Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Opus 2022-053: The Destructive Nature of Hope

America as a whole continues to act like Christian gentlemen.  They are walking softly and have not yet resorted to the big stick.  Many have reached for it and are polishing it but are not serious about it yet.  This waiting seems to be a tendency in many people.  Think of times of persecution and ask yourselves why people too it for so long.

Why didn’t the inmates of the holocaust overwhelm their guards?  Why didn’t the kulaks of the Ukraine fight back against the Soviet police?  How did Pol Pot murder millions of Cambodians?  It is a recurring theme.

The culprit is hope.  Yes, hope.  Clever tyrants always keep a spark of hope alive in those they wish to oppress.  We tend to think that if we just put up with it a little longer it will go away.  One more time will satisfy the abuser.  I think this is the kind of thinking women have around men who beat them.  I don’t know if it is carefully thought out or just automatic instinct.  

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn understood the process.  I found the quote I remembered at Brainy Quotes,

“You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.”
My big issue with sites like this is they are too lazy to tell where they get the quote or I am too lazy to dig through to where they have it hidden.  The point is that hope must be kept alive.

Thomas Jefferson put it this way in The Declaration of Independence,
“all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves”
Why?  Hope.  

I think we need to realize that the Proregressive* tyrants understand this about us and are working it as hard as they can.  It is good to have hope.  It can be destructive to allow our brains to be anaesthetized by that hope.  

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Synonym for swamp dwellers)

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