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The Lion and the Robin

September 08th, 2015 by G.

In the grove in the evening, the lion heard a great racket from a father Robin and his brood and went to investigate.

“Friend Robin,” the lion said, “why do you make a fuss?”

“Look at this nest, O Lion. All my work on it is ruined.” The nest was a ring of thorns the robin had woven to keep the young away from the edge. But in the middle of the ring at the bottom of the nest there was little. The pine needles and other such stuff the robin put here had mostly fallen away.

“Do not fret, friend Robin,” the lion said. “As I walked here, I saw several empty nests. I will lead you to one. Then it will be as if your mistake never happened.”

“O Lion,” the robin replied, “what a piteous state would be mine if all my work for my brood were meaningless. I cannot bear that they go to another nest as if all my day’s work had never happened.”

“Then you will have your brood sleep in this nest?” the lion asked.

“No,” said the robin, “they would fall. It is not fair to them to suffer for my mistakes.”

“And you see no way for the nest to be repaired?” the lion asked.

“Oh no,” said the robin, “it was a bad idea from the start.”

Then the king of beasts took the ring of thorns and placed it on his own head. “Let your brood nest in my mane, walled in by you’ve the ring you made.”

Someone must bear the consequences.

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September 08th, 2015 11:30:01

Christ in Triumph

June 19th, 2015 by G.

On wounded feet, He stands triumphant over death.   With pierced palms and scarred wrists, He holds out unending grace.

-thus Jeffrey R. Holland

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June 19th, 2015 07:15:45

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

Redeeming History

February 13th, 2015 by Vader

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February 13th, 2015 16:21:05

Cold iron

December 14th, 2014 by Vader

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December 14th, 2014 22:41:04

Helpless as a Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 11:00:59

Easter in Pictures and in Words

April 21st, 2014 by G.

BradfordPear

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.

You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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April 21st, 2014 15:25:16

He Spoke as One Having Authority

April 21st, 2014 by G.

Here’s a practical analysis of Jesus’ charisma.

More and more, I see social acts and conversations as a series of little rituals. Jesus didn’t participate in the rituals. He remade them. They called him the Logos–the Word–and the Creator.

HT to the Scholar’s Stage.

As the linked analysis points out, a lot of his power simply came from his refusal to participate. When they brought him the woman caught in adultery and asked if she should be stoned, Jesus . . . ignored them. After a while he spoke just one line. Then he ignored them again. We speculate that Mohammed may have been an actual prophet of God in his time and place. I am beginning to speculate that Lao-Tzu was too.

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April 21st, 2014 09:36:50

Easter Week

April 18th, 2014 by G.

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April 18th, 2014 10:39:14

Two Atonements

April 11th, 2014 by G.

There are two atonements.
Christ becomes one with us (salvation).
Then we become one with Christ (exaltation).

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April 11th, 2014 16:23:26

Three Truths and the American Way

April 11th, 2014 by G.

There are three truths: fact truth, social truth, and primal truth.

Of these, fact truth is empirically real, primal truth is the most viscerally real, and social truth is that which is most firmly embedded in a man.

A man needs all three truths to be fully realize his humanity.

Myths are something that are both primally and socially true.

A society without myths is dying.

-Thus the Free Northerner

This is an important essay. Read the whole thing. At the end it spirals off a bit, but that doesn’t shake my recommendation.

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April 11th, 2014 15:03:13

Free Will and Justice

December 31st, 2013 by G.

When Free Will looks in the mirror, it sees the pitiless face of Justice.

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December 31st, 2013 11:35:53

Being a Mormon is Hard

November 04th, 2013 by G.

Handcarts and angels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Mormon Christian is hard.  No one is very good at it. (more…)

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November 04th, 2013 12:06:31

Mormons Get Their Own Planet When they Die

October 08th, 2013 by The Junior Ganymede

Brother KB, a friend of the Jr. Ganymede, has written a sensitive and insightful response to the perennial question about the Mormon belief in exaltation to godhood.  With permission, we are reposting it here. (more…)

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October 08th, 2013 06:52:02

Take Upon You the Name of Laban

August 28th, 2013 by G.

Masks for good and illAfter the requisite soul-searching and angst and all that, Nephi cut off Laban’s head, snicker-snack. He probably did not know at the time that he was setting up a type of Christ. (more…)

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August 28th, 2013 12:24:10