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On Veneers & Superficiality...

Becoming a People Who Have Never Developed....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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We have become a superficial society, run mostly by superficial people, who hold to the sanctity of superficial ideas, or at least nuances to more substantive ideas that have long since been forgotten.  We are thin skinned and sickly shallow, thinly planted with little roots, shadows of people who we used to be, of who we could be and should have become.   

We all know that to save money and increase profits, furniture manufacturers have for years replaced expensive solid hardwoods with veneer surfaces atop of plywood or other fillers, giving us the look of substance, when in fact they were only glossing the surface for the customers' eyes. 

Although at times this practice made sense, as certain kinds of wood looked great but lacked strength, needing a stronger core, and certain rare cuts of wood such as "burl" could really only be used effectively as a veneer,  for the most part, veneered surfacing was simply the way a manufacturer could save money, making cheaper goods that had the look of the more expensive solid woods for their customers. 

Of course the cheaper stuff never lasts long, falling apart as the glue and stables separate over time and wear, and thus can never be handed down to future generations.  It's harder and harder to find decent furniture that's built to last a hundred years.  Most of today's stuff doesn't last after you get it home....

Here, I'm simply making an observation, and to point out that I see a pattern before me....one that many of us have noted throughout the years. 

Sadly, apart from furniture, it's become a commonplace part of life to accept the whole idea of "veneer surfacing" as acceptable----in all kinds and shapes, in every ilk of life.  From the Spiritual to the Political, and everything in between, the acceptance of superficiality reigns supreme. 

We have become a superficial society, run mostly by superficial people, who hold to the sanctity of superficial ideas, or at least nuances to more substantive ideas that have long since been forgotten.  We are thin skinned and sickly shallow, thinly planted with little roots, shadows of people who we used to be, of who we could be and should have become.   

We have embraced a nightmare that by thinking less and less for ourselves and becoming less self-reliant, we can somehow be more carefree and happy.  Yet the bitterness of this dream is beginning to awaken the real consequences of our personal irresponsibility and slothfulness.

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On the whole, we have forgotten about the need and inherent worth and beauty of "substance."  "It doesn't sell," we are told.  "It takes to long to explain, we are reminded."  "It's too difficult for the common person to understand," we're scolded.  "It's too difficult to test and examine," our blind educational system instructs.  So these attributes themselves make the knowing of and the preference for "substance" worthless.

On the whole, we have forgotten about the need and inherent worth and beauty of "substance."  "It doesn't sell," we are told.  "It takes to long to explain, we are reminded."  "It's too difficult for the common person to understand," we're scolded.  "It's too difficult to test and examine," our blind educational system instructs.  So these attributes themselves make the knowing of and the preference for "substance" worthless.

Hollywood, the Main Steam Media (MSM), the Liberal Left, the entirety of our Educational System, most Politicians no matter their club membership (i.e. "party" affiliation) all have succumbed to the worth of a quick and easy veneer, often in the form of simplistic but powerful notions of propaganda and a 30 second sound bite, while scrapping anything more meaningful.  The get-something-for-nothing-society has become of age and today rules the roost.

In fact, "substance" in anything is thought to be boring, too difficult to communicate, unworthy of consideration and airtime, and now banned from most of the public airwaves, as well as social gatherings, believing that anything of more substance would be socially impolite and politically incorrect.

Accordingly, whenever the meaningfulness of "the things of substance" becomes unpopular or falls in disfavor, the notions of "Celebrity" run to quickly fill the vacuum left in its place.  Indeed, the pursuit and adoration of the veneer of "Celebrity" has become a national pastime in everything around us. 

Witness the proliferation of Realty TV, the assumed royalty of the feckless MSM Talking Heads, Court/Lawyer TV, American Idol, etc.  One cannot even go to a concert anymore but for the noise being generated from all the "wanna-bees" in the audience, screaming their heads off claiming their narcissistic rights to be noticed by others, longing for the celebrity of those on the stage to be their own. 

"Lust for celebrity" has become a National Vitamin that must be taken daily in the twisted and often misunderstood pursuit of happiness, no matter the selfishness and inequity that it then unleashes.  And we want it, indeed demand it, for the asking.

We have become the society that Thomas Jefferson so anxiously feared..., so spoiled that in discovering that we can elect those that unconscionably give their private electorate "subsidies" from the government (i.e., "free handouts" that others have to pay for), we will have lost the very basis of our own true freedoms, robbing Peter to pay Paul.   

To be sure, we have become a "zero-sum-game" society, wherein if one wins, it's generally at the loss of everybody else.... 

As "victims," we want something for nothing, demanding that it is our right, even it it means robbing others for our comforts.  We see no shame in what we do, never thinking beyond our selfish needs.  We demand others make life fair for us, even when it means taking the fairness away from others. 

Somehow we've developed the notion that we can cheat life, take from it all that we can while putting nothing back. How childish and inane are we, caring only for ourselves, thinking that an occasional good deed somehow balances Heaven's accounting system, never understanding how in debt we truly are. 

If we have more than others, and are richer than others, we rationalize that it's simply because we've worked for it and we deserve it.  We never consider that God has given us more for his own end purposes and design, and that others may have been given less for the same reasons. 

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I know a lot of good and honest people that work very hard, yet never become very rich or well off.  And I know others that are not so good nor so honest and that hardly work at all, yet they have become very successful.  Indeed, hard work is our common duty to each other, God, and Heaven.  Yet, despite all that we can do, we still remain unprofitable servants, as the Christ reminds us. {Luke 17:10}

 

And in our successes, we rarely acknowledge that but by God's hand, we would be struggling more than we are.  If success does come our way, we launch into egocentric imaginings of how our hard work has paid off, never realizing that God is the only author of our good fortune, and that rarely has our hard work had anything to do with it.  It's generally never because we deserve it and others don't.  Nor is it simply because we work hard and others don't. 

I know a lot of good and honest people that work very hard, yet never become very rich or well off.  And I know others that are not so good nor so honest and that hardly work at all, yet they have become very successful. 

Indeed, hard work is our common duty to each other, God, and Heaven.  Yet, despite all that we can do, we still remain unprofitable servants, as the Christ reminds us. {Luke 17:10}

Can we not see the pattern? To those that are given, much is required....  But not all acknowledge such a reality or the obligations of stewardship, and that under Christ (not the twistedness of liberal socialism!) our riches are not our own....  

We have become so expectant and thankless that we expect all our wishes to come to us as if they were as common as breathing the fresh air.  Rarely are any us moved to consider our folly of self-promotion and the shameful state of our superficial development. 

Consequently, our social and political culture has become one ripe for structural decay.  We allow anything and anyone that happens to gain the public's attention through odd happenstance or a designed public relation's strategy, to lead and direct, becoming an unelected public spokesperson for us all.  The self-proclaimed anarchy of the self-absorbed wins another hand at the table of life. 

And the state of our superficiality seems headed for pandemic entrenchment, ensuring that our children are even more blind than we.  Just think of the superficial and self-absorbed caliber of people we're raising to lead this country and the world in a few years! 

  

And speaking about the poor state of our youth, educationally, we don't teach our students to think anymore..., just memorize "facts" in order to pass our multiple-choice tests.  We have dumbed down the whole system when we teach kids just to pass exams, while never really understanding the principles behind the facts they regurgitate, never learning how to approach the unknown, or how to figure out a problem in mathematics or science, leastwise how to address their own psychologies and challenges of ethics that they will face life long.   

Most of our kids remain childish and undeveloped in mind and character long after they should have become adults.  So adolescently superficial, by the time they reach High School, most students are little more than self-important, spoiled, leering sycophants who are majoring in popularity and power, lusting for the celebrity status of those older or in the current limelight, having learned to deny the best in themselves while accepting the worst. 

So underdeveloped and inanely self-absorbed, they remain ever chameleon-like, ready to adopt any social direction which promises the recognition and envy of others, the addiction of status, power, and self-adulation, however poisoning it may to their overall welfare.

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The veneer is unmistakable, the stench unrelenting, the path indisputable...., and I might add with alarm, psychologically akin to the poisoned "Hitler Youth" of yesterday----elitist, proud, arrogant, woefully blind, irresponsible, self-absorbed, self-promoting, favoring themselves as the new self-defined "intelligentsia," all under the guise of being intellectually superior..., and thus, thinking themselves the rightful heirs of being the only ones capable of telling the rest of us how we should live.  Isn't there an oxymoron in there somewhere....? 

Still insisting on being emotionally and intellectually diapered, they become prime candidates for the liberal ideology of our higher institutions, and envelope themselves within the Marxist's philosophies of their liberal college professors and older students as they move on to further their social, academic, and political acceptance.  After all, it is Socialism which further seduces them to remain entrenched within their own festering narcissism, becoming the weakly constructed superficial adult set on a path guaranteed for life, unless repentance is practiced, of course. 

Mark this well....  History has always witnessed what happens to nations that are so reckless in the education of their youth.

The veneer is unmistakable, the stench unrelenting, the path indisputable...., and I might add with alarm, psychologically akin to the poisoned "Hitler Youth" of yesterday----elitist, proud, arrogant, woefully blind, irresponsible, self-absorbed, self-promoting, favoring themselves as the new self-defined "intelligentsia," all under the misbegotten guise of being intellectually superior..., and thus, thinking themselves the rightful heirs of being the only ones capable of telling the rest of us how we should live. (Isn't there an oxymoron in there somewhere....?)   

In contrast, the peculiarly unpopular conservative student remains a closeted minority on most so-called "free-thinking" liberal campuses today, socially outcast, disdained, and persecuted for holding to ideas and frames of reference that offend the liberals in their midst.  The free exchange of ideas is never now allowed for fear of offending the politically correct----our new "Hitler Youth" and their hate-filled professors.

Today the veneer of an Ivy League education can be costly, but not very challenging nor particularly instructive or educational to those that go through the system. 

So much has been lost in what a true education should consist of.  Students today simply learn to painstakingly regurgitate what their liberal instructors tell them, or fail the course.  Never is there an enduring climate of instruction that calls for the better selfless parts of themselves to rise and dominate, and how that in itself may better impact the developing intelligence and overall humanity of each student. 

In fact, just the opposite is taught and nurtured:  "Survival of the fittest" is defined as the most "Marxist" one can become. 

We will remember that Karl Marx (while living in the Democracy of Great Britain by the way), and all those that followed him in his pattern of Socialism (eg. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc.) based his feckless theories squarely on Darwin's amoral notion of Natural Order, and that included the proposition that only the strongest would and should survive, thus paving the way for the unscrupulous justification of the extermination of those that didn't measure up, or at least the taking advantage of those weaker. 

Accordingly, despite the propaganda to the contrary, Marxist-Socialism is not now, nor never has been, about looking after the other guy.  Incredulously, it has always been about the authoritative redistribution of wealth and advantage for the sole benefit of the stronger ones (not the weaker ones) in society.  It was an academically clever ruse in which "base selfishness" and the "status of self-importance" could be repackaged to look like just, fair, and charitable actions that served the naive uneducated masses, the underlings of society who could be culled into obedience for a promised government subsidy. 

But of course, in the light of day Socialism was never fair, and moreover, was never meant to be.  In fact, Socialism has never demonstrated any form of societal advantage other than enslaving the masses to keep their masters living in style. 

Shamefully, rather than the strengths and blessings that come from self-reliance, the deceptive fantasy of Socialism and all its accompanying veneers and glosses, is still being perpetuated today by liberal instructors, from our grade schools to our most prestigious institutions of higher learning.  Continually working against the betterment of humanity, it is indeed a philosophy of Anti-Christ.   

As the timely movie "Good Will Hunting" illustrated, those that spring from our elite schools today generally have no better education than what a two dollar Public Library card could have got them, that is if they would be so independently inclined to learn to think for themselves.  Most are not, leading to a state and standard of national mediocrity that is now exalted and adorned with the "me-too" veneer of Ivy League Diplomas.

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The bastion of journalism used to be the people's first line of defense against the enemy, foreign or domestic.  No longer.  They have become the very enemy we should repel.  The mainstream media (MSM) has become more and more of a liberally funded political propaganda machine, a "joke" that becomes more tiring in the retelling as time goes on.  This irony is only exceeded as glorified news-personalities, who epitomize the spoiled, bratty precocious leftovers from the sixties, and are nothing more than politically correct activists like Hollywood elites are today, clamor for ever more personal recognition even though the quality of their work noticeably declines. 

Unfortunately, there used to be institutions that were established for the very purpose of protecting us against all the hazards of superficiality and the pretensions of guileful veneers masquerading as substance, but these too have gone the way of the bad winds initiated and now controlled by our Elite Universities.  I speak of the field of Journalism, of course. 

The bastion of Journalism used to be the people's first line of defense against the enemy, foreign or domestic.  No longer.  They have become the very enemy we should repel.  The mainstream media (MSM) has become more and more of a liberally funded political propaganda machine, a "joke" that becomes more tiring in the retelling as time goes on.  This irony is only exceeded as glorified news-personalities, who epitomize the spoiled, bratty precocious leftovers from the sixties and are nothing more than politically correct activists like their Hollywood elitist counterparts are today, clamor for ever more personal recognition even though the quality of their work has noticeably declined. 

Very little from the MSM is ever instructive or even entertaining, as the priorities of things seem to be purposely turned upside down.  All vital substance is missing from their reports and instead filled with yellow paper gossip.  The only thing that is made clear is the news organization's political agenda and nuance, a shameful veneer that fills all our print media and the airwaves.  Like Hollywood scripts, the story lines become thinner, the acting more self-absorbed, the tired flavor less and less appealing, and like clones, the remakes become poorer copies of the originals.   

Rarely is there ever any reporting of any news story that is correctly and thoroughly analyzed.  Except for the repetitive rehashing of what the "Talking Heads" have said, rarely do we hear of any revealing or interesting insight, nor any tie in with what really matters.    

 In fact, the critical parts of news-worthy storytelling are often ill-defined or missing altogether.  "Points" are rarely made that are not political.  Indeed, the "obvious points" of their stories seem to be missing, resting on some other horizon apparently not visited by the news crews.  Perspectives of reality then missing, true analysis is rarely seen.  It appears that the glossy veneer of propaganda is what's important to those who control the information.  Protecting our freedoms is the last thing they ever think about, except of course if it fits with the liberal agenda of the ACLU.  

 

I believe that the state of our organized religions is in similar peril, and perhaps is the major, albeit indirect, cause of all backsliding taking place in our Educational Institutions. 

In the matter of our national and personal faith, we too often and too quickly accept some superficial rendering of the scriptures and the Gospel, missing the Lord's mark for the sake of brevity and packing the congregations, lowering the bar to please as many people as we can. 

The airwaves are overwhelmed with what often amounts to pseudo-Gospel messages promoted by slick carnival "artists" looking to cash-in on those desperately seeking others to be responsible for them.  Truly, it is the day when the blind lead the blind, and the sick feed off the sick. 

The bookstores abound with self-help scripts of questionable worth, religious jargon, and promises for happiness that just can't be sustained.  So called "testimonies" give the wanna-bees in the audience a chance to be on camera and feel self-important. 

Parenthetically, there's not much difference between these so-called religious shows and the rock concerts of yelling idiots.  Do they really think that Christ's presence would show up and bless these orgies of self-importance held in His Name?   I think not...

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In fact, it is generally a disrespected if not undiscovered truth that mediocrity in one's personal faith is that which leads to slothfulness and superficiality in all other areas of life.  From a slim-slam notion of Christianity comes then a subsequent tolerance for the "superficial" in everything else, and acceptance of the veneer as the esteemed status quo.  It doesn't take long to verify this....  In our churches today, shallowness is confused for humility, socialism is taken for charity, stupidity is accepted for faith, blindness masquerades for obedience, and lust is often substituted for passion.   

 

Surely, this is not what Christ has told us to do.  This is not how we are to live the Gospel.  This should be plain and clear to the most intellectually handicapped amongst us.  But it's not.  Again, there is huge market for those who willingly indulge themselves with the superficial and are summarily satisfied with the notions that "quick-fixes" can "save."

Sadly, most have failed to understand that the Gospel is not a cherry-picking exercise where we can coast through the buffet line and fill our plates with only what we want and think thereafter that we are "saved."  It just doesn't work that way, despite what others are continually promising us. 

In fact, it is generally a disrespected if not undiscovered truth that mediocrity in one's personal faith is that which leads to slothfulness and superficiality in all other areas of life.  From a slim-slam notion of Christianity comes then a subsequent tolerance for the "superficial" in everything else, and acceptance of the veneer as the esteemed status quo. 

It doesn't take long to verify this....  In our churches today, shallowness is confused for humility, socialism is taken for charity, stupidity is accepted for faith, blindness masquerades for obedience, and lust is often substituted for passion.  I could go on, but I think you get the point.... 

Back when Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) wrote about the people of the United States, he was not so much impressed with the government of this country as he was the governing principles that were humbly and staunchly held within the hearts of this people.  He understood well that without this deep and abiding conviction of faith, not having or showing any depth of character or understanding of the God given freedoms we once enjoyed, America's system of government would not last long and soon become polluted. 

In other words, as soon as we would treat the faith of our Founding Fathers as less than central to the cause of our freedoms and industry, placing our faith in some superficial category which precariously delegates its powers to some veneered afterthought (eg. some glossy politician), we would be in danger of becoming just like our European counterparts. 

Tocqueville was keenly aware that it was the faith of the people that kept America strong, not it's government, nor it's army and navy.  And that in itself was the critically essential difference between Europe and America.  He noted that the faith of this people was real and tangible, being manifested throughout everything that they did, either in private or in public, unlike that of his European countrymen. 

Such a foundation allowed the expression of personal freedoms in far grander and more breathtaking form than ever witnessed in Europe.  Indeed, unlike, Europe, Tocqueville noted that faith was the blood and breath of America's developing society..., it alone was the forbearer to America's prosperity, which was ultimately the cause of all societal success, including all the advancements in Education, Industry, and the Law. 

  As James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both have stated, the U.S. Constitution was not meant to govern an immoral people..., indeed, it could not.  And the morality of its people could only be forged and maintained through their abiding faith.  To be sure, only those adopting a Judeo-Christian compass would be governed by same, and only those could ever truly appreciate and protect these sacred freedoms for future generations.  

As Tocqueville postulated, when our faith in those Judeo-Christian principles would ever be reduced to a thin veneer, as it has in today's Europe, then this Democratic Republic will ultimately fail. 

For any thinking person, it is clear that the Gospel's prioritizing of the such principles within the heart acts to uniquely govern the rest of our actions, with more certainty and graciousness than anything else.  Our liberal educational institutions have seem to have forgotten that. 

Interestingly, it is a fact that Harvard and Yale in particular of our Ivy League schools required in their founding that their educational staff be solely made up from those that had already possessed a strong and unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ.  Not possessing such an understanding would render one uneducated and unsuited for a professor's duty.  Not surprising really, since the founders of these universities had already witnessed the embrace of the discipline of the Gospel was in itself the first step towards being civil, reasonable, generous, and intelligent, only then being suited for academic and political life.

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The reason that the truth of the Gospel is so very compelling, as has been used as a tried and true standard for those in the past, is that it changes the initiate from inside out; to be "self-governing" and not "other-governing." The demands of the Gospel tend to leech out "the bad and the selfish" in man, preparing him for a higher purpose, and ultimately become a overwhelmingly positive influence on his fellow man.  No other philosophy has ever been more fruitful and wise, nor prosperous and kind.  It is the antithesis of "Survival of the Fittest." 

 

The reason that the truth of the Gospel is so very compelling, as has been used as a tried and true standard for those in the past, is that it changes the initiate from inside out; to be "self-governing" and not "other-governing."  

The demands of the Gospel tend to leech out "the bad and the selfish" in man, preparing him for a higher purpose, and ultimately become ana kin overwhelmingly positive influence on his fellow man.  No other philosophy has ever been more fruitful and wise, nor prosperous and kind.  It is the antithesis of "Survival of the Fittest." 

So complicating but necessary and essential for the happiness life offers, the Gospel's true meaning and direction can never be a superficial undertaking.  It can never be something that is glossed over or made redundant, nor something practiced by rote.  So much more the shame for those who try today to persuade us differently.

In fact, Christ's Parable of the Sower {Mat 13:18} wherein the word of God is likened unto a Seed falling among men so illustrates this point.  It must be embraced and embedded deep within the heart if it is to succeed.  It was never meant to exist superficially.  It was always meant to enlist the intelligence of man, to encourage a thinking for themselves, to consider the need of their own salvation, their own flawed actions, and to be responsible for same. 

The Gospel is meant to be enlightening, and therefore thought about, understood and queried, brooded and ruminated about, considering its fair proportions and civilization influences, in an environment free from prejudice and stupidity.  It rejects superficiality and veneer, mediocrity, and the inane.    

Dumbing down the Gospel has never been allowed in the Scriptures.  Only latter day Pharisees think that such is needful for the masses, as they themselves stand in the doorway and disallow the entry of others.  As we're reminded: 

{Matthew 23:13-28}   13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.  14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.  15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. 

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!  17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?  18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.  19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?  20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.  21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.  22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.  25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.  26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.   28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscientist & Physicist, having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us books  &  The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

So it is that democracies in undeveloped countries are hard pressed to succeed, especially in absence of historically held Judeo-Christian standards where the critically essential values and morals of a stable civil society are first formed and founded. 

The more we deny the spiritual needs for our own development and maturation as specifically defined by the Judeo-Christian standard, the more ripe we become in forfeiting the freedoms of our Forefathers.  The more we become satisfied with the superficial and veneered, the more ready we make ourselves for own destruction.  The more we think it not important to faithfully investigate, sincerely inquire, and honestly analyze the matters before us, the closer we come to our own downfall.  The more we think that we don't need to "ask, seek, and knock," as the Lord instructs, the more will we be led astray..., for without the specificity of His Light embraced within us and shepherding us on our way, we remain in darkness. 

Indeed, one doesn't have to go far to understand the danger of the Gospel's antithesis.  Namely, the breeding ground for Terrorists, which are evilly directed and instructed by flawed Islamofascists Mullahs who aggressively enlist the blind and unthinking obedience of their followers. 

Take heed....  Those who prey on the weak minded, the uneducated and the untrained, teaching others from childhood to hate anything different from themselves...., killing the innocent, suppressing the tender rights of women and children, and breed an intolerance for the cultures and religions of others..., will be punished for their crimes.   

Those Muslims especially, who are Scribes and Pharisees of a sort, as well as those that sit still and ride the fence in not speaking against those that have hijacked their religion into its being remade after the pattern of Fascism, will have to answer to the Only One God.   

In fact, any so-called leader or instructor who politically, academically, economically, and or religiously profanes his stewardship and acts to lead others away from the Goodness of God (or the Gospel), however unknowingly, will answer for their crimes and specifically for the polluting of a generation of humanity.

Superficiality is the enemy of all civilization as well as the enemy of God, because it obstructs the true knowledge and faith which should lie at our core. 

The acceptance of superficiality is the evil that comes from lack of personal scholarship, sincerity, and honesty.  Superficiality disdains the discipline of judgment, reason, and obedience to the Law of Goodness, and thinks faith, hope, and charity to be imaginable mindless concepts that somehow float about in the air. 

So, perhaps the next time you're in the market for a piece of new furniture for your house, be careful about the kind of craftsmanship that you choose to live with.  Look beneath the surface.  If you don't, your choice may simply be a reflection of what's already been allowed to inhabit your own mind....  

 

 

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