The Great Society*

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President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s Dream in 1964–65 * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society
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During the 1960’s the social upheaval, the negatives and the violence was only part of the story.  In those years President LBJ was part of an effort to make life more equitable for Americans.  He revealed his dream for a better America with his desired improvements in education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation.

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Just getting a chance to create Federal programs that would facilitate these positive efforts took a great deal of political skill (LBJ was a master politician).  What was successful and what was not I will leave that up to you if you care to research the subject thoroughly.  I am not going to evaluate his effort, nor examine the historical record now.  My focus is on why I believe Christians can influence our society in many positive ways because of Biblical principles and can move humanity toward a Great Society nevertheless.

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The Bible does not indicate that humans can establish perfection on Earth; it does instruct us how to live better.
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The Holy Scriptures point us to a future when GOD will establish a New Kingdom upon a New Earth.  Jesus Christ will rule.

Revelation 21:1 ESV

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

In the meantime Christians can do a great deal (and some have) to make living on this Old Earth better.  Christians know from the Bible that humans are susceptible to self-serving motives and in some instances evil attitudes and behavior. Modern society dislikes the word “sin” so much that there are many people saying it does not exist; wishing it away will not make it vanish.  Acknowledging it will help people to do a better job at lessening sin and its negative effects.  The Bible paints a realistic picture of life as we know it and instructs us how to be victorious. First you must be honest.

Romans 3:23 ESV

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Next Christians must strive to live the new life they have been granted even as their spirit still dwells within their old body.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Victory over sin in this life requires a number of proscriptions and prescriptions.

Yet it is not a simple matter of memorizing a list of do and don’t instructions (Like The Ten Commandments), it is understanding our nature, believing GOD, and possess the commitment to persevere knowing at times we will fall short.

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Even if Christians are diligent this Old World can only improve to a degree; human nature and current reality will prevail.

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

Matthew 25:37-40 ESV

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

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Strive to be more Christ-Like, do good to demonstrate your gratitude for GOD’s grace and keep these words in mind:
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Matthew 26:11 ESV 

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. (Jesus said this before His death and Resurrection) 

 

 

 

 

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Manipulation or Mind Control

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Manipulation –  control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously.  www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&q=define+Manipulation

Mind control (also known as brainwashing, re-education, brainsweeping, coercive persuasion, thought control, or thought revision) is a controversial pseudo-scientific theory that human subjects can be indoctrinated in a way that causes “an impairment of autonomy, an inability to think independently, and a disruption of thought…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_control

MANIPULATION is operational

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Advertising in all its forms is omnipresent here in the United States; in fact around the world in many if not most countries. This part of our reality can be viewed as a necessary specter because though a nuisance businesses need to advertise in order to function and compete – new and worthy products and services are often revealed in this way.  When does manipulation become mind control?

Brainwashing or mind control . . . etc.

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Is it real?  Science Fiction demonstrates what this concept could be if it becomes irrefutable yet there are skeptics and experts that resist accepting even the possibility.  OK I am not an expert; I need to lean on the literature experts present.  Yet, when I review the research published about how our human brains work I suspect the science fiction writers have raised important questions about the possibility of actual mind control.

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Our Brain is more than a Super Computer

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We store memories and information not in a static state as a computer but rather in a dynamic state.  The value of knowing this alerts us that our memories are not infallible and can be altered.  Whether or not external forces can modify our minds substantially or not may be debatable but, it seems to me the more willing we are to accept change and, the longer we are exposed to what affects change within our brain, I believe the more likely changes will occur.  How, parents influence their children, schools facilitate learning, the military trains and organizations guide their employees are all dependent on knowing how our brain works.  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series “The Brain – The Story of You” and the companion book written by Dr. David Eagleman presents an excellent snap shot of where science is today concerning understanding our human brain. I recommend both highly.  It may be just a matter of time before true and complete Mind Control is indisputably real.Our Brain is more than a Super Computer

Can the INTENTION justify the end result

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Last week I wrote about “The Greater Good” and the danger of the concept when its definition is changed or is subject to change; the thoughts about this subject can lead one to consider implementing a perceived “good thing” by any means possible.  Who decides what will offer the most good to whom and how many?  The method of accomplishing the goal can be negative for some. Shouldn’t that cancel its implementation.  Many of us probably heard a parent say, “I am doing this for your own good.”  This most likely was true.  As a citizen of a complex and often devious world we are reluctant to be so easily convinced by a political leader who espouses plans in a similar fashion. So what are we to consider when we plot a course for our life?

We are FINITE and subject to limitations

As a follower of Jesus Christ my Lord and I tend not to ‘lean on my understanding’ but rather trust GOD’s Word as a guide for my life.  If studying and applying lessons learned from the Holy Bible manipulate me I do believe it is for my good and for the good of all.

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Excerpts from the Holy Bible (ESV)*:

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

John 14:26 ESV

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

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The Greater Good

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In a world increasingly influenced by multiculturalism, pluralism and (seemingly CONTRADICTORY) individualism circumstances may beg the question: What is meant by The term “The greater good”?

If we could eavesdrop on two wise and learned people engaged in a debate about “The Greater Good”  – one from antiquity and one from a possible future – perhaps we may gain some deeper understanding of this concept.

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Standing on a stage before a group of people from around the world and many different periods of time, are two distinguished representatives about to debate one another on what is meant by the phrase “The Greater Good”?

The representative for the ancients is a man named Manu on the right; the representative for people yet to be extant a woman named Ai on the left; I (James) shall be seated below and in front of them and act as moderator when necessary.

The Beginning.

Moderator:     Ai and Manu you have read the rules for this discussion; if you do not have any questions are you ready to discuss the topic “The Greater Good”?

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Ai:                     Yes.

Manu:              Yes.

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Moderator:     Manu please tell us about what the term meant to early humans before there were cities, farms or permanent settlements.

Manu:              In those days the created people emerged from the forests and engaged the world; the men hunted or fished as the women and children (able enough to help), gathered seeds, fruit and other small edibles.  All helped manage water use and waste disposal.  These practices constituted the first rules intended to insure survival; they insured all members of the group had the best chance to survive. Survival equaled “The Greater Good” Not adhering to them would certainly lead to death.

Moderator:     Ai in the eras yet to come does this clear concept still ensure survival for the people who live in the future?

Ai:                   “The Greater Good” in the future is the same as “Do what Ever Makes You Happy”.

Moderator:     Manu what kinds of humans suffered punishment and why if they were judged to do things or behave in such a way as to violate the rules jeopardizing survival of the many?

 

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Manu:              In the earliest days there were no jails or systems to modify or control recalcitrant individuals therefore capital punishment was the norm. Very few violators were punished in less severe ways. Gradually with the advent of larger populations other punishments requiring payment or restitution supplanted capitol remedies.

Ai:                  Allow me: In the future there is no punishment we understand all things are relative so we tolerate all but a very few crimes; the only remedies are control of a violator with substances that modify their behavior or relocate them. We no longer prosecute victimless crime.

Manu:          Excuse me, what kind of life do individuals lead?

Ai:                 Most law-abiding individuals are happy and content; everything is provided from cradle to death (death is only determined by choice of the individual) or they can live perpetually since science prolongs life indefinitely. People try this or that but most settle into a quiet lifestyle enjoying constant virtual reality entertainment.

Manu:          Is there nothing to engage in? No great people of science or leadership?

Ai:               There is no need for any of that.  Machines attend to every conceivable need a person may have. Machines do all the work and people simply seek pleasure and enjoy whatever pleases them.

Manu:         And what about spiritual life, family life, friendly competition, exploration of the universe or altruism?

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Ai:              Those are all things of the past.  There are no needy people; we can explore any imagined world using virtual reality; there is no need for GOD, God or gods we are each a god of our own.  Humans can choose to live perpetually if they want to.

Manu:        What is the average life span in this Utopian future?

Ai:              Life span by choice averages about thirty years of age . . .

Manu:        What!?

Ai:             By that age most people have experienced all the joy they can  and chose to vacate allowing room for a newly emerged individual . . .

Moderator:     Ai and Manu I am sorry because that is all the time we have for today’s debate.  We hope to see you both again and continue with this topic.

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to be continued.

I am not sure what you make think concerning this topic but, I as a follower of Jesus Christ trust Him for my future.

GOD has created us for a purpose that is beyond our selfish selves.  In this life we can be transformed by following HIS precepts; we can be fulfilled; we can know that we have a purpose and a destiny; HE will prepare us for a new future with HIS gift of eternal life that has meaning and fulfillment now and forever more.

Some Bible verses that point the way:
      1. Isaiah 5:20 ESV

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

      1. James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

      1. Galatians 6:9 ESV

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

      1. Galatians 5:19-26 ESV

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But https://www.crossway.org/support/esv-bible-permissions/the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, https://www.crossway.org/support/esv-bible-permissions/gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. …

      1. Proverbs 4:27 ESV

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

  1. Romans 12:21 ESV

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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It is Just a Little Thing

 

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Ever wonder how things got so bad?

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The young-boy had taken a candy bar and was caught when he was escorted home by the patrolman everyone agreed: It was just a little thing. When his dad came home mom told him, “It was just a little Thing.”  A few years passed and the boy was about to enter high school when a note arrive in the mail from his teacher:

'Dear Mom and Dad,

Your son was caught sharing answers on the final exam . . . in light of his generally good record we'll consider it just a mistake . . . no punishment beyond a re-test is warranted . . . IT WAS JUST A LITTLE THING .

Truly Your, 

Mrs. Teacher'

Now a teenage driver the young man had worked part-time and saved enough to buy his first car.  One evening he and his best friend were speeding home from a party; a patrolman waiting for speeders near their hometown caught them.  The patrolman recognized him because he knew his father well, so he said, “Son in light that this was just a little thing I am letting you go with a warning; just do not do it again.”

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In the university the young man did well with maybe a  minor indiscretion or two now and then: they all were “just little things.” He finished his education and advanced as an attorney and eventually ran for, and was elected to, political office.  His political career flourished and the story of his life seemed to be the embodiment of  The American Dream.

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When he had matured in age and stature he held one of the highest offices of the land; he was respected and heralded as a respectable elder statesman.  No one including he ever dreamt of the disgraceful ending that befell him.  It was exposed in the news to everyone that many of the political accomplishments attributed to him were achieved by subterfuge, backroom deals, deception and in one instance breaking a law.

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As he was led away from the courtroom where he had been convicted he mumbled over and over, “It was just a Little thing.”

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Bible excerpts:
      • Luke 16:10 ESV

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

      • James 1:15 ESV

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

      • 1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

  • Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

  • Proverbs 29:17
    Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.

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Population Control

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Population Control is an emotionally charged subject that often evokes strong emotion when debated.

Reasons for this are manifold: Religious, tribal, economic, fear, hate, historical, reprisals, political, limited or lack of resources, selfish, arrogant, criminal, misguided . . . or a combination of factors. Contributing factors that have the potential to be equivalent to population control could be, poor or sparse health care, easy access to weapons, easy access to alcohol and drugs, the availability of abortion on demand, a limited or substandard food supply: just some of the factors to consider potential population control mechanisms.

 For this reason I will not express the rationale for approving or disapproving theoretical speculation: investigative research, statistical analysis, and other objective methods would surely be needed before a definitive conclusion with remedies be declared.

No matter why or how a particular population of humans may or may not be controlled is not the focus here.

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The point of my blog post is two-fold: 1) examine facts and fallacies about human population growth, and 2) consider what may be an equivalent population control intended or not.  When people are motivated by a belief about a growing population that is negative, they may quickly descend into a position favoring population control with no logical basis for it.  If conscious efforts fall short, subconscious effects on decisions may be manifested unintentionally or even worse, by an agenda conceived and implemented in subterfuge intentionally.

Is over population on a global scale a myth or real threat to humanity?

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Every time people predict that we will run out of resources or food human ingenuity finds solutions to the challenge.  I believe there is enough food and natural resources wasted even now, that if this wastefulness was remedied all the people of the world could be adequately supplied.   Renewable resources, renewable energy, increased production efficiency, less planned obsolescence, better urban and suburban planning and, preservation of natural habitat for all living creatures seems possible along with greater efficiency in use and manufacturing.  Then too, there is the ultimate probability humans will become a space-faring race of sentient beings in the not too distant future – thus opening new possible homes and resources for people for some time.

I have a saying, “Too many people too close together equals too many problems and too many laws.”

Yet even this picture of growing populations in finite spaces is a fallacy, we have room for people: There are vast areas where people can live: marginal lands improved my technology, innovative methods that allow people and wildlife to coexist sharing space and new cost-effective energy sources that encourage new communities.  New communities in areas with new opportunities for gainful employment hitherto too remote and hard to supply with required energy via conventional sources.  

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The image of a crowded inner cities where crime, substandard living conditions and undesirable habitat are prevalent, need not be extant.  The conditions that create the circumstances for all these perceived negatives endured by people, may be the result of people seeking to live in substandard conditions. The people who live in these places like and create the situation that they live in – that often is the perception held by outsiders I believe.  The converse idea that the situation creates the stereotypical people who populate the area in question is closer to reality.   A vicious cycle feeding on itself: children are negatively affected while maturing and living in such an area and, they grow up believing there is where they belong thus sustaining the substandard area.  Why? Because this is expected and, it seems there is insufficient interest and effort devoted to breaking the negative pattern.  Another way to picture it: consider what happens when people are herded into – or confined to – places by suppressed economic conditions and are forced into where substandard conditions already beginning to take hold are thus overcrowding makes things worse.  This is likely to accommodate the negative view and make the feared results a continuous reality.  Social change from negatives to positives most probably is a generational phenomenon once the cycle sets in; think carefully, did a negative substandard milieu get that way overnight?  Not likely, so it will not be remedied overnight either.  It will take education, financial help and hard work to turn urban blight into prosperity.

What laws are passed or not passed, behavior of authorities, business practices or even qualifications for societal benefits may all serve a population control agenda.

These practices if governed by blind adherence to tradition or are linked to the subconscious negative view of the creators and not recognized as such.  The status quo may be fiercely defended and if negative effects are demonstrated but judged to not be an intentional attempt to control the population growth then what?  What about the identified population can it really be the natural outcome of the culture of the population in question? Perhaps some may say the effect on a segment of a population that may be negatively affected from the effects of the way their own political overseers carry out their governance and not any external effect.

Humans are not always truthful and one negative human trait that illustrates this well is the art of deception; it can also include self-deception.  Think hard and carefully about what you think you know and how you came to know it concerning “The Bad Side of Town”.  You may realize short of organized genocide the methods and effects may be very subtle.  The control of a particular minority, race or class of people is not easily exposed because it may be an expected part of contemporary life but not recognized as such.

Let me get to the major goal of this post: the following paragraph will introduce ideas worth considering in view of the concept of population control.

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Whether or not population control is actually a part of our society here in The United States of America, it should be considered a possibility.  It should be considered a possibility because the socioeconomic and equality problems recognized by even a casual observer may be correctable.  In a land so filled with wealth, talent and passion it is hard to accept that nothing can change the situation of the poor living here.  Young people please study and research the economically challenged of America.  See if you can apply new ideas for change on old persistent problems that keep so many of our fellow citizen from enjoying a better life.  People like these remain on the economic sideline and have not had their fair share of the American Dream.

Getting to the another major point:

Deep inside our minds may lurk ancient assumptions and practices that once helped us survive and thrive.  We are hardwired to see faces, recognize differences, quickly determine friend or foe.   I believe other latent ancient survival mechanisms probably exist as well.  What was out of the ordinary could represent a threat so these mechanisms are understandable.  Strangers may well have had clever tactics to overwhelm and conquer us in the distant past.  Anomalous individuals born into our midst may have represented new unacceptable burdens, because they became non contributors, or disrupted the normal flow of peace and tranquility.  Maybe they had to be eliminated in order for the group to survive.  If resources grew short it may have led to warfare where the victor survived and the vanquished perished.  The responses to these conditions may be in our genes: suppressed perhaps, but able to influence us in subtle ways even now.  We as intelligent creatures have the ability to discover this and do something about it.  We do not have to act as if we are condemned to repeat the same old mistakes of our past.  We can and must change.

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When we truly see all our fellow homo sapiens as family we will alter any destructive practice or impulse that emerges in us (of this I am sure).

If a population is perpetrating acts of violence upon their neighbors we can act to engage the evil and bring it to an end.  If people are suffering and dying we can provide medical care to save them.  If ignorance is limiting people to substandard wages and a low standard of living, we can educate them.  If they live in horrible conditions, do not have safe water or sufficient food we can change that.  If they are naked and cold we can give the clothing and shelter that is warm.  If you study children and follow them as they grow to become adults you may discover much of the good they could have offered our society, was lost somewhere along the way.  The very few people who represent stubborn problems can more easily be addressed in youth, before they become uncontrollable adults who seem to repeat evil acts perpetually.

When we do not address these challenges  we may inadvertently be imposing a form of population control upon some of our people.

As a follower of Jesus Christ I believe the wisdom for our times is easily found in the Bible; all you have to do is accept it.

Excerpts from the Holy Bible:

      1. Genesis 1:28 ESV

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

      1. Psalm 127:3 ESV

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

      1. Matthew 7:12 ESV

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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