In these post Vatican II days I would hope that the Catholic Church would rise up to condemn the horrors as seen in today's world and not make the mistakes she made in World War II. Although Pope Pius XII had his hands tied behind his back and valiantly saved thousands of Jews world wide by hiding them in Churches, Monasteries, Convents and private homes, he and ALL THE WORLD stood by, and knowing in their hearts and minds the hellish terrors being unleashed upon millions, they quietly continued their mindless daily routines. Some, like The Pope (covertly), Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein, Oscar Schindler, and later Simon Wiesenthal and many others did what they could. Others slunk back into the shadows saying to themselves, "I know what is happening. There is nothing I can do about it. I will keep safe and shut my mouth."
Look around you. Do you see it? Do you smell strange and acrid chemical fumes in the foyer of your apartment building or see people at 4AM racing down the highway as if they were escaping from (or were) Satan himself?
There are two warnings that I want to leave you with. "Just because I'm paranoid, it doesn't mean there's no one following me." And a quote from the ancient, Chinese sage, Lau Tzu, "When trying to take on the tools of the master carpenter, one will usually cut off ones hand instead."
I have a friend who is a linguist. He told me that the word, "Crisis" is made from two other words. Danger and opportunity.
When facing a crisis like the recent, "Hurricane Sandy," the danger of physical harm was obvious. Yet in situations like that there is also the danger of, "Loosing one's cool" or letting one's self be ruled by selfish motives. A healthy self centeredness is useful as a tool toward self preservation, which is one of the most basic of human drives, but when one is tempted to curse out a fellow driver for cutting in on a line for rationed gasoline, or worse yet pulls a gun on him, which was reported in the news in the midst of the storm, one's soul is damaged, which is immanently worse that any physical harm. The "opportunity" is to get in touch with ones heroic and charitable side at times like that. I'm sure that others saw people performing acts of kindness, empathy and compassion as I did. People were going to visit the elderly and ask if they needed anything at the supermarket, etc. There were those that took a gas can to the filling station for a friend. At times like these one sees the best and the worse in mankind. It has always been that way. There is a song that was recorded by Arlo Guthrie called, "Which Side Are You On?" I have always loved that song, because it reminds me that there is a straight and narrow road and a crooked and wide road and we must choose which one will become our life's path. The one that most are traveling on, or the road less travelled. Choose wisely.
Would you hop on a plane, go down to Brazil and go off wandering in the rain forests looking for intelligent life? I mean, if you had absolutely no idea what was in those dark jungles and NO ONE did! Unless by a very rare chance you stumble upon some expedition of botanists or anthropology students, my best bet would be that you would be eaten by cannibals or stung by some exotic insect or come into contact with a deadly and poisonous frog. Perhaps you'll be ripped to shreds by a panther? Or bitten to death by fire ants while you're sleeping. Fungal diseases anyone?
Then why is it, I wonder, that most scientists seem so sure that any day now, as we probe deeper and deeper into the vast and completely unknown universe, they will contact some incredibly wonderful, benign and loving extraterrestrials that will give them the secret of the ages and lead the human race on to it's next level of evolution. Carl Sagan's "Encyclopedia Galactic" comes to mind.
No my friends; even much of our own planet remains to be explored, and believe me, allot of the life on this "Good Earth" are such horrible and predatory monsters that they would send you jumping out of bed if you so much as beheld them for a brief moment while dreaming during an afternoon's nap. Most of the ocean depths have yet to be explored. In thousands of years, mankind has only scratched the surface of that watery abyss. And expeditions into the deep jungles are still coming across animal species that are as yet be catalogued and studied. There are also peoples being discovered to this day that have had no contact with modern man and live in such a primitive state that they might make one cringe in fear. Some might like to make you dinner. I mean literally.
So the next time you're watching some fool on TV, claiming to be a, "so called" expert and spouting the great and exciting "first contact" that awaits him, just be thankful that it is he who is reaching out to whatever the hell is out there and not you. I think Rod Serling got it right when he wrote about the extraterrestrial beings who came "To Serve Man."
"It's a cookbook!" "My God... it's a cookbook!"
A bioluminescent Angler fish in the deepest parts of the ocean where there's ABSOLUTELY no light. I mean none!
THE EXISTENCE OF GOD CAN NEVER BE PROVEN BY SCIENCE BUT THERE ARE CLEAR IMPLICATIONS IN MODERN PHYSICS TO THIS EFFECT. IN ADDITION,THE REALITY OF A SUPER CONSCIOUSNESS BEYOND THE HUMAN... CAN BE PROVEN BY PHILOSOPHICAL ASCENT. PHILOSOPHERS HAVE ALSO CONCLUDED THAT THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. A BELIEF IN A "MAGICAL GOD," OR AN ADHERENCE TO FAITH ALONE LEADS TO FANATICISM AND INSANITY, WHEREAS REASON WITHOUT FAITH LEADS TO A PURELY MATERIALISTIC VIEW OF REALITY, DEVOID OF ETHICAL OR MORAL CONSTRAINT. A FRIEND OF MINE ONCE SAID THAT THE BELIEF IN GOD CAN NEVER BE COMPLETELY LOGICAL. IT IS, HOWEVER, EMINENTLY REASONABLE. FAITH AND REASON. TRUTH NEEDS BOTH OF THESE WINGS TO FLY.Tom Nicholas Grasso