10 October 2020

Last night we rejoiced. The Nobel prize went to someone woerthy, and our local press were left looking like fools. Again We did not sit in fornt of the TV and inhale the propaganda. Instead we started working on a couple of projects that need doing aruund here. We talked, we planned.

We looked at the circumstances — as the leaders we have locally leave or get sick and their slogans look threadbare as the empty shops stre sightlessly without pdedestrians to notice them. We praised God he enabled us to work hard, and that we can look after the kids.

And then we slept like a log.

This is not a time for despair or incoherece. It s a time for clear thinking and cold plans. Our rulers want us to work by the feels aone, and be dependant compltely on them. They insist that there is a cult of personality. They think they control culture, but politics is instead downstream.

It is characteristic of modern, Godless, Man that he is incapable of connecting his thinking, incapable of following a line of reasoning, incapable of noticing inconsistency between ideas.

This incapability is not a matter of unintelligence, although modern Man is much less intelligent than he was 150 years ago. It is not about illness either, although modern Man is riddled with genetic mutations that have damaged instinctive socially- and sexually-adaptive behaviours.

Modern incapability is existential, spiritual, metaphysical: its ultimate origin is a false and incoherent world view. Since our everyday thinking is ‘underpinned’ by the fundamental incoherence that this world has neither purpose nor meaning – thinking has rotted from the bottom-up.

For a while, this incoherence was concealed by unconscious traditions and habits from earlier generations; but these traditions and habits were systematically and incrementally destroyed. Unstoppable metaphysical putrification set-in as soon as tradition and habit was consciously examined and challenged.

The lack of any ultimate basis of meaning, worked-through to our current lack of proximate meaning for anything.

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They are currently destroying tradition because of a virus. What they forget is that good traditions allow society to function. You can argue that there should not be times and seasons, but all days equally belong to God… but we will enjoy Christmas and Easter, and God can use these for witness.

There is nothing wrong with fasting. It helps your health and the discipline makes room for thought and prayer. But you don’t fast at a wedding, and at family celebrations you eat what your family ate two generations ago because that food is celebratory.

You don’t become a prig demanding all fit around your discipline. The Pharisees were like that, and Christ called them on it.

Mark 2:18-22

18 John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they *came and *said to Him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “While the bridegroom is with them, [a]the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.

21 “No one sews [b]a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise [c]the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results. 22 No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

Is Christ saying that the habits of holiness that were written in the law were without value? No. At another point, he says “When you fast”. What he dislikes is ostentation and hypocrisy. The Vegan who requires from a waiter confirmation there are not steak and eggs on the menu (There are: I’m eating them).

The making of new traditions which have no historic value or virtue. Th4 loss of the sense of God, or that we are significant, and we will give an accounting for our life.

But this has let to a spiritual desert. People are looking for anything that will bring them a sense of peace, and fall to easily into the cults of discipline, be they fitness, diet, or those pagan practices now marketed as yoga and mindfulness.

The good thing about times of crisis is that they concentrate the mind. The wineskins are broken: time to move to glass. But never forget: the wine remains the same, and the wine is the spirit o the Living God.