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Large Matters in Heaven

February 18th, 2014 by G.

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February 18th, 2014 13:36:25
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Zen
February 18, 2014

There is no way past it – scientific and engineering progress is linked to both the power of God, and Revelation. When we, as a nation and civilization, were righteous, we were prospered. And now, the decline is becoming more evident. It is slowly entering the public consciousness, and so as to counteract that, we are starting to get big ideas, but there isn’t a lot of follow-through.

As we (as a Civilization) become more wicked, our scientific progress will slow, slower and slower. Of course, the Lord has used wicked scientists, and will again, and not all people are wicked, but the general effect, will be anemic change.

China, for all its many faults, appears to be a more righteous nation. I don’t want to downplay those faults, but I don’t want to soft-peddle our own either.

However – when the Saints (both of the LDS variety, and the good among all men) finally do separate from the wicked (and I would say, that the tension between those two is growing daily) then we will see a stark and vigorous contrast, like an extended spring finally being released. We will have our own “Miltons and Shakespeares”. We will see the fulfillment of the prophecy that we will be as far ahead of the world in Science as we currently are in Religion. I would not even be surprised to see righteous extra-terrestrials visiting and sharing their knowledge.


Adam G.
February 18, 2014

Zen,
I used to doubt the connection, because I thought it was arbitrary and convenient. What has the sexual revolution to do with physics, I asked.
But now I see that decadence not only introduces a lot more friction into the system, it also reduces the nobility of spirit that binds men to a great task.
There is probably a purely utilitarian/pragmatic argument to be made that the sexual revolution reduces men’s motivation to create and excel purely in terms of sexual market value, whereas the decline in family formation has shortened time preferences in a way that also makes achievement less likely. Other forms of decay, as for instance in government or in the decline in social capital, would also tend to shorten time preferences.


Scott W. Clark
February 19, 2014

Zen,
Amen. Very well put.


John Mansfield
February 19, 2014

Along those lines, on Dec. 19, 1972, Apollo 17 arrived back on Earth from the last lunar mission. Five weeks later the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade.


Zen
February 19, 2014

Of all the solutions to the Fermi Paradox, none has made near as much sense, as CS Lewis’s Silent Planet, a midst a bustling and active Universe.


Adam G.
February 19, 2014

We are the hairless ape that pulls itself back down by its own bootstraps.

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