The Single Most Important Lesson from Barbara Bush, Harry Anderson R Lee Emery and Bruno Samartino

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The Single Most Important Lesson from Barbara Bush, Harry Anderson R Lee Emery and Bruno Samartino

Early this week R. Lee Emery the marine turned actor first known for Full Metal Jacket but more famous for his show Mail Call died at the age of 74

A few days ago Bar­bara Bush, wife of one pres­i­dent, mother of another not to men­tion the mother of a gov­er­nor and matri­arch of a grand polit­i­cal fam­ily after a long and use­ful life died at the age of 92.

Yes­ter­day we learned that one of the leg­ends of wrestling and one of the work­ing class heroes of my pre-​teen years Bruno Samartino died at the age of 82.

Finally we also heard that Harry Ander­son actor and magi­cian, who mil­lions knew as the eccen­tric but hon­or­able Judge Harry Stone from the very long run­ning series Night Court died at the age of 62.

These peo­ple are very dif­fer­ent in terms of where they come from although all in the end had fame and were per­form­ers (don’t think for one moment Mrs. Bush did not have to per­form). Some had last­ing fame, oth­ers less known, some had a niche, and oth­ers would be rec­og­nized any­where they showed their faces but all of them taught a les­son this week and this is it.

Every­body dies!

It does not mat­ter how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how strong or fit you are or how deter­mined you are. It doesn’t mat­ter if your friends are the most pow­er­ful and wealthy peo­ple in the world or if you have access to the best doc­tors and the best med­ical treat­ment, either exper­i­men­tal or con­ven­tional that the world can offer you.

In the end YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!

Today soci­ety denies real­ity all the time, our soci­ety has pre­tended that mar­riage is some­thing other than what it is, that we can spon­ta­neously change our sex/​gender (which meant the same thing for more than 2000 years), that crim­i­nal­ity is never the fault of those who com­mit it, that Islam is a reli­gion of peace and that if we only use the right invented pro­nouns, smoke the right weed, and bring down west­ern civ­i­liza­tion as we know it, we will cre­ate par­adise here on earth, but no amount of denial will change the fact that every sin­gle per­son who reads this post (and every per­son who doesn’t for that mat­ter) is doomed to die along with the author of that post.

Act accord­ingly.

In clos­ing I strongly sug­gest, implore and plead with you dear reader to take that real­ity into account, not in terms of life insur­ance or estate plan­ning (although both are sen­si­ble things) but in terms of your soul and the mercy of God.

I am a very ordi­nary Catholic in a the­o­log­i­cal sense, but in one respect my Catholi­cism is very strange in that it’s not faith based, but real­ity based.

I main­tain that the doc­trines of the Catholic Church are truth.

God’s exists.
Jesus Christ, born of the Vir­gin Mary was his son.
Christ suf­fered, died and rose from the dead to pay the debt for the sins of man.
Either Hell or Heaven (after a com­par­a­tively brief stop in pur­ga­tory for purifi­ca­tion) awaits us for the rest of eter­nity.
The Choice of Heaven or Hell rests on our deci­sion to accept the Mercy of Christ and act accordingly.

I sub­mit these are not mat­ters of faith and opin­ion but facts to be dealt with.

Now you might say my main­tain­ing that these are facts make it so and you are right. No amount of my stat­ing these facts makes them true, how­ever by the same token no amount of denial of them or insist­ing they are all fan­tasy make them false.

100 years from now we will either not exist or both know that I am telling the truth, the only ques­tion is will that knowl­edge be a source of eter­nal joy or pain.

Early this week R. Lee Emery the marine turned actor first known for Full Metal Jacket but more famous for his show Mail Call died at the age of 74

A few days ago Barbara Bush, wife of one president, mother of another not to mention the mother of a governor and matriarch of a grand political family after a long and useful life died at the age of 92.

Yesterday we learned that one of the legends of wrestling and one of the working class heroes of my pre-teen years Bruno Samartino died at the age of 82.

Finally we also heard that Harry Anderson actor and magician, who millions knew as the eccentric but honorable Judge Harry Stone from the very long running series Night Court died at the age of 62.

These people are very different in terms of where they come from although all in the end had fame and were performers (don’t think for one moment Mrs. Bush did not have to perform).  Some had lasting fame, others less known, some had a niche, and others would be recognized anywhere they showed their faces but all of them taught a lesson this week and this is it.

Everybody dies!

It does not matter how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how strong or fit you are or how determined you are.  It doesn’t matter if your friends are the most powerful and wealthy people in the world or if  you have access to the best doctors and the best medical treatment, either experimental or conventional  that the world can offer you.

In the end YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!

Today society denies reality all the time, our society has pretended that marriage is something other than what it is, that we can spontaneously change our sex/gender (which meant the same thing for more than 2000 years), that criminality is never the fault of those who commit it, that Islam is a religion of peace and that if we only use the right invented pronouns, smoke the right weed, and bring down western civilization as we know it, we will create paradise here on earth, but no amount of denial will change the fact that every single person who reads this post (and every person who doesn’t for that matter) is doomed to die along with the author of that post.

Act accordingly.

In closing I strongly suggest, implore and plead with you dear reader to take that reality into account, not in terms of life insurance or estate planning (although both are sensible things) but in terms of your soul and the mercy of God.

I am a very ordinary Catholic in a theological sense,  but in one respect my Catholicism is very strange in that it’s not faith based, but reality based.

I maintain that the doctrines of the Catholic Church are truth.

God’s exists.
Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary was his son.
Christ suffered, died and rose from the dead to pay the debt for the sins of man.
Either Hell or Heaven (after a comparatively brief stop in purgatory for purification) awaits us for the rest of eternity.
The Choice of Heaven or Hell rests on our decision to accept the Mercy of Christ and act accordingly.

I submit these are not matters of faith and opinion but facts to be dealt with.

Now you might say my maintaining that these are facts make it so and you are right.  No amount of my stating these facts makes them true, however by the same token no amount of denial of them or insisting they are all fantasy make them false.

100 years from now we will either not exist or both know that I am telling the truth, the only question is will that knowledge be a source of eternal joy or pain.