Country Living Series

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A prison of their own making

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled A Prison of Their Own Making.


  1. I am always surprised at how easily something can get derailed. This is a very well thought out column and you say many things that need to be said. It is ok to admire someone who overcame great odds to be someone I don't particularly like, say...Oprah, I can admire her accomplishments without agreeing with her opinions or lifestyle. Great column!

  2. Really good article! It hits the mark.

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

  3. Excellent piece. Very thought provoking. The social inertia of "poverty prison" is immense and seems impossible to deflect. I have no answers either except for God's grace. Only He can turn that ship around.

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  4. Mrs. Lewis, Thank you for this article. This is quite a bit deeper, but even us working people are basically in the same prison. We kill ourselves and work 2 or 3 jobs to support a war machine that is not only doing evil deeds overseas, but are starting to tighten the noose here in our homeland. It breaks my heart to see people controlled from birth to grave, to support this monstrosity, "their slave masters", and don't even realize it. I don't really have the answer to this conundrum, except for the fact when the "people" finally realize what is happening to them and they themselves have the power to change it, it will change. It will not be changed through the voting box/politically either. Some well intended people have been trying to do that for years, but our situation only gets worse by the day. Some evil things have been diverted by the efforts of these republic loving people and groups, but our train continues down the track in the same direction it has been going, and is gaining speed. Thank you for your articles and insights, stay warm.

  5. Absolutely.
    I agree that it is not a problem of poverty of resources, but rather poverty of spirit or poverty of relationships. I sometimes volunteer at a free food kitchen and I can see 3 distinct types there.
    There are the mentally ill, who are suffering circumstances beyond their control or understanding, and I can perfectly understand their being at the free food place.
    There are the working poor, who come for lunch and then back to work. I have respect for their taking legitimate advantage of the program, and I would do the same if I were in their place.
    Then there are the scam artists. These clowns make me laugh. These guys (almost all are men) are perfectly capable, they just don't wanna work. Some have a smirk that seems to imply "Look how I'm getting one over on the regular folks". I have to laugh when I think that they think they have figured out the system, living this bottom-feeder subsistence life, when a little effort would get them a life that was 10 times as good.

    - Charlie

  6. Great article . . . you hit the nail on the head!! I know quite a few people in self-imposed prisons and wallowing in their own misery. I also see so many who only choose friends based on what they (falsely believe) they can get out of the relationship. . . Yes, they all seem to come from seriously broken families. . . .

  7. I have a 20 year old friend who has been encouraged by her family to get on disability like her older brother; I'm glad that she has not done it and has instead has made good strides in overcoming her extreme shyness and has gotten a job.
    You are right on that it is not the circumstances a person is in but their belief that they can change and their willingness to work towards that change that makes the difference.

  8. Spot on! What a timely thing to read as I continue to struggle with digging out of my own hole.

    What truly sickens me is that we live in a society where some (too many) will actually encourage the poverty of spirit that leads into that prison cell.

    Rather than burdening others by asking for help with the work required to climb out, we are told, we should get a prescription for tranquilizers and learn to accept that we are disabled. They'll even give you the business card of a lawyer who will be more than happy to help you fill out the forms for disability...

    ...and take his pay out of whatever the gov't awards you.

    Been there, done that, still trying to climb out of the hole with a poverty of faith in myself and a shattered spirit.

    We can barely begin to fathom the depths of the damage our convenience-worshipping, self-serving, entitlement-seeking culture has done to our human spirits. God help us, since we seem to have forgotten how to help each other or help ourselves.