The last stories over the past couple of weeks were performed by the Islamic State in Gaza which had stolen the rockets from a Hamas warehouse or rocket manufactory and firing them into Israel likely to show their desire to fight Israel, as they refer Zionist Entity, and showing up Hamas for not attacking Israel while also proving their security on its stores as pathetic and unable to secure their own armories. This has been followed by numerous vehicles belonging to Hamas military officers being bombed heightening the threat levels of an internecine war breaking out between the Islamic State and Hamas for control of Gaza and eventually attack Fatah in Judea and Samaria in the not so distant future.
Meanwhile, the Western World will look on as a spectator sitting on the sidelines unable to understand that the continuing radicalization of the Islamic World is building towards some future breakout point where it will explode onto the Western World which will not be prepared and thus will not know what struck out at it from within its secret world still looked upon by much of the Western World as that backwards little area with its myriad of nations which had been drawn by the Allied powers after World War I in the Sykes-Picot Agreement which divided up the Ottoman Empire in such a manner as to create a Middle East incapable of advancing with any rapidity as each nation would consist of competing entities internally fighting amongst themselves only capable of functioning under the oppressive rule of a strong-armed dictator who would be overthrown every number of years only to be replaced by yet another strong-armed dictator who would invest their efforts on revenge and thus create a cycle-of-violence which would preclude advancement of the society as a whole. Unforeseen by these Western leaders who were so very smart by a half would be two strong entities which would eventually explode and unite the Sunni and Shiite worlds which would then fight out the future of the Islamic World and reestablishing the Caliphate, only this time completely aligned by the most virulent form of Islam dominating the entirety of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) ready and completely united under one banner.
That final struggle is about to break out with the main power of the Western World being compromised under the banner of leadership of a conflicted and troubled concept that the world had been corrupted by the false concept that the West was superior and had destroyed the world by actions by which they had lorded over the rest of the world and were the main cause of the miseries throughout the world. All the ills caused by the imposition of western culture onto an unappreciative world being robbed of its own identity became the cause celeb of the liberal left. This concept was further strengthened through political correctness run amuck which exploited Western guilt (White guilt) which had imposed what had been realized as simply morals and religious concepts which under multiculturalism had been relegated as simply just another competing set of concepts and rules for society which was no better and likely a whole lot worse than the other concepts with which it would now be forced to compete, but with constraints and limitations which denied the use of the position of strength it had built up over the years. Having the advantages of Western superiority resultant from the Reformation, Enlightenment and eventual political concepts of resulting in separation of Church and State which led inexorably to the death of Western religions with their being replaced with all-powerful states which would replace G0d with the concept of man as the ultimate entity and the State as the source of all power which through its many checks and balances offered a vastly superior and vastly more competent overseer and provider of a new and more liberated morality and check on power which was the last step before the fall.
What was now lost was the glue which had tied the various states together and provided the system where the State was responsible for matters of governance which then were tempered by the influences and morality of restraint taught and imposed by religion which prevented the ego of the political field from becoming overly enthused with their power and would thus eventually trip and fall. This inevitability had been recognized during the last part of the eighteenth century when government was just coming onto the stage of power in the West and its mixture of Freudian and Darwinian competing concepts from which came the eventuality of the all-powerful and omnipotent State by which all power and rights were to be guaranteed, replacing the Creator as the presumed source of the rights of man. The State replaced and circumvented the Creator and caused government replacing the church as the purveyor of all morality leading to a form of hedonism far more pervasive in society than the primitive idolaters of pre-Judeo-Christian ethics which had curtailed those very same hedonisms which had corrupted the rule of man originally. Gone were the admonitions of the Founding fathers who had realized in their slower paced society where mankind was free to think and reflect in each gain and step forward and work out the ramifications of actions thus granting a restraining force against the hedonistic morals of the moment which has taken root in Western Society where the pleasures of the moment overrule the restraints originally imposed by the balanced power of the Church. Modern western man was now erudite and advanced to where he no longer required such petty and superstitious concepts of morality which the Church was still attempting to impose on a society which now worshiped technology and the ability to hook up and where connectivity was the new religion. Gone were the heady thoughts expressed by the Founding Fathers and their political philosophers of that era which was now under assault for its evils ignoring the fact that most of those evils continue their practice in for too much of the world where the omnipotent State was the new culmination of the god-king the wielder of the power of State. This was the definer of the new morality or the lack thereof.
The concepts which were so wise in their day that they led to man enacting institutions which would use such knowledge to curtail such evils and allow the now all knowing State to be that which would limit its use of power as we the erudite leaders will be empowered, not the State. We exchanged as a society the rudder of centuries of accumulated wisdom which guided mankind in the early part of the time where man was to be trusted as we had our new morals incorporated into the laws and thus such would suffice to place constraints on mankind and thus temper the society which would never become headstrong and careless with its powers. We had the wisdoms of the parables which would serve as our new limitations with such concepts as the far from complete list such as the following:
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton
A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master. – George Washington
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. .Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. – Samuel Adams
The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind. – Benjamin Rush
The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence. – Noah Webster
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –Thomas Jefferson (Actually the entirety of the arguments listed in the listing of complaints against the crown which are the main body of the American Declaration of Independence are worth reading, as these men risked their lives signing the document (representative picture of the signing below) as Benjamin Franklin pointed out to those gathered, “”We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”
And the source from which these wisdoms above are derived is stated succinctly in Deuteronomy 17: 14-20 which read:
14) Guidelines for a King “You are about to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’
15) If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the LORD your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.
16) “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’
17) The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
18) “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
19) He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.
20) This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.
These quotes would have been the guidance by which Western thought of a limited government would have rallied to contest for the hearts and minds of mankind but which instead have been relegated as merely one amongst many paths, all of which have equal truth for truth is decided by each man for himself and his family and no choice is superior or inferior to any other. The problem with such thought is that it does not lend itself to defending such a society as the society by its own admissions is no better or worse than any other societal norns. The problem with relativism is it leads to what may be the greatest pitfall from which recovery is all but impossible and that renders every last one of the above quotations mute is expressed in one more anecdotal saying:
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton.
How many people in most of Europe and far too much of the United States believe in any of the above quotations. Probably one out of every fifty would be the answer one would get from the students on any average college campus inbetween their laughter at such outmoded thoughts. One has to wonder how many of them realize that much of what they are being indoctrinated with was the rule of the world before the introduction of Torah which led to Judeo-Christian ethics and was culminated in the hedonism of Rome and the worship of the human form brought to the forefront by the Hellenist Greeks. The Greeks who preceded Rome had a similar pantheon of gods but also believed that the human form was the ultimate crowning creation of the gods. Their belief that the human form was a perfection included their outlawing circumcision, body painting, cutting (a practice where the body was scarred to make permanent markings which determined ones stature in the society where only those of great accomplishments or of high birth were so marked) and later to the designs painted on such as the inking in Egypt which was the earliest form of tattooing. It would be interesting if those human purists of today were to be made aware that their biggest complaint against male circumcision is actually a throwback to the Greeks who saw such as an abomination and insult to their gods and that for the past century circumcision has been an understood practice which improved health and prevented infections and the spread of certain diseases and a reduced risk of contracting other diseases. They would also likely be surprised that the new war on circumcision has much the same reasoning behind it as it had through the last three thousand years, namely as an effort to make circumcision illegal thus making Judaism illegal as circumcision is required by the Jewish faith as part of the covenant with Hashem. But why would that change anyone’s mind as it has not been much of deterrence to any practices over the thirty or so centuries so why should it matter now?
That is one of the things about the latest and greatest trends over the last half a century and into this start of the twenty-first century has been how things which were supplanted by the introduction of monotheism and the moral codes in Torah and which were to make the core of Judeo-Christian ethics have returned and are now replacing the Judeo-Christian ethics across much of Western Society. Europe has almost been completely overwhelmed by these throwback cultural mores. The sacrifices to Baal often were child sacrifices which usually meant newborns and infants which parents no longer or never desired to have to care for or were born from an unsanctioned relationship or for whatever reason, maybe the priest and the parents had an argument or any of an myriad of reasons, while today society is up front about it, some people do not wish to have the inconvenience of a child and some organizations, well, it’s just business and there is good money in fetal tissue and body parts and the ghoulishness does not seem to get in their way of making an extra few hundreds-of-millions of dollars. How much longer before the television networks have gladiatorial combat to the dearth and during intermission between bouts and twice before the main event of the evening having some convicts thrown to the lions for your evening’s entertainment. There is a song by Peter Allen with an appropriate title for these new morals and norms which were the rage between two and ten millennia ago titled, “Everything Old Is New Again.” I would try and sing it for you but that would be a cruelty you should not need suffer.
Beyond the Cusp