~ THE BINKS RECENTLY had a much-loved online friend who has known some illness, but not my heap of things, try to warn me that my soul was rotting away because I wasn’t trying to work for money while on disability. It was a unintended– and well-meant– kick in the throat.
I’ve been sharing a little more about ‘How I Am Doing’ now and again on The FB over the past few months, and this was (I was told) whinging and pity-seeking. Well, I’m alone at home most of the time, and sad as it is to say, you all are my friends, and extended fambly (even you, horrid Steve Skojec). Friends don’t go on and on 24-7, but a little info now and again (especially in the context of asking for prayers) is surely not verboten.
I worked sick & faked ‘being well’ throughout the 90s and 00s, until the body & mind quit, pretty much simultaneously. Crash landing: nearly deaded.
Never assume of your friends, family, and those you know to be ill or chronically ill with various things that (a) they just need to buck up, and (b) that you know what they are battling, and how bad can it really be anyway? I had a headache once, and that turned out fine….
Redeem The Time
And if you are yourself sick, or sorrowing, or chronically ill, or looking after someone who is unwell, or otherwise suffering, offer it up to God on behalf of others; ask for friends to pray for you and to help you where possible (our self-sufficient pride often keeps things bottled up), and so the blessings which God will give you, you can in turn share with others. Yes, that’s Bible. It’s a little version of what Jesus did on the cross.
“BLESSED be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound unto us, even so our comfort also aboundeth through Christ.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
Pass it on. Be the Christ-like Good Samaritan. Redeem the time.
~ UPDATE– ITEM: 2014-15 DALLAS STARS ICE GIRLS; A veteran Dallas Stars Ice girl makes $735 per game and appearance fees range from $300 to $1500. And some former Ice Girls complain. Binks wasn’t aware that working for the NHL was mandatory…. ‘Cold’, she says? Ever been Alaska crab fishing? Standing security in a wintry parking lot? Linesman during a blizzard? Sheesh.. men often work cold “boo hoo to you!”; women gets cold, it’s a serious thing, dontcha know.
~ JOYLESS CRANKS tempt me to be joyless and cranky.
I’ll admit it– I’m a contrarian. When Mrs. Binks had a ‘Do Not Touch’ note on a recent birthday cake, part of my brain was egging me on “Touch The Cake!” And so, here goes.
In the inhuman and humourless Social Justice Warrior view of Canada, anybody who makes a swear (gasp!), says what they (objectionably) think (scream!), or like to look at women (swoon!), are stinking testosterone-poisoned man-pigs who will be taught better, or else. And we will mercilessly judge everyone, especially icky men.
Sadly, the politically correct really do believe they can forcibly redeem humanity without God, and with an ever-growing tower of rules. Mob, rage, dox, outrage! And what happens when the victims of SJWs people feel they are voiceless, bullied, silenced? They may shut up.. or keep it amongst friends.. or, tend to say stuff even more extreme than usual.. or (horrors) act like ordinary humans– imperfect, sinners, not polished racists or sexists or perfectionists like the speech-coders and finger-waggers.
After all, if there’s no more outrage to be had, no more triggering and tantrums and jazz-hands and minding other people’s business, and acting in a way even the 16th & 17th century English Puritans who worked so hard to shut down the theatres, (all entertainments, whatever and wherever people might enjoy something) would find extreme and bossy– why then, the whole grievance industry might shut down, and then where would we be?
Burn It All Down!
Social Justice Warriors and their media-minions– like the NatPost’s Scott Stinson— are never happy, and everything wouldn’t be enough. Without actual glaring and horrific human rights abuses in Canada, with no hordes of Canucki Nazis swarming Canadian Jews (sorry, that’s Muslims.. we can’t threaten their ‘cultural traditions’), or pyres lit for every self-identified grumpy minority.. well, we’ll just have to talk about nothing, right?
Are you also telling those Canadians who describe themselves as homosexual not to be sexist in said manner? And these ‘Ice Girls’– are they, in fact, victims of white slavery, or people employed making a fair wage in an sports entertainment venue? Self-objectifying, or canny? Part of a plot to eliminate the Zamboni? We’d better inform the chicks that they’re being oppressed, and quick.
The FHRITP guys are boors, poor excuses for men, and classless, but then what? Pillory? Duct-taping? Social-media execution? Firing a jerk doesn’t actually help him or change anything, does it? Or was this just some quick and dirty revenge?
What price, Mr. Stinson? How many human freedoms of thought, speech, association, free market, and minding your own business would you be willing to crush and erase for your notion of ‘casual sexism must die’ to triumph? Does this include all objectification of hunky hockey players and male athletes? No more semi-naked calendars featuring either gender for anyone? Human nature must be erased and scolded, not redeemed and transformed?
Cadres Of Harpies
Let’s not pretend, Mr. Stinson: behind your gentle finger wagging lurks whole screeching regiments of Toronto’s unspeakable Mz. Chanty Binx, would-be matrons and malevolent interfering hags minding everybody’s business, a tasteful low-heeled shoe stomping on male faces forever. If you don’t know that, Mr. Stinson, you are– at best– a useful idiot.
She probably won’t fetch you a sammich, men. Nor be an Ice Wench.
Here’s The Thing
We long for perfection.. that’s part of our spiritual nature, and longing for infinity, God, and heaven. Political perfection (let’s call it ‘Utopia’ = no place) cannot and will never exist, except as a horrible illusion built on blood and bones and torture and show-trials and kangaroo courts and concentration camps.
The perfectibility of human nature is a Christian idea, taught by Jesus, and only made possible by revelation of God’s love and law, and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit: God is love, so love like God does, by his life imparted through the Son, by the Holy Spirit. We partake of God’s own life, to be like him, in him: generous, merciful, true, moved by love.
Counterfeits? Not so much. To try and make that perfection (your proper end, or destination, or completeness) is a gift of God, not of committees, yelling feminists, soft-pedalling journalists, speech-codes, rules, edicts, shaming, nagging, or minding everybody else’s business for them. That’s not any kind of love, except in a twisted, ugly, bossy, force-you-to kind of way. A bit rapey, in fact. Perfectionism is not perfection.
If I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing. And if I should feed everything that I have to the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned up and I have no love in me, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and sweet; love does not envy; love is not upset neither puffed up. Love does not commit what is shameful, neither does it seek its own; it is not provoked, neither does it entertain evil thoughts, Rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth, Endures all things, believes all things, hopes all, bears all.
Love never fails; for prophecies shall cease, tongues shall be silenced and knowledge will be nothing; For we know partially and we prophesy partially, But when perfection shall come, then that which is partial shall be nothing. When I was a child, I was speaking as a child, I was led as a child, I was thinking as a child, but when I became a man, I ceased these childish things. Now we see as in a mirror, in an allegory, but then face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know as I am known. For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.
The choice about what kind of Canada is rising on the ruins of Emperor Pierre’s Trudeaupia is getting clearer and clearer.. a veritable Soviet Canuckistan teeming with busy-bodies.
~ ITEM:GamerGate is remarkable—and attracts the interest of people like me—because it represents perhaps the first time in the last decade or more that a significant incursion has been made in the culture wars against guilt-mongerers, nannies, authoritarians and far-Left agitators
~ A DARNED GOOD THING it wasn’t a Tweet to the whole world, or it might have required some hard ‘splaining.
In a letter to fellow protestant Urlich Zwingli, Luther complained bitterly about the doctrinal anarchy that was even then rampant among the new sects of Protestants:
“If the world lasts, it will be necessary, on account of the differing interpretations of Scripture which now exist, that to preserve the unity of faith, we should receive the [Catholic] councils and decrees and fly to them for refuge.”
Oh dear. Luther, Mr. Protesty former monk “the Bible is all we need” and nail documents to the door, wishing for Catholic authoritativeness, councils, and teaching authority. Oopsies.
The Dark Side
Or, in our terms, “McDonald’s CEO admits he thinks Burger King Whoppers are amazing, and that McD burgers make him vomit.”
Or, the pants-down oops from a while back, when people noticed that MicroSoft was secretly making documents and handbooks using Apple software.
There’s a creepy dark side to the Protestant thing which most churches and history books play down or ignore completely. If it’s you & the Bible, why then, come what may, right?
Thus, you get the apocalyptic cults protestants, and the naked protestants, and the mass-murdering protestants, and the polygamous protestants, and the take over a city and declare it God’s Kingdom on Earth protestants, and the restless German peasant protestants (Luther approved as 100 000 of these were butchered), and the prison camp of Geneva protestants, and the scary English protestants, with their nooses and hammers and itching hands, stuffing prisons full of popish traitors protestants (Henry 8.0 alone killing upwards of 72 000 Catholics under various excuses). Because God/ Bible + Me = chaos, as Luther observed to Zwingli.
OK, So What, Elf-Boy?
Binks has points, however afar off they may seem. The 1500s rise of the almighty conscience is part of our freedom, and part of our slavery. Witness our current plague of Social Justice Warriorism. It’s a form of de-Godded protestant “Because I Say So, Dammit” religion.
Who, after all, is to say who actually feels threatened, offended, micro-aggressed, or ideologically injured? Why, I and my tribe, with our special Leftist Knowledge Of The Mysteries, and because we say so. And if you don’t know, or believe, you’re not one of the special ones.
As far back as we can see, mankind is not just homo sapiens (wise man), but homo religiousis (worshipping man). The advent of atheists or agnostics does not make people unreligious, it just replaces holy things with other things, which then function as beliefs, deities, commandments, and suchlike.
Bullies, And Better-Thans
The average anti-GamerGater may or may not go to church (mostly not), but they have their absolutes of Feminism, Cisgenderism, Soft Marxism, Speech Control, and right behaviour, held so strictly and applied so cruelly that in most cases they would horrify the Catholic Inquisition.
Social Justice Warriors not only believe that they are completely and perfectly right, but that such rightness means they may be heartless bald-faced liars and bullies as required.
Hence, in the 2014-2015 controversy over gaming and feminism, opponents of the SJW’s were death-threatened, some lost their jobs due to malicious e-mails, and others were ‘Doxxed’, i.e., had their address and all identifying information put online for the convenience of stalkers, and/ or righteous mobs.
Shame On Canada, Too
In the very recent case of the Calgary Comic Expo, the Honey Badgers– including a CosPlayer, a webcomic artist, and a bunch of other nerdy types who were also anti-feminists, were booted out of the convention for ‘harassment’ which consisted of a polite discussion during and open panel on women in gaming. Censored, for opposing censorship. Silenced, for rejecting silencing.
The examples can be multiplied ad infinitum into the worlds of politics, culture, and decaying Western religion itself, but the point stands: we are religious creatures, and yet we have a twisted attraction to forms of absolute belief which render us as gods, having terrible and merciless power over others, and we claw through everything and everyone to utopia.
It makes a horrible sense: if there is no God, then it’s all up to us; if there’s no heaven or last judgment, then we have to make it right, and do so now. Those who oppose must be cleansed– they are evil, or stupid, or both, and less than perfect specimens of the future, like us. Cue the guillotine, gulag, gas-chamber, killing fields, or merciless and horrid social media and politics of personal destruction. C’mon– they only look human.
What The Incarnate Said
Jesus took a very different approach from the wreckers and radicals of his day. The kingdom and right judgment require humility, discernment, great-heartedness, patience, mercy, no dehumanizing, and it’s not all over as quickly as we might want or expect. And: look to your own heart first, before pointing fingers. When young, the “bastard wheat” weeds look pretty much like wheat. Start ripping, and it’s bad news.
Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
And the servants[a] of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’
But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
Terribly, Terribly Wrong
Sorry, Robespierre, Lenin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and your mini-copies in the Social Justice Warrior horde: you’ve got it almost completely wrong. Lay down your wrath, false religion, cruel judgment, and moral superiority.
For the Lord Jesus came to call sinners, and not the ‘righteous’ to repentance, new life, and his perfect and eternal kingdom.
So the ancient wisdom is as new and fresh as the morning dew: “Seek what you seek but not where you seek it” says Saint Augustine. ~