Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t some conspiracy to create false fears.
We had the scare about gun confiscations once Obama was elected. Now that might happen, but it won’t be right away. People are still sucking up huge quantities of ammo, and the gun trade is still pretty strong, but it’s not in the news any more. We heard about cap-n-trade, but that’s currently dead in the water. It will probably come, but not right away, and not all at once. There was a big panic about forced flu vaccine inoculations, with metal ID bands, etc. It could still happen, but it was certainly not when the clamoring voices warned it would happen, since October is gone. The dollar is still slipping inexorably down, but it seems to have held on a lot longer than predicted. We do have a surprising number of banks closing on Fridays, but frankly that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to how many are actually insolvent if they were honest. But the folks who make their living telling wild tales about the need to fear dramatic evil issuing from the federal government are now all moving on to other subjects. I’m wondering if they are either their own conspiracy, or if they are part of something bigger.
And would they know, themselves? Are they being pumped full of crud because someone hidden in the nooks and crannies of government wants a part of the population distracted by unjustified frenzy? Sometimes I wonder.
You don’t have to believe in conspiracies to know bad stuff is coming. That’s what governments have always done. They keep getting nastier and more corrupt until they collapse, or a revolt destroys them. And then the cycle starts over. So you can chase the fear hucksters and keep marking your calendar with dire predictions, or you can settle down and just keep this general expectation things will go from bad to worse. And you can simply decide you won’t be drive by such fears.
So while I am quite certain the federal, state and local authorities will become increasingly intrusive and burdensome, I don’t make plans to operate in the shadows of looming bad stuff. If I spend all my time sweating the small stuff, I’ll never be able to act on the bigger stuff, the things which require a deeper understanding. I understand God is not happy with any government in the Western world. I know He has promised if I stick to His standards of justice, I can expect Him to support that commitment. Sometimes it will simply be something in nature, some subtle shift in the way things happen visibly. For example, storms do hit our trailer park, but they never do much damage compared to the surrounding area. It’s consistent. That’s an example of how it works. I make plans to increase my understanding and compliance with God’s Laws.
By understanding all this in such terms, it’s a lot easier to decide how to respond when some new idiocy comes down. In the first place, I don’t have much to lose. Having lived out of a rucksack for weeks at a time, it’s not hard for me to get by on even less, now that I don’t have to worry about some commander making me do stupid stuff. Anything more comfortable than that experience is a bonus. My soul is not imprisoned by a sense of entitlement, so the threat of some change in my creature comforts causes no panic.
I hope you can adapt to the same frame of mind, because every week sees new and more dramatic grabs by bureaucrats for the product of our labors. For example, the FBI in Phillie are telling even tattoo artists to snitch on anyone who insists on anonymity, wants to deal only in cash, and talks about government not being Santa Clause, so to speak. You can’t make this stuff up. Last week the cops in the UK started raiding safety deposit facilities, confiscating all sorts of wealth. And you know our government takes a lot of cues from them. Relatively minor infractions, false charges in particular, will take thousands of dollars to defend, and it will be frankly cheaper to plead guilty. And if they can’t get you on something real, they’ll make up stuff. Yes, cops lie. They are trained to look for ways to blow things out of proportion, which is lying by another name. And so on and so on, ad nauseum.
It’s not as if I’m hiding, lurking around and trying to avoid the cops. I seldom do anything that gets their attention. I never call them when things go wrong, unless it’s something really critical and huge, something that will really keep them busy. Once they come on the scene, if they aren’t fully engaged in massive effort, there’s precious little to keep them from deciding you, the victim, did something illegal. Of course, I have the advantage of living in a state where such idiocy is generally frowned upon. We have a state law which says in essence, if you know for a fact something a cop is ordering you to do is wrong or illegal, you don’t have to comply. That sort of thing creates a wholly different atmosphere in police work. But I’m under no illusion that couldn’t change tomorrow. It’s because I’m truly interested in God’s justice I tend to do things which keeps me below the radar, plus God Himself keeps me unnoticed. Yeah, it works that way.
And when it doesn’t, it’s because something I need to do is on the other side of that hassle. It’s not like magic; it’s a little closer to the concept of karma. As long as I cling to justice, and keep a clear conscience, I can expect things to work out in the long run. That’s the promise of God’s Laws.