4 January 2021

One of the things that is very clear to me is that the attack is not being aimed, spiritually, at my generation. Most of my generation have made their own hell and hate anyone telling them that there is anything more. That there could be salvation. To do so is judgmental, hate speech. It is also biblical, but the Bible, in their view, should be akin to the one the Christian Scientists use; only the good bits. Not the crunchy parts that allow salvation. The attack, instead, is at the young people. They want them in the rainbow coalition, damned, and out of the gene pool.

She’s right to a point. Because the source of the crazes, the spiritual driver that underlies the material aspects, is the same evil spirit of destruction that fuels abortion, professional careers, and every other form of female self-negation intended to prevent young women from becoming mothers. Because mothers are the key civilization; an attack on motherhood is an attack on society’s ability to sustain itself. And the reason Silicon Valley is so opposed to this author is because it is full of those who willingly serve that evil spirit.

Vox Day.

This is a time when we need to be wise. The world is lying, and the lies are now the accepted elements of polite conversation. If you say to a woman who has chosen to transition to an ersatz bloke that this will ruin her health, her romantic prospects, and she will still be just as miserable your employment will be terminated by the woke twits in HR because the rainbow tick is worth more than the truth. But without the truth, there is no wisdom. So the first thing to do this year is stop lying. To others, and to yourself. Acknowledge your flaws. Deal with them. There are consequences to choosing foolishly, and consequences to choosing wisely. I should add that wisdom is not going to stop any storms or crises happening. But it will allow you to deal with them in integrity.

3 My son, do not forget my teaching, let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. 11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights

Proverbs 3:1-12

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

James 4:11-17

There is a nasty form of evil here which is common among those with a tendency to nerdishness. It is a sense that one will correct anything, looking in others for a perfection that cannot exist without God, and in doing this you forget that though you are seen as good your fantasies are those of revenge. You would do better to love, to desire, and fail there than to fall into the trap of hating the less evil. This tends to be associated with virtue signalling.

Well, it does happen. Perhaps if we introspect honestly, we can recognise the Sorathic within ourselves, as at least a momentary impulse? An example are those resentment-fuelled spite-fantasies directed against people that we hate, or even who merely annoy us in some way that gets under our skin. For instance; day-dreaming the wish that somebody we have come to regard as smug, entitled, arrogant, privileged – will suffer massive public humiliation, fatal illness, or agonizing violence. Or somebody who ‘thinks they are beautiful’ and you ‘wish’ they would suffer a disfiguring accident that would make them hideous. Or when the idea flashes into mind that maybe I should kill myself and leave an accusatory suicide note; so that he/she/they will suffer lifelong agonies of guilt (“That will show them!”). If you can recognise any or all of these scenarios, then that is an example of the Sorathic evil in you. What identifies them as Sorathic is that the primary satisfaction is in the misfortune of others, rather in gratification of oneself. Indeed, someone in the grip of Sorathic evil might plot and scheme, expend time, money and resources – and maybe even take risks to his own health and safety – in order to inflict harm on others.

Bruce Charlton.

Charlton (you should read the whole thing) uses Saruman as an example: his envy of Gandalf leads to evil, and that evil diminishes him, so at the very end his only escape is self annihilation. He says the only cure is Christ. I agree. For Christ will breed in us a sense of our strengths and weaknesses as we worship, as we look at the word of God, and as we compare ourselves to that standard we will be found wanting.

This leads to further repentance, and further repentance leads to humility.

When you start having revenge fantasies, fear. When you become bitchy, a gossip, putting down your brothers and sisters in Christ, fear greatly. Your soul is in peril. Instead, we need to obey the clear command of Christ, and pray for our enemies. Not because we want to, but because it is our duty.

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John Wilder
1 year ago

And thanks for the links to Sorathic Evil. First time seeing that for me.

John Wilder
1 year ago

One of your best posts.