Stopped at an intersection, I heard a noise to my right, and there were four middle-aged women on the corner waving signs for the congressional candidate they favor, four weeks before election day, when it’s appropriate and good for citizens to participate in political campaigning. One of the weaknesses of the internet age is the weakening of local community, including newspapers and politics. Instead the nation obsesses inordinately on the one election choice we all have in common, electing the U.S. president, and does so for two years.
Enduring to the end may not mean enduring to the termination. Good things do not have a termination. Neither do sufferings. God weeps.
But “end” has another meaning. The ends of human existence are the purposes or goals.
Endure to the goal.
Two points define a line, three points define a theme, and two to three witnesses establish a truth. (more…)
My little son:
I prayed to God for if I could be a pirate and He said, “well, do you want to be a pirate?” and I want to know what that means?
From my perspective, the way the current US presidential election has shaped-up could not have been better calculated to reveal the reality behind the mass mainstream demonic mass delusion.
Things are much clearer now than they were even a couple of months ago – and this clarity is being forced upon almost everyone.
On polling day, there will be very few people who are at all happy with the choice before them.
By then, almost every voter – on both sides – will feel ashamed and soiled by their participation, and thereby somewhat opened to the possibility of a spiritual awakening; while every deliberate abstainer will be to that extent alienated from the political process, and significantly less complicit in the ruling evil conspiracy — a little more free, a little more independent.
I think the thing most needful – needful, that is, to reverse the individual and social decline arising from nihilism (meaninglessness and purposelessness) and despair… is not salvation and spiritual progression (they are several steps down the line, and the process must begin with things much simpler and more basic)…
But the thing most needful is perhaps imaginative awakening – that is the awareness and conviction that there is more to Real Life than what is ‘objective’: perceived by the senses and publicly-shared.
(Imagination here refers to that which is in the mind and from the mind; but not from the senses.)
Here and now, this cannot happen privately, by stealth: for us, imagination must become conscious and explicit if it is to have the necessary consequences. (more…)
Sister Reeves was so excited about repentance at General Conference. It was easy to catch her enthusiasm.
She’s right. Repentance is heady, kick-up-your-heels stuff. Repentance is awesome. Repentance is glorious. (more…)
In a country like ours, where politics is organized by party, parties are organized by ideological principles, but those ideological principles tend to align with demographic categories, we see three types of political strategies. (more…)
Interesting reflection here on the connection between dysfunctional cultures and economies and the people who constitute them.
From an interview with Dave Keuning, Killers guitarist:
In 2008, Rolling Stone said you were saving money to book a trip on Virgin’s first commercial space flight. Is that something you’re still wanting to do?
It’s something I’m still interested in, but Virgin has kept pushing that date back. They said it was going to be 2010, and then ’11, and then ’12, and they still haven’t done it. It’s actually made me a bit nervous about being on the first one. Whenever it happens, I’ll probably let other people do it first for a few years because I don’t want to be the one who blows up.
I picked up my first Marryat novel, Mr. Midshipman Easy. The author appears to have two objectives, to mock the humbug versions of equality and to make the reader laugh–so how could I not love it?
English is a wonderful language. It has so many words. Foreigners may not realize, for example, that we have a rich treasure of negation words, i.e., words that in context mean “not” or “not a.”
Words such as cultural, social, modern, and skim.