If you are inclined to comment or just help me edit for typos and such, now is the time to get involved. Here are the links to what I regard the final draft. I am particularly interested in answering questions the material raises so I can reach for some essential clarity. I’m including all the chapters by links below because some have been rewritten.
A note for those who are interested in participating in a virtual Prophet’s Academy: This blog serves as a means to publicity and so forth, but my actual ministry operations are on another blog. Anyone who wants to actually work with me in studying the prophetic ministry itself will need to visit there on a regular basis. I sincerely hope this thing gets bigger than just me a couple of associates. I have no interest in running a big show, just getting one started.
The first two chapters of the manual, Prophet’s Path are finished. Regular readers won’t find too much new. They aren’t linked anywhere else; this is the advance draft. The finished product will be available in plain text, HTML, PDF, Open Document (.odt) and probably MS Word. It’s all public domain. Comments welcome.
There is such a thing as good government. You aren’t likely to see it, but it won’t hurt to know something about it so you’ll know how to criticize what we do have.
1. Prophets have always condemned credit and interest because that’s God’s Law. God is better at human economics than we are. A credit-based economy, with a credit-based currency, is not better than the ancient system. Everybody wants to forget humans are fallen. When credit is strictly non-interest based, used only to help the poor get by as God says it should be used, things can’t get any better. Granted, a primitive economy suffers ups and downs based on the human tendency to miscalculate and mis-allocate resources in pursuing meeting human needs. It cannot be prevented. All attempts to dampen the natural ups and downs only make things worse. In a debt-based economy, you grant unlimited power to the creditors to manipulate the economic cycles to their benefit, and it will never match the needs of the broader population. Regulations will always be broken, because regulators are human. Nobody is that good; give someone power and it will always go wrong. You cannot craft a system which guarantees stability, because you cannot craft a system better at handling human failure than the one God described long, long ago.
2. No human on this earth can possibly be competent to manage an economic system bigger than a village of 75-100 people. Given the average quality of those likely to rise to such a position, a safe limit is 50 people. Putting the wisest people into groups and committees will actually reduce their capability for anything more than simple cooperation and coordination between their various individual responsibilities. Committees cannot decide anything really important; decision is always an individual exercise. Never trust anyone who likes committees, and especially trust no one who likes to govern.
3. Given Breivik himself bluntly stated the need to support Zionism, that question is settled. But another is emerging. I’m willing to bet at least some part of the Norwegian police were in on this from the start. Where did he get the official uniform? Their explanations of how it took so long to respond to the scene on the island don’t add up. This I say as a former cop. Cops are people, too. There have always been a significant portion of every police force up for sale. In this case, I’m willing to bet a significant hope from allowing Breivik to succeed was creating that missing element of fear. Norwegians are too peaceful and secure in their insular society to permit easy manipulation of their politics. Having dared to challenge the Zionist political orthodoxy, the first step in forcing them back onto the reservation is to make them fear and distrust. Granted, one should never trust anyone in a uniform, but this is a perversion of that virtue.
4. Did you notice the falseness of the Norwegian peace? It was based on centralized control. It worked because the economy was quite solid, and folks were comfortable. This left them extremely vulnerable to the lone gunman attack. With all the hassles and the false sense of safety, no one else was armed on that island. Indeed, no one even thought in terms of disabling the gunman, and there certainly was no one competent to consider it. A true pacifist is ready to fight for peace. Not in the sense of clobbering everyone until they are forced to be peaceful, but a real pacifist recognizes genuine threats to peace, and is ready to die for it. Had I been there, I probably would have gotten shot eventually, but not before I had done my best to either rush, or draw the gunman into a trap. I’m willing to bet he would not have imagined anyone daring to hit back with improvised weapons. Peace is not the absence of violence, but the determined opposition to it. The most peaceful society is the one that hates war because it understands it all too well. Good people don’t want control, but will exert it only so long as necessary to keep it from the hands of others.
5. Any plan of government which assumes human nature can be shaped and modified is doomed to failure. If you plan realistically for a normal background level of death and destruction instead of trying to create an artificial bubble of safety, you will approach the best things can be. Normal human activity is risky, variations are a necessity. Planning for maximum allowance in human variation is wisdom. Planning to stay out of the way as much as possible is moral goodness. Having something better to do, and always being frustrated because governing keeps you from it, makes you a morally fit ruler. Peace is not having everything under control, but is reducing chaos to a tolerable level of least harm. Wisdom is recognizing when you cannot and should not try to control.
If it were up to me, I’d open a Prophets’ Academy.
Let’s get this out of the way first: I don’t care if what I post here every day is absolutely bonkers. This is the best I know and my spirit as at peace with Almighty God. That’s more important to me than any measure of success on a human level. Nothing I say is intended to represent coercion in any way. The objective is simply to get you asking God on a level of sincerity and honesty He’ll honor. There is nothing which presupposes you’ll come up with the same answers. If you start writing stuff which is too different from what I promote, all that means is I don’t have to work with you, and you don’t have to work with me. You certainly don’t have to take me seriously.
I don’t like working alone. It gets old. I deeply miss those days in my youth when other kids were willing to adopt enough of a like mind we could have fun together and be best pals. It brings a sense of peace and rest against a crazy world. Who’s to say it wasn’t insular and unrealistic; that wasn’t the point. Reality itself is pretty shaky and hard to pin down, so anything which brings a certain sanity and peace by at least finding you aren’t totally alone is a good thing in itself.
Externally I was pretty darn conventional most of the time. Internally, I always knew something wasn’t right, that some inner voice called me to another world. All the orthodox and not-so-orthodox teaching about reality coming at me always failed in some aspects. It’s not that I thought I was smarter than the rest of the field, but simply that I was wrong for going along with everything or anything offered. So I held in myself some eternal tension between what I could find to use and the sure knowledge something better had to be out there somewhere.
Even my sense of search was twisted and perverted by the mental framework provided by my world. Once I understood that, there was no turning back. It’s not a question of finding all the right answers, but of asking the right questions. My sense of assurance and peace with whatever passes for reality has never been so solid.
If I did have a Prophets’ Academy, this is what I would teach. I’d offer the path I took, but offer it as an example of how not to be forced onto the wrong path. I don’t want you to echo what I say, parrot what I write. I want you to address your world from the same sense of assurance and mission. I would love to see more people hammering at the false reality thrown up around us today. The mission is not to knock it all down, but only to hammer at it. People who learn about the hammer will then knock down their own walls of falsehood. It’s about the hammer, the individual path of peace and sanity available only by getting rid of the lies.
Naturally I’m going to have the strongest affinity for those whose words present a general train of thought which sounds familiar to me. That’s what we need from each other, a sense of safe familiarity. If I understand it, I know how and how much I can trust it. It becomes a point of reference, right or wrong, which saves me time. I don’t have to all the way back to zero and recalibrate when things get a little shaky. The more we agree on after having done that enough times, the less time is wasted getting on with the mission. Right now, it’s pretty lonely.
If you have the burning itch, the sense things aren’t quite right, and you need another system to get you through this mad universe, feel free to steal my stuff and learn what I have to teach. The only thing I hope to gain is to shed this sense of loneliness. You can keep your money, your personal habits, your sense of who you are, whatever it is you bring with you. All I ask is you make room for one more friend. But the friendship is all about the purpose, the shared calling and task. Don’t get involved if you can still walk away from it. You have to be a helpless captive to something you can’t ignore.
This is just one store front in the massive cosmic franchise, and the possibilities are endless. Help wanted: more prophets.
(This also serves as notice I’m writing a training manual for prophets.)