Perhaps this is just a new way to motivate them.
Mr. Goldberg makes us savvy that even our grubs are undocymented aliuns. Natcher ain’t been all-natchurel for a very long while.
Just as we have parts that exist in space, we have parts that exist over time. We are the sum of our temporal parts, even though not every one of those parts is essential for our identity. Conversely, none of our temporal parts is the whole of who we are. As four dimensional wholes, we are never simply the person who exists at a single point in time.
All the temporal parts of a person (or object) carry the same ontological weight
Think of heaven as the place where the ontological equality of temporal parts becomes absolutely real.
I’ve believed that for awhile. I thought I was the only one, so its comforting to see that this is path others have made.
But I’m not sure about his notion that we can continue to act at any point in time, rewriting the past, as it were. This past doesn’t look rewritten.
“A date is a planned activity that allows a young man and a young woman to get to know each other better. In cultures where dating is acceptable, it can help you learn and practice social skills, develop friendships, have wholesome fun, and eventually find an eternal companion.”
That passage from For the Strength of Youth used to make me think of settings where dating is not the way things are done like that of Brother and Sister Chon. Brother Chon, my bishop when I courted and wed Sister Mansfield, had been a missionary in his native Korea, and following his mission, his mission president took Brother and Sister Chon’s non-LDS fathers out to dinner and arranged a marriage. With the approval of the fathers obtained, the mission president brought the couple together to see what they thought of the idea. Sister Chon asked her proposed future husband if he would always pay tithing. He said he would, and she accepted him. It was sweet almost three decades after their introduction to one another to sit in their home and hear her tell her happiness in marrying a Mormon boy.
“You should not date until you are at least 16 years old. When you begin dating, go with one or more additional couples. Avoid going on frequent dates with the same person. Developing serious relationships too early in life can limit the number of other people you meet and can perhaps lead to immorality. Invite your parents to become acquainted with those you date.”
Over the last several years, it’s become apparent my early 21st Century American culture is another where dating of the For the Strength of Youth variety is not acceptable. The February New Era accurately describes the environment that youth in my ward have experienced: (more…)
Ghost stories are tricky things. How do you present them, with horror and interest, but without the spiritual darkness that they sometimes bring?
John C Wright does it with aplomb. It reads more like an old hardboiled detective out of the Dresden Files than anything else. Dickens may have his famous ghosts, but to be honest, once they were done, I didn’t care to see more of them. But I dare to not want more of Flint and Steel, Psychic Detectives.
Thus, Pale Realms of Shade.
Dr. Charlton’s new book is out. It’s Addicted To Distraction: the Psychological Consequences of the Modern Mass Media.
I read some of the drafts of material in the book. I recommend it. I would describe it as a book of genuine aphorisms—self-validating crystallized wisdom—if aphorisms could sometimes run to paragraph length or even page length. Arguably, book length.
One of his points is that avoiding bad media isn’t enough to avoid bad effects. That’s trivially true. You can hurt your wrists typing away incessantly posting positive messages to your Twitter feed; you can hurt your eyes staring at updates from good friends and family on Facebook. Or, Dr. Charlton points out, you can hurt your mind by accustoming it to a constant superstimulus gorging of mostly trivial information and sociality. It’s right there in the title. (more…)