Yes, we are nearing the end of this cycle of ‘civilization’
Of course, civilization is a really strange word for the construct we live in. One of the men in the know, being asked what he thought of Western Civilization, once famously answered it sounds like a good idea.
And one of his compatriots added: “It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
Today I came across another quote, just after reading about a story on Argusoog about janitors of apartment buildings now being trained in the Netherlands to spot domestic violence. This story, showing once more how far the invasion by Big Brother of our private domain has already come, is aggravated by personal experience: only a few weeks ago I got implicitly threatened by a doctor to report me to the Dutch ‘Child Protection’ Agency, after not allowing my one year old son to be inoculated with Prednison.
The quote I’m referring to is by Edward Gibbon:
“The Five Causes of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society;
2. Higher and higher taxes: the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace;
3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports and plays becoming more exciting, more brutal and more immoral;
4. The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within — the decay of individual responsibility;
5. The decay of religion, whose leaders lost their touch with life, and their power to guide the people.”
The story about janitors spying on people for signs of abuse and the first item on Gibbons list is of course what made me connect them.
The ‘Higher and higher taxes’ is very relevant today also. Western States need to organize the income to pay off the bankers. The ‘spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace’ is also very relevant, of course, in the welfare states of the 20th century. But the welfare for the extremely rich adds a new twist to Gibbon’s analysis.
‘The mad craze for pleasure’ is there. Sports, as in the days of the Romans, but today we also have ‘entertainment’. The bizarre and ever growing media exposure for ‘celebs’. People who have achieved nothing, but get more and more air time.
But of course the main dish in this regard today is sex. More and more of it in more and more circumstances. For instance little girl scouts being educated by the killers of unborn babies, Planned Parenthood:
“Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”
The building of great armaments while the real enemy is within.
The West, as are China and Russia, are building up vast arsenals. In both Russia and the West, the enemy from within is well known. China is more obscure, from my point of view, but I have no doubt that their enemy is from within as well. It is the way of the world, after all.
These arsenals are being created for the final confrontation with each other. A confrontation we seem to need to open our eyes to the real enemy.
And ‘the decay of religion’. Not just the Catholic Church, also being destroyed by the enemy from within, but also, in the Netherlands, tram drivers being forbidden to wear necklaces with a cross. Stories like these have been surfacing all over the Western World. It is now considered ‘hate’ to express your religious beliefs, because the atheists are offended by it.
The only argument I have with Gibbon’s list is that his fifth is my first.
Because it is our lack of faith that is our true problem, as it was with the Roman Empire. All four other items are an automatic result of us not being in the Spirit.
As it has been said: “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” and “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3.3 and 3.7).
Let us pray for the enemy from within. Let us pray for Barack Obama. For Sarkozy, Berlusconi, for Gordon Brown and Angela Merkel. Let us pray for Vladimir Putin and Medvedev. Let us pray for Benedict and Rahm Emanuel. For Wouter Bos and Balkenende, for Herman van Rompuy. For Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad. For Nout Wellink, Alan Greenspan, Ben Shalom Bernanke and Jean Claude Trichet. For Bill Gates, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Let us pray for the Rothschilds that rule today and for their predecessors.
Let us pray for all the servants of Satan.
Let us forgive them for the pain they have brought us, and continue to bring us.
It is our best hope to dampen the cataclysm that is now closer than ever. The cataclysm that so many seem to need to find the One True Love.
The cataclysm that is necessary to end this nightmare of ‘civilization’.
So that at last the Kingdom of God can materialize in this poor, wretched place.