I’m in kind of a funny position right now. I can’t write about any of the stuff that has been filling my days or what’s top-of-mind.
Yesterday a cop told me there weren’t any laws on the books to put away a suspected child predator, and yet there are laws on the books for prosecuting children and others who draw pictures on a sidewalk with chalk or open a sidewalk lemonade stand. Last week I read a story about a guy who has been jailed in Phoenix for holding prayer meetings in his home because his gatherings were in violation of some zoning ordinance.
Two nights ago a friend told me something which makes me suspect that her ex-boyfriend is trying to get her murdered, but instead of protecting her, the courts in that jurisdiction are protecting the ex-boyfriend and his criminal family—and my friend is prohibited from leaving that jurisdiction and taking her child with her to safety.
But I can’t write about these things now because the time is not right. Yet believe me, these things are on my mind and I am dismayed and, as much as is possible for a guy living in paradise, troubled.
All day long the radio has been playing stories of our “leaders” yammering about this and that, and all the while it seems like whatever they are talking about is beside the point. It is like the politicians and officials and corporate honchos don’t even know what the point is.
From my perspective here, it seems like so many things in the outer world make absolutely no sense and are teetering on the brink of collapse. It seems like so many important and vital things, and the welfare of millions of people, rely on a delicate balance in the status quo which cannot be sustained.
Something critical appears to be missing and thereby ensures this imbalance. That something is Morality. Our laws and governments and the people who run them lack absolute moral standards. Without Morality a fatal wobble is introduced to the movement of the spinning top. It is not a matter of “if” but “when.” It is only a matter of time before it topples.
It is amazing to me that things in the big cities haven’t already devolved into chaos. It is surprising to me that people continue to have any confidence whatsoever in our national currency or in the authority of the state. But not everybody does.
Yesterday a friend told me that she knows her vote doesn’t count and hasn’t voted for years. She doesn’t trust our governments at any level and as a matter of course takes certain matters into her own hands. She has a creative (versus consumer) mentality.
For example, she has been investigating a particular wrongdoer for a year and a half with the intention of seeing that justice is done, even if the police and courts are unwilling or incapable of doing so. She has a large network of influential friends who feel much the same and help. Pity the criminal who comes under her scrutiny.
Not all of us can take such an activist stance. Yet all of us must do something—but what?
I believe that something must be to bring morality—absolute standards of morality—into our daily lives and interactions with all the people with whom we deal. Absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness, love, and loyalty.
It may not save the world and prevent the inevitable collapse, but it will help us create islands of stability around ourselves and help us salvage the best that can be from whatever the future may bring.
Groove of the Day