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Kubo and the Two Strings

August 24th, 2016 by G.

If you must blink, do it now.

We liked this movie a lot.

It starts off very strong. Everything through the appearance of the sisters is close to perfect.  To that point, the movie hits like a hammer and cuts like a knife.  There are uneven patches after that, but nothing so uneven that it checks the momentum. (more…)

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August 24th, 2016 07:40:28

The Fall of the Churches

August 23rd, 2016 by G.

President Hunter runs through the familiar litany of modern progress in the material economy: improved communications, efficient agriculture, mass production of cheap, quality goods.

But he warns that mankind is one. Material progress, the growth of material capital leading to ever greater and greater returns, will surely lead to disaster if social capital continues to decay. (more…)

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August 23rd, 2016 07:07:10

Learned Behavior

August 22nd, 2016 by G.

Marriage is a learned behavior.

-Howard W. Hunter.

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August 22nd, 2016 14:45:37

No One Expects the Mainstream Media

August 22nd, 2016 by Man SL

Our chief weapon is misinformation. Misinformation and . . . no, pretty much just misinformation.

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August 22nd, 2016 13:05:38

Cleaning Lady

August 22nd, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

You see the cleaning lady at your work in the front row at church. She does not speak English. She is beat down by life. Huh, you think, I did not realize she was Mormon.

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August 22nd, 2016 12:28:30

Lush Grass, Less Cattle

August 19th, 2016 by G.

A small herd was gathered into one corner of their great pastures to congratulate themselves on their prosperity.  “For indeed,” said one old cow, “our pastures are lusher and the grass is higher than ever.”

This speech excited the curiousity of a passing fox, who made it his business to remark on the causes.  “Why,” said the fox, “it is small wonder that the pasture grows ungrazed when your numbers are so few.  Where are the calves?  I see only one or two.  Such is the reason why your herd is diminished and why your grass grows ungrazed.  It is rather cause for lamentation than rejoicing.” (more…)

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August 19th, 2016 08:19:51

Interfaith Monologue

August 18th, 2016 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

I was perusing the Mormon Newsroom website, looking for something to get mad about, as one does. The Newsroom is a particularly target-rich environment. Its purpose is to cast the Church in the best possible light, but a lot of its content is not direct quotes from the scriptures or General Conference, so I can freely denounce those shady “people in Church headquarters” without openly declaring my (alleged) apostasy.

Well, I stumbled on this statement, which is so full of interfaith love and understanding, that I despaired of finding something to get properly rankled. But then, like a beacon shone these words of hate and exclusion:

“People of good faith do not need to have the exact same beliefs in order to accomplish great things in the service of their fellow human beings.”

There it is, they just othered and unpersoned me. “People of good faith.” Let me ask you, brothers and sisters, is the Church unable to reach out to people like myself, People of Bad Faith? We always talk about building bridges with “People of Other Faiths.” Well, what is bad faith but simply another kind of faith? (more…)

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August 18th, 2016 01:54:39

The Ruler

August 17th, 2016 by Man SL

Its no secret that large portions of the internet right have been waking up to the fact that democracy is a horrible way to run a country.  So, American-like, they conclude there must be some better system of government out there and become quondam monarchists. (more…)

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August 17th, 2016 07:14:29

Minnesota State Legislature

August 16th, 2016 by Man SL

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August 16th, 2016 13:43:03

Behold thy Mother

August 16th, 2016 by G.

The holy scriptures, the pages of history are replete with tender, moving, convincing accounts of “mother loved.” One, however, stands out supreme, above and beyond any other. The place is Jerusalem, the period known as the Meridian of Time. Assembled is a throng of Roman soldiers. Their helmets signify their loyalty to Caesar, their shields bear his emblem, their spears are crowned by Roman eagles. Assembled also are natives to the land of Jerusalem. Faded into the still night, and gone forever are the militant and rowdy cries, “Crucify him, crucify him.”

The hour has come. The personal earthly ministry of the Son of God moves swiftly to its dramatic conclusion. A certain loneliness is here. Nowhere to be found are the lame beggars who, because of this man, walk; the deaf who, because of this man, hear; the blind who, because of this man, see; the dead who, because of this man, live.

There remained yet a few faithful followers. From his tortured position on the cruel cross, he sees his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by. He speaks: “… woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! …” (John 19:26–27.)

From that awful night when time stood still, when the earth did quake and great mountains were brought down—yes, through the annals of history, over the centuries of years and beyond the span of time, there echoes his simple yet divine words, “Behold thy mother!”

-thus President Monson, in the Friday afternoon session of the October 1973 General Conference.

There is a lot of sentiment about motherhood.  But sentiment has its roots in  natural affection.  At natural affection has its roots in the base levels of reality.

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August 16th, 2016 07:46:25

American Birthrates at an All-time Low

August 15th, 2016 by G.

For several years, every year the birthrate has reached new lows.

Ho-hum, no big deal.

 

What are the best observable criteria for a successful country, society or culture? Three suggestions…

1. Religion: A vigorous, pervasive, personally-engaged, positively-inflected religious life.

2. Love: Above-replacement fertility rates; loving families are valued and usual.

3. Soul: Individuals who are acting-from their own souls (not passively-controlled by the external environment). This means relationships are deep and valid; and also means that what people do is expressive of their real selves.

thus Bruce Charlton.  He goes on to say that prosperity and power are fleeting if Religion, Love, and Soul are vanished.
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August 15th, 2016 10:00:53

The Wisdom of Folly

August 15th, 2016 by G.

I had the pleasure of re-reading Lord Talon’s Revenge over the weekend, when on break from driving.  By the superversive and estimable Tom Simon.

Here’s an aside that stuck in my mind  (I’m paraphrasing):

False Opposites: Varying the minor premise of a sin or a virtue and declaring it the opposite, while the major premise remains the same.  For example, the wise prefer being right to happiness, and fools prefer happiness to being right.  A cynic thinks he is wise because he prefers unhappiness to being right.

That last italicized last line is deeply true.  Curiously, that insight suggests that cynicism and Chicken-Little style panic are aligned.

I’m not  sure of the bit about the wise and fools though.  Seems to me that preferring to be right rather than happy is one of the ways that smart people can fail to be wise.  What do you think?  Musing out loud, I might say fools prefer short term happiness to long term happiness and the wise the reverse.  Or maybe that the wise are those who find happiness in the right.  Only fools allow them to be in opposition.

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August 15th, 2016 07:32:09

Most wrenching news story of the day

August 11th, 2016 by Vader

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August 11th, 2016 10:44:10

Kitsch and Warhols

August 11th, 2016 by G.

I loved this essay about modern art, so-called.  Valuable stuff.  The parable of the Emperor’s New Art is obvious, I wish I had thought of it.

Only the cranks are sane.

 

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August 11th, 2016 05:12:57

Creation as separation

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

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August 10th, 2016 09:21:02