7 April 2021 #MAGAanalysis

A Time For Grieving

It's surprising that, in serving local patriots, ramping up our study and preparation for the battle we must wage, the topic of grief keeps resurfacing. But I think I may know why the reading list causes this effect for many.
2) Truth is, it is impossible to calculate or measure what's been lost. The obvious part is a stolen, landslide election. But it goes so much farther than that. To my own eye, I now divide America into two stages:

America I: 1776 - 2020
America II: 2021 - Unknown
3) I'll explain how I feel this grief in relationship to my own studies and preparations in a moment. First, I want to go slowly over Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 8. Each verse will be its own tweet next.
1 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 - A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 - A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 - A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 - A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 - A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 - A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 - A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
12) Were I the writer of a book of prayer, this passage would feature prominently. I would add something like: What time, oh Lord, am I in, today? King Solomon calls these seasons. I call them days, hours, or moments. What kind of a moment is this, I often ask?
13) Verse 4 is obviously today's key. A time to weep, a time to laugh. A time to mourn, a time to dance.

We are not dancing or laughing much right now, we local patriots. We must weep. We must mourn. We must grieve.
14) How well do you read scripture? Most merely skim over the surface if that. Here's a perfect for instance. We hear about the laughing and dancing, and that's what we want. We suppress the command to weep and mourn. We dismiss it. We dismiss wisdom.
15) Reading - and following and practicing - scripture rightly is just about the most expensive thing a human soul can do. You have been commanded to weep and mourn. Will you? Most won't. The price is too heavy, the burden too great.
16) Here's Matthew on topic - 22: 11 - 14.

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
17) Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


{Emphasis added.}
18) Would you follow Solomon's counsel? Would you be one of the few that are chosen? If so, you must read each and every one of Solomon's seasons, embrace them, and find the time to comply. Let's slowly look at the list.
19) A time to:

1/ Be born
2/ Die
3/ Plant
4/ Pluck up
5/ Kill
6/ Heal
7/ Break Down
8/ Build Up
9/ Weep
10/ Laugh
11/ Mourn
12/ Dance
13/ Cast away stones
14/ Gather stones together
15/ Embrace
16/ Refrain from embracing
17/ Get
18/ Lose
19/ Keep
20/ Cast away
21/ Rend
22/ Sew

23/ A time to keep silence
24/ And a time to speak
21) There's an old saying I've lived most of my life by. In for a penny, in for a pound. I never know where that's going to lead. I really had no intention of spending so much time on scripture today, before turning to the theory and method of grief and grieving. Alas.
22) We've gone from Solomon to Matthew and back to Solomon again. Due to Twitter's character limits, the last 2 of Solomon's 24 times were: Silence & Speaking. And that catapults us, whether we wish to or not, to Saint Paul writing to the Christians at Ephesus.
23) Those last 2 Solomonic "times," silence and speaking, drive us to Ephesians chapter 6, especially verses 10 - 20. Put on the whole armor of God. But we'll focus only on verses 19 & 20.
19 - And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 - For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


26) William Vance Bowker tells us that there are 3,083 counties in America. In building my reading list, I envision 3,083 souls, one for each county, who will read all 12 books with his own county in mind, and especially as a friend to his sheriff.
27) To be such a soul for your county, you must strive to discover each of Solomon's 24 moments and surrender to them, give over to them, and learn how to be fully within the moment, meeting it as it demands. Again, go slowly.
28) Diving in, grief is a time of weeping and mourning. It is also a time of public silence and private speaking. Sure, a funeral may be highly public event, yet it is still for those who knew the deceased. It is really an extended family.
29) How many obituaries have you read? They are formal and structured, factual. They may mention grief but cannot display it. They are far too public in a moment when silence dominates. We grieve in public silence for the most part.
30) I weep most often completely alone. My beloved queen @KateScopelliti always knows of my grief, and sometimes we share it in real time. Most often, I cry alone. I share the truth with her, but the pain is mine. Kate has her own burdens, I assure you.
31) I have not yet wept over Albemarle County. My sadness is vast. But I don't know that I, myself, will be able to become Albemarle's County Soul. Likely not. I'm too recent an emigrant, here. A County Soul's roots, like a great oak must go very deep indeed.
32) How do I know I have this grief issue over my county? It's actually quite easy, and directly from my reading list. I know, to a certainty, that Gene Sharp's work From Dictatorship To Democracy is precisely what my county needs. We must be an insurgency.
33) As a student, I have learned that there is a time for each book. If you attack the book at the wrong time, all you'll do - all I'll do - is argue with the author resisting the most important guidance and wasting his and my time. An author deserves suspension of judgment.
34) I go to pick up Sharp. I've read 2 of his books so far. I go to re-read as I know I must. I think of my county. And I just don't quite have my 2nd reading in me, yet. I'm not ready. The agony, the unresolved rage I feel rises up and I cannot yet read him again.
35) So what that tells you is that I have NOT COMPLETED my grieving process.

I'm going to take a very short break on that point. When I return, we're going to dive into the actual 5-stage process. I'll guide you, as I employ it myself. Be back shortly...
36) Let's go. First, we honor our pioneer, Dr Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Her initial study was of roughly 200 grieving families, all of whom had received a terminal diagnosis for a loved one. Death and dying, grief and mourning are all parts of a single whole.
37) Not ready to face my own county's losses, or be its soul, I am ready to face my nation's losses. I will state them clearly. A stolen landslide election, due to voter fraud, sounds a death knell to our freedom and the destruction of our Constitution.
38) Who remembers the Phoenix of myth, the bird that rises again from the ashes of its own combustion? Should we save America, it will be, by my count, America II. It will have to rise again from its ashes. We're in the ashes stage right now.
39) Thus, for me, I must grieve the death of America I.
40) For me, mythical type of guy that I am, I must personalize this loss. America I was my mother, my Mother. She pulled my grandfather here from Southern Italy. She pulled my literal mother here from Brazil. I am an immigrant's child on both sides.
41) I won't speak for my literal mother. I will attempt to do so for my grandfather. He would NOT immigrate here today. He would not believe in the Rule of Law here. He would not believe in the freedoms of our founding. He'd just stay where we was, were it today.
42) Actually, I don't have to speak for my literal mother. She returned to Brazil, what, 10 years ago now? No kidding. She doesn't live in America any longer. Immigrated here in 1950. Returned, let's guess, in 2010 or so. For me, that is a type of national death.
43) Dr K-R has five stages. You may believe me when I tell you I have studied them. I have employed them. I have taught them. I have coached them. I know them inside and out. And, I have changed them, just a tiny bit. It will be my own I share, now.
44) Pasquale's Version of Dr K-R's Stages:

1/ Denial
2/ Bargaining
3/ Anger - I prefer the term Rage
4/ Depression - I prefer the term Despair
5/ Acceptance
45) Let me attempt a single comment about each, if I can, next. Overall, you must understand that each stage has its own logic and dynamics, mandates and requirements. And you must understand that being stuck is the great challenge. More on that after my point by point comments.
46) To deny is natural, and often the most important thing you can do. Scripturally, Jesus denied Satan. Yet, denial can be the greatest form of self-deceit. Processing denial for the question of truth and falsehood, blessing vs loss is the challenge.
47) You must bargain with loss to determine its extent. Say you've lost a parent. You have not lost your memories of your parent. Finding the balance, finding the blessing in the loss vs the horrors and devastation of the loss requires bargaining.
48) I place anger after bargaining only because I view anger as good, and believe it requires you establish, by bargaining, what loss can't be replaced. That loss demands your anger, at least, if not your rage. Skip this step at your peril.
49) Once your rage has burnt through your body and soul, you will be exhausted, spent, and incapable of staving off despair. It's like falling into a vast ocean. It overwhelms, as it must. The bird is burning. Rage past, do not think you may avoid despair. You cannot.
50) A 2nd point on this one. There are forms of surrender that require differentiation. I don't like depression. It seems like an extended surrender without the return to a fighting will. Despair is faster. It's more terrible, but better. It cleanses.
51) Only through the Valley of Despair may we find the new Plain of Acceptance. Grief is two deaths. It is the loss of whom you lost. It is the loss of who you were when that soul was alive. You are a different you, now. Acceptance demands both losses be...accepted.
52) The organic, natural flow of these stages is a type of beauty, believe it or not. Go back with me to America. We had lost Her by 1913. Here it is 2021 and we haven't come out of denial yet. We have halted the natural flow. We needed this Election Theft to awaken us.
53) Now it is time to bargain with what we've lost and what we still have. I propose that our Constitution lives on in our hearts, if not so much our minds. We don't truly understand it, nor know what to do to remedy its breaching when that occurs.
54) I interject, there are 2 primary errors we allowed, and they are the 16th & 17th Amendments. We'd go far to heal, to restore or give rebirth to America if we repealed those amendments. They were the moment we embraced the death of our Constitution.
55) It is the great genius of the left to use the Constitution to destroy the Constitution. It employs Democracy to destroy Democracy. Consider the movement - such as in my own county - to remove law enforcement from the Office of the Sheriff.
56) In my county, that occurred in 1983. I heard tell that in 2020, there was a referendum somewhere in the State of Washington, to STOP elections over sheriffs and to grant their appointment to some other authority. This is the use of Democracy to destroy Democracy.
57) As you've seen, I believe in anger. I believe in rage. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light, we're told. I completely agree. Do not go gentle into that good night. Into that evil night.
58) Dylan Thomas was a genius to call it "that good night." He is not being literal. He is being, if not sarcastic, than expository. He's warning us against the easy acceptance of death as if it were but a good thing. Honor to Dylan.
59) Again, this is why I place bargaining before rage. There are blessings to discover arising from death. Here's another American example. Did you know that there was NO paycheck withholding before 1943? Who remember Thomas Jefferson's vision on topic?
60) I was unable to find the exact quote I wanted. I believe Jefferson once expressed a desire that no American citizen ever suffered so much as the shadow of a tax man on his doorstep. This article, however, gives a great background on topic.

61) We must come out of denial over what we lost. We must bargain with it, to discover what still remains, but to face the loss itself that cannot be bargained away. Then we must allow our anger to rise, and to grow into full blown rage. Rage against the dying of the light.
62) As hope is not a plan, neither is rage. In the Sicilian tradition we know revenge is a dish best served cold. Our fires must burn through the hot tinder until the log of a cool, sustained flame can be ignited. For that to occur, we must weep. We must mourn. We must despair.
63) Rage often prevents sleep. Despair demands it. Sleep is its own mini death. Our conscious minds surrender the daytime control over all we do, and the body takes over, the unconscious rises onto the seat of spiritual control. We must sleep. Despair demands it. We must rest.
64) Within our despair-driven sleep, guess what. We can dream a new dream. We must. We must dream a new dream of America. That is part of why I embrace a vision of America II, from 2021 onward. I dream of the repeal of 16A & 17A. I know, it's just a dream. But it is my own.
65) Well, honor where it is due. I would NEVER be able to dream such a dream without the guidance and aid of my friend and teacher @shestokas. Perhaps it is a failure of our society to fully comprehend the power of righteous teachers to inform a new dream.
66) That brings me back to the long, slow slog of 3,083 County Souls. And that throws me back to the bible. Have I shared that my favorite book is Genesis? I won't quote the passage, I've quoted too much already today. I'll put it in my own words.
67) Here is Abraham. Here are 3 "angels of the Lord." Why the quotes? Many argue that the best reading includes Jesus and two angels. Obviously, my Jewish friends would disagree. So it goes. Let's just stick with "angels."
68) Here is Abraham, the angels, and the problem of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. These are evil cities. I would state that S & G have emerged across the land of America, today. But what does Father Abraham do? he negotiates. He bargains. Think of that. He bargains with God.
69) I'll tell you flat out, I have problems with Father Abraham. I don't cut with the many wives and concubines well. I don't cut with the denial of his son Ishmael. But most of all I judge the willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. I'm NOT okay with that for any reason.
70) Yet here he is facing the Master of the Universe and has the courage to bargain. What if there are 50 good men? Thank you, how about 45? 40? 30? 20? 10? Now THAT'S negotiating. Each time with grace and humility. Please don't be mad, but I have to ask...
71) Oh goodness, how we could fight over Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob too, the patriarch Israel (name now changed) and how I could write an anti-Genesis where they're just bad guys. I'm not going to. I love the Book of Genesis too much just as it is.
72) But if you're going to be one of the 3,083 County Souls chosen, from the many called, you're going to have to face just such moments. And I assure you, you'll never find a great hero that Father Abraham negotiating with God Almighty on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah. Never.
73) Allow me to ask. Have you followed our strange flow, today:

1/ Solomon
2/ Jesus
3/ Solomon
4/ Dr K-R
5/ Abraham

These are the voyages of the County Souls, who venture where few souls have dared before. Whoops...that Star Trek, oh my.
74) Until now, I forbade myself from mentioning Master Sun Tzu. Yet, I was thinking of him and his guidance at every point along today's journey. It is with him that I will end today's ponderings.
75) Master Sun Tzu propels us, from his very second verse, into the Temple of War Calculations. Temple? Absolutely. His religion believed in Gods who were created by some strange thing called The Tao. The Tao was simply the way of everything.
76) There are Gods of both Heaven and Earth. The temple was where you went to worship these Gods. And, if you needed to contemplate war, that was where you went to do it. Thus, the temple calculations. Who does this? It must be the Commander of the army. Why?
77) In his 2nd verse, Master Sun Tzu gives us but a single word answer. Discipline. These are the Five Fundamentals:

1/ The Way
2/ Heaven
3/ Earth
4/ Command
5/ Discipline
78) Chapter 1, Verse 8:

Every commander is aware of the Five Fundamentals. He who grasps them wins; he who fails to grasp them loses.
79) Are you a local patriot? As a patriot you must grieve the loss of America I. As a local patriot you must find your path to master the Five Fundamentals for your county. Grief comes first. The Five Stages completed, you will be ready to serve and support your County Commander.
80) Your County Sheriff - local commander - likely has no more time to grieve than Jesse Ventura in Predator who had no time to bleed. Would you serve your sheriff, you will have to find time to grieve.

But on the other side...
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