15 July 2020

One of the things that I have always known about privilege, power, clout — what the Maori call mana and the Romans dignitas — personal authority — is that you cannot keep it for yourself. You use it for others. It may be by being a support person, being a witness, providing a loan, advice, or care in time of need. To hold onto such is to curdle it. You have it to use it, and like an athlete who does not train, you seize up if you do not share.

It may be that this is why preppers are in general unattractive. They hoard, and they lack generosity. They are not prepared to trade. Conversely, those who do prepare — Seventh Day Adventists, for example and do care for others become attractive in the caring. The only thing worse than the isolated prepper is those who whine to authorities for the resources of the thrifty because they don’t take basic steps to have on hand what you need for expected difficulties: fire, flood or earthquake [1]

Proverbs 11:23-30

23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
25 The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.
26 He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
29 He who troubles his own house will inherit wind,
And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs are a distilled form of pattern recognition. Those who are God seek the good and generally find them. Those who do crimes expect and fear others because they know they will be punished. In most times, in most societies, keeping the trade and markets going helps others. There are distortions here –the usurious banks and traders fear the Federal Trade Commission with good reason, even if they are outside the USA.

And in times when the nation is evil, the righteous will suffer like everyone, but in general living a quiet, sober life without displays of wealth or seeking publicity leads to peace and growth.

But this society does not teach this: they would rather that our ears were stopped.

Matthew 13:10-17
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Evil makes one stupid, and stupid makes one double down. There are those who are so afraid of things that only exist in linear models that they have forgotten how to live. We are not on this earth merely to exist, or to hoard our time as if it is something we can extend. We are here to help people. People are what are going to remain when this earth has gone.

It may be that our generosity needs to stop before it gets to the fools, for they won’t listen anyway. An example: there are those who are worried about COVID 19 getting into athletic teams in the USA (it has). But it is a mild disease in fit young people. Gunner comments.

A mild bug running through a very healthy population… less the grievance studies department… oh, okay, I understand now and their worry is legitimate. If severe lockdowns and behavior modification tricks can’t protect healthy athletes from exposure then they can’t protect the morbidly obese vegans with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, either.

There are very difficult decisions about not flattening the curve but expunging a virus floating around. Regardless of the damage shutdowns do to not merely colleges but the economy. There is a lack of wisdom.

But to be wise you have to look beyond yourself, and that means you need to have your eyes opened. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, not those who claim that they speak about him.

Sp be prepared. Seek God. And target your generosity to the teachable. This elite, with their false ideas of universalism? They are the enemy, and we are not to be like them.

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1. As someone who grew up on the Auckland Volcanic Field, there is no preparation for an eruption but to flee, and the earthquakes NZ gets are the kind you can’t flee from. So we did Tsunami and Earthquake drills instead: both are common in NZ.