Speech is the sceptre of mankind; however, gossip is the devil’s rickshaw.
Broad is the way which leads to ‘annihilation [Greek = apoleia = taken OUT – hit-man-style]’ – [Matt 7:13-14] and this seems to be more relevant in this day and age than ever before, as many are following the signposts.
I recall taking my first timid venture into commerce, at a company exporting high-quality worsted materials worldwide. There were high-level, inclined writing desks, leather-bound ledgers, and the two Herberts (Hirst and Arrandale, G-d rest ’em) the one with the most beautiful ‘copperplate’ handwriting, the other with shorthand at 100 wpm.
One day, as I entered the Dickensian writing room, I was confronted with a mechanical device, dimensions (old money) 12″ x 14″ x 9″, with buttons on top, which you could depress to make numerical calculations – wonderful! Today, we can carry such a device, not just in the pocket, but inside the cellphone.
My point is, everything has become so EASY, so slick, so INSTANT, everything seems to be a ‘no-brainer’ – that many of us have stopped using our brain at all. Perhaps this was what Jean Monnet had in mind when he wrote to his friend, back in April 1952, about his plans for easing the unthinking multitudes down the slippery slope of ‘having an economic purpose’, thus to lead us sheeple into their EU federation ‘pen’.
I am currently thinking about what I may need if I am asked to take up the ‘Secretary’s’ job at my local club. No doubt, whatever system I choose, it will be INSTANTLY available with a storage facility on some ‘Cloud’; “so, little lamb, nothing could be simpler, nothing to worry about” – and absolutely NO IDEA who may ACTUALLY be able to read, analyse and use all my work.
Are the present, ever-popular social media programmes any different? Do you REALLY know who reads your personal, political or private posts?? Does the present ‘government’ REALLY know or care, where the average £1.9bn PER MONTH of your taxes ends up after they have beneficently squandered it among 146 countries worldwide??
That comment made by the Jewish Carpenter is certainly still relevant today, (and the fact that I have even mentioned such a quotation from such a person may have caused you hackles to rise – just a fraction – because we mustn’t be divisive, must we?) As Winston Smith discovered, back in ‘1984′, all the ‘bad’ ideas are actually only ‘double-plus-ungood’.
Trying to stir the madding crowd to realize that the gate into the safety of ‘Faith, Hope, Charity (& democracy)’ is, indeed narrow, the lock hard to open, without the correct key, is proving to be the work of Hercules, and my shoulders are not getting any younger.
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Just pause for a moment and think – if those nice people across in GCHQ can listen-in on a conversation anywhere in the world between black-hearted souls who do not wish your country well, then YOU and I, my friend, are ‘easy meat’.
Our email address here, for those of you brave enough to make ‘Nahshon’s leap’ is – firstname.lastname@example.org – there IS a key to open the strait gate. We look forward to meeting you.