|Noun||1.||demoralization – destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policydemoralization|
|2.||demoralization – a state of disorder and confusion; “his inconsistency resulted in the demoralization of his staff”demoralization
confusion – disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; “the army retreated in confusion”
|3.||demoralization - depression resulting from an undermining of your moraledemoralization
depression – sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
Good morning Dear Friend. I wish to dedicate the spirit of this writing to my hero Lisa who has given and continues to give well beyond what God expects from most of us…
Dancing with the Devil
With great truth comes an even greater energy to suppress, distort and distract from it. Welcome to another edition of the Sunday Morning Tune-up, a place designed to keep our spiritual engines free of soul-clogging gunk and our windshields clean so that we are able to clearly see the road ahead.
A few years ago I met a very nice gentleman who happened to be a member of the faculty of the University of Michigan…who also happened to be an Independent Conservative in his thinking. His was one of the most depressing human situations I think I’ve ever known. He actually confessed to me that he had been beaten into ideological submission and allowed himself to be resigned to it. “It just wasn’t worth the fight…” he told me. I challenge you to give me a greater example of the walking dead!
As many of you know, I advise clients as a Certified Financial Planner for a living. Last week I was briefed by a Certified Public Accountant on the business-stifling tax implications and ramifications of Obamacare. When I shared the “independent” summary handout with other producers in our office, this was the top producer’s response to me;
“Tell that CPA to go to Hell. We are too busy trying to generate PC to take care of our family, so ask him to stop wasting our precious time with this nonsense.”
Note- This incident in and of itself is fascinating and will be the focus of my “Precious Time” piece on Tuesday!
Do you understand where we are? Good people and lots of them are consciously parsing truth to make it conform to their needs! The first gentleman acknowledges truth and gives up. The second gentleman denies truth by giving it another name (nonsense) and moves on. This is the flow of demoralization! When the conservative faculty member in us becomes surrounded by the truth-parsing producers…we end up going along to get along as our only perceived means of survival.
Please take a moment to read yesterday’s “Centralization of Real Power…” as it sets the stage nicely for what I am about to say. Because if you believe anything at all about what they are feeding you with regards to politics and our capital markets, then I’m wondering how you weaned yourself from Santa and the Tooth Fairy!! But this is the tragic consequence of their cable service feed directly to the cortex of our brains for all these years!
The devil has a multitude of smiles and charms to lure us to the dance floor…not the least of which is seeing many of our friends out there smiling and having a good old-time! But we will dance out of necessity too won’t we? After all, who among us does not have to “take care of our family”? Or, how many of us “would rather have a weak Nan than a strong liberal” in our local political arena? And so we compromise truth and look the other way for what exactly? Are we so good on our feet that we will be able to leave the dance floor on our terms? No friend…If Nan wants this dance then your music and her true redemption are the terms! Otherwise, you are not prepared to give what she will take from you…trust me!
This Dear Friend is the Dance of the Great Sifting and there is truly only one thing in your possession that is worth holding on to at ALL costs! I sat down with my priest last week to ask him to post an upcoming Michael Voris lecture (linked below) in the church bulletin. He replied that he could not post anything political for fear of losing tax-exempt status. How is it, I wonder, that they do no suffer the same fear…http://freebeacon.com/politics-and-the-bimah/ I truly pray Dear Friend, that you will know enough when the time comes to sit this one out!
On the other hand, Truth will be the Master of Ceremonies for this particular dance…if you are so inclined While we were sleeping!
The Centralization of Real Power Using Fake Wealth & Self-Interest!
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~ Henry Ford
One doesn’t have to look much further than the contrast between Henry Ford and Bruno Iksil, aka the London Whale to fathom exactly what it is that has gone so terribly wrong with America and the world. Lets’ simply think of it as the difference between old money and new money.
As the quote above suggests, the real wealth of America sprang from an exceptionally fertile soil, enriched by much, much more than the want of money. The gardeners were men of great character and vision, who built tangible things to solve tangible needs. When we think of any of the titans of old money, we may see the image of a car or train or factory in our mind. But what are we likely to see when we think London Whalebesides money, greed and jail? I know that none of us can visualize a derivative or credit default swap!
This is in no way a slam against the financial services industry. There has probably never been a product created more useful or beneficial to society than the life insurancecontract. But a life insurance policy contains provisions and a leverage component I am able to explain to you. Who can explain the intricacies of the instruments involved in the trade that brought down the Whale? His boss Jamie Dimon couldn’t! Hedging is one thing, limitless re-hypothecation is quite another.
Where old money fueled the marvelous advances of western civilization, new money is the $800 Trillion with a T Sword of Damocles hanging over its very decimation! There is no great mystery here. There is only the growing light of truth for those with eyes to see. We are in the late acts of a classic play my friends. A good man writes to me this very morning, “The acceleration of evil is engulfing the planet…” While many seem willing to ignore, who among us can argue this fact?
Are we to believe that because no one can explain the trade, there is no intention behind it other than the self-interest of one very large person? LOOK and see the dominoes falling around the world! Who benefits from insolvencies from Athens to Stockton? Who in our great “Land of Laws” arrogantly operates above them? Here’s a clue…It is not God who sits on the throne casting your lot and determining your fate in Brussels! In this light, for us not to see, I am left to surmise our willingness to bow.
I’m not sure how this play will end, but I would suggest that if our fate lies in the hands of the new money…this fake wealth, like some drought-resistant corn with the nutrient of morality bred out of it…then dear friend, you and I are surely doomed!