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View from the bottom rung - July 12, 2014

Well, it looked good on paper anyway: The splendor a sight to behold and God, one supposes, had seen most everything in the universe. Creation was well underway when, according to the first chapter of Genesis, “God saw everything that he had made, and it was very good.” But by time the 65th chapter rolled around, Adam and Eve had did their thing, Cain had done in his brother Abel, and God was having second thoughts of what he had wrought.

Early on there were signs of defective design. The major “brand” headstrong and determined, prone to larceny and violence was hardly to the midst of all its begetting when according to scripture, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”

The industrious enterprise had barely taken wing so if one were to intervene in the folly of its ways, now would be the time. The problem as one might imagine, is that it is not so simple to recall a million units of a live breathing cognizant product as we might recall a line of automobiles with a defective ignition; a free agent design must do that for itself and failing, must accept the consequences whatever the consequences may be. For the human race, falling to the level of divine disappointment the consequences would be decidedly grim.

All of us are familiar with the story of Noah and the flood, that in a fit of frustration and pique, God decides to discontinue his prized creation altogether: “I will destroy Man, whom I have created from the face of the earth,” said he, both man and beast and the creeping thing and the fowls, for it repenteth me that I have made them. Yet, here are we today still alive and still a kicking at the traces. No one really knows why God relented and decided to throw in his lot with a new beginning, a “new heaven and new earth” so to speak, again seeded by a single family; perhaps at the last moment he hoped Noah, his one faithful servant, might be the perfect role model all future generations would admire and choose to emulate.

An ocean of technicalities had to be overcome for the Creator to succeed in banishing life from the face of the earth by flooding the entire planet. Creating such an all consuming flood would face serious challenges number one being from whence comes all the water, and where does the run-off collect when the floods recede? Much simpler to have ended with a mass coronal ejection and burn to a crisp everything that lived, or a large asteroid akin to that which did in the dinosaurs, or giant volcanic eruptions spewing ash, blocking sunlight, dropping temperatures and encasing the planet in cold shivering sheets of ice.

According to political seers up at Washington D.C., the society of Noah’s generation and the society of our own generation have in common a short timeline to a bleak destiny. The difference is whereas the “end of time” in Noah’s time was by rising water and reflected a Godly judgment upon a laggardly society, the modern version of end time is said to be the ultimate result of a civilization of over-achievers who perish from the by-product of the labor wherein they survive.

Human intervention theorists led by politically motivated cause, angst that ice-melt caused by humanity’s industrial pollutions of the atmosphere will soon do the job the Great Flood of Noah failed to do, by sending ocean waves lapping at an Alleghany shoreline and turning tall Rocky Mountain peaks into a Pacific archipelago. Actually, scientists running the math say that if every smidgen of moisture contained in the earth, in glaciers and in the atmosphere were poured out upon the ground, ocean levels would only rise about 140 feet, and that if the earth “fries” it will be an ages long process, that whatever environmental policy America may adopt to slow it down or prevent it happening will have negligible result.

So how do we float the boat? Was the biblical flood regional or a uniform rising of water levels around the globe, inundating all continents? And to where would the waters recede if indeed the sea level arose high enough to have submerged Mount Ararat at 16,000 feet and say, Mount Everest the tallest mountain of all at 29,000?

Whatever the equation and our faith in its numbers, Noah’s “new heaven and new earth,” wound up much like the heaven and earth of Adam and Eve, as assessed by the book of Job chapter 14, that mankind is born to trouble, and in Ecclesiastes where the writer woefully pens that in the scheme of human affairs there is only vanity.

A “new heaven and earth” simply means a departure from the way things are usually run. It’s something which may take place on either a regional, national or international scale and is a natural course of every civilization. The advent of Jesus Christ, above and beyond the Supernatural, marked a “new heaven and a new earth” in the political sense that Christianity promoted cooperation among peoples and nations through the philosophy that we are all brothers. Civilization has drawn tremendous benefit from the idea that we really are our brother’s keeper, but more and more American “intellectuals” reject the positive impact of this powerful unifying source which seeded the success of western civilization. Now “the old” is being replaced by a “new heaven and new earth” which has as its roots a rapid increase in world population over the past two centuries, spurring the human management philosophies and ideologies seeded by Karl Marx.

The colonization of America marked the beginning of a “new heaven and new earth” regarding global politics, itself seeded by European immigrants who had felt little brotherhood coming from rulers and religious leaders back home. Those long ago voyagers stepping off the boats onto the shores of New England offered fertile soil for planting and growing the seeds of freedom, the dominating morality which has fueled our rise to exceptional status amongst nations.

The fields of bondage from whence they fled offered them precious little of the treasured commodity and the history of it was a lesson not lost on the new arrivals to this land, or on the brethren who now stand to the right of today’s political spectrum. Regretfully now, in a political sense, we are drifting back to the European experience from which once we sought refuge from both religious political and economic bondage; a “new heaven and a new earth” does not always reflect a forward progress within a society as the history now being created makes quite clear: political advantage and the social good are not always one and the same.

Six years ago a new U.S. president promised to usher in a “new heaven and a new earth” wherein dwelleth. Well, at least a kinder, gentler more transparent way of conducting the nation’s business, a land wherein the “tree of rightness” bears the fruit of social justice and equality for all; the facts of life are that we never really expect righteousness from the halls of power and deal making, yet perhaps a bit more adherence to the promise than what we have gotten; what we’ve gotten is secrecy, subterfuge and an ideologically driven mismanage of the U.S. economy.

Under the policies and programs that is now the standard American enterprise, created and driven by a strident environmental policy, there will be less people employed while a reduced workforce pays an ever greater share of the bills. An example can be found in the administration’s economic assault on the Appalachian coal industry affecting thousands of jobs while at the same time pushing a robust food stamp recruitment program amongst those of the region who might be working but aren’t, at least in part because a California billionaire and a group of far left cronies have an economic disconnect with the working class. Whether this ideological creation looks good on paper depends on one’s political perspective; for certain it’s a “new heaven and a new earth” history itself will sit in judgment of the righteousness of it.

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