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The Bermuda Triangle

Everyone is familiar with The Bermuda Triangle, the points of which are Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, within which many a ship and crew have mysteriously vanished without explanation or trace.

The area is also referred to as The Devil’s Triangle – a danger zone within the bounds of which you don’t want to find yourself, lest you perish.

I fear our culture has drifted without a rudder into a Bermuda Triangle of sorts, with the breakdown of personal responsibility, personal obligation, and the rule of law.

With regard to personal responsibility, we no longer acknowledge that our personal actions come with consequences, nor accept that the resulting circumstances we find ourselves in are our own doing. No. No one is ever guilty of anything – everyone is a victim.

As to any sense of personal obligation, an entitlement mindset has taken the place of contributing to the common good. The most memorable line from President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Inaugural Address was: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” We’ve turned that phrase on its head. The
mindset now is: “I’m entitled to life, liberty and happiness – also food, clothing, shelter and a college education. It is my right. America owes me a living. I want what I want and I want it now!”

In place of the rule of law under which everyone is treated justly and the same – we now find that privileged and protected classes get to make and live by their own rules. Civility has been displaced, with everyone wanting to be in control. Order has become disorder. And when push comes to shove – “hey, don’t blame me – I’m a victim.” Oi!

Perhaps we should just call the vast wasteland within these three points the American Triangle? What have we become? And how did we become it?

The words of the prophet echo through the corridors of time: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”—Amos 5:24

I’m all in for finding ourselves another triangle in which to lose ourselves. I like The Trinitarian Triangle myself – God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit – Law, Grace, Peace. Anyone care to join me for a swim in these calm living waters?

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