Don’t Shoot Me

One of the more memorable memes of the past election campaign was the “Black Lives Matter” campaign that was labeled “Don’t Shoot Me,” as if most of us had any interest in committing violence against anyone.  It has now been alleged that Russians (!) used Pokemon Go (!!) as a way of promoting political extremism in order to help pit Americans against each other.  There are different ways of taking this.  Naturally, those who continue to whine about the election and how it turned out complain that the Russians were seeking to foment discontent against each other.  This is nothing new, it should be noted.  During the Cold War and even before World War II, supposedly enlightened racial politics was heavily influenced by Communism, as the racial divide in the United States was seen as a way for corrupt left-wing elements to attempt tactics of divide and conquer.  Nothing much has changed since then as far as the utility of racial division is to the Russians, even if the United States has (hopefully) become a much less racist culture since then.  Perhaps I may not be the fairest judge of such a matter, given my own biases and my own high opinions of my own enlightened views when it comes to matters of race and ethnicity.

I have at times been critical of Black Lives Matter as well as Antifa and other related Progressive groups [1].  Seeing these groups being promoted by Russians for their potential to do harm to the American political system by encouraging extremism definitely does not better my opinion of these groups and their agendas and their susceptibility to ideological capture by America’s enemies.  I do not think that most people on the rank and file when it comes to protests are deliberately friendly to foreign enemies.  I think most of these people have genuine idealism and simply find themselves caught up in matters beyond their comprehension as cannon fodder for those who have greater power and influence in such movements.  Even their own elites of choice likely consider them to be useful idiots, just as useful as those who celebrate racism and the hatred of other groups are for other competitive elites.

I must admit that I did not spend today playing Pokemon Go and being susceptible to Russian political trolling, nor have I ever played the game.  I spent most of my day in services or preparing for services or talking to people, taking photos with people, and practicing for special music with people on a festival that celebrates that promised chance for all mankind to know God and his ways.  In the world to come, thankfully, there will be justice as well as mercy for everyone.  There will be no threat of violence from authorities, no tyranny, no abuse of power, or anything of that kind.  Of course, not everyone is willing to trust in God to create this sort of world and bring it to us.  We cannot trust ourselves to create the sort of world we want, because the world we create cannot be any better than we are as creators.  This is a major limitation to the happiness of our world, as the world we create through our choices and our freedom cannot be any better than we ourselves are.  The only way for the world to be better is if better beings were making the choices.  We can only achieve this by becoming better ourselves–through help from outside in terms of education and encouragement and so on–or by beings outside of ourselves making the decisions whose character is better than our own.  This has not proven to be a popular option, as alien stories have let us know about for some time.

And yet here we are, in a world where it is laughably easy to pit people against each other.  This is something I have definitely noticed over the past few days.  For example, there are many rivalries between small island nations that many people simply have never heard of but who manage to have stereotypes and favoritism concerning anyway.  I personally have no idea what sort of stereotype someone from Grenada or Antigua has, and my only reason for any awareness of stereotypes about St. Lucia or Trinidad & Tobago come from having been there myself.  Besides this I have been treated to a great deal of ranting related to gender concerning Twitter harassment about sexual harassment, as well as the usual political disagreements between people.  In all of these areas people are able to be divided easily over trivial matters.  Sometimes people create difficulty by trying to preempt criticism about questions of desire and identity, as was the case with a friend of mine who said something I didn’t happen to disagree with at all, except she made a hashtag directed at her church friends, of which I am one, which I viewed as a bit defensive, although understandably so as I am a fairly defensive person myself.  We have a lot to learn when it comes to building a world where others simply find it difficult to impossible to pit us against others.  Certainly our own lives demonstrate just how easily we have unnecessary conflicts with people who should not be our enemies.

[1] See, for example:

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