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Grinding Down Ideas: Juxtapositions XX

October 31st, 2014 by G.

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.

-thus Lynn C. Rees, by way of T. Greer.

 

the Procrustean Bed of conventional wisdom

-thus John Michael Greer

 

The strawman wins in the end.

-from Every Man is a Strawman

 

 

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October 31st, 2014 10:31:29

Growing Grass and Growing Kids

October 30th, 2014 by G.

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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October 30th, 2014 10:00:17

A Modest Proposal for the Reform of Higher Education and Hospitals

October 29th, 2014 by Rev. Jno. Swift

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.

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October 29th, 2014 12:07:30

Baptism is not Being Yourself

October 29th, 2014 by G.

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…)

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October 29th, 2014 11:45:50

Every Man is a Strawman

October 28th, 2014 by G.

Straw  menThe 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…)

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October 28th, 2014 15:23:49

Get Thee a Son

October 28th, 2014 by G.

On Mormon manliness. (more…)

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October 28th, 2014 10:51:15

Aphorisms that Hopefully Aren’t True

October 27th, 2014 by G.

Every organization dies when it succeeds.

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October 27th, 2014 08:28:02

Millions of Illegal Votes in National Elections

October 27th, 2014 by Man SL

We’re not  very mad about this.  That is bad news.  It should make me mad.  It just makes me tired.

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October 27th, 2014 08:08:16

No Wonder Canada is Better Governed than the US

October 27th, 2014 by G.

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.

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October 27th, 2014 07:45:18

“Portrayal of Deity”

October 23rd, 2014 by MC

God the Father and the Holy Ghost are not to be portrayed in meetings, dramas, or musicals.

“If the Savior is portrayed, it must be done with the utmost reverence and dignity. Only brethren of wholesome personal character should be considered for the part. The person who portrays the Savior should not sing or dance. When speaking, he should use only direct quotations of scriptures spoken by the Savior.”

Dance?

Am I the only one morbidly curious about what sort of Mormon Roadshow From Hell precipitated that rule?

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October 23rd, 2014 22:14:45

Hatch on religious liberty

October 23rd, 2014 by Vader

The First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion and protects the free exercise of religion. America’s Founders viewed the Establishment Clause narrowly and the Free Exercise Clause broadly, a combination that allowed for robust religious freedom and an active role for religion in public life. Judges who have felt free to impose their own values, however, have consistently reversed that order, interpreting the Establishment Clause broadly and the Free Exercise Clause narrowly. The result has been a continued diminishing of religious freedom and an increasingly muted role for religion in public life.

Thus Orrin Hatch.

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October 23rd, 2014 11:57:22

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part II: Why?

October 22nd, 2014 by Man SL

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October 22nd, 2014 12:27:05

Teapots Should Be Tempest-Free Zones

October 21st, 2014 by Man SL

Larry Correia finds out some people who write for the Deseret News are dumb.

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October 21st, 2014 13:54:36

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Seuss

October 21st, 2014 by G.

Green Eggs and Ham is a book about the Stockholm Syndrome.

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October 21st, 2014 09:59:51

The New Clerisy

October 20th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

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October 20th, 2014 12:59:41