Wednesday, July 10, 2013

United We Fall?

Guest post by Charles Upole

As long as groups of people have existed there have been those who belong to the group and those who don’t. When someone ridicules a family member, the family will normally bond together to comfort and protect its own.  Schools and small towns form rivalries with other schools and small towns.  College students are trained to despise their rivals and nations when scrutinized by another nation will typically unify behind its leadership.  Its human nature, right?  We all, for the most part, want to belong; we want to be part of a group in which we can identify.  When faced with external threat strange alliances take place, brothers who are in a fight with each other are suddenly the best of friends when the town bully picks on one of them.  Teenagers see one of their classmates in the mall getting picked on by kids from a rival school will come to their rescue; we tend to have a tendency to put any differences aside when faced with a threat.  People from all sorts of backgrounds when faced with the prospect of war will put their differences aside to form a united front against a common enemy.  Keep this in mind.

Ever notice, especially in this country, how we see so much division and groups of people pitted against each other?  We see rich vs. poor, old vs. young, men vs. women, black vs. white, republican vs. democrat, etc., etc., etc.  Each one of these groups takes on the characteristic above of protecting their own at all cost.  This is actually a tactic called the Hegelian Dialectic, where there is a thesis, and anti-thesis and a synthesis.  The goal of synthesis or resolution can only be achieved through the negative friction between the two factions.  We see groups of people pitted against each other all over the world seemingly simultaneously going through the fever pitched negative phase of the Hegelian Dialectic.  One must wonder if this is in fact some sort of social engineering.

While we have these smaller divisive groups that form against one another we also have an overarching call for worldwide unification against common threats such as global warming, terrorism, hunger, AIDS, cancer or some other worldwide epidemic.  The problem is that every single call for worldwide unification is in response to fear.  People who are in the smaller groups fighting one another, unify under one of these “super groups”.

Is the big picture beginning to take shape?  Our cultures, philosophies and values are being synthesized out through the negative friction of the Hegelian Dialectic tactic while corporately we are being unified in fear against a greater “threat”.  I’m not going to debate whether or not these perceived threats have any merit or not, but what freedoms have we already given up because of them?  What liberty have we surrendered because of terrorism or global warming?  How many unnecessary vaccinations are floating around in our bodies in fear of the next epidemic? How many GMOs are in our food supply because of perceived “world hunger” that could be solved with one week of our “defense” budget?  Isn’t it time we start asking questions rather than blindly following our basic human instinct to belong?

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.  ~Psalm 14

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