Thursday, April 24, 2014

News Blues

Is it just me, or is the news depressing?

Watching news makes me philosophical of late. Yes, like that bachelor who is advised to get a wife because he will either become happy (with a good wife) or a philosopher (with a bad wife) - that type of philosophical.

I think depression is a moment of intense clarity on the true human condition.

The news may be true, but it certainly ain't uplifting. The tone of a typical news broadcast is urgent. "There is an army of crises whose battering rams are pounding at the gates of Life-As-Usual." My mental big picture looks like this: a vice is tightening on the inhabitants of the earth, and all they have to alleviate the pressure is shopping and the occasional lottery and other assorted distractions. Party politics deafens the voice of sanity. 

Good news comes once in a while, rare displays of mankind's love for fellow man, even ignoring the lot of it that happens to be corporate bodies flaunting Social Responsibility. 

Crime and escapism stated in pompous officialese fills your typical news broadcast. It can weigh down on one. To maintain sanity, one decides "the system is broken, the problem can not be resolved. Let us just continue." Picture how the financial news dude makes perfect sense, an eternal jabberer of vaguely optimistic-sounding speculations. So we wait for different results. However, head-burying in the sand, lamentations beneath one's breath, carrying on as usual, is exactly how downward spirals end up in crash and burn.

Let us not miss the forest for the trees. The devil's worldwide schemes advance, his global structures rise higher each passing day. His trick is to co-opt deluded men into the program, to turn people against each other and against GOD, until at last when Satan presents the mark of the beast, mankind will enthusiastically hail him as savior. 

But to expect a different savior than Jesus Christ would be disingenuous: who else can save mankind from himself in these last days? For the cesspits from which people crave to be dragged are whirlpools of their own stirring.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

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