• Paul Serran

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

(In Orson Well's voice):

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.

Fact is: we can know it too, if we only apply ourselves to it. No, I am not proposing any sort of supernatural vision, and as a matter of fact you don't really need any.

Matthew 7, 16:

By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

The Gospel makes it clear that the real nature of one's worth and true character is measured not by words, but by deeds.

Doctor Sigmund Freud, coming from a very different perspective, comes to a similar conclusion:

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

There is really no lying to the trained eye. Facial micro expressions, body posture, speech patterns and verbal slips - a wealth of clues and indications are always telling the real story. Maybe the best of undercover sleeper agents can fool some people for some time. But not all the people, all the time.

The Gospel lesson is even deeper: it alludes not only to a person's corporal behavior, but his deeds, his fruits. This talks about their impact on the world, his creation.

This is, even more, a fair assessment of someone. In the words of The Shadow:

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.

But how are "We-the-People" to be aware of the reality of the fruits, when all the bloody gatekeepers of the information world are sworn allies to the enemy?

That's where the stormers come in: conservatism is the new counterculture, and to investigate is the new rock and roll.

What a delight to hear the friends tell how they'll spend the weekend digging into a *second cousin of Soros' old butler, who may or not be implicated in a decades-old thick plot*… It's a real gluttony of information. A thirst for intel. An insatiable appetite for light and truth.

(In Orson Well's voice):

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

The Shadow knows. And we do, too.

Matthew 7:

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Rio de Janeiro,

October 9th, 2019

Paul Serran

© 2019 BY PAUL SERRAN - Rio de Janeiro / Brazil