Recognizing and acknowledging things coming to a point can be a painful experience for some because it entails the recognizing and acknowledging that the trust, faith, and confidence one invested into most of the people and things that comprise the world were built upon illusions, not reality.
From a spiritual perspective, this sort of comprehensive disillusionment must be considered a great blessing rather than a curse, as Dr. Charlton noted in the linked post above (bold added):
In sum, when things have come to a point - life-choices will be substantially (this can never be absolute, due to our mixed-nature and mixed-motives) simple, dichotomous and direct. The choices will be between God, Love, Beauty, Truth, Virtue, Harmony... and the negation of these.
Once we have people choosing against-Good, against God, consciously and with their eyes wide-open; then that will also be the situation when people will choose eternal damnation in preference to the gift of salvation and eternal life as Sons and Daughters of God - they will reject Heaven and choose to reign in their own personal Hell.
This is the end game; yet we can see that this must be carefully prepared if the situation is not to 'backfire' from the perspective of evil...
The clearer that choices become, the more likely that the mass of distracted, cloudy-minded, muddled, partly conscious and not-yet-fully-corrupted people will perceive the situation and choose Good.
So - a world of things coming to a point is also a world in which it is easier to discern Good. Much easier...
The iron fist has emerged from its velvet glove; the wolf has shrugged of his sheep's clothing. Strategic deception becomes a thing of the past.
For Men of Good intent - life becomes clear and simple - right choices are easy to recognise.
After that - it is up-to-us, each as individuals.
Dr. Charlton further clarifies the matter in the following:
The Good side are those who support the goals of God's creation, and who hope to join with God in the eternal work of creation - the evil side are those who oppose this.
Things coming to a point mean that it is becoming ever-more clear cut whether we choose the Good side or the evil. There is less blurring, less chance of confusion. Our choices, therefore, cluster - since the Goodness and evil are so clear and separated; when we choose, therefore, we know what we are doing.
Our choices are more conscious, more deliberate - more significant.
Unfortunately, as I noted in a post from March of this year, choosing Good remains a challenge for many who (finally) perceive the situation the point has "thrust" upon them. Instead rising to overcome disillusionment, many allow themselves to sink into depression and, eventually, despair -- which places them on the path toward potential damnation and spiritual death:
. . . the disillusioned -- that slowly increasing and expanding patchwork assembly of people experiencing varying degrees of disappointment, despondency, and dismay at the discovery that many things of the world are not as good as they hoped or believed they would be.
They are confused and mortified by the failure of democracy, the cratering of free markets, the trampling of human rights, the encroachments upon individual liberty, the splintering of society, and all the rest of it.
Like betrayed lovers, they feel as if their entire world has been wrenched out from beneath them, and they look around frantically for someone or something to trust, to commit to, to believe in.
Even worse, many of the disillusioned begin to regard a state of "re-illusionment" as the only possible solution to the agonizing disillusionment inflicted by their recognition and acknowledgement of "things coming to a point":
Deep down, the disillusioned know the System has not lived up to its promises, but they can think of no alternative beyond the possibility of a reformed or improved System.
The disillusioned understand that they have been deceived and cheated, but they refuse to recognize the illusions as illusions and remain committed to the "reality" of everything that led to their disillusionment.
I make note of all of this now because I believe we are entering a dangerous new phase of the massive assault against God and Creation that began in 2020 with the highly publicized and propagandized birdemic fear campaigns, and continued into 2021 via the botched attempts to install an overarching system of surveillance and control through the peck under the banner of "none are safe until all are safe".
Many of those who have entered the ranks of the disillusioned succumbed to birdemic fear campaigns and/or allowed themselves to be manipulated, coerced, or rationalized into taking the peck and supporting the peck agenda.
Increasing numbers of people have joined (or are currently in the process of joining) the disillusioned because they have become or are becoming acutely aware that they have been tricked and lied to.
As noted above, this kind of disillusionment can clear the way to the possibility of an incalculably positive spiritual choice for Good. However, it also opens up the possibility of negative choices that lead to negative spiritual states, including depression and despair.
To make matters even worse, those in the grips of depression and despair often look to “re-illusionment” as the only possible solution to the suffering their disillusionment has inflicted upon them.
With this in mind, I would like turn your attention to a Scott Adams video I happened to stumble upon via one of the “anti-peck blogs” I visit from time to time.
For those of you that may not know, Scott Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. He is active on social media sites and has a You Tube channel through which he offers social and political commentary. Though I have appreciated his Dilbert work over the years, I have not paid much attention to nor followed any of Adams’ other endeavors.
Through Vox Day’s site, I learned that Adams’ took the peck and was generally supportive of the peck agenda.
Today I read Vox’s reaction to the Scott Adams video I mentioned above. In that post, Vox writes:
The countdown has begun. Scott Adams is giving himself just one more year to live after life punctured his Delusion Bubble.
Vox then lists some of the highlights of the video segment in which Scott Adams reveals the details of his disillusionment (bold added):
So here’s what happened to me in the past years.
That matrix-like mask kind of fell off. And I lost my illusion for a while.
So being depressed is not about being in the wrong state of mind, which is the problem.
In my case, being depressed was being in the right state of mind. …
The part that made me depressed is when I saw things clearly.
And I worked since then to rebuild my illusions.
So when you ask me if I’m feeling better or depressed, I’m sort of in the process of rebuilding an illusion that I can live in without pain.
And I’m not quite there yet because I could still see too much ugly.
And I can’t live happily in a world with this much ugly around me.
I don’t mean physically ugly. I mean ugly ideas and thoughts.
And I’m trying as hard as I can to rebuild a protective, imaginary shield of “everything’s fine” when it isn’t. It definitely isn’t.
But you have to build up a little wall of imaginary protection.
So I’m building up a little wall of imaginary protection as efficiently as I can. But it’s hard work.
Then physically, I haven’t figured out how to fix my physical problem.
So, exercise — I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to exercise again.
Let me just give you an idea. It’s possible that I will never have another personal relationship for the rest of my life.
It’s possible that I’ll never exercise again for the rest of my life. Because that’s my current physical situation.
Now, it could be that I can work through those things and everything will be fine. I can do better by next week.
But the length of time it’s been, and the fact that I don’t even have a clue of what’s wrong — and I’m at that that certain age where things will fall apart — suggest that I could be at the end of my life.
And on top of that, [I’m] feeling physically that I’m literally at the end of my life.
But let me also tell you that I have a sort of at least a one-year minimum optimism buffer.
So my one year optimism about it works like this. If it looks impossible, I still give myself a year. That’s like a rule.
So the system —doesn’t matter what the problem is. Doesn’t matter how much it hurts. Doesn’t matter how much I want to stop.
I’ll give myself one year to just fix that thing.
Vox is on point when it comes to understanding what Adams really needs:
What Scott actually needs is Jesus Christ, hope, and love, in that order. But unfortunately, he’s turning inward, toward himself, again, and relying upon the hope that he can reconstruct his Delusion Bubble in order to protect himself from the unpleasant realities of life.
Jesus Christ, hope and love are characteristic of the third group of post-point individuals I categorized in my disillusionment post back in March:
The first group of disillusioned are the Scott Adams of the world.
The second group comprises the un-dillusioned – the nothing’s really changed, everything is still normal, muddle-headed, despiritualized, mindless drone types.
I described the third group of individuals in the following manner:
The third and final group is not really a group at all but more of a miscellany of individuals sprinkled thinly over the vast surface of the world. Like the disillusioned, the individuals in the third group are acutely aware that many of the things of this world are not as good as they previously believed them to be.
Unlike the disillusioned group, the third group has moved past all despondency, bitterness, discouragement, and dismay. For them, disillusionment is not a let down, but a "raise up".
Instead of brooding on the loss of cherished illusions, individuals in the third group are becoming aware of the reality beyond the illusions. The wrenching away of the world amounts to little more than the wrenching away of untruth.
Individuals in the third group are free to act, learn, love, and believe in ways individuals in the other two groups cannot even begin to fathom. Rather than brood on disillusionment, individuals in the third group quietly work toward a new revelation that can only arise from freedom, creativity, and love.
For them, the end of illusion marks the beginning of creation.
I would classify the third group as Romantic Christians – those who are able to follow Jesus Christ in hope and love AND in freedom and creativity -- regardless of external circumstances in the world; regardless of personal difficulties, suffering, and challenges.
I mention this because I am becoming increasingly convinced that some of my co-religionists may be in or may soon find themselves in a situation that is similar to one Scott Adams is currently experiencing:
“in the process of rebuilding an illusion where I can live in without pain . . . but I’m not quite there yet because I can still see too much ugly. I can’t live happily in a world with this much ugly around me – not physically ugly, but ugly ideas and thoughts and stuff. I’m trying as hard as I can to rebuild a protective imaginary shield of everything’s fine when it isn’t . . it definitely isn’t . . .”
For a Romantic Christian, a world where everything isn’t fine does not represent an end – but a beginning . . .
Where the illusions fall away is where Christ lives and breathes!
Note added: I urge to watch the 46:00 to 54:00-minute segment of the video below. I post this not to "knock down" Scott Adams but to draw attention to a crucial spiritual challenge in this time and place. Take heed.