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The White Nationalist Bogeyman

Politics, as reflected in narratives thus advanced, represent the emphasis on character or the disregard thereof inherent in a given camp. Reliable people do not traffic in lies, nor do evil folk endure the examination of their values, intent, or world view generally. Criticism of unsound behavior, so far as the political Left is concerned, has evolved into the only real sin worthy of opposition.

Leftward-leaning premises contribute nothing to the general condition, and in fact degrade the human experience past the point where a moral being may ignore their effects. The nothingness comprising the essence to which they consign themselves—in self-focus and faithlessness—manifests in the poor quality of their propositions and unsustainable supporting arguments. Lowering the standard of rhetoric as they do, typical weapons Leftists most often employ are equally dishonorable to the remainder of their creed. Scare tactics, insubstantial claims, and accusations designed to leverage emotion rather than survive critical examination are chief among those.

Distraction is another strategy to avoid the death knell of leftist ideas, only nominally deserving to be labeled thought. Redirection is another common avoidance of defending, much less conceding, a fatally flawed premise. Combining these rancid techniques, to heat and stir in the cauldron of the political Left, is the foul recipe that produced today’s Democratic Party.

Dems, particularly when exploiting racial issues, need to rewrite the history of their own party and offload the righteous indignation aroused by their residually spectral aura of slave ownership. Their offenses against humanity continued even after the institution was ended, such as the atrocities perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan—an organization founded by Southern Democrats to suppress black voting, by the way—acculturated racism and resultant segregation in the Democrat South, and their party’s consistent opposition of 1960s civil rights legislation advanced by Republicans.

Racism endured, though, and sought new advantage and embodiment in targeting the integrity of urban black families via the dependency enabled by politically-motivated social welfare spending … initiated by another Democrat, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Over generations of engineered tragedy ironically termed The Great Society, Democrats leading and feeding their dependent voters cultivated the impression that somehow the political spectrum had reversed, and the Democratic Party now held more concern for Americans of African descent than conservatives, or particularly the GOP.

Nothing can be farther from the truth. But as we’ve seen already, the farther from the truth one deviates, the more dearly held the narratives of the left wing.

The slave-holding mentality of the twenty-first century resides in three places: the doctrines of Islam, Marxist ideology, and the modern-day Democratic Party. All three degrade the humanity of those they presume to manage out of a self-defined sense of superiority. Inflated ego arises from psychological wounds festering in compensation; the condition produces perceived privilege to direct the lives of others like an untended laceration seeps pus.

The compulsion to direct, to run the show, to make things happen is insatiable. History is replete with unfortunate examples of the affliction. The assumed divine right of kings led to colonial imperialism in prior centuries, culminating with the onset of transportation and military technologies in nineteenth-century nationalism. The great wars of the next followed, as extensions of ideology promoting national interest to the exclusion of noble considerations governing civil international behavior. The many millions who died left their survivors determined to rebuild the world in an entirely different paradigm.

So it was we arrived to the era of international cooperation, as expressed first in the failed League of Nations and afterward in the United Nations. The compulsion to direct the lives of others, always present in the shadows of human nature, assured the adoption of good ideas would afterward be run into the ground in the name of progress.

The current trend of political elites toward favoring global government is the unfortunate result. Elitism metastasized is what produces this ideological tumor.

The primary obstacle to globalized government is the strength of the social fabric expressed in a strong national culture and identity. The ideas expressed by our founding documents—of just powers derived from the consent of the governed, government as a necessary danger liable to attract those who prefer directing to serving, and promoting a shared consensus regarding moral judgments whose fruit is healthy living and an improved general condition—are anathema to globalized socialists. They stand in the ranks of like ilk currently threatening to undo the character of our stable and prosperous society.

The Left needed a bogeyman to distract, to redirect, to project as a danger in order to advance their narrative solutions. They constructed the image of the White Nationalist to fulfill all those deplorable requirements.

National interest, as opposed to globalized socialism, roots in self interest. Whether one expounds the subject to the extent found in Ayn Rand’s literature is a matter of philosophy. Ms. Rand’s essential point, however, that self interest does not morally equate to selfishness, endures critical and historical examination to a greater extent than louder voices who decry the same in the name of collectivism.

National culture in the United States is a sense of integrity making borders a necessity. Bolstered by ideological Americanism into an enduring moral fabric, it’s now portrayed by those advancing the narrative of White Nationalism to be the modern equivalent of the very ideologies our opposing strengths defeated in two World Wars.

My annoyance with the political Left throwing the Nazi label at ideological Americans tests my wordsmith’s capacity to express. Nazism—a contraction of national socialism, by the way—reflects the same fascist tendencies of their camp, not mine. My father was written up for the Bronze Star after being shot at by real Nazis, not upright folk who accept the reality of adult life in which one’s behavior is subject to rational criticism. The narrative specter of White Nationalism is nothing more than a shield against being required to defend indefensible premises and mask globalizing collectivist tendencies.

Regardless, closely resembling Hitler’s ideology—now consigned to the dustbin of history—doesn’t make the political Left Nazis either, relentless as they are in assuming to occupy unearned moral high ground. They are merely whiny pursuers of lame advantage, such as is found in attempting the assignment of unwarranted guilt.

There is nothing inherently noble or suspicious in skin color, and anyone asserting otherwise is a racist regardless of their own extraction. The depths of depravity in setting aside the benefits of morality, altruism and other attributes of humanity are plumbed in exploiting divisive identity politics ideological Americanism was formulated to negate.

Americanism is the embrace of beneficial identity politics, incorporating and promoting virtues the political Left reject as excessively judgmental of their behavior. Like the remainder of their platform, it stems from having little idea of what works or what kills.

America descended from the valid faith of the Judeo-Christian experience, that storehouse of Things that Are Real and treasury of long-held guidelines preserved so we should have life, and live it more abundantly. The vacuous faithlessness of secularism driving globalized socialism will never satisfy the human spirit to the same extent.

Under the banner of our tribe, it’s okay to be white, or black, brown, red, or Asian. Patriotism is a virtue. Humanity should preside over one’s ideology, doctrine, or politics. Sound and thriving souls know such things a priori, without needing to be instructed.

History, not to mention natural law, harshly judges the insubstantial. The screeching demonization currently driving the political Left is propelling their camp toward a steep drop-off, and it seems little can be done to convince those deaf to the Spirit otherwise. Were it so, they wouldn’t have occupied the vehicle of their destruction in the first place … and those mandated shoulder belts and airbags won’t help much once their deficient ideology hits rock bottom.

Choose to love, -DA

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Christchurch: A Crisis of Governance

This week, a twenty-something man in Christchurch, New Zealand chose to commit mass murder. He was radicalized by his embraced choice of hate in the essential tripartite including love and indifference; in his case, this metastasized into an ideology of white supremacy. True to form, he then targeted The Other as scapegoats for his dissatisfaction. A hundred Muslims in two separate mosques paid the price of his homicidal rage, half of those with their lives.

That something like this should occur in New Zealand is an anomaly, for the country in a given year usually sees a like number of homicides as a total. Times are changing, and we can only trace back through the foibles of human nature in an attempt to determine why.

To have such an event occur in a place called Christchurch is a mocking irony of the spirit who commands such things, as he is the enemy of Christ, the Father, and all the mission of heaven. The enemy is he who opposes a portfolio of life with inspirations of his own. Those manifest in works of death instead.

Multiculturalism is the rebellion against natural law now ravaging national identities across Europe. It purports to enhance the social fabric in places such as New Zealand through magical thinking invoked via its goddess Diversity … but diversity in itself is not a bad thing. Diversity of experience lends strength to a commonality of purpose. Diversity of perspective can enhance clarity, and through the gift of foresight produce wisdom in the ability to anticipate consequences. What diversity cannot do is promote harmony between incontrovertible world views. This, unfortunately, is the place where New Zealand arrived by importing Islam into the West under the auspices of charity.

Islam, properly considered a seventh-century warlord’s ideology of conquest and subjugation, seeks to control every aspect of its adherent’s life. This includes its founder’s twisted Muhammadan theology and proscribed system of worship, with doctrines in which one’s sense of humanity must be overridden in deference to decrees of its prophet. Shedding blood from the infidel and embracing zeal to the point of martyrdom in holy war are fixtures there, making the creed wholly incompatible with tolerance and self-determination comprising staples of Occidental philosophies of governance. Muslims may often be insular, arrogant, and supremacist themselves; their influx being targeted by a similarly afflicted personality is unsurprising, perhaps even predictable.

Secular governance, though, considering all religion as mindless superstition, failed to consider the cultural ramifications of allowing large-scale Islamic migration into the West. Faithlessness not only forgoes the wisdom available to a reverent perspective but fails to grasp, through an inattentiveness of understanding, the depth of the conflict its policies engender.

Attempts to navigate the resulting and ideologically inescapable series of conceptual traps follow, and run to an inevitable end of systemic collapse in the harsh reset of natural law. At best, the consequences of mixing Islam and western culture is friction between their divergent answers to essential questions. Friction produces heat, and as humankind has known since Paleolithic times, such builds into flame from tinder.

Multicultural emphasis is the tinder of authoritarianism. The ensuing cultural conflict is its spark, and incidents such as Christchurch comprise flame. Once a fire is burning out of control, opportunists acquire momentum they leverage to affect change.

Centralizing power requires its subject to cede self-governance to the authority of the state, and personalities who crave to be at the top of an organizational chart for just such an arrangement have few qualms over exploiting incidents such as the carnage of Christchurch. Opportunities, in their secular, inhumane, and pragmatic outlook, evoke opportunism. Already, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is assuming that further restrictions on civilian firearms ownership are a forgone conclusion.

Firearms ownership did not produce the massacres of Christchurch. Those were committed by an unhinged individual overstepping his authority, much in the same way freedoms in New Zealand could now be restricted through more refined parliamentary procedures. In both examples, we see transgressions conducted by those who presume they have the right to do such things.

The former act of tyranny was perpetrated in a homicidal outburst, while the latter would come about following a long, slow aggregation of centralized authority already presumed to be soon abandoned by a submissive citizenry. Those are differences in optics only, stemming from the same assumptive mindset. Should good people in New Zealand afterward insist on owning effective means of protecting themselves against illegitimate, large-scale, and emergent threats to life and liberty, they would then be dutifully shot down by responding units of heavily armed delegates. Iron-handed governance relishes nothing more than exemplary enforcement of its policies.

Secular government, unbound by a vigilant citizenry, excels at creating problems it then proposes to solve by granting itself more authority. Power accumulating in that construct attracts personalities more given to ruling than serving, and there is nothing in observations of human nature or the study of history to suggest otherwise. Modern implementations of the democratic process are a relative footnote in the history of governance, much of which was written in bloodier fonts set by the stained and callused hands of authoritarianism.

Those dark days of history may well recur, of course. The fallen nature of human beings, elevated in their own sight by the deceiving voice of God’s enemy, assures such times are always attempting to stage a comeback. The scale of past state-sponsored depredations makes the toll out of tragedies such as Christchurch pale in comparison.

Hopefully enough ears still listen to encouraging voices—such as mine—touting the benefits of courage, faith, and virtue over the embrace of degrading philosophies. Hysterical promotion of the theory that human beings really shouldn’t be allowed to run around unmanaged, unmonitored, and unsupervised is an attribute no rational person should seek to empower.

Lit by the lamp of valid faith, we can see ourselves cast in a more noble light:  servants of a higher authority than any state: as messengers responsible for something more than ourselves and the state of our own souls. Every faithful person is a minister bound over to the edification of others not so far along.

Whether the inclination of those is to accept any lesser status promoted by secular perspectives of statists and collectivists, or submit to the assumptive dictates of theocrats, the exit strategies for avoiding servitude are the same. Question everything. Deconstruct the false premise. Dedicate intellect to determine the actual state of affairs, and nurture cultivated awareness, whose gift is the clear vision that results.

Most of all, hold to account those whom you elevate into positions of authority to operate within the bounds originally established. Insist your voice be given equal access to the public square in unrestricted speech, free of prejudicial, ideologically motivated deplatforming. Your individual autonomy, as well as the collective influence of the morally upright, will be preserved in no other way.

Choose to love, -DA

Transgender This

South Dakota. I was born and raised here, and (*cynicism warning) that’s probably the reason the Editress has designated me the least sentimental person she knows.

There are a number of reasons to hoist the Meh Flag over this place. For instance, our politicos—aside from a new governor who is showing some promise—largely are sheep in wolves’ clothing. We have a repulsively significant supply of Democrats and slightly larger contingent of the same who call themselves Republicans, all mixed together in what P.J. O’Rourke called A Parliament of Whores. We call the place Pierre, our state capital.

Yes, they are the folks whose twisted thinking, willingness to move beyond the concept of jurisdiction, and basic grasping covetousness brought you nationwide Internet sales tax. That’s a travesty less current, though, than their latest.

Our legislature’s most recent non-achievement is tanking a bill that would have required high school students to compete fairly against their own sex during intramural athletics. As of now, it is a matter of policy that students may adopt their own reality in regards to gender identity, and our public education system must tacitly approve their delusion. The fix failed to be reported out of the state House of Representatives on a 34-34 vote.

Those students are in school to learn about the world, not project their misconceptions onto it. Enabling transgender kink to the point of allowing biological males unfair advantage over the excellence of true female athletes comprises a fundamental failing of those to whom they have been entrusted. It is just another reason the home schooled will one day rule the world.

Someone once observed that individuals should be allowed their own opinion, but none are entitled to their own reality. The problem with those thinking otherwise is that The Way Things Are is a fixed and unalterable state. Those working the fringes according to strategies designed to move the Overton Window (look it up when you finish here) do so to advance a self-centered agenda. Those of us operating within the bounds of sanity are becoming increasingly at risk of bumping into them with virtually the same results as on a bidirectional road lacking a center divider. It’s why they are called radicals.

Society consists of people doing stuff, whose business moves most smoothly when they are in agreement on certain basic tenets. Valid premises descend from long-tested conclusions, themselves based on observation, again of The Way Things Are.

There is no such state as The Way Things Are Now. Everything sinful, virtuous, right, wrong, wholesome, and undoing exists in the same moral plane it always did. We do well or poorly generally and collectively based on how well we understand reality’s rules of cause and effect.

So, should a biological male—one meant to develop into the state of achievement called manhood—decide instead to adopt another gender identity, that does not nor will it ever make him a woman. The closest he can approach his desired state is to exist as a surgically mutilated and hormonally infused eunuch, while The Way Things Are gives not a damn about his feelings on the matter.

Consequently, neither should anyone oriented to a practical worldview. We pity the psychologically challenged, but understand that enabling delusion does not equate to love. The sin of indifference is the weakest, least enduring, and second most destructive choice in the moral tripartite it shares with love and hate. Taking the path of least resistance into passivity—or worse, becoming an enabler—violates the moral duty of testimony in love that keeps sinners away from the precipice of their folly.

The world is set as an arena of faithfulness and faithlessness. One believes in the will of its Creator to have established matters as they should be, or one does not. Scripture condemns adopting dress of the opposite gland with identical language as is used for same-sex fornication. Both violate the nature of oneself and Nature generally, and constitute another strategy the enemy uses to turn us from our intended path home.

One believes that or one does not. There is no middle ground. No The Way Things Are Now. The stances we adopt in such tests stand as our testimony as to or in denial of the intent of the Living God. Each soul believes or does not. Every one gets through the path of one life successfully or otherwise, and we are told the consequences of failure to recognize our place in the natural order are eternal. Its standards are governed by divine logic and the Craftsman’s load-balancing solution to the equation that allows Him and us to coexist in the same spiritual plane.

Excuses do not exist there. If we are wise, we should avoid them here; we need all the time granted to navigate the fog as it is. Matters made better instead of worse are the harvest of discernment. Where does a society stand once it becomes incapable of making a definitive call so evident as considering a biological male a boy, and then a man? Where does it go once a concept so vital as womanhood is diluted into merely being considered by the majority to be a self-defined perspective?

Prophesies of divine judgment notwithstanding, I for one don’t want to find out in this life, and I’m sure as hell not going to help row in that direction. Anyone may take what offense they will. All things outside their ideological bubble—in the sunshine bathing healthy minds—remain the same as they ever were, and always shall.

Choose to love, -DA

How to Be a Bigot

This isn’t a tutorial. If you thought so, I’m guessing you followed a link from Gab … but then that Wild West outpost of Internet commentary is another subject.

Vae Obscurum is about ideas: good ones, generally, sometimes juxtaposed to others deplorable as can be imagined. We know good and evil in relation to each other in lessons taught by a loving and shepherding God; those lessons, however, often need to be sought in order to be seen. A faithful orientation is prerequisite to begin, and you may rest assured the enemy is planting as many distractions on the way to school as he is allowed to contrive.

Many of those side roads beckon with the promise of advantage. Life is a difficult journey, and when people tire they seek easier ways. They turn from what is and what should be to imagined alternatives—some of which have evolved into lifestyles—and presenting those comprise the main mechanism of deception.

Excuses, you see, relieve the burden of performance and its necessary embrace of excellence to achieve desired results. Unfortunately, the cultural phenomenon of intersectionalism provides not only excuses for a suboptimal result, but then makes it possible to accrue bonus points based on the number of the same one is able to assemble.

Intersectional status is attained by accumulating grievances. As an example, any given individual born a white male, regardless of his personal circumstances, is assigned the least  rank according to myths of privilege driving the remainder of the philosophy. Attaining the highest hypothetical score is difficult to imagine, although one may indulge various scenarios (after you finish here) via https://intersectionalityscore.com/.

A simple three-step formula in the pursuit of lame advantage begins with Excuses. It moves on to a Proposed Moral Balancing of the equation via transfer from the supposedly privileged to arrive at Profit rumored to make life easy.

If you disagree with any of this you’re a bigot. See? It’s that simple.

Such name calling functions as deployment of rally words designed to draw a crowd of additional voices and increase volume, which is the natural defense of those unable to justify their premise in rational dialectic. To such people, having not yet intellectually matured to rationality is less important than perceiving themselves as occupying self-defined moral high ground.

The only problem is that it wasn’t really self-defined. God’s enemy did it for them by waving a placard at an intersection. They made the turn out of laziness, found a dead end, and now reside in the mire of error.

Every possible reparation will be funded only by excellence. The simplest route to accumulated actual advantage is, therefore, performance. This truism is the prime mover of the political Right, where virtue outperforms vice according to observations made over the course of centuries. That unavoidable actuality is what eventually scares the living scat out of people trapped inside the sticky and opaque imprisoning membrane of their ideological bubble.

Want a better life? Edify your capabilities. Do worthwhile things. Reap the rewards of your labor. What you attain as a result is then yours. Rest assured someone else, given to travel the side road leading to the deadly sin of envy, will compile a scheme to come for part or all of it. History, one might say, is made of those encounters, and preparing oneself for such times is also a difficult responsibility of adulthood. The faithful also keep in mind that we were warned about all of this well ahead of time, and know the effort of living as we ought is promised to be worth the cost.

Choose to love, -DA

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In production news, sadly, there is none. The Editress is a person of many responsibilities and hard pressed at the moment, circumstances leading to a hiatus in the content edit of ‘Ghosts of the Republic.’ The process should resume later this season, depending on what life tasks we are presented in the meantime. Updates, as always, will follow here.

Mere Christianity

The themes of the holiday season, being appreciation in Thanksgiving and joy in celebration of the first Christmas, coincide with weather encouraging long, cozy nights indoors. Such times seem tailor made for books generally and edifying reads in particular, and as an author I hope all of you are indulging yourselves that way.

My November absorption was an overdue study of the 1952 classic by the renowned C.S. Lewis, titled in his devout understatement Mere Christianity. In this work, the masterful Lewis provides wonderful and insightful commentary on the basic tenets of Christian faith held in commonality by those who believe. It is rightly considered an essential read for all of us who realize ourselves to be between Here and There.

Substantive enough that it deserves to be taken on one chapter at a time, with each being followed by contemplation in turn, Lewis assures, convicts, and comforts. Personally, I perceived evident hints of his formative influence on another convincing apologist, Josh McDowell, who like Lewis also started from a base of skepticism.

Those recognizable precepts made clear that this book had influenced my own perspective years previous to my finally engaging the thing. In a sense, C.S. Lewis is another of my literary fathers, and with me, through McDowell, helped produce my catalog of novels. Expressing in fiction the seeds of faith I’ve been allowed to present through the lives of my characters Jon, Sean, and Boone is therefore partially their legacy as well. Such is the work of the Spirit.

Like Lewis, my character Jon Anthony sought to emphasize commonalities of faith rather than spur conflict in outlining divergence. Their respective efforts similarly proceeded from a peaceful nature, the bestowment of which is a core value and benefit of embracing Christianity. Such descends from the essential motivation of our Creator, which is love. Love was born in the mind of God, who then realized his desire for servants and souls with whom He could share the best of all emotions.

Everything else followed. Love, necessarily a choice, has a dependency on free will, the unfortunate application of which gives rise to sin rather than harmony. All things nurturing and charitable proceed from it, and we rightly celebrate those each holiday season and whenever else the proper mindset allows.

Mere Christianity is eminently worthwhile. Regardless of your state of belief you should read it for yourself as a life task and initiative of spiritual edification.

A personal side benefit of digesting the work was an insight as to the nature of truth. Actualities, you see, and particularly those from which Lewis constructs his arguments, are and were always here. Truth, as does the existence of a personal Creator, endures in an essential state of being. Those exist independent of discovery, acceptance, promulgation, or consensus. Truths of the physical plane discovered and undiscovered through science, for instance, are in effect independent of anyone being aware of them. In that way, physical and spiritual laws share an essential commonality. It is in their embrace that we grow our perspective and build a more useful outlook beyond the data set from which we previously proceeded.

It is this aspect of useful truth inviting embrace that led to the Great Commission, and the efforts of Lewis, and afterward McDowell, and then myself. Everything true directs toward sure knowledge of the nature of its Craftsman: the motivating love of the Father, the accommodating forgiveness of the Son, and the unrelenting outreach of the Spirit through whom we commune with Him from this world we know.

As is so eloquently expressed in Mere Christianity, what He does has the goal of successfully delivering us to our Creator. Should one understand nothing else of His Will, that would be enough of a beginning to launch a life lived as it should be. Remember one precept, descending from the apostle Paul’s commendation to the Bereans, who searched Scripture nightly to confirm the things he told them were so: truth fears nothing from inspection.

So it is each holiday season, as in the dawn of another day: a fresh chance to begin appears again. Like truth, the opportunity is always there, waiting to be picked up, held dear, and carried forward. You have our wishes for a Merry Christmas and the best of New Years from everyone here at Single Candle Press.

Choose to love, -DA

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Reading material in any form, though, makes a great gift, one with the potential to move forward from then on with the mind it encounters. Should you think enough of my writing to pass it on to another, thank you in advance!

Setting Boone Free

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Roads to Rome

Since at least the twelfth century, there has been a saying: “All Roads Lead to Rome.” Generally, this is taken to mean the same outcome may be reached by many methods or ideas. Once, though, it was literal truth.

The Roman network of roads constructed in the days of empire covered 120,000 kilometers from Portugal to Constantinople. They projected the power of the emperor, connected nodes of commerce, and assured Rome’s legions had a straight road to wherever trouble might arise. All roads, indeed, led back to that center of civilization … if such was the direction taken. With one’s course reversed, they all eventually ended as far as possible from it.

But Vae Obscurum isn’t about history, though such is always a consideration. It is about thinking. Analogous to the directions available to the Roman pilgrim, two modes of philosophical thought beckon the intellectual traveler: extension and reduction. Toward Rome, representing clarity, and away into the wilderness of false premises diffusing into irrelevance.

There are a vastly greater number of ways to be wrong than right. This is one reason why, for the sake of example, the LGBT∞ pantheon of delusions will never—short of divine intervention—cease adding its addendum letters. Philosophy seems too often concerned with muddying rather than clarifying thought, and theology likewise has its share of overblown and under-supported doctrines (speaking of Rome). Such in the nature of human ego, fed by needs to make oneself more than might be objectively justified, and to build sustaining institutions and hierarchies to afterward enjoy the advantage or other comforts they generate.

My deep-thinking character Jon Anthony, in Killing Doctor Jon, called his intellectual antithesis

“‘reduction to essence,’ where we stop believing and start seeing. The valid precepts of all the great religions are found there … because things real have always been real, and are just as they will always remain.” (KDJ, 2013)

Another great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, opined that it is always best to begin at the beginning. Christopher Robin’s friend intuited truth at a primal level, and so realized a truism of logic: a false premise cannot be successfully extended. To correct child paradigms, one must start fresh from a justified foundation of thought. A reliable frame of reference reflects clarity and aligns with the state of actuality from which all natural endurance draws vitality.

Another of my characters, Boone’s mentor and Chinese pastor Lin Shun Lun, noted in his likewise naturalistic orientation the tripartite nature in much of God’s creation:

“We live in the bounds of our material existence, yet we sense, as Lao did, something more. Those, as so many things do upon reflection, often divide themselves into threes: Father, Son, and Spirit … beginning, middle and ending … Heaven, Earth and Man.” (The Bonus Pool, 2015)

Applying Jon’s approach of simplifying rather than extending makes for a more penetrating message, which in the way matters are considered here ought to be the focus of Christian outreach. Taken to the beginning, one arrives at the point of origin, the Creator, manifesting Himself as He sees fit and to our eyes as the Father, representing his essential unity and love. He also appears as the Son, to embody His grace and represent the creative force of the Right Hand of the Craftsman. His ministry of the Spirit resides in divine communication and inspiration that projects His will into the world among those who will listen and live what they believe.

Sets of three become one and accumulate into work, and works into a portfolio, and somewhere beyond into the sum total of what He is doing in a plan held close and beyond our sight. Faith is the window into that far green country Professor Tolkien envisioned.

What do we need to know? Taken back to essence as Jon would approve, divine love, saving grace, and the sufficiency of Christ comprise the essential tripartite of the Christian faith. One or another duty follows from these three concepts, and life is found along whichever occupies our minds at any given moment. These are real, and may be successfully extended so long as we do not lose line of sight to our home. Doing so, we can never truly become lost.

Begin with clarity, and end with success. Be R.E.A.L. before it gets real:

Realize your need
Explore for truth
Accept God’s gift of forgiveness
Live what you believe

You will find other concepts along the way worth holding onto. Remember that in most endeavors, methodology is everything. Deliberating is no exception.

Choose to love, -DA

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In production news, Boone’s sixth title and one split with Daniel Sean Ritter, Ghosts of the Republic, is currently undergoing Content Edit. The process is not easily forecast due to the nature of the Editress’s work. GOTR will, God willing, appear sometime next year depending on what else He sets us toward doing in the meantime.