The Greater Good Soil

If you have ever gardened, you know that soil conditions matter.

Jesus, as recorded in the gospel of Mark chapter four, teaches a massive crowd as he stands on a boat just off shore. He speaks of the Sower and the seed. He uses the ordered functions of creation (cf. Genesis 1: 11-12; Ps. 104:14) to illustrate. The crowd hears of four scenarios for seed that is sown.

The first three scenarios: seed laying by the path is eaten by birds, seed on rocky soil springs up and withers away, and seed sown among the thorns is unable to grow and produce a harvest. The fourth scenario is of seed on good soil.

The good soil receives the seed and produces a harvest of varying increases up to one-hundred-fold. One could say that the outcome from the good soil is for the greater good. But, what about outcomes from the first three scenarios? We may get a hint from what happens next.

The evening of that same day, Jesus and the disciples sailed over the sea to the land of the Gerasene’s.

As they get out of their boats, they are immediately confronted by a man with an unclean spirit. He was emerging from a graveyard which is where he lived. No one had been able to restrain him, not even with chains. He’d often been bound with chains and shackles; but he tore up the chains and snapped the shackles. No one had the strength to tame him. On and on, night and day he shouted out from the graveyard and the hillside and slashed himself with stones. (Mk 5: 1-20)

A seed putting down roots into good soil, sprouts and grows and produces a harvest for the greater good. And a man who has put down roots in a graveyard, his humanity defaced by his choices to let evil in, produces shouts and screams and endless trouble for everyone. The contrast of outcomes illustrates that the soil of one’s life matters

For good soil, composition matters.

• Good soil tilth.
• Sufficient depth
• Proper levels of nutrients
• Good drainage
• Large populations of beneficial organisms
• Resistance to weeds and degradation
• Resilient when unfavorable conditions occur

 From:  Soil Health: What Makes Good Soil? – Countryside (iamcountryside.com)

Add to the good soil attributes above the humus of humility, a fertilized imagination and a desire to be cultivated. In other words: you have ears to ear, you see God working, and you work with God.

And, of course, good soil surrounds us. It has existed since the beginning of time. Good soil must be preserved and cared for. But the good soil of civilization is being threatened by Progressives and the advocates of the Build Back Better New World Order.

The acid-rain they produce will remove the life-producing minerals and nutrients found in good soil civilization. And then life will become arid, barren, desert-like and unsuitable for growth. We may find ourselves living in a graveyard shouting day and night and slashing ourselves with stones.

In the following video, English philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020) speaks from a humanities viewpoint about what civilization offers. Progressives will pooh-pooh what Scruton says. They are the high-minded with no root in themselves.

Now, add to good soil civilization the values of integrity, dignity and community. These three values were sown into the soil of my life during elementary school in Chicago during the fifties and sixties and by my parents and the church. These values were sown by the caretakers of good soil civilization. These days, it seems that the number of good caretakers is diminishing. Being thought of as a Progressive and avant-garde and “not-one-of-them” seems to be the fashion.

The Left champions itself as revolutionary in approach. Those on the Left assume they know all there is to know. They talk down to people. They produce 3rd grade level communications. They pay no attention to what the past has given us or what they will pass on to future generations. The present is theirs to rework the good soil in order to produce the crops of collectivist kitsch they so desire.

Progressives work to destroy the created order to impose their creation of disorder and dysfunction, e.g., males participating in women’s sports.

As a reminder . . .  So far under Joe Biden – a short list:

-Record Inflation.

-Mandates galore.

-Disaster in Afghanistan.

-Supply shortages.

-Russia invading Ukraine.

-USA a joke on the world stage.

Progressivism’s ideological weeds choke out the sun so that nothing can grow under its canopy. Hence, Progressive’s use of uncertainty and fear to produce ideological outcomes.

In the past two years there are those on the Left who have sown the good soil with dishonesty, disrespect, and division. Dr. Robert Malone voiced his concern about this during his Defeat the Mandates speech in Washington, D.C. He emphasized good soil civilization ethics:

Integrity is a commitment to truth . . .”

Dignity flows from respect for ourselves, for others and the world we live in “

Community is what binds us together, to each other, and gives our lives purpose and meaning”

“. . . a commitment to truth . . . “ Good soil life and good soil civilization require truth.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote his essay Live Not by Lies while still living in the Soviet Union. The day after the text was released, he was exiled to the West. I have included a pdf copy of his essay below.

What follows is a quote from the essay followed by Solzhenitsyn’s proposals to meet his challenge:

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice:  Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood—of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies—or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries. . . .

· Will not write, sign, nor publish in any way, a single line distorting, so far as he can see, the truth;

· Will not utter such a line in private or in public conversation, nor read it from a crib sheet, nor speak it in the role of educator, canvasser, teacher, actor;

· Will not in painting, sculpture, photograph, technology, or music depict, support, or broadcast a single false thought, a single distortion of the truth as he discerns it;

· Will not cite in writing or in speech a single “guiding” quote for gratification, insurance, for his success at work, unless he fully shares the cited thought and believes that it fits the context precisely;

· Will not be forced to a demonstration or a rally if it runs counter to his desire and his will; will not take up and raise a banner or slogan in which he does not fully believe;

· Will not raise a hand in vote for a proposal which he does not sincerely support; will not vote openly or in secret ballot for a candidate whom he deems dubious or unworthy;

· Will not be impelled to a meeting where a forced and distorted discussion is expected to take place;

· Will at once walk out from a session, meeting, lecture, play, or film as soon as he hears the speaker utter a lie, ideological drivel, or shameless propaganda;

· Will not subscribe to, nor buy in retail, a newspaper or journal that distorts or hides the underlying facts.

The Greater Good Soil. Live Not by Less.

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Episode_1655 Regime Politics, Canada trucker convoy

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Informed Dissent:

CDC data signaling vaccine catastrophe (wnd.com)

Our Country’s New “Race-based” Healthcare System is a “Hate Crime” Against White People – Revolver

Open Letter to the Canadian Truckers. (substack.com)

Teacher unions are not qualified to set public health policy

Letter from a Coerced Mother – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Highly acclaimed peer-reviewed Bangladesh study shows that masks don’t work at all (substack.com)

New York Times Bombshell – CDC hiding COVID Vaccine data (rumble.com)

JUST IN – Large German health insurance company analyzed data from 10.9 million insured individuals regarding vaccination complications. The new data is “alarming,” says BKK board member Schöfbeck in a report by WELT.

Board member of large German insurance company blows the whistle on COVID vaccines (substack.com)

Don’t be Brain Dead – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Democrats think, not in terms of freedom, but in terms of control:

“I’m gratified that the Supreme Court vacated the lower court’s restraining order, meaning that if a school mask mandate needs to go into effect in the future, we continue to have that authority. I’m also extremely pleased to say that because the CDC has recommend that masks are needed only in areas of high transmission, the State of Illinois will move forward to remove our school mask mandate, effective Monday. We will recommend that school districts follow CDC guidance and will update our existing guidance in the coming days. (Emphasis mine)

-J. B “Jelly Belly” Pritzker, Governor of ILLANNOY

Pritzker: Illinois school mask mandate being lifted on Monday | FOX 2 (fox2now.com)

The Lefties are all about thmeselves:

VIDEO: Texas Middle School Teacher: “Those Conservative Christians Need to Get COVID and Die” (substack.com)

Parents are homeschooling:

HUH?

Meet the rabbi ‘queering’ religion at Jesuit Catholic USF – J. (jweekly.com)

Black gay priest in NYC challenges Catholicism from within | AP News

#FlushTurdeau

Canadian lawmakers extend emergency powers act for truck protests : NPR

Watch Live | Canadian Parliament votes 185-151 to approve Trudeau National Emergency… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Civil forfeiture for the sake of civil forfeiture? FBI seizing your day:

The FBI Seized Almost $1 Million From This Family—and Never Charged Them With a Crime (reason.com)

Truth for Health Foundation – A 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in Arizona, USA

Parallel Economy:

The Parallel Economy Fund – Gab News

Major Pastors Rebuke David French Over His Repeated Criticism Of Churches And ‘White Evangelicals’ | The Daily Wire

Your money:

Diversification: The Most Underrated Investing Superpower (birchgold.com)

Rate Hikes Ahead – What Should Savers Do? (birchgold.com)

The Next Market Crash Is Overdue, and Will Be Catastrophic (birchgold.com)

Have Investors Been Mispricing Gold’s Investment Value? (birchgold.com)

The war on cash is a global effort being waged on many fronts. My view is that the war on cash is dangerous in terms of lost privacy and the risk of government confiscation of wealth.

The War on Cash Entering Bold New Phase – The Daily Reckoning

Andrew Torba, CEO of GAB social at AFPAC:

I disagree with Andrew on this one point: God’s kingdom has begun on earth, as Jesus announced (Mark 1:15).

AFPAC 3 || Andrew Torba: Builders for the Kingdom of God | Three Spoons (gab.com)

Imagine Education Normal: Logocentrism

Homeschool1A recent comment dialogue I was involved with on another blog made me realize that many people act and react out of an imagination that is cable TV connected. Their words lacked perspective, moral imagination and a coherent basis for reality. Their words, wildly absurdist, were meant to make a serious point. Sadly this has become normative for online point-counterpoint.

Below are some excerpts from a brief article about education, books versus TV, imagination, home schooling and preserving what’s good in a civilization. 

The article provides a great prescription for a child’s education.   Two of my children were home schooled for several years, so I know from experience the author’s point of view.

The article begins with the author asking “Are you ever afraid that home schooling your kids will make them, um, oddballs?” As parents we asked ourselves the same question. We found the answer to be a resounding “No.”

 I have heard people tell me that children who are home schooled lack social interaction. That is absolute nonsense. And, consider the social interaction coupled with the teacher’s ‘propaganda’ that occurs now with your child.

What you do as a home schooler is to connect with other parents who are doing the same thing and who share your values. Then, you just let the kids relate. We did this with families from our church community.

Together, you go on field trips. You are free to do myriads of fun learning activities. These would include science, music, sports and drama events.  And, there are plenty of curricula with associated support-internet and otherwise-for anyone who wants to home school their child.

The following excerpts are from a Touchstone Magazine article:

 Education Normal

Mark T. Mitchell on the Oddity of Giving Children a Moral Imagination

 Will your kids be raised primarily on books or on television? To put it another way: Will your children be educated in a logocentric environment, where the written and spoken word is the primary conveyer of meaning, or will they ingest most of their information through electronically generated images?

Now, of course, emphasizing books over television is not the entire story, for books vary in quality and there are plenty of books that cultivate misshapen virtues and a cynical view of life. But I think it is safe to say that parents who make the effort to emphasize books as a way of life will generally be those who have been powerfully moved by books themselves. They have experienced the wonder and joy and goodness of certain books and will introduce these to their children even as one introduces a family member to a much-loved friend.

But setting the content of the books aside (for only a moment), those whose minds are shaped by an ongoing encounter with language will develop mental habits that include patience, perseverance, the ability to think abstractly, and an imagination that does not require the constant stimulation of external images. The imagination of the reader (guided by the author) creates the images, whereas the child raised on television merely imbibes what has already been fully rendered by the camera.

 More than Rules

There are two facets to educating a child well. The first is to recognize that education is not merely the accumulation of facts, but that it has an unavoidably moral aspect. A suitable education must do more, therefore, than simply teach facts, even moral facts. Education must seek to cultivate the moral imagination of the child, for reducing moral education to a list of rules is bound to fail…

But if our children are raised primarily on visual images, if they do not cultivate the mental disciplines necessary to access truth via language, then the Holy Scriptures will remain opaque, the creeds and confessions of faith will be meaningless recitations, and hymn lyrics will be merely pleasant-sounding rhymes to accompany occasionally pleasant-sounding music.

While the ultimate aim of education is to cultivate the souls of children toward godly virtue, a secondary but related end is the preservation of civilization

stewards of our civilization must possess well-cultivated language faculties capable of grasping complex and abstract ideas and concepts.

 Normal Children Needed

If a proper education is to accomplish or at least to seek to accomplish these tasks, then a normal child is one whose moral imagination is well formed, whose soul is oriented toward a love of logos and the Logos, and who knows and loves the best of his own civilization. Such a child will, perhaps unwittingly, become a steward of the good, the true, and the beautiful. In a world where normal is considered odd, such children are desperately needed.

Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. He is the co-founder of Front Porch Republic.
Read more: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=22-07-014-v#ixzz1ZpTpK4sP

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Teacher propaganda? Do tell:

 Worker Bees, Outcome Based Education and Our Little Ones

 The People of the “White Privilege” Lie

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