On the sweetness of Mormon life. All is not well in Zion, but there are still pearls in the field. Brother Joseph and Brother Brigham can rest content.
If Lucifer could, he’d pull all down to his depth. Since he can’t, that old serpent settles for mortal man reverting to the mean. The devil is the father of mean, and the political critter is always mean when he reverts to it. He bites, and leaves marks.
Most human ideas lie at this mean. They are touched by Absolute Truth but laced with the perishing corruption of relative victory. An idea can exalt, but also debase.
the Procrustean Bed of conventional wisdom
-thus John Michael Greer
The strawman wins in the end.
-from Every Man is a Strawman
Here. There are exceptions to every rule, but in general if she’s the marrying kind, she’s more willing to dial down on being the wedding kind, because she’s willing to look ahead a little.
I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally. My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.
Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.
Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)
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The Washington Post brings to our attention David T. Fagan, father of eight and author of Guerrilla Parenting. (link) There are people you disagree with, but respect or like. There are others who share many opinions with you, yet still irritate you. I see value in how Fagan describes the rearing of his children: instilling self-reliance and industry, willingness to chart an independent path, not idolizing formal education, but he annoys me, and the most compact explanation why is that he is a salesman.
From Bruce Charlton:
What is to stop this trend going through to completion – and having only managers and bureaucrats? Why not a doctor-free hospital, a teacher-free college?
This is the kind of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that we need to facilitate. I am going to leverage the idea for my next TED talk: I am going to propose that my denomination get by without any believers. Though I fear my proposal may have been anticipated by events.
Second Nephi Ch. 31 is not authentic.
It is not a forgery. It is not a fabrication. But the spirit of the age embraces the cult of authenticity, and Second Nephi Ch. 31 could not be more against the spirit of the age if it emitted unlicensed pollutants from burning iPhones. (more…)
The Bonald has a choice little esssay on intrinsic failure modes. Here is what he says about Christianity.
How about a Christian neighbor? Better stay on your toes. She might hear one too many times about tax collectors and prostitutes getting into heaven before priests, and it may trigger Moral Inversion Syndrome, and she’ll go around haranguing her fellow Christians about the many moral lessons they can learn from prostitutes. This sort of thing is not the proper interpretation, but I’m afraid all Christians are prone to it. We know that we’re all sinners, so we tend to imagine that spectacular sinners have some deeper spiritual awareness, or at least they’re not “hypocrites” like respectable Christians.
You’ll notice that the Bonald’s intrinsic religious failure modes look very much like a dumb critic’s strawman of the religion’s belief. That is because the strawman version of a belief is usually entropic. A critic isn’t going to take the time and effort to put energy into making a belief he hates more nuanced and ordered. Entropy is universal, so believers are prone to it to. Intrinsic religious failure modes are when believers strawman themselves. (more…)
On Mormon manliness. (more…)
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I would be proud to be led by one of these men.
After they heard gunfire outside their meeting room door Wednesday, Members of Parliament snapped close to 15 flagpoles to make sharp weapons.
Some positioned themselves on risers that flanked doors, ready to attack an assailant.
Michelle Malkin catalogs some murders, attempted murders, and foiled murder plots by radical Islamist U.S. citizens right here in the U.S.
Did you see them on the nightly news? Did you read about them at the time in the headlines of your daily (online or hard copy) newspaper? What was the Bamster’s response to them?
Most or all of the ones she catalogs were before ISIS was in the headlines.