what they really mean

“Socialists cry ‘Power to the people’,
and raise the clenched fist as they say it.

We all know what they really mean——
power over people, power to the State.”

Margaret Thatcher,
Speech to Conservative Central Council, March 1986

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning:
just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes,
we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”

C.S. Lewis


(a buckeye butterfly enjoys a sunny day / Julie Cook / 2017)

I wonder if anyone really knows what anyone really means anymore.

Our leaders, politicians, statesmen, media personalities, legal eagles, entertainers…
none of them seem to know what they mean anymore…
simply because they’re always apologizing or deferring or deflecting these days.

The headlines splash across our eyes daily with the current mea culpas turned defense…
“I didn’t mean it”
“That’s not what I meant”
“My attorney won’t let me answer that”
“That was just a joke taken the wrong way”
“I didn’t say that”
“That wasn’t me”
“This has all been blown out of proportion”
“You heard wrong”
“You took that out of context”
“The devil made me do it / say it”
“The sky is falling… uh, just kidding….”

It’s all fun and games until there’s a push back, a backlash or a pure revolt….
Then the last laugh is no longer on the targeted but rather is now turned back around
to the one who was attempting to initiate the laughs, or the claims,
or the accusations in the first place.

And within all the mea culpas comes the deferments, the denials, the deflections,
the blind eyes…
as in…
“well, that wasn’t even my idea”
“he, she, it made me do it”
“I have no recollection of that”
“I didn’t do that, say that.. but rather he, she, it did”
“I plead the 5th…the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd and whatever else I can plead….”
“No habla inglés, or suddenly any other language for that matter…
“Who me?”
“I wasn’t even in the country”

The list is endless.

And hidden within the denials, the confusion, the lies, the excuses
is the anger, the rage and the resentment…
of the “how dare you not think me funny, factual, fair…”
“how dare you not think I wasn’t joking”
“how dare you take what I said / did the wrong way”
“how dare you, be you, who now makes me look bad / feel bad”

Actually it’s all really confusing because not only do we not know what
“they” mean anymore…we’re being told that we no longer know what we mean…
as what we thought we believed and knew to be true…is nothing but an illusion
of what we once knew…

The only meaning that has stood the test of time, the test of man….
despite man’s best attempts to alter it, change it, rewrite it, deny it, ignore it…

God’s word…..

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and spirit,
of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

7 comments on “what they really mean

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Preach it, sister. It’s an upside down world.

  2. Lynda says:

    It is an upside down world but I find great hope in this amazing article in The Jesuit Post. This message that was delivered by Christ centuries ago, was delivered on Sunday to a huge crowd in Manchester by those whom we might find surprising. It’s worth a read and a listen to the video.
    Blessings.
    http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fe09cccc4eb5d7912deed6a6a&id=26648532e5

  3. oneta hayes says:

    A timely and thoughtful blog. So glad you ended at the truth – God’s Word – was true, is true, will forever be true. A foundation upon which to stand. Thanks.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Words has meaning and its frightening seeing the pace the World is going with Orwellian double speak. Good post sister, God’s Word is the only thing that last and is certain.

    • thank you Jim—these are head spinning days in which we are living—never in my life time have I seen or experienced what it is we are currently living—and might you I survived the Cuban Missile crisis, a Vietnam War , the 60’s and the 70’s, Watergate, Y2K, teaching high school for 31 years, raising a child as the list only goes on and on..and I never remember a mass hysteria in our governmental leadership and our news media as we are experiencing now—it is absolute sicking!

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