November 2016... I fear that the choice I have of someone who I believe is part of the massive machine of politics that will entrench us further in amoral government social engineering, versus someone who I consider to be a racist, a liar, and an all around jerk, is one of choosing between lesser evils. I do not operate upon that principle. If people believe that narrowly defined centrism, with two highly sides of that coin, one left of center, one right of center, and both completely full of crap, then they are allowed to do so, and in America it is the norm. But I believe we can and should do more, and do better. I've just reached a place of despair that anything will ever change.
“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”― Arnold Joseph Toynbee
And I believe that the United States, land of freedoms, commercial opportunities, hope and fairness, has slowly decayed from a bright shining light, a beacon of light upon the hill to others, to being the Whore of Babylon. I am sure others have said it, but there are people who likely have thought this long ago before the actual decline. The fear of the fall preceded the fall. Read Revelation 17:4–18 and make your own decisions.
My reasons are not anti-woman (regarding the term whore) nor do I believe that I am speaking as any sort of authority. But America offers porn, gold, free behavior that can be considered immoral and without penalty. I am not aiming at gay marriage, I think that is a civil matter, not one about the Christian social acceptance of gay people. This is not aiming at the values of people regarding sex. I believe that part of free will is having the ability to make your own spiritual and moral choices.
“Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now." Arnold Joseph Toynbee
But I do believe many of the things that used to be considered wrong are now considered to be "one's own business". It used to be, for instance, that the proper path of courtship was meeting someone, becoming acquainted perhaps by dating or friendship, then the relationship moves forward to a more serious path, with being a couple if not altogether marriage being the goal. Upon that point the couple would couple, so to speak, and pursue having a family. In the present people become attracted, have sex, have more sex to decide if the person is interesting, then date, and perhaps in the end find themselves married or being a couple. It might sound that I am judging, and I am, but only in the sense of saying, times have changed, and what is considered a value or moral, is something that is no longer so commonly shared.
“One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be — though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain — because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.” Oswald Spengler
In the US we can watch porn if we have the internet or dvd players. We can pursue lives on a wide variety of career paths, often seeking the career that will produce the most money as a reward. There no longer is the notion of following one's own path and hoping money will follow. Or worse, we encourage people to enter the military, to "better themselves", and then we use their bodies, we break their spirit of loyal service, and are training a society of future wars. Television shows feature lives of others. Reality television is the great majority of programming. We long for intimacy but without the commitment. Society has cleaved across lines of determining, what is important still, and what are we willing to do preserve what is important, some are seeking morality, some are fleeing from it.
“We have seen, then, that certain socioeconomic changes, notably the decline of the middle class and the rising power of monopolistic capital, had a deep psychological effect... Nazism resurrected the lower middle class psychologically while participating in the destruction of its old socioeconomic position. It mobilized its emotional energies to become an important force in the struggle for the economic and political aims of Germain imperialism.” Erich Fromm
What proof is there? America is a wealthy powerful country, one who is fighting against forces of militant religious and social conservatism across the globe. The treasures of the empire are spent upon weapons of war, and the youth have become accustomed to the fact of constant war. Video games desensitize our children and adults, making killing others who may simply be defending their own home simple. We have a society that pays its gold to soldiers to fight to secure the oil that fuels American mass consumer culture.
“Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named...but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” Robert A. Heinlein
I believe that we have made our own hell. Now we have to choose which devil to lead it. Choose the same leading forces of hell, or choose a new leader of hell.