Dang, I’m tired. Not that “take a nap and wake up refreshed” kind of tired.
Not even “normal night’s sleep in the midst of a crisis” kind of tired.
Nope. I’m “living in the Middle Ages with no reading material, and a life sentence” kind of tired.
Perenially exhausted. Post-Covid, before you remember to start back taking your vitamins kind of tired. The kind of tired that no amount of napping helps. Where you don’t even have the energy to take a shower, get dressed, and get on with your day.
RMS – Repetitive Manana Syndrome.
The Silicon Graybeard posts about that very issue.
Situational Fatigue is probably the reason for our turning to hobbies, prep, family, and memes. We are looking to escape for at least a little while. If we can’t escape, we want to make light of our fears. Or, we dedicate ourselves to trying to shore up our reserves, to make the collapse less harmful to those we love.
The Graybeard has a reminder at the end of his post.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. ” Matthew 24:36, New International Version.
I think of the early Christians (and today’s Modern Martyrs), and realize that they were living through such an exhausting period of time. Enemies all around, their lives in danger, and very few of those near them could even be helped to understand.
It’s amazing that so few of them recanted. The pressure must have been enormous. But, with the help of their community of saints, they persevered. And, in time (not THEIR lifetime), their civilization recovered.
We have to face the fact that this may not end in our lifetime. Think of all those dissidents in Communist countries, who died before the regime’s end. Even the immediate aftermath was no bed of roses – the changeover to a new economy was hell. But, eventually, an equilibrium was reached, in which people could pick up the pieces of their lives, and begin to rebuild a country.
No matter what the outcome of 2022 midterms, nor the 2024 election, this will NOT be over. It will NOT solve the problems, without a lot of time, effort, and some luck. It will take the efforts of younger people to carry out the changeover.
So, rather than continue to obsess over the daily events, and repeat – yet again – our rants, let’s focus on building coalitions within our family, our friends, and the local/state communities. Let’s provide a framework for the future.
I don’t see how we can get enough traction to reverse the rules changes that made the theft of the election possible unless it becomes accepted, common knowledge that the election was stolen. The hopes for future elections to be honest don’t look good at all.
I’ve been wondering for a long time how people like John McCain, Maxine Waters, Sheila Lee and the like could maintain sufficient support while delivering next to nothing for a long time. Now I’m thinking it’s been being rigged,for years. I don’t expect to see our elections to be honest going forward. IDK how much more obvious it would have to be before the People simply won’t stand for it.
If people don’t know about Clowerd and Piven, and read Agenda 21, the Rewilding of America, and get to know about The Creature from Jekyll Island, G. Edward Griffin, he has YouTube videos, too,as does Charlotte Iserbyt, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, she was high up in the department of education and watched it happen.
The crises that just seem to be unstoppable sure look manufactured in a lot of ways.
When it’s time to make a decision and take action, it’s like they study it and hunt for the worst possible idea.
The hard truth of it is that there is precious little any of us can do. I can’t make it all stop. Neither can you. I’ve noticed that the news remains the news whether I pay attention to it or not.And allowing ourselves to consumed with anger, grief, and frustration helps not at all. Throwing up a pissed off post on-line feels a lot like doing something, but it’s just blowing smoke.I have no answers on the big stuff. The only place I can make any difference in anything is right here before me. I can work some small Good in the lives of my friends and family, but past that my ability to change anything quickly fades to zero. I have to focus on the small things I am able to do rather than on the impossible things I’d like to do.
Thanks for the reference and link, Linda. I appreciate it.
By coincidence, a longtime friend got a copy of 2000 Mules from his church on loan for this weekend and invited my wife and I over to watch it. I’d heard the Cliff Notes version (or even shorter) but never seen the documentary. The True the Vote people literally put together a case strong enough to prosecute. Not “preponderance of evidence” but “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The fact that no law enforcement agency has prosecuted any of those mules (well, as of the time of the movie) says that without massive changes to the laws, stolen elections are going to be the norm.
Another good think to keep in mind as we search for “what can we do” is another one of those verses we’ve all heard a million times, 2nd Chronicles 7:14: ” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” It’s specifically addressed to us; Christians, nobody else.