Friday, November 18, 2011
Sometimes the conversation gets quite animated in our Lunch Room at the factory. Today as in a couple of other occasions the subject was the current sit-down "Occupy protests" in front of the various financial centres of the Western world.
Groups of disgruntled dissidents have placed themselves in a rather poorly articulated statement against big business, big markets and insensitive government. Their posters, soap boxes and music seem to say, "Where is the little guy's break on taxes, on a decent job, on a workable chance at good education or good health care and social aid? Why should the so-called democratic process do so little to hear the voice of the masses between elections? These systems are broken! Our elected representatives have forgotten us. The real king-pins are the multi-national corporations, and they are just plain wicked!"
Although one can sympathize with their pain and perplexity, it is likely that continued stale-mate on the lawns will result in riot gear, tear gas, sound cannons, batons and lock-up. To some this whole exercise seems to be a "dry run" before the time comes for responses to major civil disobedience.
In the Lunch Room opinions were split between sympathy and cat-calls about unemployed bums and anarchists who simply wanted to make trouble and get "their fifteen minutes of fame". I seized the moment to suggest how the whole problem of attitude had been forecast in the Bible. I pulled out the Book and my friends respectfully listened:
2 Timothy 3:
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.