The Monstrous Left and Their Misplaced Faith

“Take away the supernatural and what remains is the unnatural.”- G.K. Chesterton

You don’t need Stephen King or R.L. Stine for exposure to the bizarre, macabre, and grotesque. Just empower Progressives. These soul antagonists synthesize the unnatural with natural to produce the profane.

They solemnize sex and sodomize the sacred. Gay marriage is one example. Another is their abuse of truth in order to validate perverse behavior. They tell us that gays are “born that way” as if homosexuality was a genetic disposition. It is not. There is no gay gene, just as there is no racist gene. Both behaviors are learned. But the “born that way” lies continue. And so that they can reject God at every level of being and absolve the perverse of any responsibility for their actions at every level, they repeat the lie.

Again, they solemnize sex and sodomize the sacred. They shut down businesses and churches during the COVID “public emergency” and allow gay bars and bath houses to remain open during the “public emergency” of monkey pox.

Again, they solemnize sex and sodomize the sacred. How else can one explain abortion? How else can one explain Bishop Jennifer of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis bemoaning the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision?

Progressives splice truth together with lies and tell us that truth is what they say it is. They apply their “settled science” to COVID. Climate Change, homosexuality, and now the economy. A “state of transition” is what they call an obvious “recession”. They balk at telling us the definition of a woman. For them, biological gender is not “settled science”. They view it as just another “state of transition”.

They lionize democracy and steal elections. They lionize democracy and silence vox populi on social media, Remember, truth is what they say it is.

They shut down businesses because of COVID and open the border to all kinds of disease-carrying illegal immigrants. The economic opportunists, gang members, terrorists, felons, and sexual predators flooding across the border by the millions are not only carrying disease. They are bringing in deadly fentanyl.

Progressives, like Pharisees in Jesus’s day, portray themselves as being on the “right side of history”. As they look down on the common people, they pray to the themselves “I thank thee that I am not as other men are”. One of Progressivism’s High Priests called us common folk “bitter clingers”- . . . they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

They ply us daily with “hell-broth fire and bubble” fear porn to keep us coming back for more horror fiction updates.

Progressives experiment on humans with their mNRA-altering-aborted-human-fetal cell vaccines.

They decry “the rich” while all the time making huge profits to accrue wealth and power. How is it that politicians gather up so much wealth?

They criminalize our existence with mandates. They send the police state – the hulks of DOJ, FBI and IRS – to plunder our lives.

Again, they solemnize sex and sodomize the sacred. They expose their freakish nature to our children in schools. They offer “gender affirming treatment” that is the exact opposite of gender affirming. They encourage children to undergo destructive life altering physical changes thereby producing more freaks like themselves. They fondle our children with touchy-feely social emotional learning and pronoun probing. They delight in making our children targets of minor attracted persons – the user-friendly destigmatized version of pedophilia.

The obsessive promotion of LGBTQ by the American ruling class is not incidental but a well thought out program following to the letter Herbert Marcuse’s idea that through the cultivation of a “polymorphous perverse” sexuality among children you can bring about a “radical transformation of values”. Since time immemorial humans understood that a society can’t hold itself together unless it is organized around heterosexuality and biological reproduction. But Marcuse argued in Eros and Civilization against the “repressive sexuality” of biological reproduction which employs sexuality as a means for a social end —— in support of “the perversions” of polymorphous sexuality to “challenge the very foundations” of Western society. -Dr. Ricardo Duchesne

As I said, you don’t need Stephen King or R.L. Stine for exposure to the bizarre, macabre, and grotesque. Just empower Progressives. These soul antagonists synthesize the unnatural with natural to produce the profane. Their Marxist “end of history” focused religion would have it no other way.

It is a religion divorced from God and which holds contempt for reality. Clearly, they resent the handed-down received things that most of us base our lives on. Clearly, they breathe in the air of noxious nihilism. Clearly, they reduce life to materialism and to power games.

Clearly, the constant upheaval of society by them is being done so to shovel up humans and throw them into the hopper of communism whence the masses will be extruded into a pliable form. Clearly, they practice alchemy.

Alchemy is the art of liberating parts of the Cosmos from temporal existence and achieving perfection which, for metals is gold, and for man, longevity, then immortality and, finally, redemption.

~H. J. Sheppard (1986) Gnosticism and Alchemy

Progressives see themselves in an alternate reality. Thereby, they consider Christians to be eccentric – off center – while they see themselves as centered and possessing special “gnowledge”. They are the special ones.

“That one day someone will arrive from the mundane nothingness and say the words, “No, my friend, not you. You don’t belong here Come with me You belong with the special ones.”Dispatches from Elsewhere

I choose Chesterton’s quote Take away the supernatural and what remains is the unnatural because Progressives deny the supernatural. The effects of suppressing or ignoring the vital religious dimensions of the human person are partially listed above. In their attempts to secularize the world in their image, there has been a correlating loss of human freedom and the disfiguration of mind, body and spirit. Meaninglessness abounds. The bizarre, macabre, and grotesque abound.

Try as one may to understand what drives Progressives to do what they do, the constant complaining and churning and upheaval of the world and the absurdity by which these secular humanists order life, their behavior continues to confound. The following video presentation aids our understanding. It provides in-depth background of Progressivism’s (the Left’s) “end of history” faith and religion.

Here are some quotes from the video and web page:

“The Left has a different operating system. . . “

“Marxism is a theology, and its religion is Communism. That we have failed to understand this fact over the 175 years since Marx wrote the early drafts of what he originally called the Communist Confession of Faith and published in by the title The Communist Manifesto is indisputably one of the most damaging analytical errors in human history, if not the single worst. It’s time to set the record straight. Marx laid out an evil theology, and the practice of his religion is a liturgy of death and destruction. . .

 . . .Hegel, building on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Father of Leftism), Immanuel Kant, and others dialectically synthesized Hermetic alchemy and Gnosticism, hammered it into a Christianity-based metaphysical framework, and mislabeled it a “system of science.” Thus we arrive at what has been variously called “Scientific Gnosticism,” “Gnosticism in the Modern Era,” and “Dialectical Leftism,” which outlines a broad system of faith in man’s necessary role as a transformer of reality into its utopian idealized state at the End of History.”

(Go to the video’s 1:35:00 point for a summary of the Left’s faith.)

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“Like 1984, only on a smaller scale, C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength describes a descent into tyranny that bears an eerie resemblance to our current situation.  However, Lewis foresaw a few things that weren’t on Orwell’s radar.”

C.S. Lewis’ Fantasy is Our Reality | FrontpageMag

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Writer Flannery O’Connor once wrote to a friend in 1955: “If you live today you breathe in nihilism. In or out of the Church, it’s the gas you breathe.”. 

“You shall know the truth and the truth will make you odd.” – Flannery O’Connor

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Theater of the Absurd:

Consider the following quote and list from Issue #1246: The social tipping point is here (tftc.io)

“The list could go on for days. There has been a never-ending barrage of complete and utter nonsense that the common man has been subjected to by the mainstream corporate press and the puppets in government for decades that was very effective.

Stop driving your car.

Stay six feet away.

Eat the bugs.

Don’t you dare try to own anything.

We’re taking your farmland.

You can’t work unless you take these shots.

Sorry, not going to be able to let you in to granny’s funeral.

The gym is closed but the liquor store is open late.

We need some of you to lose your jobs to save the economy.

You, over there, no pulling yourself out of poverty by leveraging hydrocarbons.

Call that dude a chick and let him compete against chicks.

Step into this security scanner.

Give us your guns.

Cow farts are killing the planet.

The inflation you think you’re experiencing isn’t real.

This isn’t a recession.

We must aid Ukraine.

Those people wandering aloofly in the Capitol Building are insurrectionists.

Don’t ask us about Building 7.

Use this windmill instead of oil and gas.

Nuclear energy is bad.

Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.

Trust us. The banks needed to be bailed out.

Six-year-olds need to learn about blow jobs.

Drag queens getting dollar bills stuffed into their thongs for reading your kid’s books is completely normal.

Watch this game.

Look at this feud.

Take this pill.

Read this think piece.

Think about your shortcomings.

It’s your neighbor’s fault.”

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Post-Modernism and Neo-Marxism and their effects on culture:

An engaging and insightful conversation between Camille Paglia & Jordan B Peterson: Modern Times: Camille Paglia & Jordan B Peterson – YouTube

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Informed Dissent:

“In Memoriam”

Remember the OSHA vaccine mandates of fall 2021? Remember the media’s vaccine blitz?

Since Thanksgiving of 2021 the executive director of our engineering group has announced four deaths in our group. These were young people.

I’ve worked at this company fifteen years. Prior to last fall, infrequently would a death be announced. The person who passed was typically someone much older and who had worked at our company and had retired.

We don’t know the cause of the death for these four co-workers. Could it be correlated to the vaccine?

Pfizer Documents & Official Real-World Data prove the COVID Vaccines are already causing Mass Depopulation – The Expose (expose-news.com)

Ivermectin: Why is the Administrative State willing to kill you? (substack.com)

mRNA Vaccine Detox Protocol (anggur.uk)

The funeral business is doing great! – by Alex Berenson (substack.com)

A People’s History of COVID-19 by William M. Briggs ~polpes-pidryd • by ~bidbel (marsreview.org)

Fourteen young Canadian docs die after getting the shot. Normally would be ~0 over 30 years. (substack.com)

(REPORT) Pressure to approve Covid vaccine boosters with ‘grossly insufficient’ data | Sharyl Attkisson

1 in every 246 Vaccinated People has died within 60 days of Covid-19 Vaccination in England according to UK Government – The Expose (expose-news.com)

Deborah Birx’s Guide to Destroying America – Tablet Magazine

News anchor dies of blood clots after Covid vaccine | Sharyl Attkisson

A New Name for Monkeypox is Coming, Cardiovascular effects from the Vaccine, Polio Spread and More (substack.com)

Vaccines Are Bringing Back a Nearly Eradicated Deadly Virus (theepochtimes.com)

My interviews with Ryan Cole, Deb Conrad, and Gina Doane: Why aren’t docs seeing vax deaths? (substack.com)

Stand for Health Freedom:

“The House is set to vote on landmark federal privacy legislation, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. While we all want our privacy protected, this bill is a snake in the grass for states’ rights as it is written. The bill would allow federal law to override state law, prohibiting states from enacting more data privacy protection than the federal bill would set.

Data privacy is so important for health freedom — it touches the health apps we use, the online doctor’s appointments, the wearable devices that monitor our vitals, and more. We saw during the declared pandemic how tenuous our grasp on our privacy truly is – and how our health choices profoundly impact our lives and the lives of our children.

We cannot let the federal government monopolize how our data is collected, stored, and transferred, without allowing our states to regulate. We need to call on our representatives to demand that the ability of states to protect their own citizens be included in the bill, or the bill must fail.”

Take Action. Click link to contact your reps in Congress.

Americans shouldn’t compromise on privacy. | Stand for Health Freedom

Removing WOKE ESG from Banks:

Republican states are planning an all-out assault on woke banks — The Republic Brief

The Progress of Progressivism:

Non-woke liberals describe ‘living hell’ caused by Minneapolis homeless encampments – Alpha News

California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency | AP News

The kids are not all right… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Crazy scene in Venice Beach… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Democrats create a private army:

Raheem J. Kassam 🍊 on Twitter: “Lmao they just used your taxes to increase your taxes so they could hire 87,000 IRS agents to rifle further through your taxes in case you owe more taxes. It’s a kleptocracy. https://t.co/UXY3pp5ZFc” / Twitter

American Kleptocracy. – Raheem Kassam’s Substack.

Here Are The Winners And Losers In The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ | ZeroHedge

Democrats Just Hired 87,000 More IRS Employees to Harass, Attack Americans — Here’s a List of the Conservative Groups the Obama IRS Targeted in 2012 (thegatewaypundit.com)

Why did the IRS buy 5,000,000 rounds of ammo? – New York State Firearms Association

Democrats’ ‘Inflation Reduction’ Bill To Make The IRS Larger Than FBI, Border Patrol, State Department Combined (thegatewaypundit.com)

The reconciliation package would also double the current IRS workforce by hiring an additional 87,000 employees to the bureau’s staff of 78,661 employees, a move that would make the IRS larger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI and Border Patrol.

The IRS is training their agents to come after us in tactical situations.
If the clot shot doesn’t kill us, the IRS will.

Our taxes are paying their salaries and for their govt. benefits.

Guess what party they will vote for to keep their positions? And, guess who’s the target of the expanded IRS.

American Kleptocracy. – Raheem Kassam’s Substack.

Here Are The Winners And Losers In The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ | ZeroHedge

Life-saving Conservatives:

Roe v. Wade: Indiana legislature first in US to pass near ban on abortions (firstpost.com)

The Green Agenda Insanity:

Is it ethical to purchase a lithium battery powered EV? – CFACT

The Unintended Consequences of Declaring ‘Climate Emergency’ (townhall.com)

Scotland cut down 14 million trees to make way for wind turbines – Energy News Beat

Not All Roads Lead Home

 

In truth, all through the haunted forest there could be nothing more frightful than the figure of Goodman Brown.

Beside the Technicolor fantasy of a quartet of characters leaving their homes and going into a foreboding forest to gain what they think they are lacking from a wizard (see my previous post), there is another tale of a young man doing just the same. And though there is no wizard or fear of lions and tigers and bears in this tale, there is, “What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!”. Both stories, it seems to me, are about journeys into the dark side, the nocturnal forest in this tale, looking for an esoteric mystical experience that will supply what they are missing out on. But those who covenant to journey into the forest, and the deepest darkest part of it, end up disillusioned and faithless.

Often, especially in our youth, we begin to question the religious beliefs and worldviews of our families, of our mentors and of those around us. We see hypocrisy around us and despise it and yet become two-faced in our own sought out experiences wrought in the dark. We then begin to take on ambivalence about evil, giving ourselves the ‘grace’ to operate in both good and evil ways. Moral relativism is that form of grace.

We tell ourselves that there are people who are restrictive, conservative and Puritanical. We tell ourselves that we have become too worldly-wise to be like them: “I have Jesus so I am above all that out-of-date fundamentalism”. So, we journey in the dark forest and into the deepest darkest part of the forest and think ourselves to be impervious to its ills.

We give ourselves permission to investigate the dark side. We say to ourselves “I will do it just one time. Why be left out?  Why not join the “communion of our race””? Thus, we journey into the night and encounter evil. And like Goodman Brown, we come home disillusioned, our faith destroyed.

Young Goodman Brown sets out one night to gain existential insight into who (or what) is good and evil in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story by the same name. The story, set in 17th century Puritan New England, operates within the Puritan context of sin, grace and unconditional salvific election. I consider the tale an allegory, as it employs symbols starting with the names Goodman and Faith.

In the tale before us, Goodman Brown leaves his saintly wife Faith at the threshold of their home. She is wearing a pink ribbon on her cap. The pink ribbon, mentioned throughout, I read as a symbol of the admixture of purity (white) and sin (red). The color speaks to Goodman Brown’s spiritual understanding based on his Puritan beliefs and also to his rose-colored romance-based naiveté about the nature of evil.

“Poor little Faith!” thought he, for his heart smote him. “What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought as she spoke there was trouble in her face, as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done tonight. But no, no; ‘t would kill her to think it. Well, she’s a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven.”

With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose. He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind. It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude, that the traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude.

As Goodman sets out, he does so under the cover of night and the cover of assumption: as a Puritan, Goodman Brown considers himself one of the elect. He carries with him a Puritan/Calvinist ‘good hands’ insurance card – the doctrine of predestination. He doesn’t leave home without it. And, as you read above, Goodman assumes that his association with the right people – his wife Faith in particular and the town’s good church folk in general – that he will follow them to the heavenly home. Goodman Brown goes out into the portentous night feeling safe and secure from all alarms. But his predetermined confidence quickly melts away as soon as he steps into the mysterious dark woods.

He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest, which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind. It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude, that the traveller knows not who may be concealed by the innumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude.

Goodman’s first encounter in the woods is an old man who reminds him of his goodly grandfather. The old man appears to be waiting for Goodman. He says, “You are late, Goodman Brown.” Goodman replies “Faith kept me back awhile”.

Though the old man appears similar to Brown in many pedestrian ways the old man also appears to have “an indescribable air of one who knew the world”. And there’s something else Goodman notices and tries to explain away.

But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent. This, of course, must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light.

It is clear to the reader that the old man is the devil who is supported by the serpent staff, He does his best to entice Goodman Brown down the road to what is later called “the communion of your race” where he will learn of the “secret deeds” of his fellow townsfolk and see hypocrisy countenanced.

Goodman balks, claiming to be one of a breed of men who is above the riff-raff.

“Too far! too far!” exclaimed the goodman, unconsciously resuming his walk. “My father never went into the woods on such an errand, nor his father before him. We have been a race of honest men and good Christians since the days of the martyrs; and shall I be the first of the name of Brown that ever took this path and kept—”

Goodman’s journey away from faith is stop and go as wrestles with the temptation of going on. He encounters something he initially resists and uses the honor of his good name and of those before him as a reason to rethink things before giving on to going on. But, he doesn’t use his faith as a shield and so bends in to temptation. He continues his journey with the old man’s urging.

The old man tries to persuade Goodman to get up and continue. He does so by using Goodman’s own argument. The old man conjures up a kinship with men like Goodman. He lies about having personal knowledge and acquaintance of Goodman’s family. He then speaks of townsfolk – deacons and those in power – as personal references. He cajoles Goodman to continue their ‘association’ by journeying on.

Goodman Brown once considered himself impervious to all the devil’s wiles. After all he was one of the elect and associated with the right people. But each step he took in the wrong direction away from faith weakened his resolve. His compromises were reinforced by his inordinate curiosity. He continues his journey into the deepest darkest part of the forest and sees what the “communion of our race” so desires, “that the good shrank not from the wicked, nor were sinners abashed”.

 

There are several interpretations and critiques of the story. Some will say that Hawthorne is pointing out the hypocrisy of a society that prides itself on its high moral and civic standing and makes outcasts of those who do not live up to its standards. Other interpreters go out on a dark forest limb with their construal:

Modern critics have interpreted “Young Goodman Brown” in many ways. The story as a critique of society stands out to some. To psychologically inclined readers, Brown journeys into the psyche. The village represents the superego, whereas the forest and darkness become equivalents of the Freudian id. The entire story becomes a portrait of one human mind that discovers the usually suppressed and disquieting reality of animal instinct

The story’s symbols lend its meaning to a wide audience and to many interpretations. As you read it you will have your own takeaway. I consider it an allegory or parable about assumptions, hypocrisy and the lure of evil to pull one away from one’s home base of faith toward the “reality of animal instincts”.

The story doesn’t tell us Brown’s motives other than “present evil purpose” Conjecture would lead us to think that young Goodman Brown had become questioning about evil and the devil even though he lived surrounded by strict warnings against both in Puritan village. One gets the sense that Brown goes out by himself to just stick his nose in on evil for the sake of understanding the world he lives in and perhaps the fear of evil inculcated in him by his upbringing.

 

I have provided some of my take on Young Goodman Brown and some excerpts from the story with the hope that you will read the short story (it should take about fifteen minutes). I invite you to consider what road you are taking when you want to stick your nose in on evil. Consider where it leads and what you will encounter. And, where it will lead you. This road does not lead home.

We are told in Scripture to “test the spirits” so that we may know what is good and true and from God. That is not what is going on in Young Goodman Brown. Rather, this a young man who leaves faith behind and takes a walk on the wild side and ends up at a satanic ritual. His road did not lead back home to faith. It led to nihilism and despair and the resolve to no longer exist.

In truth, all through the haunted forest there could be nothing more frightful than the figure of Goodman Brown. On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man. Thus sped the demoniac on his course, until…

 

 

 

Here is a link to the story: Young Goodman Brown

We’ve Been Down This Road Before

 

One does not need a degree in cultural studies to see that our culture is charmed by and suffused with charismatic self-knowledge, self-love, self-esteem, and self-awareness. The powerful, the glamorous, the ministers of inclusion, and the gurus of self-help each promote their version of snake oil which, by application, would lift the unenlightened feeble off of terra firma to the heights of self-dom. Their special tonic is said to awaken consciousness, to liberate from conditioning and to provide relief from suffering. Mystical, intuitive, subjective, inward, and emotional approaches to truth are everywhere promoted as leading to a higher plane of existence where self-knowledge is knowledge of the divine. The self and the divine are to be perceived and experienced as identical.

One quote from a gnostic teaching website is sufficient to reveal the ‘higher road’ many are taking:

“Yet to know oneself, at the deepest level, is simultaneously to know God; this is the secret of gnosis. Another gnostic teacher, Monoimus, says:

Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says,” My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body.” Learn the sources of sorrow:, joy, love, hate … If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.”

In the Garden of Eden, the serpent asked, “Did God really say…?” And, based on what I am seeing today, I can imagine that It also whispered “What does the god within you say?” The choice Adam and Eve made put them on the road leading out of the garden. This is the road most travelled.

As I was considering this topic the Technicolor image of the cowardly lion wringing his hands came to mind. I had the misfortune of seeing the musical fantasy Wizard of Oz in my youth.

Why the misfortune? While it made fantasy-tale sense that characters made of straw and tin needed something to be humanish, what was a humanish animal requiring courage about? What was it about this movie that disturbed me? It took me some time to sort out – discern – why I do not like the movie: it’s promotion of Gnosticism in the morally vacuous Land of Oz and the wimpy withering lion.

The lion in the Wizard of Oz is the anthropomorphic personification of presumably silly and timid humans lacking self-awareness. The lion comes into the story like a bleating lamb and leaves as a roaring lion. How did the transformation happen? Through gnosis. The lion is told by a wizard (a professor; a spiritual guide and self-help guru of sorts) that the lion must acknowledge the courage he already possesses inside. The same self-knowledge mirror is held up for the Straw Man and the Tin Man.

And what is the purpose of the new found-in-self brain, heart and courage in the moral vacuum of Oz? To “awaken their consciousness and liberate them from conditioning”? And the reason for courage? Courage to not be afraid of what? Of things that go “Boo” in the night? Courage to be yourself?

Lest anyone think that I am being picayune about a now beloved child’s fantasy they should pull back the curtain and see what’s lurks there in light of the above and with today’s culture in view.

In the moral vacuum of the Land of Oz, does gnosis-courage mean one bravely acts to be one’s self at all costs? If the only moral reference points are yourself and someone telling you have what it takes within, are you prone to then embrace your base desires to be one’s self? Are we to believe ‘wizards’ that through self-knowledge we change from baaing sheep into roaring lions? See for yourself what’s come out from behind the curtain in the Land of Oz:

Actress Judy Garland (1922–1969) is widely considered a gay icon. The Advocate has called Garland “The Elvis of homosexuals”. The reasons frequently given for her standing as an icon among gay men are admiration of her ability as a performer, the way her personal struggles seemed to mirror those of gay men in America during the height of her fame, and her value as a camp figure. Garland’s role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz is particularly noted for contributing to this status. – Judy Garland as gay icon

Has Western culture has followed the Yellow Brick Road? Besides the ubiquitous adverts by wizards of enlightenment coming out with their brand of snake oil, we hear almost every day in the media of someone coming out (via self-knowledge) as gay. This gnostic way of understanding has been confirmed by Pope Francis when he said “God made you this way.”

It is no secret that Progressive elements in our culture promote being oneself as one walks along on their wide Yellow Brick Road of self-discovery. This way is touted as the higher, more “universal” and thus “neutral” perspective and that the meta-narrative of Christianity is the narrow road which must be avoided and declared the wrong way. Progressivism doesn’t see its own meta-narrative of identity politics and of reducing the moral universe to the god within. Progressivism isn’t self-aware.

Universities, under the thrall of Progressivism and of course benefactors, are incubators of gnosis. They seek to awaken a new vision and to stir up dormant impulses in cowardly lions. Pseudo-disciplines like women’s studies, black studies, LGBTQ studies, etc., offer Woke gnosis.

The Land of Oz campus admins create physical safe spaces so that self-realization is safely tucked in and away from things that go “Boo!” in the day. For Land of Oz sustainability, Marxism and socialism are taught as the means to create financial safe space. The idea is to make others pay so the disciples of self don’t have to concern themselves with material concerns. This, so one can continue to grow in self-awareness and be an SJW with a moral center carefully crafted around gnosis.

At graduation, participation trophies are presented to the brave – those who stood inside safe spaces against outside knowledge, and to the compassionate (for others like themselves). A diploma, a medal and a ticking heart-shaped watch are passed onto to another generation. These trinkets of gnosis are bestowed under a ceremonial banner, which reads: “Know thyself, Be Thyself. We are here for our own sake”.

There is a Yellow Brick way that seems right to a man who seeks to find what it takes to be one’s self, but the ends thereof are the ways of self.

 

 

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Of course, not all self-reflection is be rejected. Proper introspection is to occur in the prayer closet. There, in the Light of the Lord, sin is exposed and named. You learn to see yourself as the Lord sees you. You confess your sin and ask for forgiveness. Then the Lord returns you to the road before you to walk in his resurrection power.

Now, it takes no courage whatsoever to tell others how to live to make them comfortable for you to be around. That is social justice for the woke generation. It does take considerable courage to look into one’s soul and see the darkness within, to repent and to cast out any unclean spirits in the name of the Jesus.

The absolutions of the Woke World humanist religion are self-justification and self-righteousness. Both are repulsed by the Lord. Prayer-closet courage is required to resist both.