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Thursday, 16 February 2017

16 February 2017. A Point to Ponder…

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Friday, 3 June 2016

3 June 2016. Points to Ponder from Dietrich Bonhoeffer… How They Apply to Us Today

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Don’t argue with konvertsy, “conservatives”, or HillyBillys… it’s pointless, fruitless, and without end. They refuse to see reality… if they won’t listen to reason or to God Himself and His Church, what makes you think that they’ll listen to you?

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Here are three points to ponder from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

  • Still more pathetic is the total collapse of moral fanaticism. Fanatics think that their single-minded principles qualify them to do battle with the powers of evil, but like a bull they rush at the red cloak instead of the person who holds it; they exhaust themselves and are beaten. Non-essentials entangle them; they fall into traps set by cleverer people.
  • Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; one can expose it, and, if need be, prevent it by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity, we’re defenceless; reasons fall on deaf ears; they simply don’t believe facts that contradict their prejudgement… in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical… when facts are irrefutable, they just push them aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.
  • The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn mustn’t blind us to the fact that he isn’t independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchphrases, and the like… that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it’s evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for this can once and for all destroy human beings.

Don’t argue with likes of Rod Dreher or John Whiteford… don’t argue with those brainwashed by talk radio and Fox News… don’t argue with Chilly Hilly’s sleepwalking Upper Middle backers. It’d do no good of any sort and all that it’d do is irritate and piss you off for no good result. Yes, they’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and support objective evil, that’s true. However, there’s a difference between deluded “fellow travellers” and actual conscious devotees of evil (Whiteford is an example of the first; Dreher’s a good instance of the latter). Have a care with the first lot… but oppose the latter group at times and under all circumstances… this last group does propagate evil… they believe in it, it benefits them, so they’re soulless mercenaries of the various apparats (corporate, defence/intel, Church).

Reserve your God-given time and resources for those who’ll listen… as for the troglodytes… oppose them, don’t hate them, but don’t argue with them either. You do have better things to do…

BMD

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

18 May 2016. On Discerning the Worthy and the Unworthy… How One Can Tell the Difference

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In speaking of those worthy of respect, I should say that I’ve been privileged enough to have met blokadniki… those who survived the Siege of Leningrad (the famous “900 Days”). One notices serenity and wisdom in them… knowledge that only such a tremendous and horrendous event could bring one. I found this true of most VOV survivors… for the war marked all those in the USSR, as the war took place on its soil; it didn’t happen in far-off foreign parts. I should mention that President V V Putin’s older brother died in the Siege… he was one the fascists’ victims… he was only Untermenschtum (subhumanity) in Western eyes. By the way, that’s why the memory of the war is still green in the Russian soul… it wasn’t some faraway event… it happened right in the homeland, and it was, perhaps, the most vicious war of the 20th century.

Sadly, the Western “conservative” movement and its demented votaries are the antipode of the blokadniki. Western neoliberalism, both “conservative” and “liberal” has degenerated to a feral vicious level. Greed is its most conspicuous characteristic. Allied to that is a callous viciousness towards those that they consider “inferiors”. It doesn’t matter if a drone strike kills wedding partiers and not “terrorists”… they’re all just dirty Muslim wogs who support terrorists, anyway! It doesn’t matter that welfare payments aren’t enough to support someone… if they were any damned good, they’d be working and not a drag on the public! It’s OK to lie about foreign countries and leaders… America is Number One, always has been, and always will be! Russia and China are evil for not kissing our ass and telling us that we’re Number One and always will be!

Having met both sorts mentioned above, there’s no doubt in my mind that American Neoliberalism is satanic, and that anyone who supports Chilly Hilly (or any other Establishment Dem) or any Republican is either a dupe or they’re someone who bought into this ideology knowing how evil it is, but doesn’t care because it benefits them. The first sort is simply clueless and ignorant. The second sort has bought into evil with knowledge of what it is… but they’re successful, dontcha know! They’re respectable, dontcha know! They’re religious, dontcha know! They’re more moral than the rest of us are, dontcha know!

I have met both sublime people and loathsome people… all too many of the latter espouse “conservatism”. Have a care with anyone who either calls themselves “conservative” or issues favourable commentary on “conservative” talking points. They may very well get uncouth with you… it’s all too common amongst such sorts; they get extraordinarily nasty when vexed or disagreed with. Here’s a point to be especially wary of… many of the most wretched sorts are outwardly polite and “oh-so-nice”… that is, until you cross them… do have a care, the times aren’t good and they won’t get better for some time yet…

BMD

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

17 May 2016. Wisdom from the Cabinet

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Here’s some wisdom from one of my longstanding Cabineteers:

The loudest ones are the dumbest ones. They love to shout the lies and myths that they hold as opinions in the hope that people will eventually believe them. You can’t engage them (and shouldn’t) because they don’t want to dialogue; they want to shout their opinions down your throat.

Now, that’s WELL-SAID! That deserves not only a hat-tip, but also a tip of the jug! In contrast to that, Facebook is obsessing over the Target Bathroom Brouhaha. Now, it’s showing a woman holding a Bible and criticising the Target decision. Of course, one can catch Zuckerberg’s implication… all Christians are ignorant rubes and clueless boobs. Firstly, I don’t give a ruby-red goddamn what Zuckerberg thinks of my religion (I already had the idea that he disliked it). Secondly, schmidiots like the Bible-toting screamer don’t speak for me and for the bulk of Orthodox believers (unfortunately, she does speak for konvertsy trash like Whiteford and Dreher). Thirdly, the Bible-toting Know-Nothings aren’t Christian in any case, they’re Radical Evangelical Sectarians, a group that’s appropriated Christian verbiage and Scriptures and distorted them out of all recognition.

As my friend said, “They want to shout their opinions down your throat”. I welcome their enmity… you can gauge the worth of a person by seeing whom they attract as enemies. If I’ve attracted the like of Whiteford and Dreher as enemies, then, it means that I’m on the right track to holiness. After all, they defend Free Market Crapitalism… something that our Holy Patriarch attacks as a fraudulent and demonic system. He shows it by his choice of friends (Comrades Fidel and Zyuganov) and by the enemies that he’s attracted (that noisome lot of self-serving careerists and corrupt power-seekers that makes up the Washington Apparat).

Have a care… the times are NOT good… the rightwing brats are running amuck and God alone knows when it’s going to end…

BMD

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