Resting On Baron’s Couch

 

It seems to happen to each of us some weeks, some months, and some lifetimes!! The pressure builds as a new task is added to our already overflowing plate(s). Our resistance becomes desensitized in the escalation of another demand from life. Who is this ruthless taskmaster we have allowed into our lives? How would the Author of Time respond to seemingly helpless children racing this time baron? If one knows God, what is Him helping and mercy in this issue? The kingpin question above all else is: how much energy drink is this gonna take today??!!!

Summer can be the busiest time of the year. My take is from now (just before Thanksgiving) to the New Year is all encompassing for most people in the busy sense. Busy people could call it the Rose Bowl (the granddaddy of them all) or the Super Bowl of Racing (Daytona). Our entire culture has adapted to this race. Coffee shops everywhere, energy drinks in every store, and the seeking of energy in small bottles, powders, and even from health food sources!!! Whew, it takes lots of energy!! Even our futuristic movies have it woven in with crazy busy flying vehicles, bustling around the overcrowded city. In honesty I can confess this: I am only writing this because I am too tired to do other things!!

Do we all remember the original ‘lie’ about computers? I heard a thousand times…”computers will free up our time for other things”!! Let us all do a hearty ‘silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”. What have computers/technology actually done? Tapped into our addictive nature and cravings for more! I am not wasting entire days playing Xbox, but plenty are! It is even worse these days, it is in the palm of our hands 24/7 (except perhaps the aforementioned Xbox). Speaking to believers of God here: this is just ‘one’ example of ‘one’ idol that captivates our busy lives!!! I am not one to forego technology either…Bible apps, music apps, satellite radio app, Whatsapp, We Chat, You Tube and all the rest! Use it, but watch the consumption best I can as He leads. There are times I only want to focus on football or music and He grabs my attention with His voice clearly. Point made: sidetracked from the sidetrack.

Can we all see how the enemy (the time baron here) of God twists something good for mans help into a clock race? In this modern era, I have seen many get distracted from true relationship with the Lord due to imbalance of work schedule, selfish pursuits, or lack of discipline. Around all of that are news junkies (recovering one myself!), doodlers, do nothings, do everythings, and just do somethings!! I may have still missed some folks in there LOL. The main point is the design: all draws us away from the depth of relationship He wants us to walk in with Him. The enemy of God doesn’t care HOW he kills, steals, or destroys my friends!

A prime example from everyday life is this. Would the inventors of baseball, football, soccer, and basketball really embrace the games as they are today? Would George Washington, Senor Jefferson, and ol’ Abe love this country in its present state? How would the conversation be amongst Edison, Ford, and Einstein? To quote many a news anchor…’and finally tonight…’ what WILL the conversation with the Father be like about this world and how it affected us?

Sitting Down at Pavlov’s Last Supper (a Halloween story??)

The indelible pictures of history coming in for this one. Who doesn’t remember the crude drawn cartoon in their history book about Pavlov’s dog? One of the first pillars of psychology and probably in the textbook of every American student growing up (there may be periods of time that has ceased, one of you young buckeroos let me know!). The science started simple enough. Dog sees food, dog salivates, dog eats. What surprised our friend Ivan was the associations beyond the food. The dog began salivating seeing the glorious lab assistant walking in the room, food or not. This is known as Pavlovian Conditioning…Dr. Google brought this up first so I wanted to quote a small section to ‘buttress my answer’ as one of my college professors used to opine.

“During the 1890’s Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov was looking at salivation in dogs in response to being fed, when he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room, even when he was not bringing them food. At first this was something of a nuisance (not to mention messy!).

Pavlovian Conditioning

Pavlov (1902) started from the idea that there are some things that a dog does not need to learn. For example, dogs don’t learn to salivate whenever they see food. This reflex is ‘hard-wired’ into the dog. In behaviorist terms, it is an unconditioned response.” Later it says “However, when Pavlov discovered that any object or event which the dogs learned to associate with food (such as the lab assistant) would trigger the same response, he realized that he had made an important scientific discovery…” (McLeod, S.A. (2013). Pavlov’s dogs. Retrieved from www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html).

Observation of people lately has me arriving at some connections to Ivan’s discovery. This is going to be a strange 3-way fork in the road here. What else would you call a fork with Pavlov, Godly renewal, and Halloween together? Hey, it’s Halloween this week, why not something with Truth and some strange parallels? We have a culture that is obsessed with dark matter. You can see it this time of year obviously, but it has spilled over heavily into video games, movies, music, and every form of entertainment. What is generally overlooked here is that most everything in the world has spiritual ramifications to it. A short journey of these three is next, but the question is…WHO is making you salivate?

Pavlovian Conditioning is a spiritual parallel to me. It could mirror what the Bible calls ‘the world, the flesh, and the devil.’ All of us face the challenge of becoming conditioned in our lives. If you talk to someone who grew up abused for instance: they can speak to the conditioning, control, and just evil that took place. I needed an extreme example to make the point. God knew the world we were going to face (yes, even these modern times). It was why He sent Jesus to help us against the conditioning of this world. Like it or not, we are living down here with God’s enemy. It is where he landed when kicked out of heaven! All the troubles of the entire planet boil down to ‘conditioning’. Consider a serial killer or any extremist…a lot of things happened in that person’s life to lead them there. A more subtle form of conditioning? Simply put…the news!! Everyday a barrage of bad people, bad things, and evil around the world through corruption, etc. It wears down our senses and conditions us to lower standards.

The question I asked myself in chewing on this topic is: What is the good opposite of this conditioning to me as a believer in Christ? The opposite to me in the kingdom of God is renewal. The crux of renewal in the Bible is renewing of the mind. The mind is the gateway to the heart and spirit of a man. It is where ALL battles are won and lost. God and the enemy are fighting over control for your soul, but it starts in the mind. Temptation does not start in your soul, but in your mind. How we think and what we allow ourselves to dwell on mentally shape us (dare I say condition?). I won’t be able to do a whole journey here on renewal, just showing that it is the battle armor to put on against the influences of your mind. I know for me, the only way I am here and in my right mind in God is because of His helping me. I had to surrender a lot (well, everything) of my own understanding and will to receive this (and the battle rages). I know this is a whopin’ huge subject that is only scratched here.

You are probably perplexed to the tie in with Halloween of all things. Halloween is the representation of things dark and scary in our culture. It does have spiritual ties that are not in any way good. I do believe that allowing kids to do simply trick or treat stuff is not a big deal. There are those who practice anti-God spiritual stuff. It comes in various forms. Many from this vantage point believe they are ‘free’ from religion, but in fact are being conditioned by the world. I do believe that people are spiritually wired and many use that in a non-Christian way. I know people who are believers in Christ now who USED to be that way. They would sense spiritual things when they were kids all the time. If you read about Jesus and the man with the legions of demons, you see He helped him get free from everything that was not God. So there is hope for those who are spiritually wired and seeking something good from God!

Sometimes there are just many rabbits for the trail! This could be a very involved subject of many pages. Most of my writings I don’t want that! If people can’t last more than 6 minutes on a tv show they like without distraction, how long can they read LOL??!! My desire is for people to question what is conditioning them in their lives. If we are the dogs in the experiment, WHO do you want to be your Pavlov? Jesus said “I am the way, the Truth, and the life”. I am here to say that is good enough for me!

Good Government is Possible: Just like a great car or a good marriage

 

 

But You Have To Know What Most People Don’t

And Believe It Can Happen!

 

Did you know?

    1. Our US congress can tell the US Supreme Court they do not have jurisdiction on certain issues, like what is marriage, or when life begins? “…the supreme Court shall have original…(&) appellate Jurisdiction,…with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” Article III, Section 2, 2. It’s in the Constitution.
    2. The Congress has done that in just recent history but only to stop Supreme Court rulings on western state brush fires so the states can not be overridden!
    3. Judges who “legislate from the bench” can be impeached for “High crimes and misdemeanors”. ?Article II, Section 4, end.  Even lower gov’t levels can pass laws that say, “Judges who make rulings based on opinions or case law that are not based on the intended meaning of legally approved laws AND state & federal constitutions may be found guilty of a crime & removed (impeached) from office.”
    4. Married men compared to single men based on recent US statistics*:
      • Earn more money with a high school diploma, than singles with a college degree!
      • On the average are in much better health & live much longer than single men.
      • Have better relationships with their children than single fathers.
      • Say they are more satisfied with sex, than singles who cohabit!        Happy Author, Mr. & Mrs. Greg

 

  • The point of the above is that just based on statistics, gov’t should encourage & not discourage marriage!

 

    1. Single men compared to every other population group*:
      • Are in prison the most.
      • Dominate mental institutions.
      • Commit almost all violent crimes.
      • Are more likely to die of violent crimes or accidents.
      • Are more likely to die of ordinary disease in their age group than married men.
      • Are more likely to be addicts or mentally ill.
      • Are more likely to have anger management problems or be terrorists.
    2. Absent fathers are very common among single fathers and produce children who are*:
      • Much more likely drug users.
      • Much more likely mentally ill
      • Much more likely to commit suicide.
      • Much more likely to drop out of school young.
      • Much more likely to never get a diploma or degree.
      • Much more likely  to have lower income.
      • Much more likely  to have children outside of marriage.
      • Much more likely  to produce children with an absent father & repeat the cycle.

 

  • The point of all the previous two points, is that statistically unmarried men are the root of nearly every societal problem. Just based on indisputable statistical facts, Good Government, should always judge every law or policy on whether it supports marriage for moms & dads (traditional families) or whether it hinders marriage.

 

  1. Shouldn’t voters vote for candidates who say that every law & gov’t policy should be kept or dumped according to whether it supports or hinders marriage & healthy families?
  2. According to history which is stated clearly & referenced in “The Story of Liberty”, which is all based on real historical truth, our US gov’t is the first government in history to give so much liberty & the freedom to the “pursuit of happiness” to most of its citizens. It was a real revolution in human government, but it fell short of curing social ills, because government & education policies have helped destroy the family instead of encouraging & supporting it.

 

Needed is a new movement that demands that government work & understand that its purpose is to protect, encourage, & strengthen the foundation of society which is the family with permanently committed (married) fathers & mothers raising children who are happy, healthy & able to repeat the same good cycle.

 

MAJOR REFERENCE: Points 4-8 are based on referenced statistics from, “Men and Marriage” by George Gilder, and some common sense logic.

 

FROM THE AUTHOR:

Contact me:  TruthForRealProgress@gmail.com

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ABOUT THE BUSINESS WEB LINKS:  I am not blogging to gain HVAC customers, but you are welcome to call if you are in my Michiana area. I list my business links for two reasons:  1.  You can find out something about me.  2.  It makes the small amount I pay my blogging help a legitimate business expense for honest tax benefits.

 

About the “Happy Author…” pic:  I met my wife in Uganda, teaching bible in her village as a “missionary” hosted in her parents home. We are a great example of the benefits & fruitfulness that comes from a good marriage. We also have the happiest family with four young children, that I have ever seen.

 

Why no scripture references & why I write:

I write about truth, because I am a son of God, & my passion is to rule the earth, as my heavenly father wishes it to be ruled; With mankind submitting to Kingdom of Heaven, rule of love, for all who are called to be His bride & proclaiming, “…the truth & the Truth shall set (make?) you free.”

 

I write about facts & statistics, not bible reasons, because most of those who believe the bible is our guide already know the bible reasons for what I say, but they & others do not know the plain statistics & history that fully support the commandments of scripture (interpreted in balance).  I want unbelievers, who may be turned off by “bible thumping”, to hear the facts. They & believers who don’t know those facts (most), may be greatly helped to know the full support of statistics, history, and life experience for the supreme values of family, individual freedom & responsibility, & the importance of speaking & expecting truth in every area of society.

 

Always telling truth is lacking & needed in the 7 Mountains of influence in society which are:  Government, Education, Media, Entertainment, Business, Church, & Family. Even the church does not know or teach the truth about why marriage is so important for men; therefore families, or the great statistics on how many ways men are changed by a stable marriage. Likewise they don’t know the characteristics of poverty mentality (my next blog) & how to end the cycle of mental & physical illness & crime for those in that class. Most families are just mostly ignorant about most of the well supported, indisputable statistical & historical facts. For instance, how many of you know that Great Britain led the way in speed in the industrial revolution (they grew the fastest), but they also had the strongest nuclear family structure in all of Europe?!

 

But if I share the knowledge & the experience that I have & the juncture of those two, by reaching a wide audience, it is possible to create a demand for these foundational truths to be the basis & practice of good government & especially the influence of the mountain of education, that profoundly affects every other mountain of influence.

 

That is my vision & expectation. The greatest buildings begin with a single shovel of dirt.

Good Government is Possible! Like…a good car or a good marriage.

 

But You Have To Know What Most People Don’t, & Believe It Can Happen!

 

Did you know?

  1. Our US congress can tell the US Supreme Court they do not have jurisdiction on certain issues, like what is marriage, or when life begins? It’s in the Constitution.
  2. The Congress has done that in just recent history, but only about brush fires!
  3. Judges who “legislate from the bench” can be impeached for a crime? Even lower gov’t levels can pass laws that say, “Judges who make rulings based on opinions or case law that are not based on the intended meaning of legally approved laws AND state & federal constitutions may be found guilty of a crime & removed (impeached) from office.”
  4. Married men compared to single men based on recent US statistics:
    • Earn more money with a high school diploma, than singles with a college degree!
    • On the average are in much better health & live much longer than single men.

 

Married men have better relationships with their children than single fathers

 

  • Have better relationships with their children than single fathers.
  • Say they are more satisfied with sex, than singles who cohabit!

 

 

Married men are more satisfied with sex than singles who cohabitation

 

  1. The point of the above is that just based on statistics, gov’t should encourage & not discourage marriage!
  2. Single men compared to every other population group:
    • Are in prison the most.
    • Dominate mental institutions.
    • Commit almost all violent crimes.
    • Are more likely to die of violent crimes or accidents.
    • Are more likely to die of ordinary disease in their age group than married men.
    • Are more likely to be addicts or mentally ill.

Single men are more likely to have

  • Are more likely to have anger management problems or be terrorists.
  1. Absent fathers are very common with single fathers producing children who are:
    • Much more likely drug users.
    • Much more likely mentally ill
    • Much more likely to commit suicide.
    • Much more likely to drop out of school young.
    • Much more likely to never get a diploma or degree.
    • Much more likely to have lower income.
    • Much more likely to have children outside of marriage.
    • Much more likely to produce children with an absent father & repeat the cycle.
  2. The point of all the previous two points, is that statistically unmarried men are the root of nearly every societal problem. Just based on indisputable statistical facts, good government should always judge every law or policy on whether it supports marriage or whether it hinders marriage.
  3. Shouldn’t voters vote for candidates who say that every law & gov’t policy should be kept or dumped according to whether it supports or hinders marriage & healthy families?
  • According to “The Story of Liberty”; which is based on real historical truth, our US gov’t is the first in history to give so much liberty & the freedom to the “pursuit of happiness” to most of its citizens. It was a real revolution in human government, but it fell short of curing social ills, because government & education policies have helped destroy the family instead of encouraging & supporting it.

 

We need a new movement that demands that government work & understand its purpose is to protect, encourage, & strengthen the foundation of society (family) with permanently committed (married) fathers & mothers raising children who are happy, healthy, & able to repeat the same good cycle.

Introducing a new Block member!

The original inspiration God gave me for this blog thing was a batch of raw writers producing for Him (and inspired only from Him). I have to be honest, I have nothing great to write without Him…just A.D.D. babble that no one will want to read!! The first official member of the Block is Greg. I have been in a prayer group with Greg for a year and a half now. Greg has passions that are unique that he wants to share. I am guessing he will never run out of material because his area of focus is on good government!! When Greg speaks, I find myself chewing deeply into what he says as God inspires him. The minute Greg approves his first offering, I will release his writing about government, leadership, and Kingdom.

Consumption DYSfunction

 

Consumption is a key part of our life. Sure, you can be anti-consumption, but there is always going to be someone more militant against it than you! The kick back is because life isn’t all about that (but don’t alert the rest of the Americans). No, this isn’t a diatribe on the American economy (insert favorite pun jokes here)…it isn’t about a kinder, gentler earth…or even about the plight of mankind itself. This is actually about relationship (men, please come back!). Men, it’s safe on this one, not the touchy, feely stuff today. Consumption is a relationship to ourselves and what lies in the recesses of our hearts at times.

In my randomly unenlightened look back of history, it seemed that a majority of ‘the stuff’ was set aside for the kings and wealthy few (usually friends of the king). Even then there were pitfalls for the mighty. The king wakes up one day and says “oh, what do we haveth here!” to his servant. His servant replies, “it wouldst appear the evil king of the North stoketh the flame to cook thy head…my dear king!!” All the greats good and evil may have had good runs, but mostly ended in some sort of tragedy or scandal. The influence of each had its limits as well. The main point to draw out is consumption is quite temporary in our lives. Christmas is a prime example: when my daughter was little, she would be so excited…get the toys unwrapped, play awhile with them. Only hours later the cool looking box would be made into something else and it was kept longer than the toy itself!

I personally believe with all my heart we must enjoy our days on this planet. I see many people who never will be happy, and their lives reflect that. It is why we consume so much news. I am a recovered news junkie (and yes…politics too). I learned of both arenas: take 10 years off of all of it, come back in 10 years…still the same deal! It is quite similar to soap operas. I will be walking by a tv and see Victor and think ‘dang, that dude is still on there!’ We can all complain about media in every form, but at most levels it reflects who we are and want to be. If you want or need to be afraid, cable news is like a best friend to you! I have witnessed people who watch so much news they are practically afraid to leave the house. “If I am not careful how I drive to the grocery store, ISIS may find me”.

If we believe we are created and for purpose, how can we allow the madness to overtake us? We are here only because we are created. God designed us this way, to only be able to enjoy life in the balance of good things. If we are obsessive it becomes about me (most people’s favorite topic). Much like our pet dog chasing his tail around in a circle faster and faster! I do wonder what a dog thinks he will achieve in that little game he perpetuates. There is one man who lived thousands of years ago who was and is the king of indulgence and yes consumption. If you read all the words of King Solomon and Ecclesiastes, how could you be more of a consumer than he? Sure, in this modern era consumption is a different ballgame…but doesn’t it all boil down to the same soul holes? We look here and we look there, simply trying to enjoy our lives by pursuing more. Do you ever ask yourself ‘when am I satisfied?’

In this question is part of the dysfunction: why am I not satisfied yet? Human nature plays a part and even though we are born with it (and He created humans), is contrary to God’s nature. Can you see the need for dependency on Him in that? Oh, we all do it: ‘this is great, I want more and more of it’. This is the base operation within human nature for addiction, obsession, power, murder, and on she goes. This is leading to a question I have asked myself recently: why am I not content and enjoying life better? What do I feel is missing that I have to chase? If you are a Christian, these are tough questions to entertain! I find the hope in the examples of Solomon and Jesus. Solomon soaked it all in and found that his days were limited and God had the best plans. Jesus showed each of us how to live and love others with little focus on ourselves.

This is no doubt a big subject that may require more parts, but is a good stopping point to introduce what He may say with it. Thanks for reading!