Men are freed of their Covenants two wayes; by Performing; or by being Forgiven. For Performance, is the naturall end of obligation; and Forgivenesse, the restitution of liberty; as being a retransferring of that Right, in which the obligation consisted.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
By Thomas Hobbes
LEVIATHAN OR THE MATTER,
FORME, & POWER OF A COMMON-WEALTH
ECCLESIASTICAL AND CIVIL
To make Covenant with God, is impossible, but by Mediation of such as God speaketh to, either by Revelation supernatural, or by his Lieutenants that govern under him, and in his Name; For otherwise we know not whether our Covenants be accepted, or not. And therefore they that Vow any thing contrary to any law of Nature, Vow in vain; as being a thing unjust to pay such Vow. And if it be a thing commanded by the Law of Nature, it is not the Vow, but the Law that binds them.
The core truth why immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees (into the tens of millions) exist is because
all countries are not created equal.
But, if you think North Korea offers the same social beneficence as America, you are certainly welcome to move there.
Beliefs count — in people, countries, kingdoms, systems, businesses, models and faiths.
And beliefs linger.
The Roman Empire (well, the Western part of it) has been gone for over 1,500 years. What does anyone remember about it?
Usually two things:
- Julius Caesar thought he was a God so the Roman Senate collectively stabbed him to death on their doorstep; and
- the Roman Coliseum (Flavian Amphitheatre), where anyone the Romans or their Emperors didn’t like were herded into a stadium and regularly slaughtered for sport.
One last word on the Roman Empire: it is still around except now it is draped in the symbols and sacraments of the better Christian faith. It is a poor impersonation.
Beliefs count. Ultimately, they may be the only thing that truly counts.
If you actually do not know that…
And there is no nice way to put this:
You are categorically stupid.
And there is nothing anyone can do about it.
What do you believe?