I'm learning so much by watching people cross that fine line of common sense preparation and blind hoarding.
Does anyone else see a separation happening of where trust is going. A separation of those who are calm during distressing times and religious fanatics putting their trust in worldly goods by reflexive dictations from the media. The thought of tomorrow is just that, a thought, it is never secured or promised. This could be a form of arrogance of ignorance.
It is interesting to note that the word Preparation in Hebrew (in biblical text) in it's primitive form meant: to be firm, be stable, be established (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/kuwn.html).
We live in a world where taking anything and everything out of context is the norm. When you understand what the words meant, when they were [supposedly] written. To prepare meant to have a moral sense, firm, stable and established. Not, panic, distress and hoarding. That is not what to prepare means, even today. Yet,
those who are shopping and Hoarding blindingly and preparing for some unknown event is not preparation at all. Preparing is known full well what event is about to come, like preparing for a meal you are going to eat and getting necessary items. Preparing for a job and getting necessary equipment for the work. Is this a failure on many individuals who are failing to prepare their children on how to prepare with common sense, dignity and rationality?
There seems to be a great many, from my point of view, not only in this "land of Utah" but nationwide that are blindly hoarding and completely living in an arrogance of ignorance. Are these happenings creating new problems that is completely unhealthy for our younger generation?
I think Jesus was an amazing poet. I personally believe anything and everything in life hinges on the balance between love and hate. Everything in between are words and terms that cultures have made up but excellent lessons are learned from various cultures, religions and creeds.
"Do fowls of the air sow or reap? Or do they gather into barns? How much better are you than they?"
I've turned off my religious compass a while ago. There is a difference between organized corporate structure and individual awareness and common sense.
Religion has played a big part in my life. I've had to go through many years of anger and frustration , a lot of the times just not knowing "why" I've had to feel such deep feelings of disagreement with structure, form and business dealings of organized religion. This, I feel has lead to a road of estrangement from the idea of God himself, herself, itself (whatever your gender preference may be).
My own arrogance of ignorance has been challenged. I used to think my religious celebrity leaders growing up were super-heroes. Then when I started to question, which, in this organization I have come to know is a no-no, where many things that weren't making sense and could not take them anywhere other than myself because religion has done an interesting thing these days. One-sided discussions. It is hard to have opposing views and talk about them with someone, when the other party will only hold true to their view... this is where a deep anger and frustration had built in my life and that affected nearly every facet of my life, professionally, intimately and creatively. Leaders are accountable/responsible and I have just not seen any accountability from an LDS leadership that does so well at dictating to the members in their leadership position/lives should do. It has been noted that the LDS religion is an amazing business model, you either have member work for free or barely for free.
As I have witnessed over the years with this one-sided logic, it makes sense that when others have sought questions with the organization (some eloquently, others have not) there is an immediate guillotine of ex-communication. Maybe not so immediate, but basically, stop your thought processes, adhere to everything we tell you or be ex-communicated. Which communicates to me that this is a monster that has grown to not be reckon with and when you have a culture, society and businesses grow from this that can be very damaging for a person to have that type of status, a new Scarlet letter. It is amazing that an organization built from the story of one person who had a question has become an organization that you shouldn't question. I personally have been told that "Well, if you didn't start to question...", this is when it troubled me even more that this is a cancer within this organization that members want to question and ask certain things but that fear is terrorizing and muting.
Why and what is the reasoning behind an organization that has over $100 Billion dollars in assets? That doesn't build quietly with politics and the rest of the world. Also, there has been no reasonable explanation on this matter other than "don't question your leaders/organization" but a member who is giving their 10% of hard earned dollars to help build that has no idea... just trust us with your money, but yet, God doesn't need your money... the organization needs your money, but you are still promised blessing from on high... I don't see the reasonable sound logic behind any of this.
When will religious leaders discuss relevant topics with other philosophical and independently free-minded thinkers like: Sam Harris, Joe Rogen, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Jordan Peterson, etc.... or even open public discussion with other religious leaders? (it is usually behind closed doors, and if there are... please someone send me something)
We live in such crazy and apocalyptic times. The root word for apocalypse in Greek means: to uncover/reveal. And in light of such amazing world wide events are not things going to be uncovered/revealed? Sadly, I believe this may reveal and uncover the truth that will not sit well with the general public.
Who knows what thoughts are for anyway... maybe we are all long past a time when thoughts and freedom of speech are truly valued anymore. In this age of Tik Toks and memes we have crucified free thinking and have allowed social media to not make us social anymore. Where are the free thinkers, poets and writers of yesterday, today?
A person who I do not know very well but have agreed with most of their thought processes told me in a brief email "put your arguments, aside". I've thought a lot about this as it has impacted me greatly. It is the ability to put your emotions/beliefs aside in an argument. We are a vast many with various differing opinions. Healthy arguments and progress cannot work until these one-sided beliefs cease to exist.
I have lived too long with this fake persona within me of being important and special via a religion that bombarded me with it so much from when I was young (maybe I am a recovering narcissist from religion?) and I just want to let go of that burden and do away with my own arrogance of ignorance.