(last update Aug. 25, 2015)
I have been hesitant to to comply with the wishes of many friends to start a blog for many reasons. For one reason, I get a lot of heat from my friends and other Futurians (other Future Quake listeners) to finish my book series as quick as possible, known as The Holy War Chronicles – A Spiritual View of the War on Terror in which 4 and a half volumes of the six volume series has been drafted so far, as well as the spinoff book The Hidden Hand Against the God Fearers. No one is giving me greater heat than myself to complete this herculean effort, and the last thing I need is more distractions. Another reason I have resisted is that it offers a tremendous opportunity for a verbose guy like me to tie a noose with which to hang myself later, by making joking, offhand or otherwise unwise comments off the cuff that will be used against me later. Since I normally only indulge in controversial subjects, I also see such material (particularly the spiritual stuff of which I have primary interest) getting mired in the regular online petty arguments, which is why I avoid Facebook and the like.
Having noted those risks, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and dive in to the “deep end” anyway, and “damn the torpedoes”. I realize that I have some thoughts (either valuable or not) on news items I uncover for my book research each day, and I normally only share my evolving views and perspectives on them to a select group of close friends. I decided – why not share my most intimate and complex thoughts with complete strangers, who are likely to misunderstand them? Seems like a good idea to me! I also am an addict of pop culture, particularly of the 1960s to early 1980s, and I need a place to share my goofy thoughts on those subjects, too. As listeners of my radio show know, I like to throw out a steady stream of arcane cultural references that anyone under the age of 50 (or older) is unikely to recognize; this forum will be a home for such excess for me. I also wish to see how some of my thoughts “fly” with others in an informal way, and to communicate them in a simple, informal “guinea pig” environment. This blog structure hopefully will preserve some of my thoughts (a few of which might retain some minimal merit) that I might later elect to incorporate into some official publications, and it probably will do so better than trying to remember what I emailed to some close friends years ago. The Internet search capabilities associated with blogs means that I might more easily meet some new friends and fellow travelers along the way as well.
People will ask – why is this called “The Two Spies Report”? I agree that it is a curious name. It comes from the story of the Twelve Spies in the Old Testament, who were sent by Moses to scout out the Land of Canaan. As most of you know, the two returning spies Joshua and Caleb said that the land was good, that they could take it with God’s help and they should move forward. Alternatively, the other ten focused on the giants in the land and exaggerated in their fears that they “looked like grasshoppers”, leading to Moses being at risk of being stoned for leading them to certain death. As we know, the “minority report” was ultimately correct but unheeded, and the people paid for their paranoia as a result. Similarly, I have noticed that the “minority reports” of the “two spies” in the Christian culture in America seem to make more sense to me these days than the establishment, who rather focus on spreading fears of “others” as demagogues (which I admit “sells”). These anti-establishment types seem to be more like the prophets and “voices crying in the wilderness” of old, and although not being recognized by the Christian establishment or obtaining great wealth, power, influence or fame as a result, are still highly favored in heaven. I tried to pursue such people and their thoughts in my Future Quake show, and these ideas will be a consistent focus here.