The Hubris of Empire

There is a great flaw in being imperial. You will make bad decisions. The situation in the capital is not that in the provinces, and a smart imperial system ensures there are good people in the provinces who write reports to the capital that are heard, understood and acted on. The legend is that Tiberius once corrected a governer who was using too many tax farmers, saying that he wanted the people sheared, not shorn.

A good ruler allows people freedoms where it does not matter. With the current vaccine -- and there is speculation that it is causing deaths in young people, even soccer internationals there are things that work. But threatening is to stop mobile phones... well that is a truly stupid thing, which it would take the inbred, postcolonial products of the British Empire to produce.

On Thursday (June 10), the provincial government of Punjab in Pakistan announced that it would block the SIM cards of those individuals reluctant to get vaccinated against the Wuhan Coronavirus. It was decided during a high-level meeting of civil and military leaders, with Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid as the Head.
The decision was confirmed by the Specialised Healthcare Department (Punjab) spokesman Syed Hammad Raza. He informed, “Final decision has been taken to block the mobile SIM cards of people not getting vaccinated.” The measure comes following criticism of the ‘dead slow’ pace of vaccination in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Until June 1, the government had vaccinated only 4.2 million people (6.3%) out of the total target of 67 million.
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Those AMATEUR bureaucrats! Smartphones are a tyrant’s wet dream of tracking & tracing the population. This sort of pressure tactic works when you have only a few dissidents. When 94% of the people are dissident, however… well, who are those 6% going to talk to? They’re not exactly a unified subculture, for example all being graduates of Harvard.
If you turn off everybody’s phone then nobody will have a phone, and they will all hate you, and you won’t be able to monitor who is talking to whom as they prepare to overthrow you.

Gunner Q

The good Gunner speaks truth: and in Pakistan, no ruler sleeps well.

The British Empire is dead and talking about the good it does brings upon one's head hatred. This is the fate of empires. They get too proud, they see themselves as eternal, they think their symbolism is new and divine. As if the Lion, the Eagle and the Unicorn have not been used before: or the Dragon, or even certain Martial Saints, particularly St. George.

So our text begins with the prophet telling Pharoah to consider the destruction of the great power of that day, Assyria. We could speculate as to what are the great imperial powers now: consider that Pakistan is largely a client state of China, akin to the rainbow fascists of Victoria (Australia), who had to have their treasonous trade deals rinsed by the Commonwealth Government.

But they are not as much the vector of the Babylonian Globo perversity. That would be Biden's America.

And, as always, the Greeks had a word for this: Hubris. The warning is against the Hubris of Empire.

Ezekiel 31:1-12

31 In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his multitude:

“Whom are you like in your greatness?
3 Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon,
with beautiful branches and forest shade,
and of towering height,
its top among the clouds.
4 The waters nourished it;
the deep made it grow tall,
making its rivers flow
around the place of its planting,
sending forth its streams
to all the trees of the field.
5 So it towered high
above all the trees of the field;
its boughs grew large
and its branches long
from abundant water in its shoots.
6 All the birds of the heavens
made their nests in its boughs;
under its branches all the beasts of the field
gave birth to their young,
and under its shadow
lived all great nations.
7 It was beautiful in its greatness,
in the length of its branches;
for its roots went down
to abundant waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it,
nor the fir trees equal its boughs;
neither were the plane trees
like its branches;
no tree in the garden of God
was its equal in beauty.
9 I made it beautiful
in the mass of its branches,
and all the trees of Eden envied it,
that were in the garden of God.

10 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because it towered high and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its height, 11 I will give it into the hand of a mighty one of the nations. He shall surely deal with it as its wickedness deserves. I have cast it out. 12 Foreigners, the most ruthless of nations, have cut it down and left it. On the mountains and in all the valleys its branches have fallen, and its boughs have been broken in all the ravines of the land, and all the peoples of the earth have gone away from its shadow and left it.

Galatians 6:11-18

11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

We cannot save our own soul, Jewel. Nice song: linked to it. It is very hard to find songs about the end of empire after Kipling, and he's deeply unfashionable. But then, we live in a time when the truth must be suppressed. because that would mean we would lose imperial virtue signalling points.

The Hubris of the Empire runs deep. We believe its agenda even when we think we are opposing it -- we demand evidence and qualification and method. But Charlton is correct. there is no method. There is only Christ, and his cross.

So what are the implications? That we should be guided by aims, not methods.

We should pursue our spiritual aims, from our best motivations (of love); and we should never trust the methods by which these aims are pursued; but always retain discernment concerning the effects that 'what we are doing' is actually having upon us.

We should never let the method itself dictate what counts as true, virtuous or beautiful - but need to retain a direct apprehension of these values.

There is an almost inevitable transition between learning to trust the method; to unconsciously using the method to generate what we desire. And these unconscious desires are nearly always self-gratifying and hedonic - which is why manipulative power-games and exploitative sexuality are so often a feature of New Age groups and techniques.

Because methods are false Gods; what may begin well, will end badly.

It is not only the new age people, Bruce. I have seen the same thing in those who put their faith in the liturgy or in their spiritual disciplines: I have seem them fall. This is another form of hubris, and it will end. Those who trust their spirituality do not think that they need Christ.

Paul did. So should we.