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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Opus 2021-329: Fifth Column

I recently stated on my other blog that I don’t understand the draw of drugs.  It is an attraction which is real to a lot of people.  I suggest that the current panic and response is an example of this.  Some people seem to fall into it and others are not phased.

People get into drugs because they want their mind changed.  They are unhappy with life on some level.  It may just be a short term desire for diversion or total despair, but they want something to relive the sense of ennui.  Think of it as the fifth column of the War on Drugs

We hear this and understand it when it comes to things like LSD, heroin, cocaine and the likes.  By introducing a concoction into your system you hope to escape what restricts you.  What we miss is the same draw that pulls people to be vaccinated by untested and dangerous drugs offered by a drug dealer that stands to make money no matter what the results are.  Do you see the parallels or is it just my imagination?  They want to repulse the feeling of fear.  They want it to go away.  They think that a little bit of “vaccine” will make it all better.

It doesn’t work that way.  I can take a nap and when I wake up the problem is still there.  I can go to a buffet and try to eat my way to relief but all it does is make me more lethargic.  The one thing I need to do is what I don’t want to do.  

Ultimately we need to turn to realistic sources of encouragement.  If you are not a believer in the power of God then just start by using your brain.  Look at the numbers.  Ignore the hype.  Do a search on the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess.  For a quick summary go to World Meter and scroll down to the bottom of the first long chart.  Skip the states and go to the two ships.  Keep in mind that each ship had about 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew.  That comes to about 6,000 people.  They were predominantly old and based on the food available on cruises, probably overweight.  You will see a total of 7 people died.  Seven elderly people with poor eating habits and little exercise were felled by a virus, out of 7,000.

You really don’t need to look any further than that.  The numbers can’t be messed with much.  They tell you that you don’t need a drug to stay safe.

If you are a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ, then I would advise you to start with the numbers and then take the extra step that is not available to the pagans of the world.  You have God on your side.  He designed you body to fight viruses.  If you have been living a righteous life your Providential Immune system is on the job.  That means you have even less to worry about.  If you get sick, you treat it.  Leviticus is full of advice that was offered to the wandering Hebrews so don’t ignore common sense provisions.

Be of good courage whether you have God on your side or just the facts.  People die.  Your time will come.  Mine will come.  I don’t believe that drugs are the answer.  My general feeling is that many drugs accelerate the process.

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