Welcome to the maiden voyage of “To Life!” Today we look into the current season of the battle between liberty and lockdown.
We live in the greatest country on the world. No wonder the entire world wants to come here… This land welcomed my Jewish ancestors as they ran from the persecution in Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century. My grandparents lived in a three story walkup in lower Manhattan. As a child I would visit them and once found my Grandmother washing the front concrete steps AND the sidewalk in front of it! They were that grateful to be in the USA. As poor as possible, there was no welfare for them. There was, however, opportunity. No wonder the Hebrew name for the United States is Arotzot Habrit – The Lands of the Covenant.
I love what Rabbi Daniel Lapin said, that “No country in the last two thousand years has provided the same haven of tranquility and prosperity for Jews as has the United States of America. And, this is not in spite of Americans being Christian; it is because of it. You might say that America’s Bible belt is the Jewish community’s safety belt.”
None of this was without struggle. Each wave of immigrants from every corner of the world faced prejudice and had to strive for assimilation and success.
Assimilation… is that a dirty term?
Is it possible to maintain and honor one’s ethnic, cultural and religious affiliation and STILL assimilate into the SPIRIT of America?
You know, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…
Like getting back to work!!!
For the Founders happiness was code for learning and improving yourself and advancing yourself… as in your job or career.
We are living in amazing days…seemingly caught somewhere between the Matrix and the Book of Revelation.
As life grows ever more digital, real face-to-face relationships become more valuable. It is so easy think we know everything based on a Google search. Remember what Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed; if you do read the newspapers your misinformed.”
How much greater in our online, photo shopped, misquoted, sound bite driven headlines only attention span challenged world today?
Benjamin Franklin (an old dead rich white guy genius) said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”
My lovely wife introduced me to a TV series about the beginnings of World War II in Europe. As the Nazis advanced, they systematically stripped the rights from citizens of Poland, France and other countries. Eventually loyalty to the Nazi state became the only guarantee of safety. They used so-called “science” to justify the dehumanization o Jews, Blacks, Gays, Gypsies and the handicapped.
My wife jumped out of her seat when she saw the Nazi leader challenging a character with, “You’re American, you believe in science like us, don’t you?
We keep hearing the refrain “follow the science” regarding the lockdown… but who’s version of the science?
Premier COVID “modeler” NIH leader Neil Ferguson and longtime colleague of Anthony Fauci has an abysmal track record regarding pandemic predictions
- Covid predicted 500k deaths
- Bird flu – predicted 200m =actual deaths 282
- Swine Flu UK – predicted 65k actual 457
- Mad Cow UK – predicted 50k actual 177
He is the one who called for a complete UK lockdown and then had his married mistress visit him…now known as Professor “Pants Down”
A quote from the 1948 1st Director General of WHO
“To achieve WORLD Government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family, tradition, national patriotism and religious dogmas.”
PANDEMIC= a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world.
PAN = A shallow pot for cooking, a low geologically plane of land, the process of moving a camera from left to right, AND
Pan – In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Pan (/ˈpæn/; Ancient Greek: Πάν, romanized: Pán) is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.
In northern Israel there is a huge cave in the area of Caesera Phillipi. It was a place of worship to the greek god Pan. A place of the WORST type orgiastic drunken abuse of women and sacrifice of children.
All in the name of Pan. Local lore stated the when disturbed in his secluded afternoon naps, Pan’s angry shout inspired panic
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction. Panic may occur singularly in individuals or manifest suddenly in large groups as mass panic(closely related to herd behavior).
Isn’t it amazing that Jesus took his disciples to the exact place where this hellish myth and subsequent PANIC had prevailed… it was called the Gates of Hell and was considered a portal to the underworld.
When Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say John the Immerser, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” He said, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven! And I also tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My community and the gates of hell will not overpower it.
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
And that’s a word “To Life!”