The way that can be said is not the true way.
Neal A. Maxwell is a mine. Every sentence is a sermon. (more…)
I ran across a conference talk from 2015 yesterday, from an African general authority. Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth. Excellent talk. But what caught my eye was the shameless un-PC of the title.
Of course, the scriptures make no effort to be PC, and Africans very little. (more…)
Now, lest we spend all our time on pessimism and trouble, (ahem, a recent lesson in church), I would like to share this:
It is fascinating enough for us to image exoplanets. But here is an example of exoplanets, imaged moving in their orbits.
Further images of other worlds.
“I say, Jeeves,” I said, bounding into the room. “I have a perfectly fruity idea. A fellow at the Drones was telling me all about the internet of things. It’s ripping. We install it here at the flat and when you go off to do your annual shrimping down at thingummy beach, why, its almost like I will be having an cyber-valet.”
Jeeves did not skip gaily about the room. He was not exactly gruntled. If he did not technically give me the nolle prosequi, he came near as toucher.
“I venture to suggest, sir,” he said, “that you may be laboring under an misapprehension.” As he explained it, the dashed internet of things did not absolutely mix you a stiff brandy-and-s when it saw you drag in rather down in the dumpsish. It seems the jolly ol’ setup is rather more in the wheelhouse of ordering you laundry detergent if it overhears you talking about Soapy Sid, or conveying your private conversations to fellows in the Punjab so they can better tailor advertisements to the tastes of Sahib. Not to mention the hacker chappies, who sound rather like blighters.
“Jeeves,” I said magnanimously, raising my hand, “say no more about it. If it not absolutely awsomesauce, I will forswear it. Take it away and give it to the deserving poor.”
Romans were notoriously superstitious. They sought for auguries and omens. By our lights, the result should have been poverty and failure. On the contrary–they rolled. (more…)
That is a population pyramid. I picked it randomly. There are lots of places that look the same. Spain and Slovenia and Singapore and China and lots of places here in America. (more…)
He then asked: “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?”
I replied that the lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.
–thus Gordon B. Hinckley, from the Sunday morning session of the April 1975 General Conference. This anecdote was meaningful to him, and he brought it up more than once later.
We of course must be those symbols ourselves. But we must also surround ourselves with saints. Surround ourselves with symbols of Christ. It lifts up the soul.
The media has already mostly spent the last of its credibility openly throwing aside old norms to attack Trump. The effort failed and has failed. (more…)
This article from Scott Alexander may be the most important secular thing I’ve read recently. It’s about cost disease. In so many areas of modern life, things cost multiples of what they used to. Sometimes the service has improved slightly. Sometimes the service has gotten worse. (more…)