Most people are still operating under the assumption that there are 'Good men' - and that the problem is to find them, and get them to do what needs doing.
But that is just an assumption; and there seem to be many areas of life, many aspects of social functioning, where there are no Good Men - or else (which is equivalent) the Good Men are very few, and there is no knowable mechanism for locating them (unless you already know so much about that function that you don't need them).
For example; it is recognized among his supporters that President Trump has been - for more than four years - surrounded by incompetents and traitors to his cause.
Opinion is divided as to whether this was Trump's fault, because of his own incompetence at choosing his team - and those who regard it as evidence of the deceptiveness and depth of the deep state/ Establishment, and their capacity for control or sabotage.
What I have not seen suggested is that there are actually zero competent and honest people available at all, anywhere.
Yet, that is what I believe to be the case - extrapolating from my inside experiences with science, academia and health services; and observing what the powers-that-be actually Do (while ignoring what they say).
The are No Good Men*.
For example; if you want a Good psychiatrist in 2021, then - so far as I know - you will not find one anywhere in the UK. If you want a Good epidemiologist - likewise. More obviously, if you want a Good politician, or any person in a senior managerial position - you are out of luck, because there are none.
The stunning example is, of course, the birdemic; which has revealed such cosmic levels of dishonesty, incompetence and lunacy as to dwarf anything I have ever heard about anywhere.
After a year of this - essentially Nothing is known about the birdemic; Nothing At All, At Any Level. (Even-less-than-nothing is known about the claimed-to-be-protective birdemic peck since everything alleged about it has been post-coup.)
And there is No Good Man to ask.
When everybody with power or influence is lying, manipulating, covering-up, sabotaging, grafting, shirking etc - nobody understands anything, nobody can predict anything, nobody can control anything...
There are many, many reasons for this - reasons genetic-biological, social, political, ideological, legal, economic and especially religious why the quality of personnel has gone down and down over recent decades.
I have written volumes on the causes of worsening functionality among people. But there are so many adverse trends that the primary difficulty is knowing which are the main factors.
Indeed, so far has the quality of personnel gone down, that it has destroyed our capacity to notice and measure the extent of this decline - since the people responsible for analyzing and quantifying personnel quality have declined equally fast.
We are in a world with No Good Men in public discourse - there are No Good Men with power, status, influence or wealth.
...None who are honest; and very few who are even minimally competent - but these don't count, because dishonesty destroys competence.
We therefore live in a world where nobody in power knows what they need to know (and which, fifty years ago, they would have known); and a world where nobody can do anything difficult. And indeed even easy things are less and less well done, on a weekly basis.
The only thing that Modern Men are Good-at are the demonic attributes; such as lying, evading responsibility, taking the easy option, lining their own pockets, and encouraging sins (especially lying) while being proud of it.
*Added from the comments: Trump misunderstood the problem as being a group or organization of corrupt people, but the problem is the all-pervasive demonic influence of evil. It is literally everywhere, they have all sold their souls. There was nothing to root out or fix, etc. There is no group of people, or person, or anything that can be removed. This post clarifies it further - there were no "good people" to hire to replace the bad ones. Comment: I'm sure this is correct. Where DT was culpable - while in office - is in failing to state and explain this to the US public. However, since the election, and by DT's actions in exposing the mass-conspiracy of lies - the fact of No Good Men among the Ruling Class has been demonstrated starkly and explicitly (to those still capable of discernment).
NOTE: Counter-examples of Good Men in public life are only valid if you know they are Good Men. Otherwise it is probable that you just don't know enough about them.
When I was a child, I was taught by my atheist parents that anyone that believes in God is either stupid or crazy. Alone amongst my kin, I have come to believe the opposite of that. I can see the darkening of the intellect among people I know and I do think atheism is a mental illness and what we are seeing is atheism writ large and that's why there is just an exponential growth in insanity and incompetence. Here in the states we are being ruled by lunatics. I don't know how much longer the wheels are going to stay on the cart
How much of this is to do with the fact that we are fundamentally not 'good' to start with?
Is "peck" a medical Britishism, or a play-on-words w.r.t. the "bird"emic (bird pecking)?
“The Lord Speaks to Elijah
But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
15 Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. 16 Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi[b] to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet. 17 Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! 18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”
1 Kings 19:10-18.
True today as it was then.
Whatever value you put on such writings, read them and ask the Holy Spirit for spiritual guidance. While not an essential part of being a Christian, you may find deep wisdom in them. Deeper still if you explore the entire canon. And then, there are the suffering mysteries—suffering pains like Christ—which reveal further Truths. Perhaps you are on one of those journeys...
There is, I believe, an important (but seemingly invisible) community of Believers. But since we can only see the visible body (and not the heart), attempting to calculate the true body of Christ seems misplaced. Our job is merely to follow Him and spread the Good News. Yes, this involves discernment, but this fixation—as afflicted Elijah—seems to drain one of energy and motivation.
What is the history of Man (after the Fall) if not the story of the faithful remnant and God’s merciful deliverance? Parallel to this story is that of the other’s hubris and rejection of God before certain punishment. This is why fear of God—Who created all and can destroy both the body and soul—is the beginning of wisdom.
If the Enemy’s success was assured there would be no need for propaganda and force. This is not what we see. We see increasingly bizarre and irrational steps taken. And, of course, the Great Reset will turn into the Great Misery. While that may hurt the body, it may help shock some from their materialistic complacency.
What can we really do but tell the Truth, remain faithful and trust the Father?
Any "good men" who may remain will make the sensible choice to not pursue public office.
@Otto - It's the second of those - the name was devised by WmJas Tychonievich as a jest in response to the current surveillance by key word searching.
Would this explain why the few or hard-to-find good (or not hopelessly corrupted) men you meet tend to not be very powerful?
That is, janitors, blue collar workers, farmers, etc.?
There is really a "hard filter" now against goodness getting very high in the hierarchy.
I had a dream about this. It was wrt to Trump fighting "the Swamp" and I realized that he misunderstood the problem as being a group or organization of corrupt people, but as you explained the problem is the all-pervasive demonic influence of evil.
It is literally everywhere, they have all sold their souls. There was nothing to root out or fix, etc.
There is no group of people, or person, or anything that can be removed. This post clarifies it further - there were no "good people" to hire to replace the bad ones.
Farewell, all joys; Oh death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise!
"Let all the po-poisons that lurrrk in the mud hatch out!"
@Andrew: You say
"[Trump] misunderstood the problem as being a group or organization of corrupt people, but as you explained the problem is the all-pervasive demonic influence of evil.
"It is literally everywhere, they have all sold their souls. There was nothing to root out or fix, etc.
"There is no group of people, or person, or anything that can be removed. This post clarifies it further - there were no "good people" to hire to replace the bad ones."
That's exactly what I meant! And an excellent example.
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