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Sep 7 2008

What Are You Afraid Of?

015-the-scream.jpgElsewhere on the interweb, the question was asked, "What are you afraid of?" The responses seemed to mostly be about creepy-crawly things and only touched on what, to me, were real fears. I quickly penned the following off the top of my head:

I am afraid of my children being harmed by developing a health problem which I cannot do anything about or by some type of accident when I am not around to protect them.

I am afraid of not being as good a husband and father as I could be.

I am afraid of people whose lives are governed by their desires and passions rather than by logic and reason.

I am afraid of liberals and their desire to help people in the short run at the expense of doing great harm in the long run (nearly every government program ever created).

I am afraid of Supreme Court justices who decide cases by their feelings and what they personally believe is right rather than by the Constitution and what the Founding Fathers believed was right.

I am afraid of people who are ignorant and government schools whose very existence depends on perpetuating that ignorance.

I am afraid of radical fascist beliefs spread by the sword overwhelming a world corrupted by pacifists and appeasers. So many on both sides are willing to die for their beliefs but unfortunately it appears that it is those who have no qualms about killing for their beliefs who will ultimately prevail. There is a scourge on this planet and over the centuries and last few decades it has shown itself to only be growing.

I am afraid that liberal government's insatiable quest for money will one day turn to the largest pool of wealth in the world, private retirement accounts of hard working Americans.

I am afraid that it may already be too late for the United States to survive given our national debt of more than 9.6 trillion, otherwise known as $9,600,000,000,000.00, which is more than $31,000.00 for every man, woman and child, more than 124,000.000 for just my family alone. If that doesn't convince you we are economically doomed, then what about the fact that our federal government is additionally on the hook for $57.3 trillion in federal "entitlements" for Medicare, Social Security and other government programs. That's over $500,000 per household and doesn't even include state and local governments!

I am afraid when you combine the above two fears that the only solution is massive inflation so that the accumulated debt can be paid off with worthless dollars, all of which would render my hard earned saving stuffed away every month at great cost and sacrifice...worthless.

Shortly thereafter an individual deployed in Iraq posted the following:

Currently here I am afraid of IEDs, Insurgents, and the biggest fear Amry/AF Iraqis that decide to switch to the bad guys side.

To which I replied:

I'm going to put aside my list of fears for a while and just pray about yours.

Sometimes you just have to put things in perspective.

Posted by Don |


  1. #1
    Fannie Mae said on September 9, 2008 | Reply

    And do you think that "pray" could do something?

  2. #2
    Don said on September 9, 2008 | Reply

    Nope, I do not think "pray" could do something.

    I know it can do something.

  3. #3
    Fannie Mae said on September 9, 2008 | Reply

    In this case, we could be confined to pray instead of going to war. ;-)

  4. #4
    Don said on September 9, 2008 | Reply

    *grins* If only it were that easy.

    God gives us free will. Some use their free will for good and some for bad, some for evil worse than even war itself. War is evil, but sometimes a necessary evil. Good men must rise up and fight evil.

    I don't believe God wants us to just sit back and watch men who are exercising their own free will perpetuating evil to rampage unstopped. Be it a lone gunman or a rogue nation or "other" group of people, God does not want us to simply sit by and pray while a gunman walks around town shooting everyone. Evil must be defeated by the actions of good men.

    Those actions walk hand-in-hand with prayer, a request for intercession, if such be within his plan, which I don't for a minute pretend to know or fully understand.

    For example, the civilized world could not just sit back and pray Hitler would be defeated. It took the tremendous sacrifice of million of people. Prayer, I believe, assisted the actions of those people.

    As for the individual deployed in Iraq, despite our prayers, it may be in God's plan that he not come home. Or, he may already be destined to come home for some reason we will never know. However, I tend to believe sometimes there may be room for devine intervention, in such cases, I believe the power of prayer can make a difference.

    More than you wanted to read, more than I thought I'd type in response.

  5. #5
    Fannie Mae said on September 10, 2008 | Reply

    I do not agree with you but I appreciate your answer. Thank you and have a good day.

  6. Fannie, if everyone was as pleasant as you, the world would have few problems. I wish you best...I might even "pray" for you.

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