Monday, April 18, 2005

Ranting In No Particular Order...

What is it with people? They really get on my nerves. Everywhere you go, it’s a game. In the end, it’s all about the money. Just BS, playing the game, cuttin’ it everywhere, just so it’s not their responsibility. Playing dumb if that’s what it takes…….get someone else to do it, and pay for it. Whatever happened to taking charge, taking the blame if that’s what happens, taking responsibility for what is done and what needs to be done? Is it so hard to walk tall? Stop playing games, trying to get something for nothing, sticking your nose where it don’t belong, and pointing fingers. Enough with the bullshit.

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do "The Innuendo"
We can dance and sing
When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're stiff
Kick 'em all around
“Dirty Laundry” sung by Lisa Marie Presley / written by Don Henley

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So, I’m watching a CBC news report Sunday about the problems the Jews are facing in France. Unbelievable stuff. If I’m getting this right, a growing Muslim/Arab community in France is making things very difficult for Jews who have enjoyed freedom there for years. Not all mind you, but an extreme faction that have even gone so far as to – get this – call the Jews there Nazis! WTF? That’s about as backwards as it gets. And now, not only are many Jews fearing for their safety and leaving for Israel, but more and more are heading for Quebec. Makes sense, if you’re moving from France. However, they feel forced to leave because of a perceived apathy on the part of the French government. They say the free speech laws keep them from kicking out or interfering with the extremists. However, its not just words going on here. Jews are being physically attacked and verbally assaulted while they just try to go about their business. The report featured a private Jewish school principal who spoke of the numerous times students were assaulted off school property or came to school late having to take a longer route because they were being followed or harassed. A girl spoke of being attacked while people walked on by. He has to tell the students not to wear their religious head gear off school property so they won’t be attacked. The students were understandably upset by this – one saying “Why do we have to hide?”. The principal told them “It is your duty to live.” It’s that serious.

This is scary stuff. Things like this happening now starts a slippery slope to something worse. Have people forgotten WWII? If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

People should be able to believe in whoever, whatever, however they’d like. But when one ‘religion’ calls for killing another, it’s lost sight of something important. Besides, what’s the point? Everybody’s gonna die someday. Why rush it? How do people get that deluded? There’s enough room on this planet for people to do their own thing and keep their noses out of other people’s business. I always figured I wouldn’t worry about other people’s shit unless it interfered with mine. And when that happens, there is usually a reachable compromise available if people are willing to look for it. If that can’t happen, just stay the hell out of each other’s way. Why must some people force their views down other people’s throats? It seems to be getting worse too. Who knows where it will stop? Who’s going to stop it? If I saw someone being attacked for nothing like the girl was talking about before, I’d have to jump in there and try to help. Let loose and hope it’d be enough. How could one walk on by and look in the mirror that night?

Thing is, nobody wants to get involved. There is always a price to pay if you do. You might get killed, or you might even get sued for attacking the attacker. It’s messed up. Criminals are more protected than victims nowadays. Who’s going to take a stand?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

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Now he's standin' at hell's door
With a bad attitude and a forty-four
The devil said, "What's up man
Now what you come here for?"
He said, "Man, let's just get to it"
He said, "I always heard that you were the bad one
There's a few places I ain't been, a few things I ain't done
You got your pitchfork and I got my gun"
Someone's gotta do it…

‘Cause he's totally untamed
No fear of the unnamed
But he'll take the blame
‘Cause someone's gotta do it…
“The Unrepentant” by Steve Earle


'Vis Pacem, Para bellum'

Comments on "Ranting In No Particular Order..."

 

Blogger The Original LRU said ... (April 19, 2005 2:31 AM) : 

Hello!

It's getting pretty bad out there, at least in some places. The story from France reminds me of one closer to home: Chinese Restaurant Attacked by Gangs of Teens

Cool to see you quoting Edmund Burke. Unfortunately, I must point out some notes.

Perhaps a more easily referenced quote: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:21 NIV

The full context is worth reading considering the subject at hand.

At the risk of taking your quotes too seriously, here are some more comments... Warning: I'm blowing the dust off the virtual Bible here. :-)


As for the lyrics to Steve Earle's "The Unrepentant" (besides the bad advice of the title), I always shudder when I hear people talking or singing about going one-on-one with the devil, as if you could defeat him with a gun, or with a fiddle, as in Charlie Daniel's song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

For one thing, I think it's falling into the same trap that the devil himself fell into, being filled with pride and wanting to be like God.

Attitudes like that remind me of Jude 1:8-10

Matthew 12:43-45 talks about how an evil spirit roams about after leaving a man, and then takes 7 more along with it when it returns. This doesn't bode well for man in his fight with the devil.

Real power to resist evil comes from God. Jesus says it is in His name we drive out demons (Mark 16:17). I believe it is in this spirit and attitude that we are to "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)



And finally:

Vis Pacem, Para bellum

Meaning:

If you wish for peace, prepare for war.

This is probably good advice for countries and nations, which are usually wholly concerned with this world, almost by definition. Unfortunately, if it goes too far, countries start seeing other uses for their warmaking power. The various empires through history prove this, and it looks like the US is following suit today.

On the personal level, though, I don't think it is quite so clear; and the maxim urges you to prepare as if every man were your enemy... before you even meet him. (At least the short, pithy one-liner format allows for that interpretation.) I'm not sure this is the best approach, although in context with your article, where you plan to stand up for a girl under attack by diving into a fight, you definitely want to be prepared for war.

I think Romans 12:18 is a good counterpoint to the above maxim: "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." I think the principal mentioned in your article gave advice along these lines, and good for him for doing it.

As Jesus said when advising His disciples on their safety during their mission, "Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16-17) The innocent part is easy to forget these days where the end often justifies the means.



Thanks for this article. Got me thinking and helped me clarify some personal questions I've had over the years. Please remember I'm preaching to myself as much as anyone here, and I figured it was worth posting it here. Hope you don't mind. :-)

 

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