Monday, December 27, 2010

A Bloody Merry Festive Season!

Personally, I’ve been having a rather relaxing Festive Season so far. I was dreading that the memories related to the
recent tragic loss of my youngest son, and also my dear father who passed away peacefully soon thereafter, would maybe place a damper on things, but it did not. My strong suspicion that the souls of my two beloved ‘lost’ ones are far from lost, and are in a far better place than this hellhole, has obviously played a role to lessen the sorrow.

The list I have compiled below, which is nowhere near complete, draws attention to the fact that we are living in satan’s world. Pure logical intuition tells me that the state of affairs will not improve. In actual fact it is going to get far worst, but this does not mean that we must now become all terrified and paranoid about the future, for if we do that, then we will most certainly fall headfirst into satan’s trap.

Staying alive (and sane) is becoming quite a challenge in this modern day-and-age. Each individual has their own unique set of rules on how to survive in an ever-hostile world. Some people feel it is wiser to rather ignore what is going on around them, but I disagree with that approach, for it is neither safe nor wise. Although living a healthy balanced life is an essential part of the equation, I also think it is crucial that we stay alert, - read the news, stare at the horrors of reality, evaluate the risks, and take the necessary precautions.

An incomplete list of ‘Festive Season’ horrors:

Comment on Sandi Majali’s death:

Majali is best known for the Oilgate scandal, where he “donated” R11m from PetroSA funds - taxpayers' money - to the ANC ahead of the 2004 elections.
During October 2010 he appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court on charges of fraud for allegedly hijacking a mining company, Kalahari Resources. Oddly enough, the National Prosecuting Authority warned that the decision to release the businessman on bail would have "major" implications. I suppose they could not foresee that the implications were going to be so “major” that the man would never be able to speak again!


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