jerk them around to keep even my beloved students chained to the World.

Unless people start become untethered from the Catholicist power-structure that is indeed the ordained Legacy of Cain they'll continue to wallow in the sewage of silly Supreme-Court-oriented pap. The stuff in Mexico and by default in this country is arranged to be that way, unless people turn to Christ for His bountiful provision of all rapturous things. The health care circus and the commensurate agony -- not just physical but emotional and spiritual -- will also continue unabated...

Until people abjure that body of death and drop their souls into the gentle healing saving hands of Christ.

In the meantime, hey, turn on the television and get a good dose of amusing but lethal silliness this week. Because yeah, that's really all it is.

I'd written about the immigration thing in a past webzine home page piece. That is here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Prometheus Factor

We saw Prometheus the other night, and while it was enjoyable -- we saw it in IMAX 3D! Wow! -- I liked it less and less afterwards. I've always been a fan of the Alien series, particularly the first two, because even in all the alien creepiness there is a tremendously compelling aspect to the vibrant storytelling. I also just like good horror and sci-fi films.

The two things that frustrated me most were, one, it was really just a remake of the first Alien. Really, it was as if Ridley Scott said to himself, "What would Alien be like if I made it today?" He put in a few variations, used CGI a bit more (of course), but it really was exactly the same story. Same theme. Same motif. I even heard exactly the same music at times -- no, not similar music, but the exact same parts of the original Alien musical score. There was the gargantuan ship (Prometheus=Nostromo) and the scheming android (David=Ash) and the curmudgeonly crewmembers bickering over work and pay... I could probably list a bunch more. Sadly, it just wasn't very original story-wise and thus quite disappointing.

The other thing was all the alien encounters. It was just an overload of alien infesting. There was the alien in through the mouth, the alien in the eyeball, the alien possession turning a crew member into a crazed murderer, the alien caesarean birth, and of course the very gratuitous alien bursting from the gut. It was as if the filmmakers were all together at Denny's some late Saturday night planning it all out on the paper napkins and they said to one another, "Hey, how about this wild alien encounter?!" "Oh I've got one better, how about this one?!" No way, the CGI for this other one right here would just be great!" And they just put them all in. It really turned into kind of a mess.

Still, the whole feel of being threatened by alien encounters is a viscerally engaging dynamic, and I thought about that for a bit. I just found it interesting that our bodies have billions of microbes all over us and in us chomping on billions of other microbes all the time. We just don't notice it because of our size.

Then there are creatures our size, billions of those creatures even larger than each of us humans, that are all around us growing and eating and breeding like crazy. Yes, right here on the earth -- right outside our homes even. Yet we walk past them without a thought. They are the plant life all around us. We don't really pay attention because they do their "alien" thing so slowly.

I share this because there are other more profound ways we just don't get what's going around us. So many people presume they know just the way things are.

How much they may be mistaken.

Reminds me of a C.S. Lewis quote I came across that meant a lot to me when I was going through some hard times. He gave an anecdote about what we think may be the way things are but aren't, and he added, "It is simply the leaping into imaginative activity of an idea which I would always have theoretically admitted -- the idea that I, or any mortal at any time, may be utterly mistaken as to the situation he is really in."

Any mortal at any time may be utterly mistaken as to the situation he is really in.

That kind of relates to real myth of Prometheus, which I'm sure was why the Prometheus filmmakers gave their movie that title. Prometheus wanted to help out man, give him fire, all that, but the gods got mad and chained him to the rock so the eagle could eat his liver, all that stuff. What are the gods doing for us, or against us? What'd you think? The Greeks were obsessed with this.

My ministry, as it is, is all about sharing what I see is really going on. Oh, yeah, a bazillion sources really try to share that, from the academic journal articles to the most elementary blogs. To echo Lewis, I'm not mad enough to think I've got all the what's-really-going-on stuff down myself. But I do think I've got something meaningful to say.

One of the pieces I just read was from the editors at Bloomberg, who made the very astute observation that "A Functional Congress Wouldn't Have to Depend on Ben Bernanke." But what is the key item there that people aren't getting?

First of all, the idea is that if Congress simply spent within its means, took its tax revenues and had the Treasury hold them until its simple, authorized, expected expenditures were dispersed, then there'd be no Federal Reserve. Instead Congress borrows like maniacs, "monetizes the debt," and causes all kinds of fiscal turmoil.

What's the key thing people don't get here?

It is that Congress is just borrowing up the gazotch because Congress is the American people. Congress only does precisely what the American people want. You might as well just substitute "American people" for the word "Congress" there. So yeah, we don't have a functional American people, we have a dysfunctional American people who are in complete denial about the situation they are really in.

It doesn't matter which end of the political spectrum you are on. If you are asking the federal government and federal banking system to work it out so you can keep getting your chunk of the value extraction gravy train then you are just as much the other-human-sacrificer as anyone else.

Look at the article. You could substitute a lot of other more telling terms for what the Bloomberg editors are saying. Instead of "short-term fiscal stimulus" you could more accurately call it "bursting stream of lies to keep people thinking they're worth anything." Instead of "long-term debt reduction" call it "tighter constraints for those on the altar ensuring more value hacking to benefit the best exploiters."

But when you are addicted to human sacrifice, as those living by the World must be, then this is simply standard procedure. It is just the way things are no matter how wretchedly awful it is all around. Gotta make sure we slather on the vanilla frosting of smiles and pithy platitudes about how wonderful we all are anyway. That's standard procedure too.

Should anyone actually truly know the mind of Christ and know of His economy, the one of His Kingdom, and how much He values by the measure of His shed blood, then they might just get it. They would emerge in the joy of knowing the situtation they are truly in.

But that's only if Christ is there, "a friend just beside him in the dark" as Lewis said in that passage.

Otherwise it may indeed be some alien worm creature about to rip your guts open.