Friday, September 16, 2016

Are you seeing with "hard" eyes or "soft" eyes?...

a new term for me.

Cruising about on the internet yesterday, I bumped into the term "soft eyes."  Not being a TV watcher, I had to look up the origin of the term.  It seems to be something a character, homicide Detective William "Bunk" Moreland, said to his new to homicide sidekick, Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs, on a HBO series called The Wire (2002-2008).

When Bunk takes Kima out on her first homicide he says to her:
 "You know what you need at a crime scene?  Soft eyes….You got soft eyes, you can see the whole thing. You got hard eyes, you stare at the same tree, missing the forest."
Even though the show got rave reviews, it doesn't appear to be anything I'd ever want to watch. 

But I do like the term "soft eyes" instead of having to use an old hackneyed phrase like "not seeing the forest for the trees" or "let's look at the big picture."   It's quick, easy, and to the point - just the way I like things. 

Viewing internet news sources is definitely a hard eyes endeavor.  Everyone drills down to one aspect - lately Hillary's health.  It's  necessary when writing a post because if we tried to put everything into perspective, our posts would be miles long and no one would read them. Besides, I admit, in most cases, to not being able to put events in their proper order. 

The other problem is when we spend too much time reading, there is little time to analyze and try to see with soft eyes.  I've always had a penchant for seeing events with soft eyes.  It's one of the reasons I've always loved timelines.  For instance, if you study the Civil War and don't know what came before or after, it's almost impossible to properly understand the subject.

Which brings me to the point (thankfully.)

In looking at the fall of great nations, one thing stands out - the disregard and hostility to religion - in particular Christianity.

Is there anyone reading this who doesn't accept the fact that Christians are being marginalized and disdained in the United States?  And in third world countries they're being slaughtered in most horrific ways.

When a society is let loose from it's moral tethers based on religious belief,  mayhem and eventually destruction happens.  The nation will experience social, cultural, and moral decay. 

Our culture has become crude and ugly.  What passes for art is fecal matter smeared on a canvas and declared an innovative and courageous way of viewing the world.  Masses of people are festooning themselves in tattoos and poking multiple holes in their bodies and calling it beautiful. 

We now live in a nation that promotes diversity as being good, sexual immorality as a right, and discusses at what age it's okay to kill a baby in the womb. (Hint:  It's never okay.)  Marriage is no longer between a man and a woman, and if you dare say otherwise, you may be hounded out of your job.

And now we have front row seats to mainstream "churches" endorsing things that even 20 years ago would have been unthinkable.  The churches that thrive are those which promote a gospel of prosperity where loving God will make you rich.  You know you're in trouble when the very institutions which are supposed to uphold the moral tenets become just as secular and unholy as the lowliest sinner. 

Is the United States headed for a collapse?  If looking at history with soft eyes, the answer would have to be a resounding yes.  

If we drill down and look at our two candidates for president with hard eyes, we can quickly see that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for the downfall of our country. She is a virulent proponent of all things anti-Christian.   A vote for Donald Trump, someone who has declared that persecution and marginalization of Christians in this country must stop, is clearly a better choice. 

 Based on viewing this race with soft eyes and then hard eyes, the choice becomes obvious, doesn't it? 


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