I have always thought that withholding a vote on principle was also a legitimate way of voting.
Adam [Man] fell that men might be. In what way is this a story about the creation of individualization? Persons, instead of just a race? We once were mankind, singulary, but now are men, plural.
And if men–if individuals–then also capable of growth, change, begetting, and mortality.
The Garden of Eden story very much reads like the destruction of a local optimum so that, back down in the valley of low-efficiency outcomes, we could grope our way towards the maximum optimum.
But the fall is still a fall. The valley is necessary, but it is not a destination.
“What do you think?”
“I already told you.”
“You know the answer.”
“Duh!” (As in “The answer should be obvious.”)
And after petitioning to “please bless so-and-so”, “What are you doing to bless so-and-so?” (more…)
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:
A few links:
“Here’s why #NeverTrump candidate Evan McMullin is too late to get in the game,” all the missed and upcoming ballot deadlines at Conservative Review.
A long trip. Your relatives’ ward. During the sacrament, he curls up on the pew and falls asleep with his head on your lap. You stroke his hair.
You are grateful for the moment of fellowship you feel for the Father.
I’m looking at a recent traffic safety newsletter produced by Cape Fox, a company that does driver training programs for the military. An article on texting while parking (instead of driving) lists the U.S. states and territories where texting while driving is illegal. Six states are not on the list.
Which six states are they? Please restrict yourself to two states per hour in the comments.
A horse was cropping grass monotonously. (more…)
If you ask me what I have read this week that made the most difference, I would say Bruce Charlton’s thread on the Wind in the Willows.
It is remarkable how you can go months or years without remembering some of your most tender and holy things. But they are there to return to. Like Mole’s old home.
In a nutshell:
It is difficult to overstate the perversity of what has transpired this year. The loathsomeness of the candidate on one side helped fuel the support of a loathsome candidate on the other side, and box out any serious third-party alternative. The result is two small groups of extreme partisans fighting on behalf of horrible candidates, and a sea of voters in between disheartened by two miserable options. And that dissatisfaction is all but guaranteed to continue for the next four years, whatever the outcome in November.
Mark E. Petersen’s talk, Salvation Comes through the Church, is really a reminder of the old truth that order and organization are a solution to chaos. In short, that there must needs be authority. Which everyone knows except for when they want to rebel against it.
But it occurred to me that the instinctive repulsion some people feel against religious authority is the same instinctive repulsion some people, often the same people, feel against the flesh and material existence. (more…)
the Christian fact of the divine Jesus becoming incarnate, dying and then being resurrected in a perfected but human body – strongly implies that incarnation is a higher state than immaterial spirit life.
Yet the fact of incarnation and resurrection has been, for most of Christian history, confused by the dogmatic assertion that God the Father was disembodied, an immaterial spirit – despite multiple scriptural references which seem to imply the opposite.
-thus Bruce Charlton. Read the whole thing.