This article deals with the different levels of corruption within our society, and I’m dedicating it to US Army Colonel Dave Grossman, author of the book On Killing amongst others. I feel it is important to address these issues, for the sake of survival.
As a preface, I can state that I am a military member who thus far has served with distinction. My immediate family is small, including a young son, who I hold very dear. I am a prepper, a realist, survivalist, and a patriot. I do indeed have my own prepping group as well, which I have started from the bottom up, with people I trust.
Example of Corruption
I will begin with an example of corruption. Then, I’ll break down its many levels.
I recently came across these images a few months ago and was shocked. Designed by sculptor Pericle Fazzini, it is titled “The Resurrection”. The statue weighs eight tons and measures 66 feet long, 23 feet high, and 10 feet deep. It is located in the Pope Paul VI Audience hall in the Vatican. It was commissioned by the Vatican in 1965 and was completed in 1977.
The structure was supposedly intended to depict Jesus rising from a nuclear explosion in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus’ head in the statue is also depicted as partially blown apart. Jesus is surrounded by burned and mangled bodies in the statue.
From a distance the statue creates even more sinister overtones. The Padre attached to my unit thought it looked like a giant crocodile and was unaware of its existence until I showed him the picture in a casual conversation.
In my personal opinion the statue looks like a gigantic, flying snake creature surrounded by a bunch of smaller skull creatures, straight out of the latest horror movie. I ask how anyone can take the Pope seriously as a holy man when he addresses audiences with that backdrop behind him. To top it off, the audience hall itself is designed in such a way that at certain vantage points it appears that you are sitting at the mouth of a huge snake. The initial construction photos are clear that this is evident.
The question is not if it exists but why it exists. Corruption seems to be the answer.
The Levels of Corruption
Corruption of the Church
As a Christian I believe that this example given is another mockery of Jesus Christ. This also speaks volumes of the corruption of the Catholic Church. The new Pope apparently has taken stances that invite more immigrants into Europe, which threatens the Europeans people’s existence.
I am also not so surprised, when I personally know people who adhere to Norse Paganism or other contacts who let it be known what their beliefs are, that Christianity is weak and corrupted. I am astounded that these very same people, who have benefited by being raised in a Western Christian society, have decided to abandon those values when the going gets tough. It is a tough state of affairs when believing in either “Thor” or believing in nothing at all is promoted as acceptable, while admitting one is a Christian is somehow likened to being an extremist and the new “bad guy”.
I have been taught that when the going gets tough the tough get going. I am a Christian, and I am one of the “good guys”.
Corruption of the Government
In my personal opinion, there exists a real possibility that the government will use its military might and weaponry in a domestic scenario, and perhaps soon enough. I believe this will happen if any disruption in the “just-in-time” food supply system occurs. We already see when people riot over statues; just wait until they have no food. As a military member, I am concerned that my values will be circumvented, if and when I am ordered by my government to fight its own people, especially when the government appears poised that the enemy will be “right wing Christians who cling to their guns and their bible”, people whom I personally identify with. As a patriot, I will have to deal with this when the time comes.
Waco and Ruby Ridge are tragedies that should have been prevented without the loss of innocent life. I worry that our government will become corrupted to the point that those clinging to their bibles and their constitutional rights will be met with violence from a militarized police force and army, in part to enforce laws to disarm its own citizenry and thus creating complete subservience to the state.
Corruption of the Mainstream Media
I showed the picture of “The Resurrection” statue to my mother-in-law, who is a devout Catholic Church goer for more than half a century. She was unaware of its existence. “Fake news”, she stammered, and then she refused to talk about it. I let my father, who lives in the heart of a major metropolitan center, read about the research of John Williams “Shadowstats”, which shows true economic figures, or even the US Debt clock. He screamed at me, “Fake news!”, and he refused to hear more.
When I click upon so-called “Major News Sites”, I invariably come across what “they” deem as newsworthy. Generally, it seems the top stories focus on celebrity scandal to distract the reader from real issues that are important.
I believe there is something instinctual within human beings that recognize truth.
Jim Rickards, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Matt Bracken, Ron Paul, John Jacob Schmidt, Ann Coulter, James Wesley, Rawles, and yes even Alex Jones, these are far more important voices to be listened to and who speak the truth to a higher degree than the innumerable and unamable Media Studies graduates who write for CNN, BBC, ABC, NBC, and so on.
Corruption of the Economy
A fair and just economy is not the result when companies are exploiting their workers by off-shoring their manufacturing and tech jobs to foreign companies and their foreign workers in order to increase their profits. We are slowly sinking into poverty as a nation. Poverty brings strife, unhappiness, and disenfranchisement. Wall Street makes bets on this strife and the inability to pay debts. It has something called a “Hedge Fund”, which is essentially a form of betting on whether something gets paid or not.
There are inflated stock prices for companies that produce nothing and operate on budget losses year after year. Stock prices for companies like “Lift” surpass companies like CAT industries, which actually produce goods. Foreign investors are allowed to buy homes and land in our country. This inflates real estate prices so much that the majority of 18 to 34 year olds live with their parents instead of their spouse. All of this is to produce wealth for the less than one percent. It’s terrible.
Corruption of the Self
Bribery, stealing, assault, voter fraud, theft, murder, and the list goes on over what individuals themselves do. At what point did individual accountability for one’s actions go out the window? Is it okay to steal if nobody is looking? Why has our society bred so many sociopaths on so many different levels? It seems that for many people only fear of punishment from the government is a deterrence, instead of doing the right thing for themselves. I believe being around sociopaths, who only believe in the government as the highest power, only breeds further sociopathy.
Corruption of the Spirit
Meh, I have heard the response. Some ask why am I so concerned about the problems of our country. “Don’t you just want to sit back and relax and not worry about the future?” is a comment I have heard. Well, I am relaxed, and I am also concerned; I take action because my spirit demands it. I will do the right thing because my spirit is concerned for my freedom, my liberty, and my life. My spirit is also concerned for the freedom, liberty, and life of my young son. His and my life are tied to others, and we are all tied to each other in this complex system. I also refuse to allow pessimistic images of death and destruction into my home. Also, I prefer to be uplifted by images of hope, honor, and beauty. I believe that this should be the true message of art anyway.
My Spirit Says Survive and Thrive
I will survive and thrive. I will furthermore not sit back, like others, and ignore the harsh realities of the time we live in.
Fascism in the name of Anti-Fascism, increasing poverty, increasing loss of privacy, and dignity, the nanny state, entering into wars for the sake of profit, and global hegemony are not acceptable.
Corruption On All Levels
In the military, when we find problems and we offer solutions. On a practical level this involves doing.
- Be practical. For example, I cannot instruct in order for you to learn, say the proper application of a pressure dressing, unless you actually do it yourself. The same goes for cleaning an AR. A person needs to find out themselves by removing the bolt, examining, and doing.
- Awareness. Something is seriously afoot right now in our world. A terrible mass tragedy has recently occurred. Lessons should be learned. Stay away from large public gatherings at least for the time being. Let the closest members of your family know of the dangers of our times. Give them solutions to these problems, most importantly.
- Prepare logistically to the best of your resources on whatever level. Whether cans of beans, or the possibly soon to be banned binary trigger for your AR, get what you need in order to survive and thrive. At the very least, you will give yourself some degree of mental resiliency.
- Give and learn skills to/from others. Whether it’s how to operate a Ham radio or how to make delicious and nutritious homemade granola bars. (Thank you, Mrs. Latimer.) Exchange skills. No one is an island unto themselves. Again, being mentally prepared is key. Knowing and giving skills is part of this.
- Form a group of like-minded preppers, most importantly from the bottom up. This insures you have people you truly trust in times of crisis. It can be about disaster preparedness in any sense. Survival is, of course, about basic preparedness and not just about doing complex defensive military maneuvers, although that may be a legitimate part of your prepping.
- Have fun, despite any ominous gloom and doomer predictions. Prepping is actually fun. Learning how to operate radios, weapons, as well as cooking, bushcraft, et cetera is self-satisfying, as many have learned, especially when you are helping the most dear to you.
- Write.”The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. When you feel confident, start writing, and let others know of your skills and thoughts.
- Pray. IMO, just knowing that someone is watching over me and protecting me adds to my mental resiliency. The old adage “There are no atheists in foxholes” rings true. Nobody can prepare in every facet for every eventuality, without prayer. My personal favorite is from JWR himself: “I pray to be put in the right place, at the right time, with the right people,” which I believe is how the saying goes.
- Do the right thing. Either God is watching or your conscience is. Get on the right and good side, for your mental, physical, and spiritual well being.
- Remember to have a good sense of humor. This will greatly assist your sense of mental resiliency as well.
I hope you enjoyed my ten commandments in this article. My ark still has some vacancies. (My friends often groan at my bad jokes.)
Summing It Up
That huge statue that sits up in the Vatican stinks. I do not appreciate my personal hero, Jesus Christ, being depicted as either having his head blown off in a nuclear explosion or looking like a crocodile monster. I do not recall this in the Bible. As far as I can remember reading, Jesus is coming back with a sword.
I furthermore choose freedom, self sufficiency, and a belief in God over corruption. This is the case any day. I hope you choose this too.
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.” -Patrick Henry
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
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