Keep the Faith

I feel like we are in the middle of a James Bond movie.  Melanie and I watched all 24 of those movies over the last couple of months, starting with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Spectre (2015) last night.  Why?  We’d never seen them, they were a good distraction from our current reality, and the most importantly, good always defeated evil in the end.

Every film had basically the same plot.  An evil person or group wants to rule the world and they are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.  Only one man can stop them, Bond, James Bond, agent 007.  Evil is winning throughout the entire film until at the very last moment Mr. Bond swoops in to save the day, destroying the evil villain and ending their reign of terror.

One of the films seemed a bit too real, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).  It was about a media mogul who shaped the news to gain power and control over the world.  He often created the news by staging events to support the narrative most advantageous to achieving his dominance over everyone and everything.

I find the most troubling trend over the last year has been the startling acceleration in the censorship of truth, and the blatant promotion of misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies.  In fact, the major media sources don’t even attempt to hide their deception anymore.  It is usually easy to disprove what they report very quickly with readily available facts.

Take my least favorite topic for instance.  They would still have you believe we are all at great risk of dying from a virus.  But the WHO reports that the infection fatality rate of the virus is now 0.13%, the same as the seasonal flu.  Further, CDC reported deaths for 2020 are 0.87% of the U.S. population, the exact same as it has been for the last four years.  How can that be with over 300 thousand supposed covid deaths?  Did deaths from all other causes decrease for the first time ever?

So what is going on?  Why do the mainstream media so blatantly misinform and lie to us?  I suppose the same reason the media mogul villain in the movie did, power and control.  They want you to be dependent on them and to do what they say, it’s good business.  They do not want you to be independent thinkers who make your own choices based on facts and logic.

And unfortunately, they are very good at what they do and know they can get away with it.  They do it so well that the people they have fooled truly believe they are the informed and wise ones.  They will dismiss all facts that refute their indoctrinated beliefs.  It is a waste of time to even attempt to convince these brainwashed people otherwise.

Most troubling is that those controlling the narrative are also now able to easily squelch dissent.  There is no more debate.  They can’t allow alternative facts or points of view.  If they did, they know they would lose all credibility.  Instead they censor without regard to truth.  And worse yet, they attack those telling the truth.  And get their mindless followers to do the same.

I sadly laugh when I hear our politicians talk about coming together as a nation.  How do they think that is possible?  They, together with their media allies are the ones creating the division.  We are living in two very different worlds.  One based on truth, the other on propaganda.  One based on freedom, taking care of ourselves and each other.  The other based on total dependence on government, in essence, slavery.  Gee, I wonder which of those worlds God prefers for us?  Only when we all live in the truth will we be able to stand united.

I have an idea that might bring us a little closer together.  How about those of you in power simply share the truth about the virus.  All the fear and unnecessary restrictions on our freedom could end immediately with absolutely no adverse consequence, and you know it.  Of course you won’t because your year-long deception would then become obvious.  Instead you will intensify your efforts, intentionally inflating numbers and calling for even more restrictive measures.  Then eventually you will ease up a little and declare yourselves heroes.  In the meantime, we the people will continue our needless suffering.

The recent hypocrisy about the election is especially troubling. Here the media narrative is that there is absolutely no evidence of election fraud. Great! So why not prove it by dispelling all the evidence to the contrary. We spent 3 years investigating Russian interference with the last election. So why not take a little time to look into this election. But instead, all attempts to bring the irregularities to light are immediately dismissed and censored. Why? What are you hypocrites so afraid of?

Instead of wanting to get to the truth, no court will even agree to hear the evidence. All they have done is to rule that the people and organizations asking for a hearing lack standing. It seems no one has standing in this case, how convenient. But why? Probably because they know it will create chaos. So what? Their failure to listen is creating chaos anyway. Wouldn’t holding a fair hearing go a long way toward settling the questions and healing the division?

But once again, those who simply want the truth are being demonized by the mainstream media.  Why didn’t that happened to all those Russian conspiracy theorists?  They got a 3-year hearing conducted by people who hate the President.  They found nothing and yet they still persist to this day. Why is that okay?  Why the double-standard?  Why don’t they want to get to the truth about this election?  Probably because they know the truth will set us free … from them.

Speaking of hypocrisy, why all of a sudden is it wrong to hold a mostly peaceful protest?  They were encouraged all summer long, urged on by the same politicians and media who are now condemning what was minor and short-lived compared to the violence, deaths, property destruction, and looting they openly permitted and supported for months on end.  Shouldn’t they take a consistent position?  Shouldn’t they be held accountable for inciting actual riots?

And why the rush to impeach the President again on baseless charges.  He will be gone in a week anyway.  Can’t they just be happy they have finally apparently succeeded in getting rid of him?  Unless maybe they are afraid the election fraud can be proven?  But they will never allow any investigation to take place once they are in power, so what’s the point?  How any of them call themselves Christians is completely beyond me.

Back to the movies.  It seems hopeless right now.  Evil just keeps winning.  When will James Bond swoop in to save us.  We need our agent 007.  But of course we have an even better savior to call upon, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He will save us, He already has!

We the faithful know that God has a plan.  We already know how this movie ends, the script is written in the Book of Revelation.  We don’t know when it will happen, but we do know He will win.  And we know we will win with Him if we keep the faith.

Maybe the current plan is for things to get so bad that the masses will eventually return to Him in great numbers.  Or maybe He just wants it to become obvious who the faithful really are.  I want us to be in that number, which reminds me of a song.  When the Saints Go Marchin’ In:

Oh, when the saints go marching in. Oh, when the saints go marching in. Dear Lord, I want to be in that number. When the saints go marching in.

So how do we persist in our pursuit of sainthood in these times of great trial?  Only one way I can think of.  FAITH!

“Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

We need to muster up our faith to move the mountains of good to the forefront, and the mountains of evil into oblivion.  We need to do what we can to promote good and defeat evil.

We must believe that we can win, trust that the Lord will help us, and have the courage to take the actions required to prevail.  This combination of belief, trust, courage, and action will demonstrate our faith.

And remember, it’s not this world that we are living for, but for the next.  As the serenity prayer says in part:

Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

And since today celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., here is a bit of wisdom from him:

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 

Keep the Faith!  Scott

The Playground is Open!

Can you come out to play?  It’s a new year, time to get back out on the playground and have some fun.  As I said in a recent article, I’m declaring 2021 to be the year of the Playground Saint.

What is a playground saint?  A person who is actively striving to be the person God made them to be, while at the same time not taking themselves too seriously, and having a little fun along the way.

I likened Playground Saints to be a combination of the scarecrow, tin man, and lion from the Wizard of Oz.  Playground Saints use their brains to seek, find, live, and share truth.  They display heart by living the greatest commandments and the golden rule.  They demonstrate courage by doing the right things, in the right way, for the right reasons.  And like Dorothy, they know there is no place like home, where home is making their way back to heaven to live for an eternity with the Creator.

More specifically a Playground Saint is a person who is:

  1. Striving to be their best God-given authentic self;
  2. Seeking, finding, and developing their God-given talents;
  3. Using their talents to provide value to others;
  4. Behaving virtuously;
  5. Determined to get a little better every day;
  6. Inspiring, encouraging, and helping others to do the same, and;
  7. Having some fun along the way.

Ultimately, the goal of the Playground Saint is to live a life worthy of achieving eternal life in heaven.  They do that by placing their faith in God and striving to live the life He has in mind for them.  A life of service to Him and others.

If this is the type of person you want to be, you are in the right place.

I definitely want to be a Playground Saint.  But I know I can’t be successful on my own.  We were made for community with each other. We each have a unique part to play in making the world a better place.  But none of us can do that alone.  We need to help and support one another.

I believe part of my reason for being currently is to help facilitate the development and growth of a community of striving Playground Saints.  A place where we can learn from each other and encourage one another to strive to become what we are meant to be, saints.

My initially name for this community was Playground Saints AlivePlayground signifying fun and being yourselves as you were back in your early days.  Saints meaning striving to be and give your absolute best for the benefit of others. And Alive conveying that you are living life to the fullest as God intends.  I also liked the acronym, PSA, commonly thought of as a Public Service Announcement.  We will certainly be doing the public a great service by striving to be fun-loving and service oriented Playground Saints.

But as I started writing this a new name came to mind, the Community of Playground Saints, or COPS for short.  That also seems to be an appropriate acronym since the job of cops is to protect and serve.  Playground Saints are definitely in the business of protecting each other from the evil one and from the bullies of this world, and to serving God and each other.

I like them both so I leave the choice to you.  Please reply to this with either PSA or COPS and we’ll go with the majority for the official title.

So here is what I am planning to do.  I am going to write more frequent, but shorter articles throughout this year.  They will each provide ideas about how you can live the life of a Playground Saint, and give you simple activities designed to incorporate the ideas into your daily living.  The articles will likely center around the themes of faith, freedom, fortitude, and fun.

Actually, what I will share with you is what I am thinking about, and what I am doing.  My hope is that you will find this useful in your personal journey.  I would expect that some of what I will share you will find useful, some not, and some you can improve upon.  I certainly welcome your feedback and ideas.

Again, my hope is that we make this a group effort.  I envision us slowly growing a community of actively striving Playground Saints.  We are all in this together.  I will raise topics and provide my thoughts, but the greater value may come from us sharing our personal experiences, observations, and ideas with each other.  The easiest and most convenient way for us to do that currently is through establishing a private Facebook group.  I will do that and tell you how to join once we settle on an official name.

I am also considering doing short videos to support the articles for those who would rather watch than read.  Making videos is one of the ways I am challenging myself this year.  You will no doubt get at least a few laughs at my expense in the process:-)  Plus this will give me the ability to interview others about what they are doing in their saintly journey, maybe even some of you.  Who knows, there may even be a podcast in our future.

Do you remember what your parents and teachers would say to you when you ran outside to play as a kid?  Be good, play nice, and have fun.  Something like that, right?  That’s what I envision for us.  I would add do good to the list as well.  Actually, my hope is that we move beyond good to great … or better yet, from good, to great, to Playground Saint!  Enough for now, let’s play!

Personally, I am determined to start every day this year with a serenity mindset.  I do this by reciting the Serenity Prayer to myself immediately when I wake up in the morning.  The words serve to remind me about what is important in life, and more importantly, what is not.

Most people know the short version:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And, the wisdom to know the difference.

I prefer the long version written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American Theologian, sometime in the 1940’s.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

Often times nowadays I find myself using an even shorter version by simply saying, “God grant me serenity” many times throughout each day.  It is hard to escape the craziness of the world right now.  But through this simple phrase I can at least remind myself that the ways of God will prevail in the end.  It sure is better than the “Serenity Now” mantra used to stave off anger in a popular Seinfeld episode.  There in the end, serenity now resulted in insanity later. Let’s stick with the supremely happy in the end version.

So here is your first challenge.  Recite the long version of the Serenity Prayer three times a day (morning, noon, and night) for at least one week.  This should allow you to memorize it in a week.  Then you will have all versions available to you at all times when needed.  Thereafter I would encourage you to recite the long version early every morning, and the short, or even shorter version as needed throughout the day.

I hope you will join our community of striving Playground Saints.  In the meantime, let’s all work hard to do good, be good, get better every day, and remember to have a little fun along the way.  More to come within the week…

Happy New Year!  Scott

Be a Christmas Buddy

It’s Christmas movie week!  We have a list of our favorites that we watch every year, no doubt you do too.  I was curious about what would appear by doing an internet search for best Christmas movies.  Here’s the first list that appeared:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. Die Hard
  3. A Christmas Carol
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  6. Home Alone
  7. A Christmas Story
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. Scrooged
  10. Elf

Hey, where’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas?  And though we’ve watched Die Hard at least a dozen times, and yes it does take place around Christmas, gotta question it coming in at number two.

We watched Elf yesterday.  I found it very relevant to the world we presently live in and decided to write my thoughts for your consideration, and hopefully a little enjoyment.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the plot, here are the basics. The main character, Buddy the Elf, crawled into Santa’s bag one Christmas and ended up at the North Pole.  He was raised as one of Santa’s elves by his adopted elf father.  He eventually learns that his biological father lives in New York City.  He travels there to find him which is when all the fun begins.

Buddy came from elf world where there are three rules:

  1. Treat every day like Christmas
  2. There’s room for everyone on the nice list.
  3. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Oh, and where the four major food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.

Now imagine coming from that magical world into New York City.  What he found there was a city full of cynics and unbelievers, especially his father who Santa told him was on the naughty list.

Thankfully Buddy maintained his every day is Christmas joy and spread it to all he encountered.  Then when Santa’s sleigh was having trouble flying because of the lack of Christmas spirit in the city, Buddy’s words of elf wisdom eventually saved the day.  He inspired people to sing carols loud for all to hear, thereby producing the Christmas cheer necessary to lift the sleigh.  Even his father sang and got himself removed from the naughty list.

What struck me in watching the movie this year was the colliding of two very different worlds that took place.  The always joyful world of Santa and the elves, clashing with the humdrum life in the big city.  Buddy refused to adapt to the less joyful world that he encountered.  Rather, he inspired them to adopt his.

My lessons learned from the story are that (1) how we choose to view and live in the world is a personal choice, and (2) it only takes a few to inspire the many.

We seem to have a lot of colliding worlds right now.  At the extremes, there are those who fear a virus, and those who do not.  Those who love the country the way it was originally founded, and those who do not.  Those who believe in God, and those who do not.  And many, too many I think, stuck in the middle.

Personally, I’m choosing to live in the world guided by elf rule number one: Treat every day like Christmas.  I think living this one simple rule could serve to solve all of our worldly problems.  Think about it, if we treated every day like the day the savior of the world was born, what difference would that make in our world and in our daily lives?

We would know that we are saved and that we will live eternally in heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16

We would live for Him and actively strive to live a productive and holy life to show our belief.

But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.  John 3:21

“Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”  Matthew 10:38

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”  Matthew 10:39

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  John 14:15

We would live to serve our fellow man.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:38

 “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12

We would not live in fear, especially of death which only serves to bring us to the promise of eternal life.

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”  Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.  Matthew 8:26

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31

We would be joyful.

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3

And we would live every day to its fullest in order to always be ready for what comes next.

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.  Matthew 24:42

Put it all together and what are we talking about?  Striving to become the saints we are all meant to be.

Buddy the Elf seems very saintly to me, and definitely childlike.  Maybe we should be striving to be elves?  Works for me, I love candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup!

There are so many great lines in the Elf movie.  Do yourself a favor and watch it soon.  Here are a couple more of my favorites:

“Why don’t you just say it? I’m the worst toy-maker in the world? I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”

“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.”

“Santa! Oh, my God! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!”

That last one seems particularly relevant and timely.  Let’s change it and sing it loud for all to hear:

“Jesus!  Oh, my God!  Jesus is coming!  I know him!  I know him!

Merry Christmas to You All!!!  Scott

False Vax Prophets

I really wanted to take the rest of this year off from research and writing.  It’s been exhausting trying to find truth is this year of widespread lies and deception.  But Nooooo!  Along comes a rapidly developed vaccine which seems just a little too good to be true.  I couldn’t resist looking into it.  Had I known it was going to take an entire week, well, I would have done it anyway.

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so curious and suspicious.  I blame my Mother.  Actually, I thank her.  As a librarian, she taught me the value of constantly asking and seeking out the answers to my many questions about the universe.  Thanks Mom!

I really wanted to leave this vaccination topic alone because I knew it was going to lead me down a rabbit hole.  But with the rapid deployment and mounting pressure for everyone to take it, I just had to know if it is as safe and effective as it is being widely described.

Spoiler alert, my review has proven to me that the vaccine is neither safe nor effective.  But please don’t take my word for it alone.  I’ll give you the highlights of what I found and provide you references so you can investigate for yourself.

I should offer a brief disclaimer, I am not a medical expert, but I can lay claim to being a professional researcher.  But whether you choose to take this vaccination is obviously a personal decision.  I simply want to give you as much information as possible so you can make the most informed decision possible for you and your family.  I assume you have been inundated with the “you must get the shot” message.  I urge you to consider an alternative viewpoint backed by a compelling set of facts.

I think this is particularly important in this case.  The pressure to take this vaccine is immense.  We are being told we must obey to be considered people of good will.  No doubt that if we resist we will be coerced into compliance with threats of restrictions on our ability to retain employment, travel, be admitted to businesses, go to school and church, attend events, or receive government assistance.

One quick update to the reality of the virus facts from a previous article.  The World Health Organization just provided an update estimates that put the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) at about 0.14%. The seasonal flu IFR is 0.10%, not much difference.  So why the continued panic?  Simple … politicians and the media continue to push a fear narrative on a now largely indoctrinated covid cult-like population.

Below I share my major questions and answers about the vaccine.  I am going to give you enough detail to hopefully support my conclusions.  But I do again urge you to look into this for yourself.  That way you will develop a real understanding that will enable you to make informed decisions, and facilitate your ability to help others to do the same.  And please feel free to forward this to everyone you know.  That way you have me to blame with anyone who doesn’t like the conclusions.  No doubt many won’t believe or accept them.  At least we have tired.  Here goes…

Is the vaccine necessary?

My conclusion – No.  Our God-given immune system is 99.86% effective in protecting us against death from the virus if we get it.  80-90% of people who get it have only minor symptoms anyway.  Everyone we know who has had the illness has told us that they would much rather have it than the seasonal flu.  Only those with serious pre-existing health conditions are at risk.  Maybe the vaccine will help them?

Is the vaccine effective?

My conclusion – No.  It doesn’t reduce symptoms. It doesn’t prevent infection.  It doesn’t prevent transmission to others.  In fact, getting the vaccine is worse for you than doing nothing.  How can that be???  Glad you asked.  Please see the summary points below.

First, I urge you to watch this linked video titled How Effective is the Covid-19 Vaccine from a journalist named Del Bigtree sometime soon.  This guy has been right about nearly everything covid related from the beginning.  I like him because he uses the scientific method to investigate issues from all angles.  He does what all journalists used to do.  He lets the evidence lead him to fact-based logical conclusions.  And he always provides his sources and asks that you do your own examination.  Here’s what he found, and I concur after looking at all of his sources.

  • It has been reported that the vaccines coming our way are between 90 and 95% effective.  But effective for what?  In fact, the vaccines were only tested for their ability to reduce symptoms of the illness.  They have not been tested for their ability to prevent infection or transmission to others.  It makes me wonder, since symptoms for most are mild anyway, what is the big benefit of these vaccines?  I thought that prevention of infection and transmission was the goal.  Bet you did too.  Guess not.
  • But is it really even 95% effective for reducing symptoms?  Short answer, no.  That number came from a trial including 30,000 participants.  Half were given the vaccine and half a placebo.  Of those who were vaccinated, 11 had symptoms, as compared with 185 in the placebo group.  11 divided by the total of 196 who had symptoms is 5%, thus 95% more effective.
  • But the person who is the head of the trails said that 10-15% of those in the vaccinated group had covid symptoms as a result of taking the vaccine, some pretty severe.  That is 1,500 people minimum.
  • So now we have at least 1,511 vaccinated people who experienced symptoms, versus only 185 in the placebo group.  That makes not being vaccinated about 90% more effective than getting the shot (1-(185/1696) …wow!  Why would anyone take the jab?
  • How can this be?  Well, the drug company trial didn’t start measuring for symptoms until 42 days after the initial injection.  Therefore, all the adverse effects experienced directly after receiving the vaccine were excluded from their results.  What kind of science it that?  Misleading at best.

Is the vaccine safe?

My conclusion – Can’t be sure, but it seems highly unlikely.  Here again I have a video for you from the same guy, but this time he is interviewing a world renown expert on viruses and vaccines.  It is titled, Stop Covid Vax Experiments. For an overview you can also read this linked article.  Here is my attempt to summarize their thoughts:

  • A vaccine for a corona virus has never been successfully developed.
  • All animal trials of corona virus vaccines have failed over the past 20 years.  Not always immediately, but over time.
  • Unlike human trials, animal studies include a challenge phase.  That is where the animal is injected with the virus after receiving the vaccination.  Often they have then experienced something called a cytokine storm which actually makes the disease much worse, killing all the cats in at least one study.
  • Side effects from the vaccine are experienced by many, as noted in the effectiveness section above, which may be worse than the illness itself for many.
  • The long-term effects of this covid vaccine have not been studied at all.
  • Prior vaccines are known to have caused chronic illness and auto immune diseases.  If you want an in-depth look at vaccines, here is another excellent video, The Vaccine Safety Project.  It is an hour-and-a-half long but well worth the time.
  • This vaccine actually modifies us genetically.  This is a new method for which the long-term consequences are completely unknown.  I wonder how God feels about us altering his intelligent design for us?
  • There is a risk of temporary infertility in women at the least, and sterilization at the worst.  Maybe men too.  See this article from Life Site News titled 5 Questions About the Coronavirus Vaccine that Should Scare Everyone.

Why would they risk the widespread release of something that doesn’t do much good, and could end up doing great harm?

  • Well first of all, pharmaceutical companies are absolved from any and all liability for vaccines.  How convenient.
  • I titled this article False Vax Prophets because we are being lied to and manipulated once again. But one thing that is not false is that the profits for these false prophets will be enormous!

Here’s how I see this thing playing out.  Any negative initial side effects of the vaccine will be touted as worth it to gain the so-called benefit.  Any longer-term impacts will be blamed on something else, a mutation of the virus, a new virus, or attributed to some other cause like climate change or Donald Trump.

Out of the blue I had a crazy conspiracy theory pop into my head during my run today.  Well, saying “run” is misleading.  Jog is more accurate.  Wog is probably the best descriptor, somewhere between a walk and a jog.  I think my brother invented that term.  Now, remember before you read this that I told you it was crazy.  But in the year 2020, is there really any such thing?

Since the pharma companies obviously know about the high potential for negative results from their covid vaccine, what if they instead gave everyone the placebo and therefore no bad results occurred.  They could then say the testing for infection is no longer necessary.  That would end the scare tactic of big case numbers.  By the way, here is an article that concludes that 97% of the PCR test results have been false positives.  It was used successfully in a court case.  There are many other similar studies coming to light now.  Does that make you mad?!

The media could finally start reporting the real numbers in a positive light, rather that continuing to prolong the unwarranted fear they have created through their misleading narrative and outright dishonesty.

Then since hardly anyone actually gets ill anyway, politicians could allow things to go back to normal and claim victory.  This would serve to graciously get themselves out of the mess they have created.  And best yet, they and big pharma will become heroes in the minds of the masses, never to be distrusted again!  The evil geniuses win.

Anyway, it could happen.  Maybe that is what’s happening.  Have you wondered how they could have possibly produced and distributed enough of these vaccines so quickly? They don’t even have official approval yet, and the studies continue. How would we ever know the difference between a vaccine and a placebo?

I would love for someone to do a test of a random sample of vials of the vaccine to see what is really in them.  I see the former U.S. Presidents are lining up to take the shots live on television.  They aren’t stupid, they know the risks.  There is no way they are getting anything but a saline solution injection.  We’ll never know for sure.  Seriously, do you trust that crew?  I did not have relations with that woman!  Mission accomplished!  You can keep your doctor!  Yeah right…

In summary, my personal conclusion is that the potential significant risks of these completely experimental vaccines far outweigh any claimed benefits.  Remember, the vaccine only claims to reduce symptoms, it does not prevent infection or curtail transmission to others.  Symptoms are minimal for most anyway, so really, what’s the point?

Well, thus concludes another installment of “We Ain’t All Saints.”  I grow weary of writing about this stuff, but feel an overwhelming obligation to do so.  Finding and sharing truth is worth it.  People are suffering needlessly.  The WHO now estimates that 130 million people could starve as a result of the unnecessary lockdowns.  This has to end.  We have to end it by bringing the truth to light.  Please go forth and do so.  That’s what aspiring saint do.  They seek, find, share, and live the truth.

To Your Health and Safety!  Scott

Vision 2021

Last week, in the spirit of hope for a brighter future, I asked you to envision what your year 2021 will be like.  Specifically, I invited you to ask God what His plan for your life is for the upcoming year.  And to view it as though it had already happened and you are looking back on what happened and what was achieved.  The aim of this exercise is to create a compelling vision of the future that will inspire action.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

I told you I would share what I heard in doing the same exercise.  I wrote it down unfiltered, without thinking about it.  I feel like if I do much thinking that I end up with a watered-down version of what I am really being charged with doing.  I’m going to put this in quotes like God is talking.  Obviously it is only my interpretation.  Anyway, here it is:

“I want you to facilitate the development of a community of people striving to make it to heaven. 

Of course, whether any of you succeed is up to my grace, but I gave you all a reason for being.  It is up to each of you to figure out what yours is, and to live it out to the best of your ability.

I want you to help people do that.  Specifically, I want you to attract others to this community who are serious about doing the following:

  1. Being themselves, their God-given authentic selves;
  2. Seeking, finding, and developing their God-given talents;
  3. Using their talents to provide value to others;
  4. Behaving virtuously;
  5. Striving to get a little better every day;
  6. Inspiring, encouraging, and helping others to do the same, and;
  7. Having some fun along the way.

I want you to give them a place to learn how to do each of the above, and to interact and support one another.  And by the way, when I say them, you are included.  You are helping yourself by helping others.

I also want you to help them to deepen their faith in Me; to seek, find, and live by truth; to be role models for living by the greatest commandments and the golden rule; and to have the courage to do all of the above.

Yes, the sad fact is that it takes great courage to live a Christ-centered life nowadays.  Seems odd that the best way to live, the way to true happiness now and forever, is looked down upon by your increasingly secular society.  Why is it considered the hard way to live when it should be so easy, and so satisfying?  I gave you the simple rules long ago, just play by them.

Anyway, go make some good things happen.  I will guide you along the way as always.  All you need to do is listen and take action.  Good things will happen when you do.  If they don’t, it just means you aren’t paying close enough attention.

You should provide entertaining lessons and engaging challenges.  You should make use of video as well as the written word.  You should also provide ways for members to get to know each other.  Give them a forum where they can learn from each other.  You should also interview them to share their expertise.  I gave you all unique talents that are meant to be shared for your mutual benefit. Introduce outside experts to the group as well.

And do this all in a way that makes it easy for others to join the community and bring themselves up to speed at their own pace.  Then encourage members to invite their like-minded family and friends to join in all the fun.  Yes, make it fun.

I’d like this community to grow to a point where people can truly help each in living their daily lives.  I especially see this as a place where generations can learn from, and support each other.  Where a young person might discover or advance their career though connections established in the group.  Or an older person might find the assistance they may need through a younger member.  By the way, the split between young and old is one year older than Scott’s age:-)

The key is to get and keep people focused on what truly matters in life, and away from what does not.  That is easier said than done and requires that we assist each other on an ongoing basis.  Establishing personal connections helps to make that happen.

So in 2021 I expect to see the development of a thriving online community of Playground Saints Alive.  Playground signifying fun and being yourselves as you were back in your early days.  Saints meaning striving to be and give your absolute best for the benefit of others. And Alive conveying that you are living life to the fullest as I, your God, intended; in community with one another.  My-speed (Godspeed)!”

Okay, well that is quite a challenge.  That is how I know it is coming from above and not from me.  I would have aimed a little lower.  You know, using the under-promise and over-deliver methodology to mediocrity.  Instead I’m being asked, no told, to aim for excellence.  Yes sir, I’ll do my best.

I’m not sure yet exactly how I will do what I have been tasked with here.  But I do feel a sense of urgency to figure it out and get it rolling.  Once again, one of my bible readings for the day gives me the feeling that time is of the essence.  I keep trying to keep these end-time verses out of sight, out of mind, but they keep appearing to my dismay.

But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.  Mark 13:32-33

So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to take the month of December off from writing these weekly articles in order to come up with specific plans for 2021.  I will send progress reports through email as I have them.

If you currently get these messages through email you will be informed about what is coming next and how to participate.  If not, you can join our email list by either signing up for the newsletter at the bottom of this linked page, or to stay in the loop at the bottom of this linked page.

In the meantime, if you received your 2021 assignment from above, I encourage you to start making general plans in that direction.  Making specific plans will likely be one of the things we do first in January, but there is no need to delay if you are ready.  Or take it easy this month in preparation for a big leap forward next year.  Rest, relax, and enjoy the Holidays with family and friends.

Happy Holidays to All of You Playground Saints Alive!  Scott

Beyond Thanksgiving

Remember way back at the start of this year when we all pledged to have our happier than happiest year ever in 2020?  It seemed like such a good idea at the time.  In hindsight, we couldn’t have picked a worse year to make happiness our aim.  I don’t know about you, but I am failing miserably.

I feel like the guy in the movie Airplane! who said, “Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up…” and then inserted smoking, drinking, amphetamines, and sniffing glue into the line as the movie progressed.  We most definitely picked the wrong year to give up unhappiness.

Early on I gave you my happiness formula for consideration; Happiness = Reality ≥ Expectation.  That is, we are happy when our reality in life equals or exceeds our expectations.  The greater the reality exceeds the expectation, the happier we are.

We can therefore control our level of happiness by working to improve our reality, adjusting our expectations, or better yet, doing both.  Basically, my working theory was that happiness is a state of mind that we can create for ourselves at any time we so choose.

Wishful thinking it turns out.  I so wanted to believe it was true.  I was certainly determined to give it a try.  But it didn’t work.  While I still believe that it is true to some extent, my current level of personal unhappiness has caused me to reconsider.

At first I did try lowering my expectations.  It was obvious that conditions in the world had changed drastically.  Reality had no chance of living up to my initial expectations.  This worked for a while.  But as time went by it became clear that no amount of expectation lowering would be enough to meet the constantly deteriorating reality being imposed upon us.  I needed a new strategy.

I decided to depend upon gratitude.  I started every day by reminding myself how good I have it.  I have everything a person could ever hope for.  I have done everything I have ever wanted to do, and accomplished more than I would have ever thought possible.  I am truly blessed.  This helped me to be feel satisfied, but fell short of happiness.  Why?  Empathy and guilt.  I wish everyone had it as good, I know most don’t, and I feel helpless to do much about it.

So while I do believe that an attitude of gratitude is absolutely required in order to achieve a state of happiness, it is not enough.  There is something beyond thankfulness that leads to happiness.  But what?  Since having embarked on this happiness journey nearly a year ago, and reading and thinking about it daily, I have now landed upon what I believe to be the key ingredients to a happy life.  Here they are for your contemplation:

Faith – in God and the promise of eternal life.

Gratitude – for who we are, what we have been given, and the opportunities available to us.

Purpose –something meaningful and interesting to do which provides value to others.

Community – people to support us, and for us to support.

Hope – something to look forward to.

Eureka, hope is what has been missing for me this year!  It seems like every time there is a little hope, someone comes along to throw a bucket of water on us to keep the misery going.  This situation reminds me of the immortal words of the Wicked Witch of the West as she melted away in the Wizard of Oz, “What a world, what a world.” Well I refuse to melt!

Hope is faith looking forward into the future.  Hope gives us something to look forward to.  Hope keeps us moving ahead. Hope fuels us to face the inevitable challenges in life.  Hope overcomes fear.  Hope encourages us to keep running the race.  Hope reminds us that we have a savior who set us free.

I have made it a practice for decades now to make my plan for the upcoming year over the Thanksgiving holiday.  It helps me get over the gratitude guilt that I can’t seem to shake at this time of year.  Deciding what I will do in the coming year to give back and make the world a little bit better gives me hope.

For a long time I didn’t like using the word hope.  I equated it with a wish which is outside of our control.  I want some ability to make things happen versus merely hoping they will happen.  But the hope I am talking about here, and which is the hope I have come to known in the bible, is an action oriented hope.  It is a hope that contains the following elements:

  • A compelling vision of the future;
  • Specific goals devised to drive achievement of the vision;
  • Action items designed to enable accomplishment of the goals, and;
  • A tracking system to show progress and provide ongoing motivation.

Here is what I urge you to do sometime during this holiday weekend in order to go beyond thanksgiving and boost your hope.  Find a quiet spot and allocate one hour of uninterrupted time to this exercise.  Ask God what His plan for your life is for 2021.  Specifically, pray about what you will have done and achieved, as though it has already happened and you are looking back on it.  Sit in silence.  Try not to think, just listen.  Write down what you hear.  We are just looking for the compelling vision of the future here, don’t worry about goals or required actions yet.

Here’s the hard part, do not think about what it will take to achieve the end results.  Most of us get discouraged to quickly by getting into details.  This is especially true if what you are hearing is actually God’s plan, not yours.  Here’s my test to know the difference.  If it seems really difficult to believe, but deep down you know it is possible, it’s probably His.  He will push us, we rarely do that for ourselves.

I will be doing the same and will reveal what I hear to you next week.  And here is one last hope related thought I will be taking into consideration when contemplating my 2021 plan.  It is a quote by Saint Augustine:

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage.  Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

This is a really interesting way to look at determining what you should be doing in the world.  It seems a little un-Christian. We are taught not to be angry.  It’s a sin, right?  Well maybe only when it is uncalled for?  Even Jesus got angry, calling leaders hypocrites and turning over tables.

All I know is that I am angry about the state of many things in the world and sure would like to work to change them.  Maybe anger is a good place to start in order to reveal what you are passionate about improving in the world.  That passion will serve to fuel a desire to take action.   Give it a try and see what happens.

I’ll share my vision next week.  In the meantime, have a Hope Filled Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott

If I Were the Devil…

There have been a lot of references recently to the George Orwell book 1984, originally published in 1949.  I remember thinking it was crazy talk back in high school.  Then I reread it in the mid-80’s and found it a little less unbelievable.  In the 90’s it was unfolding slowly right before my eyes.  It took firm hold of society in the 2000’s and continues to accelerate.  I tried to reread it recently and had to stop to maintain whatever sanity I have left.

On another trip in the way back machine, I woke up this morning thinking about Paul Harvey’s famous, “If I Were the Devil” talk from 1965.  It was his warning about the evils he saw coming to take down the United States.

While it too is a little depressing in its accuracy, it helps me to put current events into perspective.  I thought it might do the same for you.  So for your reference below is the transcript of his talk.  And following it is my attempt to update it based on more recent events.

I warn you up front that it can be disturbing to think about what we have allowed to happen thus far.  Yet it may be the wake-up call we need in order to gain the motivation to fight back and do something about it.  Here goes:

PAUL HARVEY’S ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’ TRANSCRIPT

“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee.

So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who want until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

And what do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus, I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.

In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.  Paul Harvey, good day.”

I miss Mr. Harvey’s daily dose of reality and common sense in his “The Rest of the Story” segments.  These aired from 1952 to 2008, 56 years, amazing.  We lost him 2009, God rest his soul!

I’m certainly no Paul Harvey, but I do have thoughts on additional ways the devil is currently succeeding.  There are so many I’m just going to briefly list my top ten without elaboration.  Take a look and feel free to comment with more of your own.

If I were the devil I would:

  1. Use fear to cause people to willingly give up their freedoms.
  2. Censor truth and promote lies.
  3. Demonize those who promote inconvenient truths.
  4. Create the illusion that evil is good, and good is evil.
  5. Make it difficult to do what is right and good, and easy to do the opposite.
  6. Put people into groups, and put those groups at war.
  7. Deem churches to be non-essential.
  8. Teach people what to think, not how to think.
  9. Crash the economy to create a dependent people.
  10. Promise everybody free stuff to gain their support and loyalty.

Just for fun let’s turn the question around.  What would you do if you were God?  If I were God I’d end this thing right now before it gets any worse.  I have never been more embarrassed for us as a people as I am right now.  We are faithless cowards living by lies and deceit.  Not you dear readers, but those running the show and those complying without question.  When does this end?  What comes next?

Did you hear the announcement that Pfizer has a vaccine that is 90% effective?  The stock market skyrocketed and the company CEO sold 60% of his stock for a cool $5 million.  Smart man.  He knows that a vaccine for a corona virus has never been that effective.  They have been trying with the flu for over 30 years and it is still only between 40-60% effective.

I looked at the announcement and tried to find the detailed analysis.  All I could find is that the 90% is based on the study of 94 individuals out of the 43,538 people participating in the study, or a 0.2% sample of an already very small sample.

But the scary thing is that based on this tiny sample, governments around the world are already talking about making this vaccine mandatory for its citizens.  A vaccine that has been in development less than a year, where testing began no more than a couple of months ago, and where they have no idea what the down the road side-effects may be.  Yet it’s going to be forcefully shot into people, really?  Oh, and the pharmaceutical company has been granted immunity from all liability.  Gee, what could possibly go wrong?!

With all the hysteria and media hype I still sometimes forget the simple facts.  We already have a 99.74% survival rate if we become infected, nearly 100% if we are healthy.  We know who the at-risk individuals are.  Why are we still not focused solely on protecting them and letting the rest get back to living life as God intended?  The devil is laughing at us and dancing for joy.

Really scary stuff!  So what is God going to do about it?  Probably what He always does, leave it up to us.  He gave us life, simple rules, and free will.  It is up to us to do the rest.  We all have an important role in this world.  Our goal?  Get to heaven and help others to do the same.  We need each other to succeed.  We need you, the community of striving saints!  You are the answer.  You and those you can influence.  Nothing is going to change until we the people demand it.

I do have great confidence that our faith in God and country will prevail as it has for the last several centuries.  The battle seems to be at a critical stage.  Too many are willing to go along with the prevailing popular view in order to get along.  But as the few have been able to control the many this year, so too can the many rise up and take back their country when armed with truth and faith in a loving God.

I urge you to share your knowledge about what is really going on with as many others as you can.  And to get them to do the same.  As we saw with the drastically flawed voting polls once again, there is a silent majority out there fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.  It’s time that we speak out boldly.  What do we have to lose?  Better question, what will we lose if we don’t?

More to come next week about developing a Community of Striving Playground Saints.  How about calling it Playground Saints Alive?  If you have a better name, please let me know.

Good Day!  Scott

Wanted: Playground Saints

By the authority vested in me through having written books including the terms saint and playground in their titles, I hereby declare 2021 to be the year of the Playground Saint.

What is a playground saint?  A person who is actively striving to be the person God made them to be, while at the same time not taking themselves too seriously and having a little fun in life.

Playground Saints are like the scarecrow, tin man, and lion from the Wizard of Oz.  They use their brain, display heart, and demonstrate courage to the best of their God given abilities.

Most importantly, they have a soul that desperately desires to get back to heaven.  I guess Dorothy could represent the soul, “There’s no place like home!”

More specifically, Playground Saints use their minds to seek, find, and live by truth.  Like children, they are curious and constantly asking why.  They are not content to accept the word of others as gospel truth.  They want to gain full understanding of what is actually right and true.  They seek both knowledge and experience to gain the wisdom necessary to make well informed choices in life.  They use the proper blend of reason, logic, and emotion to make the best decisions in any given situation.

Playground Saints care about and for others, they have heart.  They are service oriented and do things that help improve the lives of others. They are role models for living by the greatest commandments (love God and neighbors) and golden rule (do to others whatever you would have them do to you).  They want to make it to heaven and bring as many others with them as they can.

Courage is the greatest attribute of a Playground Saint.  They dare to be themselves, their God given selves.  They are comfortable being who they naturally are, and doing what they are intended to do.  They do not worry about what others think of them.  They only care about what God thinks of them.  They strive to do good, to be good, and to get better every day.

And finally, and maybe most importantly, Playground Saints understand they have a soul to protect.  They realize there is an internal war going on every day for possession of their soul.  They fight the good fight with all their might.  They will not compromise their principles.  There is no going along to get along in the face of evil.  They know they will lose some battles, but they are determined to win the war.

The world is in desperate need of Playground Saints.  We seem to keep waiting for someone or something to arise from out of nowhere and save us from ourselves.  Unfortunately, no election or vaccine is going to do that.  Fortunately, Jesus already has.  He saved us long ago.  All we need to do is follow His teaching and example.  Simple, but not easy.

Ultimately it is up to each of us to save ourselves.  All it takes is a strong desire and a steadfast commitment.  But it is a difficult lifelong journey and we will need help and support along the way.  We were made for community.  We are each a piece in the puzzle of the perfect world.  We need to figure out where we fit and to help others do the same.

With all of this in mind, I’ve decided to kick it up a notch in 2021.  Since founding the Saint Builder Foundation in 2017 I’ve enjoyed researching, writing, speaking, and attempting to live the life of a striving saint.  I truly appreciate that many of you have supported and joined me in that journey.

But recently I have felt that I am not doing enough.  Actually I think I’m being told that I am not doing enough.  Every day I ask for direction from above.  Usually I feel like the answer is something like, just keep doing what you’re doing, but do it better.  Then at some point during each week I get an idea for an article which I research and write to the best of my ability.

I must admit that most of the time I don’t want to write about the topic that reveals itself.  The assignments are difficult and I know most of the time I will be annoying someone.  Sharing the truth around controversial topics is never what I would call fun, especially when so many are convinced they are already well versed in the truth.

Enough of my whining.  Here’s what I’d like to do going forward.  I’d like to facilitate the building of an online community of striving Playground Saints.  People who are serious about living a life worthy of heaven, helping others to do the same, and having a little fun along the way.

Over the last month or so I keep seeing one Bible verse over and over again.  It came up again today as one of the daily readings:

Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.  Matthew 25:13

I’m taking that as a sign that there is no time to waste.  It gives me a renewed sense of urgency.  While I’m not one of those end times prognosticators, this crazy year certainly gives me pause about the possibility.  And really, it’s always true that we don’t know when our time on this earth will come to an end.  So we should strive to live each day to its fullest.

Specifically, I’m thinking about starting a group where all those interested could virtually gather to support one another.  I would issue a weekly challenge though a video.  We would all then have the opportunity to share our thoughts about the challenge, including what we did and how it turned out.

I’m thinking we could also get together once a month to discuss some topic of interest.  In fact I’d like to recruit some of you to talk about things that I know you do as a best practice.  I am fortunate to have some very impressive friends that are far advanced past me in their saint striving journeys. 

Although I wish there were alternative technologies available, most likely I would use a private Facebook group and Zoom meetings as ways for us to easily communicate with each other.  I might also post videos and supporting materials on a website.

My thought is to start this on a small scale and build it over time.  In addition to individuals, I could envision married couples participating.  Someone once told me that our main job in marriage is to get our spouse to heaven.  Melanie took on a heavy burden there, my job is easy.  It would be cool if parents and kids participated eventually as well.  Maybe even grandparents and grandkids, who knows where this could lead.

Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking today.  I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts.  Are you interested?  Do you have others ideas for how to make something like this work?  Do you think I’ve lost my mind?  Please let me know when you have a chance.

In the meantime, let’s all work hard to do good, be good, get better every day, and remember to have a little fun along the way.  More to come next week…

Be a Playground Saint!  Scott

Calling All Saints!

We need help!  The world is a mess!  This country is a mess!  What are we going to do?  Who will rise up to save us?  Jesus already did.  His many followers have kept hope alive ever since.  Now it’s up to us.  Will we become the saints we are all meant to be?

What is the root cause of our problems today?  The same as always, us, we the people.  Since the beginning of time we have been our own worst enemies. I think we too often forget that we were handed a perfect world.  The world we have now is the result of our collective choices and actions.  What we have done, and what we have failed to do.

Interestingly, most would agree that we have a mess on our hands.  Unfortunately there is no common agreement on what the real problems are, or how to solve them.  This is our biggest obstacle to cleaning up our mess, division. We are hopelessly divided in as many ways as can be thought of.  Religion, politics, race, gender, cat people, dog people … whatever.

As Abraham Lincoln said long ago, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  The question is, in what way will it fall?  Thankfully back in his day we fell on the side of freedom from slavery, so there is hope.

Division is not a new problem.  Lincoln obviously took his inspiration from the bible: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”  Mark 3:24-25

Actually, division can be a good thing.  Division can be a wake-up call and call to action for needed change.  It may help us recognize we need to save ourselves from destruction.  Or back a couple thousand years ago, for someone to come save us from ourselves through His sacrifice.

Jesus Christ came to us as the great divider.  He told us Himself:

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”  Luke 51-53

Wow, now that is some uncomfortable division.  What are the sides?  The fight that has been waged since the beginning of time; Good versus evil. Saints versus sinners.  We are all both.  The battle is continually fought within each of us.  We will lose many battles but we must strive to win the war.  How do we do that?  By uniting around the most important cause there is.  By striving to be the saints we are all meant to be!

I write this on All Saints Day.  A day designated to honor all those who lived a life worthy of gaining eternal life in heaven.  Everyone who makes it to heaven is considered a saint.  How do we know who they are?  We don’t.  We can’t.  Only God knows for sure.  We can guess.  Many have been designated as such.  God willing, someday we will be deemed worthy to join them.  In the meantime, all we can do is hope and pray for our dearly departed to have made it.

But what about us?  What can we do to become the saints we were all born to become?  Believe in Jesus.  He is the way, the truth, and the light.  Take up your cross and follow Him.  Love God and neighbors.  Be your true self, your God given self.  Discover, develop, and use your talents to serve others in meaningful ways.  Seek, find, and live by truth.  Inspire, motivate, and help others to do the same.  The goal?  Get to heaven and brings as many others with you as you can.

Above all I think it might be courage which is the most important trait of a saint.  Imagine for a moment what it took for the early Christians to promote and live their faith.  Their leader had just been crucified.  There was a good chance they would meet a similar fate.  Back then, today was likely called All Martyrs Day.  We can learn a lot about courage from those early saints.  We should thank them every day for their faith.  It allowed us to keep the faith.

I start every day asking God how I’m doing and what I should do next in my saint striving mission.  I sit in silence, try to get out of my own head, and attempt to simply listen.  Answers eventually come.  I always wonder if they are from Him or me.  My assumption is that if what I receive is something I don’t want to hear or do, it is from Him.  Most of these articles come to me in that way.  I try to do as I’m told and ask for His help along the way.

Today the below came to me very quickly.  That is unusual.  I take that as a sign that it must be important in some way.  As I asked how I was doing, the answer became a sort of 2020 performance appraisal for us as a people of the United States of America.

Now here’s the deal.  I don’t know if what I heard was Him, me, or some combination.  It could be what He was saying, what I wish He would say, or again some of both. All I know is that I typed it out quickly without much thought, and that I am going to publish it without edit.  And to be clear, this is a general performance review, so apply it to yourself as you see fit.  Here goes:

Let me start out by stating that I love you and am rooting for you all.  I’d really like to have you all join me in heaven to live for an eternity in peace and harmony.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

  • I’m so happy to see families spending more time together.
  • It’s great that you parents are more involved in your children’s schooling.
  • I’m glad many of you have learned how to work from home.  Maybe that will enable you to spend less time physically away from your family.
  • It is encouraging to see that many of you have learned that some of the things you spent your time on in the past are not that important.  Now you know you can do without them.

Now for the troubling items.  I’m not going to sugar coat these things.  Sugar, now that was a great invention.  You consume too much but still.  Back to the point, I am very upset about what is going on down there.

In summary, you are showing very little faith in me.  You have allowed fear and deception to rule your lives for almost an entire year.  Even when the truth can be easily known, you choose to live by lies.

Too many of you falsely believe that this virus is deadlier than others you have experienced in the past.  This leads you to continue to take precautions that are not necessary and in fact will not work anyway.  The virus is going to do what viruses do.  They play themselves out and life goes on.  Yes a few will die and some will suffer.  Most of you will not.  But remember, if you do, you might get to come live with me.  So what are you so afraid of?

But as you continue to live a false reality, you hurt so many others you believe you are protecting.  While you may be well meaning, you are terribly misguided.  Most of you have the ability to find the truth for yourselves.  If you choose not to then that is on you.  And if you know the truth and don’t attempt to spread the word, that is unacceptable as well.

I am so disappointed that purveyors of truth are being demonized while those promoting intentionally misleading narratives and outright lies are seen as virtuous.  I thank those having the courage to continue to speak truth to power.  So many have lost so much; their livelihoods, reputations, and friendships.  Remember, blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you will be satisfied.  And patience is a virtue.

I am most troubled by my church leaders who willingly shut down our places of worship.  A very few refused to comply, I thank them for their faith and courage.  To you who have not, or who continue to impose unnecessary precautions I say, please stop this nonsense.  You should know better, oh yea of little faith.  Show some leadership or step aside.  People are meant for communion; to be around each other, not afraid of each other.  Stop prolonging the undue fear.  I’ll say it one more time, Be Not Afraid!

And about this election taking place tomorrow.  Talk about the easiest choice ever presented for Christians.  One side protects my unborn babies, the other universally supports killing them up to, and even after their birth.  One side supports religious liberty, the other side fights against it. They even took me out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention.  I’m not proud, but come on.

I know many of you like to argue about other issues to justify a vote for a Democrat.  Please be aware that until everyone is guaranteed life and liberty, nothing else matters.  And do you really think a political party that fights against life and liberty actually cares about solving any other important issue?  Is that too harsh?

Finally, I know many of you choose not to vote at all.  That is a mistake.  You are either for me or against me.  It really couldn’t be clearer nowadays.  Remember, all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.  And just think, if every Christian voted for Republicans in one election cycle we could end this horror of abortion.  That’s all it would take.  So get out and vote!

I’ll leave you with this.  The path to life is narrow while the road to destruction is broad.  But I’m rooting for you and ready to help.  All you need to do is ask, trust, and do.  If more of you did, I’d be happy to widen the gate to paradise.

In conclusion, I ask that you seriously consider which path you are on.  If you find yourself following along with the crowd you may want to reconsider.  If you are suppressing your true self, stop it.  If you are going along to get along, stop it.  If you are afraid to speak your mind when you know you are in the right and it will help others, get over your fear.  Courage is facing your fears and pushing past them.  You can do it! 

Well that was rough, yet oddly inspiring.  I for one am looking forward to a new year, a new beginning.  I have a renewed enthusiasm for striving to do good and be good, and for helping others to do the same.

I am contemplating somehow establishing a community of striving saints.  A group of people dedicated to striving to become what God intends for them to be.

I’m thinking of making weekly videos, hosting online forums where we can converse and support each other, and conducting interviews to gain the wisdom of others.  Something like that.

More on these plans to come soon.  In the meantime, if you find this of interest please send me a note, maybe just reply “interested” and I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Be a Saint!  Scott

Lost in a Masquerade

Do you ever wake up in the morning singing a song from your past for no apparent reason?  Mine today was This Masquerade, written by Leon Russell and recorded by George Benson on his 1976 album Breezin’.

I looked up the lyrics to see if there are meant to guide me in some direction.  The first verse is:

Are we really happy here with this lonely game we play?
Looking for words to say
Searching but not finding understanding anywhere
We’re lost in a masquerade.

Interesting.  The strange events of this year certainly have us all playing a lonely game.  I don’t think any of us are really happy about it.   I do have some words to say about it.  I hope they will help with our shared understanding of what is going on.

I do believe we are lost in a masquerade.  Not the social gathering of people wearing masks definition, though many are.  The masquerade I’m talking about is how we have been led to radically change our way of life under false pretenses.

Specifically, we have been continuously and constantly misled into believing that we need to take extraordinary and unprecedented measures to defeat an extremely deadly virus.  Even now that the facts can be known, those perpetrating and perpetuating the deadly pandemic narrative persist.  They have successfully created fear and panic.  Why would they stop when they have our undivided attention and willful compliance?

Who is they and why would they intentionally deceive us?  I have many theories, but it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that we understand the facts, recognize the manipulation, and take steps to make it stop.  If we don’t we are complicit in allowing this prolonged, unwarranted, unnecessary, and harmful charade to continue.

Of course the biggest obstacle we face in ending this nonsense is convincing a sufficient number of people that they have been duped.  For as the Nazi’s and Russian KGB discovered long ago, if you bombard subjects with fear messages nonstop for a few months, they are completely brainwashed to believe the false message.  After this, no amount of facts to the contrary will ever change their minds.  It worked well for the Pharisees and Sadducees too as I recall.

By the way I may sound angry as you read this.  I am!  I am tired of the ongoing deception. I’ve grown weary of thinking and writing about it too.  I thought that facts, logic, and reason would have prevailed by now.  But no such luck.  I don’t feel very saintly in my anger. But then again, Saint Thomas Aquinas once said:

“He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral.  Why?  Because anger looks to the good of justice.  And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

I believe we have been suffering great injustices through the unjust and unnecessary measures taken to supposedly keep us safe from a supposedly deadly virus.  Maybe they were warranted in the beginning when we knew little.  But it quickly became evident to anyone who was carefully paying attention to reality that we had severely overreacted.

Why am I so convinced we have been deceived?  I go where the facts lead, all the way to the undisputed truth if possible.  I’ll lay the facts out for you here so you can do the same.  If you have been following the mainstream media closely you will have a difficult time accepting what I will share with you.  All I can do is refer you to what has become one of my favorite quotes due to its ongoing relevance:

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”  President James A. Garfield

Let’s start with a summary of the facts to put things in context.  I’ve attempted to make them simple.  Unfortunately the true story has become very complex and difficult to find.  I do know you won’t hear this on TV.  Here goes…

This is Not the Deadly Killer Disease We Have Been Led to Believe

  • The original projection for deaths from covid-19 in the U.S. was 2.2 million.  Overstated by at least a factor of ten.
  • The current death toll reported by the CDC is over 200,000.  That figure is inflated and misleading for the following reasons:
    • The rules for reporting on death certificates was changed in March 2020.  Physicians were instructed to list covid-19 as a cause of death even if it was only assumed to have contributed.  No test is necessary, no follow-up confirmation will take place, and Medicare reimbursement was increased by 20% for covid cases. So why not assume?
    • The CDC recently stated that only 6% of the fatalities have been from the virus.  The other 94% died with (or assumed with) the virus. Their main cause of death was actually from other serious pre-existing health conditions, co-morbidities as they are called.
    • If the 40 to 60 thousand seasonal flu deaths in the past had been incentivized and counted in this way, they would have been in the hundreds of thousands annually as well.
  • The infection fatality rate (IFR), the estimated number of infected people who will die from the virus is 0.26%.  Inversely that means there is a 99.74% survival rate if you have been infected.
  • The IFR varies by age group ranging from 0.003% for those ages 0-19, 0.02% for those 20-49, 0.5% for 50-69 year olds, and 5.4% for those aged 70 and over.
  • To put this in context, if you catch the virus and are under age 70 with no serious pre-existing health issues, your chances of dying are somewhere between being struck by lightning or killed in an automobile accident.
  • Only those over age 70 and/or those with serious underlying medical conditions are at risk of dying if they become infected.  Yet even they have a 95% survival rate.
  • What about all the cases piling up?  So what?  Cases only indicate infection, not illness.  Severity of illness, not infection is what matters.  Oh, and the tests are not covid-19 specific in case you didn’t know.  The tests being used only determine if your body has recently been fighting a virus of some kind.  Plus they have been shown to be highly unreliable.
  • In terms of disease severity, over 90% of those infected show no, or only mild signs of illness.
  • And one last time, there is a 99.74% survival rate if you are infected; nearly 100% if you are healthy.

In summary, covid-19 is a virus that makes some people sick, proves fatal to a few, and does nothing to the rest.  Just like most of the other viruses the world has ever experienced.  So why all the panic this time?  Was the cure worse than the disease?  Yes, absolutely, yet is still goes on.

Does Jesus Live in Sweden?

Throughout this “crisis” I have often wondered what Jesus would be saying if He were here with us in body again. Matthew 8:26 comes to mind:

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

Well the country of Sweden must have been listening.  While nearly all other nations were terrified and instituted lockdowns and other extreme and unprecedented measures, Sweden did what they have always done, what we all used to do.  They trusted that our God given immune system would battle and adapt to this new virus as it has done since the beginning of time.  They imposed no lockdowns, no business closures, no forced social distancing, and no mandatory masks policies. 

And guess what happened?  Their results are similar to the rest of the world.  The Johns Hopkins University covid-19 website reports that Sweden has suffered 575 covid deaths per million residents.  The USA, on the other hand, has experienced 600 deaths per million.  Doing nothing worked better than doing something.  It appears the virus is going to do what the virus is going to do, regardless of what we do to try to stop it.

I don’t know much about Sweden.  I don’t know if a faith in God had anything to do with their decision.  But I am impressed that they stuck with their approach after the rest of the world scolded them about it from the beginning.  Even now many try to explain away their results, probably from the sheer embarrassment.  We should be thanking and praising them.  Now we know what we should have done, and what we should do now.

I am embarrassed for us.  Especially since we are a predominantly Christian nation.  Where was our faith?  Where is it now?  When will we get it back?  Or are we just afraid to stand up and be counted?  Why have we allowed lies and fear to prevail?  Where is our desire to seek, find, and live the truth with courage?

I have an idea for t-shirt in mind.  It reads, “Got Faith?  Prove It!” on the front.  The back would say:

I gave you an immune system, trust it.

I gave you a brain, use it.

I gave you a face, show it.

I gave you freedom, protect it.

I gave you a soul, save it.

How do we save our souls?  Belief, right?  Can we really say we believe if we allow our fear of death to overcome our trust in God?  If we truly believe, why do we even fear death in the first place?  Shouldn’t we instead be looking forward to spending an eternity in heaven?

How Do We End This Masquerade?

As Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Well we sure have a wildfire burning.  Not the virus, but the consequences of our reaction to it.  I hope by now you understand that the virus really isn’t as deadly as we were led to believe.  No more so than others we have experienced in the past.  Now let’s understand all the self-imposed harm we have done by believing that it is.

Since I’ve already given you more statistics than you probably want, I’ll just list all the unintended consequences here for brevity.  Here are the conditions that have gotten much worse over the course of this year:  unemployment, poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, suicide, stroke, diabetes, dementia, domestic violence, child abuse, and on and on it goes.

Even the World Health Organization which has been stoking the fear now admits that “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.  It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

What truly infuriates me about all of this is that the most vulnerable in our society have been impacted the most, while those in power have suffered little, if at all.  I wonder what would be done differently if those making decisions were in peril of losing their livelihoods?

So how do we extinguish this wildfire of unnecessary fear and useless safety measures?  Only you can.  Only we can.  Only each of us armed with the truth can.  We must act on what we now know.  We must end our willing compliance to doing things that don’t matter.  Sweden has proven that none of it matters.  The results will be the same no matter what we do.  Let’s get back to normal.  The media likes to tell us to get comfortable with a “new normal.”  Reject that!  Do you really want to live with undue fear the rest of your life?  Do you want that for your children and grandchildren?

I have heard so many well-intentioned people stating that they want to “be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”  They thought they were doing the virtuous thing.  Armed with the facts, they are not any more.  Going along to get along is the problem.  But they are now so wedded to their earlier position it will be difficult for them to change.  But some of us must.  If we don’t we can expect to live this way for the rest of our lives for no good reason.  Is that what you want?  I sure don’t!

It is up to us to share and live the truth.  We are complicit in the lies if we do not.  And I can think of no faster way to turn things around than to stop wearing masks.  As I wrote about way back in May, they do nothing to protect me from you, or you from me.  If you still don’t believe me, please read the actual scientific studies linked below.  In addition, there are now studies being revealed that show wearing masks is actually harmful.  Please read them too and help end this mask-erade!

Here is the single biggest and most harmful lie I have heard recently.  The CDC Director told a Senate committee that “face masks are the single most important public health safety tool we have to combat the virus.”  He further stated that “there is clear scientific evidence of this fact.”

I searched far and wide, for an entire day, and found absolutely no credible scientific evidence to support his claim, not even on the CDC website. But there is a study on their site (linked below) that summarily disproves his statement.  Additionally, they also just issued a report that shows that of those recently infected, 85% had been wearing a mask always or often.  Enough said.

So why would he double-down on this ongoing deception?  Well first, he knows he will never be called on the lie from the mainstream media.  In fact, they have been increasingly censoring and smearing those bold enough to tell the truth.  But mainly I think it is because fooling people into continuing to wear masks is the easiest way to keep the panic narrative going.  It is genius really. Masks are a constant visual reinforcement of the fear narrative, and they make people feel good about themselves at the same time.

Here’s why I am increasingly angry.  We are negatively impacting the lives of virtually everyone in the country on false pretenses.  All we really need to be doing is protecting those at high risk, the elderly and the unhealthy.  Those in charge know this too.  Either they don’t want to admit their mistakes, or they have some other agenda for continuing to make us miserable.  Hey leaders, how about you actually start caring about people instead of spending so much time trying to look like you care!

What we need to do is get back to living as God intended.  Adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Healthy living is the best way forward as it always has been.  Protect and care for those in need.  Trust God and each other.  Believe that everything will work out for the best.  God has a plan.  Maybe we needed to go through this as a wake-up call to get back to Him.  I hope we will!

In closing please remember these simple truths:

  • God gave us a unique face; we should show it.
  • He gave us a mind to think and reason; we should use it.
  • He gave us our freedom: we should protect it.
  • He gave us an amazingly engineered immune system; we should trust it.
  • He gave us other people to live in community with; we should do so freely.
  • He gave us the promise of eternal life if we believe; we should show Him that we do.

Be Courageous, Scott

Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy

Do Facemasks Protect Against COVID‐19?

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

Mask Whistleblowers Tell All

CDC – Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures

CDC Study Finds Overwhelming Majority Of People Getting Coronavirus Wore Masks