Some of your recent thoughts about good versus evil reminded me of a talk from Dr. Richard Swenson who is a Christian Futurist. He makes a logical argument for the End of the Age with the integration of our past and extrapolating for our future by analyzing a process of forces.
The first force is profusion - progress has given us more and more, faster and faster. Then an irreversibility sets in where our economy depends upon profusion, our culture is addicted to progress and we have involuntary retention -- the state of being unable to undiscover a discovery. Following the irreversibility is the exponential rise of fallenness when profusion becomes extreme. The extremes become cataclysmic when there is not enough leeway to adjust when things go wrong or are misused. All seems in balance as long as there is enough good to keep up with the bad. But when the bad becomes bad enough, it will doom the entire system. With the increasing potential for more evil, what will fallenness do with infinite energy? A smaller number of people have power to wreck havoc with weaponry, technology, communications, information, mobility, money and speed. When all these powers converge, there will be an exponential profusion of evil.
The question for the good is, Do we have enough wisdom to slow progress down or deal with catastrophic events ? Alvin Toffler said that trends are unstoppable, but we can survive.
At least to my mind, the good cannot give way just because evil proliferates. Psalm 11:3 asks, "When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do ?" Then the Psalm goes on to talk about the eyelids of the Lord testing us. Evil will always challenge the validity of the good.
My favorite guiding quote comes from philosopher Francis Schaeffer: Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
Just some meditations.
In the past few days, a document designed to influence Utah's enforcement of Immigration laws is being touted as the solution to the State's illegal immigrant problem. Higher unemployment, crime and the high cost of providing social services to illegals has outraged many of Utah's citizens. Here is the Compact:
A declaration of five principles to guide Utah's immigration discussion
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS: Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries — not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah's congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Utah.
Actually, it is not just a Federal Policy Issue. This statement simply passes the buck. If Utah desired to do so, they could pass laws concerning illegal immigrants in their State, just like Arizona did. Cheap labor provided by illegal immigration only benefits the few, like the Marriott family, which admits using illegal immigrants as employees for its international hotel chain.
FAMILIES: Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children.
This is an appeal to misplaced compassion. Illegal immigrants don't have to be separated from their families in the deportation process. They can legally migrate to the illegal aliens nation of origin if they so desire.
ECONOMY: Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Utah's immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.
This is a smokescreen. A Free-Market economy never has existed, nor will it ever exist. Monopolies and regulations make sure of that. This is Fascism at its worst. Corporate desires to maximize profit trump the rights of legal citizens to not compete with cheap illegal labor. Again, I note the Marriott influence here.
A FREE SOCIETY: Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.
Note that the above statement fails to place the word Illegal before the word Immigrant. Utah cannot legally violate Federal Laws by welcoming Illegal Immigrants anymore than they can violate Federal Laws on counterfeiting. Everyone is represented in the Utah Compact to Ignore Federal Statutes except for the citizens of Utah and the United States.
Perhaps the Utah Compact should be renamed the High Unemployment/Higher Crime Rate Compact. Or maybe we should call it the Utah Wage Slave Compact, since that is always the result when law-abiding citizens have to compete with sweat shops and illegal labor.