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The Grace of Consequences

May 31st, 2017 by G.

There’s a talk by L. Tom Perry in the Sunday afternoon session of the April 1976 general conference that anyone who is interested in our recent posts on freedom and agency should also be interested in. We’ve been saying that consequences are keys to agency. No consequences, no agency. Brother Perry taught that too, but as one having authority.

Brother Perry spends a lot of time talking about the orderliness of creation and the predictability of divine law, without which meaningful choice of meaningful consequences would be impossible. He teaches that our choices ultimately have to be anchored or oriented towards that divine order, because it is only that order that makes them possible in the first place. To choose against that order is to embrace self-contradiction.

Here’s a line relevant to some of our recent discussions on educating for freedom:

Because all that they would ever need had been supplied them, it was now possible to hold them accountable for their mortal performance.

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May 31st, 2017 07:30:17

Work we Must, but the Lunch is Free

May 31st, 2017 by Zen

Vader’s recent post on agency and education got me thinking about one of my favorite books, Approaching Zion, by the inestimable Hugh Nibley, and in particular, the chapter entitled Work we must, but the Lunch is Free. 

Imagine this world is our education, our school and that lunch is merely those we need to live.


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May 31st, 2017 00:53:02

His Beloved

May 30th, 2017 by G.

The missionaries and sundry other people were over last night. The missionaries recited the Father’s introduction of Christ in 3 Nephi 11:

Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

They asked us to imagine that we were being introduced by God. What would He say? We talked about it. Our intros weren’t the same as the Son’s.

The missionaries said that in their opinion the first part would be the same.

“Behold my beloved son.”

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May 30th, 2017 05:01:59

Death and Glory

May 29th, 2017 by G.

This link between memory and prospection has emerged in research showing that people with damage to the brain’s medial temporal lobe lose memories of past experiences as well as the ability to construct rich and detailed simulations of the future. Similarly, studies of children’s development show that they’re not able to imagine future scenes until they’ve gained the ability to recall personal experiences, typically somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5.

-via Isegoria

Memorial Day is a day for looking backwards and honoring the dead. It also reminds us of our own death. In acknowledging the sacrifice of the dead, we remember our own foregone opportunities for sacrifice and wonder for what future sacrifices it is that God has prolonged our lives beyond theirs.

Memorial Day is about the dead and honor. Death and glory. A holiday more alien to the spirit of The Current Year is hard to imagine.

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May 29th, 2017 08:04:02

The Kites and the Swans

May 26th, 2017 by G.

THE KITES of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege
of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so
enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and, in
trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing.

from Aesop’s Fables

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May 26th, 2017 11:44:01

Wise Manchester Commentary

May 26th, 2017 by G.

We are cowards. Because atheism doth make cowards of us all. Because not to be a coward requires a goal beyond the immediate . . . . People can only be brave when they have something to be brave about.

thus Bruce Charlton. Italicization added.

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May 26th, 2017 09:49:25

The Sky is Red and Lowring

May 26th, 2017 by G.

45 years since we went to the Moon.

Modern architecture.


Illegitimacy rates.

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May 26th, 2017 09:41:18

The Hollywood of the West Coast

May 26th, 2017 by G.

Hollywood is Hollywood for stupid people.

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May 26th, 2017 09:39:43

Settler Democracy

May 25th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Another interesting internet poli sci: Three types of societies. Pioneer societies, marcher societies, and core societies. Pioneer societies are settler societies. Marcher societies are borderers. And core societies are the ones that are no longer marcher societies or settler societies. The theory is that pioneer societies are democratic, marcher societies are aristocratic, and core societies are monarchical/bureaucratic. (more…)

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May 25th, 2017 06:51:58

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

May 24th, 2017 by Vader

In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.


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May 24th, 2017 14:44:16


May 24th, 2017 by G.

Our own Lord Vader has been thinking carefully about agency and what it means for politics. See Notes 1, 2, and 3. It’s good stuff. The man breathes so heavily because his brain needs the oxygen.

I’ve been thinking a bit along the same lines. Must be something in the air.

Self-government famously requires a responsible people.

Our current form of self-government is democracy and has been for awhile.

Democracy has some problems. One of them is that while it relies on having a responsible people voting, it does nothing to teach that responsibility. In fact, the democratic form pushes against responsibility. The thrifty farmer gets the same vote as the gambler and the drunk. (more…)

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May 24th, 2017 12:46:09

The Myth of Martyrdom.

May 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, by Adam Lankford.
John Batchelor interviewed the book author on his radio show:
Listen to this episode/podcast at this web page.

The book at Amazon.

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May 24th, 2017 07:43:59

The Honest Man

May 23rd, 2017 by G.

More and more, honesty is not a virtue our society prizes but fails to live.  More and more, it is a virtue that we reject as for dupes.  And more and more, it is.

What I failed to realize when I was younger is that honesty is a societal virtue.  It is a virtue whose purpose and sense is in relation to society at large. (more…)

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May 23rd, 2017 07:30:10

Washington Ballet’s Frontier

May 23rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

This may appeal to others besides myself. I wish I could see it. From the Washington Post:

“Okay, you walk — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven — and kneel on eight,” Stiefel tells Sarah Steele, a willowy, dark-eyed 22-year-old. She was recently hired as an apprentice, and Stiefel plucked her from that bottom rank to star in his ballet. Her courage at the outset of rehearsals attracted him. She possesses, he says, “the essence of a strong, brave artist.”

“You have a full eight counts to zip,” he continues. “Then you’ll get lifted. Turn on four, arms on five. Four counts for the gloves. . . . Lift on five; six, you get into the backpack.”

Sarah Steele

Miss Steele, ballet astronautrix

Steele and the dancer-crew members who are helping her dress eye him intently, tallying up the counts in their heads. The first few run-throughs are rocky — Steele’s zipper snags on the waistband of her tights, the gloves don’t cooperate. The helmet strap must be snapped — oh, where is it, where’s that dang other end? — and, meanwhile, the cyber beats in the commissioned music are racing on. Ah, at last, success! Well, the helmet’s a little askew. But Steele stands triumphant, ready for takeoff, fists clenched at her sides in the ready position.

“This is going to work,” Stiefel assures his dancers. “This will be absolutely no problem. We have two weeks to work on it.”


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May 23rd, 2017 06:31:30

The Truth of Nostalgia

May 22nd, 2017 by G.

I have nostalgia for lives I’ve never lived.

I was just driving through a tiny foothills Spanish colonial landgrant.  There are a few small adobes, willows and cottonwoods by the streams, a twisted apple tree, a few cattle, stacks of firewood, everyone related.  And I felt a strong sense of the distinctness and value of their life.  And an attraction, like nostalgia.

That’s what the best tourism usually is.  Nostalgia for unlived lives.  Imaginative communion with them. (more…)

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May 22nd, 2017 10:20:35