Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ad Hominem

You can only know and discriminate between the true and the false when you yourself are on the higher ground. 

-T. Austin-Sparks

In a world of 24/7 information puke out, how can you know if you’re being lied to? How do you know you’re being manipulated? Who can you trust? How can you be objective or form good questions if even the right to ask questions goes from being discouraged to being forbidden? How can you discern when something seems ‘off’ in news coverage when it’s not only simplified (to better reach the now dumbed down masses), it feels almost cookie cutter?

The answer is hidden in plain sight.

For quite some time now I have been comparing this modern era to being on the verge of an imitation of art, i.e., like the fictional dystopian worlds of 1984 and The Matrix. In each dark tale, the citizen characters live within a completely totalitarian ruled world. In both stories, one representing the result of devastating ongoing world war and one representing the result of digital technology gone rogue, the masses have no idea they are just pawns in a created illusion. They believe what they are conditioned to believe. They do not ask questions because, well, why should they? They have no idea they exist only to serve the purpose of those who have the keys to the control room. 

Their normal is unrecognized oppression. 

There have been real life examples of such total control of the population many times in human history. In every case, those who had control, were quite brutal to the citizens who thought, because they were promised, that they were part of a great revolution that would bring justice and prosperity to their world. The ugly reality is that millions died at the hands of great leaders such as Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, to name a few. The common thread being, of course, socialism/communism. 

I guess this is why there is a huge push to revise history. Need to make sure the younger generation doesn’t know about the abject failures of the ideologies that have never brought prosperity to anyone but those who have the keys. So, how could those people have realized or known that they were being lied to before they were completely overcome? We can’t know what we don’t know but we can be armed with common sense. We can pay attention to the subtle as well as the glaring red flags. If we are smart enough to admit there are red flags.

Those who have diabolical agendas, who have no interest whatsoever in the welfare of anyone but themselves, will often employ compelling tactics known as Logical Fallacy to manipulate the common mindset. An often used variation of distraction tactics that create a smoke screen and diversion is referred to as the Ad Hominem strategy. 

Within the alternate reality of 'attacking the man', when everything you see or hear says exactly the same thing, you are inclined to believe it must be true, because, everyone is saying it. Right? But those who are paying attention will notice that this does not reflect real life. 

Only in a virtual world, created by those who have control over the narrative, will there be consensus of opinion. This does not align with real life and is a huge red flag that something is not right. Historically speaking no president has ever had the approval of all the people or those who produce the news media and therefore all reporting, in real life, is expected to be both good and bad. But what if all the news, in every newspaper, television/radio broadcasts and social media is negative all the time - no exception

And now reverse this and ask, what if all comments and reports are only positive, as in Heil Hitler! would that indicate something was wrong as well? 

What if all the negativity causes maverick citizen journalists to launch opposition as a way to defend against the Ad Hominem attacks and then find they must then defend themselves against being canceled or shut down by social media? What if otherwise respected, credentialed professionals across a spectrum of industries, including education, are fired for daring to speak in opposition to the Ad Hominem view point? 

Would this seem surreal in a country founded on free speech and individualism? Would it seem like someone or something sinister is at the master control? 

Would it make sense to conclude that the one who is the focus of all the negativity could not or would not be the one controlling the narrative? 

Would this scenario resemble patterns from history when those who had dark agendas to overcome and enslave a population to totalitarianism in the name of JUSTICE! and PROSPERITY! were successful in completely changing, destroying a country using the same tactics? 

If you noticed the similarities would you start asking questions? Would you even know what questions to ask? 

Would you believe that it could never happen in America? 

For Him,


Recommended reading: Isaiah 5:1-30


  1. All your recent postings make me want to pull up a chair so we can discuss this over tea - it will take a while! It has been said that the devil does not need new tricks because the old ones still work well. Hmmm. What has been on my heart in recent weeks is to stand on solid ground, therefore, I must decide what I believe and then to know WHY I believe it. In search of the whys I have been devouring Scripture anew. How often have I simply been following along like a sheep, adopting other peoples beliefs without researching truth for myself? “If we are smart enough to admit there are red flags” is a loaded statement.

    1. I have no doubt we could finish off a whole teapot! I do believe it is time to take a stand. Now or never. Honestly when I went back and read all of Isaiah 5:1-30 I felt as though I had just read a current news report. Here’s the thing, I do see evil being allowed to run the world right now. The things that are being exposed are so horrific I can’t even imagine how God has allowed it to go on for so long. I was given a link that is a report on something that is so much bigger than even what is revealed. It is worldwide and beyond my scope to understand. I did a bit of research and found several sites reporting this. Several were what I consider whackadoodles so I will not discredit this reality by having it told by folks who have tangent POVs. It’s always an issue of being able to weigh and discern.

      Anyway, I don’t know anything about this guy but I do know, from a friend that the tunnels in California are real. I also know that Facebook has banned this site and ANYTHING to do with this topic. That right there is a major red flag for me.

    2. Went to that link and it is very disturbing. Proverbs 21:10 “The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.” Watching a movie, a man was trying to describe that there are people possessing an insatiable hunger for evil - that they hate life and everything and everyone in it. Very hard for me to grasp that, yet we are seeing evidence of it all around. I'll take Jesus and His ways over that every time!

  2. I have no words to explain how I feel these days. Its all become so overwhelming as I watch the left attack and attack without mercy. I cannot fathom how our leader is withstanding this constant onslaught day after day. It is said that the President knows so much of the evil that's taking place to destroy this country and because of it he sleeps little. I suspect that those of us who are "awake" do not sleep well either. I know I don't. I am frightened April.

    1. I could write another whole blog on how strange everything is and how I go from being hopeful to cautiously optimistic and then back to a dark sense of foreboding. As a rule, my lifelong habit has always been to only allow myself to sink so far and then I pull myself out of it. Then I say, ‘enough!’ We are both old enough to have been around the block a few times and frankly sometimes those trips were scary and the great unknowns loomed like sinister monsters waiting to pounce. But we got through and back to square one, a bit worn but wiser, didn’t we?

      I am tired but I’m not allowed to quit trying just yet. If God thinks He can still use me, as worn out as I am, then I don’t get to overthink. I’m commissioned to Listen, Obey and Trust. At this point it’s much easier to say, ‘I will stand’ because there literally is nothing left to lose. If you think about it, it’s kind of freeing to realize no weapon formed can hurt you if God be for you. Of course, the caveat is that we have to be for Him. ;-)

    2. You are right of course. If God is in our hearts then we have nothing fear.

    3. Was out walking in the hills and in the 'sound of silence' a revelation popped up. Read this Scripture - Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, "How have we wearied him?" By saying, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them."

      So I was pondering that a weary Lord came into my path - what would I do? Offer food and beverage, a place to rest and a listening ear? So how could I do that spiritually? Instead of complaining and lamenting over the state of our nation, what if I flipped that and refreshed Dear Jesus with talk of all the good He still does in the midst of this? What if I rejoiced with Him over the victory at the cross? What if I offered my services to Him whenever He needed. What if I stopped absorbing all the negative from television and the internet and focused just on Jesus?

      It takes a lot of effort to do this, but to me Jesus is absolutely worth it. I am purposefully not listening to news and internet chatter. I am purposefully following Philippians 4:8 and keeping my mind on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable - seeking out if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise.

      I do not choose to be ignorant of the times we are living. But I DO choose to not allow the times we are living in devour my soul. Fear, doubt and confusion weary my Jesus.

    4. I think I must have hit the same brick wall. I had to stop watching the news not because I think it’s good to put my head in the sand but because I prefer to trust that God has this. Where is the profit in studying evil? All we have to know is that it does exist but it's not greater than God.

      I took my weekly run to Publix today. The check out baggers always want to take my groceries out for me. I let them because I know what they really want is a chance to let their masks under their noses so they can get some fresh air. It’s amazing how, without fail, they feel they can talk to me. Today the girl said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I think we need to get humble before the Lord.” I said, absolutely, it’s like we are under judgment and we better pay attention. She replied that it helps her to know that others understand.

      Imagine that. So, I start my day praising Him and being grateful for all the many blessings, I can’t even count. And it isn’t about ‘things’, it’s about unimaginable mercy.