Quote from the movie Star Trek: Generations, spoken the Tolian Soran character, played by Malcolm McDowell.
Trying to be child-like isn’t very child-like. Children don’t try to be children. The essence of children isn’t their innocence or their ignorance or their spontaneity or their wilfullness or their not knowing when they should dissemble. It’s the yearn to emulate. Children are things that grow. (more…)
You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.
Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)
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Nine years ago, Edmonton writer Colby Cosh was considering in the National Post the potential H5N1 flu epidemic: “One daily warned us on Wednesday that a flu pandemic could ‘thrust the planet into unprecedented social and economic chaos.’ But what, I ask you, was the Spanish flu if not a precedent?” He continued with the lessons he had acquired from an acquaintance with microfilm rolls of early 20th Century Canadian prairie newspapers he had poured through for other research. (link)
This week in Maclean’s, Cosh turns similar attention to recent bouts of freelance terrorism: “It has become a pastime of mine to pick major royal or ministerial figures from 19th-century continental Europe and look up the little-known assassination attempts against them.” (link)
Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)
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Bruce Charlton points out that a lot of what people believe that feeds their inner life, like destiny, are implicitly beliefs in a God who knows us:
For the sixth year in a row, the American birthrate has reached a new low.
Most economic statistics are lies. We will know that the real economy has finally turned around when the birthrate starts to rise again.
We will know that the pack of harpies and sillies that make up our national media and political classes has been replaced by real people when this gets more discussion than an obese guy dying in New York after being choked out while resisting arrest.
Not totally. They cancelled Christmas for the kids, and are turning Christmas into a service project.
It’s been said that the difference between a dialogue and a monologue is that a dialogue is something two intelligent people have in order to seek common ground, while a monologue is something one mentally ill person does on a street corner where he’s sleeping on the ground.
That isn’t quite true. I’ve found that His Majesty is actually quite fond of monologues at breakfast, at least so long as he’s the one delivering.
What are the minimum conditions for meaning? Meaning is one of the basics of life, so it sounds like an obvious question to ask and an easy question to answer. It is both. But it is rarely asked. (more…)