They say that marriage and fatherhood takes away your fire and turns your blood to water. Daddies, they say, play it safe.
The following are from a talk by President Faust, Happiness is Having a Father who Cares, from the Friday morning session of the October 1973 general conference:
I sat by a federal agent at my work cafeteria yesterday. He had his phone out, reading it.
We struck up a conversation. Turns out he was reading the Gospels. He had gotten a book called Why Men Hate Church, something like that. The author urged reading the Gospels to find masculine qualities and behavior by Christ, not just the usual femininities of love and compassion and so forth. So that is what the federal agent was doing.
Him: Do you realize that Christ spent most of his time camping in the wilderness with his guy friends?
Me: Dadgum. You’re right. Huh. [Yes, my poppets, I said ‘dadgum.’ Saying it un-ironically is one of my superpowers.]
Him: Or fishing.
Here’s a parody blog making fun of Russophile paleocons:
The parody unfairly lumps Russian Orthodox Christians like Rod Dreher in with Putin-adoring Lew Rockwell types, although the writer’s voice resembles nothing so much as one of those neoreactionary bloggers for whom Russophilia is just the next logical step after they’ve gotten bored with Dungeons and Dragons.
I find myself sympathizing more with the paleocons over time. While Putin is not a good man, and Russia is not a place I would like to live, the affinity for Putin’s Russia didn’t come out of the blue. I think I can demonstrate this with an economy of examples. (more…)
The first speaker, Cary Skidmore, is presently serving as a counselor in the Santa Fe Stake Presidency.
Haven’t we reached Peak Smug Snarky Opinion?
I remember a different day. Or at least i read books about it. I remember when Men defined themselves by what they actually did, and did not adorn themselves like ladies with ornamental opinions and #HotTakes
-thus the AceofSpades (not suitable for non-vulgarian readers).
I just discovered that Amelia Earhart’s famous transatlantic flight was flown by somebody else. She was just cargo, “like a sack of potatoes” in her own words. She was apparently a deliberate concoction of publicists and the original Girl Power activists.
That guy who said history was only farce the second time around was wrong.
[Note: I did a Google Image Search for “Mickey Mouse Evil,” and it came up with this image, which is more apropos for this post than I could have hoped for.]
This is not a Robert Ludlum novel. These are some thoughts, hopefully not too disjointed, about Mormons and The Benedict Option.
I. “Eeek! A Mouse!”
A few months back, we went to Disneyland with my side of the family. It’s a cliché among BYU fans to note how much BYU gear one sees at Disneyland. Now I know why; even if you aren’t looking for them, Mormons are EVERYWHERE in the Magic Kingdom. You might think that I only noticed the because I’m Mormon. But my undergraduate school is one that, based on size and distance from L.A., you would expect to be on rough parity with BYU at Disneyland. Instead my college was outnumbered probably 10-to-1.
So yeah, Mormons love Disney. Back in the days of Walt himself, this would hardly warrant mentioning. Christians like good, clean family fun, and Disney = good, clean family fun.
But not all Christians like Disney. (more…)
One of the old standbys among the SJWs of the Bloggernacle is whether telling a missionary it would be better to be dead than to dishonor themselves on their mission is the literally the worst thing ever, worse than Hitler. The argument, somewhat strained, is that the injunction is encouraging missionaries to commit suicide if they do sin.
President Harold B. Lee was apparently not aware that he was wandering into a internet controversy when he came across a similar situation, so he gave a much more sensible caution. Here is the story in his words. (more…)
Our esteemed JG co-blogger John Mansfield has a theory that Mormons are retreating socially into their extended families, and worries that the Church is turning into something like a confederation of clans (have I got it right, JM?). He goes so far as to posit that the custom of cousin marriage might make inroads in a more insular Church.
I don’t really see the trend of extended families becoming more important than other Church associations, possibly because I live in a far-off land where most Mormons are transplants without extended family around. But I do observe a trend that might be related. (more…)
The PUA community has a large body of conventional wisdom of how women really want to be treated. They say that it is based on experience. I do not discount the possibility that they are right. But even so they are making the classic modern error of thinking that whatever is gross, ugly, and broken down reveals the real truth. Entropy is not truth. Entropy is just entropy.
We live in a broken-down society. Courtship and community have dissolved. Socially speaking, we are in an anarchy. How women act and react in these circumstances is a truth, not the truth.