POISON IN THE NEWS
Unless the media sticks to the truth
there will be poison in the news.
THE POWER OF THE MEDIA
The media has the power to modify the way people think and behave… without the people ever knowing.
WHAT PROPAGANDA CAN DO
A well-organized propaganda campaign, through the media, can change a conservative person into a liberal one, and vice versa. It can also make people believe that tyrants are liberators.
The media is free when it is not subordinate to the interests of any power group. And, it is servile when a power group convinces it that it is free.
JUSTICE AND PROPERTY.
If a person possesses and uses property while excluding others, the result is economic injustice. On the other hand, when property is possessed and used by all, the result is economic justice. Thus, it makes sense for humans to possess and to use property as a means to achieve justice rather than injustice.
COMMON SENSE AND THE LACK OF IT.
Common sense is a common denominator for all the members of the human race; but if a reduced group of individuals were to appropriate common sense for themselves, then this group would lack common sense.
THE CORE OF DISAGREEMENTS.
If men cannot agree on what is good for them, how can we expect them to agree on anything else? What is clear, however, is that the core of their disagreements stems from a few individuals who insist that everything, or almost everything, belongs to them.
A CASE OF INJUSTICE.
In order to comply with the requirement of justice, an economic system must provide for the welfare of all. For if it were to provide only for the welfare of a group, it would comply with the requirement of injustice.
To see God means to see who he is, what he stands for, and how we relate to him. To those who want to see God, he allows them to see everything about him (John 12: 20-33). Since we are the image and likeness of God, whenever we see God, we see us in him; a God who is a creator and redeemer, a God who shares with us his glory, which consists of the triumph of life over death: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23).
Anyone who wants to see God is invited to join him in the struggle between death and life, and the ultimate victory of the latter. To see God means to become a “grain of wheat [which] falls to the ground and dies” so it may “produce much fruit” (John 12:24). To see God means to be willing to commit oneself to the radical transformation God stands for, to be willing to restore man’s human dignity in such a way that everybody may live in unity and equality, leaving behind the individual and social evils that are so prevalent in and glorified by our world.
When someone is willing to make this commitment, he will necessarily be confronted with a great deal of difficulties in this world, that is, “whoever loves his life [the life the world offers] loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (John 12:25). Because a world that rewards those who destroy or take advantage of their brothers, has nothing worth being continued into eternal life.
When someone promotes the exploitation of other human beings, he may live well in this world, but will have no eternal life for himself, because exploitation is a temporary evil of this world; in other words, he will lose eternal life.
THE SO-CALLED “WAR OF THE SEXES.”
The so-called “war of the sexes” has two causes; 1) The effort of man and woman to prove that God was wrong when he created them as one flesh; and 2) The effort of man and woman to evade their responsibility to attain unity.
Human beings’ achievements by means of evolution are always for the benefit of all, except when they enter into conflict with one another. Once they do so, their achievements benefit either the strongest person or the most powerful group.
Economic inequality and moral decadence have the dubious distinction of creating dysfunctional families.
1. On account of economic inequality, family ties among the poor are torn asunder, and their children are transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labor.
2. On account of moral decadence, family roles across all social classes are thrown into disarray, and their children grow confused knowing there is the possibility that, some day, father may leave mother for another woman or for another man.
WHAT DO YOU PREFER, EQUALITY OR INEQUALITY?
If you need to choose between economic equality or inequality, remember that economic inequality promotes the existence of individuals who live opulently while others barely live. On the other hand, economic equality promotes the well-being of all.
THE BEST ECONOMIC SYSTEM PROMOTES EQUALITY.
When an economic system makes every human being rich, it has complied with human equality; when it makes every human being poor, it has proven to be a human failure; and when it divides human beings into rich and poor, it has instituted human exploitation.
WE CREATE OUR OWN PROBLEMS.
When men live in unity, they are capable of meeting their needs whether in times of scarcity or in times of abundance. Whereas, when they live divided in antagonistic groups, either scarcity or abundance is a source of conflict between them. In scarcity, they fight among themselves for the few goods available. In abundance, they fight for larger shares. Therefore, when it comes to meeting their needs, men’s problems are not created by scarcity or abundance but by themselves.
INAPPROPRIATE USE OF HUMAN EFFORTS.
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent sowed discord between man and woman as a prelude to the breakage of the human unity and the installation of conflicts among human beings. With men and women in conflict with each other, their efforts was diverted away from seeking reconciliation. Since then, the Garden of Eden was replaced by the divisions and inequalities we see every day in the world.
THE FORCE OF REASON AND THE REASON OF FORCE.
If the struggle that leads to human unity has not yet succeeded, it is because the force of reason is no match for the reason of force.
SOWING THE SEEDS OF UNITY.
When we fight for the liberation of the oppressed, we are sowing the seeds of human unity.
THE SUN COMES OUT EVERY DAY.
To deny the existence of class struggle in the world is like denying that the sun comes out every day. And while the clouds may prevent us from seeing the sun, it does not mean it is not on top of us.
KNOW WHAT A LIFE IN COMMON UNITY IS. It is the form of life whereby humans live united and in harmony with one another. It is the life that allows them to define themselves and perpetuate their species. A life in common unity is the life of the human community in which the world belongs to all human beings by virtue of their superior qualities over all other living beings.
In the human community, people are conscious that there is nothing more valuable among living beings than a human being, on account of his qualities and his abilities to transform Nature and to produce all that is necessary for life.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR HUMAN NATURE.
It is in accordance with their human nature for men to live in the unity and harmony.
It is also in accordance with human nature that every person should possess what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs at the highest level required by his human dignity.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OWN THE WORLD.
That humanity has the right to the ownership of the entire world means no single person can be excluded from that right.
GET RID OF ANTAGONISM.
The existence of antagonistic groups in society brings antagonism to its ultimate frontier: it turns man into a man killer.
USE JUSTICE AND REASON.
The struggle for justice is motivated by man’s aspirations to restore his human dignity; and its resolution must be achieved by reason; otherwise, man understands neither justice nor reason.
By rebuilding yourself, you can reach true happiness.
We must also rebuild humanity, even at the cost of painful efforts, just like God makes every effort in order to rebuild his temple. God rebuilds his temple. When men abuse or degrade other men (the temple of God), God drives out of the temple “those who sell oxen, sheep and doves, as well as the money changers” (John 2:14). God’s actions, therefore, are done onto himself, because men are the temple of God – even those who desecrate the temple, even those who turn the temple of God into “a marketplace” (John 2:16), into a world where money has more value than human beings.
The same occurs at the individual level, in that, any person who rebuilds himself from the ruins caused by evil is restoring his own goodness and his own righteousness through self-sacrifice.
At the collective level, we all have the responsibility to rebuild humanity, to rebuild the body of God with total commitment and with zeal: “Zeal for your house will consume me” (John 2:17).
But the world objects: ‘”What sign can you show us for doing this?'” (John 2:18). Those who refuse to accept that humanity is the temple try to deny that God lives in us all; they want to believe that God and humanity are the possession of a reduced group of people.
Since God created the world to be the possession of all human beings, we ought to rebuild it whenever it is destroyed: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). God rebuilds the temple of humanity by instilling new life in it, whenever life is lost. As our world becomes increasingly desecrated and destroyed by those who promote injustice and oppression, by those who are moved by the greed of money and world domination, God shows powerful signs that will bring about the rebuilding of our world and will raise humanity from death.
Behold the signs: we will rebuild ourselves and our world only when we relate to one another as members of one body, renouncing anything that causes division and oppression among ourselves.
(Second Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, February 25, 2018.
When your self-image is darkened, you must turn it “dazzling white” again (Mark 9:3). How to restore the greatness of your self-image: – You must see it as it is: dazzling white, just as God created it for you.
– You must understand that the elements of darkness are but passing ailments afflicting you at certain times in your life.
– You must believe that you are united to God: “This is my beloved Son” (Mark 9:7). It is because of this unity – the unity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – that you share in God’s goodness.
– You must listen to God saying: “Listen to him” (Mark 9:7), so you may become like him. The restoration of the greatness of your self-image is fulfilled in the triumph of life over death, that is, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus, the resurrection of which you are a beneficiary. It is God living in you who restores the greatness of your self-image. God supports your efforts to restore your greatness. “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his only Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him” (Romans 8:31-32); he will give you victory over death, victory over the evils of the world.
Those who are with God become themselves dazzling white.
When a person destroys another person, conversion becomes a must.
¿What can cause a person to break into his former school and, indiscriminately kill students and teachers?
The following are the main causes:
– The example given by the government of the country where the killer lives. ¿Is it not a common occurrence to see that the aggressive country invades other countries, and kills everyone who stands in its way, using, for such purpose, the most powerful weapons at its disposal? ¿Is it not common to see that the government resorts to invasions and killings as the only means to resolve its problems? That is the example certain persons with mental o personal problems see and imitate.
– The proliferation of weapons, which are of easy access by almost everybody.
– The glamorization of violence.
In order to eradicate such killings and violence, conversion becomes a must. The aggressive country has to be able to resolve its problems without resorting to the killing of other human beings. The country must be able to live in peace, harmony and mutual respect with all other countries in the world. All this is possible if the government and its people commit themselves to do so. Therefore, what is repentance? Repentance is the action by which a person or a government transforms the destructive effects of suffering into liberating forces. That is, through repentance, a person or government participates in the liberation brought about by God, who transforms death into life. Repentance transforms the suffering that ends in destruction, into the redemption that brings about life.