All is New

So all everyone has had on their minds the past 2 years is “the new normal.” So much so it has for many become the normal normal. For others it has always remained abnormal.

It is now interesting to see how humanity will react to losing what was called normal and now be told to adjust to, well, what ever seems normal to you. Adjust we will though, whether we admit it or not.

And we will return to old normals and all those things we swore we would never do again, like shake hands or kiss a friend on the cheek. Judging by the pandemonium in the evening train we have already lost our terror of crowds and commuting.

We all want to fly again although 2 years ago we were all so thrilled to finally see a blue sky instead of smog. Distant mountains were as clear as day and the nights shone with millions of stars. But that was then – now we can’t wait to buy our cheap ticket to our favorite destination, so I guess the planes you swore you would never use again are OK now? And as for the clear waters of Venice? Well, nothing a cruise ship or two can’t do to put an end to that. That was after all, then.

Hope was there that we might have learned to live more simply, and developed a genuine regard for our planet or even our fellow man. But now that there is no need to pretend at righteousness anymore we can all go back at just being plain old selfish humans again. Have a little more palm oil with that?

So welcome back, old newly normally abnormal life. Let’s see how long we last.

3 thoughts on “All is New

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    All the last two years have done for me is to slap me in the face and tell me to stop backsliding and not seeing the obvious by being willfully ignorant or another fish in the school! Now I see a more crystalized view of what is coming and none of it pretty because though I’ve always been an eternal optimist and saw the glass as half full, the bottom-line is that all this world can over is death after getting some of what you want out of it and taking a lot of crap with it!

    It’s actually good this happened now and I prefer it had sooner, because reality is hardcore and I wish I had seen like I do now 20 or more years ago, so I could have done even a better job of selecting my venues or battles and prepared better; instead of allowing myself to get beat up badly! All because of my having been a dreamer and fool to think this world would give me anything other than the hardship that it dished out to me through other people and by my own miscalculations or mistakes; most of it came via trusting people or even worse the wrong people!

    But the caveat is that through pain and great hardship character and inner strength or wisdom has been forged into my soul like the tempering of steel; now making me a more fearless man ready for whatever I must face than I would have been otherwise! The school of Hard Knocks in many instances in this world is unavoidable and even necessary if one wants to rise above the clamor and foolishness or finally not be another fish in the school following along!

    Now as always I see God has it all planned for those who believe; how it will work out fine, though now it’s not just a conceptualization off in the future; it’s a present growing yearning!

    C.S. Lewis put it best: “When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” — C. S. Lewis

    I finally became a much saner or some would say realistic! And didn’t lose my mind at all!

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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    1. I find in life we have a choice between what is right and what is easy. Conformity is easy, thinking for yourself should be, but it is in our world, feared. It is never late to choose your battles and reading your blog, you are on an excellent way. Thank you for the reblog, I am honoured.

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      1. Hello Eva, and thank you very much for this insightful real comment! The internet as I see it can be seen as a sewer or in the very least a mishmash of information overload that one must either be able to sort through enough to find morsels of genuine valuable truth or just be swimming in a river of mass confusion and getting nowhere; that said it is also a great means or tool that can be utilized in finding facts and truth too, while perhaps with more people than not it’s a mode of entertainment!

        So to your excellent point of conformity that is the crux or heart of the matter of where people’s heads are at especially in today’s digital communication fast paced world, where “brainwashing and conformity” are standard operating procedure. A place where vast manipulations or propaganda are constant, a cyber-world, where most people are too much in a hurry to be bothered with real investigation and would rather move along not really caring what the Truth is or isn’t; as long as they can go along to get along with their day! But we’re all in a war and the puppet masters know they have most of us over a barrel with a highly corrupt rigged system, so they almost have it all sewn up as they say in old Mafioso terms of racketeering, with the judge in their back pocket and almost everyone on the take! I basically see far too many people in today’s society not caring about moral integrity or being willing to put it on the line to resist this, say over just joining the club or inner circle which is too easy for a people that have compromised morals if any, which was why in Washington D.C. a swamp was able to evolve in what was once a pretty decent system that held onto some virtuous ideals at the core of what it was all about; back when those brilliant mean established a Bill of Rights and Constitution! Over time this deteriorated because mankind is doomed to failure due to built-in human conflict of the heart with a sinful nature, and once corruption sets in it spreads like a cancer that leads to utter devastation; which is pretty much where the US government has been and is presently being thoroughly corrupted and crippled with many evils!

        I agree with you totally it’s never too late, because as long as one is breathing and above ground there is some hope and we must hold to that knowing that from a spark comes a flame and from a steady but true flame can come a powerful raging energy, that can be utilized to overcome any of the darkness that humans bring upon themselves.

        I’m always drawn to the wonderful insights and wisdom of Hannah Arendt in any conversation such as these! I hope this can be a point of inspiration as this present commentary from your posting has become for me.

        Hannah Arendt beautifully explains; “Yes, there is a time when good men and women must stand up for what’s right, even when it involves risk, but that moment comes only after evil has already been well established and is powerfully on the move.” Evil is inherently weak. The truth is that evil survives by tricking the good into doing its will. “Without thousands of basically decent people confused enough to obey, evil would fail quickly.” She goes on to summarize evil this way: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. These people wouldn’t initiate murders by themselves, but in the name of duty, loyalty, unity, and/or the greater good, they cooperate with evil and give it their strength. But each plays a small part—none of them stretches so far that they’d have to contemplate the final effects of their actions.” In the 20th century, however, the actions of such people led directly to the murders of 260 million people. And they did this precisely by avoiding decisions… by merely obeying. “People think of murder, lying, and robbery as sins, but none of those has nearly the death toll of obedience.”

        “Basically decent men and women obey agents of evil for very mundane reasons. The process often goes like this:
        1. Being confused and intimidated, they look for the center of the pack.
        2. They try not to make waves.
        3. They learn that they can avoid making waves best if they adopt the perspectives of their overlords. So they run the overlords’ slogans through their minds as a default program.
        In the end, these people don’t make up their minds. Rather, they take on the minds of their overlords and do their will.
        And so, the vast majority of evil done on Earth traces back to minds and wills that have been abandoned to fear and laid on the Altar of Obedience.”

        I definitely learned so much from her insight and words which I can conclude with this short quote we are familiar with that puts all of this into a nutshell for me!

        These prophetic words by Edmund Burke many years ago; “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” which are so true even today and I suspect as long as humans inhabit the earth!

        Sorry for the long dissertation but sometimes I’m inspired as I was here and I just go with that opportunity to communicate to the best of my ability what I see as important and hopefully real truth; which is always needed in this world of so many deceptions.

        Take care and I really appreciate this opportunity!
        God bless you.
        Lawrence

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