Even some liberals are starting to notice that something supernatural and demonic has befallen our world when they are confronted with the evil that has been unleashed in the wake of the wuhan virus outbreak,
Dr. Naomi Wolf, has written a remarkable article titled “Is it Time for Intellectuals to Talk about God?” in wihich she describes how most of those who saw themselves as Liberals and Progressives, critical thinkers and educated intellectuals have turned into sheep that are willingly, blindly and obediently following in cult-like fashion new rules and taboos which cannot be questioned and which lead us back to a pre-enlightenment dark age.
She points out how quickly all these groups have dumped the values they professed to believe in by willingly acting in ways that are totally in contradiction to these values. Segregation, discrimination, fanatical intolerance, ostracism, hate, besmirchement of character and reputation, violation of freedoms and rights, the ruination of children’s lives and untold harm are some but by no means all the evils that the author laments.
The core of Naomi Wolf’s extraordinary and eloquent article though is this passage:
“Months before, I had asked a renowned medical freedom activist how he stayed strong in his mission as his name was besmirched and he faced career attacks and social ostracism. He replied with Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206%3A12&version=KJV
I had thought of that a lot in the intervening time. It made more and more sense to me as the days passed.
I confessed at that gathering in the woods with the health freedom community, that I had started to pray again. This was after many years of thinking that my spiritual life was not that important, and certainly very personal, almost embarrassingly so, and thus it was not something I should mention in public.
I told the group that I was now willing to speak about God publicly, because I had looked at what had descended on us from every angle, using my normal critical training and faculties; and that it was so elaborate in its construction, so comprehensive, and so cruel, with an almost superhuman, flamboyant, baroque imagination made out of the essence of cruelty itself — that I could not see that it had been accomplished by mere humans working on the bumbling human level in the dumb political space.
I felt around us, in the majestic nature of the awfulness of the evil around us, the presence of “principalities and powers” — almost awe-inspiring levels of darkness and of inhuman, anti-human forces. In the policies unfolding around us I saw again and again anti-human outcomes being generated: policies aimed at killing children’s joy; at literally suffocating children, restricting their breath, speech and laughter; at killing school; at killing ties between families and extended families; at killing churches and synagogues and mosques; and, from the highest levels, from the President’s own bully pulpit, demands for people to collude in excluding, rejecting, dismissing, shunning, hating their neighbors and loved ones and friends.
I have seen bad politics all of my life and this drama unfolding around us goes beyond bad politics, which is silly and manageable and not that scary. This — this is scary, metaphysically scary. In contrast to hapless human mismanagement, this darkness has the tinge of the pure, elemental evil that underlay and gave such hideous beauty to the theatrics of Nazism; it is the same nasty glamour that surrounds Leni Riefenstahl films.
In short, I don’t think humans are smart or powerful enough to have come up with this horror all alone.
So I told the group in the woods, that the very impressiveness of evil all around us in all of its new majesty, was leading me to believe in a newly literal and immediate way in the presence, the possibility, the necessity of a countervailing force — that of a God. It was almost a negative proof: an evil this large must mean that there is a God at which it is aiming its malevolence.
And that is a huge leap for me to take, as a classical Liberal writer in a postwar world, — to say these things out loud.
Grounded postmodern intellectuals are not supposed to talk about or believe in spiritual matters — at least not in public. We are supposed to be shy about referencing God Himself, and are certainly are not supposed to talk about evil or the forces of darkness.”
I cannot recommend this article highly enough and the comments to this article are also worth reading.
Some of the liberal commenters share their profound sense of loss and desperation because they have been ostracised villified and cut off from the Left. They feel their whole world crumble because they have lost their whole supporting social network.
It’s hard for them to comprehend that their former leftist friends would do this to them.
I empathize with them but I’m lucky enough that I had been betrayed much earlier in my life and as an introverted guy I’m less dependent on a social support group, which makes me hardly feel the pain any longer.
Nevertheless, I still can get hurt, as happened recently when my aunt who is “vaccinated” told my mother that because I’m unvaxed she doesn’t want me to be around when she comes to visit her (I’m frequently at my mother’s home because she needs care). At first I was angry that she wants to treat me as a pariah but when my mother told me that she acts out of a great fear, I felt a great sadness for her.
This woman that I always admired, this amazingly strong, fearless, energetic woman who accompanied my uncle to the very end when he rotted from within because of cancer, this woman, a fighter who struggled boldly through life, raising two little kids alone, working like crazy to give them both an academic education, this woman who gave herself the education she never had as a child, this woman who still had the time to be politcally and socially active, this woman who battled bureaucrats into submission, this woman is now so scared out of her mind that she turns into a coward who is willing to cut familial relations in the few remaining years of her life. So sad.
It is truly a demonic spirit that cuts and divides parents and children, brothers and sisters, lovers and friends. This goes far beyond politics. This spirit is blinding its victims with stupidity and, using fear, it is breaking the dams that hold back the darkness in man’s heart. Darkness begets more darkness.
The release of evil, cruelty and barbarism does not pacify man. It makes man only more evil, cruel and barbaric.
We must fight this evil but we cannot fight it alone, for you can only fight spirit with spirit.
We need God’s help. We need His spirit as our armor and our weapon.
We will suffer but I do not fear. I have accepted the suffering that will come because there is a purpose and a meaning to it. It’s God’s purpose.
No war was ever won without suffering and this war is no exception.