Especially when some other things don’t.
You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
thank God! the
But, seeing what
the man will do
no occasion to.
Most of the other jokes about this are even worse.
So why link such vulgar material at our genteel blog? Well, we’re observers of culture and cultural decadence, and the fact that the fertility idols of the ancient world have made a comeback seems noteworthy.
Except, given the setting, perhaps these are better described as infertility idols.
Far be it from me to preach a prosperity gospel with golden idols for everyone, righteousness should yield a minimum of national success. But if we can’t even compete with the corrupt and backwards regimes, then that should be a trumpet in our ears. If we are defeated in soccer/fütbol at the Worldcup, not one will be greatly surprised. If Japan or Korea makes a better smart phone, we are not shocked.
But if we don’t lead the world in pizza delivery, then something just isn’t right. Russia has pizza delivery drones and we can’t even manage the redtape. America invented and perfected pizza as we know it. But here we are with Russia doing what we have only talked about.
I hate feeling like we are falling behind.
That and I am hungry for some supreme with extra cheese.
Jeff G, at New Cool Thang, has some powerful self-reflections as a former liberal with an interesting take on the matter:
Here are two good posts by Jeff G on intellectuals in the Mormon Blogosphere:
It’s here. With a couple different meanings.
[Edited so as not to give link-cred to certain web sites.]
For a couple years I had an office at UCLA in a building called Engineering IV, a much nicer building than the utilitarian name might imply. My office and those of most I dealt with were on the fourth floor, but many mornings I would first ride the elevator up to the fifth floor to look out a large floor-to-ceiling window toward the southwest. Now and then the haze was light enough that I could see the ocean. There were no classrooms or lecture halls in this building, only offices and lab space, but it was a public building on a public university campus, so the hallways were open to the public, and we were told not to kick any strange people out, just call campus security if there was a problem.