Racial, religious, and class tensions are nothing compared to what is to come. Insanity will grip the human minds and they will be made like animals, with no reason or spirit. That is what the prophets have foretold.
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
I must escape this reality. No more self-identity or seeing my own reflection in the mirror. No more materialistic wants or needs. "Seek first the kingdom of God, and His Justice, and all these things will be added to you" (Matt. 6:33)... Seek the establishment of God's governance as something practical and imminent, not something to be awaited for at the end of Chaos.
Not like the weak Protestants who shirk their calling, expecting salvation at the very end, but like the fervent Catholics of old who remained firm in their traditions and beliefs even unto death, in reverence of God Almighty.
You cannot be a believer of God if you do not believe that God can change His mind about the Future, that He can bring to pass the impossible things.
I don't want to be anything or anyone, I just want to do God's will to the fullest. For the glory of God, the end will justify the means. Clothe myself in the vigor and fanaticism of the Past heroes, become reanimated as God's Heart, King Josiah of Judah.
The diabolical Future can be stopped. The rising tides of Chaos can only be supplanted with a new religious Order.
"There is but one schoolmaster whose teaching is always effectual, — Necessity. Evil flourishes till it destroys itself."
1. Characteristics of the rational soul:
Self-perception, self-examination, and the power to make
of itself whatever it wants.
It reaps its own harvest, unlike plants (and, in a different
way, animals), whose yield is gathered in by others.
It reaches its intended goal, no matter where the limit of its
life is set. Not like dancing and theater and things like that,
where the performance is incomplete if it’s broken off in the
middle, but at any point—no matter which one you pick—it
has fulfilled its mission, done its work completely. So that it
can say, “I have what I came for.”
2 Tim. 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the persuasion.
Quote:Hadot argues that most modern scholars misunderstand the nature of ancient philosophy from Socrates to the rise of Christianity. Since the collapse of classical civilization, our primary access to ancient philosophy has been the written word: either the writings of the philosophers themselves or the reports of others about their lives and teachings. This has led to a tendency to interpret ancient philosophies as primarily theoretical in aim. Ancient philosophers, like the great speculative philosophers of the middle ages and the modern period, were supposedly concerned to elaborate comprehensive and consistent “systems” of ideas. And, like them, the ancients supposedly wrote to communicate these systems of ideas to the larger “republic of letters.”
Hadot, by contrast, argues that ancient philosophy was primarily practical in its aims, not theoretical. Wisdom was not identified with knowledge of the whole, but with happiness or well-being, which was to be attained by bringing about the proper internal ordering of the soul.
The Past has never been more relevant than it is today, it has never been so vital to embrace the Past. Soon no one will find comfort in the bastardized Present and will have no hope in the Future.
"Well, I said, and you would agree (would you not?) that what has been said
about the State and the government is not a mere dream, and although difficult
not impossible, but only possible in the way which has been supposed; that
is to say, when the true philosopher kings are born in a State, one or more of
, despising the honours of this present world which they deem mean and
worthless, esteeming above all things right and the honour that springs from
right, and regarding justice as the greatest and most necessary of all things..."
“Whoever does not close their ears to the lamentations of the miserable, nor their
heart to the gentle pity; whoever is the friend and brother of the unfortunate;
whoever has a heart capable of love and friendship; whoever is steadfast in
adversity, unwearied in carrying out of whatever has been engaged in, undaunted in
the overcoming of difficulties, whoever does not mock and despise the weak, whose
soul is susceptible of conceiving great designs, desirous of rising superior to base
motives, and of distinguishing itself by deeds of benevolence, whoever shuns
idleness, whoever considers no knowledge as unessential which they may have the
opportunity of acquiring, regarding the knowledge of mankind as their chief study;
whoever, when truth and virtue are in question, despising the approbation of the
multitude, is sufficiently courageous to follow the dictates of their own heart-such a
one is a proper candidate.”