..a particular point was stated in different ways at different times about how FEAR of those with political power caused otherwise good and honest people to err both by both commission and omission. People who exercised their freedom of thought, belief and speech became targets of those who believed that they had no right to those thoughts and beliefs and certainly no right to speak about them. And such was the fear of so many people, that they willingly succumbed to the pressure of the powers that were, to turn against their friends, family and work colleagues.
I currently work a four day week, teaching every weekday but Tuesday, and today although I had plans, thanks to the rain I ended up watching an episode of 'Touched by an Angel' on YouTube. The episode titled "Charades" was naturally about God restoring relationships but in this episode, the background to the story was the McCarthy era 'communist witch-hunts' known as the 'Second Red Scare.' According to Wikipedia:
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism
The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person's real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment.
In this 'Touched by an Angel' episode a particular point was stated in different ways at different times about how FEAR of those with political power caused otherwise good and honest people to err both by commission and omission. People who exercised their freedom of thought, belief and speech became targets of those who believed that they had no right to those thoughts and beliefs and certainly no right to speak about them. And such was the fear of so many people, that they willingly succumbed to the pressure of the powers that were, to turn against their friends, family and work colleagues.
Today, we live in a society that says 'thank God' that that type of behavior is way back there in the past. Unfortunately it is not! Our Western societies are full of 'ideologues' using every means at their disposal to force their ideological principles onto people who ought to have the right to reject those ideas and ideals. But with each new day leading us into our future, we are being lead deeper and deeper into an ideology of 'submission to the powers that be.'
Do you dislike abortion? Off with his head! Do you believe homosexuality is a sin? Burn him at the stake! Do you dislike Muslims? Charge him with a hate crime! Do you believe in the Bible? Put him into psychiatric care! Are you a patriot? Kill the oppressor of innocents! Do you love your country's traditions and culture? Tar and feather the racist, xenophobic, intolerant miscreant!
The basis of Western Democracy is believed to be the right to have and hold beliefs and associations together with the right to speak out your opinions at the appropriate times in the appropriate venues. The cherished myth of Democracy is that you are entitled to your beliefs even as I am entitled to mine, even if they are polar opposites.
Today however true democratic freedoms are being lost. One only has to see proposed legislation in relation to 'hate speech,' where truth is no defense to such a charge, and legislation to give the (...examiner.com/article/global-poverty-tax-next-on-obama-agenda-claim-political-strategists) United Nations control of the internet in an environment in which it is plainly obvious that the United Nations is a factional player for a team which does not believe in truth let alone giving the populace access to anything with which it disagrees.
I have lived in the People's Republic of China for 11 years and despite all those things of which the allegedly 'free and democratic' peoples of the world complain in their litany of complaints against China, I look at and read about what is going on in the West and think "Do they really think they are more free than people in China?"
The myth about China is that people walk around in fear. That is not true! It was true in the past when political correctness reigned supreme during the Cultural Revolution. But the Chinese are a smart people. They soon learned the error of their ways.
Disciplining yourself to pay attention to the actual words used and the actual meaning of the sentence is very important, especially so since so much of what purports to be news is little more than the writer’s opinion about the facts of the news. Unfortunately, people easily succumb to emotive language such as ‘Donald Trump demonstrates his stupidity again!’ Such a headline is designed to reinforce in the minds of those who don’t like Trump, that he is an idiot. Another thing of which to be careful when reading is the inclination to ‘interpret’ what we read within the context of our religious, cultural and political worldviews.
When you stand to speak you are doing more than reciting words. You are in fact engaged in communicating with an audience your opinions, ideas, feelings, passions and/or knowledge on a subject. They expect you to express yourself with feeling and passion and to actually know what you are talking about. Therefore it is essential that you KNOW what you are talking about – and – show the appropriate body language, gestures, actions and emotions associated with your topic.
The kids used to turn up repeatedly throughout the day just to look at the foreigner, touch him, feel the hair on his (the monkey’s) arms and generally just gawk. China has changed a lot over the years but there have been times when a foreigner in a small town or village would attract huge crowds. Sometimes people would be known to suddenly come upon you, look up at your face and just plain scream! I’m not joking!
Where were these PC (expletive) when I and others were writing years ago about the Syrian crisis? Did they care about the Syrian people? No they didn’t! Do these same sociopathic western political activists who would call me a racist support Muslim and other cultures similar practices such as female circumcision? – polygamy? – arranged marriages? No they don’t! They outlaw it! So don’t talk to me about how I am a racist!
I do apologize for the singing – mine – and by way of explanation, the reason that you hear me saying ‘hello’ (twice) is that a man told his son to say hello and when I decided to say ‘hello’ a lady walking passed me thought I had said it to her and so she also greeted me with ‘hello!’
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]