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The True Meaning of Christmas

December 03rd, 2017 by G.

And now I have to touch upon a very sad matter. There are in the modern world an admirable class of persons who do long for the old feasts and formalities of the childhood of the world.  William Morris and his followers shoed how much brighter were the dark ages than the age of Manchester.  Mr. W.B. Yeats frames his steps in prehistoric dances, but no man knows and joins his voice to the forgotten choruses that no one but he can hear.  Mr. George Moore collects every fragment of Irish paganism that the forgetfulness of the Catholic Church has left or possibly her wisdom preserved.  There are innumerable persons with eye-glasses and green garments who pray for the return of the maypole or the Olympian games.  There there is about these people a haunting and alarming something which suggests that it is just possible that they do not keep Christmas.

It is painful to regard human nature in such a light, but it seems somehow possible that Mr. George Moore does not wave his spoon and shout when the pudding is set alight.  It is even possible that Mr. W.B. Yeats never pulls crackers.

If so, where is the sense of all their dreams of festive traditions?  Here is a solid and ancient festive tradition still plying a roaring trade in the streets, and they think it vulgar.  If this is so, let them be very certain of this, that they are the kind of people who in the time of the maypole would have thought the maypole vulgar; who in the time of the Canterbury pilgrimage would have thought the Canterbury pilgrimage vulgar; who in the time of the Olympian games would have thought the Olympian games vulgar.  Nor can there be an reasonable doubt that they were vulgar.

-thus G.K. Chesterton

The problem with “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” is the “for tomorrow we die.”It is the justification.  Seizing a last few defiant gasps of happiness before the great dark is a lie.  Rejoicing now in anticipation of greater rejoicing later is the true rule of the universe.



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December 03rd, 2017 06:51:15

Social Justice Verdict

December 01st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Jury Finds Garcia Zarate Not Guilty In Steinle Murder Trial: My Initial Reaction | Powered by Robots

The illegal alien who murdered Kate Steinle got off.  Because he was an illegal alien; because she was so obviously a core American; because he murdered her for no real reason other than that she was a core American, and he was not; because his murdering was an inconvenient fact.

Justice was done.  Social justice was done.  He murdered her, but he did not social justice murder her.  So he is guilty, but he is not social justice guilty.  He walks free on all those charges.*

He has more rights in my country than I do. He has more rights in this country than you do.  We would not walk free.  We only have the right to  justice.  He has the right to social justice.

Who, whom.

We are the whom.

That is the definition of social justice.

America’s 200-year vacation from history is over.  It doesn’t matter if you agree or not.  Reality doesn’t need your consent.

Classical liberal regimes die this way.  The Right in Weimar Germany.  Both Right and Left in Republican Spain.  First their wacko fringes kill and go unpunished  Then the killings get organized.  Ultimately they get official.

*But not completely free, because hilariously the California jury couldn’t forgive the ritual impurity of handling a firearm.



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December 01st, 2017 06:44:30

Saving for Catastrophe

December 01st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

I read that rich people are having fun playing survivalist.

And why not?  No harm in it, and just like our years’ supplies, they may do some good during those horrible catastrophes that history tells us are inevitable but that our daily experience conditions us to believe can never be.  There are black swans–course changing events that we could not have predicted–and there are white swans–course changing events that we could have predicted but sure didn’t.

All the same, most plans for real catastrophe are silly.

Like Taleb’s black swan investment strategy they mostly assume the continuity of the government and current Overton windows.

Or else they are fundamentally nihilistic.  Live in a luxury-stocked bunker somewhere eating down your luxuries waiting or hoping that someone else puts civilization back together, comforting yourself until you die.  There is no future in that vision.

The rich guys who buy farm land are at least thinking a little, though not very much at all.

Here is what a rich guy who thought it through would do. (more…)

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December 01st, 2017 05:23:03


November 30th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

“Dog Bites Man.” T’aint no story.

“Dog Shoots Man.” … Wait, what?

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November 30th, 2017 18:05:41

Books vs. Records

November 30th, 2017 by G.

The Bible is a bunch of different records made into a book.  So is the Book of Mormon–it tells us itself.

What difference does assembling records into a book make?  It means the parts should add up to a whole.  We should read the different parts of the book as in agreement with each other.  We should see a theme or a narrative that ties them all together.

Can Zappos Bulldoze The Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Model?


A pile of bricks is just a pile, but bricks mortared together better be something.

We keep a lot of records in the Church.  This is by commandment.  (more…)

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November 30th, 2017 06:36:55

Success is Dynastic

November 29th, 2017 by G.

Roots to Now | Family Tree Tracking from Fatherhood Poetic

By their fruits shall ye know them.  One point of this scriptural acid test is to point us towards the future and permanent effects of what we do and say.  Fruits are the future of a tree.  Fruits are posterity.  And fruits come over and over again.

Does it last (or is it capable of being incorporated into and leading into something meaningful and lasting?)  Does it endure?  If not, it is not of God. (more…)

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November 29th, 2017 06:58:48

Accumulated Testimonies

November 28th, 2017 by G.

Mostly the General Authorities close their talks with testimony.  The testimonies are never novel.  But they are not rote, nor the least important part of the talks.  The best message from a General Conference may simply be the accumulation of testimony.

Consider for example the Saturday afternoon session of the April 1978 General Conference, which I did not select because the testimonies stood out to me.  It was merely the next conference on the schedule.  Here are the testimonies from it. (more…)

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November 28th, 2017 07:30:17

Glory and Gratitude

November 27th, 2017 by G.

Live in Thanksgiving always. – Alma 34:38

Glory is the reciprocal of gratitude.


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November 27th, 2017 06:53:42

Beth Moore, airport, hairbrush.

November 26th, 2017 by Bookslinger

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November 26th, 2017 19:00:25

Whither the Sociality?  Part 2.

November 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

(Part 1 here.)  I found this book in the $.75 bin at Goodwill.  This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith.   By Robert E. Hall.  $17.50 new at Amazon.  $6 used, including shipping. (G.: pray about whether you should get this.  I’m going to give this to our EQ president.)

Chapters one through ten describe the problem.  Chapters 11 and 12 describe, in general terms, what some organizations are doing.  Chapter 13 describes, in very general terms, what can be done, or should be done.

If you already understand how human relationships — family, work, faith, politics — have gone to heck in our society, you can skip directly to chapter 11, or to chapter 13 if you want the distillation of it all.  (G: go right to chapter 13.) (more…)

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November 24th, 2017 22:13:47

Fight global warming.

November 24th, 2017 by Screwtape

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November 24th, 2017 16:29:59

The Gods We Know

November 22nd, 2017 by G.

There is an object of wonder. It is vast, complex, and heart-stoppingly beautiful. It is miraculous. It was created by the very God of GodsHimself. It is ever in His thoughts.

But this creation, lovely and holy beyond words, now fades into the background. It now becomes the setting for even greater beings, so much greater that this ineffable object is only worthy, barely, to be their stage.

On this object, this creation, three Gods meet. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2017 12:17:30

Some Thanksgiving advice

November 21st, 2017 by Vader

From His Majesty.

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November 21st, 2017 19:22:31

Neal A. Maxwell on Women

November 21st, 2017 by G.

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November 21st, 2017 06:53:37

The Burning Glory of Meaning

November 21st, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

Meaning has been a theme on the winds the last few years.


The great danger of modern society is not so much that it pushes us toward evil—though it does—but that it sucks us into its unreflective, myopic, consumerist frame.  The popular understanding is that this is “bad because it leads us to sin,” but now I understand that blinding us is one of the primary aims, not merely a tactic. 


How much meaning do small events carry?   Is a chance encounter on a train foreordained, or simply one in a random stream of events?  Is there such a thing as coincidence?   And here is the real question: which do we hope, and why?


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November 21st, 2017 06:39:09