We have surpassed $30T in U.S. national debt, and that doesn’t even include all the obligations (medicare, social security, pensions, etc.).
How long does it take to count to a trillion? 31,709.79 years to count to a trillion.
What’s 31,709.79 years multiplied by 30.16 (the current US debt)? 956,367.2664 years to count the US debt.
The U.S. is the greatest debtor in the world. Just to compare, Russia is the ninth least indebted country in the world. Russia’s debt is currently at a total of over $288 billion equivalent. And China has three times less debt than the U.S. Check out the World Debt Clocks here.
Does the creditor-debtor relationship still exist? Does it matter? If so, who is the creditor? Yes. Yes. The People…you, me, our kids, and grandkids. We are the creditors.
What happens when a debtor defaults or doesn’t pay a creditor? War or submission. Either the creditor or the debtor loses everything.
Hence, The Great Reset of the World Economic Forum (You will own nothing and be happy) is a little like the debtor taking the creditor hostage and usurping the bank. Then running out of resources to support and maintain the building and all the people inside, and having to execute some drastic (and maybe covert) measures to control the fallout.
Hence, we have The Great Collapse, which isn’t advertising but is reality. There is no great reset without a great collapse. Got that? It means your IRA, your house, your car, your food, etc. Gone! Just because it comes easy today doesn’t mean it’ll come easy tomorrow. Things can change fast, as we have seen over the past few years. I’m reading a great book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. Just finished Chapter One about Montana, and I highly recommend everyone read this book. I can’t spend much time today writing a blog post because I have taxes to do and a pile of books to read, but I wanted to get something out of my head and into yours.
A question for you…Are you ready to lose everything? Yes? To just anyone or to whom? The Bible tells us that we have to choose which master to serve in life, and obviously it’s under this master that we gain and lose whatever the master has to offer. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Mathew 6:24 in NASB). The word in the KJV is mammon: “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Mammon is the god of this world. Mammon motivates people with worldly wealth and power. He does this through the financial system, by way of control. The most important minions of Mammon own the stocks and bonds of the new media and corporations. They own the Federal Reserve, which is not owned by the government but is a private corporation whereby shareholders are paid 6% per annum. The shareholders are banks and branches with wealthy family ownership. Think Rothschild. Think Rockefeller too. The government doesn’t own any shares in the Federal Reserve. The government is merely an administrator of the budget.
God, on the other hand, is not of this world, and neither are his people. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19). Yes, if you’re on the right track, the world should be hating you. In case this isn’t clear, 1 John 5:19 clarifies, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” Notice the switch-up in numbers? The “1” in these scriptures moved (John 15:19 > 1 John 5:19). I have no idea if this has any significance, but knowing God, it probably does.
As a martial artist, I was trained in how to fight and how not to fight simultaneously. Therefore, I have a different approach when it comes to my spirituality; it’s a fight, both offense and defense with the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). It isn’t necessarily fun to be spiritual, it’s responsibility. It’s discipline. It’s hard work! “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 6:12). If we are going to fight, then we need to know who we are fighting. Right? The fight is big…against corporations, governments, and institutions, all under the spell of Mammon.
I want to understand Mammon, not burn books about him so that I will be ignorant about him and fall for his tricks and traps. Ignorance is not allowed for the spiritual man or woman. I want to understand Mammon so that I can overcome him mostly with mind, but also might. We understand God better when we understand his opposite. How can I know what is cold, if I don’t know what’s hot? How can I understand light if I have never seen the darkness? How can I understand hunger if I have never been full? How do I know what woman is if it weren’t for man? We should all work to become more conscious of opposites and what we are doing inadvertently to serve Mammon.
If you have stocks and bonds in the market, and you passively invest in a blanket of them, then you are serving Mammon. Do you know what Mammon is doing with your investments? I know it’s hard to get away from Mammon here in the world, but there are little things we can do collectively that would make a big difference. The problem is us; we don’t think about the greater implications of our choices for others and Earth. We think about the implications for us. Mammon knows this and he plays it. In my quest to better understand Mammon, I did a book search and a few caught my eye. You may read them ahead of me, or not at all, but they are on my list:
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity by Eugene McCarraher, 2019 — Far from displacing religions, as has been supposed, capitalism became one, with money as its deity. Eugene McCarraher reveals how mammon ensnared us and how we can find a more humane, sacramental way of being in the world.
The Minions of Mammon: A History of Usury As a Criminal Enterprise by Thomas Petri, 2013 — Mammon [is]…a state where riches are coveted as an object of worship, transforming greed-driven pursuit of wealth into a virtue. Mammon also views wealth as a tool to subdue governments and control society. Mammon does not recognize the laws of God or man because his one and only law demands whatever propagates profit is good and whatever restricts profit is irrelevant.
The Parable of Wicked Mammon by William Tyndale — In this book William Tyndale, one of the most renowned religious scholars of the Reformation, writes his explanations of justification by faith. Selecting chapter sixteen from the Book of Luke as a basis, Tyndale explains crucial differences between emerging Protestant beliefs and the established Catholic system. By choosing this passage, Tyndale is able to explain justification and the fruits of it, thereby highlighting a central motivation behind the ensuing Reformation. Writing in part to blunt the blame levied upon the Protestant cause as being behind outbreaks of violence in Europe, Tyndale sought to frame his arguments in religious terms. By admitting his translation of the Bible, Tyndale reveals that he is opposed to keeping the scripture out of the hands of the common people.
Decoding Mammon: Money as a Dangerous and Subversive Instrument by Peter Dominy, 2012 — On the basis of the theology enshrined in the Old and New Testaments and in the long-term tradition of the church, it is claimed that problems associated with money do not arise simply from the way it is used, but from the nature of money itself. Despite the fact that money has enabled great economic development, and in contrast with the general consensus of governments, economists, and many theologians that money is either a positive or neutral instrument, the book seeks to show that money is a deeply flawed instrument, created by fallen human beings, and fashioned over the years to suit the interests of those in power rather than the needs of people in general. It is argued that money should only be allowed to operate within severe restrictions, and that any reformulation of the global economy as a result of the recent financial crisis needs to be based on this understanding.
Jesus and the Politics of Mammon by Hollis Phelps, 2019 — In Jesus and the Politics of Mammon, Phelps uses contemporary critical theory, continental philosophy, and theology to develop a radical reading of Jesus. Phelps argues that theological traditions have on the whole blunted Jesus’ teachings, particularly in regard to money and related concerns of political economy. Focusing on the distinction between God and Mammon, Phelps suggests instead that Jesus’ teachings result in a politics that is anti-money, anti-work, and anti-family. Although Jesus does not provide a specific program for this politics, his teachings incite readers to think otherwise with respect to these institutions.
That’s all I have for today. Just something to think about as we surpass $30T. Great sailing from here? Don’t think so. I’m going to be busy for awhile, and I don’t know when I’ll write another post, but I leave you with one final thought from John 18:36. Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be FIGHTING so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Here are some more Bible verses about not of this world. Absorb, reflect, and act, if you are truly not of this world. You might also like to read this excellent article: DIANA JOHNSTONE: US Foreign Policy Is a Cruel Sport, February 23, 2022.