My generation and the one before me never experienced something like this before. The panic driven narrative, the fights in the supermarket, neighbors no longer being friendly, jobs lost, the fear of the unknown and what seems to be an intentional misdirection fed to all of us from the mainstream media. These are trying times that goes beyond what we experienced even at 9/11. This is something that may change the world from this point forward.
On this thought something occurs to me. There is something I see quite often being said among the group of men that I associate with. Weakness brings adversity, adversity brings strength, strength brings hard work, hard work brings easier times, easier times brings weakness, and so the cycle continues. Our nation and western society in have, in general, been through the greatest times in the history of the world.
We have been spoiled by a massive food supply, entertainment at our fingertips, freedoms unparalleled in the history of the world. We have become a fat and lazy society, dependent on cash to pay for an easier life, we have to go to a gym now just to stay in shape, or in my case, get back into shape. We take for granted things that our grandparents and great grand parents worked hard for.
I think we have become weak, and what comes next is a continuation of the cycle, adversity. Hard times, survival, and possibly, extinction or threat of. The waters are churning and the currents are shifting, what I have witnessed over the past week is weakness at full strength. Panic, rumors, our nation has just about shut down, and all we do is cower in our homes and wait for big brother to give us the all clear.
There is going to come a moment in the near future, that only the strong will survive. Not just physically strong, but mentally, and emotionally as well. When we will either band together or destroy each other. For me the future I see is bleak at best, at least in the short term. I see people both jokingly and seriously upset about stupid crap. Most notably the gyms getting closed, because apparently even these fitness professionals are spoiled and lack the ability to improvise.
The military taught me one very important lesson in life. “Adapt and Overcome”. This is about to be more important than ever and is something that should have been practiced long before this. Hopefully it something that you will practice afterwards. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know what the bible tells me is in it. I also know what history tells me about the past. A past we have not learned from, and one we are doomed to repeat.
So everyone, I want to say happy pandemic to you. Stay strong, keep your faith in the Lord, pray for our nation and world. Gather your tribe, and prepare to fight for yourselves, and those around you. Prepare to fight whatever comes your way. Adapt and overcome at all times. Nothing is impossible except slamming a revolving door. Never lose faith in yourselves, and most importantly, never lose faith in God. 1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.”
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