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Indian-head test pattern - Wikipedia

I remember a time in which TV would go off the air, usually at midnight.  The National Anthem was played and that was it.  In retrospect, seems quaint but somehow good.  Then the image above would appear:  the test pattern. The TV show The Outer Limits and it’s famous intro was based upon the TV and TVs of the time: 

Here’s the text:

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: There is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits. 

“We will control all that you see and hear”.  Sounds ominous and it sounds like the omnicompetent controllers these days on the various social network platforms, and on TV and all forms of communications.  We are being taught, catechized, formed, misinformed, conformed and then deformed 24/7.  I remember first reading 1984 by George Orwell, some 50 years ago, and the scary thought of the “telescreen”, interactive (“They” could listen to you) was on 24/7.  We are there.

 Something is wrong with those who are controlling our TV sets, by their incessant, “…blessing the murder of children, the emancipation of women from womanhood, and the sowing of the seed of life in a sewer.” (Anthony Esolen)  We can add to the list. Controlling our TV sets and the internet is just the game to control our minds. 

What is being espoused now and has for some time now?  Answer: The “new normal”.  Can you even have a new ‘normal’?  Normal, from norm, which is standard, precept and originally from the Latin, a carpenter’s square.  “A new normal” asserts new standards and precepts.  Really?  Who’s inventing these new standards and precepts? Where are they?  Can we see their faces?  I don’t think so as evil likes to remain hidden.  And finally they are not flesh and blood,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6

Can one improve on say 2 + 2=4?  Or marriage between man and woman? If an architect were to use a “new normal”, a new “carpenter’s square”,   would we have a building with walls that are plumb and the floors even?  I don’t think so. The building would be lopsided as the  spiritual new architects, the cosmic powers would proudly declare again and again:  This is the “new normal”.   No wonder the assertion of a new normal means abnormal, living in an upside-down world.  “The New normal” is just a fancy way of force acceptance of the sin of Adam and Eve and hypocrisy is okay.  Anything going from, per the Outer Limits, from the “inner mind” will end up in a warped fiction that is frightening.  FWIW, I never liked The Outer Limits.  The inner mind of man is enslaved to itself, and mind is it’s own place and can make a heaven out of hell, and a hell out of heaven (Satan, Milton’s Paradise Lost), destroys what is good, and true and beautiful.  BTW, the Outer Limits  was actually a science fiction TV show.  Seems to me we are living in a science fiction with the emphasis on fiction. No wonder the truth of the Gospel of the kingdom, of Jesus Christ, making people right in His sacrifice is hated by those who tenaciously cling to their idols, their fictions even with the patina of adjective “science”.  In fact the sane will be called demonic! But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1)

So if we are feeling strange and estranged in this “novus ordo seclorum”, the new order of the ages, then we know that the Lord has called us and showed us how wrong this new normal actually is. Does that mean we hunker down and keep away from it?  Yes and No.  Yes, we need to turn off more and more our “telescreens” and still use them to proclaim God’s salvation from this spirit of the age (zeitgeist).  We do this for our own sanity and for the love and welfare of our neighbors.  No, we can’t separate ourselves from the world and further: Jesus sent the 12, and His Church into the world against the Lord which now even denies even outer limits, that is, limits of any kind, which is a lie as well.  This opens us up to political and spiritual tyranny. The Gospel lessons for these Sundays (three year lectionary) are from Matthew chapter 10 which is our Lord’s Missionary Discourse to the 12 when they will be Apostles, sent into the world with the good news of forgiveness from God’s own hands.  There is  much for us to learn in Matthew 10 for us and our salvation and the salvation of many. We can take heart from the Lord when He both promises and commands His Church in these strange days of the “new normal”:

“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. (St. Matthew 10)

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