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A Slide into Totalitarianism

In the Blink of an Eye
1I sit here in the early hours, not far past the other side of midnight, wondering about a man’s, a woman’s good name.
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Good name. What the hell does that mean in a time of societal collapsing?
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You could do a bit of hermeneutical musing, but would that produce any Truth or just loads of relative truths produced by all other “theologians”?
Some how, good name seems to be associated with one’s spirituality, or being. Now a person’s state of being is quite a bit easier to observe because behaviour is one good marker. Behaviour is multi faceted of course.
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The great religious wisdom traditions of the World have a lot to say about Being which can be of great assistance when trying to work out for oneself – the forming story of what sort of person do I want to become and what sort of road do I need to tread to help me get there.
Another one of the great questions of life that every person has to answer during the adolescent years, leading to the change to adult wholeness along the way to one’s death, hopefully after a well lived life.
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One cannot miss being caught in the tragedy of death, celebrated in ceremonies of farewell to the departed, but swelling that tragedy if shame is also a legacy carried away by the mourners.
Shame that people, but especially family members have to carry and try to atone for in some way, or live with societal disapproval – for how many generations?
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During this current period of slide into totalitarian ideological fanaticism, (which turns out to be a secular form of spiritual madness) much evil is being generated and it seems, the horsemen of tragedy are destined to gallop that path for many years to come; and many names will be lost.
Presumably the Song of Names will have many more stanzas and require many more singers.
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Hopefully one does not fall prey to losing one’s name.
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For the Christian pew sitter, a suggestion might be to look at the spirituality of the Galilean Peasant you follow. – ‘Jesus before Christianity’ by Albert Nolan might be helpful.
For the non-religious, a recent book by Mattias Desmet “The Psychology of Totalitarianism” is worth the time to read.
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