Deception 49: A Secondhand Life
*** PREFACE ***
I have a deep and abiding interest in pedagogy, teaching methods. This interest began after being called to homeschool my daughter. I was led to begin studying the astounding teaching methods of the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ himself. And by God's grace, I began to understand certain things about the teaching art.
As time went on, I met with various pedagogues and teachers here and there such as Jan Amos Comenius and his Great Didactic, Annie Sullivan-Macy (teacher of Helen Keller), Alexander Graham Bell and his father, Alexander Melville Bell, and, more recently, Booker T. Washington*.*I am not a proponent of reading endless numbers of books. I hardly finish any. Sometimes a book title is where I start and stop. For me, books are more like carefully chosen reference materials to be picked up should certain seasons present themselves.
*** INTRODUCTION ***
Having recently read Booker T. Washington's autobiography, "Up From Slavery" (a book that I did complete in several month's time), I began reading his, "My Larger Education." In the first chapter, "Learning from Men and Things," Mr. Washington, a former slave, noted some of his perceived disadvantages he saw when comparing himself with certain learned men--The necessity of collecting large sums of money every year to carry on the work at Tuskegee compelled me to travel much and brought me in contact with all kinds of people. As soon as I began to meet educated and cultivated people, people who had had the advantage of study in higher institutions of learning, as well as the advantages of much reading and travel, I soon became conscious of my own disadvantages. I found that the people I met were able to speak fluently and with perfect familiarity about a great many things with which I was acquainted in only the vaguest sort of way. In speaking they used words and phrases from authors whom I had never read and often never heard of. It made me feel all the more badly because I discovered that, if I were to carry on the work I had undertaken to do, if I was ever going to accomplish any of the things that it seemed to me important to do, I should never find time, no matter how diligent and studious I might be, to overtake them and possess myself of the knowledge and familiarity with books for which I envied those persons who had been more highly educated than myself.
It sounds like those persons had a typical liberal arts education--an education full of books. An education that perhaps allowed little contact with a real life (cooking, sewing, gardening, carpentry, ministering to the sick and the poor, etc.)--like here in America. American school allows for books and homework and hours in the classroom but does not allow for the ingenuity and manual dexterity gained by the scrappy child who has to do things for himself. School does not allow for the discovery and pursuit of a child's own interests and propensities sought under the oversight of his parents that love him and want the best for him.
*** GETTING LIFE SECOND HAND ***
Mr. Washington continues his thoughts in the next paragraph--After a time, however, I found that while I was at a certain disadvantage among highly educated and cultivated people in certain directions, I had certain advantages over them in others. I found that THE MAN WHO HAS AN INTIMATE ACQUAINTANCE WITH some department of LIFE THROUGH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HAS A GREAT ADVANTAGE OVER PERSONS WHO HAVE GAINED THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF LIFE ALMOST ENTIRELY THROUGH BOOKS. I found also that, by using my personal experience and observation; by making use of the stories that I had heard, as illustrations; by relating some incident that happened in my own case or some incident that I had heard from some one else, I could frequently express what I had to say in a much clearer and more impressive way than if I made use of the language of books or the statements and quotations from the authors of books. More than that, as I reflected upon the matter, I discovered that these AUTHORS, in their books, WERE after all MERELY MAKING USE OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES OR ***EXPRESSING IDEAS*** WHICH THEY HAD WORKED OUT in actual life, AND that TO MAKE USE OF THEIR LANGUAGE AND IDEAS WAS MERELY TO GET LIFE SECOND HAND.
*** MY NOTES ***
From my notes written on the back of used envelopes a day or two ago (lightly edited and expanded at points for clarity)--...Booker T. Washington...said something that rose back up to the surface of my mind in the wee hours of the morning.
Upon traveling amongst others more learned than himself, he felt badly; but upon thinking about it, he realized that his background as a slave and poor and destitute person gave him certain advantages over them.
He noted that those steeped in the tradition of a "liberal arts education" lived a secondhand life--LEARNING ONLY FROM BOOKS!
[For those like me who learned from books and went to the grocery store for food,] figure out something for yourself. [Break out of your helplessness.] Organize and keep your "junk" and use it instead of buying new things. I have at times, with wonder, looked at the exquisite and useful items and packaging that we throw away. Even glass jars. Who needs to buy drinking glasses? That round tablecloth that shrivelled up in the dryer can make a fine skirt for a girl. That useless tablecloth can become a robe (a 12" slit in the midst of it for a neck hole makes it an instant robe; leaving room on each side for an armhole, it can be sewn straight down both sides granting "sleeves."). Those old flannel sheets or flannel shirts are menstrual pad covers. That free bookshelf on the side of the road (with a few properly placed wire nails) becomes a handy pantry unit. Some scrap wood a few screws, a saw, and a drill (manual or electric) can become that customized plant stand you've needed and been looking for. That chicken fat that you took out of the chicken can go in the freezer and can be used repeatedly for broth, thereby flavoring your cooking. You can make your own frosting.
The secondhand life is free from labour/working. That is nothing to shoot for. Idleness was one of the sins of Sodom. Working--real working--is strengthening.
Proverbs 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
We are created unto good works.
Wives are to guide the house.
If any care not for his own, he is worse than an infidel.
Wash the saints' feet.
Love children, love husbands. Husbands love your wives.
We are created unto good works. What is everybody doing? What are our children doing? Are we a family? Do we work together? Do we believe in God and his holy child, Jesus? Are we praying and striving together in this life? Are we enjoying our children even in the midst of this calamity? Do they know what is happening (not all the details) and are happy anyway because they know that we are on our way to see Jesus and that he is with us? Do the children know that we have to endure? Now is the time to get ready.
We're not acting normal. Boys are effeminates, girls whores. Who is still sucking the poison out of that infernal television? I cannot imagine what depravity now traverses the airwaves. What kind of communion is there between Christ and Belial? None. Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and my daughters saith the Lord.
*** IN OUR FACE ***
The envelope notes contiue--"They" have been telling us their plans in our face through books like Brave New World and movies like THX1138. I stopped watching "their" tv and movies over a decade ago; however, as the fog has been clearing from my mind and connections have been made, I've come to realize that some of the horrors of books that I have read and the movies that I have seen are coming to pass. Not only that, I am now coming face to face with their philosophers (previously unknown to me, e.g., H.G. Wells) and their prescient observations of a very dark future--a future towards which a series of evil men have worked under the power of the devil himself. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers, against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world; against spiritual wickedness in high places. An example of the prescient observations--
"Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character the authorities consider desirable."--Bertrand Russell
The Impact of Science on Society, 1953
*** FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS ***
Booker T. Washington's definition of a secondhand life was living according to the someone else's writings about their own life and ideas while not having a real life of our own. This is detrimental even if the author lived a pretty "decent" unsaved life. But what if a secondhand life is lived according to some else's writings about things the author(s) ONLY IMAGINED to be true or wanted to be true but have no basis in reality? What if a child's secondhand life is lived according to cartoons, fantasy, science fiction, amusements, sports, and number theory (instead of counting actual things in the context of a real life)? Imagine further complicating this horrendous situation with mood altering drugs administered from early childhood, closing off certain sections of the brain. Imagine the continual administration of Ritalin or other mood altering drugs year in and year out on a child's mind and developing body. And the "angels" (familiar spirits) that some children see and hang around for years on end. Drugs are an opening to the spirit world and have been used in some shamanistic cultures. Some of these drugged children, at very young ages, make successful suicide attempts. Imagine being a child on drugs that close off access to certain emotional portions of the brain. Life is already hard, you are trying to grow up, and you do not have your whole brain available to you and Mother herself is there to insist that you take your drugs.
Notes continue on a piece of scrap paper--What happens when a person is systematically and continually given a view of reality based on someone else's life and not their own personal experience? What happens with this secondhand life is intertwined with a false reality not based on a real life at all but based on proclamations and injunctions designed to mentally enslave, trap, ensnare, and confound? All done by a group of super criminals learned and studied in the methods of deception and slavery? A group of men that death does not diminish (when one dies another is there to take his place)? Men who control society and under whose dominion a man is born. What happens when that secondhand life is not based on the real lives of well-meaning authors but rather on the foolishness and make believe written by hordes of individuals intent on philosophizing, revising history, making up stories, prophesying out of the deceit of their own hearts, telling lies, and moralizing based on their own standards? What happens when the Authorized King James Bible is kept at bay and dismissed and a person must contend with this onslaught of vain imagination in his own strength? What happens when life equates to TV, a vacation, a dead end job, a meal at a fancy restaurant (or McDonalds), a steady stream of bad news, horror movies, ESPN sports, the foolish talk and jesting of "I Love Lucy/the Three Stooges/Andy Griffith", whoredom, cartoons, and the harlots who'll defile themselves for a few coins and perhaps a short-lived infamy...
I remember a question that really struck me when I began to read the Bible--Matthew 6:25 ...Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Upon reading it, I asked myself, "What else is there to life besides meat and raiment?". That one question actually boiled down to me all that I had had in the world--some physical tidbits and that was it. That is what constituted life to me. Now that I was reading the Bible and trusting in the Lord, I was being brought out of that pitiable situation by being informed that there was more to life than that. That question was such a wonder to me that I never forgot my thoughts on that day. "What else is there?" Years later, I would discuss the following passage with a group of women--Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
This passage made me to understand that the kingdom of God was separate and distinct from our personal needs. I told the women that, based on that passage, the kingdom of God had nothing to do with "I have clothes on my back and shoes on my feet," (a common testimony in that church). I went on with my brief comments, "I do not pretend to understand what all these things mean, but maybe we can find out together." Maybe we could find out what the kingdom of God was. My mouth was like cotton that night and maybe my skin gray from fasting. I would not be with that group for long, but my search would continue. I did not know that I was searching for a real life outside of the artificial one erected by the combined forces of the gates of hell and its ministers. It would take me a few more years and a lot more grief to figure that out.
Maybe I'm like Booker T. Washington, a former homeborn slave in my physical person. I did not have the benefit of a sanctiified home nor of learned companions who could explain to me what happened to me and my country. I just lived in the mental slavery system of The Void and without the word of God. As I look back now and review a certain genre of literature and certain groups of people, I can see that there have been many sons of Japheth who have been sounding an alarm about America's imminent future, but I was not one who heard it (even if it did cross my physical eyes and ears). Now, at the end of the line, I can see what has been happening, and maybe the simple words of an unlearned former homeborn slave can be heard and understood by my fellow man.
More notes...People are anesthesized to life, anesthesizing themselves by turning on pleasure sensors and engaging in addictive (and often expensive) behaviors such as tv, compulsive shopping, gambling, drinking, drugs, anti-depressants, whoredom, sodomy, hobbies, "religious" activities, gluttony, uncleanness (there is a word that I don't like to use so I will not here but it is something being foisted on children and engaged in by adults all over the world), etc.--people are "self-medicating" in order to live another day, or just another moment in The Void. Some people give up and commit suicide. Who knows the seemingly unbearable pain and loneliness that the suicide victim has endured in life? I remember what is was like to be alone in a crowd. Alone in a city. Alone in a world. I remember what life was like when I had relationships based on nothing. [If anyone reading this feels alone, I want to let you know that there is a life, a real life, an abundant life in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you trust in him and his word, he and his Father will come to you and make their abode with you. I invite you to see our article entitled, How to Get to Heaven for more information about how to be saved so that you can have eternal life.]
*** THE VOID ***
The days of the great naturalists, like Michael Faraday (inventor of the dynamo) and Alexander Graham Bell, are all but over. "They," (the powers) took nature away from us and left us with what I call, The Void. Americans have been sucked into the void--and the television plays a huge part in this. By way of example, here is the story of Toussaint.I knew a boy named Toussaint, a very fine looking boy. He may have been six years of age. I met him once and spent some time with him. Toussaint had a problem. It seemed that he could only speak in lines from television shows. Upon meeting him, you may hear, "What's up, doc? Bat man!" and that's it. I knew his cousin, her name escapes me. Toussaint and I went to the park where there would be quiet. We played and we builded in the dirt with rocks, stones, or whatever was available. Toussaint did not want to go at the end of our time together. He did not want to leave his "chicken" that he had made. I told him something like it was okay to leave his chicken and that God gave his chickens to us and that we kill and eat his chickens. Toussaint thought about that and asked, "Was it a pretty chicken or an ugly chicken?" I don't know how I responded but he was satisfied with my answer and we left. I enjoyed spending that time with Toussaint--so much so, that I never forgot it. I don't recall ever meeting him again, but that day I knew that there was nothing wrong with Toussaint. Children are being snatched out of their parents homes by a train of the vilest of men (there is a vehicle for this) as their parents, busy with their own lusts and concerns, look past them in total apathy. Modern parents think that feeding, clothing, and housing their children is enough. Room and board and that's it. Meanwhile they abdicate their thrones and leave their children in the care of "others" like tv, school, and peers. Parents don't much care who those "others" are as long as the child is not bothering the parents. Each generation is getting worse and worse as the powers get stronger and stronger taking us back to the drugery of the lord and serf life (we are already there but people don't know it. What shock waves there will be when the hammer comes down full force.)--but worse, much worse.
*** INDIVIDUALISM IS OVER? ***"...Individualism has gone, never to return."
John D. Rockefeller
(as quoted in National Geographic's "The Making of America: The History of the United States from 1492 to the Present," page 104)
This may be true in the lives of many people. It was like that for me. But what I have found in my own personal experience is that he whom the Son makes free is free indeed. The freedom is found when we set our eyes, love, affections, thoughts, and fear upon our precious and all-powerful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and his word--the Authorized King James Bible. On my wall is stenciled, "In the beginning was the Word... John 1:1". Study of the Authorized King James Bible, under the teaching ministry of the Holy Ghost, has been the operative force in my life and healing. The Lord Jesus Christ came to set the captive free and to set at liberty them which were bound. I have found my life--and my mind--in the Authorized King James Bible. I once wrote down something like this in my journal, "freedom from mental illness by continuous application of the word." I knew that something was wrong with Americans, and I would say so, but nobody wants to hear that they (that is, we) are deficient, so I walked around for years with these thoughts of mine and, by God's grace, the picture has been crystalizing before my eyes. God is the Master and he is the Master Teacher that revealeth the deep and secret things. Daniel praised him for this--this astounding ability to reveal and make known--
Daniel 2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
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