I was recently accused of constantly looking for the dark side of life. Apparently all I do is see everything from a negative perspective—I see world events this way, I see the news in the Washington Post this way, I see a negative purpose behind things that are presented as good things, things meant to help people, like digital IDs and bank cards inserted under the skin in our hands, or cameras placed everywhere to stop crime, or even masks—I can’t see the good in them, only the bad, only the potential of being not just bad but
Kudos on the hypnosis comic strip!!
It is not being dark to see the world for what it is. Most of my family and friends think I'm Debbie Downer. But as the Dude said, that's... like, your opinion...man. (Big Liebowski)
You have a sound mind and ask good questions and offer helpful information.
As for me, I was an atheist Bernie bro 2 years ago but also a conspiracy realist. Then I saw all the dark agendas being ushered in and eventually turned to the Bible for truth. I won't evangelize here although I would do John Belushi backflips if someone asked for the Bible Way to Heaven verses. I'm sharing here what I've found as Truth and to me the Bible is the only moral standard to expose wickedness and evil in the world, in my opinion.
I've been through 12 step, counseling, pills, yoga, Eckhart Tolle, etc etc and the Bible has given me meaning,etc and pushed down anxiety n depression.
Here are some quotes and verses I use that help make sense of the world:
It's one Big Club and you ain't in it. -George Carlin
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If something happens, you can bet it was planned that way. -FDR
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
I can't go back and forth copy and pasting w.o. losing what I have. Hopefully someone out there looks these verses up even if they aren't a believer. I believe King James Bible is the preserved Word as promised. The others are New World Order versions. Biblegateway.com is good resource.
Hosea 4:6 result of the lack of knowledge
Job 2:4 satan tells God that humans will give away everything when afraid of dying--freedoms, jobs, childrens' futures, $$, etc. Explains the past two years to me.
The books of Psalms and Proverbs: lots of stuff about the workers of iniquity, wisdom, beautiful, poetic, full range of emotion from depression to triumph.
Matthew 13 The parable of the wheat and tares
The gospel of John (its by far my favorite book)
Acts 5:29 Peter said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Book of Romans: It's my second favorite book.
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world...
1 Timothy 6:20 ...keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.
Book of Ecclesiasties: Most of our life is vanity. Strive and thrive in the important stuff.
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Pride is the deadliest sin. And the Bible teaches flattery causes BIG problems as well.
The love of money is the root of all evil.
Revelation 18:23 ....for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
To me, the most important thing in the End Times is this...Do not be deceived.
Plus the Bible is full of conspiracies plots and even the greatest persons of the Bible made mistakes we can learn from and struggled with doubts, etc.
Last thing that gives comfort is that some get delivered in this world (Daniel from the lion's den) and some don't. Jesus said John the Bsptist was the greatest man who ever lived but he got beheaded at 30 something. The point is that to a believer heaven is going to be an infinitely better place so that instills boldness.
I hope I shared this in a respectful manner with my truther friends here and something shared helps someone to attach themselves to rock as others around them experience the whiplash of the Hegellian dialectic. Being steady in the storm helps others.
Another thing is that the perpetrators running amuck in the world hate Jesus and the Bible. But it's amazing how they stay to the Bible's End Times script of events. Matthew 24, 2 Thes 2 and (book of Revelation, which has tons of violence and death but is very triumphant for believers).
If you're not looking AT darkness right now, you're blind. The criticism you describe frequently comes from those who are the first to cry shrilly when they are exposed to words they disagree with: "Words are violence! Hate speech! Misinformation!" They refuse to fight evil. They fight those who fight evil.
I've often thought about why I seem to be different than almost everyone else around me. The conclusion I've come to is that I was raised in an alcoholic household where my parents often didn't know and didn't care where I was or what I was up to. So I learned that I couldn't rely on anyone else and I needed to be sharply focused on opportunities and threats.
So over the years I have learned to easily recognise things that seemed off and to seek out a variety of sources of information that I could do further research.
But I also came to the realisation that it was pointless to discuss any of these things in detail with those who had closed minds.
Sometimes this has been a blessing but these days I'm starting to wonder if it is more of a curse. I wonder what it must be like to be blissfully ignorant. Because sometimes you catch these things so early and you have a good idea how things are going to play out but it takes so long and you go through such anguish waiting for the inevitable to happen. And you can't warn people or have any interesting discussions because the sheep don't want to hear any of that.
As Tom Petty sang "The waiting is the hardest part ..."
Thanks Todd and all who leave comments here for letting me know I am not alone.