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The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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  • Francis W. Porretto January 2, 2022, 1:23 AM

    This extraordinary poem has long been one of my favorites. I’m particularly struck by the use of “Spiritus Mundi” as the source of the Beast: simultaneously a reference to the emergent amoralism of Mankind and an invocation of the conception of Hell as a subterranean realm. Yeats definitely tapped the Zeitgeist.

  • Kevin in PA January 2, 2022, 2:11 AM

    It is at this time of year (and at this point in my lifetime) when I reflect most deeply about life, the past and the circumstances in which I currently find myself.
    This poem has weighed heavily on my mind for many years, but most recently, I feel the words as if the weight of the world is such a great burden and something, some great doom is impending.
    The poem written so long ago, after a period of war. Today, it seems that the world is no better off than at the time when Yeats wrote these words….and perhaps we are worse off.
    Oh yes, we have so many more creature comforts and conveniences, but have we lost sight of what is important, of what really matters?

  • Kevin in PA January 2, 2022, 2:22 AM

    Then I read this;
    “Every further incident, every attempt at censorship and gaslighting just makes it all the more clear and undeniable: the only people pushing to continue this state of affairs are insular elites who are detached from reality and who benefit from a system that has lost all legitimacy.”
    Go read it all – https://bombthrower.com/articles/its-2022-and-the-pandemic-is-over/

    And I regain a sense of hope that things won’t continue to go in this awful direction they’ve been heading for far too long.

    • Mike Austin January 2, 2022, 4:14 AM

      A fine essay. It reminded me of how this fake “pandemic” preformed a real service: It revealed the slaves among us. It revealed the willingly duped among us. I revealed the true believers in government authority among us. It reveled the followers of the Religion of COVID among us. It revealed the enemies among us.

      All this information is necessary intel. One day it will come in handy. Very handy indeed.

      • Kevin in PA January 2, 2022, 5:14 AM

        An excellent observation,
        We should thank our enemies.
        Now, go take a look at this interview by Dr. Mercola of Dr. Mark McDonald. I watched the whole thing and found it to be refreshing. There is hope.
        Keep in mind that all of Dr. Mercola’s videos and articles are only up for 48 hours. He intentionally takes his stuff down, because it is so “controversial” it would be blocked and he would eventually be banned everywhere. Smart guy. Smart play.
        Most important point I took away was that the people who are totally brainwashed are simply not worth time trying to reason with using data and scientific facts. It’s a conclusion I came to, long ago on other matters, but applies universally – “You ain’t gonna learn what you don’t want to know.” aka – You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him think.
        However there are signs of people waking up and asking questions. Curiosity is the beginning of changing one’s mind. 2022 should prove to be an inflection point. More eyes opened. And, as you point out, the enemy has revealed their and is acting with tremendous hubris…. hubris always leads to nemesis and defeat.
        I suspect that years from now, when all the truth is revealed….and I am a firm believer that the truth eventually comes out, always (for those willing to seek it), there is going to be a backlash against the perpetrators of these massive crimes against humanity.
        In fact, in the near term, my higher self fears where all of this is leading society. Though some sort of purge is due, perhaps overdue and my darker side almost yearns for it….almost.
        When every institution is shown to be a fraud and perpetuation of lies is the standard of doing business, when “leaders” ransack the law, when news media unabashedly propagandize for their masters and the people come to understand the profound depths of betrayal…..look out!
        We are very likely on the precipice of a major economic collapse. When people become desperate due to forces beyond their control, add a lack of preparation/foresight, fortified by a sense of having been lied to and abused by “the man” / the system, etc. there is no telling how depraved things may get before normalcy returns.
        On the other hand, for those fortunate enough to have prepared and who chose to not drink the kool-aid, there should be a revival of like-minded freedom lovers and hopefully a renaissance of traditional culture. Let us pray.
        But I do expect a big die-off and some desperate times ahead for the near and mid-term.

        • John G Condon January 2, 2022, 6:18 AM

          Excellent links, Kevin.

          Definately a cool drink of water.

  • Kevinin PA January 2, 2022, 5:19 AM

    Sure wish I edited my text before sending.

    “the enemy has revealed their and is acting with tremendous hubris”
    Should read: …the enemy has revealed their intentions and they are acting with tremendous hubris.

  • andre January 2, 2022, 10:13 AM

    The King born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago is going to overturn all the kingdoms of the world.

    • Mike Austin January 2, 2022, 11:51 AM

      True. He will arrive too late for some, but He will arrive. It is not as if He did not give plenty of warnings to prepare. A man who prays, “Comes Jesus come!” sure as Hell should be ready if his prayer is answered.

    • Fletcher Christian January 2, 2022, 11:45 PM

      That should leave out the USA, Russia and China then – to name but three.

  • Dirk January 2, 2022, 5:07 PM

    “To late for some”, exactly,,,,, think it in my best interest to load a few extra mags, may just have to fight my way to the launch craft.

    I’m in an odd situation, I’m a believer, yet I detest organized religion, clearly see the historical damage whole sale slaughter organized religions left in its trail. Weird place to be.


    • John the River January 2, 2022, 5:13 PM

      Personally I try not to confuse organized religion with the Word of God or Ministry of Jesus Christ.

      • Dirk January 2, 2022, 8:16 PM

        John,,,,,,,,some day I’m successful, other days not so much.

        For me it’s been the journey,, not the destination.

        Often amused when I here folks say they KNOW their going to heaven. Nobody knows.

        What I do know is,,,,,,man I’m a sinner.


        is, I’m a sinner,

        • Mike Austin January 3, 2022, 2:14 AM

          Getting to Heaven is not a crap shoot. It is not a guessing game. It does not depend upon the roll of the dice. Christ left specific instructions to us about how to get there. It is up to us to choose to follow them or not. The history of the Church is full of men and women who, on their death beds, had full knowledge of where their soul was headed. Even before they left this world, they were seeing the Face of Christ.

          • Dirk January 3, 2022, 9:08 AM

            Mike, show your work. Anything tangible works. Like everybody I know a life time of friends whom surly went to heaven, yet I can’t prove it.

            I believe in Heaven and hell. What I can prove is we die, we’re buried, or cremated. Beyond that known physical evidence is scant.

            There is anecdotal evidence, that the Sole, essence of life,,,,, leaves the body at time of death, which is amazing. I believe gods word, for me it’s a “ Trust but verify” kinda thing.


            • Mike Austin January 3, 2022, 1:36 PM

              My evidence is the millions upon millions of Christians who came before me. They are not silent. They speak today to anyone who will listen.

              • Dirk January 3, 2022, 2:44 PM

                Mike,,,, I believe you, yet there is not one shred of evidence to support your position.

                I agree with you. With out faith what is there.

                • Mike Austin January 3, 2022, 8:30 PM

                  What kind of evidence do you require? If the words and deeds of Christians over 2000 years are not enough, then there is nothing that can provide the sort of proof you demand—if “proof” is even the correct word. It is not the case that Faith is blind; on the contrary, Faith takes precedence over Reason. Reason alone is a shabby little thing that has no explanation for Love, for morality, for anything but the raw demands of the flesh. It has no ability to rise above the material. Reason alone leads a man to Pride.

                  Some theologians say that Faith is a gift. I don’t know about that. My Faith came all at once, literally over a weekend. I never once asked for it. Since then—in 1990—I have had no difficulty with believing the whole teaching of Christ: Resurrection, Atonement, Miracles, the Trinity and so on. I look upon my life before that as living in darkness, chained to sin and the slavery it entails. My eyes were shut to the Truth and Beauty all around me. But no more. I was blind but now I see.

                  Amazing Grace indeed.

    • Mike Austin January 3, 2022, 2:23 AM

      How many did the religion of communism murder in the 20th century? How many did the religion Christianity murder in that century?

      When you write “organized religion” you lump Christianity in with Hinduism and Islam. Are all three the same? How many did Islam murder in the 20th century? How many did Hinduism murder in that century?

      Did all the kings and princes and emperors who claimed to be acting “in the name of Christ” really act in His name? Or did they act against His teachings?