Some see, few know, many choose to wander aimlessly in a fog, devoid of sunlight. I seek the light of day and leave the others to their chosen realm of ignorance. They are the ones who have brought this great nation down. I write only for the benefit of those who possess the courage required to restore our birthright.

Friday, June 6, 2014

ON THE TOPIC OF HOPE


Centuries ago a man named John Donne wrote a now famous poem entitled 'No Man is an Island', and while I regard myself to be a fiercely independent person I could not agree more.

I write about very serious political matters and express a dismal outlook for this nation that I have long loved. Consequently I have collected a small group of loyal readers who frequently offer feedback on my thoughts. Sometime agreeing, sometime disagreeing, and occasionally offering constructive criticism. Unlike many, I am not troubled by criticism, constructive or otherwise. At least those comments show that the person is thinking, and I can ask for no more than that.

Over the years I have developed a special kinship with some of those readers. One in particular, whom I have never met in person, and I communicate regularly with totally honesty in the thoughts we express. While we do not always agree, both of us respect the opinion of the other, and that is what has led me to write this essay. The young lady's name is Janette and in my latest effort I quoted a brief comment of hers. That essay, Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, was what most would refer to as doom and gloom, and I would be inclined to agree. I have no answers to our current state of affairs and lack any belief in any kind of political solution. 

I posted that essay in a group that Janette and I share and then added another essay by Ann Barnhardt, 'Why I Am Considering Quitting', as a comment. (Adding that neither Ms. Barnhardt nor I were about to quit ... Just frustrated at times) Then came my friend's feedback, which I feel compelled to publish; it reads:

"I understand. How does one capture the attention and the minds of people who REFUSE to hear? He doesn't worry about that aspect. True prophets never do. Oh sure they get down, but they keep preaching the message. So-o-o the prophet keeps on keeping on, in hopes that he'll reach just one soul who in turn will reach one soul etc. He applies the laws of mathematics.

Barnhardt wrote a powerful no-holds-barred essay and I am amazed by the vocabulary, keen insight and points driven home that were compiled in such short paragraphs and sentences. She drove home truth and we found ourselves unable to object because it was truth. Wow!

Now if I may offer an observation here. Anger is real. One can feel it deeply in this essay and in a couple of your latter essays. I understand. As a writer I would feel like I was beating my head against the proverbial brick wall. I know this anger ... I feel it too and your readers know and feel it. But a writer has to be cautious, for even if his message is truth, anger is a real turn-off to readers. We need that fragile thread of hope ... something we can cling to, otherwise we're left feeling as though everything is useless, futile and why carry on ...'I don't want to read any more of this stuff'. We have to present truth in a way that causes us to think and examine our own values and actions, or lack thereof and leaves us wanting to do better or at least feeling hopeful.

Now comes the dilemma and the hard part. How does one offer hope when he believes there is no hope? How does one sound the warning and present truth without alienating his readers?

Readers will not digest a steady diet of doom and gloom. It is human nature. Always give them hope. America needs hope right now.

I now await my chastisement.

PS Please don't quit ... either one of you. We need your insight."

My friend made one small error; that being her assuming that I am angry. Anger is a luxury one can ill afford while preparing for battle. Anger always results in a lack of control, another luxury I cannot afford. Nowhere did she dispute the truth that Ann Barnhardt and I put forth, suggesting only that we add some hope to our message. My reply to her was:

""I now await my chastisement." I like that; but none is due.

In my early writings I offered hope, in the form of encouraging people to think. Time has shown the wisdom of a statement by Thomas Edison who said "Five percent of the people think. Ten percent think they think. The other eighty five percent would rather die than think."

So many conservatives refer to liberals as sheep, I have come to think of the bulk of mankind as sheep, and have good company. So did Jesus.

This is why I formed this group. There is no hope...Yet. The whole system is so corrupt there is no alternative to its collapse. I cannot rally the sheep and so I try to rally the leaders; shepherds if you will. The only hope I can offer comes after the collapse when those of us who know the truth today stand out among the others. After one fashion or the other a rebuild will take place and it is up to us to direct it.

Colonel Travis, despite his many faults, was essentially an honest man. For the longest time he offered hope to his men in the belief that reinforcements would arrive. When he finally realized that those reinforcements were not coming he told them so. He told them that there was no hope and offered them a choice of trying to escape or staying there, accepting the situation, and doing what must be done.

Although many Texans would shoot me for saying this, those men were sheep. They were followers and they followed a strong and honest leader. Those sheep fought like tigers and on the thirteenth day found their way into the pages of history.

We all have a choice. Travis made his, his men made theirs, and I have made mine."

My dear Janette, Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet 'Unto thine own self be true.' I am doing exactly that, and unto those I care about I am doing the same. As for that massive herd of those who choose not to think, I cannot reach them and have consequently employed a stop loss technique. I have quit trying to reach them and regard many millions of them as future casualties of their own ignorance.

Those of them who do survive the coming holocaust will need leaders, and that is the group I address today. To lead one must have the courage to face the truth and to deliver that truth, no matter how sordid it is. Always find hope where a chance of hope exists, but when there is no hope to found, acknowledge the fact, for no hope at all is far far better than a false hope.

I have often stated that there is no political solution and stand by that statement. There is only one solution, and that is to survive the coming years, recalling what America was, and passing those memories onto posterity. They and the future are the only hope I will dare offer. Rebuild or be relegated to the pages of history ... our only choice, and our only hope.

8 comments:

  1. Hope...on any given day I feel one of two ways about hope for America.
    On the dark days, I think that hope is just disappointment delayed.
    On the not-quite-as-dark days, I think that hope is like a door, and we just haven't traveled all the hallways yet to find it.
    Either way, I hope for the best yet prepare for the worst.

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    1. Keep hoping, but by all means do keep preparing.

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  2. I agree with all that you have said except for your comment about the men at the Alamo being sheep. I have been to the Alamo on several occasions and have read many of the letters these men had written to their families, letters that spoke of the future of Texas and of freedom. I have seen the historical timelines and read the comments of many of the historians. These men of the Alamo which, included many Spanish Americans, were in love with their Texas and in love with freedom. They understood what the dim prospects of this battle were, yet they chose to stand and fight for the very things mentioned . . . freedom. They were not sheep. Sheep follow blindly without knowledge or reasoning. These men were not blind. They knew full well what the outcome might be and they knew the cost.

    Yes, Travis was not a likeable man and could be a real jerk, but his men knew this. They were following the clarion call of freedom.

    Only when America chooses to stand and fight . . . to return to her roots of freedom will we begin to see glimmers of hope. It seems to me that all prophecies have always ended with the “but” or “if” ... “If my people … will return … turn from their wicked ways … I will hear… I will heal….” As long as America remain silent and inactive she is doomed, so you are right again when you say prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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    1. In regards to the men of the Alamo I used the word 'sheep' in a very broad sense of the word simply to indicate that they were followers, which is why I made the comment that many Texans would want to shoot me for that connotation.. I also added "We all have a choice. Travis made his, his men made theirs, and I have made mine." Sheep do not make decisions. Those men, though followers, made a rational decision to die for what they believed in.
      Sometime I feel like I should have been there, or at Concord, or Gettysburg, or Bastogne. Born at the wrong time, I feel so like a stranger in a strange land in this the 21st century of America. It is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. It has morphed into the land of the flexible and the home of the pragmatist.
      Incidentally, I am not a prophet,as that term usually implies a religious frame of mind. Perhaps a historian investigating the past and the future, or a scientist studying cause and effect, but most assuredly not a prophet.You noted the exception of "but" or "if". I use neither. My projections are stated as high probabilities, not threats of eternal reprisal.

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    2. Janette, I just noticed that you posted the above at 2:27 A.M.. You too have trouble sleeping in today's convoluted reality. The sign of one who thinks. So many either never think or turn that thinking off and sleep peacefully. Then their are those of us who must bear the burden.

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  3. Yes I know you are not a prophet and I'm not trying to label you as such. It just seems as though much of what we are saying in this group is rather prophetic, like seeing the handwriting on the wall. In actuality it is a matter of simple deduction. Regardless, the warnings are out there ... the voices are crying out and no one is listening. And like I said, unless America begins to stand and fight she is doomed, yet I still want to believe she will awaken. Rationally I know she probably won't. I don't like this scenario. And yes I couldn't sleep. I was looking for hope.

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    1. Hope springs from within. Its fountainhead is a courageous soul.and none else. Any 'hope' that comes from another source is simply wishful thinking.
      Did I ever say that I am proud of you? "Rationally I know she probably won't. I don't like this scenario." You have taken that first giant step toward accepting what cannot be changed. Now, begin planning to survive and rebuild. It is up to people like us you know.

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