Swinging Pendulums

When you swing a pendulum one way, it will go a certain distance before stopping, reversing, and swinging an equal distance the other way. If energy is added on the return swing, it will actually go further on that swing, before once again reversing and swinging an equal distance the original direction. This will continue ad infinitum, until eventually the pendulum makes a complete revolution on its axis. Even then, if more energy is continually added, the swinging will continue to get faster and faster, and the revolutions will thus happen more and more frequently.

That is a basic concept of science. But why am I bringing up science on a political blog?

Because when you have only two political parties and/or only two competing ideologies in politics, you get an effect that is very much like a physical pendulum. One Party will achieve power and advance its agenda as far as it can, swinging the pendulum as far in its direction as possible. Eventually – and it could be a LONG wait for that eventually – the other Party will gain power and work to swing the pendulum as far in its own direction as possible, thus adding to the energy of the swing and advancing its agenda further than the original Party could advance theirs.

The problem is, BOTH of the two primary competing ideologies in this country seek to advance government control in our lives, whether it be in the master suite, the executive suite, or the operating suite. They seek to limit our freedoms to advance their own agendas. They fight each other, and We the People get screwed in the process.

So what can be done about this?
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Treating The Symptoms

As a child, when we have a headache, we try to fix the headache. When we have a runny nose, we try to fix it. When we have a sore throat, we try to fix it. We never realize that those separate things are actually connected, that they are symptoms of a much larger, more complex, problem within our bodies.

As we grow older, we begin to realize these things and while we may still treat a single symptom, once we experience a few symptoms at the same time, we realize we have a bigger problem and begin to work to fix it.

Late last night (in fact, roughly 4.5 hrs ago), the Senate Healthcare Bill passed a crucial procedural vote. Throughout the night and this morning, I’ve seen cries throughout the online world that we need to get the Democrats out of power. They said our Republic has died.

These same people have been saying the same thing after every vote in Congress that doesn’t go their way over the past year and a half or so, and for 6 years or so before that, it was the people defending the current actions who were making the same claims about the things they disagreed with.

The problem is, these people tend to try to treat single symptoms without ever realizing that there is actually a much larger, more complex problem that is causing this.
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Free Will and Divine Omniscience

I had a Facebook friend overnight put up this statement:

You can’t have free will if God knows what you are going to do, before you do it.

The thing to remember here is that God exists outside of Time, which is a human construct. Therefore, Free Will vs Divine Omniscience becomes a frame of reference issue.

The classic frame of reference example is to look straight out of a train window. You see objects moving, which to you indicates that they are moving and that you are standing still. They, however, see a train moving and that they are standing still.

Which is correct?

It depends on your frame of reference. 😀

Similarly, the issue of Free will vs Divine Omniscience is also a frame of reference issue. Humans can accurately see, and thus know, only the present and past – much like a 180 degree camera on a train that is pointed towards the back of the train. It can see absolutely everything from its point on the train and backwards, but will never see towards the front of the train. Let us further assume that this camera is mounted on a horizontal rack and can move freely across the train side to side.

While the camera is free to move about horizontally all it wants, it will never see the front of the train, no matter how hard it tries. It will only get different views of its present and past, which may dictate the position it choose to be in next. But even in its next position, it will never see the front of the train.

God, however, exists independently of the train, and can see the entire train at once. Thus, He can see what the camera cannot. He can point things out behind the camera and beside the camera, and thus help to point the camera to the next best position, but He will always know exactly what the front of the train looks like, while the camera will not.

Thus, because of frames of reference in regards to Time, Free Will and Divine Omniscience can, indeed, co-exist.