Using the tools at their disposal, Facebook has blocked and, in some cases, suspended the accounts of people who post things about the virus gripping the world.
I would suppose they don’t have the workforce to separate fact from fiction so better just to stop it all, keeping disinformation campaigns from spreading much like the virus itself.
Why; look at the store shelves.
Humans, like it or not, are not that far removed from our four-legged friends, and we can be manipulated to ‘stampede.’ Emotions and yes, fear is one of those emotions, and is a hell of a motivator!
In the London bombing of a music concert, it was not the explosion so much as the trampling of others that did much of the damage. That is why it is illegal to yell ‘FIRE’ in an auditorium. People will react en masse as part of the fight or flight instinct. Buying skid loads of toilette paper and hand sanitizer is just one example of how we can be herded.
This is a time for calm, rational thought and clear-headed approaches to daily life. This is a time to rise above your ‘programming’ and think.
I would like to explain to you why it is essential to self-isolate yourselves.
I titled this piece ‘they tell two friends’ because you all have seen the commercial for a shampoo that by now is somewhat dated, but still an accurate metaphor for this virus.
Since we know that you can have the virus and not be aware of it makes this virus particularly dangerous. Contracting it, you can go days before you are mindful that something is amiss. By the time you decide to see your doctor or begin to suspect something is not right; how many have you infected?
Yes, you can be asymptomatic and still very contagious.
In medical parlance, it is referred to in this manner.
Scientists believe that each infected person will give or spread the contagion to three (3) people. It is called R(0) or R naught. That number is different for each disease in that it is the contagion efficacy or spreadability factor.
Covid 19 has a value of 3. Other diseases have different values.
If you are number one, follow the steps.
As you can see, in just 15 short steps we are now at over 14 million people from just one carrier.
Why does it have this number?
This mutation of the coronavirus has an RNA strand that we have not seen before. There are no defense mechanisms against it, other than your immune system.
In ‘nature’s’ world those creatures with compromised immune systems and by that it could simply be age, contract viruses like this, and die off. Darwin knew a thing or two, whether you like it or not.
By the aged population dying off, they either assured enough food for the rest or became food for others. In the world of nature, everything is recycled. In animal pacts, the old or diseased were shunned by the herd.
Through medical advances, the average life expectancy of ‘mankind’ has gone from the mid 30’s to about twice that. That is all fine and dandy until we are faced with something that we don’t have a medical ‘fix’ for.
Doing your part to lower that R number is imperative to give our health professionals time to treat the infected and to develop methods for managing them. Drowning in your phlegm is not a pretty way to go. Early reports were that young people without underlying health conditions were pretty much immune. Not so fast, we are seeing younger people in their thirties in critical condition. Nobody is safe.
Italy is currently faced with the reality of only assisting those that have a good chance of pulling through while leaving those that won’t to drown in mucus. I am certain Italy was not the first and will not be the last to make these gut-wrenching decisions. If you have ever fished and watched a fish gasping for breath on the bank of the river, imagine that fish as a human. Not a pretty sight.
Do your part. Wash your hands, stay away from crowds, and resist the false narratives by the media who are using this as a political cudgel. They are shameless, pathetic weasels using fear to manipulate the mob. Someone is pulling their strings. Someone with deep pockets is using this as a mechanism to effect change for some grand plan.
This is a time for calm, kindness, and grace. Do what you can for those that cannot, and use common sense when you are out and about. We are not animals. We care for our own, and that means our parents or grandparents.
We will get through this and be the better for it. The lessons we are learning today are eye-openers as to why we should not develop biological weapons. Viruses know no boundaries when it comes to who they infect. Race or other identity politically charged assaults don’t exist. They are equal opportunity messengers of death and destruction, much like the atomic bomb. The main difference is with biological weapons; it only takes one improperly placed safety device or one failure of a positive air pressure suit to release the genii. The virus infects a worker, he or she leaves for the day, and you have patient ZERO.
With tens of thousands traversing the globe daily, the carriers are there. The microscopic life forms that we carry with us (pathogens) are not detained at the borders. They have no passports and like this virus can go undetected until it has multiplied by the tens of millions.
I shudder to think where Ebola really came from or H1N1 or even HIV. I am a writer of science fiction, so I do think outside the box. We have no idea what goes on in little laboratories in countries where money cuts through the red tape. People are corrupt and stupid when it comes to weapons. In my novel Under Roswell, I talk about it in detail, of course, in a fictional environment.
This is an excellent time to read, reflect, and stay safe. If not lost in some novel, you might try picking up the Bible. There are 66 books there that many, including myself, find comfort in. Pray for wisdom for humanity. We can do some pretty fantastic things, or we can destroy the world with the push of a button, or have some tired worker forget some safety protocol.
Are writers bound by some unspoken rule regarding what we write about?
Did you know Susie was fooling around with Tom at work?
What a juicy bit of gossip that is. Truth told we love a good bit of gossip. The reasons are evident to most anyone with a brain.
We want to feel better than that person.
We are better than that person.
We love the titillation that goes along with gossip.
Their behavior might justify ours.
We have this duality within us of who we are. We attend church or work, and we wear this face that we allow the world to see. While sitting there listening to the pastor drone on about Paul or David or JESUSsssss, we are thinking about what has to be done when we get home from church.
Some of us are thinking about last night and how wonderful it was to be in his or her arms.
A few of us are actually writing in our bibles or making notes to stay awake, and not snore like the fellow in the pew behind us.
I am no better than you. If the pastor hits a dull moment, my mind is elsewhere. Much like reading a book where you hit that middle of the road slump. Your eyes pass over the words but they don’t register because we are looking for the ‘juicy stuff.’
As a writer, we must keep this in mind when we are crafting our stories. Pacing is essential and so is the ‘juice.’
Who is your audience?
In Church on Sunday, the preacher, who most probably doesn’t want to be there either, is addressing his or her flock. The flock is us, the sinners. As a preacher, he must keep us engaged throughout the sermon or we are all wasting our time. There are no time clocks to punch. God will not be looking at some history to see how many hours you ‘sat’ in church.
We may all wear this mask of how effing great we are, (yes I wanted to use the F-bomb to get your attention) but inside, we are just us. If you happen to go to a Calvinist denomination of Christianity, you know ‘because you have been told repeatedly’ just what a lowly piece of shit you are. That definition does not even underscore how truly rotten Calvinism makes you feel. I left one of those churches as Calvin was a crazy man, as was Martin Luther. Both were horrible Anti-Semites who, if they had self-flagellate themselves, I would be grateful. Too harsh?
I should note that God can use the worst of the worst to do his bidding. From David to Trump, God can use even you, to do his bidding, turning evil to good. ‘Like how I put you in there so you keep in mind that you are no better than any of them? I did too.’
That is where we get into trouble when we think we are better than thou. You might love or hate Trump but, I can tell you with all certainty, he will use him to do his bidding.
We as writers can use what we know and who we know as fodder for stories. We can use every experience that we ever have to weave them into the tapestry of your dystopian adventure through Never Land.
The issues with being a writer as I see them, we think outside the box, and we take nothing for granted. We might sit in church and listen as the preacher prattles on about demons or how the streets of heaven are made of gold. Ok, they are streets, gold is a soft metal; wouldn’t it make more sense to make them with something more ‘concrete?’
‘Did you like that? Concrete…” C’mon at least smile.
If I took a notion, I could dismantle the Bible in its entirety from what I know about physics and science.
That is a powerful statement, and it is true. Here is something else I know. I can absolutely prove to you that there is a God or Creator of all things. Again, I can use Science and physics to determine that.
Where does that leave us as a people? If there is a God as I am sure there is, what is it? Where is it? Who is it? Does he or she watch over us like Santa Jesus, making notes when we mess up?
No, I mean no disrespect, I am making a point. Don’t send me ugly e-mails, I don’t have time for them.
The problem with the bible is every part of it is tied to every other part of it. If you pull on one, lose string, the house of cards falls apart. They, in fact, become stories. Allegorical tales meant to put some modicum of understanding of how the world and God worked 2000 years ago.
Have we outgrown God?
With church attendance falling, we see the beginnings of a dystopian world. How do we as writers, play into this part of the world? We are part of this world, not merely observers. Are we responsible for shaping the world with our words?
These are just a few thoughts I have when I witness the violence from Hollywood or the Graphic video games that are nothing more than simulators for death. What role do we as writers play?
One of my favorite lines from any movie was from Contact.
(Paraphrased) ‘You people have such wonderful imaginations and thoughts, and you have such horrible nightmares.’
This line captures the duality of which I speak.
In my novels, I attempt to speak to both. We are that Jekyll and Hyde but hopefully not to that extreme.
In Nudists of Shangri-La, I speak to Judy’s Demons. If you read it, you will recognize her demon as we all have it. Possibly it is not to that extreme but it is there never-the-less.
As we head into the weekend, I wish you a safe and happy one. Thanks for following me here and on twitter.
That was the basic gist of an e-mail from one of my readers.
I have a thing for people. I am what is known as a ‘humanist.’ I value critical thinking skills over your ability to catch a baseball or perhaps kick the winning goal in soccer. Those are all important, but I endeavor to engage the higher self in my novels.
If you read my novels, even the naughtiest of them will have that philosophy in them.
No, my works are not anti-Christian or anti any religion. Humanism is a type of philosophy, which I happen to ascribe to and participate in, as I construct my stories.
I took the time to re-write one of my favorite novels, Diamond Joe. In that novel, we take a perfectly ordinary person and turn her life upside down. As writers, we get to do that.
You see a thinking person can think outside the box. What if you were totally bereft of love, and pick your gender, someone shows you affection and kindness, and they happen to be in a body that matches your assigned gender? A thinking person can look past that.
No, I don’t have a thing for lesbians. I have a thing for people. I encourage people to seek a higher form of self. The stereotypes that we grew up with should be challenged.
We can debate many things, and I am happy to do it. What I think may not be mainstream, or it might.
The key to debate and thinking really is to do so without emotions. Once you interject ‘feeling’ in the discussion or conversation, the playing field is skewed.
One of my close friends believes that every word in the bible is sacrosanct and the absolute word of God. As a thinking person, I can dismantle the bible in its entirety. I asked my friend if he cared to debate the subject with me. This was after he assured me that he was open-minded. His answer was..’ as long as it does not go against what I believe, we can debate it.’
Stated another way …no…
Humanism is about doing away with the mythology and superstitions and looking at who you are. It is not who I am, or your wife or husband is; it is about looking at who you are. Only when you know who you are, can you possibly understand the world.
Do I believe in God? …Yes. Do I think God is as defined in the bible…? Not so much.
Unlike those who blindly go to church every time the door is open and give their tithes and offerings and time, I don’t do that blindly.
We can talk about the world’s divergence from God and how it is falling into a bad place. We can make an argument about why the church and God are essential and why we should have decency laws.
We can, in fact, argue for that spiritual connection between you and your creator, but I have no idea what I would label it. Possibly just Enlightenment.
There are well over 3000 denominations of Christianity today, which is, overwhelming.
The early church had to be controlled by SATAN himself, and man was just as corrupt then as they are now.
Back then, they would sell you indulgences to get your dead relatives into heaven.
Today they want to sell you carbon credits to save the world. I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt why this climate change thing is a talking point for money for the rich, but we have put emotions in the mess by having coke cola have those cute polar bears drinking coke, and now they are all going to drown. Oh please!
The world is being brainwashed by the ‘elite’ who want to find ways to control you. En masse, they are doing it.
Power corrupts. The more you give someone, the more corrupt they become. I would steer clear of any mega-church or one that has some central authority that you must contribute to.
Small churches without a governing body that reports to some other high priest or what have you, is where I would look.
I say in many of my novels, and I mean this. If they preach hate and bigotry from the pulpit, I will not give them a dime.
No, nothing for lesbians my friends but I do have lesbian friends, and I do love them. I have gay men friends who I also love. Oh, and I have many straight friends who think outside the box, who I spend my time with and love as well.
I tend to stay away from what I affectionately call the knuckle draggers. You know who they are. Pray for them or lead by example but…I caution you most earnestly if they are toxic, keep them out of your life.
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.
Writers tend to be ‘great minds,’ which is why I call them my tribe. Not everyone that writes falls into this category but…they might be working on it, which I will most certainly encourage.
Before I elucidate on this subject, let me thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Allow me to ask you to do something for me. If you like what I am saying herein please repost it, or press it, or tweet about it. My goal is to shed some light on this subject and see if we can’t turn the volume down some, on the hate in this country and around the globe.
“Hate is a poison that you take in hopes it will affect someone else.”
The amount of vitriol in this country is just incredible. The recent remarks by Samantha Bee regarding the president’s daughter, Ivanka, were so over the top, so charged with hate and venom, it floored me.
When did comedians stop being funny? I find nothing funny or humorous about what Samantha said. The “C” word when referring to a woman is just over the top messed up. Using the “C” word when referring to someone you disagree with is the epitome of, “I don’t really have a good argument, so I will just call you names.” To me, that is worse than the “N” word. Frankly, it is offensive to the point of utter revulsion!
Why did it take you so long to apologize, did you take a poll?
I know what comedians are doing and why they are doing it but, they do a disservice to you and me as humans. They, in fact, dehumanize all of us with remarks like that.
There are several celebrities including the likes of Amy Schumer who spread their brand of hate using absolute lies. Kathy Griffin with the severed head was so over the top. The comments by late-night comedians are not only vapid where facts are concerned but, also abhorrent when talking about not only a sitting president but those that voted for him or her.
Amy Schumer not only called Trump racists and homophobic, but she also likened all of his voters or supporters as KKK members. Not stopping there, not unlike Hillary with her deplorable comment, she charged that unlike the smart people who supported Hillary “a Champion of women’s rights,” Trump supporters were just stupid.
Schumer’s rant in the Huffington Post months ago centered around a fake quote where allegedly Trump called all Republicans stupid. That meme was baseless and later debunked by the liberal fact-finding entity known as Snopes. Of course, it was debunked long after it had served its political purpose.
Many on the left hold themselves as sacrosanct and above reproach. As the #Me2 movement took on a life of its own, we find that those who hide behind the veil of Hollywood are also far from perfect. Did they wake up? Did the pussy hat wearing Nasty women figure out that they are not perfect?
I doubt it, their trade is in hate and fear mongering. Not unlike Schumer, their reality is not based on fact but on hate-filled rhetoric that gens up the base. Very sad actually.
Schumer and her ilk were campaigning for a woman who cheated Bernie Sanders, has no issues skirting around the law as if it does not apply to her and defends her husband’s lascivious behavior around other women. She, in fact, seemed to condone his affair with Monica.
Hillary was no bastion for women then or now.
While the lists of her epic failures as a politician are long, her shortcomings as a human being are even longer. Between her and Bill they could easily be the modern-day equivalent of Bonnie and Clyde while dealing in Uranium instead of small-time bank holdups.
Deleting and acid washing 33,000 emails after they were subpoenaed is a big deal, Amy!
Taking hammers to blackberries and other government-owned devices after they were subpoenaed is a big deal.
So why are those on the left so enamored with people who are so vile and corrupt?
This fact goes to the root of why you and I hate.
We do so because we are told to hate.
Our “dark side, or what I refer to as the demon within” is fed by their lies. We, in fact, hate good news and will dismiss it when it is about someone we despise and will eat up any lie or bastardization of the truth if it paints our foe in a bad light. That is human nature. The politicians know it, depend upon it, and uses it!
This simple fact is why the “comedians” are so successful in their efforts for their own fifteen minutes of fame. All they have to do is identify a need and fill it. There is a strong need to hate Donald Trump. It is easy to say things which are fallacious, salacious or scandalous which the haters will find delightful while coveting the shocking news which might paint him in a bad light. They are in fact fed when someone says something ugly about Trump or his administration. The news media was gleeful when the North Korean Summit was called off.
It would appear that the destruction of this country as we know it as long as Donald Trump failed would be ok with the media. How sad is that?
There is a well-documented instance of this just a few months ago when Joy Behar was gleeful on TV when Brian Williams reported that Flynn would testify that Trump ordered him to collude with the Russians.
If what they say carries a viral component, even if false, the damage will be done long before the Trump team can go on defense. This is also true in any political campaign.
If you are not for this president, you are against this country!
There is a long and sordid history of media bias which they learned from the likes of Edward Louis Bernays. (1891-1995) Edward was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of propaganda or (public relations.)
Without the complete science of the art, it boils down to emotion. If I can stir up your feelings, I can manipulate you. You will notice that almost no political ads are based on logic. They are almost all based on throwing grandma off the cliff or letting children starve or killing young animals, or death panels or taking old peoples money away.
To win an election, all I must do is paint the narrative of what is wrong, and who is responsible for it, and do so in an emotional way.
Sally Struthers enjoyed a long career of crying on TV for the starving kids by presenting them in your living room. A very small percentage of the donations went to the cause.
Did you ever wonder why they just don’t take the money spent on the ads and feed the kids? Misery is a big business. Other organizations seem to also fall into that same boat which is just a shame. We must as good stewards of our money do our due diligence on any company or organization that you intend to donate money to.
If its CEO is making tons of cash you had better look at what percentage of the money goes to the cause that you care about.
What is wrong, who is to blame for it, and what will you do to make it right.
What it takes to “right the ship equate to Campaign promises.” When made, few if any are rarely if ever kept. In actual politics, it is about saying what the public wants to hear. That is why so many say things which are not consistent as they travel the country.
The hope is that enough voters are so busy with the family, making ends meet, and of course, the kids and soccer that they cannot pay attention to the missteps of the candidates. Add to the fray, football, basketball, baseball, Nascar and whatever is trending on Twitter, that Americans’ will grow tired of the political crap and tune out.
That is why we have “Fake News 24X7 on multiple channels.” All of them reading from the same script as they are all related. Want the real news, try OAN. The MSM has been trying to get them off the air since they started. They must control the narrative. That is why 98% of the news on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS is negative regarding this president.
Unemployment is at the lowest rate in 50 years! Pelosi was telling us Friday that those numbers mean nothing. Just like the tax cut giving people larger paychecks mean nothing. According to Pelosi.
Call me a conspiracy nut or a science fiction writer, which I am but…isn’t it odd that when many American’s are getting larger paychecks that the price of gas went up about that same amount? Did someone call in a favor to those folks in the middle east? They cut production raising the cost per barrel. Why did they do it?
What would you care to wager that after the midterms they raise production back up?
Throughout history what comes out of DC is for the good of the rich and famous or possibly just the rich. Unfortunately, it is more often than not the middle class who bears the brunt of the rape of the country and its finances. Those that are hurt are the people who can afford to actually pay taxes.
A common theme in the liberal agenda is confiscating guns. Not sure why but, that is their end goal. We could speculate on the reasons but we don’t really need to. We can look at countries where their guns were confiscated through history and get some idea what they might have in mind.
If you google gun control you will find that more recent post by left-leaning writers or sources attempts to debunk what despots do. Before long we may all have to go find books at the library as the stuff on the internet seems malleable.
This article is pretty close to correct but again, if you really want the truth maybe it is time to get a library card.
If you are still not convinced, go read about other repressive regimes in our current day and time and then connect those dots to human rights violations. You will see that there is a direct link between the more repressive the regimes the worse the violations.
Lastly on this topic, we can speak of immigration. 29,000 people were murdered in Mexico in 2017. Their government took their guns away as there was too much gun violence. The cartels and gang members failed to get the message to turn their guns in. Do you think that the criminal element here in the states would turn theirs in if the Democrats get their way and grab the guns?
Is it any wonder why so many from Central and South America want to come to the States?
Why does our MSM not talk about the murder rate in Mexico?
If Americans understood what was going on south of the border would it be an inconvenient truth?
If you met Trump do you think you would like him as a person?
The Bible tells us we will know a good tree by its fruit.
While we are not to judge others we can glean a clue to who they are by their actions or works.
“Trump talked about grabbing some girl by the pussy! He is a bad person!”
Hmmm, did he actually do that? I mean did he actually reach between some ladies legs and grab her pussy?
Here is some food for thought.
We don’t know if he did or did not do it. He says that he did not, and in fact was engaging in locker room banter with a friend who just happened to not be that great of a friend, as he was recording him.
With his hubris, it is more conceivable to me that he might say something crass like that just to brag to a friend showing his prowess or swagger. Truth told, he is rich and there are a lot of “ladies” out there who would allow many things for a few of his financial favors.
“Cough … Stormy Daniels.”
Even I don’t see that one. Again do what it takes to damage your opponent at all cost.
Do you remember this little picture?
They pulled out all the stops to try and discredit this president appealing to common decency. That is funny coming from the left.
And let us not forget our friend Cruze finding yet another picture from her days as a model flooding every mailbox in Utah with it as “your New First Lady.” This was targeting the Mormons which is one of the few states Cruz won in the primaries.
Nothing is off limits during an election, and it would seem once you are in office.
If you look at Trump from a pragmatic standpoint, (not emotional,) you would know that he does not drink, do drugs or imbibe in many of the trappings of the rich and famous. If he does nothing mind altering what could he do that the rich do?
They have gold plated toilets.
They have planes with their brand on them.
They have helicopters with their brand on them.
They have buildings with their name on them
I think Melania is beautiful although I am afraid that this job and its attacks are having adverse effects on him and his family. I think the swamp is, in fact, fighting back with every weapon they can find.
I would say they enjoy nice food but we know he eats McDonalds and diet Coke.
“Hey, Mr.President Sir! , Try a Whataburger…their fries are better too!”
Oh yes, they might enjoy bragging about what they have accomplished or what they might do.
What joys does he obtain from being rich?
Looking at his last few months, I am amazed that he has not said “screw this!” and walked away. A lesser man most certainly would have. I know that Oberman and his ilk pray for that. Their venom spews from every pore of their slimy subhuman existence, and yet Trump stays there in defiance. He is a fighter, you have to give it to him. Like him or not he is a fighter.
With the Me2 movement, it is easy to make a claim that is fictitious where a celebrity is concerned and have it stick. In fact, if it is a man involved, they are tried in the media and court of public opinion long before anything is ever proven. The claim of guilt is damaging enough to have the same effect as if they really had done what they had been accused of.
Harry Reid knew this when he deliberately said from the Senate floor that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes. He knew it was a lie when he said it but he did anyway. Months later when later interviewed about his prevarication by the press his response was “He didn’t win did he?”
In politics, the ends justify the means. This is a sad and depressing fact that we would all do good to remember. Nothing is off limits in politics.
I have no illusions of who Trump is or what he is about. I believe that he is probably narcissistic. I do have an idea that this “job” he has undertaken, probably has humbled him some. Just possibly God has something in mind for him.
The truth is, that God can use anyone for his glory, even Trump.
“TW, why do you say this about him. Surely God could have found someone better?”
Every time that I try and second guess God, I am wrong. I was thinking back to the kinds of people God used throughout history and I decided that I would probably not like any of them in person.
If we had the MSM back in the day, what would they have said about David or Paul?
Can you imagine what a 24-hour news cycle would look like when Jesus was walking among us?
David was a murderer, rapists and a bunch of other mean ugly nasty things and yet he was a man after God’s own heart!
Saul, later Paul, was someone who put Gods’ people to death and yet look at what God did with him!
Can God use Trump? Is he using Trump?
I most certainly would not have liked David, Paul, Calvin, Martin Luther and probably a whole host of heroes of the faith. Their character flaws would cause me to steer clear of them.
The Early church was so incredibly flawed and corrupt that one wonders why God did not strike them dead with lightning! Even in this day and time, we have bishops having sex with boys. Hello, what are you thinking? WTF Over?
Back in the day, the church was the spiritual leader, the school and oh yes the government. If you did not tow the line you might find yourself killed in a most unpleasant way.
Where was Jesus?
Who did he hang around?
We are told growing up that we are judged by the company that we keep. You lay down with the dogs you wake up with fleas.
Jesus was not hanging with the morally upright, was he?
I don’t hang around people with poor moral character …. Wait a minute…. What is in my books? What do I write about? Am I being a sanctimonious hypocrite?
I write about science fiction but I also right about some rather racy stuff.
I write about lesbians.
I write about BDSM.
I write about romance from a different perspective.
I write about romance from a normal perspective.
I write about lust, greed, carnal appetite and
I also have a little bit of the Gospel in almost every novel.
I did not plan that, however. I write from a stream of consciousness and it finds its way into most of my books.
Could God be using me to get in touch with a whole different audience that would never dream of picking up the Bible? Sometimes I wonder but I don’t question it.
I am not a hardline Christian. In fact, I am rather pragmatic about it, and that comes through in my books.
“TW, how do you juxtapose living a godly life and getting or giving a delicious little spanking before screwing like rabbits?” You will need to read some of my novels to see that little bit of fun.
I don’t live a godly life. I am flawed and far from Godly. From what I have seen of most “godly people” I like who I am, just the way that I am. When I fall short, I hate that it happened and I try again. Each time the cycle repeats.
Sin is actually a term from the Archers or archery. It simply means to miss the mark. I often miss the mark but, I try to hit it always.
I love the sanctimonious who go to the church each and every time the door is open and then go out to lunch and look down over their readers along their long noses at the people who are already in the restaurants, dining in their shorts and sandals. You can tell that they just climbed out of bed, rested and ready to eat and maybe go back home and play around or watch football.
The other day I was in a place after church and it was filled with parents and soccer players. I heard another couple talking about them asking “Why do they play on Sunday Morning!?”
“Tsk tsk… Remove the log from your own eye…”
Look at how good and proper I am and how slothful and blah blah blah that you are. I got up, got the family all dressed and cleaned up and went to church. We fought all the way to church about this or that but, this is important! We argued with the kids about why you will not sleep or play in church and we were there! We are raising our kids in a godly fashion! People saw us!
From there we sat through the bible study, made nice talk to the others and then sat through ninety minutes of being made to feel guilty for not giving enough money or for having sex the other night. See how proper we are?
For you non-Christians out there here is a fun fact. Did you know if you even think about hating someone it is equal to murder! Why would anyone want anything to do with that?
Sadly this represents many of the “saints” in today’s churches. Is it possible that those that chose not to attend are better off? What do they think that they are doing to their kids? Do they really think that when their kids leave home they will follow in their parent’s footsteps hating the battle that rages just to get into the building?
The hallmark of leadership is to lead by example. I do attend church but not every Sunday. If I don’t feel compelled to do something if asked, I tell them “no.” I will not give more money than I can possibly afford, as we are called to be good stewards of our resources and that starts with not becoming a burden to someone else or to the state.
It is not up to me to judge you or anyone else, that is above my pay grade.
I do not look down at those who are not compelled to attend church. I feel that the church has done a lousy job of marketing itself all through history.
“But TW, we need God, we need something, the world is going to hell! Why would you say all that stuff about murder and guilt?”
I said it because it is true. It is also true that if you understand the Gospel as I do, you know that God is about grace. We are not under the law. Those that think they are, wow, sorry about that. If you want to know more, ask me.
I have given this possibly too much thought. From the C-word to the N-word to people just hating on others through pseudonyms on social media. Have you ever noticed how brave or brazen people are when they can be anonymous?
Come say it to my face, and then let’s see how brave you are.
I have a prescription for the world, tell me what you think.
What the world needs is less Hollywood.
The world needs to find a way to fix the family unit.
The world needs more Beaver Cleaver and Andy Griffith.
The world needs more time on the front porch with friends, family and neighbors and much less screen time.
The world needs more Fried Chicken, Apple pie and lemonade with the family and yes the extended family.
The world needs to get back to its roots of common decency and respect.
The world needs more “Yes Sir’s and Yes Ma’am’s.”
The world needs more children with the familiarity of the taste of ivory soap.
The world needs a few more spankings, both as a reprimand and as foreplay.
The world needs to turn off the noise and dial back the hate.
The world needs the Gospel as meant, and not as used as a tool for the prosperity of some who pervert the text and preach bigotry from the pulpit, while thinking they need their own private jet to spread the word.
We have skype pastor, you don’t need your own jet.
The world needs preachers who understand that God knew everyone before they were born and he created them anyway.
The world needs preachers that understand God holds them to a higher standard and will judge them more harshly.
The world needs to leave the judging to God.
The world needs more Pollyanna’s and less Brian Williams’s.
The world needs more balance of love and disdain vs absolute hate.
The world needs us to dislike our own sins and leave other’s sins for them to deal with.
The world needs people to lead by example, it starts with me and you!
“TW, I have read some of your books, how can you juxtapose God and Jesus and girls getting spanked naked on Webcams?”
Where do you think little Christians come from?
We all have that demon inside us. We all fantasize a little, some of us more than others. Can you keep your demon in check, outside of your bedroom? God knew my heart before I was formed. He knows yours too, and here you are.
My demon might come out to play through my keyboard. My demon might speak to your demon and at the end of the day, they both can go back to their resting place until they come out to play once again.
I introduce the demon in Nudists of Shangri-la. I think that there is very little gospel in those two books but my memory is a fragile thing.
As always, thanks so much for reading my blog, my books, and my tweets. I would be very appreciative if you would take a moment to spread this to your friends and followers. Let’s see if we can #stopthehate and slow down the vitriol that seems to be poisoning us.
Number 26 is published on both Amazon and Smashwords!!!!
After three months of toiling away over a hot keyboard, I put the finishing touches on it last night about 2 am!
Folks this is amazing! I love how this book unfolded and how it turned out! “So will you.”
I believe that there is a niche market where science fiction and romance conjoin to make a good story.
I love romance stories, and l love Science Fiction. It seems only natural to write a story that has both elements in it.
Unlike Saga of the Starduster, this one is YA. Yes, there is implied sex but, nothing explicit. I think a young adult can handle that.
So let me tell you a little about this novel.
In a galaxy far far away …” too much?” There is a planet that is orbiting a binary star. This binary sun is getting closer and closer to the other sun which they fear will Nova taking out the solar system.
What they do not realize is that Nova is not what they need to fear, if the two become one it turns into a magnatar which is deadly for the entire area. Not just that one solar system.
Anyway, they send out ships to find a new place to live.
There is a catch… A race of advanced beings with the weaponry to back it up have dubbed themselves the universal police. They have laws which forbid contact with worlds that are pre-space. Yea, I know that trope has been used before, but it is a good one.
The first race, the Bindane find the Earth. Landing they find cave dwellers. These creatures look little like what we do today. Smaller brains, much hair, no verbal communication and oh yes, they will eat one another if they are hungry.
The Bindane are in a quandary, do we stay here and work with them, or keep looking…
They had been in space for many years. Some of the Bindane leave without permission and have at it with the locals. Flying around in their smaller ships, they explore much of the world and conquer it. Having sex with who they choose soon human Bindane hybrids are running around.
Humans with an IQ of 60 and Bindane with an IQ of 250, you can quickly see what is going to happen. The hybrids all of the sudden can solve puzzles, invent tools and find more efficient ways to kill. This is why the Xylars, (other race) forbid this kind of activity.
Intelligence without wisdom and empathy make for smart evil people. Unless love is the foundation for who or what you are, the rest is meaningless.
Without giving away the story, it is an inexpensive read! $2.99 from either Smashwords or Amazon!
This book is well worth your time and I encourage you to check it out and please give me feedback.
I was going to write about Grammarly but I think writing about my newest release is a better use of my time. I have some new tricks with Grammarly I am going to share with you in the days to come. Is that a tease or what?
Yes, I want you to come back and I want you to tell your friends or family or even your mother In law!
You might like your mother in law… LOL
I will love your mother in law for some feedback… 🙂
We writers cannot rest on our laurels, however. I already have an idea for #27 and I have an idea for a screenplay. Which should I do first?
The history of humanity is punctuated with evil events perpetrated by despots from all walks of life. The appeasers or pacifist are usually the first to succumb to the intent of barbarians.
History is replete with examples of genocide.
Torture, rape, murder in the most insidious of ways lie deep within the heart of man. To take delight in the torture or killing of another is just evil. We are all affected by this. If you watch movies depicting such things and take some pleasure in it, the works of evil resonated with that part of you that is evil.
If you are human, you are not immune to its sway.
That is one reason that violent video games are so prevalent today. People can feed that part of them that is evil without actually killing people. Much like the plant in the little shop of horrors. Seymour had to feed it to keep it alive. The evil that lives in your soul must be fed to keep it alive. Don’t put that garbage into your head! Defeat it with love!
From the earliest of days of recorded history, the meek, weak, or ignorant, are silenced by death or forced into slavery by megalomaniacs. That is one reason why we should never tear down statues, as history is a blueprint for the future. You cannot know where to go if you don’t know where you have been. With history obliterated by the autocrats, you now must trust them, which is foolish.
The difference between animal and man is a man should be able to keep his proclivities for evil in check.
Six days ago we saw an animal unleash hell on earth inside a house of worship, virtually exterminating a church. The tiny town in south Texas will probably never be the same, as this agent of the devil himself did more damage to not only family and friends, the town, and even the state, but to Christianity as a whole.
If we were to take a census of the believers that attend tomorrow the 12th, one has to wonder what we would find. I hope that I am wrong, but I suspect many will elect to stay home.
We are in a war, and the enemy is winning.
The minions of evil are out to destroy our history, thus making our future malleable to their twisted idea of what it now must be.
No one race holds the ownership of the word or title of slave. All races have suffered under the brutality of those in power. Even Joseph suffered and was sold into slavery by his own blood, so many thousands of years ago. Slavery existed on every continent with all peoples either being the gods or the insects.
On this Veteran’s day, we salute the men and women who have ever worn the uniform, or who currently are wearing it. Those brave people keep the megalomaniacs of modern day, at bay.
No more will we see a Hitler or Genghis Khan murder millions for their own twisted sense of glory. While some tyrants still breath air on this planet, good will overcome evil, and they will be defeated. We can only pray that good will keep that darkness from having its way over the multitudes of slaves in those faraway lands.
What can you do?
Stand up for what is right. Do not let your voice be drowned by the masses chanting for the dumbing down of the people. History whether pleasant or not is what it is. History must be sacrosanct, and not blotted out by the will of those that seek to change it, for some ideological ends.
Understand that you are not immune from evil or those that practice it. Arm yourself and demand that you can do so if you so choose.
Evil is determined and will find a way. The police respond on average 11 minutes after the call is placed. A lot can happen in 11 minutes. First, someone has to make the call, who is it? Is it a neighbor that hears the gunshots or screaming, or is it some survivor gasping for their last breath of air?
Do not be a conformist! Guns are not evil, they are a tool much like a hammer or saw.
You can belong to God without letting evil win. Heaven is a great destination, but life is about the journey, not about how fast you can get there.
I myself have or had little use for or knowledge of Hugh Hefner.
I have read through his magazines over the years as some of the articles were, well written.
As an artist, I found his models posed for the most part in a respectful/artistic way. Unlike the porn we have today which is hard not to stumble over on the internet, Playboy was rather bland in comparison.
As a mature person, I remember some of the early magazines with clover leafs over nipples, and what have you.
If a (person) makes a conscious decision to model for a magazine like his, who are we to say anything? Our first lady was a model of impeccable taste.
As many of you know, I worked in the Advertising industry for years. Sex Sells!
We, humans, are geared for sex. Men are more visual creatures and I can tell you that the advertising industry knows that all too well.
Hugh knew it too and made his fortune selling the sizzle and not the steak. Hugh sold the fantasy and portrayed that fantasy in his silk robe and pipe. That fantasy sold millions of magazines and to be absolutely fair, started many young ladies careers.
The Religious folks are now trashing him on social media and folks, his sin was no worse than theirs or mine or yours. Sin is sin is sin! Unless you are Jesus Christ himself, you are a sinner! If you feel differently, you clearly don’t understand sin.
To judge this man is not their job, that job is reserved for God.
To judge me, or other writers who might write some tawdry novel is not your job, or theirs. It is gods Job, and I am ok with it.
I talk about marketing and what sells. Sex sells not only in a visual medium like the centerfold, but it sells in my novels where I paint a picture with words that are what? They are a fantasy for you to enjoy.
Some folks are so hypocritical. One of my friends was upset with her husband because she caught him looking at pornography on the internet. Sticking out of her purse was a copy of 50 shades.
To me, that is like having a diet coke with a slice of German chocolate cake thinking that will help with your diet.
I can paint some pretty graphic pornography with words as can many of you. Porn is porn and your sin is no less sinful than his. Men are visual and women well, like their porn too, they just like it disguised in romance novels. The idea of being held down while the burly stranger that you have been teasing with rips your silky panties off you is…porn.
I am reminded about casting the first stone and me for one live in a glass house, as do you.
Hugh lived a life that most men only dream of, I would guess. He had 7 girlfriends at one time and I would bet it was not all peaches and cream. I can say that because I have read the bible several times and King Solomon had several hundred wives and several hundred Concubines. Can you imagine what his household was like?
Judge not should be all of our mantras, it is certainly mine.
Whether you are a “religious” person or not, judging others is not our job. For the religious right to call him the names that I am reading is just wrong. My theory is that they are jealous of what he had and what he did in his 90 odd years so they are using the bible to beat their chest while being a bully to those who don’t know all of the facts. They are wrong on many levels, and it is sad. It is actually a sad day for Christianity as it is a terrible role model of what Christ was about.
I understood Hugh did many good things with his wealth while he was alive, so again, judge not.
God has this….
I for one believe that one day we might meet one another. I will shake his hand if he/we indeed have hands in heaven.
If you just muttered under your breath that we will meet in hell, man, examine your soul!