For a start, anyone who puts “teaching” in his/her url is to be treated with great suspicion and I certainly don’t go to anyone’s site to be “taught” something, as if he has “the answers”. I might go to learn something.
There’s a blogger called, if I remember right, Bruce Charlton Teaching. Sorry but I find that completely pratty and though I know our friendly ghost Chuckles is into the guy’s writing, I avoid it like the plague for that one word “teaching”. [Update – see comments section where I stand corrected].
Now there is this Michaelteachings site and I went to it because of this karmic debt thing written by Earthling in the comments on one of our posts yesterday. Thought I’d best check out this stuff. OK, it organizes what happens to us in seven levels of karma. It goes into ice cream debt and toolbox debt etc. and that’s fine, as long as it doesn’t become a religion in itself.
As a Christian, you can replace all these with “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you” or on the eye for an eye biz, one major difference between old and new testaments is:
Recompense to no man evil for evil, provide things honest in the sight of all men, if it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head, be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
I like that “if it be possible, as much as lieth in you” because it does permit self-defence and then you can get into Ecclesiastes and “to everything, there is a season”. Tut tut, LR – that Judaeo-Christian tradition again we’re supposed to mock and vilify. Such a pity it underpinned our whole society for centuries which, of course, we’re hellbent on denying.
That “coals of fire” is ultracool and is, I think, the real meaning of “turn the other cheek”. Obviously, if my name is Vincent Cooke and my kids are behind me and that maniac is coming at me with a knife, I’m not going to turn the other cheek. Here’s the “if it be possible, as much as lieth in you” comes in again. Because in this case, it needs firm and immediate action, with maximum prejudice.
Before he got right up himself, Phil McGraw [Dr. Phil to devotees] brought out a series of ten lifelaws and these, plus the karma stuff plus the real message of Christianity, are a great blueprint for how to run relations in society. McGraw’s variation of the Romans 12 quote above was that “there is power in forgiveness”.
Nothing pisses off an enemy more than forgiving him. Douglas Adams would have called you a serene bastard. There’s really something in all this, you know and even this karma has something to it. It does come back on you what you do and I think it’s more than wishful thinking. I really like the bit about us knocking on the pearly gates and G-d says, “You denied me while you were alive – why shouldn’t I deny you now?”
Karma – good stuff. First, I do believe there’s a karmic and also practical reason for reducing the angst in society. If you look across western society now, what characterizes it? The falling away from the Judaeo-Christian underpinning and thus all the stress, short temperedness, demoralization etc. as the PTB have their own way and virtually enslave us – certainly in the UK, that’s the way it’s going.
It’s almost as if they want us at each other’s throats, failing to compromise, failing to understand, being unreasonable, creating this “simmering” type of cauldron. They really do want to destabilize us because then we’re far easier to manipulate and pick off at random. House divided? One of the ways, in these isles, is to target England and try to break it up, creating hatred between the Home Countries along the way.
Now just imagine that we stuck to our traditions and kids were taught in schools all about the things in this post and no one was particularly interested in robbing this guy’s home at knifepoint or something held him back when he got into a dispute with another guy. Imagine if every single one of us held back and the only people we detested were the politicians, especially the EU ones. They’d try to motivate us and we’d just look up, look at each other, mutter, “Yeah right,” and get back to our businesses or work or fun of some kind.
And think of it as “karma credits” that you’re building up. The Christians say “storing treasure in heaven”. Well, why not? It doesn’t mean being all goody-goody – I think we’d still have our pleasures but maybe if we’d helped an old lady across the road this day
against her will or we’d failed to knock some bloke’s head off when he insulted us, we could mentally chalk that one up and the bastards who are trying to create resentment and hatred in the society – look no further than Cameron and Co, Red Ed and the Marxists – would singularly fail to do so.
For many years in Australia it was like that – most people were pretty laid back in my years there and it was difficult for the pollies to get the people riled up. When people were supposed to be so angry, they were sent to Vietnam, it only caused protest and an eventual end to what Holt and others had caused. And in a karmic way, Holt got his. Now it seems as angst-ridden a place as anywhere else in the world.
People point to France as a supposedly Christian country which is so oversensitive and flappable that its history has been one bloodbath after another. It’s worth noting two things – the revolution was brought on, not by Christians but by the other tradition – the godless lost souls and Them. Voltaire played for the other side. That tradition has been equal and opposite right through France’s history of excess. It’s also strong over here. And don’t forget that that was Catholicism rather than Christianity as it was meant to be. Remember the Huguenots?
I’m not teaching or preaching – I’m just saying that there are a lot of good ideas in that tradition of ours and if the majority were to decide they were good traditions again and start to follow them, then the designs of the effing globalists would get absolutely nowhere, the Club of Rome created EU would crumble and fall like the towers of Mordor and all sorts of good things would ensue. The beer would flow, smokers could puff away to their hearts’ content, we’d all be of good cheer and we’d not have to put up with PCists telling us what to do any more.
Sounds a good idea to me.