"In the country of the blind the one-eyed
man is king." - Erasmus.
The Importance of Context
What is often forgotten in our thinking and discourse
concerning important issues is that context is paramount. Can there be any valid meaning without context?
Probably not, because EVERY issue and any interpretation must be couched or
framed in its proper context to have any significance, relevance, or
Context would seem to be the ground, the framework, many times even the rationale
for discussing issues.
There are various levels and several aspects of context,
and it would be hard to list or describe them all, but in any situation
or discussion there is usually one aspect that is critical and just a few others that are
When we discuss spiritual–philosophical, theological, psychological,
social, etc.–issues there are always two major aspects of context that
affect almost everything, yet this context is often missing in the awareness
of those involved. These two aspects are:
1. The human condition
2. The Saturnian and planetary catastrophe oriented reconstruction of our world's recent past.
Reluctance to address human condition
Usually, agreement on the first, the human condition, can be managed
if done carefully, but often when mentioned the response is either an almost
silent sigh, a sheepish grin, or silence. Focusing on it or talking about it
extensively sometimes elicits an accusation of being negative. Even agreeing
upon it can be problematic because
of the overwhelming tendency of humans to BE in and STAY in denial.
Unless we have a very high level of conviction that something can and
will be done about it, we don't like to talk about it. Why would we want to
talk about something depressing that we can't do anything about?
However, from the pulpit generally comes an attitude that we
are to blame for our ills because of our current behavior, rather than being
primarily the unwitting victims of developments that happened a long time
ago, and that not too much can be done about it without sweeping changes in
belief, major tangible involvement from God, and/or a dramatic level of
increased empowerment over those agencies of nature that beleaguer us.
Saturnian and planetary catastrophism suppressed
On the other hand the truth about the world's recent catastrophic past is
not obvious nor in the general consciousness, not just because it has been
misinterpreted as being a punishment from God, but now because it has been buried
by a modern flood of
Gradualist, Uniformitarian, and Evolutionist theory and
teaching in our halls of learning and in the relevant scientific
disciplines. Consequently, there is most times no agreement on this
important context. It is well past the time that we should learn about
it and understand its incredibly far reaching implications for, and the effects
on, modern society, and on both the human material and spiritual condition.
There have been solar system rearrangements and global catastrophes
delivered from the heavens by planetary electrical interactions; huge
amounts of material have rained down on earth, and dramatic sea level
changes have taken place in our recent past. The human race has been
decimated more than once and is in denial by "forgetting" and/or pushing
these events into the far remote past. We need to understand these globe-changing phenomena of the past, deal with them
honestly, and take them into consideration concerning the origins and developments
of our civilizations and religions.
"It is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a
trouble to die." - St. Bernard de Clairvaux
If you wonder sometimes about the lack of
meaning in the world you see, maybe it has something to do with the general
failure to be aware of the true context by most people.