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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Need To Oppose

Updated on December 17, 2016

Diamond Back Rattlers do not scare me.

But human snakes do.
But human snakes do. | Source

Do you think of heaven as having no games of skill?

What would happen in a football game if there was no defense? What would happen in a marriage if both spouses thought exactly the same? What would happen in a company if all employees thought the same thing? How about a classroom or congregation? That kind of thought could save big corporations a lot of money as they could have a Board of Directors made up of one, and all stockholders could just give one gal the right to vote for everyone.

Hey let us not stop there. A whole nation agrees, like 99.99% on the same leader, really no need for elections. Or we could skip all the marketing and information flow and that same leader just thinks for everyone and everyone MUST agree – it really is the same result! We could just dump City Councils. And there would not be any need for citizen oversight of Police agencies. I wonder if we would all smoke crack or we would all not smoke crack. If you think of it, there would be no bosses. Every employee would deliver mail, clean toilets and sign multimillion dollar contracts.

If we all thought alike!

Well I can safely say that that is not going to happen. I guarantee it. How can I do that? Because my mind changes from breakfast to lunch and is further down the road of thinking by dinner. I do not do, “this is right forever”. Do you?

These days around here we are going through a rather painful learning process. Our mind works in many different ways. The spheres and parts like Medulla Oblongata are only the tip of the complexity. So whether we like it or not, us right handers need to develop our dexterity in our left hand, and of course you lefties need to develop your right side.

Uh oh! Does that sound like a metaphor for political thinking? Yes indeed it does. So back to our painful learning process here in our home. My six year old must learn some proficiency in his left side and I must teach him. I truly think it is very much harder for his old man as I have gotten so comfortable in my right sided mechanics. Uh oh! Another danged metaphor for left and right thinking. It may be too late for me, but my son as with his older siblings will be proficient with both sides. Only then can choices be made, until then we are just adding onto the polarity and conformity. (cool how we can combine polar opposites in the same group as conformity for the sake of conformity – as they are impostors of each other)

Perhaps gauged opposition prevents the crazy darned act of war.

By the mid 70's we were well into civil disobedience

Civil opposition to our "war" in Vietnam forced cessation.
Civil opposition to our "war" in Vietnam forced cessation. | Source

We must understand that it is not Yin and Yang it is Yin Yang. Different but one.

Welcome back. I hope you like our pictorial and music break. I kind of like adding something I know is good along with that that I am insecure about. I hope we are on the same page of skepticism of where this is going and an edgy feeling that we might want to question some of our dearly held assumptions of Right and Wrong. And maybe get a deeper understanding of our left and our right.

A gathering of people and someone states out loud with gusto and conviction a fairly radical hateful perspective of what many believe dearly, and this is known to our someone. Half of our hypothetical gathering agree adamantly and half believe the opposite. In our USA civil war, brothers actually killed brothers in battle, and fathers fought against sons. What the hell were wives who were daughters and mothers supposed to damn well do? Syria is showing us just how stupid the concept of “I am right and you are wrong” is.

Now just assume hypothetically again, that my wife is the type that announces her irretractabal stance on Tuesday and is challenged on that stance with logic, facts and reality. And there is just no damned way that stance will change on Tuesday. However on Thursday she “by herself” changes that stance. Of course that never happens with people, it is just a literary device;-)

Intractable? What an interesting word. I hope that many readers have done their civic duty and have been on a jury. In that matter a judge gives an instruction to the effect that “it is seldom helpful to declare a position with force at the beginning of deliberations, in fact it is the opposite of deliberation”. There is another sentence that rings true; “contempt prior to investigation is stupid”.

So our child just adopts the concept of being right handed by observing. What up, if he really should be left handed but just got mixed up by nurture versus nature? What the heck if he was raised liberal went out into the world and discovered he was conservative? A society and a parent have obligations not to let these things happen. Exposure breeds temperance. Temperance breeds deliberation. Deliberation breeds an open mind. Just say it even if you disavow it later. “On every issue I will keep an open mind regardless of who presents it”.

Can we mete out an opposition that actually prevents our final countdown.

My son's granpa's and my good friend's place in Cu Chi Vietnam

He survived the war, he survived the "re-education camps. Only to be killed by a motorist.
He survived the war, he survived the "re-education camps. Only to be killed by a motorist. | Source

Another view is good for us. We should deliberate and then oppose if we must.

We can tell just by casual observance who does not deliberate. They Parrot a line. They do not even bother to put quotes on it. I do not watch the news programs as set by media. I know a stage production when I see it. You should see the similar in a courtroom. Such phony bologna. Not one single color in the rainbow is not a mixture of several colors. No single color can stand alone. It takes a mixture. OK so we settle on primary colors and black and white and never between shall mix, great for a laboratory but so danged far off in reality and nature. Same with the brain and political science. OMG do not even get started on sociology.

A hacker is a strange beast. What is the point unless you are hacking into my privacy and getting my stuff to steal my money? Alright we agree there could be what we would call political hacking and military hacking and policy hacking. So let us think about it for a minute. Horrible and deplorable that people got other people’s secret and true words. Now easy boys and gals. You could hack the crap out of my emails and such and you might find some complaining about cancer or my whining about being 59. You may even find love notes to my wife. You will not find anything that is embarrassing. Of course there will be “none your damned business stuff”. You would quickly learn that I am not PC, but that is public. You would learn that I do not mind labels or stereotypes but again public. Enough of that, you get the point. It is not the hacker us individuals should worry about it is the truth. Maybe we should set aside time to hack ourselves to see if we are duplicitous.

So is there a need to oppose? It would seem very clear that there is. Should we do it just because an idea came from another team? Probably not. If we oppose based on gut reflex rather than deliberation what are we really opposing? Certainly it cannot be the issue but rather another human being. What a sad way to run our lives.


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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady I was just thinking about an old saying from a early grade school reader. Variety is the spice of life. Perhaps that speaks to us in different stages of life. A change in perspective is a wonderful thing.

      Great to hear from you and I trust all is well.

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      Debra Allen 16 months ago from West By God

      Hey, Hey, Hey Eric! Great sermon again. You do have a knack at that. I, too, have changed my mind throughout the years as I learned new things and new ways of thinking. We must keep on learning and gain more knowledge and think for ourselves.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think that maybe some group will find a new niche of the truth via facts.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I'm a firm believer in that philosophy! Sadly, there are a lot who think 'its on TV so it must be true!'

      As my Dad used to say "never trust everything in the newspaper"

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This cool old movie star from my state liked to say ""Trust but verify". I simply do not have any problem getting actual news facts. I have three adult children that get it from differing sources. I use a polar opposite method -- and look for the similarities. But none of us watch the news on TV.

      A whole lot of folks my age grew up with Nixon, watergate and the Vietnam war. We do not take crap for granted.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Great stuff here, this morning I caught a YouTube clip by the BBC of the President elect dealing with CNN over a report they did without checking all the facts (it appears the 'Russian hacking' report on the Democratic party has some significant errors!)

      I'm glad there are those who don't accept everything 'at face value' and look for the truth, I may not like what they find, but I'm glad they challenge me in this way.

      This was a great hub, and a necessary challenge.


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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dianna,

      It is a thin ice route I try to take in this Sermon series. I try to make it "something to think about" rather than "a way to think". And yet those lines become blurry. I was talking to a shrink type the other day at lunch. And I tried to relate that truth, most often is that thing I grab for and only seldom reach. She asked if truth was reality. I told her that the glass is always full, just sometimes with more air than water -- but I need both to exist. Sorry working on this for the next sermon.

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      Dianna Mendez 17 months ago

      You have given us something to think about, Eric. If only people would hear and listen to this truth.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Dora, I always want to call you Missy Dora. My Godmother was called Missy Mangum -- I never learned her full name though I worked my butt off on Judge Mangum's massive estates, mostly grafting and picking fruit and sculptural plants to a trim to a gnats behind. I got fully paid 4 bucks a day.

      Then there was Emmet who was decorated in Korea and his sons in Vietnam as war heroes. He was my best friend and confidant. He taught me to drive at ten years old. He worked a graveyard shift at the Sawmill and then for my mom and dad clearing land and fighting back encroachment. His gal who had 12 children to look after who was not their mom. She and Emmet "immigrated" from Louisianan to get out of Jim Crow laws and horrible abuse. They told me to call her Missy Emmet. Here real sister was my nurse maid as we had no formula back then.

      You just remind me of the wisdom that I got as a child. I was invited to their home for Christmas and they came to mine. I would hug them around the legs as I was a sprite.

      Thank you for continuing my learning.

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      Dora Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      I smiled, but this is a serious message expressed: "It is not the hacker us individuals should worry about it is the truth." How different would be our attitude if knew that hackers find nothing but truth.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill for some reason you just made me think of caveman tribes. I understand that they fought constantly. So I wonder why now our lazy minded default position is to fight each other. I just do not believe that our genetic predisposition is to yell at one another. Time to reflect as I find myself doing that.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Merry Christmas Ann. What a wonderful time of the year. My beautiful wife and young son are out getting warm clothes out to the less fortunate, then serving meals and then off to church. I am researching and preparing some boring insurance and management propositions for a non-profit housing charity.

      I say that not to brag in the normal sense, but rather like my son when he gets a new cool toy. "Look here!! See how blessed we are to be blessed enough to pass it on." Oh wow will my family sleep well tonight.

      I just love the excuse of Christmas to love more broadly and more deeply.

      I wonder if we should not view doing well as the opposition to those who do bad.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You could take your idea to Congress right now and I'm willing to bet not one of them would understand it...and therein lies part of the problem in this country. I say BRAVO to you....we need to learn to listen. When did our citizens lose that ability? And maybe more importantly, why did they lose that ability?

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      Love the 'parrot and the eagle' quote above! I'll remember that one.

      Yes we should deliberate and be prepared to have our minds changed or to change it ourselves, should we realise something not considered beforehand.

      There are not many well-reasoned, honest or straightforward characters in our politics - too busy looking after their own interests and ambitions, sadly.

      Great deliberations here, Eric. Once again, you make us think hard and deeply.

      I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year which brings joy, better health and prosperity. My best wishes to you and yours, Eric.


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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well you do trigger awareness, thank you for that!!

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      Threekeys 18 months ago from Australia

      You are not alone eric. There are probably more of us than you realize that have, are and will fall on that rocky soil.

      I think we are or will be awareness triggers for each other, eric. We both dance a different tune with the odd moment of stepping in time.

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you so much Three Keys. Around here I spent a bunch of time around classic religionists. I went so far as to preach. Every time I turned around someone was telling me what to think and believe. I really like your "Life is a dance of opposites". What beauty there is in the parables of the sower and the mustard seed. However I must say some of my favorite people came from the seed that fell on rocky soil.

      It is interesting that the flowing is the peacing.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another great message, Eric. My wife often says " but you like such and such.." Or " you said you believed..." And I reply, "But that was years ago. I've changed my views or likes etc since then."

      I just read a cool quote, "Don't be a parrot in life, be an eagle. A parrot talks way too much but can't fly high but an eagle is silent and has the will and power to touch the sky."

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      Threekeys 18 months ago from Australia

      Hi eric. I am not sure if I understood the essence of your message but what it made me stop and think about was....Debate and opposition is healthy for freewill and treating all with respect together with acknowledging one's hard won intelligence. If we felt we all had to "agree with one person" it could become a dictatorship of thought and Will. Just like bullying and intimidation is the force/brainwashing of one person's ( or politician's; organization; city's) Will upon another. To me aggreance is about harmonization, flow and therefore peace in the making for more than less. Life is the dance of opposites (yinyang). Some say that great creativity is born out of conflict. When you think about it, a seed sprouting its roots into the hard soil must use force (destructive activity of force and separation) to grow in depth within the soil in order for the other roots to follow suit so that a plant can then become a 200 foot tree of beauty and strength.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby the worst part of if I got hacked would be that they got my stuff and still didn't read it. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      You're probably right Eric. Hackers are in full speed ahead mode. I hope they don't steal my poems! lol..Creers.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Real cool comment Ruby. I always liked the phrase "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead". Reminds me of my youth trying to smash someone's knuckles with my face.

      I was giving that hacking thing some thought. And it occurred to me that we probably hack the crap out of them already. Information is only valuable if you have a plan on which to use it effectively.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I get your drift. It's healthy to oppose, and healthier to deliberate, but when a communist country hacks our political system, It's time for deliberation to take a back seat, and our government start to stand tall. Just sayin'. I don't think I would like to be governed by a man who makes all the rules. Freedom means a lot to me. You gave us a lot to digest. As far as my right and left hand, I can only use my right hand to write, but my left makes sense out of my writing...

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim thank you for letting me know it struck a chord. My favorite exercise is jumping to conclusions. So I need to find the right balance here. I do not think I have it yet. With friends like you maybe I will see the light.

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      Tim Mitchell 18 months ago from Escondido, CA

      A great Hub and thanks for sharing. That is a whole bunch to think about Eric. And, I will ponder this further. You caught me off guard with "If we oppose based on gut reflex rather than deliberation what are we really opposing?"


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