Lament

This post is an attempt at reflecting the myriad emotions presently troubling me about a variety of things. Thus, it will likely come across just as disjointed as my mix of inner turmoil and yet vague sense of optimism. The process of writing this will probably prove to be cathartic.

I am continually dismayed by individuals making various assertions with misplaced confidence. And the blows coming from within and without in attempts (successful, sadly) at a divide and conquer strategy at unprecedented scale is completely missed by many of the distracted masses. Too many are enslaved by their own minds, imprisoned by the limited information they intake. They place outsized trust in their self-constricted list of myopic sources. Others completely tune out via the various electronic distractions available to them, oblivious to it all.

I am continually amazed at the amount of smart and seemingly intelligent individuals waylaid by apparent cognitive dissonance. In an enlightening vlog published 9 months ago, I found this exemplifying and yet clarifying comment (by Paul Hopper):

Many years ago, on a trip to Bucharest [the capital city of Romania], my wife and I visited her family’s cemetery, which happens to also be where Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu are buried. I was stunned to see a group of older Romanians holding a vigil, lighting candles and still mourning at the grave of this notorious, murderous tyrant. When I asked my wife—who was at the revolution in ’89—why anyone would feel sorry for this dead despot, she said that the older generation were so conditioned to be controlled by the state that they didn’t know how to live any other way. Just like the metaphor of the totalitarian womb in this video, it’s the illusion of security and safety. Sadly, she now sees the U.S. falling into the same communist mindset that she experienced growing up in Eastern Europe.

I am reminded of a work by Ukrainian neoclassical composer Valentin Silvestrov. Devastated by the death of his wife, companion, and supporter of 30 years, he wrote “Requiem for Larissa” in memoriam.

Time in Valentin Silvestrov’s music is a black lake. The water barely moves; the past refuses to slide away; and the slow, irregular stirrings of an oar remain in place. Nothing is lost here. A melody, which will rarely extend through more than five or six notes, will have each of those notes sounding on, sustained by other voices or instruments, creating a lasting aura.1

At times I feel as though I’m situated on this black lake—time seemingly standing still yet moving ever so slowly, almost imperceptibly—its eerie blackness enveloping me. It seems both distressing and calming simultaneously.

Within Silvestrov’s “Requiem” is an excerpt from Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko’s “The Dream”. From the Wikipedia entry on Taras Shevchenko:

Dogged by terrible misfortune in love and life, the poet died seven days before the 1861 emancipation of serfs was announced. His works and life are revered by Ukrainians throughout the world and his impact on Ukrainian literature is immense.

Below is the English-rendered text of the excerpted poem:

Farewell, O world! Farewell, O earth!
Thou dismal, dreary land!
I’ll hide my torments, fierce and keen,
Within a cloud-bank bland

Then to thyself, my own Ukraine,
A widow sad and weak,
shall come flying from the clouds
And with thee I shall speak;

From our communion, soft and low
My heart shall gain some cheer;
At midnight shall my soul come down
In dewdrops cool and clear2

This post is purposefully a bit vague and yet non-purposefully a bit scattered, reflective of my emotions and the overarching opacity permeating Western society as a whole. But to be absolutely clear, I’m not suggesting any sort of reactive call to action. My hope is that individuals become aware of the myriad machinations being perpetuated upon the populace and refuse to engage in them. Divided, we fall.

We must have compassion for those caught up. Leave the door open for open discussion. Leave the door open to preach the Gospel message. The time is short.

I will end on a less somber note. Listen to master oudist Anouar Brahem (and his assembled band) describe “The Astounding Eyes of Rita” in a live recording in Bucharest, Romania:

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1 Paul Griffiths, Time Was, from the liner notes of Valentin Silvestrov Requiem for Larissa, ECM New Series 1778, (© 2004 ECM Records GmbH), p 2.

2 Taras Shevchenko, excerpted from “The Dream”, in The Poetical Works of Taras Shevchenko, translated from the Ukrainian by C. H. Andrusyshen and Watson Kirkconnell (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1964), as cited from the liner notes of Silvestrov Requiem, p 23.

18 Responses to Lament

  1. Tricia says:

    I understand! This is a process we are undergoing (I won’t say ALL of us because it’s not) that I think is a necessary preparation and training course. Let’s keep reminding ourselves that God knows, God sees, and God cares. All is in his hands for those who commit to HIM alone.

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  2. Craig says:

    Yes, I think you DO understand! My ‘training’ has been multifaceted for quite a while now. And I’ve not been doing as well in it as I should be, hard-headed as I am.

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  3. Jim says:

    Thanks for sharing this Craig. From gladiatorial contests to Netflix series, the opiate of the masses has been ‘entertainment’ and distraction from the hardship of life under the control of a tiny elite. But that hardship is always couched in ‘salvation from the State’ messaging.

    The brainwashed will be forever thus and the ‘great delusion’ will be welcomed if not already culturally and personally embraced.

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  4. Craig says:

    I’m sure many will escape in Zuck’s Metaverse.

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Your post made me think about something I don’t think about normally: Ukraine. And possible war. I might have said it in the past but I’ve spent time in Ukraine with the Marines many years ago, and my unit in Iraq was relieved by Ukranian infantry. I really would hope there would not be an invasion

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  6. Jim says:

    At the beginning and end of it all we are pilgrims and travellers through our valley of the shadow of death. Yet we fear no evil. The Lord is both with us in the now and there to welcome us at the final trumpet on his return. Both underpin our basis of joy and thanksgiving in that we are more than overcomers through Christ who died and rose again.

    I think sojourners in Jesus become comfortable with the melancholy that this journey brings, looking forward to the city with real foundations.

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  7. Craig says:

    I don’t recall you mentioning being in Ukraine and your relationship, as a Marine, with the Ukrainians. I also, of course, hope there’s no invasion. Shevchenko, as mentioned in the poem excerpted from in this post, was a serf, fighting for emancipation. He died just before Russia granted it. Interestingly, the word slave has Slavs in its etymology (see ORIGIN OF SLAVE–scroll down a bit). On a larger scale, I hope the West does not become enslaved, as result of encroaching totalitarianism, though I think that’s part of the end times, part of God’s plan. The masses may well ask for it, under the guise of ‘peace and security’.

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  8. Craig says:

    Amen to that, Jim. For me, it’s bittersweet. Melancholy mixed with hope. I have concern for the fellow sleeping masses, including family and friends.

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  9. SLIMJIM says:

    I fear what’s going on in the West…scary how some in population wants tyranny

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  10. Craig says:

    Yes, both ruling politicians and citizens (and maybe non-citizens, I suppose).

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  11. Craig says:

    Amen to this!

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  12. Craig says:

    Academy of Ideas with another thought-provoking vlog, though this subject was recently broached in a previous one.

    I had to scroll a bit through the comments to see if anyone was tracking with me; and, here’s one by ‘User User’:

    The technocracy has already taken dramatic steps to prevent a parallel society and economy from forming when they finally pull the plug. I believe this time there wont be any ignoring them and doing your own thing and waiting it out.

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  13. Jim says:

    I was thinking about a similar theme the other day, prompted by the shutdown of certain Canadian bank accounts to hamstring the protesters. It’s happening in Russia now at a national level no matter whose side you’re on in this tragic conflict. Lots of talk about its prophetic significance as an aside.

    You would have to be either totally self sustaining or in a barter based commune to survive any length of time under such circumstances. The solution to ‘mop up’ any resistance in my mind, is that the bought populace is incentivised to turn in such people and communities and become part of the ‘(emergency) law enforcement’ environment. Pre- and post-WW2 Germany are good examples of both.

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  14. Craig says:

    Good points. But also listen to this:

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  15. Jim says:

    Right. Interesting, and the way the system can shut off the individual as well as ‘selected’ banking infrastructure is too easy.

    I won’t post the link, but I watched a Russell Brand video on UKR/RU the other day. He gave a good balanced, nuanced commentary and then the conclusion right at the end was…..’what we need is a single global governance system with no international boundaries to invade!’

    This whole ‘invasion’ looks so horribly lame and manufactured, even with the shelling and civilian deaths. It’s like an imitation of an invasion. In slo-mo. Then there’s UKR crying out for EU help in the form of no fly zones etc, which would trigger a US/NATO participation. PRC would then feel obliged to jump in and you have WW3 in full flow.

    The end game is a huge step forward towards the Reset, going up to world war if necessary. The collusion beforehand is evident between RU and PRC. This is the beginning of the breaking of national identities in the name of ‘peace and safety’, or so it looks to me.

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  16. Craig says:

    Yes, it’s far too easy to shut individuals and larger entities off financially.

    I didn’t see that particular Brand vlog. Maybe he was being sarcastic? In any case, while watching another Brand video I thought, “He’d be the kind of guy as antichrist, for he’s likeable and appeals to many different kinds of people.”

    I agree: No doubt this is a precursor to the GR.

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  17. Craig says:

    This whole thing is really bringing me down. First, watch this young Russian guitarist mimic other famous guitarists. And her accompanying commentary. She’s hilarious! Her version of Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) is spot on:


    Now see what she recently wrote in her Community tab:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6w88SeJXw0JhmvXxDVRYrA/community


    And see this Russian guy (language warning), on how he, as a somewhat typical Russian, is affected:

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