Of Mice and Men

Without complexity, the Antichrist system cannot rise and take over, but it is also that complexity that makes this rising system vulnerable. That lesson was brought home to me this week, when my computer – through my own ‘best laid plans’ – did not act as intended.

I thank God that My computer is now acting as intended. God wins through simplicity. Satan can only win through complexity.

It truly is a gift to be simple.

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Of Mice and Men

I’m a computer geek. I’ve been involved with computers for almost 35 years. I am fascinated by all that goes into making them, programming them, using them and even breaking them. And, when I struggle with them – as I did this week – I know that there is a whole army of scientists, engineers, businessmen and programmers on the other side of that struggle.

And yes, the word ‘army’ is very apt.

Think through what it takes for even the most basic computer to be built. It started with the scientists that discovered the properties of silicon, iron, copper and carbon. Other scientists developed the logic of cybernetics – and yes, cybernetics was developed BEFORE computers. As energy became available, engineers began putting the science into practice.

Then, the military needed to calculate range tables more quickly, for artillery. They didn’t have the years it took to make all those calculations. There was a war on, and those tables needed to be completed post-haste. The computer was developed and the tables were completed.

(By the way, I am over-simplifying things.)

Engineers enjoy fiddling with stuff, and they started ‘fiddling’ with computers. The phone that you hold in your hand is a result of lots and lots of ‘fiddling’.

One of these days, I might take the time to analyze just how much of our economy is devoted to the development and production of computers. It’s a lot.

The number of man-hours necessary to create the operating systems and the computers that run them… is utterly fantastic. And, having worked in the computer industry for part of my professional writing career… I also know that fixing mistakes is a big part of all that. The fact that ANY of this works is amazing.

Of course, I was not thinking about how amazing computers are, as I was wrestling with my own, this week. I also like to tinker and fiddle with things, and I did a bit of that this week – with rather disastrous results. It’s not the first time that I’ve caused my computer to fail, and it won’t be my last.

Consider me a veteran of such things.

They have a saying in carpentry:

Measure twice.

Cut once.

I did. And, it didn’t work. At least… not the first time. Or the second. Or the next five, six or seven times. But, it works now. (Praise God!)

This brings to mind an important bit of understanding as we look at what is happening around us. Our world – out of necessity – has become amazingly complex. There are so many ‘single-purpose’ pieces in our system, and they must function efficiently if our system is to survive. Our system has been forced to create specialists. In fact, people are so specialized that they know nothing outside of their ‘specialty’.

What an amazingly complex society. And, it will be that complexity that will destroy it. There are too many pieces that cannot function outside of their specialist function. There are too many inadequate managers that are managing these specialists. And, there are too many self-interested members of this society that are looking out for their own needs, and not the needs of the system.

Unfortunately for Satan, his plans cannot succeed without fantastic complexity and fantastic specialization. Yet, evil is chaotic and destructive to complexity and specialization. When the parts of the system work against the system, the system falls.

That is what is happening right now.

In fact, it NEEDS to happen on a regular basis. The phoenix always needs to consume itself in fire, so that a new phoenix can rise from the ashes.

God’s system doesn’t work this way. In fact, there really isn’t much of ‘system’. Yes, there is a church, and there is a kind of system inside that church. But, that’s about it. In fact, we only get into trouble when we add more ‘system’ to God’s system.

God deals with us individually. We are individual members of the Body of Christ. Of course, there is a ‘body’ and that body has system that keeps it healthy. But, one failure in one part of the body does not threaten the whole. There is always someone, somewhere, ready to pick up the pieces of our failures and move the purposes of God forward.

One day, I will fail.

(I’m using that in the most technical sense.)

I might die. I might be taken off of the Internet. God might move me on to somewhere else. I might be incapacitated. Who knows, I might even lose my mind and babble on about green aliens and ham.

The point is that I am not a necessary part of God’s work. I pray that I will always be useful, but I also pray that there will be others who will come along and be ready to pick up, where I leave off.

That is the way of God.

No piece is vital, but all are useful. Each piece is loved and appreciated, but when our time of service is over, we gladly go to be with the Lord.

After having wrestled with complexity all week, I now more fully embrace the gift of simplicity.

My hope for you, is that you will do the same.

Why The Title?

Now, why do I title this ‘Of Mice and Men’?

Well, we tend to make plans, and then see those plans – even though we prepared so well – fail. And the one who wrote eloquently of that is Robert Burns. He was a Scot and died when he was just 37, but his writing lives on.

Here’s the stanza that we most often think of:

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Translation:

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

 – from To a Mouse

Read the whole thing, here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_a_Mouse

I know a different translation, and this is the phrase that I remember:

The best-laid plans of mice and men / Go oft awry

That was me this week.

How about you?

 

No research this week.

You get the weekend off.

Lord willing, we’ll be back to

our regular schedule next week.

 

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A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3

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24 thoughts on “Of Mice and Men

  1. John,

    Thank you for those words of Godly wisdom.

    1 EMP will bring us all back to simply simplicity.
    I believe God is leading all of His redeemed to simplicity. That is the only way we will not receive the mark of the beast and possibly make it to the end.

    Old Yiddish saying : Man Plans, God Laughs

  2. While taking it easy I’ve been busy for an eighty-five year old. I just started a new blog where I re-publish several columns that were originally published by New With Views. What I want to point out however is the second post that deals with the “unpardonable sin.” I suspect there are many more than just one so I did a little expounding on it. Have a good vacation. Here’s the link to my blog:

    http://www.depressionbabyblog.blogspot.com

    You’ll have to copy and paste it in because unlike you, I am not a computer geek.

    My thesis in a small nutshell is, “Be very, very careful in changing God’s Word to suit your fancy, you may have your name blotted out of the Book of Life.

    • Hi Dick Carmack,

      I am always delighted when people take up the challenge to share their views with others. I will read your articles with great interest.

      I combined part of your second comment in with this one. The problem with the link was the part that said ‘https’. Your link said this:

      https://www.depressionbabyblog.blogspot.com

      Unfortunately, the SSL certificate must not be functioning properly – or, some such thing. So, just take the ‘s’ out of ‘https’ and use this link, instead:

      http://www.depressionbabyblog.blogspot.com

      (I corrected it in your comment.)

      For what you are doing, an SSL certificate is probably not necessary. It’s why I didn’t get one for Omega Shock. One day, they’ll just take me down, and be done with it.

      Well done, Dick. As they say in Israel, “May you live to 120!”

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

  3. Hi John,
    Talking to you now as a US Navy trained electronics technician there is one all important tool you may be lacking. Bare in mind I have been fixing various pieces of equipment since 1986. This is a delicate instrument for alignments and phase adjustments. It’s inexpensive and most tool departments should have it.
    Are you ready?
    This miracle tool is (drum roll if you please)
    The two pound ball pean hammer!

  4. The TomorrowLand Occult Music Festival Invades The Holy Land

    http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/standing-with-israel/58752-occult-music-festival-invades-the-holy-land

    But I thought when the Hebrew Israelites are regathered into the land, they would be sprinkled with water and would be given new hearts and would be forever holy like the bible states. And that they would dwell in peace.

    Not what is happening at all. The imposters in the land are Ashkenazi jews, the descendants of Japheth, Gomer and Ashkenaz. The synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9 and 3:9)

    • Hi nowendtime,

      Why are you so impatient?

      You are not God, and He has not revealed His timetable to you. You need to read ALL of the Bible, instead of just one place. It is ALL relevant.

      Here is how you study the Bible:

      For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

      Isaiah 28:10

      Now, you accuse Israel of being Ashkenazim. They are not.

      Just about two thirds of Israelis are Sephardim – more accurately pronounced Sphar’deem. You seem to have forgotten them. If you are looking for the truest, most Israeli DNA… it’s among the Sephardim – the Jews who come from North Africa and the Middle East.

      Furthermore, it is not YOUR job to determine who is a Jew or who is Israel. THAT is the job of God. And, God said that He would purify Israel. When you read ALL of the Bible like you are supposed to, you will find this:

      And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

      Zechariah 13:8

      The context of that verse is the salvation of Israel, as well as Gog and Magog.

      But, two thirds die?

      Yes. They will have been warned to go to Jerusalem. Those who do not, will die. It will be a ‘purification’. Those who choose evil over good will die.

      Unfortunately, those who resist Israel – like yourself – will also die, unless you repent.

      You must repent, nowendtime. You are still caught in your lies, and it grieves me to see it.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

  5. Hi John,
    thanks again, cherry harvest is almost complete, great experience and a lot of work in nature, so to say. I agree that Middle East is the key, and, indeed, some areas like my neighbourhood, may be spared. I hope so, I can ony pray for local elites to have enough sane mind not to commit mass suicide.
    Wonderful poem, I didn’t know it. And its last verses, so true:
    “And forward, though I cannot see, I guess and fear!”
    (we have the Bible, so maybe there’s no need to guess, but…)
    I’m also dealing with the computers everyday, and I know very well how deceptive complexity can be. We know the laws, rules, so we imagine we can use them. Yet it’s impossible. And we should now it, it’s provable. The powers of this world still believe they can use complexity. But hey, they do not comprehend that “pride goes before fall” now has a well defined mathematical interpretation. They should just look at it. And you are right, there is Satan’s hand in this.
    I didn’t have time to look closely what’s happening, but unimaginable headlines just keep arriving:
    https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/1703
    http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160725/1043575616/erdogan-izmir-fire-nato-military.html
    Amazing, checker players volunteering to chess tournament. Good luck (and I have no compassion for them). Not to say about the consequences which will be profound.
    Btw, last remark, Kuznetzov airwing is also composed of these machines:
    http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/ka-52k-katran-helicopter/
    and they can carry this payload:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kh-31
    so obvious, we all know, that the best way to shred Toyota halftrucks in the outskirts of Raqqa is to deploy a swarm of helicopters with long range sea-search radars and supersonic anti-ship missiles.
    Or did I miss something?;)
    Yours in Christ
    Chris

  6. John we pray that the rest will strengthen you for what lies ahead.The post above by Dick Carmack is the same whom wrote”Death Rides A Green Horse”What I see happening is the PTB are using Islam,their terror to drive us to fear,create more chaos so they can continue to to bring the Police State Gestapo further upon our neck.The worst part is we have welcomed it in our midst because of our refusal to openly repent,and hold our pastors responsible to teach the truth.The captivity Jeremiah warned Judah of the same is @ our door.God will keep a seal upon those who seek him with all they have and I know this is not new to you but when I see the point of no return we are at it all becomes very real,very sobering.Be well

    • Yes! The enemy literally feeds on fear. He needs it in order to do the things he does. Our Creator dwells in the praises of His people, what’re ever give give to Him, He gives back generously. The enemy feeds on his. This is why all believers need to be focused on our Elohim and trust Him, fearing nothing, and yes, we do need to be aware of what the enemy is doing, as that can be a telltale of where we are at in time, all the fear and bloodshed (worldwide now, recorded abortions are 1 billion, not counting those unrecorded), etc. is needed to usher in the anti-Messiah. But we are definitely not be in awe or fear of it.

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