Ever-present on the Internet, as well as in real life are the depressing presences whose role, as they seem to see it, is to throw cold water on any budding optimism or expression of hope. These are the people who tell us that any significant change for the better in our chaotic world is impossible. Usually the reason given for this is that ”They” just ”won’t allow it.”
“They” refers to the powers-that-be, in some cases meaning only the known governing class: the elected officials and the legally constituted authority. In other cases it refers to the shadowy ”elites”, only a few of whom are household names: Soros comes to mind. Most of us, however, don’t know who makes up this mostly anonymous group, other than the names mentioned on the membership rolls of these transnational groups who seem to be answerable to no one, at least no one known to us.
But the anonymous members of this group called ”They” evidently have superpowers; They control everything behind the scenes, and therefore our political system and our ”rights’ therein are just a hollow charade, because ”They” control all outcomes, somehow.
Recently I keep reading that the ”Brits” can never get out of the EU; the Brexit vote is rigged or will be tampered with to prevent the possibility of the measure’s approval.
Some of those who claim to be in favor of Britain leaving the EU nevertheless seem smug when they say ”They” won’t let the Brits leave, and besides, the Brits are zombies; brainwashed idiots who won’t save themselves, or other words to that effect.
(As if our country is not in equally bad shape, and our citizenry not just as mind-conditioned, if not more so; we have no cause to feel superior, in my opinion.)
Maybe Brexit is doomed to failure, though I pray it is not. I have no crystal ball. I keep my finger on the pulse of Britain to the extent that I can, but nobody, including these perpetual doomsayers, knows the future. Only the Lord God knows the future, and anyone who makes a bald statement that ‘Brexit will never pass; Britain is dead’ does not know what he or she is talking about. At least these arrogant know-it-alls might preface their remarks ‘I think‘ or ‘in my opinion.’ I suspect that these people are either expressing their nihilistic, misanthropic wishes for Britain, or at best, that they are hoping to be able to say ”I told you so!” if their dire predictions come to pass — out of malice, or because they simply want to be seen as great prognosticators.
Whatever. It takes all kinds, I suppose, but beyond the fact that the doomsayers are annoying, the worst thing about them is that their pessimistic, cynical predictions demoralize people. Yes, they do harm. They can make others feel hopeless and disheartened. They can actually cause some of us to disengage from the whole process because the supreme ”They” won’t let us change things. Why try? When we read and hear so many of these cynical, nay-saying comments, it can sap our energies. Even the most irrepressible or optimistic people can sometimes tire of trying to work against a seemingly invincible status quo, and an invisible enemy who seems never to flag or tire. Everybody gets discouraged at times, and the naysayers and the gloom-spreaders can quash enthusiasm and kill hope.
There are people who justify their lack of action by repeating what they hear from these fatalists: ‘What’s the use? “They” won’t let us change things.’ In discussing the American election many people say ”They” won’t let us elect Trump or anybody like him.’
Or: ‘ “They” will never let Texas [or the South] secede. Forget it.’
Who are “They”? Whoever ”They” are, ”They” are assuredly not God. They are not even small-g gods. They are not demigods. They are not superhuman. They undoubtedly have great wealth and the power that wealth brings, but their power is not infinite. “They” are not in charge of this world, though “They” doubtless imagine or wish it to be so.
This is still God’s world, though it’s temporarily in enemy hands. God is always in control, and no one has a chance against him.
Even those reading this who are not Christians realize that our enemies (who are also God’s enemies) are not omnipotent. Nor are they omniscient, despite their heavy-handed attempts to know everything about everybody everywhere.
Of these would-be rulers of all, we read in the Bible:
4″He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
“The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.”
And how many of the army of doomsayers and cynics, whose relentless message amounts to ‘resistance is useless’ are actually in the service of these people in some form or other? As of now I am assuming that anyone who seems to be pushing defeatism and counseling resignation is likely working for our enemies, wittingly or unwittingly.