Friday, September 12, 2008

cynical and jaded...

... at least I'm not bitter. Not yet.

Hysteria! Gas prices rose from $3.68 a gallon to $4.50 a gallon overnight. The news is reporting riots and fights as people panic at the pumps. Police are being called to patrol gas stations to help maintain the peace.

Well at least I know how people around here will truly behave in the face of a real crisis.

I can't for the life of me figure out what the hell is wrong with people? What the hell have we become when doctors, who take an oath to do no harm, actually criticize Sarah Palin on her choice not to abort her baby with Downs Syndrome. I thought they were all for "choice" and last time I checked deciding not to commit infanticide and practice eugenics was a "choice" too.

I'm sick of the government who has more interest in protecting the interest of illegal aliens than in its own natural citizens. Our borders will never be secure as long as wealthy lobbyist, who control politics, demand cheap foreign labor.

I don't feel safe. Every time I get behind the wheel, with my son in the backseat, I share the highway with hundreds of unlicensed and uninsured illegal alien drivers.

Hell in a hand basket.

I have no hope in the future. I have no hope in humanity, wretched sinful disgusting humanity.

My only hope is God.


Owen said...

"My only hope is God." and bicycles.

Gregory said...

Oh, Carolina. Have a little faith. Man is capable of at least some good. I mean, just think of poetry! There are countless other things like...computers.

...Tex-Mex food?

I'm running out of ideas.

John said...

You have not overstated the case.

You illustrated an interesting truth and irony from the Bible.

All things are held together by Jesus Christ, without him things are no longer held together. He brings order. Chaos comes from mankind’s “liberation” from God.1

Your “no hope in mankind” — only “hope in God” statement expresses a contrasting irony found in two quotes — one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Psalms 81:11-12
But my people didn't listen, Israel paid no attention; So I let go of the reins and told them, 'Run! Do it your own way!' (from the Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.)

Romans 1:28
And, according as they did not approve of having God in knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mind, to do the things not seemly...2 (from Young’s Literal Translation)

Footnote 1

Colossians 1:15 — 17 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (from the New American Bible)

Footnote 2

Young’s Literal Translation of Romans 1:28 best captures how similar Paul’s statement is to power in Psalm 81.

Young gives the additional twist that is often lost in modern translation of the Bible. Paul has a play on two Greek words to express this irony.

Paul says: ouk edokimasan (did not approve) and adokimon (disapproved). The idea is that when people do not see it fit to turn to God, God turns them over to their own unfit minds.

Keen bloggers such as yourself see this irony working in modern life and express it with the same force found in original texts.

John said...

Oh, yeah and one more confirmation, here’s a report today on what the Pope says about all this:

"What gave Europe's culture its foundation -- the search for God and the readiness to listen to him -- remains today the basis of any genuine culture," the Pope said.

Nadja Magdalena said...

I echo your sentiments and carry them just a step further: I have no hope in myself, being part of that wretched, sinful, disgusting humanity.

Sometimes, however, I look at my five young children and I dare to hope-just a little-in a humanity that lifts its eyes to God.

Owen said...

Sheesh, this is getting depressing. He's jealous of His Spirit within us and where sin abounds grace abounds all the more so and "Jesus loves even me" so I'll keep making art and riding my bicycle.

kired said...

What you say about drivers is true. However, consider what it would be like driving within the third world. Not that I want to substract relevance to your point. In fact this is part of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Psalm 146

3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.

4 When their spirit parts, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed is (s)he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Carolina, you are blessed .