Friday 20 November 2020

Don't Be Unreasonable

I guarantee this is something we are going to hear more and more. We already hear it about those who refuse to wear masks or accept Covid-19 as the Black Death of our day. Trump supporters are being told it after the recent election, despite widespread evidence that fraud was indeed a factor in the Democrats' victory. No doubt when Brexit turns out to be not Brexit after all we will be told it again. When the coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available those who are reluctant to take it, for very good reasons - why accept an improperly tested vaccine for a largely non-fatal illness?- will be told they are being unreasonable.

If you haven't learnt by now that evil's modus operandi is to start small and then incrementally ramp things up until you are doing and believing things you never would have dreamed of doing or believing 10, 20, 30 years ago, then you really have not being paying attention. If you haven't realised that the coronavirus is being used as an excuse to dismantle long-cherished but now taken for granted freedoms from a largely supine population then you are asleep. This is all fundamentally a spiritual assault but even those who have no spiritual concerns should be able to see what is going on, and be deeply concerned about it. Human beings are being herded into pens, ideological pens and even, what with the lockdowns, physical pens. The most likely to be able to resist this, white males, are the ones who are being most denigrated so that their powers of resistance are diminished. This notwithstanding the fact that it is also white males in large part who stand behind the creeping totalitarianism.

There will be plenty of excuses for those who do not want to see the truth or who are too lazy to stand up against it. The lockdowns, the masks, the vaccinations are all there to protect us. This is a lie. They are there to control us. Of course, the need for them is dressed up so as to appear beneficial to human beings, and it can be hard to prove that there is no need for them. But it is not hard to see this if you bother to look with clarity. This is one of those cases where arguments can be made on both sides but those who are in any way aware of spiritual realities know what is going on. Arguments are really a waste of time in this case, even if it is good to have them at one's disposal. It is not arguments that will convince most people. It is intuitive realisation. What is required above all today is the power of discernment. This is a spiritual survival tool that everyone must develop and the way to develop it is to learn to look up, beyond this world and to the real source of the good. Not ideological good as the modern world prizes but actual good.

Therefore I say to everyone who reads this that it is time to be unreasonable. Because now to be unreasonable in the eyes of the world is to be reasonable in the eyes of God. The two positions do not always conflict with each other but they often do and they certainly do now. Don't be swayed by the smooth words you hear to justify the loss of freedoms. However plausibly dressed up the excuses for this are, they are lies. Don't be afraid of seeming unreasonable. Don't be deliberately contrary or picture yourself as some kind of freedom fighter for truth. That is also a trap, designed to push you into egotism if you do not fall into compliance. But hold fast against worldly arguments while being centred in the truth of God, dedicating yourself to his service in love and humility. Then all will be well.


Ingemar said...

"Reasonable" means forcing me out of a store based on an unscientific, superstitious claim that I will get everyone infected (with a virus that has a 99.98% recovery rate).

"Reasonable" means claiming my objections to these rules based on legal and civil rights grounds is "baloney."

I bring up these specific examples because they happened to me. Oh well, there are non-insane businesses out there, but they're becoming increasingly rare.

MagnusStout said...

Right on, sir. The money quote: "It is not arguments that will convince most people. It is intuitive realisation. What is required above all today is the power of discernment."

Ironic that the "information age" is actually the "disinformation age," and all "official" sources merely echo the Party line.

One of my favorite quotes--apt here--is this: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Winston Churchill. The root flaw of the appeaser is cowardice, and this Evil will not rest with masks, nor lockdowns, nor vaccines... the end point must be death (body and soul) and destruction. So, it appears that societies that mock and ignore the transcendent inevitably fall to despotism.

William Wildblood said...

Excellent quote from Churchill, and you are absolutely right that things won't stop with masks etc. It's creeping corruption with the end point just as you say.

Bruce Charlton said...

I would modify Churchill's quote to: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile with his fellow Men, hoping it will eat him last."

I have likewise found that argument is counter-productive, and I wish I could stop myself doing it. A short, simple statement of personal conviction is the best.

William Wildblood said...

I think that's right. In a way to be drawn into argument is already to have lost because you are allowing truth to be reduced to the same level as opinion. I need to learn that lesson myself.

Bruce Charlton said...

@William - Part of the problem is surely that we want to be considered reasonable people. That's what draws us in.

People in strict sects are apparently content to be regarded as weird/ dangerous/ dumb 'religious fanatics' by mainstream secualrists; and are quite happy to state without explanation 'that's what my religion tells me' - just leave it at that. Probably because they recognise that most people could never regard their practices as sensible, by secular standards - because the practices are based on assumptions that the mainstream would never accept.

I suppose Christians will need to accept the same judgment of being weird/ dangerous/ dumb. Once we have accepted that that is what Will happen (whether we like it or not), then perhaps we can stop arguing?