Loyal Oppositions?

vISRFFG
Ambitious? Disloyal? Or worse?……

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien– The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers (1955)

 

WHICH IS WORSE? Rebellion, or Blind Obedience? Or, is there another way?

In Tolkien’s story, times are dark and dire– Éomer son of Éomund, Third Marshal of the Riddermark– one of the great Captains of Rohan and nephew to the King– has seemingly gone rogue, to fight the enemies of Rohan as he sees fit. That’s the merest start of the woes.

To the North-West, the dark pinnacle of Isengard stands, surrounded by armies of huge mutant orcs, evil men, giant wolves, and the darkened powers of the fallen wizard Saruman. Rohan’s neioghbour is preparing for war on that kingdom.

To the East and South, mighty land of Mordor broods under Sauron’s cruel domination, his countless forces massing for an assault on Gondor– last bastion of the West and of all free peoples– then to fill all the lands with a second darkness. Doom will soon fall.

22058577bd467ac56f71efc8efa3e9cf

Worst of all, the king himself, Théoden King son of Thengel, a seeming lesser son of greater rulers, sits bowed and cowed, listening to the poisoned words of Isengard and Mordor via his usurping advisor, Grima Wormtongue. All faithful folk of the Rohirrim wait, and suffer, and hope for they know not what.

What then shall we say of Captain Éomer? Faithless traitor? #NotMyKing perhaps? Seeking his uncle’s crown? Enemy of Rohan and the King and the official direction of officialdom? So says Master Wormtongue into the King’s ear.

18160674_1654786184830844_196465101337788416_n

Rebel Scums?

So the U.S. is currently embroiled in what amounts to an attempted coup d’etat– the Left-wing establishment & media are seeking to effectively un-elect the new president, because he’s not one of them. He’s a bad, bad, evil man, a traitor, an icky, and anything is more “truly” loyal than observing the rule of law, or respecting results of a democratic vote by the American public. Heaven knows, those who oppose you must be enemies of all things decent and right or are you an enemy, too?

Trump-as-Devil
QUICK! Throw every bad name at him NOW!

The current U.S. crisis– as driven by radicals– gives a bad name to bullshit & nonsense. Yet all this is very serious, and not to be dismissed as some kind of insane joke.

We moderns love the advice of Jim Morrison & The Doors to “break on through to the other side“, and spent centuries now– since the European Protestant Deformation and the French Devolution– imagining ourselves as virtuous and innocent rebels against The Evil Them. All are shaped and entangled in this revolution, whether we are herd-minded, or cheering the revolt directly.

What is less common is a noble political, religious, and principled position of Loyal Opposition, if the times demand it: to have a sense of abiding right and wrong, of the good and true, beyond the momentary tug of war of the present, the misrule of rulers, and to abide faithful even in difficult circumstances. How to be good when the times are evil? How do we stay faithful if the government is bad, or the king is mad, or traitorous to his people?

p012wjzl
Revolutions.. first to the chop are the kings, then nobles & priests.. then the revolutionaries themselves.. just so much fun for everyone!

Reality Bites

The weakness of Rohan has had a cost. Éomer is caught between two obediences: his loyalty and his duty. For war marches on Rohan, but no orders come from the indecisive throne; orcs raid and plunder and kill the helpless farm-folk in Rohan, yet “Indeed in this riding north I went without the king’s leave”.*

How shall duty and loyalty and truth and love and hope serve in the seeming chaos? How shall we judge and be sure of anything? Tolkien writes

‘As he ever has judged,’ said Aragorn. ‘Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.’

As in pre-Norman England, the battle is not between blind obedience to authority, or a chaotic popular revolution. The English sought one obedience, but defined in two ways– (a) Liberty Under Law, and (b) Freedom Under Faith. Without both parts of each, neither will be enough.

Lawless liberty cannot make a lasting society; Law without freedom is slavery. Likewise, faithless freedom tends towards chaos, for God is the greatest lawgiver, and saviour of mens souls and bodies; faith without freedom is cultish and demeans the faithful, and is not Christ’s way.

See Ya, Yahweh!

Each society, each soul, each age will fight the same battle, in different forms and garb. What is new since the Revolting Age is the attempt to live, legislate, and rule under freedom from faith, where man– or at least the ruling class and its guns & thugs and bankers– seeks to take the place of God, and dominate all things, and call it good, and true, and right in itself.*e7510b391987c95539c7a57d326f87c5

That modern hubris and madness has also infected the Church, via the poisons of various kinds of utopianism. Man is now innately good, needing only guidance, freedom, and liberation to attain perfection. Jesus is a helper and example, and God is our ever-variable and surprising cheerleader. The Holy Spirit is constantly giving us novelties in thought, truth, worship, and everything else, leading and blessing the revolution.

Shall we submit to evil by blindly obeying power gone wrong, or become crazy rebels– or, the third way: suffering and even Martyrdom? Accused on all sides, and rejected by the spirit of the age, and the herd, and the power-mongers, and even the worldly rebels, too? St. Thomas More is an example to us all in this age of conflicting loyalties & duties.

Dissent is not automatically disloyalty, or destruction. Not all watchdogs are rabid. ~

~ Teh Binks

e1cb6808b17e67ee8e53921f861a6d85

* As the story unfolds, faithful Éomer son of Éomund becomes a war hero for Rohan, and when Théoden King (having come to his senses) is slain in the Battle of Minas Tirith– having bravely led his armies to the rescue of Gondor against Sauron– loyal Éomer becomes king of Rohan. ~ 

The F-word

mydearestdad
Binks-Dad: Smart, weird, punny, a prankster, a genius, a contrarian to herd-think, a helper, and teacher.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! — This morning whilst walking Wee Wallace The Wonder-Poodle (one cat, no dogs, no birds to startle), I prayed for my own father, and my father in-law; my grandfathers and great-grand-fathers, and forefathers before that, giving thanks for them, and praying that they were resting in peace. I’m also a Dad, of twin young men.

THE Father– self-naming in revelation– is the source of all things, and Fatherhood, the Trinity itself, all creation, all living creatures; and all human fatherhood is a shadow and pointer to that original archetype.

St. Paul writes to the Ephesians:

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, For whom all fatherhood in heaven and in earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

These are the True, the Real things.. to align with them is like a compass pointing North, a bird homing for nest or breeding ground or Winter home; to try and unmake or remake God’s Fatherhood in our own image and likeness is madness, destruction, and a huge part of our current crisis in marriage, youth, and society.

+

As I did the drive-through at Tim’s this AM, I asked the window-girl (whom I tease constantly in a fatherly way) what she was up to for Father’s Day. She said ruefully: “My Dad’s in Digby.” That said it all. Whatever the cause, some fathers go rogue, yet their kids still need and crave fathering and fatherly love and guiding. Some Dads are not very noble or dadly; and modern family & divorce law torture fathers in particular, making it even harder to be faithful if a marriage goes awry. As always, the kids go wanting, and suffer most.

craycraydadday

Via

Our clever bossy people talk of countless gender-identities and social constructs and #BanFathersDay, and are too earthly-minded to grasp that they are dealing with heavenly and eternal mysteries, great things which cannot be bent or broken by human will or evil or madness, only half-forgotten, in ways which leave broken lives and hearts amidst our ruins. Or, that those great mysteries are dealing with them. You cannot break or bend God, or his truth, only yourself.

fr-richPray this day as well for those called to spiritual fatherhood as clergy or monks: by God’s name and grace, they can be conduits of grace to make whole what nature and life may have scarred or left wanting. Pray for their courage, leadership, and adherence to the truth in love, for we are in the midst of near-apocalyptic battles in Church and society, and the very foundations themselves are shaken.

There is a war afoot, and men and fathers and fatherly men of all kinds must set down their effing smartphones: there’s work to be done.  Learn up & pass it on, love and defend the truth, follow God, and set to fixing & saving All The Things.  It’s what we’re supposed to do: show up, and Get ‘Er Done, and not sit around waiting for approval, thanks, or the enemies of the good just to become good, somehow. The kids are watching, and waiting.

+

Don’t wait until too late to appreciate and tell your Dad & grandfathers and fatherly people how grateful you are. Now.

Sniff. I love you, and I miss you, Dad, Grampa George, and Grandpa Bill, and all my forefathers. You all helped make me who I am as a person, a man, and a father. Thank you– and God bless and keep you.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen. ~

+

God_father_kotarbinski-b

 

A Battle-Cry

18952823_1097204390379177_2619562192286972534_n
Look! It’s Theology! And one of those Irritating Yo-yos.. er, Fidget-spinners.

WAS SHE A NICE NUN? I suppose if you think Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act” is accurate history, or a great life-lesson.

drmaryThe nun-professor (RIP in 2013) was probably a post-war vocation, and then when the Vatican II Asteroid hit and asploded all the things, she joined the revolution. Heaven on earth! Telling all the bad people how to think! The reputation & power of the older idea of a consecrated nun, whilst undermining all the things! Women clergy now!

We talked in her office one day at the theo-illogical school where she taught. She seemed astonished to meet someone who actually still believed all the things in the Creed– without smirking, mental reservations, or intellectual finger-crossing– as if I were a centaur or leprechaun or some other such legendary beast. A hard case.

She trotted out the ultimate weapon– Latin! You know, cuz in TV shows like ‘Supernatural‘, or the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series, Latin works wonders against evil things. Plus, I was Anglican, and had only a passing familiarity with Latin.

supernatural exorcism 1
Oddly enough, opposing the forces of ultimate evil with felt banners, puppet-shows, happy-clappy guitar songs, singing ‘Kumbayah’, and 1960’s churchy cultural Marxism was not  found to be so effective. Who knew?

“It’s a ‘symbolum‘, a symbol, a meaningful affirmation of our unity,” she said nicely. Indeed, The ApostlesCreed is sometimes entitled Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement of Christian belief, likely` from Rome.

Younger me piped up. Incorrigible young twerp.

“Well, it’s that, too, but it’s also unity based on common truths, revealed by God in the Scriptures and the life of the Church by the Holy Spirit, isn’t it?”

“You need to go and read about symbolism, and not to over-emphasize ideas”, she said not quite so nicely. After all, too much of that olden-times theology taken seriously, and you might stop fighting for the revolution. ‘Heavenly minded, no earthly use’ and all that.

apostles' creed

I don’t recall how the rest of it went, except I was puzzled, slightly mystified by the power of Latin and the ‘Symbolum” thing. You know, how the Revolution undermines and then wrecks actual beliefs, like that hidden rust eating away quietly until the floor of your car is suddenly gone, replaced by… nothing.

Symbolum!

gsbiGx

Come the Roman Legion, their symbols over them of Legion and Rome and Eagles and battle-honours; and within each living breast, the symbol or vow of their military promises to serve, not to run, The Senate And People Of Rome (SPQR) and all that.

You see that coming, from 200 BC until AD 400-ish, and you’d better surrender, run, prepare for a fight to the death.

Early Christian philosopher Justin Martyr (c. AD 150) wrote to Emperor Antoninus Pius:

“….And so it was said by the prophet, The breath before our face is the Lord Christ. And the power of this form is shown by your own symbols on what are called vexilla [banners] and trophies, with which all your state possessions are made, using these as the insignia of your power and government, even though you do so unwittingly. And with this form you consecrate the images of your emperors when they die, and you name them gods by inscriptions….”

[ Apologia, Chapter 55. Symbols of the cross ]

These were not advertising symbols, like McDonald’s or Nintendo; nor ’empty symbolism’ like a now viciously secular university still preserving the dusty chapel built by the faith of the founders. Or something we ‘affirm’ but not too specifically. It was life and death: for Legion, and your brother beside you, and for Rome.

So the nun might have been nice (she did smile a lot), but she was not being entirely honest about the ‘symbolic’ nature of the realities affirmed by Christian Creeds of the Church. This glowing supernatural true Symbol– like flags or banners of an army, a nation, a clan– represent outwardly the inward promises and abiding truths taught in the Bible– and of God’s promises to us.

Finally?

old-man-dog.jpg.image.784.410

Every morning I walk the dog, and pray. For me, I say the Apostle’s Creed each morning as marching with the Lord’s Army– of angels, archangels, martyrs, saints, as the promise and rallying cry of a better country, as a spine-stiffening and soul encouraging reminder of the Real, revealed by God in His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our conquering Captain, who has led the forces of darkness captive in a triumph by his dying & rising again. It’s a battle cry, not an advertising jingle, or empty statement.

Try it, in Church, and in your devotions– say the Creed with deadly serious joy, and commitment, since we are all in a battle against evil, Satan and all his works, and the world seeking to replace God. Souls hang in the balance, including mine and yours.

Whatever happens to the West in the next generation, I beg God’s grace that I will not surrender, betray, or fail to serve in my time. Amen: may it be so. ~

d77aba8d861328ce48476ec4e528a788

Mighty Binky The Brave?

brave ree

~ WHILST CHATTING with an FaceBook-friend yesterday, he called me ‘courageous’. The Giant Binky Noggin swelled up more than usual, of course, and then after thanking him, I pondered what that meant.

Years ago, whilst gazing out the high school window on another rainy Halifax day, I realized something simple, but life-changing. The sun was not gone, only hidden by the closer and obscuring clouds. That we could not see it immediately at that moment changed nothing. It still illuminated the earth; it still shone in other places; perhaps tomorrow, if the rain moved on, it would shine again here. The sun was there, no matter what. Period. Shut up. Full stop.

The truth abides. And like so many of my brave blog-buddies (some on The Rebel Media Megaphone, others you see featured in my posts on the blog & on FaceBook), I think we all have a personal and most serious choice, when we learn about something, when we are confronted by truth. It can be a painful decision, fraught with fear and caution and not wanting to be unpopular or to stand out.

Go On And On

If you know something to be true, you then bear a moral responsibility concerning that true matter. You can’t unknow it or rewind (though you can deceive yourself about knowing it). Lord knows I’ve been a coward and a liar enough on countless occasions.

Yet in this day and age, when self-deception, denial, saying any old thing, and the equivalent of believing in unicorns is all the rage and accounted for as the acceptable new “sanity”, then simply seeking, loving, and sharing the truth becomes a spine-filled courageous act– for the mad ones will hate, screech, and revile you for it.

The new and highest tolerance is thought to be that everyone has “Their Truth”. Or, even worse, that there’s no such thing as truth, so do your own thing, and believe what you want, even 9 contradictory things at once. Going along with this madness is not brave, or good, or true.

oyqTlQEzj1foDC0skmEbwjl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVvK0kTmF0xjctABnaLJIm9

 

The Biggest Picture

I realized a few days ago that the perfect utter truth of all things is in fact known by infinite and all knowing and all-present Mind itself, by God. He may not have ears, but he ‘hears’ the tree fall in the forest, he sees the little sparrow fall, he knows our needs before we even ask Him. Almighty God is the witness and primary actor and creator in all things seen and unseen; in secret and in public; in your living room, and on the farthest planet of the farthest star. Weird.. scary.. awesome….

If_a_tree_falls_in_the_woods377Detail

Knowing the truth doesn’t make me or you always right in our assertions, or always wise in saying everything, but at least it means your eyes are open, and if the bright burny thing is in the blue space, you can say “The sun is up”; or if you paddle about in a warm vat of dihydrogen monoxide, you may state “The water is wet” that something is right or wrong, good or evil, true or false.

Our grasp of the truth is only finite, because we are– and yet, go ahead and be brave: say of things that are, that they are; and of things that are not, that they are not. Jesus said: “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no: all else is from the Devil.” To deny the possibility of knowing the truth is to deny the possibility of knowing God, or being saved and set free by him– to deny the possibility of knowing anything.

Truth is not an opinion; it is sanity, and life. And the truth is alive: the incarnate One himself– the Way, the Truth, and the Life– by whom all things were made, and by whom souls are remade, and saved, and made perfect in truth, and love, and goodness. ~

+

Dicit ei Jesus: ‘Ego sum via, et veritas, et vita. Nemo venit ad Patrem, nisi per me.’

face of christ

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Binks Loves Liberries

img500

~ ITEM: Neil Postman quotes on Amusing Ourselves To Death

~ ITEM: List of destroyed ancient libraries; and 11 Most Impressive Libraries from the Ancient World

~~~

~ WILL IT BE SO? I don’t know, but I dearly hope so.

God knows all things. Unlike all the lost libraries of ancient history, destroyed by fire, mindlessness, warfare, the decline of the surrounding societies, I hope the endless libraries and museums of heaven reveal all things.

I have a special sorrow and anger towards book-burners and library-torchers. To those who would erase truth and goodness and the efforts to know and grow in truth, beauty, and goodness represented in literature. Nazis, Islamic armies, the Golden Horde, whoever– may God give me grace to want to forgive such truly and deeply evil people and their actions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heaven’s High Halls

Imagine walking the glowing stacks of living golden books, extending high and wide and far.

What could you read about? What books pass on to friends and others to enjoy? The events of the Bible as they happened? The places, faces, and people of the Old & New Testament? The wonders & beauties of the universe? Atlantis? Prehistoric civilizations? Aliens? The pyramids in their original glory? The lost books of Aristotle, Sophocles? All the amazing creatures that ever lived on every world? History as it was? All the songs about the martyrs, known and unknown?

IMG_6514

There is so much that is lost by the death of living witnesses, societies, libraries, art, and architecture. There is more danger in the loss of interest in books, in the learning, pondering, marking, inwardly digesting which has helped build & preserve society since forever.

Stupiding Ourselves To Death

Technology, twinkling lights, factoid rich ignorance in which literature is shrugged off is more of a threat to all of us that the attempts by our elites to dumb us down and hide the truth of the past & present. Neil Postman comments & warns:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

Civilizations decline & die for many and various reasons: that our western success in technology, irrelevant pop culture, and stupiding ‘educational systems’ might in fact iceberg our own Titanic would be a very sad tale for future societies to reflect upon. We have been warned.

Finally, In Conclusions

I hope that the completeness and culmination of all things which will be the eternal progress into God which is heaven includes a remembrance of all things in their truth. The Libraries Of Heaven.

If not that, then something so much better. ~

shutterstock_90621538