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The Pitiless Gaze of Oneself

May 16th, 2015 by Man SL

A man will always be judged, full stop. A person will always be judged, full stop. You will always be judged for everything you do for every second you are doing it.

thus Donovan Greene

The judges are God, everyone else, and yourself.

Thing is, you want it.  You want to be judged and found worthy.

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May 16th, 2015 16:28:40

The Past is a Childish Country

May 13th, 2015 by G.

The other day, when we were getting ready to put the kids to bed, our oldest pulled one of us aside and described a day he suddenly remembered from a few years ago, “when I was little.” It was nothing very unusual, just a funny way we were sitting next to each other and talking. But he recalled it with what was clearly a lot of fondness. Here was a seven-year-old waxing nostalgic about the good old days when he was four, and we thought how much more of this he has to look forward to, how many more years he has to pile up good memories before he leaves the nest for good. And all of us will have this to draw on for the rest of our lives.

-the Tracinskis


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May 13th, 2015 09:14:39

Happy Birthday, Betsey Pearl

May 04th, 2015 by G.

Today would be Betsey’s 14th birthday. This is what I wrote on her birthday  ten years ago.

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May 04th, 2015 07:54:35

Angina Monologue 14

April 12th, 2015 by Vader

I’ve discovered this week just how much His Majesty can be a pain in the


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April 12th, 2015 22:00:24

Christ and the General Will

April 03rd, 2015 by G.

What do people collectively want? It’s hard to say. Voting gives you one kind of answer, but voting isn’t nuanced. Voters can only say yes or no to ballot questions as phrased and as they understand them. It’s possible that with more explanation they might feel differently, or with even slightly different phrasing they choose the other option.   Or else they can only select between candidates. Different voting systems give different answers. Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem says that no voting system can ever perfectly capture voter intent. Polls are even more fallible.

That’s where the concept of the General Will comes in. What if someone knew the people well enough to have an intuitive, almost literary, sense of what they wanted? That’s why dictatorships claim to be democracies. They say they’re giving the nation what it really, collectively, wants.

The reason it’s hard to know what voters want is because it’s hard to know what a voter wants. Individuals are something like a collection of people over time. No man can step in the same river twice, the Greek said, because it’s never the same man. The mind is always engaged in editing memory to fit the needs of the present, which it wouldn’t need to do if we were really fully the same throughout, if we always had the same end in view. (more…)

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April 03rd, 2015 07:16:01

The Presence of God is Eternity

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

The presence of God is eternity. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 08:40:05

Angina Monologue 12

March 15th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was almost creepily cheerful this morning.


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March 15th, 2015 11:22:22

Repenting through Christ

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton is thinking deeply about the Atonement. He is working out alternatives to the customary belief that Christ took on the punitive consequences of sin for us and to the customary liberal notion that the atonement was fundamentally an act of symbolic engineering to excise our retrograde belief in sin and guilt. Charlton thinks he’s found one. (more…)

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March 10th, 2015 10:56:59

Angina Monologue 11

March 06th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was wearing a sour face when he came out to breakfast this morning.


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March 06th, 2015 13:04:36

There’s a reason we call them Man’s Best Friend

March 04th, 2015 by Vader

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March 04th, 2015 13:12:21

The First Great Commandment

March 03rd, 2015 by G.

Love is not best considered as a feeling, it is not necessarily something at the forefront of consciousness. For many people, their deepest love is something which structures their life, rather than being at the front of our conscious deliberations for most of the time. Some (I am one of them) are very expressive of love – but this is not a necessity; and some very loving cultures and families and marriages do not go in for statements, hugs or tears.


My understanding of the absolute necessity of loving God above all else is metaphysical rather than psychological – that without this, all other loves (including the love of Jesus) lose their meaning and function.

The supremacy of our love for God is that it makes all other loves possible – it makes other loves a matter of eternal significance.


-thus Bruce Charlton.


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March 03rd, 2015 08:13:41

Everyone is Indispensable

February 20th, 2015 by G.

There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.


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February 20th, 2015 13:21:57

“But the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, does not end”

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 11:30:38

Time is Sin

December 29th, 2014 by G.

I was driving back from a friend’s house a couple of evenings ago.  I’m feeding and watering his ducks (3 Campbell crosses, one miscellaneous), chickens (5 Plymouth rocks), and one goat (hyper-active).  The sun had just set seconds before I got into the car.  On my left, the snow-covered Manzanos took the exact color of the twilight on my right.

The moment was breathtaking.  A voice, or something like it, said in my mind, ‘Time is sin.  Time is error.”  The sense, I think, was that all pure moments bleed into each other, are, in a sense, the same moment.  It was a good thought for Christmastime.

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December 29th, 2014 10:31:24

The Session of Christ

November 28th, 2014 by Vader

I’m not sure why I’m growing to like this painting so much.


Sometimes art just hits you the right way.

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November 28th, 2014 18:58:22