Nope, people really don’t have anything to worry about from old ‘peace and love Bruce’. Anyway, what brings all this about is that there is a rumor that the local Council is again going to try lock/seal/destroy/attack in some way Ark Two. It is not inconceivable that they may come to take me away. I am not privy to their plans and God Willing, it is only a rumor.
The friends have asked me what I am going to do? Well, as always, rely upon God. Many times the local Council has attacked me in the past, and always I have tried to comply with their wishes. The American survivalist concept of resistance is not the Canadian way. I have read the current popular survivalist essay:
“”Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”
(Winston Churchill, Oct 29, 1941)
The essay states: “Surrender is not an option” and names three phases:
The first phase of surrender is failing to be armed, trained and committed to fight. We are prepared to surrender when we are unprepared to resist.
The second phase of surrender is failing to be alert. You must see trouble coming in order to have time to respond. The warning may be less than one second but it will be there and it must be recognized and acted upon immediately.
The third phase in the essay is a lengthy paean in defense of the Second Amendment and the importance of never surrendering one’s arms.
But now, I ask you, how did that work out for David Koresh? The Waco Massacre began just twenty years ago this coming month. Seventy-six men, women and children were killed. The parallels and the contrasts are interesting. The parallel is that the children had sheltered in a buried school bus that was built as a refuge. Anyone, who has watched the National Geographic segment on Ark Two will see the parallel.
The contrast is that the men in Waco were heavily armed and committed to forceful resistance whereas at Ark Two we have no weapons and are committed to peace, love, and non-violence. The old question of WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). The answer is “Turn the other cheek”, “Love thy enemies”, “Bless those who persecute you.” The concept of non-violent resistance of Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others.
People ask what that is going to get them in this world, and the answer is “Success” (God willing), and if not in this world then no matter because we all depart from here sooner or later and eternity is much longer. The important thing is to have set the example in this life that Jesus wants us to.
For over thirty years Ark Two has been attacked by the local Council. They usually do this by finding some other agency to complain to and by having that agency attack us. We have had to appear in Court dozens of times, and have lost many times, eventually to win on appeal.
We conformed to every “Stop Work Order” that we received. We implemented all the suggestions of the Fire Marshal’s Office and welded shut the shelter in accordance with the decree and conditions imposed by the Fire Commission, until we had met their requirements before the Building Commission as they had ordered. We completely fulfilled the directives of the Building Commission and the latest directive of the Fire Marshal – so that in all things we are in total compliance.
The Council however, has stepped over the line at least five times in its effort to prove the old adage that, “You can’t fight City Hall”. Their strategy has always been to get someone else to fight their battles for them so that they didn’t have any legal expenses. The lawyers have loved it and it has caused us to have to mortgage our home to resist. Unfortunately, one can never say they have won the trophy because the attackers just come back on a new front.
Many have asked what their purpose/motive is? I don’t know. They have just finished taking on a corporate Goliath that wanted to put in the largest open quarry in North America. Since they won on that they may feel themselves the ‘Super Goliath”, and are now wanting to take on David.
The present members of the Council probably have no idea as to what the motive was of those on the Council over thirty years ago, but the activity has become ingrained. They put it in high sounding terms of their desire to ‘protect the public’.
When I challenged this concept at a Fire Commission Hearing saying that there were no other shelters to protect the children in case of a nuclear disaster such as I envision – the high minded response was: “Yes, but it is our responsibility to provide the best protection possible and to make sure the shelter meets the highest possible standards.”
Repeatedly, I hear that they consider the shelter to be a hazard, and for this reason I was required to put a fence around the locked shelter. It sits on top of a 150 foot cliff where trespassing motor bikes repeatedly in sport race right up to the edge! Dozens of such examples could be given – and while I don’t see any danger in the shelter it is not my place to question their motives.
The motive of Ark Two is well known. We have over a dozen YouTube videos that invariably state that the purpose of Ark Two is not survival but rather to serve humanity and to help reconstruct society. This undoubtedly seems extremely eccentric to most observers. The Impossible Dream Yes, I do identify with Don Quixote, and yes most think that I tilt at windmills.
But still, what harm is there in this? What is it about this old man that upsets the Council? They have heritage day and speak of the past. Jean and I are a part of that heritage. By virtue of her age, the oldest residents in the village. She was born in the next house south from where we live and her mother here also two centuries ago. In the 1800’s her grandfather operated the mill on the Reserve for Mill where Ark Two is now located.
The old man wishes them no ill, and I think causes no ill. He doesn’t drink and cause disturbances. He doesn’t fight with or confront anyone. He has been respectful of his neighbor’s property. What reason not to leave him alone? He doesn’t hear voices – but he does seek guidance in prayer, and this is the service that he feels led to do.
But, perhaps the Council too seeks guidance in prayer and the Holy Spirit is telling them what they should do. I am sure that the High Priests that sentenced Jesus and His followers, also felt they were being guided by God. So we know not what is for good or ill.
There are presently three video groups filming about Ark Two and myself. I am sure that further confrontation will, from their perspective, add to the drama. They will undoubtedly wish to meet with the Council and show also the Council’s perspective. As time has progressed, Ark Two has become somewhat famous. Perchance not quite yet to the level of Waco – but because of the National Geographic, millions have seen it and know about it. The series is the most popular that National Geographic has ever done and the episode about Ark Two the most popular episode.
For all I know, this could be the Will of God, that a newsworthy event about the attempts to close Ark Two could spring it much more greatly onto public attention. This may be the very means that we can spread our message to the masses. So despair not. Trust in the Lord. I am going to include here a prayer that is very meaningful to me: