Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Apologizing for the Truth is Lying

March 03rd, 2017 by G.

Given that PC witch-hunts are primarily directed against those who tell the truth – resignation and apology means that the victim publicly repents his Good action.

To do something Good, and then to repent it – is actually worse than doing nothing; because it teaches (with the explicit endorsement of the victim) the public lesson that Good is actually evil.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

Comments Off on Apologizing for the Truth is Lying
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
March 03rd, 2017 06:46:12

Archimedes’ Lever

February 05th, 2017 by G.

But in the end, everything will hinge on the private decisions of individuals; perhaps even of one single individual – this is how the world works (although we never know the sepficis, in mortal life).

The threads of causality converge on a point of decision, then diverge-out from that point.

At that point it might be You – You will, soon, be brought to some point, and will make a difficult choice. You cannot ever know that your choice is not the one at the convergence point of a vast portion of the web, your choice the origin of many other changes.

And anyway, nothing is insignificant in this world – everything matters, because anything might be crucial.

(There are no ‘unimportant people’.)

How you decide, how you perform on that single test of integrity, could determine the future of the nations.

Be ready.

-thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
February 05th, 2017 18:00:56

More Dream Understanding

January 25th, 2017 by G.

Bruce Charlton has a post on understanding your dreams that I think worthwhile. Excerpt:

The test of experience is therefore that it is the dream structure which matters, not the specific content; it is the structure expressed in terms of a dramatic flow of emotions or convictions akin to the emotional sequence induced by an effective story (e.g. in a novel, play or movie).

The significance of the dream needs to be ‘reverse engineered’ from one’s sequential pattern of emotional responses to the dream…

Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
January 25th, 2017 08:12:28

Critiquing the Butterfly Effect

January 05th, 2017 by G.

The initial intervention is assumed to be uncaused – hence undetermined – while everything after that point is assumed to be determined (albeit in a non-linear fashion).


-thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (7)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
January 05th, 2017 16:20:58

On Being Moderately Evil

November 25th, 2016 by G.

Up into 2010 I was trying to be reasonable. Why? Well, one does, doesn’t one?

But what counts as reasonable depends on the system; as as I became more aware of the system I realised that being reasonable in an insane, suicidal system of inverted-Good was, actually, participating in evil.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

Comments (3)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 25th, 2016 06:10:21

Angina Monologue 32

November 08th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty was in a happy mood this morning.


Comments (2)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
November 08th, 2016 09:32:29

Worse than Suffering

October 17th, 2016 by G.

Those who do not want to be saved, who fight being saved; who reject the Gift of the Saviour… they will typically suffer. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

We, as individual people, shuld not make them suffer – they do that for themselves – but we should not unthinkingly or always strive actively to alleviate self-imposed suffering – that may well be to harm the other person: harm them soon and forever.

Alleviation of suffering is not an imperative – and we should never allow ourselves to be persuaded that it is.. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

-thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (22)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
October 17th, 2016 10:34:30


September 02nd, 2016 by G.

To experience a phenomenon in the world as alive, meaningful, significant to us personally; we need to Recognise the experience is happening; acknowledge the Validity of the experience (that it is something real and true); and recognise that the experience is Important (not an accident, not random nor an epiphenomenon – but a significant occurrence that needs to be taken note of).

-thus Bruce Charlton

Good stuff. The mantra may need a little tweaking, however. Verb Noun Adjective will be hard to English speakers to remember.

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
September 02nd, 2016 12:15:52


June 15th, 2016 by G.

Unreflective, naive realism is the past: religious traditionalism – it accepts what is given and relies on not-thinking about it. And then those who reflect and think deeply and become wise are led to a conscious recognition that what is given is true, real and therefore necessary.

Modern people who do not consciously think are therefore on ‘the Right’; and so are those who follow-through their thoughts to their conclusions.

But the mass majority of modern intellectuals, however, think a little bit but never through to conclusions. They reflect a little, but never about their own assumptions. They are – in a word – sophomores: that is, wise fools – or, actual-fools who superficially appear, and believe themselves to be, wise.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

If you are not reading the good doctor, you ought.

Comments Off on Half-Wits
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
June 15th, 2016 13:31:12

What is God Like? How Do We Know?

April 18th, 2016 by G.

The answer to ‘what kind of creator?’ does not come from drawing up some kind of ‘balance sheet’ of good and bad things, as we crudely and ignorantly suppose them to be. Of course we cannot really know what is good and bad in terms of motives and long-term effects – but even if we could this would be a ludicrous exercise – is that method how we know for certain a mother’s love, a wife’s, a son or daughter’s love? By compiling a ledger of hugs and treats minus sharp words and slaps?

thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
April 18th, 2016 05:24:12

Do You Love Your Children because They are All the Same?

March 24th, 2016 by G.

Why is there a Brotherhood of Man?

1. Because we are all God’s children, and brothers and sisters in our divine potential?

2. Because there are no real differences between people – everybody is equal?

-thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (2)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , ,
March 24th, 2016 08:14:29

Evolution, Ends, and the Everlasting Gospel

March 18th, 2016 by G.

Dr. Bruce Charlton has been thinking hard about evolution and the gospel. Evolution by natural selection is supposed to be a purposeless, random process.  But in practice, even evolutionary scientists cannot talk about evolution for a minute without mentioning ends (purposes, or in  metaphysics, teleology).  They will claim, if pressed, that it is only for convenience.

Something needs to be figured out. (more…)

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , ,
March 18th, 2016 08:56:05

Compensatory Blessings

December 14th, 2015 by G.

Compensation is the universal rule of life – as Ralph Waldo Emerson intuited.

When worldly fellowship is lacking, God will ensure that we do not lack for other-worldly fellowship.

-thus Bruce Charlton (more…)

Comments (5)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
December 14th, 2015 06:51:27

Divine Absence

November 30th, 2015 by G.

The best way for Man to live his mortal life, probably the only way for Man to live as a Man; is for him to grapple with and solve problems for himself , including making mistakes. That is the path of theosis.

-thus Bruce Charlton

Update: Mark Citadel makes a great comment below. He reminds me one of my formative spiritual experiences. I was questioning the existence of God as a teenager and it was made clear to me that what I saw as the apparent absence of God was more like the 1% absence of God and the 99% presence that I had become used to, and in fact couldn’t function without. The divine “absence” that is necessary for personal growth towards theosis is only relative.

Comments (3)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 30th, 2015 07:48:31

In Childish Eyes the World’s Alive

November 20th, 2015 by G.

In childish eyes the world’s alive. Your son bashes a weed with his cardboard sword; he means to punish it for scratching him. Your daughter thinks you turn off all the lights in the house at night so the house can go to sleep. The world is enchanted, but not eerily. (more…)

Comments (6)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 20th, 2015 10:52:41