This calendar year; I have become more aware of the increasing divergence of society between those who take the side of God and divine creation, and those who join the mainstream Establishment in opposition.
What I find striking, is that the divergence is much deeper than a difference of opinion over whatever happen to be the Litmus Test Issues of the current news cycle. The litmus tests remain a highly valid quick check on a person's orientation; but they are the tip of a whole iceberg of difference.
There are two different icebergs, and only two; and these are being driven ever further apart.
When one has a conversation, there is usually an attempt to keep the discussion light, neutral; which means avoiding subject matter that is likely to reveal the gulf in assumptions.
But the System now encompasses everything in the generic social domain, which means that it is more and more difficult to avoid serious clashes of perspective.
British people uses to chat about the weather - but the weather is now politicized down to the micro-level; with the evil nonsense of CO2 Climate Change an explicit, or heavily underlined implicit, factor lurking behind all weather reports, and interpersonal gossip.
The only relatively safe areas are 'hobbies' - but, of course, these tend to be distinctive, minority activities. And, of course, hobbies are ever-more infiltrated with leftist concerns: officially; cricket is nowadays mostly about 'racism' and the birdemic.
This is what totalitarianism does, by intent: sooner or later every-thing is drawn into The System, and The System is enforced as a mutually-supporting network of lies.
What I find happens, is that almost every conversation - as it continues - leads me towards a creeping awareness that the other participant is living in a different and alien world - which has an utterly different scale of values; in which The Most Important and urgent things in their world are falsehoods and moral-inversions.
Whereas real threats and disasters - either incipient, already-happened, actually-happening or highly probable - are either completely left-out of consciousness; or swiftly explained away as not-really-important, or of concern only to fools and those of wicked intent.
There is a sense of danger i conversation, as well; in that there are so many potential 'triggers'.
Whenever the conversation begins, even potentially, to approach one of these 'denial-zones', there is a triggering, an instantaneous shift - a sudden flash of suspicion, a hardening of the facial expression, a closing down of mental (and conversational) shutters.
The sensation is that one has been tested - and found wanting - and excluded.
From my perspective, there is now a conviction of living in a world of aliens; of individuals who look like people, and superficially act like them; but whose consciousness is qualitatively different.
Observing the conversations of others who dwell inside the alien bubble; there seems to be a determination to seek and maintain as pleasant-as-possible a diet of distractions - to recycle and reinforce the necessary assumptions behind the mainstream of public discourse.
This happens mainly by reducing all 'issues' to the inter-personal; and to assuming that the inter-personal is inevitably as-it-is.
Thus all problems are, ultimately, regarded as a matter of 'personnel management'. Problems are to be managed, not solved.
For me, there is no real contact with the majority who have made this choice - only rarely a few sparks and glimmers, that have little apparent significance.
At some level I yearn to be able to get-behind the protective façade, to reveal and discuss those fundamentals that structure all the trivialities; but the task seems more hopeless, more counter-productive, the more one tries.
There is no way-in: they are pre-immunized against everything I might say to describe and advocate another way of thinking.
In a nutshell, I have no hope that I personally can affect such a situation by my conversation.
In terms of material interaction; I can either make no difference, or I can (easily!) make things worse; but I can't make things better!
The basis of my genuine hope is restricted to those I really love (not those who I am supposed to love, nor persons/ groups who I merely want to love); restricted to those I 'love already' as it were -- and these I believe I can help in the invisible and immaterial realm of the spirit - by means of the mutuality of real love.
But mostly I have the conviction that - from where most people seem to be - people can only help themselves and cannot be helped by any external and material changes; self-helped beginning with taking ultimate responsibility each for his own mortal life on earth.