Gaslighting

Gaslighting

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In this radio rumination, I explore the psychological tactic, gaslighting as it relates to 9/11, climate change, and Covid. (See text below).

This episode was originally broadcast on Sunday, August 15th. Freedom Loves Company airs Sunday evenings from 8-10 pm Eastern Time on Revolution.Radio, Studio B.

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Gaslighting
August 15, 2021

I would like to talk about gaslighting. Only fairly recently did I learn the term. I was talking to clergy friends maybe two and half years ago now. We would talk candidly about our experiences as pastors. I was talking about how I was made to feel that I was doing a crappy job in church, that I was aware of whispering behind my back that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do and so forth. My clergy friend simply said, “Gaslighting.” He explained that is when a group or an individual make you feel crazy or unworthy or bad about yourself. That it is all your fault.

I was grateful that he named something that was true. It happened enough to clergy that there was a name for it and clergy knew it (although I didn’t know the term at the time, I did know the concept).

Since then, I have heard and used the term often. Medical News Today offers this definition:

“Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where a person or group makes someone question their sanity, perception of reality, or memories. People experiencing gaslighting often feel confused, anxious, and unable to trust themselves.

The term gaslighting derives from the 1938 play and 1944 film Gaslight, in which a husband manipulates his wife into thinking she has a mental illness by dimming their gas-fueled lights and telling her she is hallucinating.”

Gaslighting. Is it the same word when applied to a population of people as the victim? Gaslighting may be the best term to describe the collective psychological attack on humanity that we are experiencing now.

Gaslighting. Making someone think they are crazy.

Gaslighting. Making someone think something is their fault when it isn’t.

Gaslighting. With clear intent, making people feel anxious, confused, and unable to trust themselves.

Let’s think of some recent examples. Recent examples that are ongoing.

It is powerful, authoritative entities that do this. Controlling personalities. Narcissistic personalities do this. Gaslighting is also a tactic that is taught to people say Facebook fact-checkers to demean people on the internet. Nearly every day, so-called “fact-checkers” interrupt your conversations correcting what you said. It is unbelievably Owellian that this is happening. They are trying to make you as the author or any reader not believe what you posted, as if their fact-checking is absolute divine truth. You are crazy and wrong if you don’t believe this. Most of this fact-checking is done by bots and algorithms, not even people.

This fact-checking is of course selective. They only fact-check heresies in the narrative that their bosses or programmers do not want heard. For example, say anything about the needle and you get the fact-check that the vaccines are all safe and effective. But not just vaccines. After awhile you learn the narrative that they are pushing and begin to realize that if you are being fact-checked, you are getting close to the target. Assuming you do have your facts right.

Fact-checking is a form of gaslighting. Gaslighting as tactic. You find this in the Facebook comment section of a news channel. Every story has as many people as needed to come out and stop any honest questions with ridicule or passive-aggressive comments. Millions of dollars, maybe tens of millions of dollars are spent on paid accounts and bots to reinforce the narrative on these news outlets. The affect is gaslighting. Making people doubt themselves or shy away from expressing their own opinions or honest questions. They are hostile comments. They are comments that try to shame people. All kinds of different strategies are used by these commenters. But the goal is to make people doubt their own selves and their own experiences.

For instance, I remember seeing a bunch of chemtrails over Portland a couple of years ago. It was quite obvious that we were being sprayed. I can’t recall exactly where it was that this discussion was happening on-line, but immediately, the authoritative, “I am smarter than anyone else here” commenter would fact-check and shame anyone who would say that what they saw in the sky was anything but planes doing their natural thing.

You know this experience. It took me a long time to realize that many, many, many of the accounts on Facebook are fake and are for that purpose. Once I realized that, I felt two things. First, depression at one more instance of the money and pressure constantly poured into silencing us. We are up against a powerful, well-trained enemy. But secondly, it also made me realize that these are not real people. They are fake people, literally in some cases, bots, but also even if real, fake, because they are paid accounts. That second realization was freeing. Once you ignore their noise, there are real people asking questions, and more than I thought. Now I just block them. This is war. They are enemies. Anyone who puts a mocking emoji on my post, I block them. Anyone who comments in line with the narrative, I block. I am not conversing with them. They are enemy. I may toy with them. But I block them. I am conversing with real people who have been gaslit and yet still are waking up.

Here is an example of gaslighting.

We are coming up on the 20th anniversary of September 11th

Anyone with two eyes can see that World Trade Center Towers One and Two, the twin towers were blown to kingdom come in pyroclastic dust clouds. Another skyscraper, the 47 story World Trade Center Building Seven, came down in classic controlled demolition at 5:20 in the afternoon. Anyone who looks at a video of it can see that.

Except that you can’t see that. You can’t see it because you have been gaslit for twenty years by the best gaslighters on Earth. If you didn’t know the story, and just saw the buildings, you would know they were blown up with explosives. But because we were trained in the government’s orthodoxy from the very first minutes, and shamed, cajoled, threatened, and mocked, since then, by every institution, media outlet, and government agency we have been, as a whole, with a few exceptions, gaslit on a major scale.

The gaslighters, ultimately those responsible for the false flag of 9/11, were able to convince the American people that what you see with your own eyes cannot be trusted. Experts need to tell you what really happened. This psychological tactic has worked.

What else? Cannabis and hemp. For a century, cannabis has been framed as a horrible drug. It was made illegal around the world. Why? Hemp is a valuable product. It is high energy and it is able to be made into many products, like oil is. It was seen to be a threat to the oil industry as well as the pharmaceutical industry. So people have been gaslit that cannabis is bad. I recommend a documentary by Massimo Mazucco. It is somewhat dated in regards to the current legal status of cannabis in some states, but it tells the history of the gaslighting against the people regarding this natural plant that has co-evolved with humanity for millions of years. His film is called, “The True History of Marijuana.”  He has made a number of important documentaries including films about cancer, 9/11, and even the moon landing. I interviewed him about his film American Moon a couple of years ago on KBOO in Portland.

The more I look into this, and I am just a newbie, I am finding that we have been are being gaslit in major ways about virtually everything. Let’s get specific again.

What if you convince a healthy person that she is sick when, in fact, she isn’t sick? Even though she feels healthy, she has no symptoms; nonetheless, she doubts her very health because you wouldn’t lie to her, would you? That is called gaslighting.

This is one of the central pillars of this scamdemic that has been used to destroy us these past 18 months. Asymptomatic transmission. Meaning, you have no symptoms, but you could be sick anyway. Because of this gaslighting, the whole lockdown extravaganza, masking, social isolation, all of it, is able to be done. If people trust their own bodies, their own experiences, their own senses, they would know if they are sick or not. But the gaslighting, because it comes from a massive authoritarian arsenal of propaganda, the experts, people are psychologically attacked and are anxious, confused, and doubt their own senses. After a while, people believe it and even defend it. The gaslighting becomes the Stockholm Syndrome, where people are so brain-addled that they take the side of their oppressor.

Back to gaslighting.

No one goes to the doctor and says, “I don’t have any symptoms, Doc, but I may have the flu.” But now, you don’t need symptoms. You take a test. An ominous take a stick up your nose almost into your brain test to show you have the disease.  Dr. Annie Bukacek, on my show three weeks ago, showed how the PCR is unreliable, that is putting it mildly. Fake is the way to say it properly. It is a scam. The “cases” are not of sick people but positive results of a fake test.

But it doesn’t end there. Children and adults have been gaslit into believing that children are potentially contagious with a disease they do not have, and cannot even get, but they can spread it.

This is all absurd on the face of it. It is a blatant in your face lie, but it has been foisted upon us by the media, primarily, so that most people, the vast majority have been gaslit into submission.

We have been shut down by gaslighting. People wear muzzles because they are afraid that you are sick when you are not. They are gaslit further by being told that they wear their masks for you. If you don’t wear it for others, you are selfish. If you make an objection to the governmental actions based on the Bill of Rights, or any fundamental human right truth, you are singled out as a selfish individual, even as you are fighting for the individual rights of those who participate in the government’s gaslighting. Individual rights are everyone’s individual rights.

The gaslighting is pervasive. Everything is thrown at you if you stand up for your own self and your own experience and your own expression. The namecalling, oh my gosh. You are an idiot! You don’t believe in science! Where is your medical degree? You don’t love Jesus!

Now it is at a level of mass insanity. The world is a very dangerous place right now. After 18 months the gaslighting has now turned people’s minds into cement. Now the Covid Psyop is perhaps as cemented into consciousness as the 9/11 Psyop or the Cannabis Psyop or even the Climate Change Psyop.

I was on the other side of this for a while, until I began to realize that it is a similar thing. Those pushing the narrative have an agenda for its solution. The world is messed up because your carbon footprint is too big. You eat meat. You drive too big of a car. Whatever. It is you who are responsible for the wildfires and the hot temperatures and the violent storms. The only solution is to have the experts solve the problem for you. We are being gaslit into thinking that everyday people are destroying the planet and in a very weird way that only supposed scientists can figure out.

Part of what is consistent in gaslighting is that so-called science and experts have the truth and you do not. Gaslighting is based on fascism. It is based on authoritarianism. It is based on abuse.

From my perspective, that is all it is, but it is mine and I will express it. From my perspective, climate change is a scam. We are being gaslit by it. The real problem is energy contraction, namely Peak Oil. We have been on the downslope of conventional oil production for at least ten years. We have hit energy limits and are collapsing. I recommend the film, “End of Suburbia” but not the one on-line. Get the full version. People to recommend include James Howard Kunstler, John Michael Greer, Richard Heinberg, and others.

But back to gaslighting. The connection between the climate change solution and the covid solution is eerily similar. Austerity. Stay home. Less driving. Less flying. Less contact with others. Less use of energy. New cars are not being made. Agricultural equipment is not being made. I paid the other day $96 for two sheets of plywood. Construction materials, when you can get them, are three times what they were before this scamdemic. It has nothing to do with a virus. That is the gaslighting. It is the so-called response to the virus, a response that has been planed for a long time.  And now, eat less meat. In fact, the controllers will be manufacturing some nice insect burgers for you. Why? Because cows fart and are creating methane that is warming the planet.

All of this is done through lies. Gaslighting is a lie. But it is a particularly insidious lie as it makes people doubt their own reality. It takes your humanity away from you. You are sick. You are sick until proven healthy and you will never be proven healthy, because you could have just picked up the covid right now.

Will people ever wake up to this?

What I mean essentially, is the gaslighting regarding this covid thing. The other issues I am exploring as I learn. I am not insisting that you accept everything I say. I don’t insist at all. I don’t care what you believe or don’t believe. I don’t want to imply that to get the concept of gaslighting and in particular the gaslighting regarding Covid that you have to accept all the other examples that I think are also gaslighting.

Back to the basics. I hope to make a successful impression that gaslighting is the central psychological operation used against all of us by the billionaires controlling us. The pillar of this scam is based upon believing that everyone is sick when they don’t have any symptoms. That is the scam in a nutshell.

That you are sick until proven healthy. Unless you wear your muzzle, unless you take the needle, you are hurting other people. That is gaslighting. It is a lie.

Unless you wear your muzzle, unless you take the needle, unless you isolate yourself from others, you are preventing society from getting back to normal. That is gaslighting. It is a lie.

If you say things that challenge the narrative of the authorities that you hear on “the news” you are crazy. You are wrong. You are a conspiracy theorist. That is gaslighting. It is a lie.

We know how to take care of ourselves when we are sick. Nothing magically changed in the world to change that. But those in authority act as though it did and are doing everything in every institution possible to make you think that is the case. That there is an invisible sickness that you must believe you have. It is gaslighting.

The cure, in my opinion, is to ask yourself, are you sick or not? I am not. If I do get sick. I will stay home. I won’t sneeze on you.

This is all a scam. The world has been shut down for this.

Now the variants. Well, do you think these variants, to the extent that they exist, might actually be reactions from the injections themselves? The media is pushing out fear porn every ten seconds. When that happens, the default should be, “Bullcrap.” They are lying. They are gaslighting.

Does that mean that no one is getting sick? No, I am not saying that.  There are biological agents. I think the US attacked Iran with them for sure. There are likely many of these agents that can be used and are used to attack people and make them sick. Think of all the crap everywhere that is making us sick. It will get worse. Now, people are getting injected with poisons. They are having adverse reactions to them.

We are told that it is the unvaccinated that are filling up the hospitals. Well, I am not so sure about that. Especially as I have seen reports that people with just one jab are considered unvaccinated. They are not fully vaccinated. So therefore they are unvaccinated. In my accounting, they have still been injected and that injection could be the cause of the illness.

I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows what is really happening in those hospitals?

As I see it, this is the collapse of civilization and the rearranging of our human systems. The Great Reset. Check out my interview with Tessa Lena. She is writing some great stuff on the Great Reset. Same with Michael Rectenwald, also on my show recently. 

But the tactic that is consistent, in my observation, is gaslighting.

Making you doubt your own self, senses, experiences, and expressions. Gaslighting steals your humanity from you. It browbeats you. It abuses you.

You have to keep telling yourself:

I know what I see, hear, taste, smell, touch, experience. I will not be gaslit. I cannot stop people from trying to gaslight me. I can’t stop them from saying stuff that isn’t true, but I don’t need to internalize it. It isn’t real. I know who I am. I may be wrong about some things. I can change my mind. I can research for myself. I do not have to be told what is authoritative and what is not. I don’t have to be told what is a reliable source and what is not. I don’t have to be fact-checked. I can figure these things out for myself, thank you. If you are interested in exploring with me, well freedom loves company.

Gaslighting is a spiritual attack. It is an attack on our soul. It is important to do good stuff for your soul. It is good to internalize love and peace and joy.  It is good to internalize courage. It is good to internalize truth. It is good to hang out, in person, and online as well with people who do not gaslight you. Don’t let people call you crazy. Keep a safe distance from them. They are not healthy for you.

Sadly the divisions that are constantly being thrown at us are dividing families and friends. This is not about health. Healthy authorities who cared about actual health would never do this kind of stuff. A media corporation, a president, a governor, a doctor, who cares about you, does not lie to you with all of this fear porn and then scapegoat those who question it as awful people.

We are in for what James Howard Kunstler calls a long emergency. The authorities will be throwing panic after panic after panic upon us. The road is dangerous and bumpy and long. It won’t be over with some dramatic nuclear bomb next year, at least I don’t think. We are in for a long transformation. While dangerous, it does not mean we should live in fear.

We are going to die, someday. Until then, let us live.

This really is my point. Don’t let anyone gaslight you.

You are good. You are beautiful. You are healthy. You are a carrier of joy and goodness and truth and these bastards are not going to take that away.

Gaslighting is deception.

Spirituality conquers deception in a few important ways.

(The following was taken from Ekklesia).

First: Do Not Fear.

Fear is not from God. Fear is from the Deceiver. These Serpents feed off of our fear. There is nothing to fear. They can kill us. That’s it. They can kill the body, not the soul. We will die anyway at some point. Let us die for Christ. Let us die for Allah. Let us die because it is better to die than be a slave. Banish fear from your life. When you feel afraid, find your Bible. Find your Qur’an. Pray. Breathe. Breathe in and out.

“I am not afraid. God is near.”

From the Qur’an:

Do you think that you could enter paradise without having suffered like those [believers] who passed away before you? Misfortune and hardship befell them, and so shaken were they that the apostle, and the believers with him, would exclaim, “When will God’s succor come?”

O, verily, God’s succor is [always] near!

From Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Feeling afraid? Pray it. Doesn’t seem to work? Pray it again. Pray away the fear.

Second: Stay away from the media.

It is programming designed to mess you up. Know that. It is enemy propaganda. Purify yourself from it. It is everywhere. Social media is controlled by the enemy, too. All of it belongs to the enemy. All media. Don’t spend too much time on the screens. We have to use it, but it belongs to the enemy. Know that. Be careful. Don’t spend so much time in it that you get burned. Don’t listen to the smooth-talking celebrities or politicians, no matter how much you like them. They are tools of the enemy. This is all deception. Rule of thumb that I mentioned last week. Anyone who is unable to be truthful about 9/11 cannot be trusted. They either haven’t done the research or they are lying about it or they are so deceived that they are worthless.

Three: Instead, spend your time researching what is real.

Here are some names to search through Duck Duck Go on your Brave browser. There are more than this list. There are people out there searching for what is true and reporting it to you. These are a few that I know.

Kevin BarrettSpiro SkourasDavid IckeJames CorbettVanessa BeeleyMark TalianoChuck BaldwinAnnie BukacekHelen Buyniski.

This is not an exhaustive list. They are people I know.

Watch their videos. Read their articles. I post a lot of stuff on my Facebook page from different sources. I will do so until it is deleted and until I am deleted.

We are being erased. However, the truth is rising. We need truth warriors.

Don’t believe everything. Discern for yourself. Be strong.

Four: Know who your friends are and who the enemy is.

This is war. Be careful. Know who your friends are. They are few. Know who the enemy is. Most people are computer programs. The government presses ENTER and people stand in line, put on a mask, and snitch on their neighbors. They work for the enemy. The enemy is the one who imposed this lockdown. Remember, we did not ask for this. We did not discuss this. This was imposed upon us.

Five: Know that you have a purpose.

It is no accident that you are here now. It is no accident that you are hearing this or watching it or reading it. This is the apocalypse. You are alive in the midst of it. You need to be strong. You need to be a warrior.

Six: Take risks.

Take the risks you can to live like a human being. I cannot tell you what to do. You will have to figure that out. But meeting with a community can help.

Again,

1) Do Not Fear.
2) Stay Away from the Media.
3) Research What is Real.
4) Know Your Friends and Your Enemy.
5) Know You Have a Purpose.
6) Take Risks

You didn’t sign up for this. I get it. This got dumped on us.

The best I see it is that you and I are Eternal Consciousness having a particular experience. When we identify so closely with the experience that we cannot free ourselves from our emotions, we need to remember who we are spiritually. We need to meditate, pray, journal, exercise, do whatever it takes to realize that we have a body but we are not our body. We have emotions but we are not our emotions. We have thoughts but we are not our thoughts. We can step back from them and realize that reality. We are from above. We are part of the eternal. We are of God. One day we shall return. We will ascend like Jesus (pbuh).

One of the practices that has been taken from us, perhaps the most important practice, is to gather physically and share our experience. We have to take that back. Get together physically, with people you love, and be human. Touch. Hug. Embrace. Pray. Weep. Laugh.

That is the church, the Greek word is ekklesia, the physical gathering of people.

Let us be that again. Now.

Amen.

Loving the Hell out of Us

Here is the text of the sermon I preached on Sunday, February 10th for Evolution Sunday.

“…we can…think of the end of our present life not as the end of our journey with God but simply as the beginning of its next phase. If so, we can conceive that divine grace, working entirely through the attractive power of love, might sanctify us all. There would be no need for the divine violence of casting sinners into hell. God would, instead, love the hell out of us.”
–David Ray Griffin, Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith

Loving the Hell out of Us

I am the product of my parents. My father has a mind for science. My mother had a heart for faith. That isn’t to say that my father doesn’t have a heart nor my mother a mind. It is merely my perception of them to make a story about my life. My parents are far more complicated and interesting than the categories I create for them.

Nevertheless, it is with love and respect that I draw from the two of them an ongoing love for science and for faith, a lovers’ dance, two very different ways of knowing and of loving the world into which we are thrust.

Each day as I break a new personal record of consecutive days alive and breathing, I find myself negotiating my parents’ legacy in my own life. Science and faith. A love for facts and discovery. A desire to follow the will of God.

At times the lovers get snippy with each other, insisting that each’s own way is superior. True enough, one way is better at another in some things. Each way is also blind to its own shadow. Each way can also be blind to outside forces that manipulate each toward more sinister agenda.

Science is almost always used for the material of war.
Faith is almost always used for the emotion of war.

Each glimpses how the other is manipulated but that clarity often vanishes in the mirror.

The challenge to me and to us is how science and faith can contribute to the good. If science and faith are both ways of seeking what is true, is it too much to ask of both disciplines to seek also what is good? One of the historic principles of Presbyterian Church Order emphasizes both truth and goodness. You find this paragraph from the 18th century in our Book of Order:

F-3.0104 Truth and Goodness
That truth is in order to goodness; and the great touchstone of truth, its tendency to promote holiness, according to our Savior’s rule, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” And that no opinion can either be more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon a level, and represents it as of no consequence what a [person’s] opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty. Otherwise it would be of no consequence either to discover truth or to embrace it.

These old Presbyterians were talking about truth that comes from faith, but that did not exclude truth that comes from reason. Both ways of knowing truth are in order to goodness. Of course, determining what is good as is determining what is true requires work, conversation, public debate, research, failure, humility, perseverance, and the ability and willingness to respond to change with corresponding change of mind and heart.

When I arrived at Southminster four years ago, a frequent question was asked of me: “What is your vision? What do you think Southminster should do?” My response then was that I didn’t know. I am new. We will have to see what Spirit presents to us.

Many times these types of questions are asked in terms of strategy and marketing. How do we brand ourselves and so forth? I am not against strategy, marketing, and branding, I suppose. But it must take a distant second to content. Who are you? What is real? What is God calling us to be and do? Truth and Goodness first. Strategy, Marketing and Branding, second.

I like this quote  [mis] attributed to Charles Darwin, whose birthday, we celebrate on the Sunday closest to his birthday as Evolution Sunday.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

No one likes change, of course. Especially, churches. We all know the old jokes, such as the seven last words of the church:

“We’ve never done it that way before.”

I am going to mention this morning two types of changes that would behoove us to be responsive.

First, some religion. Jesus preaches a sermon. The boys are washing their fishing nets. Jesus tells the boys to drop the nets in the deep water. Simon, who later Jesus calls Peter, the rock upon whom I will build my church, is resistant to this new idea. It sounds like something that has been tried and has failed in the past. Those are the other seven last words of the church:

“We tried it that way once already.”

Simon goes with that one and says to Jesus:

“Master, we’ve been hard at it all night and haven’t caught a thing. But if you insist, I’ll lower the nets.”

Of course, the story concludes with a huge catch of fish and a moral from Jesus:

“Remember this lesson friends, when we go to catch the big fish.”

Here is the question:

“Does Peter, the Rock, represent the church in his resistance to change or in his responsiveness to Jesus?”

I will let that question hang there. You answer it yourself.

One more piece of religion. That is the quote from David Ray Griffin from his book, Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith. The question is how does the world end? Not just the world, the galaxy, the universe, the cosmos? Does it end with divine violence, sending sheep and goats to their separate areas? Or does it end through the lure of love? Griffin says, and I agree with him, that the end is the process. God’s work is not complete by sending sinners to hell. God’s work is complete by loving the hell out of us.

In the end, no matter how many lifetimes it takes,

“All will be well.”

With all of that hope, let’s tackle some change.

The first change is that many churches in America are closing.

A friend sent me this article this morning in Baptist News. The article by Pastor Elizabeth Mangham Lott is entitled, “My seminary has closed. But churches are closing too, and it’s time to face some hard questions.”

This is true for Presbyterians as well as Baptists. Our denomination, or its antecedents in 1965 numbered four million. Today about 1.5 million. I am sure that Craig Butler, Southminster member, and treasurer of our presbytery, would be happy to educate us on trends within our own presbytery.

Rather than blame each other, we can ask some hard questions. How do we respond to this change? The article concludes with excellent advice:

“How will we know which path is ours to take? Well, that’s something I did learn in seminary. We sit in holy quiet together, embracing ancient practices of contemplation and discernment. We follow the threads across ancient texts and look for the ways God has always been finding new and wildly imaginative avenues to know and be known by a people. We foster honest, brave, healthy, truth-telling communities that step even more fully and boldly into their calling as followers on the Way of Jesus. We ask really good questions and listen to each other in hopes of getting to even better ones.”

The second change is a far bigger change. It dwarfs the first change in magnitude almost making the first seem irrelevant. But actually, how we respond to the first change will enable us to be better equipped at responding to this second change.

I have spoken of this second change often and from different angles for over twenty years. I haven’t talked about it every Sunday, but I think you know it. And you mostly don’t like it.

Here it is: Americans make up 5% of the world’s population and consume 25% of the world’s resources. Another way to put it is this: If the rest of the world consumed as much as Americans consumed we would need four planets of resources. We have one planet. This is the case when I first started talking about it 20 years ago. It is an inequity that is unsustainable and can only be sustained temporarily through violence.

This change will likely be good for the rest of the world when America stops consuming a quarter of the world’s resources and instead consumes what is proportional to its population. This change will be uncomfortable for Americans when this standard of living changes.

Whether one thinks that inequity is justifiable or not, inequities always result in change. There is always a re-ordering eventually. Evolution happens when species outstrip their environments or when environments change. Whether we come about this question by studying Peak OilClimate Change, or militarization and its accompanying propaganda, there are hundreds of ways to show that these inequities exist and are not going to last. Those inequities are the inequity of human population vs. planetary limits and the inequity of the elites of the world vs. the rest.

This change can come abruptly or gradually or in a combination. As humans in general and Americans in particular, collectively reach the end of our credit limit, and nothing has been done in the past twenty years that I have been talking about it in regards to changing our course, major changes likely will come sooner than later.

Now remember. It is all good.

Simon Peter, the rock of the church, was in the end, responsive to change and Jesus will love the hell out of us.

If my parents taught me anything it is that life ends. My mother lived to be 91. My father is 100 currently. Even long lives end. Given that something will kill us someday, how do we live now?

Do we live to make ourselves as comfortable as possible for as long as possible? That is one way. But there is another way: the way of Jesus. The way of Mohammad. The way of Moses. The way of Buddha. These spiritual leaders knew that life was bigger than themselves and they were all responsive to change.

How might we be responsive to change? I think the fire drill is a great start about being responsive and prepared.

What about snowstorms? Are we as a church responsive enough to that in regards to care for the building but also care for members?

Let’s go bigger.

You have heard that we are due for an earthquake (New YorkerAtlantic). I have not talked about that at all with the congregation in any organized way. Dick Burnham and I were talking about it the other day. A very small percentage has done any awareness or preparation for this.

For me the physical preparation is important, but more than that, the internal preparation is equally as important as is the social preparation.

Change is coming. It comes in many ways. Practicing responsiveness through education, internal spiritual preparedness, and social connection can put Southminster in a place where it can be a helper rather than irrelevant, or worse, a burden. This goes for the congregation as a whole as well as individuals within it.

This is what I do. I am not some slick marketer who can come in and tell you how to get young people in the church, or sing and dance to soft hits of the 80s. I find most of that stuff to be a bunch of bull. I can however tell you what I think is going on and help open discussions on how we might respond, theologically, ethically, and practically to changes that are coming.

Truth and Goodness.

March 10th after church we start with some conversations about what it means to be the church on Denney and Hall in Beaverton.

You can talk to me over pie for breakfast on Wednesdays at Sharis on Allen and Murray or coffee Tuesday mornings. Or whenever. I will leave you today with Charles Darwin (although likely a misquotation):

It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
Nor the most intelligent,
But the one most responsive to change.

Amen.

Apocalypse Now

I suspect that after this post gets sent, the number of people who follow me via email (currently 2174–see sidebar) will decrease substantially. The Progressive Spirit radio show has ended and I am taking a different turn in regards to the things that I view as important and worthy of my time and hopefully yours. Yet I hope you will be curious enough to stay with me and pass this blog on to others.

We are in an apocalyptic time. Apocalypse means revelation. This is a time of revealing, of making manifest that which has been shrouded. Apocalypse in the popular sense means massive destruction. This time could be that as well especially if we decide as a human species to ignore the revelatory aspect of apocalypse.

But I am hopeful because I believe in God (not Gawd) to use David Ray Griffin’s distinction. To believe in God means to believe that morality and purpose are more than human social constructs. Morality and purpose are as real as atoms and supernovas, beetles and Bohemians. The very fabric of the universe is moral and we are a part of it, participating in it, being guided by and, to a degree participating, in its unfolding.

That belief is important, according to Griffin, because without it, without a belief and hope that the universe in some way “cares” we will not be able to face the task before us that is immense beyond measure. That task has come to us in the form of Global Warming or Climate Catastrophe. Monumental in itself, our situation is far worse than a problem to solve. Our destruction (apocalypse in the popular sense of the word) is enabled by the evil in high places that temporarily profits by our impending demise. The work of this evil is to shroud our true situation. Evil works in darkness as our wisdom traditions remind us. None of our institutions is capable of dismantling this evil or even capable of naming it. All of the institutions associated with education, religion, politics, commerce, justice, military, and media are held by the grip of this evil, unable to see in the darkness their own complicity.

The only thing that can save us is apocalypse in the precise meaning of that word, which is revelation. We need an unveiling, a de-shrouding, an unfolding, and an awakening. This is not simply an intellectual activity. It is a deeply spiritual event. I use the word ‘event’ because apocalypse is an event in which we participate. This event is happening now. This time is apocalypse now.

All around us the shroud of evil is tearing. Glimpses of light are piercing it. These glimpses are truth-revealing glimpses into the reality of our imprisonment. What exactly happened on September 11th, 2001 is a question related to this apocalypse. We know that we have been deceived but at the same time we are not allowed to know. I am not supposed to be writing about this. You are not supposed to be reading it. It is taboo. Yet here you are. You are still with me. The apocalypse event unfolds as more and more people see what they are not allowed to see, say what they are not allowed to say, and do what they are not allowed to do. Apocalypse now is rendering the taboo powerless. I need not convince you of anything. You already know it. I don’t need to show you Building 7. You know the official myth is a sham. You only need to trust what you know. Find your heart (courage) and act. When you are ready, you will.

Arbaeen is Apocalypse Now. It is not apocalypse (revelation) in the sense of a religious ritual by a sectarian group of Muslims. Arbaeen as revelation is an unfolding of truth and courage so profound that Christian bishops prostrate before it and American Christian ministers (yours truly) return home and preach sermons about its transformative effects.

At first glance, Global Warming, 9/11, and Arbaeen are not related. But of course they are intimately connected. Global Warming negatively effects the poor first. It results from unbridled fossil fuel extraction that is linked to unsustainable economic growth that results in global resource war which is justified by demonizing the “Muslim enemy” that was created by the false flag of 9/11 who resists via Arbaeen.

Evil trembles before Arbaeen. American media cannot even report on it. But 15 million bear witness. Arbaeen (Apocalypse Now) is when the oppressed of the world lead the march toward justice.

Apocalypse Now (revelation) is a divine, redemptive event that uncovers the evil that is hell-bent on the popular version of apocalypse (destruction). Apocalypse Now is our summons to participate in our collective salvation.


Climate Change or How to Defeat Medusa: A Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore

Moral Philosopher and Environmental-Thought Leader, Kathleen Dean Moore, tells the hard, urgent truth about the state of Earth and calls out for moral courage.

Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore spoke at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon, September 30th, 2018. Hear her address, Bearing Witness (starts at 4:30).

In this interview, she talked with John Shuck about her 2016 book, Great Tide Rising: Calling on Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change. She discusses grandchildren, criminals in high places, religious hypocrisy, despair, hope, and moral integrity. Time is short. We have a mission. What is life for?

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet.

As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. Quitting her university position, Kathleen began to write in defense of the lovely, reeling world. 

A moral philosopher, Kathleen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. For many years, she taught critical thinking and environmental ethics as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. She has published philosophical books on forgiveness (Pardons: Justice, Mercy, and the Public Interest), Apache philosophy (How It Is: the Native American Philosophy of Viola Cordova), Rachel Carson (Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge), and critical thinking (Reasoning and Writing). While at OSU, she co-founded and for many years directed the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, where she now serves as Senior Fellow.

Two years ago, Moore left the University in order to write and speak full-time about the moral urgency of action to stop fossil fuels and the consequent global warming. She has addressed audiences ranging from 350.org activists to Nobel Conference scholars to Disneyworld executives and students all over the country — Alaska to Texas, New York to California — calling people to clarity and moral courage as they confront the forces that would wreck the world. Her new project, “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction,” is a collaboration with classical pianist Rachelle McCabe.

Kathleen is embedded in a family of environmentalists and biologists. Her parents were science educators who led nature walks in the beech-maple forests in Ohio. Her husband, Frank, a neurobiologist, is an expert on amphibian behavior. Her daughter, Erin, is an architecture professor at the University of Oregon, specializing in green construction. Her son, Jonathan, is a professor of coastal studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Kathleen and her husband live in Corvallis, Oregon, and in the summers, in a cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Alaska’s maritime wilderness.

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Evolution, Climate Change, Denial & Beliefs

In this episode I take us back to 2012 for a re-broadcast of interviews with Michael Zimmerman and Barbara Kingsolver.

In the first part of today’s show, you will hear an interview that first aired in February 2012 with Michael Zimmerman, the founder of the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend.   Over 13 thousand Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist clergy have signed a letter in support of teaching evolution in public schools.   On the Sunday closest to Darwin’s Birthday faith communities all over the United States celebrate Evolution Weekend by honoring science and religion.

Author Barbara Kingsolver lives in southwest Virginia.  She is the author of 14 books including the The  Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  She visited with me at the WEHC studio at Emory and Henry College to discuss her latest novel, Flight Behavior, a novel set in Southern Appalachia.   In part it is about denial and the beliefs that get assigned to us.

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Unprecedented Crime: Peter Carter and Climate Science Denial

Dr. Peter Carter is founder of the Climate Emergency Institute.  He has served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s fifth climate change assessment in 2014. He has also presented on the implications of global climate change on food security for the world’s most vulnerable regions and populations at science and policy conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

He along with Elizabeth Woodworth, who has written extensively on climate science and activism, have co-written Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival.

They make the case that fossil fuel companies and the banks that fund them have committed and are committing crimes against humanity. They can be stopped.

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The Pentagon, Hollywood, Climate Change, and An Appeal for Democracy

Professor of Philosophy at Columbia, Phillip Kitcher, talks with host John Shuck about how if human beings hope to survive the looming climate catastrophes, we will need to talk it out, one to one, in families, neighborhoods, and social gatherings. The power of grassroots democracy is the theme in the latest book he co-wrote with MIT philosopher Evelyn Fox-Keller, The Seasons Alter: How to Save the Planet in Six Acts.

Matt Alford along with Tom Secker have exposed new evidence that the national security state led by the Pentagon and the CIA have forced script changes on over 800 Hollywood movies and over a thousand network television shows to cover-up crimes and to manipulate US citizens. The authors show that Hollywood and Washington are part of a system that is hard-wired to encourage American global supremacy and frequently the use of state violence. They document it all in their new book, National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.

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Matthew Alford 31:09

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