One of the effects that we see playing out before us, whether on our TV screens or on the streets of this nation, of the long term and incremental destruction of the traditional family unit and model is the loss of what I refer to as the wisdom chain within our families. The wisdom chain is what I term the old model that was once prominent in America, and still is in some other cultures, of three generations of a family living together. Sometimes this came in the form of actually inhabiting the same home, and sometimes just in the form of regular gatherings. It is a model in which the grandparents acted as the patriarchs and matriarchs of the family, the holders of wisdom. The parents were the provider generation, providing for both the children and the grandparents who were now too old to work. Lastly, there were the children who were the benefactors of both the wisdom of the grandparents and the provision of the parents. This wisdom chain worked to provide for the passing down of the wisdom of the elder generation and instilling in the youngest generation the values and morals that they would need when assuming their position as the provider generation, and then eventually they would pass their wisdom on once they had moved into the role as patriarchs and matriarchs of their own families.
There can be little doubt that as a society we are experiencing both a profound lack of wisdom and a powerful level of adversity. In a time of trial, the robust and antifragile person must be able to recognize the signals that adversity provides. There is great meaning in being able to develop wisdom through adversity. How can we accomplish this feat while avoiding the undeniably potent capability of adversity to destroy wisdom? What do our worldviews suggest about how we should approach this challenging hour?
The following story appeared in a recent edition of Leadership Journal.
“A traveler, between flights at an airport, went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies and a newspaper. The woman found an empty seat in the gate area and sat down next to a man reading a magazine. After a couple of minutes she became aware of a rustling noise. From behind her paper she peeked to see the man sitting next to her helping himself to her cookies. After the initial shock she decided not to make a scene so she reached over and took a cookie for herself.
A minute or two passed and then came more rustling. The woman peeked from behind her paper and sure enough, the man was helping himself to another cookie. Again the woman decided not to make a scene and instead reached over and took two cookies for herself. This same process occurred several more times until there was one cookie left. The man broke the cookie in two pieces, ate half, and slid half over to the woman, got up and left.
The woman couldn’t believe the audacity of the man and was still fuming over the whole affair when she boarded her flight. After takeoff the woman needed something in her purse and when she opened it up the first thing she saw was her package of unopened cookies.”
Our assumptions can be misleading more often than we want to admit!
Brothers and sisters, I humbly come before you with these words of warning, of a possible, and some would even say probable, disaster that is being prepared for the people of the United States. While I say this, I want to also be clear that I do not know for sure that it will come to pass, but as you will deduce, not only are elements of this plan already being put into motion – and have been in motion for some time – but certain elements have been staged for a very real threat that could bring this country to its knees within moments and in a manner through which would take our country unawares. It is a threat that would never need a single shot fired by our enemies, but the people themselves will destroy the nation for them, and then beg for foreign troops to restore order. I do not write these words to strike fear into anyone, but simply as a warning that you, dear reader, might prepare yourself for the eventuality. Do not be fooled – those that mock our Lord are not our friends and the communists openly mock the Most High. For this reason, do not believe that the communist Chinese are our allies or friends – they are deceivers and deception is a tool of the enemy.
May the Lord turn the weapons of our enemies against them, and lay low those that seek the destruction of our nation. Though many be turned from and cut off from Him in these days of turmoil within our country, may He remember the faithful and hear their pleas for time to restore our republic! – Sgt Tim
We live in a truly wondrous age, do we not? A time when people can speak not just across a room or city, but across continents, seeing their counterpart in live video feed with hardly any delay whatsoever. We can order goods within the comfort of our home that will not only be delivered, but in some cases, will be delivered to your doorstep within a matter of minutes to hours. We can communicate ideas through audio, video, and even print media that can be distributed across a multitude of platforms, and in today’s age, we can even earn a living doing nothing but communicating those ideas and our opinions.
Of course, there are dangers. The internet is a wonderful tool for learning and communication, but it also leaves vulnerabilities as those that understand the use of it and the technology behind it can easily intercept, gather, store, and manipulate the information for their own ends. And in a world that is growing ever closer, with not only communications flying around the world on the internet, but also a dependency by countries in an interwoven economic structure on the internet, and with the infrastructure of whole nations depending upon the internet for ensuring the public safety – it leaves a gaping security situation that is ripe for the picking for an adversary. And this is exactly what could almost be called a prophetic book on military strategy in the 21st century pointed out…
Following up on last week’s discussion of change and growth, we now turn to the related concepts of flexibility and adaptation. Change and growth are certainly necessary ideas for us to grapple with, but in order to understand this dynamic we must also understand our threshold for change. From a worldview perspective, flexibility and adaptation match this concept nicely.
What do flexibility and adaptation mean in this context? Where are the lines for ‘not flexible enough’ and ‘too flexible’ in the process of change? How are those lines determined? What do differing worldviews have to say about this concept? Why should we care?