Junior Ganymede
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May the Saints be as Silver … Indium, Cadmium and Boron

January 27th, 2017 by Zen

“I fear America has attained critical mass: an unstoppable process of reciprocally escalating outrage & disgust, justified via social media”
Thus Jonathan Haidt via twitter

And is what job of the Saints and the Righteous of every denomination? It is to oppose contention and the spirit of the devil. Or in other words, to act as the control rods of society, keeping things as sub-critical as possible, which is the function of silver, indium, cadmium and boron in a nuclear reactor.

If the time comes that the Saints must leave the rest of society, or if they are driven out, then critical mass has most certainly been attained.

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January 27th, 2017 21:59:37

Professor Lockhart
January 28, 2017

The control rod is a great analogy. It adds a tremendous weight to how we ought to respond.

What’s difficult though is in every case of terrorism, governmental abuse of power, bystander violence and assault, etc. it’s always downplayed in social and mass media as an isolated incident. Social media and constant news cycles innundate, inebriate, and exacerbate us from one response to the next.

Eventually, it’s the individual that falls apart under this stress and commits an act of… terrorism, abuse of power, violence, assault, etc. only to be glossed over as isolated random incidents by the same forces that were the catalyst for it.

Instead of society itself melting down, we’ve got individual members of it left and right doing so, and the forces that cause it smoother any collective response as well. All that’s left in the “isolated” affected lives is ashes, while society is fundamentally transformed.

A tragic small scale display is I stumbled on the Facebook page of a member who is an editor of sorts of the big Mormon blog, and I was completely shocked at the rhetoric and language. Not because I’m in a bubble from the real world, but because there’s no check on the tongue from someone who claims to follow Jesus.

Trump derrangemnt syndrome is definitely real. You don’t have to like him or his policies, but it’s a punch to the gut to see so many members spiral out of control in the downward cycle of social media comments. I fear their faith will be irrevocably altered and marginalized by giving into so much outrage.

el oso
January 28, 2017

Great analogy. Also, deep insight Professor L. I get 100 hours of politics and culture, much of which has some positive qualities, but the combined negativity is a burden. A few hours of church on Sunday without a hint of that is a healing balm. I know several associates at work who appreciate my semi-positive outlook (mixed with occasional cynicism) just because it can get so out of control elsewhere.
Even a small candle with a light that is not quite perfect yellow starts to stand out when it gets really dark.

January 28, 2017

Wow. That’s a great analogy. As great as an airplane/flying analogy. 😉

January 29, 2017

Amen to the original post and the above comments.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…

Robert S.
January 29, 2017

Doctrine and Covenants 128:24

24 Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.

c.f. Malachi 3:3, 3 Nephi 24:3

January 30, 2017

Right on. I have taken it as my task on Facebook not to argue in favor of Trump, but to try to defuse the hysteria among my friends and family.

Most of the hysteria is due to the idea of what Trump is doing, as opposed to what he’s actually done. If I’ve already shared this link (https://yardsaleofthemind.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/how-to-survive-the-next-4-years/) I’m sorry, but I think it’s a great blueprint for getting people to distinguish between scary facts and scary ideas.

Also one of the few things Pope Francis has said that I like, is this regarding Trump:

“We must wait and see … Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite reckless. … We will see what he does and then we will judge — always on the concrete.”

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