Culture of Fear IV

January 23, 2016 at 7:55 AM Leave a comment

When my three boys were small, say before the ages of eight or ten, I often heard the following phrases:

 

“I didn’t do it.”

“Don’t blame me.”

“It’s not my fault.”

And my personal favorite, “MmmmmOooooMmmm!!!” which meant, “You are being so unfair.”

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They were responsible for nothing bad that happened. Broken windows? Bleeding brothers? Incredible messes? Empty bags of chips and cookies? Never was one of them the culprit.

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But they quickly outgrew their irresponsibility. By teenage years, they were confessing if they broke something, hurt someone, or made a mistake. Most of us learn that we must be responsible for our misdeeds if we want to be able to claim credit for our good deeds.

 

As adults, we have much more subtle ways of being irresponsible.

We do not have to vote. One vote will not make any difference.

We do not have to pay taxes. The rich can afford what we middle class or poor people cannot.

 

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We do not have to return our library books, pay our library fines, stop when we hit a cat or dog in the road, admit if we scrape a car in the parking lot, or go back into the store when we realize we have gotten too much change.

Integrity is a slippery slope. Honesty is one of the only things in life that is black and white. There are no degrees of honesty and responsibility. We are honest and responsible, or we are not. We have integrity, or we do not. We can face  ourselves in the mirror, or we cannot.

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What does this have to do with aiding and abetting the terrorists?

Our theme for the month of January has centered around the culture of fear in which we live and the ways in which fear, isolation, smugness, irresponsibility and overstimulation work against us and play into the hands of bullies, terrorists and other devious and devilish forces at work in the world.

 

Many people understand the danger. When threats were made recently about bombs and weapons in Los Angeles and New York City public schools, Los Angeles closed 900 schools. New York City chose to keep schools open. Said the police chief of New York City, “These threats are made to promote fear. We cannot allow (them) to raise the levels of fear.”

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Adult irresponsibility comes in great measure from fear. I believe our lack of responsible behavior as adults also comes from a lack of hope and faith. We do not feel there is anything we can personally do to counter terrorism or positively impact the world. Therefore, we isolate, take care of Number #1, feel no responsibility toward anything beyond our small circle, and distract ourselves with constant stimulation. We give ourselves no time for contemplation, prayer, communion with nature, play in the innocent sense we enjoyed as kids when we went to a playground or climbed a tree, or any other pursuit that promotes peace and serenity in our souls.

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I spoke with a man yesterday who has blood clots in his legs, migraines, high blood pressure, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. “All stress related,” I observed. He looked at me in surprise. “I guess so,” he reluctantly admitted. He had not considered that the stress of his life is killing him.

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The effect of this stressful living is particularly detrimental to those who have been traumatized in addition to enduring more “normal” stressors. Add childhood abuse, traumatic accidents, war, devastating illnesses, and you are more vulnerable than ever to the present culture of fear. Many of you have heard me say that the number one legacy of PTSD is hypervigilance: always on high alert, always needing to be in control of everyone and everything, always prepared for battle.

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I have told this story many times, so forgive me if you have heard it before, but it makes my point perfectly here. My point is that we cannot change the world from the outside, but we can change the world. The changes we can make are slower but more certain. The changes we can make come from us changing the way we each live and interact in this world. The only change we can effectively bring about is the change inside each of us.

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I remember reading the work of David Hawkins who uses kinesiology to determine the vibrational frequency of all living things. His statistics were astonishing. One human vibrating at the level of respect, good-will, optimism, willingness, gratitude and loyalty can counterbalance 90,000 people vibrating at the low level frequency of guilt, shame, fear, apathy and blasphemy – these low level vibrations are the vibrations of snakes, pedophiles, pimps, liars, Islamic terrorists, the Jihad, racism, child porn and Adolph Hitler (to name just a few).

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One person getting herself or himself in a state of love and gratitude can replace as much good energy into the world as many thousand evil, frightened, God-cursing snakes (reptilian or human) can steal from the world. Rather encouraging, if you ask me.

And to sum it up, here is the story I promised three paragraphs ago:

A dad was trying to get some work done while his child was playing in the same room. The dad decided to keep his son busy for a while and teach him a little something at the same time. He tore a picture of the world out of a  magazine and cut it into small pieces, giving the boy a roll of Scotch tape.

“Put the world back together,” the dad instructed. He breathed a sigh of relief. That was going to give him a nice block of time to work.

Five minutes later the boy handed him the re-unified world.

“How did you do that?” the dad asked incredulously.

“Easy,” said the boy. “There was a picture of a man on the other side of the page. Once I got the man put together right, the world fell into place.”

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Blessings and peace from Tony and Susan. May we always strive for the vibrations of happiness and love which emanate from grateful hearts.

Prayer Page:

Please leave your prayers and concerns at link below:

http://pillaroflightfoundation.org/contact-us/prayer-page/

Supporting Scripture:

“Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:13-18 (ESV)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 (ESV)

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

 More support is yours at the following websites:

http://pillaroflightfoundation.org/
https://manyfacesofanxiety.com/
https://manyfacesofdepression.com/
https://manyfacesofptsd.com/

 

 

 

 

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