Wicked, adjective – evil or morally wrong; intended to or capable of harming someone or something (Google dictionary)
Do you really want to know why certain people seem to be melting down over perceived differences as a nation?
I watch all news channels, listen to podcasts and radio programs from various sources, and read news clips and books from all authors on both sides of an issue. I like doing this because my questioning takes on a much deeper meaning…not everyone is right and not everyone is wrong, and, in point of fact, much material can seem to be simply glossed over or blatantly left out.
I’ve been following the chaos that has been developing since before the 2017 general election. I try to make sure that my research and sources have a very broad scope because I like to keep in mind my friends, family and acquaintances who are all very different people with diverse thoughts, ethnicities and group affiliations. I feel blessed to have come from a type of background which placed me in diverse situations when I was growing up because not everyone gets to see and experience what our large, complex, multi-ethnic, culturally diverse country has to offer, and, quite frankly, it is not until you are past the age of 50 can you appreciate the exposure.
“Wickedness was like food: once you got started it was hard to stop; the gut expanded to take in more and more.” – John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick
I believe the “wicked food” Updike is referring to is connected our egos as individuals. Lately we have been digesting this food at an alarming rate. We must make an effort to look outside ourselves and take smaller bites, chew the information a few more times and rinse it down with a heavy dose of calm reason. It is our ability to reason that will connect our mind to our heart and drive a wedge between wickedness and our ego.
Consider the wickedness of the Socialist/Marxist movement that’s been brewing. It does not believe in the individual’s capacity to succeed in a free market system, yet this movement does believe that a small group of elites have the capacity to tell each person what they can do, think, and be…
The harmful wickedness fed to people of all races by an elite few in America today is unquestionable. I present to you a few examples:
1) The rewriting of history (As in the 1916 Project) instead of adding more information that is fact based to improve upon its richness.
2) The removal of historic statues and plaques by force without considering their context and significance for a teachable moment.
3) Banning certain types of free speech no matter who might be either offended or positively inspired.
4) Condoning mob rule when such behavior infringes on the rights of others.
5) Reworking social interactions in order to remove the possibility of proper civil discourse.
6) Changing the meaning of words to abuse cultural norms instead of creating new words that might reflect better our human progression.
7) Segregating differences as a way to cause chaos instead of promoting our human capacity to allow for differences as a means to grow spiritually and intellectually.
You might be able to think of a few more examples.
Consider these solemn words from Jane Austin:
“When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene.”
All of us have the capacity to be individual ambassadors of good will in our pursuit of happiness in this land of liberty which is grounded in Judeo-Christian principles. Put the politics aside! Let wickedness reign no more…