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Emanuel McLittle
December 12, 2002

The entire world is trapped in a maze of distractions designed to create mental hiding places as well as provide plausible deniability for all the mayhem strewn from one end of the globe, and our homes, to the other. Spontaneous know-how, as plentiful as air, is shunned as if it did not exist. We have come to hate the word wisdom because we regularly set it aside for our selfish aggrandizements, indulged in by nearly everyone, every institution and all levels of government, everywhere. The problem is systemic. From politics to the raising of our children, distractions are employed to blind us to our part of the global mess we all live in.

Distractions are the blackest of lies. They are elaborate coverings for our wrong choices. They have an addictive quality. We depend on them, more and more as we age, to deny that a better life exist other than the one we choose to live. We often believe that distractions have their own energy, especially in the realm of thought. Instead, distractions are powered by our own minds, pushed by our need to lie to ourselves about ourselves. They are like walls buffering between what we believe and what really is. Personal distractions are not the most monumental. Political and cultural distractions shape what we are nationally.

Last month the Left was forced to accept a political defeat unprecedented in recent history. In a rare voice the nation chastised liberal arrogance, which for the sake of a dark partisanship tried to obstruct the first president the public respects since Ronald Reagan. In denial about the defeat, distractions were used to hide the real meaning of those midterm elections.

It is well known by pundits and politicians alike that most Americans have deep, sometimes hidden, conservative roots, which go beyond politics. Most people want smaller and more efficient government. We want fewer taxes, a moral culture in which to raise our children, and integrity in government. We want to be secure as a nation and in our homes. It is now clear that President Bush represents these ideals more closely than anyone in the opposing party, not withstanding polls used to skew this reality.

Instead of a gracious acceptance of the people’s will, distractions were used to defray the election’s deeper meaning. Liberal principles and their representatives were rejected. Dishonesty, dressed up in respectability, worked to distract from the common decency seen in President Bush. An intelligent public, looking beyond dozens of political and marketing tricks, overcame all this spin to defeat distractions used like spoons and forks.

Two weeks following its defeat, the Left appointed the most liberal member of its party to become minority whip of the House of Representatives, in clear disdain for the public mind.

During weeks of debate prior to the midterm elections a petite damsel, wearing a look of innocence, went to trial for stealing more than $6,000 worth of clothes and jewelry from a national store chain. Strategically timed, Americans were served up a cinematic distraction in the repeated news stories of actress Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial. A portion of our attention was drawn away from the important issues of the day. The Ryder trial had no real relevance to anything. Was it used to distract from more important political matters?

Distractions are pernicious. They add to the suffering of others already confused by the complex forces working in nearly every relationship. Controllers often manipulate the controlled by distractions away from their true nature. Double-blinded distractions work against controllers, who must distract themselves in order to blind others. Such is the political Left, who use “feel good policies” like the use of tax dollars to pay for inflated prescription medication. Giveaways are powerful political distractions. They hide other policies that compromise liberty while defiling who we are, nationally.

Alcoholics use drink to distract themselves from an underlying rage. Moguls sacrifice internal organs to accumulate the money needed to distract themselves from their inner poverty. Most actors distract from a character unworthy of any notice. Many psychologists help others in order to distract themselves from the help they need. Hyper-religious people cram their brains with chapter and verse to hide their dark hearts. Men distract women with flattery in order to hide their intent to abuse. Women play the game in hopes that they will outfox. Distractions represent the affirmation of our hatred of truth.

There are two major impediments to real problem-solving. First is the lack of desire or intent. The second is distractions, employed to shade our minds from the knowing that we even have a problem. In the same way that our eyes would be of no use without light, the rational mind is blind when the mind’s inconspicuous light is blotted by distracting thoughts.

The most common source of distraction is physical. Billions of us use what I call “biological obstructions.” We impede our mental ability in order to maintain the wall of separation between reality and ourselves. The maintenance of this invisible wall is a full-time job. Here’s the way it works. We believe we smoke, overeat, drink, use drugs or pollute our bodies because we want to or because we enjoy the pleasure it brings. There are deeper reasons.

The body is mechanical, not unlike a precision engine. To gum up its works prevents it from operating properly. The abuse of all our substances poisons us. It is the poison that we crave in order that our minds, once poisoned, fail to receive truth’s signal. Look closely at this. We become inebriated, even from a single can of Pepsi, or pride in our accomplishments, or our physical appearance, for hidden reasons. Anything can be used to distract.

Millions of us are drawn to various kinds of poisons, innocent on the surface, but they deliver a subtle jolt to our brains. It is the brain that is the receiver and the transmitter to and from our inner dimension. Sufficiently poisoned, and our brains short-circuits especially in areas where the physical touches the spiritual as in the frontal lobe. We become one-dimensional, rendering us spiritual quadriplegics. Reason ceases to guide our choices. 

Not only were there spiritual reasons for disqualifying certain foods, intelligently spelled out in Jewish law, there were also physical reasons. Some will argue that it is OK to eat or drink anything, now that “the law has given way to grace.” But medical science has proven that our bodies require a clean, vibrant source of nourishment in order to function. So, why do we intelligent humans stuff burgers, french fries and pizza down our throats and those of our children, in every developed country in the world? The answer is easy; we are perpetuating a legacy of distraction so that no one ever “gets it.”

It seems that we will do anything to distract ourselves, without ever being taught how we cause distractions to become perpetual diversionary tactics. Hence we cannot see the problems we are causing ourselves or others. We do not see, that time is speeding down the highway of our lives, aging us prematurely. We do not see because our own distractions are closing in on us while making us comfortable with being lost.

In our midst is a living, intelligent Spirit, as sure as the air we breathe. So, why don’t we know or relate to it? Why do we live out our entire lives as if there were nothing greater than ourselves? Great men have proven its earthly presence. Still we are unaware of He who inhabits every molecule of air we breathe. In fact, could oxygen keep us alive if He were not in it? I doubt it. This is a little like ignoring a pink elephant in your living room, for years. Distractions have affected this blindness. Is it no wonder that our children rebel when they come of age? They know that we are distracted from seeing them as well.

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Emanuel McLittle has a Masters Degree and two decades of experience in Counseling Psychology. His keen insight, developed over 24 years, makes him qualified to deliver honest, unambiguous guidance.