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What’s Good for the Press

March 30th, 2017 by G.

A shambly bear was clumsily making his way through the woods, when he bumped into a tree, dislodging one of a flock of escaped parrots.  The bird flew up squawking and indignant.  “You, sir!”  it said, when it came back to roost.  “I’d like to ask you a few questions,” it said, glaring ferociously.

“You’re a parrot,” the bear said enthusiastically.  “Pretty bird!  I’d like to ask you a few questions too.”

“How dare you,” the bird said, and flew off in a huff.

Moral:  The media expects special treatment that it doesn’t deserve. (more…)

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March 30th, 2017 09:00:04

Attention and the Divided Mind

March 02nd, 2017 by G.

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I recently linked a passage from Lehi’s Dream to Dr. Charlton’s book Addicted to Distraction.

And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about

Here is the full context.  Lehi arrives at the tree and takes the fruit.

And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy.

Filled is an extremely significant word. Lehi was whole in committing himself to the joy. He did not hold any part of himself back. Lehi does look around, but only to find his family and bring them to the tree also. His attention to the world is part of the joy he has in the true, not something separate from it. His attention outside the tree is baptized, so to speak.

But when others arrive and take the fruit, they then “cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.” (more…)

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March 02nd, 2017 08:07:32

The Horse who Heard Chatter

August 04th, 2016 by G.

A horse was cropping grass  monotonously. (more…)

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August 04th, 2016 11:08:33

Japan is for the Japanese

June 21st, 2016 by G.

Most Mormons probably do not have a lot of stake patriotism anymore.  We move around too much, and the stakes change too much.

So we forget that they aren’t just administrative conveniences or levels in the priesthood hierachy. (more…)

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June 21st, 2016 07:30:06

The Bull and the Jackrabbit

June 17th, 2016 by G.

The bull and his herd mostly ignored the jackrabbit who sometimes also grazed on the meadow.  They would not turn aside from him, however, so he sometimes had to scamper out of their way.  He resented having to move.  “They should move away from me,” he thought, “I consume less and am closer to the earth.”

One day the jack-rabbit began the unnatural practice of digging burrows in the field.  They gave  him a refuge so he did not have to get out of the way.  Best of all, the inconvenienced the cattle and even caused one cow to break her leg and be put down.  He was delighted with the outcome, though he was also sure that it was not his fault.

The bull in particular became quite angry about the jackrabbit’s burrows.  Though the bull never did any real damage to the agile creature, the jackrabbit still took the scorn personally.  Brooding on these wrongs, as he supposed, he quite naturally fell in with the coyote, who also had angered the bull with his sneaking ways and nips at calves.

The parrots also soon took up the cause of the coyote and the jackrabbit.  All over the fields and the meadows, they squawked that the bull had an unreasoning hatred for the coyote and the jackrabbit.  “Why,” they said, “the bull’s anger has gone so far that it has even led to coyote nips at calves and dangerous jackrabbit burrows.  The bull is dangerous.”

One day the coyote killed the jackrabbit and devoured him.

And the parrots squawked louder.  They said the bull had caused the jackrabbit’s death, after one fashion or another.  “The bull hated the jackrabbit.  The jackrabbit was killed hatefully,” they said.

When a hound, sniffing the remains, said the scene smelled of coyote to him, the parrots flew around him beating his face angrily.  The coyote was friends to the jackrabbit, they said, and equally  hated by the bull.  And besides, when killing the jackrabbit, they said, the coyote was acting like a bull.

Moral of the story: The media and memes talk nonsense.

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June 17th, 2016 13:37:09

The Skunk or the Holstein Bull

December 10th, 2015 by G.

One fine day a rabbit came loping across the fields.  Soon he passed by one of the flock of wild parrots.

“Friend,” the parrot asked.  “What is that racket I seem to hear over in the thicket yonder?”

“I didn’t see for sure,” the rabbit said, “but I caught glimpses of something black and white.”

“Those Holstein bulls are at it again!”  the parrot squawked.  “They’re a menace!  I must go spread the news.”  But before the parrot could take wing, the rabbit interrupted.  “It was too small for a bull.  And it stank.  I think it was a skunk.”

“You shouldn’t rush to judgment like that,” the parrot replied severely.  “You should wait until all the facts are in.  And, frankly, the way you’ve smeared all skunks with the same brush, I wouldn’t be surprised if questions start being asked whether you are a bigot.”

Moral: One of the media’s irresponsible powers is the power to decide what is representative and what is atypical, and what level of proof is needed to make judgments.

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December 10th, 2015 15:08:55

Crybullying with those that Crybully

December 02nd, 2015 by G.

It doesn’t much matter what words they shout from the great and spacious building when they are trying to shout the prophets down.  The point is the noise. (more…)

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December 02nd, 2015 11:23:46

The Parrot and the Ford

November 23rd, 2015 by G.

A bull was grazing in a field near a stream. Now in that country there was a flock of escaped parrots who busied themselves in other people’s matters. (more…)

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November 23rd, 2015 10:37:53

Mean Girls and the Great and Spacious Building

August 20th, 2015 by G.

Mean girls bully everyone else to keep themselves on top.  So do mean guys.  I’m reading right now about the Barbarossa brothers in the Western Mediterranean.  They were more or less pirate kings.  Being pirate kings, they had no security.  Continued cruel atrocities kept themselves on top.

We can see that in the scriptures.  The great and spacious building runs on mean girl power.

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August 20th, 2015 10:30:34

The Benedict Option

July 02nd, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Eich, Windsor, Memories Pizza, Obergefell.  These are straws in the wind showing which way the wind is blowing.  In fact, it has been clear for some time that the Mormon faith and the moral law were transitioning from –oddball and eccentric- to –wicked and despised-. The Church’s views on fornication, for example, have been at odds with the culture for some time. But our views were tolerable, just like our views on alcohol, or a vegan’s insistence on not eating meat. World War G and now World War T have ended that tolerance. We’re evil now. The blood libel is making an appearance . (more…)

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July 02nd, 2015 06:35:45

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

The Contradiction of Celebrity

October 14th, 2014 by G.

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It’s no mystery why a world that rejects the nameless virtue would reject heroes. At first glance, its no mystery why that same world would embrace celebrities. (more…)

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October 14th, 2014 09:00:13

Another Essay that isn’t the Best Essay You’ll Read All Month

September 11th, 2014 by G.

This post is about discretion and legalism. It follows up on the post The Virtue with No Name, or the Best Mormon Essay You’ll Read This Month. (more…)

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September 11th, 2014 15:05:49

The Proverbial Modern Media

August 22nd, 2014 by G.

No one is a fan of the modern mass media. Our good friend Bruce Charlton in particular has been unsparing in exposing their defects. Interestingly, I heard a passage in Proverbs today that prefigures five mass media ills.
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August 22nd, 2014 10:48:35

America is not a Lawless Country

August 02nd, 2013 by G.

It’s just that when the laws would inconvenience the ruling class they have to be, you know, interpreted. (more…)

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August 02nd, 2013 08:35:52