Things are so awful that pardon me for despairing but I turn to the Bible like a drowning man grabbing a log. I in no way am seeking to convert anyone. Whatever your religion or lack thereof is fine with me.
Re-reading the Arcana Coelestia by Emanuel Swedenborg, I came again to his deeper explanation of Genesis 12: 1 – “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.”
This is a “true historical”, Swedenborg tells us. Yet in the internal sense celestial and spiritual actualities are signified.  When the Lord told Abram, “Get thee out of thy country,” what is signified is the corporeal and worldly things from which Abram was to recede. 
As soon as the mind withdraws from corporeal things, those which are of the soul and life become manifest.  “Thy country” is also translated as “thy land”: “Get thee out of thy land.” The word “land” not only signifies in a broad sense the people or the nation, but also in a limited sense the inhabitant. In the historical sense the meaning here is that Abram should go out from that land; but in the representative sense, that he should recede from the things which are of the external man. 
Well that was about it for me. “That’s it. I am receding now from the land,” I decided. No more worrying about these constant crises and the prevalence of stupidity. I would just recede from the land.
How often I had thought about escape! I had considered places such as Finland, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, as well as locations within the United States. I had to get out of this! The world was going crazy! But then I decided, “I will just recede from the land.” Yet reading the latest news brings me back, for today anyway. Tomorrow, if there is no blog entry, you can take it that I have receded from the land.
There is someone known as “Syrian Girl” who is often interviewed by Paul Joseph Watson and whose videos routinely appear at the Infowars.com web site. One such video of Syrian Girl appeared at Infowars yesterday, under the title, “Refugee Crisis: What The Media Is Hiding.” Try this link – http://www.prisonplanet.com/refugee-crisis-what-the-media-is-hiding.html – if you wish to view the entire 13-minute video.
Now I know that some will say, “Syrian Girl is just a tool of Bashar Assad,” or some such thing. But even if this is so, why wouldn’t you, as a fair-minded person, want to hear different points of view? You are not some dummy who will be hypnotized by Syrian Girl, are you? No, you are well-educated and can weigh different perspectives. (Except if, as lately, your mind has been narrowed at the universities and you no longer are capable of thinking. If so, go back to sleep.)
Maybe I have been hypnotized by Syrian Girl, but it seems to me there is a lot of truth in what she says. The media is now highlighting the Syrian refugee issue, but really it has been ongoing for four years, she says. The child refugee who drowned lately was not the first. So why, she asks, is there such a media barrage now?
“It is just in time for when France, Britain and Australia were asked to join the U.S. war on Syria.” They are “using sympathy for this child’s death to drop more bombs on children while crying crocodile tears over them as they run from those bombs,” reports Syrian Girl (image).
Elan is the name of the drowned Syrian child whose image shocked the world.  The city from which Elan comes was “bombed to smithereens by the U.S.,” says Syrian Girl, whose use of “bombed to smithereens” evokes Senator John McCain who is always wanting to bomb people to smithereens.
“Before you wave, ‘Refugees, welcome’, while letting your government get away with murder, there are a few things you need to know,” says Syrian Girl. “The whole Syrian war and the refugees were caused in the first place because the U.S. and NATO backed Islamic rebels in Syria in 2011. In spite of this, politicians and mass media are blaming the Syrian president Assad for Europe’s entire refugee crisis and using that to convince people that there needs to be a war in Syria. But how can Assad be blamed for the entire refugee crisis when the majority of refugees aren’t even Syrian?”
The media have been calling all the recent refugees Syrians, even though they are not, alleges Syrian Girl. “They even go so far as to label sub-Saharan Africans as Syrians, because they believe their viewers are too ignorant to notice the difference. How racist do you have to be to confuse Asia with Africa?”
Are Americans too ignorant to discern Mideast Syrians from sub-Saharan Africans? Maybe so. Gayane Chichakyan, a reporter for the Russia Today network, did a little test on the streets of Washington, DC: Could Americans find Ukraine on a map? No one could! (The trick though was there were no names for the countries. Without the names, anyone might find it hard. The solution to the conundrum is to look for the Black Sea. Ukraine is directly above.)
Time to recede. The unforgiving clock keeps ticking. Soon enough comes more relentless stupidity, like waves upon the beach.
——- Sources ——-
 Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Num. 1403
 Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Num. 1407
 Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Num. 1408
 Arcana Coelestia, by Emanuel Swedenborg. Num. 1411
 “Who is the drowned child whose image shocked the world?”, Shafaq News, September 3, 2015. http://english.shafaaq.com/politics/15748-who-is-the-drowned-child-whose-image-shocked-the-world.html