Jim Murray

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My Soul Is Not For Sale

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Random Ramblings
On The General State
Of The Universe

There is a wave of hatred and divisiveness spreading around the world. If I were a religious person I would solemnly proclaim that this is the work of Satan and his minions here on earth.

I am not religious, but I do believe that evil exists and in times of crisis, it rears its ugly head in ways large and small.
Much of this evil, believe it or not, is being condoned, by the governments of various countries who fear that they will be overrun by people fleeing unliveable conditions in their own country.

What’s not being condoned is the pure racial and sectarian hatred of those who fear that too much mingling of the races and too much influence from religions that are not their own will eventually destroy their cultures.

This is not a political problem in the purest sense. Nor is it societal problem in the purest sense. What it is, it seems to me, is a strange hybrid of both.
But the overriding problem is that people on both sides of the myriad of issues seem to be completely unwilling to even try to understand the reasons why all this is happening.

They all appear to be so deeply mired in their own belief that their cause is just and the only activity at all seems to be the sounds of shovels as both sides dig deeper.

Where Is The Saviour When You Need One?

This is a situation that has been going on for literally thousands of years as nations and nation states sought to conquer what they could of the world and spread their ideologies are far as possible.

And for quite some time it worked and vast empires were created and eventually crumbled into the mish-mosh of countries we know today. But the urge and the outright necessity for conquest never faded. What was once called Imperialism got a new adjective added to it and became Economic Imperialism. Here the goal was not to rage across the landscape, raping and pillaging and plundering resources. Now, that was dirty business.

Today’s imperialists sit in big offices, sometimes, many times the highest offices in the land, and pick targets and send their spooks in to start a revolution and shift power to the most corruptible leaders, and then proceed to buy them in exchange for carte blanche access to whatever they are in need of to fuel their own economies.

Instead of sending in their armies, they send in weapons and let the people kill each other. It’s much neater that way and all the instigators get the added advantage of plausible (?) deniability for all these atrocities and massive displacement of people.

And For What?

For what it’s always been. For profit. For power. For Vanity. For Ego. For the perks. For the big boats and lavish lifestyle. For the ability to afford any indulgence you can imagine, and even some you can’t. For the reputation of being a titan of business. Or a mover and shaker on the world political scene.All at the expense of countless dead bodies that they will never have to bury. All at the expense of extreme human misery that they will never have to experience.

This is what the world has come to. And the people who sanction this are the ones who really have sold their souls for a few pieces of silver. It’s not personal they proclaim. It’s just business. Why should we really care about what happens in those shithole countries?, they confidently tweet.

I have been watching and commenting on this for pretty much all of my adult life, which is a long time. And nothing has really changed except the numbers. They grow larger with each passing incursion. And the plundered resources go to power machinery that poisons the air and ruins the land.
But it’s just business after all. The wheels of industry need to keep on turning. And money makes the world go round. Yadda. Yadda.

The Most Precious Thing You Own
There is no ending to this post, because there is no end in sight to this terrible situation. Not yet. But here is some advice. Hold onto your soul. Ask yourself if what you are involved in is part of the problem or part of the solution. If it’s part of the problem and if you don’t care either way, then you are giving up the most precious thing you own.

Opportunity in the brave new world exists in abundance in repairing all the damage of the past. Go there are do that. Keep your soul right where it belongs.

We only have this one world. And we only have this one life. Do you really want to spend it in the soul killing service of economic imperialism?

~ Jim Murray ~
| am an ex-ad agency creative director, writer,
art director, strategist, editorialist, reader,
TV & movie watcher. | have been actively
posting on social media since the early 2000s.

| live with my wife on the beautiful Niagara Peninsula

in Canada and work with a small group of companies MURMARKETING
who are making a positive difference in the world. ~ STRATEGY & CREATIVE ~

 

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K Krenner

1 week ago #9

We are on the same page. However, until we open our eyes and take personal responsibility to challenge the current events, we will not change anything. Let's start with Amazon.  How much is that “instant” convenience really worth? Just imagine, if #NoShopping2Days happened around the world? Two days is all it would take for a global, peaceful protest. Anybody can stand 2 days of buying nothing…. Just saying… 

Jim Murray

2 weeks ago #8

#5  I believe that a lot of us do what we can to support those in need. My wife and I do it locally  by supporting food banks and women's shelters. among other things. I have also worked for free for a number of charities. My wife sells a lot of here crafts at charity auctions. So I am hardly what you would call a castle dweller. But I do take your point.

John Rylance

2 weeks ago #7

Keep your soul where you can control it. 

John Rylance

2 weeks ago #6

Ken Boddie

3 weeks ago #5

All fair points, Jim.  Raping and pillaging is now commonly performed by modern day desk-bound keyboard Vikings, driven by self interest and an uncharitable attitude towards the silent majority who live from day to day and from hand to mouth. But those of us who question why we, the comfortably off, should assist our poorer cousins, both at home and overseas, are equally as guilty as the warriors who are located securely and remotely away from their distant targets. We would do well to consider that each of us, resplendent in our individually self-made castle comfort, surrounded by the high walls and moats we have constructed to avoid seeing the emerging gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, may be potentially a mere throw of the dice from sickness, poverty and misery. 🤔

Fay Vietmeier

3 weeks ago #4

@Jim Murray 

Thanks Jim .. I did not think you to be an atheist. Your writing conveys that you are a deep & thinking man 

.. I have been made to think when you write about God .. or as you did here about your soul

What if eternity destiny hinges on belief?

I do believe in God .. He has revealed Himself to mankind .. over time. 

I have studied history & God's Word for decades 

.. it is filled with marvel & mystery .. promise & provision .. purpose & plan 

Belief is complex 

Belief is childlike 

Knowing God is not easy .. it requires desire & intention .. cooperation 

Over time .. it is transformative AS one grows spiritually  

Every relationship is a sowing & reaping

The Standard of believe we should always seek & look to .. is God

.. not religion .. that has been corrupted by self-seeking men who are afflicted by wrong-thinking & wrong heart-attitude 

In finding fault with religion 

I do not find fault with God

Jim Murray

3 weeks ago #3

#2  You should understand, Fay, that I am a total atheist, and that any religious references in my posts are strictly symbolic. I do believe in a god, but it's nothing like the god that is described in organized religions of any kind. Religious symbolism is completely lost on me.

Fay Vietmeier

3 weeks ago #2

@Jim Murray 

The thing is Jim: we were bought at a great price 

With His blood .. Jesus Christ purchased the souls of men for God 

John the Apostle was given this Revelation 

The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 

But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” – Revelation 5

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=NIV

You rightly say:

There IS a wave of hatred and divisiveness spreading around the world. 

.. this IS the work of Satan and his minions here on earth.

We are warned .. 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6

This is spiritual warfare: it is waged every day .. everywhere on the earth 

We need to be spiritually equipped 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6&version=NIV

“I am not religious” either 

“Religion” has been corrupted by men 

God is after our heart 

As our “Good Shepherd” .. He restores our soul  

I became a person of deep faith 

.. though I did not begin this journey until I was 36 .. it has now been 3 decades .. I’m still growing in spiritual understanding

As I shared on @Lada 🏡 Prkic excellent post (about the Exclusivity of Truth) 

I say with frequency:

I do not have the answers to many questions .. but I know the ONE who does.

There ARE many things that “lies beyond the limits of human experience & understanding.”

This is why faith is essential 

Faith believes takes God at His Word

Jerry Fletcher

3 weeks ago #1

Jim, me bucko, quoting an infamous pirate, put on your brown pants. This battle ain't pretty. And so it goes.

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