I did not respond, but my unenthusiastic expression prompted my colleague to comment that it appeared that I “did not give a shit.”
I said she was right, which motivated her to ask why. I muttered something about it all being unscrupulous and used the example of the former US president winning the Peace Prize in 2009 to support my claim.
“Yes, but this is a Hungarian. Doesn’t that mean something?”
“Sure, that’s all fine and well, but the technology didn’t work,” I said flatly.
My colleague looked at me incredulously. “I took the peck, and I didn’t fall ill.”
I chose to change the subject after that. To my relief, my colleague eagerly went along with the shift in focus.
That brief exchange remained in my mind for hours because earlier that day, I had been thinking about how the System lives between us and Creation and how this amorphous barrier is most glaring in human relationships.
As I noted in a post the other day, the experience of relationships between Beings is a fundamental purpose of Creation.
Beings are not limited to people but encompass every Being in Creation. One of the ultimate aims of these relationships is the kindling and expansion of love – not because love is a spiritual activity that serves life but because love suffuses life with its highest meaning and value – which entails that the motivations driving relationships ought to be rooted in the primacy of the spiritual – a primacy in which all Beings participate, whether consciously or not.
A simple and easy way to describe a relationship is to call it a connection or the state of being connected that arises after initial contact. Relationships are essentially exchanges. From these, communication, correlation, and correspondence emerge.
If relationships between Beings is a fundamental purpose of Creation, then Creation must be acknowledged as the "medium" for relationships.
The powers aligned against God and Creation appear to be acutely aware of the ultimate significance of relationships in Creation – our relationship with God foremost among them – and one of their all-encompassing goals lies in the disruption and destruction of relationships between Beings, primarily by firmly wedging their System in-between Beings and Creation and insisting that the System be the only medium of relational exchange and communication between all Beings in Creation.
The 2020 global birdemic coup offers a recent and vivid example of this motivation to live between Beings and control relationships in Creation.
For about two years, the powers opposed to God and Creation succeeded in severely curtailing, disrupting, forbidding, and diminishing relationships.
Not only that, but they also dictated the rules of relational engagement. They monitored, recorded, surveyed, micromanaged, manipulated, supervised, controlled, and regulated all relationships at all levels.
Relationships became contingent upon the System’s bureaucratic machinations. Terms like social distancing suddenly became acceptable and common in human discourse, as did notions of transformed societies in which none are safe until are safe.
The birdemic was the most tangible exhibition of the dark powers’ yearning to have their System live between Beings and Creation. In many ways, it represents the culmination of an insidious and seemingly ubiquitous stratagem to obscure Creation as the foundation of all communication between Beings and replace it with the System.
Most of my interactions with most people amount to little more than System interactions. People everywhere relate to each other only through the System.
And this is not limited to interpersonal relationships between humans. It extends to all Creation. I struggle to remember the last time I heard someone speak about nature or the weather without referring to the climate crisis or environmentalism. Virtually all of organized, institutional Christianity has reduced itself to broadcasting System-dictated agenda items, issues, and talking points.
The System only lives between us and Creation because we allow it to. No, more than that. We actively desire that the System live between us and Creation.
Relationships in Creation require free, autonomous, thinking agents motivated by and capable of love and creativity. Only such agents can know Creation directly and form knowing relationships in Creation.
Very few people appear interested in forming relationships in Creation because most people seem utterly uninterested in freedom, autonomy, and thinking, to say nothing of love and creativity. It’s far easier to permit the System to live between us.
A few years ago, I made a case for something I referred to as system distancing by emphasizing that such distancing was primarily a spiritual movement motivated by the mostly internal aim of drawing away from the System and closer to God and Creation.
Such a spiritual movement within individuals remains imperative. Although it is largely an internal movement, it is impossible alone.
It requires relationships with other Beings in Creation. Above all, it requires a relationship with Christ because the only we can ever hope to reconnect to Creation now is through Jesus.
Everything else is just the System living between us.