The Titanic Sails At Dawn

“The Titanic Sails At Dawn” -Bob Dylan 

Despite warnings that the Titanic was approaching a huge iceberg, the Titanic steamed full speed ahead. The Titanic’s captain smugly stated that he “could not imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” 

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” -Proverbs 16:18 

Despite warnings that drug and alcohol abuse is destructive, thinking they are indestructible, people continue destroying their lives with drugs and alcohol. Engaging in these sins pull people apart from one another, alienate them. Love and caring is lacking. Relationships become mercenary, where people use one another just to satisfy their own selfish needs. And, as Neil Young sang, “Every junkie’s just a settin’ sun.” 

The Needle and the Damage Done” is a song by Neil Young that describes the destruction caused by the heroin addiction of musicians he knew. Though not specifically about him, the song was inspired by the heroin addiction of his friend and Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten. It previews the theme of the Tonight’s the Night album that reflects Young’s grief over the heroin overdose and death of both Whitten and Bruce Berry, a roadie for Young and Crazy Horse. 

The root of the addiction problem is sin. People think they can resolve life’s problems by escaping through drugs or alcohol. This only makes things worse. We create problems for ourselves then we think we can deal with everyday life and its problems through an artificial remedy. We are not the captain of our ship! God is! 

Increasingly, churches, including many in Bucks County, PA, are offering programs to help people overcome the sin of addictions by getting to the root of the problem. 

Is your ship ready for an iceberg? Who is your captain? God is a captain who can get you through troubled waters. 

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

At one time or another, people have been oppressed because of the group they are in.

In America, “no Irish need apply” signs were posted in many places.  Polish people were the brunt of many jokes.  The Italians were discriminated against, as were blacks,  and the Jews.  Today, the homeless are discriminated against.

What did the oppressed do about it?  Just sit back and take it?  Rope a dope?  Lash out at innocent people just because they are a member of a group that oppressed them?

Years ago, Jews were not wanted in Miami, Florida.  Their solution.  They bought Miami!  They overcame!

What is the root of discrimination?  Character flaws in people.  Simple as that.

People don’t have a life, and blame their problems on other people, and use them as scapegoats. As hate brews, they lash out at their target of choice, as we’ve seen in a lot on Facebook lately.

Between WWI and WWII, Adolf Hitler stirred up hatred in Germany.  He convinced the German people that they were victims because they got a raw deal with the Treaty of Versailles. They got mad at the world and attacked people in it.  In Germany, Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat.  The silent majority ignored the mass genocide, much as today’s Kool-aid drinkers and their King Barry Hussein Obama, ignore the racist killings and attacks of blacks on whites .  After all, black people today are victims of oppression, very little real but mostly imagined.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Jim Crow laws were wrong.  After the civil war, during reconstruction, blacks were given civil rights.  But this soon went south for a time.  Wrongs against black in the south were finally righted by the mid 60’s.  How did this happen?  Rosa Parks didn’t burn the bus, she simply refused to move to passively resist.  This trend continued with the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King which resulted in restored rights, as they were during reconstruction.

As Mike Gallagher points out in his book 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate, today there is more voluntary integration in the south than there is in the north.  Back in 1885, during reconstruction, as black journalist   T. McCants Stewart wrote,  “I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England.” There were other positive changes during reconstruction (see link), courtesy of Republicans, who for the past few decades have been called “racists” by demagogues, aka Democrats and other dysfunctional people.

Liberals today have been destroying the good that has come about since the civil rights movement.  No sooner was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed when the machinations of government intervention, led by President Johnson, started to undermine the good progress made.  Although LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, he had ulterior motives.

Here’s what LBJ thought of blacks:  “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years,” remarked Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

The rotten fruits of The Great Society are discussed in a piece in

“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.

In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”

The blog was written ten years ago, but the problem created by the alleged great society persists, like a nagging headache.

The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.

Who is to blame for the outrage and violence committed by blacks today?  White people?  The Confederate flag? Republicans?  Did, as comedian Flip Wilson used to say,” the devil made me do it!”  Well, Mr. Wilson has a point.  It is the Godlessness in America that has and is causing problems!

The key to helping to cure society’s ills is to change people from the inside.  The Great Society was just a catalyst.  As the lyrics in the America song goes “Oz gave nothing to the tin man, that he didn’t, didn’t already have.”

One way to change people from the inside, to address anger and other problems, is the 12 Step Journey Program, held locally in lower Bucks County in Levittown and Newtown, PA.

In the Year 2525

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In the song, In The Year 2525, released in 1969 and played on the popular radio stations, the artist sings about a future society where people are essentially zombies, powered by drugs (some would call it medication) and machines.  What you think say and do is preprogrammed in the pill that was given to you.  No need for reaching out and getting things, because there is a machine doing that for you…

The mental health community tends to see medication (drugs) as a major means to control behavior.  It seems to me it is an industry.  Certainly, some medications are necessary, especially for short term, such as tranquilizers, but it seems to be a catch all in the mental health industry.

Although, like the rest of the population, the homeless have mental issues, and may need some kind of treatment/therapy, not all do, and medication isn’t always the answer.

Given a little help from their friends, people can help each other.  One evening, at the Veteran’s Memorial by the Levittown Public Library, where the local homeless and their friends congregate, they discussed their problems and their plight.  One homeless guy sprang out of his seat and exclaimed “this is turning into a therapy session”, and walked away.  Indeed, it was.  Nothing wrong with people, on their own, having a spontaneous therapy session.

People need to think on their own (I think Maslow called this “self actualizing”.)

The mental health industry seems to have a one track mind about medications, which seems the first line of defense to combat mental health issues.   I had some disturbing things happen to me, and I was having problems.   I talked with someone from a local mental health clinic.  Early on, maybe the first thing he asked was “would you be willing to take medication?”  When I mentioned herbal remedies, the mental health center rep summarily dismissed the notion, saying Augustly, that herbal remedies don’t work.

I guy I volunteer with said he believes that herbal remedies may work with some people, but others may need pharmaceuticals.

I tried Paxil.  Although my focus seemed to improve a little, I got the shakes.  I was told that this was just part of the break in period.   The shakes continued.  I was prescribed Gabapentin to stop the shakes.  That helped a little.  At some point, I did some research and found information on the herb Kava.

I started drinking Kava tea, which is available at some regular stores.  Shortly thereafter, I had my vitals taken, and they were great!  I also started calming down.  I wasn’t sure if it was the combination of the pharmaceuticals or exclusively the Kava tea that did the trick.

I’ve been off the Paxil a little more than a week and have just been drinking Kava tea at night.  A friend told me I don’t seem to get angry as easily since I stopped taking Paxil.  By the way, in my research I learned to steep the Kava tea in warm, not boiling water (which kills the beneficial ingredients) and use a little bit of creamer or milk with the warm water to draw out more of the good stuff.

I still get stressed out, mainly when there are triggers, but not as bad as I used to.  The Kava tea not only relaxed my mind but is a natural muscle relaxer.  I can sleep better in the car and if I have to get up to walk to the bathroom, I don’t have to worry about a cop suspecting me of public intoxication.

A guy in the 12Stepjourney program I’m in said that once I get squared away with God, through this peer-to-peer counseling program, I won’t need Paxil.

Herbal medicine started heading towards the ash heap of history, but it’s coming back.

There is an effort to cheat and not allow people to choose Kava in a free market.  Kava was banned in Germany, based on what was later shown to be a fraudulent study.  This is economic protectionism.

People need to think on their own, and not just parrot popular sound bites, such as “save the earth” and “stop global warming”.  I once saw a slogan on a pickup truck that read “Human caused global warming is a product of recycled Marxism, mixed with junk science.”  I thought about this and agree.

The establishment (remember that term Baby Boomers?) thinks all the homeless people need mental health treatment.  If you were doing word association, the word that comes to mind to some when one says “homeless” is “mental”.   Yes, there are crazy people in the homeless community who need help, but I’m not sure if legal drugs are going to help them.  Some of them became that way because they did drugs.

And homeless people are not helpless.  Given the chance, they can help themselves.

Homesteading the Homeless

Many homeless, like the rest of the population, have the skills and ability to build homes.  The only difference between the homeless and the rest of the population is that they don’t have a home.  They are not akin to the Walking Dead.   We don’t see zombies walking aimlessly  looking for people to eat  when we enter homeless territory in the woods.  No, they are not sub human creatures who can’t fit into society, although some of them, like Greta Garbo, want to be alone.

Given the opportunity, many homeless people can improvise and work with what they have.  Before he and his wife were evicted from the area of the woods where they encamped, a man told me about an idea he had for a small community to keep warm and dry in the winter, which is a challenge for homeless people when it’s cold and wet.

The man’s idea is to build, essentially, forts, with a wood burning stove and a vent for the smoke in the middle, big enough to shelter a half dozen or so tents.

Why not make what the homeless have been doing to survive legal?  It’s been the case that the police have come into the hideouts of those wanted by the law and took them to justice.  The homeless are no more danger to the community than the rest of the population is.  Only a small percentage of them are outlaws.  Most of them just can’t afford a home and are just surviving.

You can help the homeless help themselves:

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