Totalitarianism is a “Critical to Society” Disease

The things I had read in Orwell’s 1984, I deemed were true in a world of facile resistance.

Orwell’s 1984 has become Orwell’s 2021.

If you watch the mainstream media you would get the impression from the case numbers, positivity rates, death tickers and PSAs it presents that the Pandemic apocalypse is upon us. You will also get the impression that you had better do what you are told – stay home, don’t gather, wear a mask, get a vaccine – or else you will die or cause another’s death or be arrested or fined or your neighbor will turn you in and the COVID Stasi will come to your house and take you away.

The doctors in the videos below present a powerful antidote to the hype, misinformation and fear-mongering that is being used to remove our freedom and to control us – “the virus of truth.”.

“The lockdown has caused more harm than the virus.”

“Stand up to the Satanic theory imposed on the world.”

“No need for fear”

“You can take off the mask.”

“We see no evidence of a medical pandemic… .it looks like a plan-demic.”

“…remove the politicians who are doing more harm than good.”

“Somebody’s worried because we are telling the truth.”

“The media is the virus.”

h/t, see the video above @ Stop World Control: PROOF that the pandemic was planned with a purpose… (stopworldcontrol.com)

Thanks to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) their bioweapon “gain of function” experiment was released in the world. The CCP is responsible for the lives lost.

Pandemic, Wuhan, Dr. Yan

Globalists (big-tech oligarchs, big pharma, corporations, Wall street, media, etc.) are taking advantage of the pandemic. Their “gain of function” experiment with a Public Health Crisis is meant to produce the Great Reset of economies and social and world order.

‘The Corona panic is a play. It’s a scam. A swindle. It’s high time we understood that we’re in the midst of a global crime.’ Dr. James Fetzer (You will want to read what’s on this link.)

Totalitarianism is a Critical to Society Disease

Related Links:

Doctors for Truth: Tens of Thousands Medical Professionals Suing and Calling for End to COVID Tyranny (humansarefree.com)

640 Doctors Claim that “COVID-19 is a Global Scam” (featured.tv)

Added 1-17-2021:

You will want to see the video at the link below. You are being warned by medical doctors against receiving the vaccine. Doctors are being intimidated and arrested for speaking out.

HONEST EXPERTS ARE TRYING TO WARN YOU! VACCINES, LOCKDOWNS, MASKS & MORE (brandnewtube.com)

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[Dr. Ari] Joffe has authored a peer-review academic paper titled COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink that finds the repercussion harms caused by the COVID lockdowns are ten-times greater than any benefit that can be perceived.

Canadian Doctor: The “Cure” for Covid is Roughly Ten Times Worse Than the Disease

My Unmasked Hero

“I am a healthy person. I am not Crazy.”

“I’m not saying COVID’s not real. I’m just saying, I’m not sick. I’m not sick and asymptomatic spread has been shown to be a myth, so why am I going to be treated like a sick person?

“Do you know that there have been fewer deaths in [2020] than in [2019]? All they’ve done is recategorize all the deaths. This is not what they’re telling us it is. It’s a lie. This is a lie, I’m telling you.

“It’s a lie and everyone’s buying it. And it will go on, and on, and on as long as they feed us this lie and we comply with it, and I am done. Tonight, I’ve reached a breaking point, I’m done. I know I’m not reaching any of you in here, I don’t care.”

Fed-up woman hailed as hero for refusing to wear mask in CVS: ‘I’m done…not doing it anymore!’ (bizpacreview.com)

Masks:

Rational Ground – Clear Reasoning on National Policy for COVID-19 » Mask studies

Lockdowns: Worse Than COVID-19

!0 Steps to End the Lockdowns – A Rational Ground Webinar

The Great Barrington Declaration

“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”

Alternative COVID Medications:

Ivermectin

Doctors cure 6,000 patients with Covid-19 with Ivermectin (dominicantoday.com)

Breakthrough Drug: Ivermectin Shows ‘Astounding’ Results Against Coronavirus | Newsmax.com

Hydroxychloroquine

“According to a protocol-based treatment algorithm, among hospitalized patients, use of hydroxychloroquine alone and in combination with azithromycin was associated with a significant reduction in-hospital mortality compared to not receiving hydroxychloroquine.”

-International Journal of Infectious Diseases

“The “Fauci Strategy” was to keep early infected patients quarantined at home without treatment until they developed a shortness of breath and had to be admitted to a hospital. Then they would they be given hydroxychloroquine. The Food and Drug Administration cluelessly agreed to this doctrine and it stated in its hydroxychloroquine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that “hospitalized patients were likely to have a greater prospect of benefit (compared to ambulatory patients with mild illness.

In reality just the opposite was true. This was a tragic mistake by Fauci and FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and it was a mistake that would cost the lives of thousands of Americans in the days to come.


An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch

Budesonide

“Yesterday (September 9th) it came out from Oxford University and the University of Queensland, that inhaled budesonide against Covid could cause at least 50% of the people to not have to be hospitalized,” Dr. Bartlett noted.

Studies Confirm Christian Doctor’s Winning COVID Treatment

Are you angry yet?

Why is Anthony Fauci, a media hog, goalpost mover, and dangerous buffoon, telling us how we should live our lives?

Whys are hydroxychloroquine and alternative COVID19 treatments blacklisted? Do you think big pharma and the big tech oligarchs and their foundations have something to do with that?

Did you know that “the country’s lockdowns were meant to emulate those carried out by the Chinese Communist Party  – modeled to strip civil liberties and exert authoritarian control over citizens?

Why are all deaths reclassified as COVID-19 deaths? (See my previous post)

Why are healthy people being masked and locked down?

No more studies are required. I am angry (and mask less)!

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Under the Cover of Crisis

For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. -Jesus, Mark 4:22

I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. – Takin’ it to the Streets, The Doobie Brothers

“Moreover, he knew nothing yet well enough to see it: you cannot see things till you know roughly what they are.” –C.S. Lewis, The Space Trilogy

Having trouble seeing things today? Do you “know roughly what they are” – the dark forces at work in the world today? You and I should know them well enough to see to them for what they are – opportunists of evil. To wit, opportunist evil doers act according to the following scheme:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. – Former Chicago Mayor and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

You hear and read about these opportunists every day. Ruling class elites, tech giant CEOs, Fortune 500 CEOs, Democrat pols, mainstream icons and gatekeepers – globalists all. They are the gods. We are the peons. They look down on us. They want us to look up and pray “Thy elite will be done on earth as it is boardrooms, college classrooms and political backrooms.”

The crisis has presented an opportunity. Social engineering. The globalist elites are testing the resistance of people to a One World authority. They are doing this under the rubric of mitigating a “public health crisis.” Healthy political and social immune systems are being worn down.

You know what the evil opportunists are doing. Power is being transferred from the people to the state. State licensing is gutting small business with threats of revocation. Wealth is being transferred from the middle class to the wealthy (who do not bear the financial brunt of the lockdowns). Civil liberties are being trashed. People are being forced to kneel to the will of the state. The state had help from evil opportunists – sheep in wolves’ clothing -to make it all-powerful.

Globalist health organizations (the CDC, the WHO, and the NIH) are lockdown enablers. (see video below)

The Progressive state media (the NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News) are re-educating the masses. The public is now being subjected to a 24/7 exposure to case numbers, positivity rates, death tickers and PSAs. The useful idiots of these media orgs want you to believe that contracting COVID-19 is a death sentence.

You will not find reported the number of those who have recovered (the word on the street is 99.9%). You will not find the number of cases to mortality rate reported. You will not find year over year mortality rates and causation. The latter was analyzed, graphed and posted on the internet only to be quickly retracted and removed  “The article may have contributed to the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.” You and I are not allowed the whole truth.

The following quote is from the posted Johns Hopkins News-Letter A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

In other words, COVID-19 death counts replaced ‘typical’ causes of death counts. You and I are being manipulated by the media and health organizations.

The article noted that “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.” You and I are to be terrified and run into the arms of globalists. They are the gods who will save us.

(I am 68. I am not concerned about contracting the virus. If I do, my body will deal with it. My body will build immunity to the virus. I will not be taking the vaccine. In liberal parlance, “MY BODY, MY CHOICE!”

I am not a science denier. I am an engineer.  I am also a Christian. I put my life in the hands of God and not in the hands of fortune-telling scientists who are subjects of Lucifer.)

You and I should know the evil opportunists well enough to see to them for what they are. Social media publishers are like the wardens of Europe:

“The blunt fact is that most Europeans have freedom of speech at the discretion of their governments.” Molly McCann, The Big Tech Occupation – The American Mind

As you are aware, there has been election fraud. Our Republic is now in crisis. Per Rahm’s tactic, media has taken control of free speech to manipulate your understanding of the crisis. Social media curators will edit you out. That is, if you post evidence of election fraud or about the communist china-compromised Biden family. Then, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube will ban you at their discretion. This is how censorship happens in a free-speech Republic. Media (and government) take control of free speech during a crisis. They publish their narrative – “consensus.”

Your evidence, opinions, values, and beliefs are stripped from their naked public square. Your voice is de-valued just as Democrats had no problem disenfranchising your vote with election fraud. Social media publishers have no problem dismissing election fraud evidence just as the mainstream media says “nothing to see here, move on”.

As you know, social media platforms have no problem inviting you into their world. They have commercial and political purposes. But you enter their world. You may be considered a virus if you don’t say the things that agree with their body politic. They may quarantine you. To remain in their world, you must be inoculated. The GroupThink vaccine works to inure one against the negative effects of censorship. The GroupThink vaccine causes one to react against actual journalism.

(A conservative blog was recently ‘de-platformed’ by WordPress for unknown ‘content’ violation. Questioning things and offering a countervailing opinion is apparently a ‘content’ violation. Is my WordPress blog next?)

Do you see the thinking behind censorship? It’s the logical relation of Orwell and Protagoras: some men are more the measure of all things.

You don’t need to be a Christian to be concerned about what is happening though. Big Tech tyranny must be stopped at all costs. The only way for that to happen is for us to exit their data silos and digital panopticons. – Then They Came for Christians: A Warning

You and I should be aware. Globalist-driven social media sites push to “obtain the future we want.” In other words, they want utopia. They curate to fashion the collective story of pluralism and peace. They promote the Great Reset.

While most of the ordinary citizenry are languishing in government-created poverty due to the mandatory shutdowns, the pompous Davos elites are busy exploiting the pandemic as an opportunity to push their Marxist agenda on everyone else. –What Is “The Great Reset”?

I have heard opportunist evil doers blame President Trump for pandemic deaths. Why? Globalists connected with China don’t want you to point a finger at China. A media narrative was created to deflect blame.

You should listen to this whistleblower! Chinese ophthalmologist and virologist Dr. Lei Meng Yan put the lie to the Communist Chinese Party’s propaganda: the virus exists in nature; the nature origin theory. Her white paper (below) shows that the virus was generated by the CCP. The virus is a weapon.

Note: Dr. Yan has fled China. Her mother, still in China, has been arrested. The CCP is very angry with Dr. Yan.

“The scientific evidence and records indicate that the current pandemic is not a result of accidental release of gain-of-function product but a planned attack using an Unrestricted Bioweapon. The current pandemic therefore should be considered as a result of Unrestricted Biowarfare.” From the paper SARS-CoV-2 Is an Unrestricted Bioweapon: A Truth Revealed through Uncovering a Large Scale, Organized Scientific Fraud & @ 15:28 in the video below.

Near the end of the above video (@21:00), a question is asked: “Why is there hesitancy in the science community …ten months into this, why does it take you Dr. Yan, to report on a bioweapon?”

There is a reason why there is a hesitancy in the “silence” community. In the next video, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, MIT PhD in biological engineering, talks about crisis opportunists. Big pharma and those in cahoots with them are pushing a vaccine mandate. You will find out why. Note: there are effective drugs already available, i.e., Ivermectin.

Did you know that Archbishop Viganò sent an open letter to President Trump about the globalist takeover? Here is an excerpt:

The purpose of the Great Reset is the imposition of a health dictatorship aiming at the imposition of liberticidal measures, hidden behind tempting promises of ensuring a universal income and cancelling individual debt. The price of these concessions from the International Monetary Fund will be the renunciation of private property and adherence to a program of vaccination against Covid-19 and Covid-21 promoted by Bill Gates with the collaboration of the main pharmaceutical groups.

full text: Archbishop Viganò’s Open Letter to President Trump: GREAT RESET – Taylor Marshall

Under cover of crisis evil opportunists are becoming ascendant. The billionaire aristocracy, the technocrats, oligarchs and the “dark green” religionists are moving into place. The rich globalists and their foundations are setting up state capitalism and totalitarian control. You are to be serfs and worker bees in their programs.

Did you know? The growing resistance to globalism is not about Trump. It is not about populism. It is not about Republicans and Democrats. We are fighting against evil opportunists and the dark spiritual forces that employ them. Everyone who loves freedom, including the Chinese diaspora, is resisting. Join the fight. The world is watching.

Evil is crouching at the door. Arm yourself with the sword of the spirit – the word of God. (and check out these sites to avoid the globalist narrative and censorship.)

Citizen Free Press

Revolver

The National Pulse

Populist Press

Real America’s Voice

One America News

The Epoch Times

Alternate social media site:

Parler

Alternate video site:

Rumble

Added 12-16-2020:

Made in China

No more suppressing the truth, no more controlling the narrative…. China has caused coronavirus the deaths.

Josh Phillips of The Epoch Times w/a documentary about the CCP Wuhan virus, a synthetic (not naturally mutated) virus designed for cross species transmission.

Tales from the Lockdown Crypt

 

DuPage County, Illinois:

“Coroner Richard Jorgensen issued a warning Thursday that the number of suicides in the county between Jan. 1 and June 30 rose from 44 in 2019 to 54 in 2020, a 23% increase.

…This year overdose deaths are 52% higher than the same time last year, with the majority occurring after the COVID-19 measures were implemented in the state.”

DuPage coroner reports 23% Increase in suicides in the first six months of 2020, suggest link to isolation during pandemic

 

Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties, Illinois:

“The fallout of what happened with the quarantine is going to be pretty bad … for people’s mental health and people’s livelihoods, and that is not a good recipe.”

Why the pandemic is leading to more opioid overdoses

 

Above are just two local headlines. One can extrapolate the local effects of the COVID-19 mitigation to a national scenario.

At the beginning of the lockdown the messaging coming down from our overlords was that hospitals and medical resources would be overwhelmed if we didn’t obey the stay-at-home orders. Yet, we who are locked down (those at risk and the healthy) were not told that we would be overwhelmed. That was not in their consideration. As indicated above, there has been an increase of depression, anxiety and substance abuse leading to overdoses and death. Who would have thought that imposing social isolation, mask muzzling, loss of employment, loss of one’s business, etc. would have had such a devastating effect on humans? Our nanny overlords did not.

If it bleeds it leads. I have no doubt that the 24/7 news coverage of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 (Tales from the Crypt) exacerbates mental health problems, especially for those with pre-existing mental health problems. That coverage and the constant PSAs telling us to wear masks and stay home has got almost everyone spooked.

The line for early voting yesterday morning was outside the door, down the sidewalk and down another sidewalk. Some sixty people, standing apart in the UV light of the hot sun, were wearing a mask. I did not. I did wear one inside the county building to cast my vote. I didn’t want create a scene.

(There is no medical science behind wearing a mask outdoors. Yet, medical-scientism demands, like its counterpart climate-scientism, mindless herd-submission to its specious dogma.)

Personally, I am infinitely more concerned about the effects of the lockdown on humans than about the effects of COVID-19.  More and more COVID-19 cases are reported. So what? More and more people are being tested. People get it and build immunity to it. Deaths are reported but are the deaths only caused by COVID-19 or by pre-existing conditions and COVID-19? We are not told.

We all know that those with pre-existing conditions -respiratory illness, compromised immune systems, the elderly and, the obese, like Illinois’ governor J.B. Pritzker – should be quarantined. The rest of us should be set free. The lockdown should have ended two weeks after it was started.

Along with the excuse given for the lockdown: “to keep from overloading the hospital and the essential workers” (“workers”, a term used by Marxist sympathizers), was the “flatten the curve” excuse. The conditions for ending the lockdown were mutating. It mutated again with “we’ll wait for a vaccine”. We don’t need to wait for a vaccine to end the restrictions. The only vaccine I want is one which inoculates me against contracting bureaucrats into my life.

People need to get back to their livelihoods. Restrictions need to be lifted off of businesses and churches. No one should be deprived of a right to earn a living and to be fruitful. Kids need to be in school *(God protect them from the Progressive/Marxist/BLM indoctrination virus.) The paranoia imposed on us from the media and the overlords must stop. End the lockdown now! We are a free people who know how to protect ourselves and others. We’ve made it this far. Stop the spread of fear. Flatten the rhetoric.

It is not good for man to be alone. The COVID-19 mandates and our inability to cope with isolation creates a public mental health crisis. Mitigate this.

We need to protect the vulnerable – that is all of us – from the exasperating fear foisted on us by the “If it bleeds it leads” media and the tyranny of isolation imposed by the overlords who continue to de-humanize the population with their mandates.

 

*The Moral Case for Reopening Schools – Without Masks

Added 10-15-20:

“I am a left-leaning New York City public defender who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries and Hillary Clinton in the general election. I have never voted for a Republican candidate. I chose my career because I wanted to help those most defenseless in our society: indigent people accused and convicted of crimes and facing the awesome power of the state. 

Until I saw the catastrophic effects that the lockdowns were having on the very people I sought to help…”

Lockdowners Speak with Privilege, and Contempt for the Poor and the Working Class.

In a radio interview discussing her article, Ms. Younes, a lifelong Democrat, said she is voting for Trump based on the COVID-19 restrictions the Biden/Harris ticket would impose if elected.

The Great Barrington Declaration

“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”

Taking It to the Park

 

Here are three photos taken during last Sunday’s walk in the park.

 

Tossing The Masks

Holier Than Thou

As one can see, the figure of a prim and proper gentleman disposing of litter was contemporized with masks.

I have no mask to dispose of. I am not a mask wearer. In fact, I refuse to wear a mask. In some minds, perhaps, I am thought of as insensible and unempathetic to the plight of mankind. I may even be thought of as a science denier. So be it.

No doubt, mask wearing is essential for some. If one is dealing with unhealthy, immune compromised people and the aged, then one should wear a mask. Makes sense. If a business like a grocery store requires their employees to wear a mask, it makes sense. The employees, particularly cashiers who are seniors, deal closely with many folks. I understand that via licensing authority the state coerces owners of salons, restaurants, etc. to submit to their orders or else contract a COVID-like demise of their business by revocation.

Black Americans, we have learned, are more susceptible to the virus. It makes sense for them to take precautions. We have also learned that young people are not very susceptible to the virus. Yet, the state has quarantined both the healthy and the weak, for welfare has come to mean protecting the weak from the strong in all their manifestations.

I don’t see a reason to submit to wearing mask. It is ludicrous. So, I’ve cancelled appointments (medical, dental, hair and others). I don’t see a reason for a patron of a grocery to have to wear a mask. I pick up what I need curbside. So be it.

I just saw a young couple wearing masks in their car. I’ve seen healthy adults in masks walking in a park every weekend. The virus, my friend, is not blowing in the wind.

As an adult of senior age, I am not concerned about catching the virus. I have been praying for others and myself: when the virus is contracted, I ask God that antibodies bind and inactivate the virus and create an immunological memory against it. All I ask of government is information to make decisions. I do not want government to make decisions for me.

Masks (and the lock down) are not essential (except as mentioned above). We are essential and we know it. We can use our heads and social distance. You have your space and I have mine. Just like before science became our Lord and Savior.

Social Distancing

A black fist? I thought that Seattle’s autonomous zone Chop (formerly Chaz) had usurped the Black Lives Matter message.

(The end of slavery has been tokenized by Juneteenth. And here I thought that black oppression was rife and systemic today.)

Another Day in America

With calls to defund the police and books and words of their meaning and people and organizations of their voice and the Constitution of its original intent and the Gospels of their salvific narrative…what does moral nihilism fund? Nothingness.

 

You Need to Know …, (added 6-25-2020)
“…social distancing strategies …a high-school science experiment that eventually became law of the land, and through a circuitous route propelled not by science but politics.”
The 2006 Origins of the Lockdown Idea

The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation

How Bad Science Led to Disastrous COVID-19 Policies, with Dr. Scott Atlas

“There Is a Solution …”

 

Coronavirus in the Dock

 

By now you are aware of the CDC guidelines to stave off the spread of the Chinese import – the Wuhan coronavirus. (“COVID-19” is the socially sterile PC term.) I want to offer three perspectives: mine, one from a gentleman who survived a pandemic and the third from a doctor in Lombardi, Italy. I will start with mine, the most strident:

Up until Friday night, I was working at my company’s remote office as usual. Then the Illinois governor ordered “shelter-in-place” for everyone in the state with the exception of those in “vital occupations”. Our company is now following the order. I start working from home tomorrow. I had a limited time yesterday to gather up my laptop, monitors, drawings, etc. before the remote office was closed.

Up until Friday, I had been working out 4-5 times a week. But now, the health club is closed. I would think that maintaining your health would be of maximal import right now. But things have gone berserk. You can maintain social distancing in a health club. The hours can be shortened to allow for sanitizing of the equipment.

No doubt there are legal aspects that businesses consider in shutting down. No business wants to be sued for spreading the coronavirus. We live in a litigious society where many do not want to take responsibility for their own actions and finger pointing is promoted.

The grocery stores have changed their hours to 8 AM till 6 PM. This has resulted in a hoard of people lining up before 8 AM so that they can get in to pillage the shelves. I went to a grocery store yesterday after eight. I picked up a couple of things: a bottle of water and a newspaper for the crossword. I then found that the checkout line was extended from the cashiers back through the frozen food aisle to the back end of the store and continued to the left past the meat deli counter. So much for “social distancing”. And, many of the shelves were empty. The lockdown and the lines are insane for many reasons, including the imposed reliance on the information systems in place – the 24/7 pandemic-obsessed media, with its constant log of coronavirus cases and deaths and shortages. What are you to do with this information?

On a news program just now, I heard that 5 million people could lose their jobs because of the lock-down of businesses – a number that tells you, in effect, that our economy will not recover anytime time soon. The yield curve, the relationship between the short and long-term interest rates of fixed-income securities issued by the U.S. Treasury, is indicating a pending recession. I predict that the lock-down will be withdrawn when the government cannot receive the revenue it needs to function. The Democrat state of Illinois is already in a huge financial mess. Before this happens, though, there will be a nascent outcry from those in lock-down – “Enough Already!” For they will see that the cure is worse than the disease. While there is much talk of flattening the pandemic curve, the economy’s health curve is now inverted and will not begin to flatten until “Enough Already!” or a vaccine is produced.

The federal government’s response – handing out checks to those earning $99K and less – is absurd. This shotgun approach will not help a long-term lockdown. Many are still working and maintaining. Those who lost jobs will go on unemployment. The amount the unemployed receive is around fifty-percent of their previous paychecks. The federal government should provide the balance of that income through the unemployment system already in place. The money provided by the federal government could replicate H. R. 4584: money paid out now would be in exchange for delayed eligibility for Social Security benefits. The focus for citizens should be to maintain income through the imposed lock-down. The focus for small business and corporations should be to keep them afloat with no-interest long term loans, reduced regulations, and a delay in taxation. (A word to Democrats in Congress: you continue to hate on corporations. You continue to deny economic reality. Corporations along with small businesses provide the common man a job. Corporations provide millions of jobs. Corporate profits work to create more jobs (and money for your political campaigns). Corporations provide the infrastructure of supply and demand. Corporations provide your “Precious”: toilet paper.)

The taxpayer’s money should be spent primarily on securing the equipment and means to fight the virus. Such a vaccine will bring an end to quarantine much quicker. I have every confidence in America’s biotech companies. They will find a vaccine that will stop the virus.

Our church will not be open during this lock-down. Though there is an obvious physical component – the virus – affecting everyone’s behavior, there is also a spiritual component at work. It’s as if the Evil One, through the world system, wants to deprive Christians of the Eucharist and gathering in the name of the Lord. It’s as if the Evil One, through the same system, wants the media with its fear-mongering news, its prescription drug commercials and its prurient depictions of life – to be the sole source of how to think and feel during the lock-down. What will you be doing during your shut-in time? Watching TV. The media is a constant reminder that there is a spiritual battle going on, a battle for your heart, mind and soul. The media virus will have its negative effects.

As a church community we are right to obey the authorities. But there is also this to consider:

“A scared world needs a fearless church.”

-A. W. Tozer

At times like this one looks for a reference point from the past. Here’s mine: In 1957 I was five-years old. I became very sick. I had a burning fever and chills. Our doctor made house calls then. He took my temperature: over 103! He said that I had the Asian flu. He gave my mother a script for something. I recovered after a week. I do not recall any lock-down or social madness at that time. I have never been germ-obsessed. So, somewhere along the line, I must have developed antibodies to stave off illness. If I came down with something the kids brought home, I just worked through it. I have never had a flu shot and I can’t remember a time when I had the flu.

Here’s another perspective, a more reflective one. I recently came across an article written by an older man who also had experienced the Asian flu:

Say Your Prayers and Take Your Chances

And another perspective, a sobering one, sent to me from my brother, a hospital chaplain in Indiana:

Testimony of a doctor in Lombardy, Italy:

Never in the darkest nightmares did I imagine I could see and live what’s happening here in our hospital for three weeks now.

The nightmare is flowing, the river is getting bigger and bigger.

At first some came, then tens and then hundreds.

Now we are no longer doctors, but we have become classifiers on tape and decide who lives and who should be sent home to die, although all these people have paid taxes all their lives.

Until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists; it was normal because we are doctors and learned science and science was told to exclude the presence of God. Always laughed at my parents going to church.

Nine days ago a 75 year old pastor came to us. Gentle man, had big breathing problems. He had a Bible and we were impressed that he read it to the dying and they grabbed his hand. Being all the new doctors tired, discouraged, psychologically and physically exhausted, when we had time we listened to the pastor. Now we have to admit that we, as humans, have reached our limits; more we cannot do, and more people die daily. We are exhausted, we already have two colleagues who have died and others are standing. We realized that where what man can do ends, we need God and we start wondering things when we have some free minutes. We talk to each other and we cannot believe that of fierce atheists we have become believers to find our peace, asking the Lord to help us to resist so we can care for the sick.

Yesterday the 75-year-old pastor died, who until today, even though we had more than 120 dead in 3 weeks here, we had all ended up wanting; we are destroyed because the old pastor managed, during his stay, to bring us a peace we no longer expect to find. The shepherd went to the Lord and soon we will follow him. I’ve been home for 6 days now, I don’t know when I last ate, and I realize my futility on this earth and I want to dedicate my last breath to helping others.

I am happy to have returned to God while surrounded by the suffering and death of my peers “…

 

Prior to this current pandemic, haven’t each of us avoided becoming infected via social interactions prior to the pandemic? Haven’t the elderly and pregnant women avoided friends and family when things seemed iffy? Haven’t we tried to stay healthy? Haven’t you been helping your neighbor? If these things are true of you, then “Stay the course”, as my doctor told me at the end of my yearly checkup on Friday.

Homestead Reset: Avoid the media. Play games. Try new recipes. Challenge your mind. Spend time learning a new trade. Take online classes. Learn how to trade stocks. Read classical literature. Read to invoke your imagination. A healthy imagination is life-sustaining. Read to see how others deal with adversity. Read to take your thoughts to new places. Don’t let your thoughts fester on the “Island of Despair”.

And, pray.

O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.  Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.   Amen.