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"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. There can be no valid meaning without context because every issue must be couched in its proper context. Context is the ground, the framework, 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 that is critical and others that are germane.
When we discuss spiritual−philosophical, theological, psychological, social, etc.−issues there are always two major aspects of context that affect almost everything. These are:
Usually, agreement on the first, the human condition, can be managed if done carefully, but even agreeing on this 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.
On the other hand the truth about the world's recent catastrophic past 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 and effects,
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. It is high time that we come to understand these developments, deal with them honestly, and take them into consideration concerning the developments of our civilizations and religions.
"It is a misery to be born, a pain
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