I don’t know why I do it, but an attack on Harry Potter in our local newspaper brought this letter out:
Last week’s letter to the editor about the threat Harry Potter poses to the safety and continuation of our way of life has made me realize how widespread this state of fear is in our society. The devil and his minions seem to be everywhere. For many of us, Halloween is an every minute event and the goblins are real. As the letter’s writer said with such conviction:“…evil is real and Satan is not a fantasy.”
Just look at America today. Now we may not think Harry Potter is a handmaiden of the devil, but look at our religion and politics (for some that is one word). We are warned constantly of the treat from the devil and his helpers who can wear any costume they choose. Evil can take the form of a liberal, a communist, a terrorist, a sex pervert, a republican, a Muslim, a Jew, a black person, a white person, an abortionist, a Harry Potter, a Bush, a Clinton, and so on. The devil’s minions are endless, and they keep changing costumes. They can take the form of your neighbor, a family member….no one is safe.
So we live in a world of perpetual Halloween where the goblins are real and Satan pulls the strings behind every trick. An Australian who stayed with us for three days as part of a Rotary exchange program said people down under think we are going nuts with all our fears. Once you think the devil is out there, you have to go get him and kill him. Once you have a fear that has no name, you have to give it a name and kill it. But you can’t get rid of the threat this way because you haven’t pulled the root of fear, only whacked off one of its branches. And fear is a tree that grows faster then you can chop.
Now why do we have this fear with no name? I think our media play a part. But that’s another letter. If someone with a gun threatens us, then we have real fear. But if we have fear every time we see someone with their hand in their pocket and we see either a pervert or a robber, we have an unnamed fear, and that makes us create the very thing we are afraid of.
Fears are like desires, they attract what they imagine. So if we think about the devil all the time, then sure enough our life will be hell.
Posted under General Observations
This post was written by ed on November 10, 2005