Fake Pennant events abound - through history, and now!
A big one has recently happened with the obvious intent to provoke (another) war-front and escalate the ongoing world war III.
So far, the Fake Pennant seems to be having the effect intended by its devisers.
But all this is - for almost everybody in the world, as yet - a remote Geopolitical event; known only very indirectly, very incompletely, and with distortion, via the media. Yet most of us will, nonetheless, immediately and increasingly feel the strength of manipulation pressing upon us.
(First emotional- then spiritual-manipulation).
That is our first warning - when we take one step back from unconscious emotions, rendering them into conscious feelings; and recognize that we are being-manipulated.
We can feel the externally-desired responses arising in us. We find ourselves spontaneously taking sides in a conflict between evils.
What should we do?
Become aware, then understand what is ongoing - and understand spiritually, rather than materially.
As of 2023, all the Big Things of which we are made aware by the mass media are spiritual issues primarily - else we would not be getting so many Big Guns firing at us so loudly and often.
Like all such things now; we are dealing with lies; and whatever truth there may be (and sometimes there is no relevant truth - some of the biggest lies are rooted in total lies) we should not become distracted by trying to do what we cannot possibly do: understand the true material causes of the material problem.
We cannot uncover the specifics of conspiracy; but we can recognize that something is not-what-it-seems.
By the way the event is propagated in spiritual terms - which we know from self-monitoring, and noting and comparing the responses of rulers and of 'the masses' and known individuals; we can be sure that that there have-been and are elements working to generate and interpret a Fake Pennant event.
The intention of a Fake Pennant can again be understood from 'self-monitoring'. Currently, the intent is to provoke cycles of resentment and fear to seek some kind of 'final solution' by destruction - some solution depending on the annihilation of the problem (e.g. particular people, or a particular place).
For the remote masses, the intent is to provoke material fear and despair - rooted in the open-endedly horrific prospects of physical suffering, as war spreads between and within nations.
Our job as Christians is to recognize that we are being manipulated into fear, resentment and despair; and to reject the validity of these spiritual responses as sinful.
We cannot resist having these feelings altogether; but we can reject their validity - which is called repentance.
This entails recalling (and affirming inwardly) that the real war of this world is (now as always) spiritual, not material.
We should also take confidence from the truth that our own personal awareness, understanding, affiliations, attitudes etc. really make a difference in the real world; and that is exactly why they are being-manipulated so aggressively.
Even just "noticing" what is happening spiritually; seeing through the lies and seeing the demonic 'at work'; by perceiving the workings of evil in oneself; has an immediate and positive effect.
To understand and reject it - even more so.
To transcend all this and take an inwardly God-aligned perspective - more so still.
So there is much that each- and every-one can and should be doing.
Of course, this whole thing needs to be done again and again!
For instance, it should be relatively easy to accomplish when the problems are merely in the mass media; merely remote, virtual and conceptual.
It may be much harder to accomplish when the problems become personal and experiential (as sooner or later they must, if the problem is really-real - or even if the problem is merely treated and regarded as real).
Such is life... We are here to learn, and keep-learning, for as long as we are alive.