A WESTERN NOTHINGNESS
And today is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945), the German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. “Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to a Nazi concentration camp. After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then executed by hanging on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.” wiki
“The nothingness into which the West is sliding is not the natural end, the dying, the sinking of a flourishing community of peoples . . . . Instead, it is again a specifically Western nothingness: a nothingness that is rebellious, violent, anti-God, and antihuman. Breaking away from all that is established, it is the utmost manifestation of all the forces opposed to God. It is nothingness as God; no one knows its goal or its measure. Its rule is absolute. It is a creative nothingness that blows its anti-God breath into all that exists, creates the illusion of waking it to new life, and at the same time sucks out its true essence until it too disintegrates into an empty husk and is discarded. Life, history, family, people, language, faith—the list could go on forever because nothingness spares nothing—all fall victim to nothingness.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Ethics
A cold front passed overhead today quickly dropping the barometric pressure down to 29.2in. and passing through with 30knt winds, blowing snow and cold arctic air with temperatures plummeting from 35˚F to 6˚F (without the wind chill). A winter storm in our intermountain west valley.