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Blindness stripped.

Following on from yesterday, I need to clarify a couple of things. Firstly, I did not know the woman who was discussed: someone had posted on medium her suicide note and it was linked to from Social Matter, another website. That seems to like my poetry pages. Secondly, the rancid fruit of ideology are everywhere. The amount of pain when reality hits, and it does, are seen on twitter, every day.

We are blinded by our models of the world, and pay too much attention to our screens and not to real life. But Christ came to heal. To allow us to see. Not to leave us blindfolded.

Consider the crowd. They were following a man who they thought was a religious teacher and prophet. One treated such with respect. You did not demand to be healed. Such a righteous man should not stoop to hear those who were blinded: Osler knew this too — if you ask someone what they want and listen they will tell you the problem.

These men needed to see. So they could follow without stumbling.

Matthew 20:29-34

29As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 32Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

When you have not seen, and you can now look. there are things you have to do: I notice when I put my contact lenses in (Not yet, after coffee) then there are crumbs and spots on the surface I did not see before. If there is light on an issue, we can see it.

This is not often pleasant. The meltdown we are seeing about the supreme court is such an example. The left weaponized the court, and now that there is a soft counter-revolution going on, then the court will be run by those who have restoration, not the progressive narrative, as their guiding light.

The blindfold is gone, and the rules the enemy made are being applied.

It is better to look at the mess and clean it up. It is better to change.

And, as Mother Theresa notes, it is far, far better to take these blind men as examples. See Christ. When you find him, follow him.

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