Progress, Part II

   As we started off this brief overview of what “progress” really means in terms of endgame societal evolution, in this short dissertation, we look at the two predominant forces that seek to exert themselves, two driving forces that insure equilibrium.

JR Watkins is an author and host of Candidly Speaking on Urantia Radio.com

 

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What is Progress?

   So often these days we about the Progressives, or how the world is divided between the Nationalists, and the Globalists, each seeking to dominate society. But what is true progress? Where is the mother ship of humanity headed, and are we to assume that true progress is the end-game, but who’s endgame? The Progressive globalist or the conservative, traditional nationalist?

   In this brief video we introduce the subject of Progress and what it means for humanity as we look to that future age of Light and Life as described in the Urantia Book.

James R. Watkins is the producer of Urantia Radio and host of the podcast Candidly Speaking heard exclusively on UrantiaRadio.com

 

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China and the Spiritual Threat

by JR Watkins

While those of us in the west continue to enjoy our modern-day comforts we need to be concerned about what is happening in China,

Today, the threat of atheism is even greater. China contains half of the world’s population. It also has its tendrils throughout the rest of the world as it becomes even more aggressive as a police state, employing new technology to monitor and control not only its citizens, but its global partners as well, as detailed in this report you will find most disconcerting.

And this gives me pause to reflect on the subject matter contained in Paper 195 of the Urantia Book, where the authors extensively discuss the dangers of two primary social constructs of the modern age:

  1. Materialism/Secularism

  2. Totalitarianism

In my early years of study I had considered these two subjects directed more at the early 20th Century, as modern secularism was quite rampant and of course, Russia and China were pursuing communist goals which opened the door to Totalitarian governments in smaller countries like Cuba and North Korea as this ideology spread

Over time Russia seemed to moved towards a more open Democracy (relatively speaking), and China also seemed to be embracing modern open-markets and presumably, seemed more open to democracy.

Wrong.

If you read the news you are becoming aware that human-rights in China are at an all-time low, and religious expression is under full assault by the Communist party. When half of our world is run by a government has made it against the law to believe in God and only give adherence to  Chairman Xi, and this same government we will lock you up if you believe otherwise (and can now watch every move you make thanks to that smartphone you love and carry around with you everywhere you go), there is a problem.  I am sure this problem has even arrested the attention of our unseen friends on high, as it should concern us humans as well.

So with this in mind I have posted the audio narrative of Paper 195 all this week, which takes us from the time after Pentecost, to the modern age, including an extensive narrative on the dangers of Materialism, Secularism, Mechanism, atheistic Science, and especially the extreme dangers of Totalitarianism – which arise from these ideologies.

Is it prophecy? A warning perhaps?

Please enjoy this weekend’ Urantia Radio where we present paper 195 for your listening pleasure.

Mental Illness: Coming Soon to a Family Near You

With the onset of a wildly profitable pharmaceutical industry, and with ever growing Mental Illness concerns, you can place your bets on the fact that the long term objective of modern medicine is to treat everyone for some kind of mental disorder with drugs that often times have side effects worse than what is being treated.

Under the umbrella of the DSM (a standard reference guide for diagnosis used by psychiatry and psychology industry professionals), there are hundreds of disorders which now effect a large proportion of society, according to the mental health industry.

Soon, and not without the media’s help in propagandizing mental illness as being common, there will appear to be no anxiety or disorder that isn’t treatable. And thus, you can be assured that, over the next ten to twenty years, more and more people will be treated with drugs with side effects that destroy brain function.

As long as the profit motive drives the drug industry, holistic approaches such as nutrition, lifestyle changes and even spirituality, will be downplayed or ignored as a viable treatment of mental disorders. As long as modern science views the brain as nothing more than physical stimuli that can be manipulated by mind and mood altering drugs, more and more people will succumb to taking regular prescriptions that numb us into further brain deterioration of our mental faculties.

Worse still, every time someone “goes postal” and we find they are either under- or over-medicated with mind and mood altering drugs, we will be quick to falsely identify such tragic events as further proof of rampant mental illness and the need to be receive even more treatment, downplaying the notion that such drugs may have triggered these violent outbursts we see play out in the media.

We forget that much mental anxiety is a result of an emotional crisis, not necessarily a physiological phenomena.

We need to ask if a spiritual approach to problem solving can be equally effective in dealing with depression or anxiety. There are a plethora of studies that show faith, prayer and worship help alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and even improve physical health.

In our over-medicated culture, we reach too quickly for the bottle of drugs, and to our detriment. There is simply too much we do not know about the long term effects of psychotropic drugs.

I personally have seen several family members succumb to mood-altering drugs over the long term, individuals who eventually, and sadly, lost their mental faculties altogether.

We really are throwing darts when it comes treating mental illness – and it‘s vital for the medical industry to be transparent about this fact.

Broad-stroke medicinal treatment (often times addicting and equally destructive in causing other antecedents related to anxiety or depression), poses a grave danger to our society. If we are not careful, we may inadvertently create a future population of irreparably brain-damaged people – and large numbers of them.  

Coming from a family where mental illness is existent, I have naturally been curious about this subject. I have also closely followed the industry growth of the Mental Health industry.

We trusted the pharmaceutical industry during the opioid crises, and we watched them create a national crisis through the overprescription of opioids – how the drug industry carelessly ignored (or perhaps took advantage of) the human propensity for addiction.

What makes us think this same industry will be trustworthy as they attempt to solve the mental illness crisis?

Already we hear the alarms. As recent as May 2018, The UK’s NIMH reported 1 in 4 Adults are diagnosed or suffer from one form of mental illness or another, treatable, of course, by expensive and powerful drugs with unknown long-term side effects.

Take notice in the increase of mental health treatments being advertised on television and online. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year are being used to promote mental health treatment through sometimes deceptive and misleading advertising intended to prey on emotion and fear. Everything from bi-polar, anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimers, restless-leg syndrome, sleeping disorders (brought on my stress) are now common in our popular vernacular. Therapists are becoming drug dealers. We are all one diagnosis away from being a victim of mental illness.

One possible suggestion would be to call on religious leaders or spiritual advisers to assist as counselors for people suffering from depression. What if, instead of setting up suicide hotline for people to call and talk to medical practitioners who are more likely to suggest medical treatment, we, instead, utilize a priest, a rabbi or a minister, to provide spiritual counseling as pproach. Spiritual therapy, perhaps? A viable approach to alleviating and possibly treating depression.

Are there spiritual cures to many emotional illness? Studies show faith is a powerful antidote to depression.

The Bible, the Urantia Book, and many other faiths point to the wonderful antidotal qualities of spiritual application in solving earth’s moral and emotional problems. Confession, it seems, is therapeutic.

Mind and personality are not just synapsis and neurons; we have will and will is our personality-decisions in action. We evaluate, we judge, we discern. These are attributes of an active mind, and as such, can be invigorated by spiritual motivations.

Perhaps it would behoove all of us to view the human mind as both a physical AND super-physical (spiritual) endowment, a healthy step towards a better understanding of mental and emotional illness.

Meet the Faithless: How Secularism Won the Millennial Mindset

I feel sad for Millennials. They do not know what they do not know.

They will never know, for example, what life was like without a smart phone, GPS, email, Snapchat or Facebook. In short, they will never experience life without being distracted by the constant need to “check in” with social media.

Millennials are also the first generation to be raised in a culture where religion, fundamentals of a faith-based worldview was deemphasized. Taught from an early age through television, music, liberal parenting, and in part from a public education system that completely stripped religious history from the classroom textbook, this generation of young men and women will face the future without the wisdom of the past to guide them, without knowing the value of religion and the value of faith.

Instead, Millennials have been taught to believe in “nothing” except pursuing social justice, earthly objectives and political or gender/raced based conflicts. The new religion of the American culture among Millennials is not a religion based on God, or even spiritual values (what are those?), but instead, on social activist causes and strictly temporal realities instead of the enduring eternal ones that great minds have been debating since the beginning of time.

Secularism is winning because it is the easier path, and the one with far less restrictions. Freedom it seems, means to be free of deep philosophy or meanings and values-exploration. Millennials have adopted secularism (or a hyped up version of moral relativism), a belief that there is no proof of God, or faith, eternal life or even TRUTH itself. No reason to take the risk of believing in something that can never be verified – at least not in this life.

So the current generation of young men and women will never know how to implement faith in everyday living, faith that there is a reason we are here (beyond just our short life), faith that there is a purpose to our existence, faith that spirit values have meaning, and most importantly, faith believing in something that you can only know is true – without physical evidence. 

Faith, or the use of it, instills good character, patience, forbearance, loyalty and humility; it is the acceptance that you don’t have all of the answers – but are willing to concede there are answers worth knowing.

Today, the general attitude of a Millennial is “no one can know for sure about anything, so why worry about it?”

Some would argue that the faith-test is the most valuable experience you can have as a human being. Without it, nihilism becomes the only other worldview, a belief that believing is pointless.

We are left only with a new generation of people do not know what faith means, nor do they care that they don’t know, and that is the most tragic thing of all. 

Suicide and Secularism: Is There A Connection?

One wonders if the suicide rate going up in America is a reflection of the impact of increased secularism in our culture.

Medical experts will tell us the ills of social injustice, income inequality, technology obsession, rampant drug and alcohol use are all causing the uptick in depression (and suicide), but the one subject no one seems to broach is how religion – or the lack thereof – might also be playing a role in the recent increase of suicide or depression.

American culture does not reflect a strong religious faith – at least in popular culture, which seems to be the mirror by how we gauge the way we perceive ourselves.

If America is becoming less religious, as the studies seem to indicate, should we expect to see depression continue to rise?

Ate suicide rates in secular countries higher?

Yes they are

Let is consider the rise of secularism and what it does to a people, race or culture, when godly principles are no longer valued in society, and this gaping hole allows narcissism to seep in to fill the void. Without religion depression rates are higher.

Multiple studies have confirmed that religious people live longer lives, are happier, and deal with crisis far more sufficiently, even when life-threatening ilnesses occur.

One thing you see will be hotlines, medications and lots of analysis of mental illness, but nowhere will you hear a discussion about the human spirit and how religion – a saving faith in something bigger than ourselves – might provide a solution to suicide. Faith in God is part of the human spirit, we are wired with it in our DNA.

Without faith, a belief in something greater and more enduring then ourselves, we are isolated, alone, deprived of communion with that inner spirit of perfection-attainment, and we try to treat depression, not with a spiritual approach, but with more drugs, more therapy and more self-analysis, with all emphasis on some kind of pseudo-belief that all mental anguish can be treated with an endless elixir of medication or self analysis. Many would argue that it is this obsession with self that is part of the problem.

I recently heard it said that we get angry for a reason, and it means we want to change something that bothers us. In the same way, when we are depressed, there is probably a good reason for our depression. But instead of trying to find the reason, we simply try to counter-effect the depression with artificial means; we cure the symptom, but not the underlying cause. And we can see time after time that this approach is only halfhearted, and usually just leads to a further dependence on whatever “cure” they give us in the form of a pill.

The Urantia Book says true reality can best be viewed when we incorporate the mental, physical and spiritual components. In this manner, and without this holistic viewpoint, most people only see a 2-dimensional view of life, the mental and the physical, but without spiritual insight as to eternal purposes.

In other words, if we don’t believe in a continuance of existence of ourselves, life does become temporal, finite and futile, and taken to its philosophic end, life does have no meaning, and this is the secular view that permeates our current culture.

But when we add the third component, the fact that we are spiritually endowed and there is a possibility of continuance ox existence (an afterlife), then who among us would dare risk suicide when we know (or at least believe) that we will have “thrown in the towel,” on this first and most important life lesson: to live as a spiritually endowed mortal of the realm, a mortal of the flesh.

It is tragic that suicide rates in American have gone up 30% in less than 5 years, some of it I believe is attributable to our little understanding of the mind and our archaic way of treating the mind as just a bundle of synaptic fibers and neuron tissue, easily manipulated by psychotropic drugs and sedatives. Mind is the gateway to spiritual insight, and faith is a great antidote to ward off depression. Faith in a belief in something bigger than ourselves is a key component to seeing oneself as part of a greater plan. And when a culture begins to recognize eternal realities like the power of faith, or even the power of prayer, yes, suicide rates will drop. Without faith, spiritual insight, service to others, emphasis on loving thy neighbor, we are all mere orphans of a mindless, pointless and disconnected existence. That is depressing.

But you won’t hear much talk of spiritual solutions in society, and while all of the talking heads are discussing ways to treat one who is compelled to take his or her own life, not one minster, pastor or rabbi will be called in to offer his insight as to how secularism (life without spiritual purpose) is part of the problem contributing to growing depression in our generation, and how religion can offer spiritual solutions to the moral dilemma of suicide.

James R. Watkins is an author and Editor of Urantia Radio, an internet-based radio broadcast that examines cultural trends, social issues and Urantia Book cosmology.