“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Meditation: We are seeing insanity of the highest degree and on the highest level enfold in front of our eyes. For the past years, the reactive and insane parts of our nation had been counteracted by a very balanced and sane president. He was a very mature and non-reactive person, which concealed and covered up an underline growing stream of groups’ and parties’ insanity becoming stronger and louder. And now we experience the extreme reactivity of our nation breaking forth with might, embodied in a president that manipulates and uses the most reactive, angry and paranoid groups within society. Manipulation, chaos, irrationality combined with power, an explosive mix. Efforts to confuse the masses through media and daily tactics of distracting rational and sane persons will create enough of a sense of insanity even in usually very sane persons. How do we immune ourselves? How do we prevent from getting infected?
Prayer: God, as Christians we become aware how we need Your Spirit. We need it like never before. Your Spirit empowers us to remain grounded, even if around us insanity rages. You focus us on the question: “Where is the love in what is happening?” If there is no love, then what is happening is not of You, our God. Your Spirit gives us self-control and strengthens us not having to react emotionally to every “tweet” and every media spectacle. And most of all, Your Spirit has the power to free us from fear. We pray today: God, fill us anew with your Spirit. Every day, every night, every moment – as we face the insanity of our times. Amen
For God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2. Timothy 1:7