It’s 3 a.m.

It’s 3 a.m.
I am sitting
In this lonely place alone,
Far away from you physically,
But you remain closest to me;
My mind is on you;
My heart is in you;
Even if you don’t read this,
Still, I know,
What I am writing
Reaches your heart;
I know you feel it
As it is flows
From heart to heart;
I love you.

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Reason Won’t Convince The Left: Use it Anyway [Video]

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I recently read this quote attributed to legendary  actor Clint Eastwood,

If you could reason with Democrats, there wouldn’t be any Democrats.

I immediately thought that truer words have never been spoken. This same idea has rolled around in my brain concerning the Left in general for many years and I have wondered why that is so.

Why can’t reason sway a Leftist? Why is it that using reasonable speech to counter a Leftist talking-point is met with verbal, and sometimes beyond verbal, attempts to silence you?

After much consideration and observation of Leftist behavior, I think I have at least a partial answer.

Why Reason is Unconvincing to Leftists

There are several reasons the Left can’t be reasoned with. However, they can be summed up by the elevation of emotion over truth by the devotees of Leftism.

Leftism, unreasonableIt is important to understand that emotions are not inherently unreasonable. For instance, it is not unreasonable to have strong negative emotions toward someone who has harmed you or your loved ones.

However, emotions become unreasonable when they are allowed to dictate beliefs and actions to such an extent that seeking harm to another is the result. This is, in part, why God’s Word rails against seeking vengeance against an enemy.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 [ESV]

A specific example of using emotion over reason was analyzed in this journal last year concerning the disgusting behavior of the Left against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In that drama, the presumption of innocence was tossed aside in favor of a political agenda while smearing an honorable man before Congress.

Moreover, two of the current Democratic candidates for President, Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ] and Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA], were exceptionally defamatory and ridiculous at the same time. Recall that the Kavanaugh hearings were where Booker became a self-proclaimed ‘Spartacus.’

Worse, they also did real damage to those who are the vast majority of victims of sexual crimes. Which makes it easier for those who are truly guilty to prey on the innocent.

Moreover, this terrible farce will not serve to help real victims of sexual crimes. Instead, it will make it harder for accounts to be believed even if the stories are credible. So much for the Democrats helping women.

It is unreasonable to advocate for an emotional response which, if successful, would harm those who they claim are their staunch allies.

The Left today epitomizes and advocates incoherent and unreasonable policy in society with enforcement by the state in a number of areas. The attempt to justify this is full of emotional appeals designed to castigate logic and reason.

Leftism unreasonableThe current press of “transgender rights” into society and law is a perfect example of emotion over reason. Reason would recognize the biological reality of male and female and not accept the concept of ‘gender fluidity.’

The emotional appeals of imagined victims who claim their right to ‘identify’ as any sex they wish anytime they wish are used as attacks against not allowing the mentally disturbed to have their way. The impact of the emotion on some drives them to attempt the patently absurd.

For example, witness the infamous case of a Canadian man who now ‘identifies’ as a woman that wanted to have “her” genitals waxed, but was refused service by a real woman who wasn’t comfortable doing that. He is suing the business on the basis of gender discrimination.

The fact that both high-ranking politicians and ‘gender-challenged’ people will engage in totally unreasonable and even deranged behavior invites an important question. What is their motive, that is, what do they have to gain through this?

The Motive Is Power

Put simply, the motive is power. In the case of the man convinced he is really a woman, the motive will be personal power, specifically power to legally invade the privacy of real women and children.

In some particular people, the personal power of gender ‘identity’ is specific to athletic endeavors. The recent domination of several women’s sports on the high school level is evidence of that.

In some, those of means or already in positions of power, such as politicians, the motive is gaining power over others. The Leftist politicians will say that they should be given more power to be used for the creation of a more perfect, humanistic utopia.

Some of those political figures might truly believe in the Socialist ideal of a man-made paradise on earth. If so, they are also exhibiting unreasonable faith in a system that has never worked despite many, many attempts in the real world.

unreasonable LeftTheir misplaced faith is even more deluded given that there are real-time examples of Socialism’s inherent failure going on around the world today. Venezuela is the most recent prominent example of such yet that does not dissuade the enthusiasts of the Left at all.

This faith of the Left, or as they might call it, “progressivism,” is very much like a religious cult without a real Diety. This false faith is placed in imperfect humans in authority with the expectation that somehow a more perfect government and society will be the result.

The Founders of America did not see humanity as capable of perfecting itself, which is why they placed limits on the power of government in the Constitution. The cult of the Left sees the Constitution very differently and the consequence of adopting their view has been leading steadily toward tyranny in America.

Professor Charles Kessler explains this clearly in a portion of his appearance with Mark Levin a few nights ago. Pay particular attention to the last two minutes of the video for some real enlightenment on the Left’s view of the world.

Kessler says that Leftism is really like a medieval religion with an inquisition, an index of forbidden books and thoughts, and a “moral patrol” to ensure no one reads forbidden books or expresses forbidden thoughts.

All three of those qualities are manifested today by the Left on social media. The “moral patrol” on social media can be called the morality police that put those who express forbidden thoughts into ‘Twitter jail,’ or ‘Facebook jail.’

The inquisition can be seen unfolding through the flurry of hostile ‘tweets’ viciously attacking anyone who disagrees with the Left, especially if they can characterize it as ‘offensive.’ The attacks are consistently low on substance and high on overwhelmingly emotional accusations of ‘racism,’ ‘xenophobia,’ ‘Islamophobia,’ ‘Anti-LBGTQ+,’ etcetera, etcetera, which make up the lexicon of forbidden words and thoughts. 

However, these qualities of Leftism are not unique or restricted to social media. As has been seen particularly in Portland, Oregon with the dangerous antics of Antifa, the Left’s morality police on the street will enforce their decrees with violence against innocents.

It is evident the Left is so entrenched in their completely illogical and unreasonable positions that they can’t be argued out of them. So why should conservatives continue to bring logic and reason to the fore to refute the Left?

Reason Is Still Necessary to Combat the Unreasonable Left

unreasonable LeftistsReason is absolutely necessary as a tool to combat the Left and their agenda, despite the fact that it will not convince a committed Leftist to abandon their faith in the cult of Progressivism. There are three key considerations favoring the use of reason against the unreasonable Left.

First, consider that not all Leftists are equally committed to the cause. Because it takes a large amount of blind faith to completely swallow the illogic of Leftism, there are those among them who can be convinced by solid reasonable evidence.

The evidence for this is found in many places online. Examples include the #walkaway movement filled with testimonies on YouTube and FB and Twitter of former Leftists who have “walked away” from that view, and encourage others to do so as well.

Another example is influential broadcaster Candace Owens, a black woman who was a young believer in the Leftist agenda and became a convert to conservatism a few years ago. She is at the forefront of a multitude of black conservatives expressing themselves with both emotion and reason online, some of whom have recently seen the light of conservativism.

Second, consider that there are uncommitted people who are listening and some are looking for reasons to get out of the middle of the road. In many cases, those people are also getting tired of being run over especially by the strident and incessant clamor of the Left in society.

These are the people who just wanted to live a peaceful, non-political life raising a family and perhaps gaining some relative prosperity in the process. That is until they found out that their kids were being forced to support the delusion of ‘transgender identity’ in the classroom of their public school.

These parents were living and enjoying life and just minded their own business. But now, the Left has begun to push into their own lives and that makes it their business, thus they are listening for ways to combat the Left.

gospel and reasonThird, consider that it is always right to present the truth against falsehood even if the odds seem to be against you. That is the example provided by God in His Word to counter the greatest falsehood of all, the falsehood of hopelessness.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest truth in history which banishes the lie of hopelessness against the reality of sin. All people know and are bothered by the fact that in some way, they are imperfect and incomplete both without and within.

However, not all understand that this condition is really the inherent sin common to all. Some will react with a denial that there is a problem, even going so far as to unreasonably deny the existence of God, and abandoning any hope or effort to find the truth.

By the way, denying the existence of God is an unreasonable position. But that is a subject for another time.

Others will try almost anything to remedy their imperfections both physically and spiritually from cosmetic surgery to psychic “ascended masters,” without success. That leads to a sense of frustration and hopelessness.

However, the gospel presents the truth that there is hope in Jesus Christ and relief from the imperfection and destruction of sin is found for each of us through faith in His sacrifice on the cross. A sacrifice prompted by the perfect love of God to bring hope to humanity.

The truth that as you or I grow in faith, we can with renewed hope see the time when faith comes to completion and we are made perfect in Christ. That hope is one good reason among many to accept the gospel truth.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Originally published in TIL Journal

Love one another

All morning today, I shared with my friends on love and relationship.

“Love is at the center of the universe. Without love everything falls apart. With love, everything falls in place.”

That was our conclusion and a good point also. God loves humans. That is why he created us. He loves his creation. And he so loved the world that he sent his only Son to redeem us from eternal damnation.

Love is a force that builds. Love creates. Love is a positive emotion. Where there is love, there is sunshine; and joy.

Without love, there is sadness because there is trouble.

Let us love one another and you will see the problems of the world disappear.

Unabating emotions (by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

Why are you soliloquizing
All morning?
It’s hard to conjecture
The object
Of your stretched out monologue;
Are you entrenched
In fired up unabating emotions?
I know how difficult it can be
To encapsulate
Your stormy plight
In a literary rendition.
Make the writing on the board
Easy to decipher;
The one giving you insomnia
Cannot be your soulmate
As destined for you by the divine;
Worry not then about what is not meant to be yours.
In moments like these,
Spill out a good doze of mettle,
To cope with prevailing challenges.

How to move from negative thoughts to positive ones?

Hi friends,

How are you all doing? Hope the reading is going great. I have been reading some really good books from the beginning of this year.

I am planning to re-read some of the other books I have read long back to see how much progress I have made in terms of my thought pattern.

A few days back, I was a bit restless thinking about the things that I had wanted to achieve and the reality of what I had achieved. I felt like a failure (every now and then I get these thoughts though I am not actually a failure). Such thoughts just kept adding up and I couldn’t control myself from the emotional struggle. I knew that it was not helping me in any way.

I know that like attracts like and I could see that it was happening. On one negative thought, other similar thoughts kept adding up.

The negative thoughts kept adding up one after another till I reached a point (the tipping point) where there were no more negative thoughts and my mind went blank (i.e. a slack moment) after which the opposite started happening.

In that one slack moment, a thought came into my mind that there was nothing that I could do in that particular moment other than to accept my present situation with all my heart. The next moment, I got some strength.

Then, I got a second thought that the negative situation won’t last long and I felt even better. Then I got the thought that things would only get better from there and I felt even better. Then I got a thought that I already had so many good things in my life for which I should be grateful and this made me feel even better.

Thus, the positive thoughts kept adding up until I reached a point where I once again began to dream and visualize about my goals as already manifested and felt really happy about them.

I know it was my intuition that was guiding me (at that slack moment) because those positive thoughts came from somewhere deep inside me. I knew I had to have faith and surrender.

And that’s when I learned the process to convert a negative thought into a positive one. The trick is

  1. If you get worried about certain issues, let those thoughts flow (i.e. don’t fight those negative thoughts because that will only aggravate the situation). It is okay to get negative thoughts, it’s just not okay to dwell in those thoughts for long.
  2. The thoughts may keep adding up to a point (I call the tipping point) where you would no longer get any negative thoughts. In fact, at that point, your mind will be exhausted with all the negativity and so it will be blank for a few seconds (I call the slack moment).
  3. In that slack moment, small positive thoughts will start popping up. They will make you realize that you cannot do anything in the present to change your negative situation and that worrying will only worsen the situation. It will ask you to be grateful for all the things you already have in your life.
  4. Use these opportunities (slack moments) to turn the tide in your favor and see the magic happening. You will notice how in a matter of a few seconds you move from being in a negative mood into a neutral mood.
  5. Once you are in a neutral mood, do things that you love to do or things that you are passionate about. This will give you a lot of positivity and take you into the frequency of receiving.
  6. When you vibrate at the frequency of receiving, you visualize your goals and dreams as already achieved, feel happy as if you have already achieved them and eventually manifest them.

It is very normal to feel worried about our goals and the way our lives are going.  The important thing is not to give up based on this worry.

Instead, we need to accept that every now and then it is normal to have worries or negative thoughts and we need to learn to let them pass. If we try to fight them, they will make the problems and negative situations look bigger, but if we let them pass, by not giving them enough attention, they will reduce in size and eventually fade away.

They will be replaced by positive thoughts and this, in turn, will help us in manifesting our dreams and goals.

There are many external things like music, dance, a hobby etc… that you can use to change your mood from negative to positive but they may not be always available. So we must learn to move from negativity to positivity on our own (i.e. using the guidance of our intuition) as well.

Let me know how do you come out of your negative emotions. I would love to know other alternate methods as well.

Love,

Rashmi

p.s. image created using Canva

Never on dangerous terrain

You don’t play
With someone’s emotions;
That terrain is dangerous;
You may hit your head
On a rock;
And shatter it;
Emotions are too delicate
To play with;
They have to be handled
With utmost care;
Aren’t you aware of this?
Why are you playing
With my emotions?
Let me remind you;
You don’t play with
Someone’s emotions;
Never!
That is dangerous terrain.
You never tread on
Dangerous ground
And go free;
The price is always high
To pay.

My feelings as I start 2019

“How do I feel as I start 2019? Describe your feelings in loving detail.”

Dear beloved,

Take that this question has been given to you to answer. Are you ready to answer it? Do you have the courage to share your feelings?

Many people are shy when it comes to sharing how they feel. Such people are not free. They are like prisoners. They are inhibited. I think we should feel free to share our feelings with others if they can help.

I leave that to you to decide. Do you agree with me? Please, let me know. Your opinion counts.

Now, coming to the question, let me answer it. If my answer inspires you, I invite you to share your own feelings. If not, let me know so that we can move on to something else.

How do I feel as I start 2019?

As I start 2019, I feel happy. I am happy that I have seen this new year. Many have not seen it. Many that I know have been called to the next world whereas they would have loved to be here. My staying on is not by my own merit. It’s by God’s grace and love; and so I feel happy and thankful to God for this wonderful gift.

This is not the first time I am having this type of feeling of happiness. I felt this happy a few years back when my daughter had eleven ordinary level papers with four A grades in the General Certificate of Education exam.

My feeling of happiness is so strong it makes me want to cry.

When I imagine that I could have gone like the so many brilliant and good hearted people who have gone, I sincerely thank God for my life.

For God’s wonderful grace to me, I am taking a responsible decision to love him more and to show love to every fellow human being that I come across.

This is my way of expressing gratitude to God.

It is such a big favour that he has kept me in this world while many more worthy people have gone.

I feel happy sharing my feelings with you as we start this 2019.

I look forward to making the year better for some people no matter who they may be, where they may be, or what they may be.

Thank you for reading my thoughts. Kindly let me know what you feel about what I have shared. Has it touched you in any way?

Your comment will be highly valued.

Thanks a million.

I love you.

Who can help me understand?

I don’t understand
Why you are hurting me
So badly
But my heart is sticking
To you;
It’s as if without you
Life would cease to exist;
Have you become
My oxygen?
Whereas you treat me
So shabbily?
I have told myself
I need to be wise enough
And act rightly
Before it is too late;
But my heart fights back
Each time
I want to go.
I keep asking myself:
“What am I to do now?”
“What is happening with me?”
Answer, still to come.
It’s simply intriguing;
Who can help me understand
What’s going on in me?

Control your emotions

Control your emotions
Else your emotions
Control you;
When you control your emotions,
You take wise decisions
And act wisely;
When your emotions control you,
You take sloppy decisions
And act foolishly;
And the results can be
Catastrophic;
Many times your emotions
Will rock you
And threaten to carry you away;
Or control you;
Instead of you controlling them;
Don’t give them a chance
To carry you off
To a destination you don’t approve;
You must be the master
Not the servant of your emotions;
Control your emotions;
Don’t let your emotions control you.
True, that you may have strong emotions;
But let them pass through the sifter of reason;
Eve allowed her emotions to control her;
And she ate the forbidden fruit,
Adam allowed his emotions
To control him;
And he ate the forbidden fruit;
We have never stopped,
And will never stop
Paying the price;
If you let your emotions
Carry you away
That will be a great mistake;
Acting unreasonably;
You will do wrong
And claim it’s right;
You will listen to nobody;
And become hard to get along with;
Your life will slide gradually
Towards a precipice,
Where disaster awaits you.
If you fly your plane
When your emotions are high,
You may crash-land;
You must learn to control
Your emotions;
Don’t allow your emotions
To control you.
When emotions, especially
Strong emotions are
Allowed to take control,
Tragedy always follows.
Never forget this;
And control your emotions.

Put anger behind

What angers you?
Put anger behind
Not in front;
The place of anger
Is not in front;
It is behind;
If put in front,
It will block you;
It will block your way;
Behind,
You will leave it
And go;
That’s why I say,
Put anger behind
Not in front.
Are you angry?
Is anger burning
You inside?
Push it behind;
Take it off your way.
And go on, move on.