Defund the Police!

In the excitement of today’s volatile society, I know a lot of people haven’t paid much attention to this thought: have you ever imagined what the world would look like if we actually did “defund,”—that is, getting rid of our police? The historic “Wild West” would seem like a mild Sunday picnic compared to the lawlessness that would ensue in these riotous times!

 When I think back to my own brief time in the R.C.M.P. (circa 1951), I definitely notice a deterioration in the police motto, “To Serve and Protect.” But, at the same time, there has been an even greater rift—decline—in society’s morals! In my time, it was a pleasure and an honour to serve. Today, a policeman lays his life on the line almost daily, and the abuse they receive from the public is rarely deserved! Often, is it any wonder that they, on those rare occasions, lash out at their attackers?

What makes matters even worse, is how our ‘official’ news media reports on daily events. In the hustle and bustle of society’s composite events, there are quite literally thousands of happenings in our country that quietly take place every day: situations that are amicably resolved by the police between differing parties, or even arrests made without incident. Where is our news media to report these ‘undramatic’ events?

In reality, can you blame the news media for reporting only the drama, the negative events, of the day? The news media, like any other service in society, thrives only when they have your attention, and to keep your attention, will report only that which ‘entertains’ you. To put it plainly, they report only morbid, violent, negative events of the day because that’s what you demand of them! To prove my point, when was the last time you watched an in-depth current event broadcast, like 60 Minutes, The House, W-5, The Fifth Estate, and the like? They’re out there, why aren’t these programs as popular, or more popular, than the evening news?

Our society is an angry, often violent place to live in today. Demonstrations are rampant. We demand justice! But, as the world’s great peace-maker, Mahatma Gandhi said, “an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.”

As we consciously mature, we begin to realize more than we ever did in our past, that there are social injustices that need urgent attention. But, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.”

Unfortunately, our politicians aren’t helping our ‘unjust’ situation, either. In one way, they, like the news media, can hardly be blamed for their indecisiveness and their need to pussyfoot around important issues dealing with today’s fairness and equal rights. Similar to the goal of the news media is to gain your attention, a politician’s goal is to get re-elected, so when situations, like in the present time arise, what should a politician do? Which side should he please, and in deciding, anger the other side and lose their votes? As a result, too often, the end result is, politicians end up doing nothing!

Government is necessary. Government is the shape that society forms, but government is powerless to actually solve an issue, because, in reality, the government is working for you—for your vote, and need your decision before they can take action. Thus, we end up in a situation often quoted in Zen studies: “The student waits for the master to [take action and] enlighten him, and the master waits for the student to awaken to [realize] that the enlightenment is already in him.”

So, please don’t blame the politician for our problems. Take a closer look at the guy you see in the mirror for a solution, or, as Pogo, in his famous cartoon quote said, “I have seen the enemy, and he is us!”

This is quite a quandary that we’re living in, isn’t it? Who is going to step forward, grab both arguing parties by the collar, bring them to the table, and not give them their supper—or paycheque—until a solution is reached?

Government represents the form a democratic society creates, and the police are the glue that holds that form in place. If you don’t like the ‘shape’ of society, change the shape, not the glue that holds the shape in place.

We know that we are in the Latter Days when everything in society is breaking down in order to make room for the New World. But, in order for us to actually realize the New World—the so-called Millennium, reason will have to step forward and take the lead. It’s not going to happen on its own, without our input!

What about you? What are your plans? Unless reasonable minds take the ship’s helm to guide us through this deadly storm we’re passing through, Albert Einstein’s prediction will come true: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Thoughts on the COVID-19 Virus

According to an article in Wikipedia, titled, “Neuroscience and Intelligence,” that states, in part, “larger brain size and volume is associated with better cognitive functioning and higher intelligence.[i] If this statement is true, consider the brain size in a COVID-19 virus. The virus, itself, is so small it can only be seen through an electron microscope. If you think that is small, consider the brain size of that virus—if it even has a brain. Yet, that tiny “brain” has been smart enough to bring mankind to its knees!

That presents one of two possibilities: either that article in Neuroscience and Intelligence is off the mark as to what constitutes intelligence, or there’s a far greater intelligence behind the scene, governing that virus. A good comparison would be a person driving a car. Is it the car’s intelligence that winds the car safely through dense traffic, or is it the person behind the wheel of that car that is responsible for the car’s behavior?

Pandemics—plagues, aren’t new to mankind. Consider 1 Samuel 4:8 in the Old Testament: “Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.” Other references in the Old Testament seem to indicate that, whenever “God’s people” would rebel against His wishes, God would send a plague to bring the people back in line.

Could this be, at least in part, what’s happening to us today via the COVID-19 virus? I’m not about to point “sinful” fingers at mankind: I’m not a judge, but I would like to mention a few positives that have occurred in society since the virus kept us housebound.

  • Because we’ve been housebound, family ties have grown stronger. People are doing things more as a family, including self-educating our children, rather than relying solely on teachers to raise their children.
  • People are more charitable and friendly. We’re helping each other more than we used to.
  • Recent anti-racial discrimination demonstrations, including an increase in publicly rebuking spousal violence and pornographic behavior is an indication that we’re growing more compassionate and spiritually mature.

The list goes on, and let’s hope this is a permanent trend, so that we don’t have to experience a second—even worse, a third wave—of the COVID-19 virus in order for us to learn our lesson, as the early Egyptians had to do in Exodus 26!


[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience_and_intelligence

Self-discipline and our Disciplined Universe

This version contains some minor editorial and gramatical changes.

Of all the laws in the universe, did you ever wonder why God created the law of discipline? I mean, why can’t we just lay back and enjoy life no matter what we do?

In one way, discipline is sort of a restrictive law, yet, paradoxically, that same law can also set one free.

Discipline is a universal law, and works hand-in-hand with the law of cause and effect. In fact, I’d say it’s very much intertwined with all the other universal laws as well: invoke discipline, and you affect all the other laws, and the reason I separate the law of discipline from the law of cause and effect, is that the law of cause and effect is a rather mindless law: it just is, and reacts rather indifferently to whatever you do with it. On the other hand, the law of discipline gives you a choice of being aware of what you do.

There are also two aspects to the law of discipline: self-discipline, and externally influenced discipline.

We foster abandoned cats and, besides having them spayed and neutered, they are locked in every night, which they do not like! Cats are nocturnal animals and, given a choice, prefer to be awake and hunting at night and sleep during the day. But, because, in a rural setting, there are dangers out there at night that they would not normally be prepared to face were they feral, so for their own safety, they need to be indoors at night.

I would call that act of locking up the cats at night, externally influenced discipline. The cats have no choice in the matter. As their foster parents, we impose that discipline—or restriction, on them.

On the other hand, self-discipline is where you decide: you make the choice to do something, or not to do something, independent of external conditions. For example, you may decide to quit smoking, a decision that you make, (assumed you’re being) uninfluenced by any external pressure someone may attempt to impose on you.

In similar manner, the universe imposes restrictions—or disciplines on us. For example, start eating too much junk food, and you’ll get fat. That’s cause and effect. But, if you decide that you’re too fat and go on a diet to lose weight, that’s a self-imposed discipline.

Unfortunately, too many of us lack self-discipline, and because of our unwillingness to learn, we leave ourselves wide open to whatever nature, or society in general—or even our own body imposes on us. We resent our neighbor’s success, but are too un-disciplined to abandon our habitual hours of playing games on the computer, instead of taking a course in a trade that would bring us similar good fortune that our neighbor enjoys. As William A. Ward stated, “The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”

I’m retired now, but after a short military career and years of self-employment, I learned early in life, the importance of self-discipline. Throughout my lifetime I witnessed many start-up businesses ending in business failure. The main reason for their failure was, these would-be entrepreneurs did not bother to self-discipline themselves first, by learning the universal law of what constitutes a successful business, before they opened their doors to a business venture.

In the end, it’s our own doing whether we apply self-discipline in our lives, or just fall in line with whatever is imposed on us by an indifferent universe. The choice is ours, and the universe will deliver that choice! That’s the law!

“We must all suffer one of two things:  the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” – Jim Rohn