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Monday, January 17, 2011

Loathing Fear, not far from Vegas

Last night at the gym, a young woman was reading How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles. I asked her how she came to be reading such a book and she explained that she had heard about the book on Fox News and she had lots of anxiety about the economy and the national debt. She wants to be ready for the end of civilization.

A few days earlier, I read an editorial by a very fearful Ted Nugent - Be Prepared for Evil.

I've been reading Warren Buffet's biography The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. Buffet's father was a US Senator from Nebraska. You could take his rhetoric, his fears and anxieties, his paranoia, from his era - Great Depression, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower - and drop it into a contemporary Fox News broadcast and have no idea that you were listening to rational logic that was 70 years old. It is identical to the rhetoric, fears, anxieties of Glenn Beck et. al.

"Fear not" said the Buddha.

The evangelical Christian don't know what to do with Matthew 6:25-34.

I am weary of fear and fearful people.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't consider the people who don't know what to do with those verses evangelical christians. Those people who DO KNOW what to do but fail to do and realize they fail to do, i feel would be christians who simply need to grow.

Manai'a Explorations said...

Yes, I suppose we all simply need to grow, regardless of how we self identify.

Robert B said...

Be wary (or even weary) of fear mongers. But pay attention to those who are merely preparing for the unknown. They may have something to teach you.

A personal observation. There is a group living in the US, and elsewhere, who stand the best chance of surviving in the event of a "survivable" end of world scenario. They are already large, they are individually prepared, they have group organization, and they have a plan. Who are they? The Mormons.

Manai'a Explorations said...

Ha! Reminds me of a movie, a cult classic, "A Boy And His Dog" starring Don Johnston of Miami Vice fame. Perhaps the impotent (they had a little problem with inbreeding, you see) survivors living underground in the movie were Mo's!