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Uglification and the Cult of Authenticity

October 23rd, 2017 by G.


I think authenticity is the modern day version of the Puritan doctrine of election.

Remember that Puritan Calvinists believed that only the elect could be saved and that election was a pure act of will by God.   This meant you could not achieve election by your own efforts.  But it also meant that you could not really know when you were elected.  The resulting anxiety drove a lot of Puritan behavior.

Now, our modern Puritans want to be authentic.  But how to be authentic?  If you are trying to be authentic, you aren’t authentic.

The resulting anxiety drives a lot of their behavior. (more…)

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October 23rd, 2017 05:50:36

The Sins of Authenticity

October 04th, 2017 by G.

Authenticity is integrity with the element of time irrationally and wickedly stripped off.  The honest seed sprouts and flowers.  The authentic seed falls on stony ground and stays a seed, then a withered caricature of a seed, then a husk.  Authenticity is death.

In Mormon terms, where damnation means the cessation of progress, authenticity is damnation.


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October 04th, 2017 05:38:59

Brazen Sin

July 26th, 2016 by G.

The opposite of ‘Hypocritical’ is ‘penitent’.

This is actually quite clear if one reads Jesus’s denunciations of hypocrisy in context. What makes hypocrisy actually wrong? That it is a way of refusing to repent of one’s sins.

People who remark on brazen wrongdoers (whether they are speaking of themselves or others) that ‘at least they are not hypocrites’ have missed the point entirely.

-thus the Siris blog

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July 26th, 2016 15:29:51

All Sin, Some Celebrate Sin

April 25th, 2016 by G.

The serious sin is not so much in doing otherwise than the ideal, but in assuming or arguing otherwise, or saying that sex and sexuality ‘don’t matter’; in making laws and regulations on that basis, or in failing to repent (i.e. acknowledge the sub-optimality of) other behaviours.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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April 25th, 2016 09:52:38

Finding Yourself

February 21st, 2016 by G.

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself

-Proverbs 18:2

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February 21st, 2016 08:55:58

Authenticity Is Imprudence and Promise Breaking

September 24th, 2015 by G.


One of the great modern sin complexes goes by the name of authenticity.

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September 24th, 2015 09:13:44

Not Being Embarrassed About Doing Wrong

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.

Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

-Isaiah 3:9.  Somehow I never noticed before that at least in this one scriptural passage, the cult of authenticity was the sin of Sodom.


Here’s Bruce Charlton:


there are lots of bad things in life which will only be done (by most people) if and when people [can] talk about them afterwards.

Most people are not content to sin in secret.

How many people would go bungee jumping if it was secret, and they could not tell anybody about it afterwards ever, nor show pictures and movies? How many people would get drunk? How many would have sexual affairs if they could not brag or weep about them with their pals?

A lot fewer than actually do these things now.


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June 22nd, 2015 07:00:05

Sin is Excommunion

June 04th, 2015 by G.



No vice is ever truly private, but some vices are more private than others. For some vices, the privacy of the vice is a choice. (more…)

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June 04th, 2015 11:21:22

The Self

April 22nd, 2015 by G.

The self is a myth to the self

-thus Chauncy Riddle

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April 22nd, 2015 09:12:35

The Contradiction of Celebrity

October 14th, 2014 by G.



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

No Hypocrites, No Heroes, No Humble Worship

October 09th, 2014 by G.


One kind of creativity is making unexpected connections. Wodehouse excelled at this kind of creativity. I just read where Fink-Nottle, on a vegan diet, started weeping at a sunset, because the color reminded him of a nice, underdone slice of beef.

Most of my creativity comes to me second hand. Providence makes the connections for me. “Look on this picture, and on this,” Providence says, and all I have to do is look, and think. (more…)

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October 09th, 2014 12:15:26

Death of the Grown-Up

September 16th, 2014 by Jeeves

I fear reports of my demise have been much exaggerated. Death at this juncture would not have been suitable, I trust.

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September 16th, 2014 08:15:03

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 Virtue With No Name, Or the Best Mormon Essay You’ll Read this Month

September 09th, 2014 by G.

No, not this essay, goose. Another essay. Which will be revealed to you later.



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September 09th, 2014 12:10:29