The current global financial and economic system strikes me as sophisticated and complex, yet fragile and delicate. Everything depends on everything else. There appears to be very little margin for error. A small, seemingly insignificant problem could easily ripple across the whole network - become amplified and magnified. Set of a chain reaction. Topple dominos.
So sophisticated and complex. Yet so fragile and delicate.
And the powers that be seem quite intent on bringing it down. Now. I couldn't tell you to what degree or for what duration, but the way the hysteria is spinning out of control indicates that this might be the start of something big.
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I am no economist, but I know enough about the voodoo our current witchdoctors have concocted to know that most of what accounts for the global economy is built on ravenous consumption fueled by Himalayan heaps of debt. I know enough about personal finance to understand that the average Westerner is one or two missed paychecks away from catastrophe. I know enough about business to comprehend that with the exception of small, family-run enterprises, no corporation on the planet will ever use its vast profits to help itself sail over stormy seas.
And against this backdrop, they have decided to terrorize and slowly shutdown the world.
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On one hand, I am making attempts to see the possible positive side of these rather baffling developments, but its hard to see a positive side when such blatant sabotage is clearly at play.
The purposive pursuit to end something usually indicates a desire to start something new. I feel no kinship for or affiliation to our current System. It is clearly an obstacle. A barrier. It needs to be dismantled and sent to the scrap yard in order for something better to emerge. But the dismantling I am seeing now will unlikely lead to anything better. More likely, it will lead to something worse.
And that is a possibility we must consider.
That was twelve days ago.
I remember feeling apprehensive when I wrote that post. I didn't want to sound like an alarmist or play a part in spreading fear and panic, but it became rather clear to me that the Establishment was intent on crashing the economy. In the twelve days that have passed since, I have become positively convinced of it.
Bruce Charlton has posited that the economic collapse is deliberate and planned.
I agree with him.
But here's the thing - this is not something I want to be right about.
Let me repeat that - this is not something I want to be right about.
And I know Dr. Charlton does not want to be right about this either. The problem with Dr. Charlton is he can be incredibly prescient, to the point of being prophetic, as demonstrated by this post from November 27, 2019.
I hope I'm wrong about this. I really do.
I hope and pray that in a month's time I will have succeeded in making an utter fool of myself.
Having stated that, I noticed I was wrong about one thing on March 8. The Establishment is not shutting down the world slowly. Quite the opposite.
In a span of twelve days, it has succeeded in essentially placing nearly everyone in the world under house arrest, all under the guise of altruism and public safety (something I'll probably write about tomorrow).
Stock markets are tanking, currencies are fluctuating, debt is imploding, liquidity is disappearing, industries are cratering, and jobs are vanishing.
For its part, the Establishment is going through its well-worn routine of stimulus packages, credit expansion, and money printing to 'solve' the crisis.
In the midst of this sudden chaos people the world over are scrambling to find safe havens. Investors are selling their stocks and ploughing into cash. Others are buying up gold and silver. Others still believe they will be spared by putting their capital into digital currencies. At the ground level, people are hoarding toilet paper; loading up on canned goods; buying assault rifles.
Everyone is desperate to find safety and security - some form of sanctuary through which they hope to ride out the storm. And who can blame them? The will to survive often roars to life during times of potential peril.
But here's the catch. The will to physically survive is both natural and good, but our highest survival instinct should always be spiritual survival.
This entails recognizing and focusing attention on the only true safe haven that exists.
I have nothing against those who are scrambling to find material safe havens in an effort to preserve their wealth and protect their families. I am making some adjustments and weighing options at the moment myself. After all, I have a duty to protect my family from whatever hell is bound to come. This is all well and good, to a point, but it must not be driven by fear or despair and it must not be our sole concern during these times.
Above all else, we must remember we are in a spiritual war. The Establishment has begun the process of unleashing unimaginable material suffering, but spiritual suffering is the true purpose of the material agony we are all sure to experience to some degree. It's crucial to keep that in mind.
The Establishment wants to bring us to our knees, get us to turn our backs on God, and embrace whatever faux-salvation it will offer us to help alleviate our material suffering.
Material safe havens may protect us for a while. Maybe they can even pull us through the storm and help us come out at the other end, but they cannot protect us from spiritual devastation.
In light of this, we mustn't forget God's love. We mustn't, not even in the most challenging of circumstances, forget that we live in a loving Creation. We mustn't forget to learn from the experiences we will have and use them to align ourselves with God.
There's only one thing we can take away from this world. And there's only one way we can take it out of this world.
That's the safe haven that matters above all the others.
That's the safe haven we must strive to secure.
Note added: On their respective blogs, Bruce Charlton and William Wildblood have both written extensively about the precedence of spiritual preparation during these times. I owe both a debt of gratitude for some of the views I have expressed here.