May 24, 2016, Prescott- I have two days remaining, in my present assignment. Next academic year’s work assignment is now at the paper work stage, where it has stalled for a bit. Unlike previous such situations, this will not lead to me shooting my mouth off about someone trying to freeze me out of a job. I have a lot more patience nowadays.
Patience, though, seems to be in short supply, in the world at large. There is, simply put, either an epidemic of extreme fear or one of rampant narcissism, or maybe a mixture of both. This feature is, of course, being played to the hilt by the forces of distraction. Witness the turmoil over who gets to use what bathroom. Some disclosure: When I was seventeen, and visiting a public restroom in Boston, I was accosted by a gay man, who followed me out of the building and all the way to a telephone booth, thankfully leaving when I closed the booth’s door.
So, I understand the fears of people, which, by the way, are felt by both gays and straights. No one enjoys being the object of attention, when trying to do their business. The idea is to void, wash up and leave. The issue, therefore, is hardly worth the attention it has garnered on social media. This is one of the distractions on which those with agendas of control are counting. Ever wonder why an insipid issue is floated by the media, right about the time that people need to be making serious decisions?
We are facing various kinds of “civil wars”, across the U.S., and in many countries around the world. Consider:
Help refugees vs. Care for the elderly at home.
Enjoy a diet of processed foods vs. Strictly adhere to a vegan diet.
Innoculate with abandon vs. Abstain from any vaccination.
“Black lives matter” vs. “White people are an endangered species”.
I have friends, family and acquaintances galore, on both sides. I have my own strong opinions, as to each of these issues, but my views, in the present forum, are irrelevant. I love all of the above people, because God didn’t create junk. I will say, to those whose beliefs are based upon fear, that the thing that is best for Mankind as a whole is what will end up happening. None of us is exempt from suffering or discomfort, at some level.
All the same, none of us is doomed to oblivion, but by our own choice, or series thereof. Even then, God is still loving, and the suffering will end, sooner or later- when the lessons that are needed, are absorbed. Civil wars need not occupy our time, especially when they are so very futile.