I just wrote something to someone privately and I think it’s too broadly useful to be kept in the dark, so I’m reposting it here:
What came to my mind as the answer to your question is St. Augustine’s view on this.
God is Eternity, beyond space and time, but this Eternity is also present in space and time as Ariadne’s thread in the labyrinth, and is also an attractor that pulls us towards itself, if we allow it. If we follow the Ariadne’s thread, it shapes our lives in the shape of Eternity, so that we can leave space and time behind and never look back. But there is also the opposite force – worldly attachment, pride, habit and vice, that tries to make us into the shape of the world; all the weakness is of the world and for the world, and all the true strength makes us in the shape of God, where we become Eternity in space, on the path of time.
So this is my answer to your question. Hold on to all the pieces and aspects of Eternity in space and time, and you yourself will become an aspect of Eternity in space and time, and the shape your existence takes on that path will be appropriate for your salvation.
Surrender to God is not letting go, it’s the brilliance of mind that allows you to see, understand and act of God.
The first thing that crosses my mind is that Americans can’t seem to stop personalizing politics, which is incredibly weird in their own situation, since it’s obvious that the hidden men behind the curtain actually run the system, and the men on the stage are merely puppets; the similarity between foreign policies of Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and Trump are such, that if you ignored the media circus (Republicans evil, senile and stupid, Democrats nice, charming geniuses) and only watched the actual events and actions, you couldn’t see a difference in government to save your life. So, the assumption that one senile man caused all this, and the system is fine otherwise, is as deluded as the Democrats blaming all kinds of Obama policies on Trump. No; one man, especially the senile dotard Biden, can’t decide or do anything on his own over there. Their system is designed to inhibit people who want to go rogue; we saw that in the Trump administration, where the president was completely blocked from making any decisions other than those pre-approved for him. American presidents are lame ducks by design. No, it’s not Biden the Senile who made this mess; everything was designed and planned by the same men behind the curtain who hindered Trump. Call it deep state, call it the intelligence community, I don’t care, but don’t tell me that the president runs America because you’ll make me laugh so hard I’ll snort my coffee all over my keyboard, which is going to be unfortunate because I just got a new one and I really like it.
The second thing that I found remarkable is that Shapiro cites facts that make it blatantly obvious that America designed the entire system of armament and logistics of the Afghan army to be completely dependent on America, to the point where they literally can’t use anything without a constant, continuous American line of support, in a very literal sense where they would need to have American mechanics and other specialists constantly maintaining the helicopters and other aircrafts or the stuff won’t work. It’s a dead man’s switch – if a dependent country goes “rogue”, basically if it tries to have an independent policy in any way or form, or tries to change allies, their entire military becomes inoperative after a very short period of time, intentionally designed into the equipment by introducing short maintenance cycles, replacement parts that are made only in America and are probably difficult, impossible or uneconomical to produce locally, and I’m not even talking about likely software issues, where things would need manufacturer approved diagnostic/service tools to be plugged into the hardware in order to make it work after it presumably shut down “to protect itself” after the expiration of an intentionally short duty cycle. Essentially, if you’re an American ally and you can’t produce your own weapons, absolutely count on the fact that the weapons you bought from America, and for good money, will stop working instantly if you decide to go against American “interests” in any way. Basically, buy American, be a slave; because that’s what the “freedom” they so loudly advertise actually means. It means compliance with American wishes, or your world ends. Or they just leave when it’s no longer in their interest to stay, and your world ends.
Traditionally, nations have waged war by mustering armies, defeating their enemies in battle, and despoiling their lands and cities. Only after total victory is the process of remaking a society feasible.
But America in Afghanistan sought a shortcut, and by ‘shortcut’ Cockburn means ‘something that takes ten times as long but doesn’t look as nasty for TV cameras’. America hoped that with enough half-baked social engineering in the half of Afghanistan it controlled, it would eventually be rewarded with victory, and Afghanistan would become the Holland of the Hindu Kush. On Ivy League campuses, students are taught to decry ‘colonialism’, but the Ivy League diplomats who sought to remake Afghanistan in Harvard’s image were among the most ambitious practitioners of it in world history.
So, alongside the billions for bombs went hundreds of millions for gender studies in Afghanistan. According to US government reports, $787 million was spent on gender programs in Afghanistan, but that substantially understates the actual total, since gender goals were folded into practically every undertaking America made in the country.
A recent report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) broke down the difficulties of the project. For starters, in both Dari and Pastho there are no words for ‘gender’. That makes sense, since the distinction between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ was only invented by a sexually-abusive child psychiatrist in the 1960s, but evidently Americans were caught off-guard. Things didn’t improve from there. Under the US’s guidance, Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution set a 27 percent quota for women in the lower house — higher than the actual figure in America! A strategy that sometimes required having women represent provinces they had never actually been to. Remarkably, this experiment in ‘democracy’ created a government few were willing to fight for, let alone die for.
The initiatives piled up one after another. Do-gooders established a ‘National Masculinity Alliance’, so a few hundred Afghan men could talk about their ‘gender roles’ and ‘examine male attitudes that are harmful to women’.
And then I thought: yes, it makes sense. The Afghans compared the two evils – the Taliban, who subjugate women and implement Sharia, and the Americans, who don’t believe in God, introduce insane ideas that contradict all common sense and the way people want to live, emotionally and socially castrate men, forcefully infest all institutions with incompetent women (incompetent because that’s what you get with gender quotas), and turn everything into a mockery of nature and a lunatic asylum. So, when the Americans withdrew, it was a plebiscite on America when people basically stood down and let the Taliban take over, because nothing can be worse than America. That’s not because they are backward savages. If Hitler by some miracle rose from the dead now, at least 70% of Europe would greet him as a savior and beg him to deliver us from the American evil. That’s what we think about America and the insane mental garbage it’s exporting into the world. They are worse than the Taliban, because at least the Taliban have some principles they adhere to. America doesn’t even believe in itself, let alone something greater. So, you will ask, why are then all those people hanging on to American planes, desperately struggling to go to America? It’s obvious: because they are human garbage who left their wives, sisters, mothers and daughters to be sex slaves to the Taliban, and they are trying to get some of American money they got used to during the occupation. That’s the profile of people America is able to attract at this point. Human garbage loves them, and the rest would rather have Hitler or the Taliban, than their idiocy that denigrates and mocks millennia of our civilization.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t like the Taliban any more than I like the Americans, but I think the white people created everything that’s good in this civilization and most of what is good in the world in general, I don’t think there should be gender or race quotas, I think diversity is an unworthy goal and meritocracy is the only relevant criterion: give everybody access, and those who succeed at something deserved it because they are better. Yes, I believe some people are better than others, that’s called discrimination and it’s a good thing, in fact discrimination is the best thing, and we used to believe that when our civilization was truly our civilization and we had the right to be proud of ourselves. That was when men held doors open for women, when women and men respected each other, and everybody knew what female and male roles are. For us here in Europe, voting “no” to American bullshit wouldn’t mean getting the Taliban to run our countries, it would mean getting the insane garbage with green hair the fuck out, and learning how to act like ladies and gentlemen, where people actually talked to each other instead of swiping right on Tinder.
And of course, all the insane leftist garbage – overweight, genderqueer, and with hair painted in violent, poisonous colours of warning, along with all the politicians and “journalists” on CIA and Soros payroll – would hang from American cargo planes taking off from Europe, too, and good fucking riddance as far as I’m concerned.
There’s lots of talk lately about the need to import all those refugees from Afghanistan into Europe and America, because the Terrible Taliban have taken over and are now going to rape, plunder and kill everybody.
Let’s see what actually happened in Afghanistan.
America decided to pull out, which was known well in advance. The talks with the Taliban have been going on for, well, years. This is no surprise. The surprise is the level of haste and incompetence with which the Americans pulled out, but it was known that they eventually would.
Afghanistan had a pretty large, well equipped army, trained by the Americans. This army apparently arranged surrender to the Taliban in hope of sharing power. They didn’t oppose the Taliban in any way. The population of Afghanistan didn’t organize a popular revolt, take up arms against the Taliban, or do anything at all. Sure, some are trying to get away to America and Europe, but everybody from all kinds of shitholes is trying that. As far as I could tell, those people trying to board American planes are mostly military-age men. None of them had an idea to fight for their country against the Taliban. They are men without courage and value, who just want the stream of free money to continue going their way. Basically, they are parasites.
So, they didn’t want to fight the Taliban, but they are afraid of them? Tough shit. Also, considering how the anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan were armed by the Americans, they should not have been in any fear of the ragged Taliban gang. The idea that the Taliban defeated America is bullshit. America just got tired of wasting resources on killing them because it wasn’t getting anywhere. The local Afghan population, however, had good reason to fight them if they wanted to have a non-Taliban country, and they would be highly effective, since they are local to the country, and not invading aliens. However, they actually decided to have a Taliban country, and I think they should be allowed to have it now. Furthermore, the Americans invested serious effort in trying to impart their cultural and ethical norms to the local population there, including all kinds of gender quotas and similar bullshit, which was all outright rejected by the locals, who decided that they prefer the Taliban. They had years to make a choice, and they made it quite clear which way they decided to go.
I don’t appreciate all the whining about the Afghan women who are now going to be the spoils of war for the Taliban. As far as I recall, those women are the local population. Their men didn’t take up arms to fight for them. Tough shit, but that’s how reality works: if men don’t defend women with guns, the women end up as slave girls for the conquering army. There are no human rights and similar invented bullshit. The only protection they could have would come from the weapons of their defenders and the religious restrictions of the conquerors, and since the Taliban are Muslim, and Islam is an inherently evil religion, they will have a situation not very different from that in a war between two tribes of chimps, where defeated males are killed and eaten, and their females are fucked. That’s what Islam is, and that’s what Afghanistan chose to have.
This means I don’t give a single fuck about them unless they renounce Islam, embrace Christianity or Buddhism, and start acting like spiritual beings wearing flesh, instead of chimps with rifles. We don’t need chimps with rifles in either Europe and America. There needs to be a wall around all Islamic countries, so that those pests cannot infest civilized lands. That’s my opinion on the matter.
Palantir (NYSE: PLTR), which is a CIA spinoff for all intents and purposes, bought $50 million of gold in 100oz bars, and apparently everybody is having kittens over it, as if they’d never heard of the shiny yellow thingy. Why would anyone think the shiny thingy is money? Wojak scratch head.
That happened at the time when everybody and their dog are bullying me online with ads for bitcoin and other crypto garbage, because we’re in some pump-and-dump scheme where they are trying to get rid of it, hopefully for more than they paid for it, because the game for crypto seems to be over. China closed the mines so there’s hardly any new bitcoin being made, so the only ones being on sale belong to the folks who are paying for the ads. Think about it: if someone actually thinks it’s going to be worth more, they sure aren’t going to sell it, let alone advertise it. If they are selling it, it means they are looking for a fool bigger than themselves, which means all my enemies are certain to buy it.
Also, someone has recently done a very LARGE short-to-long swap in gold, by dumping over $4 billion of gold futures during the night, triggering sell scripts everywhere and dropping the prices significantly, and then someone picked a huge long position in gold at a discount. Gold recovered in the meantime, and silver and platinum are still being hammered. I’m buying all three at the maximum rate my income allows.