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July 18th, 2016 by Vader

Occasionally hit one out of the park.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this article is really about Trump.

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July 18th, 2016 12:54:51

A Generation of Artisans and Scholars

July 15th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

 

The Junior Ganymede is proud to present a guest post from our friend at Gently Hew Stone.

I loved Aardvark’s recent post about gathering to Zion culturally. That essay made many important points that need to be considered deeply. My post is meant to stand on that one’s shoulders and go a little farther.

In the middle of what might be the essay’s most important paragraph, Aardvark said, “This is not a call to turn the next generation into a generation of artisans and scholars.”

Actually, it should be, and I’ll make the case that it is. Our need to save this and future rising generations is absolutely a call to produce more artists and educators—more people whose profession it is to build and transmit culture. (more…)

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July 15th, 2016 06:09:11

We Need to Gather to Zion Culturally

July 12th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

The JrG is pleased to share this guest post from our friend Aardvark.  He proposes a cultural variant of the Benedict Option.

Sometimes I find myself envious of Lehi and his family, or of the early saints; they had somewhere to go. Things got weird, they saw that things got weird, so they packed their bags and left. Sure, I’m glossing over a whole host of important details that would make me less envious of those two parties, but suffice it to say, lately I feel the the desire to leave for the wilderness and gather very keenly.

 

Alas there are few empty places in the world left to run to, and short of an explicit call to gather from the prophet there are most likely not enough people willing to leave that could make any self-imposed exile sustainable in the long run. It seems that we are left with the Benedict Option as our first step. This idea has been covered on this blog recently and previously, as well as in other places so I’ll avoid rehashing what it is.

 

Ultimately, it seems that many people I speak with think this isn’t even available as a first step for us anymore. It seems that we are in the world a bit too much these days. For Mormons this appears to be the crux. We have many of the necessary structures in place already to execute a highly successful Benedictine withdrawal, but our desire for respectability keeps us trying to straddle the line. As modern culture continues its willful descent into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, we’ll get pulled down along with it.

 

As has been observed by others on this blog, we as Mormons have outsourced much of our cultural and social economies to the broader culture; shunning the world then simply will not work. On the one hand, we are too reliant on it for our entertainment. On the other, we cannot retreat or hide from the onslaught of a decadent culture forever, hiding behind rocks that progressively get smaller and smaller. What we need to do, is replace it. Yes, let us replace the decadent culture around us with a rich beautiful culture infused with the sense of divinity we lay claim to as Latter-day Saints. And when I say culture, I don’t mean we should pick off the lowest hanging fruit. I aim for us to retake the ultimate expression of a society’s culture: its theater, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, drawing, painting, and other fine arts. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 12:00:19

Hammer, meet nail

June 08th, 2016 by Vader

Conservatism is in crisis because few still believe in the rational and color-blind rule of law — because there is not enough genuine American liberalism left to conserve.

— thus Ralph Hancock.

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June 08th, 2016 12:07:50

Angina Monologue 30

May 23rd, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty was playing marbles with the cats this morning.

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May 23rd, 2016 05:24:46

Overhead in the checkout line

May 20th, 2016 by Vader

From His Majesty, who was looking with distaste at the racks full of tabloids:

Sigh. I’m so grateful I’m not a celebrity. They seem to have very difficult lives.

Well, they seem to have a lot of First World problems, anyway.

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May 20th, 2016 23:15:44

“Sinners in the hands of an angry Gaia”

April 13th, 2016 by Vader

… These are people suffering from a form of phantom limb syndrome. Instead having had a leg chopped off that they can still feel, it is their sense of the divine that has been amputated. The result is this weird nature cult run by billionaires.

–Thus “Mokita

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April 13th, 2016 15:26:43

Nudity as status signaling

April 07th, 2016 by Vader

Nudity is vulnerability. To go nude before millions is to signal one’s relative invulnerability.

Trigger warning: Kardashians are mentioned in the article. (Really, how could it be otherwise?)

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April 07th, 2016 08:46:36

High tea versus low tea

April 04th, 2016 by Vader

The distinction is the opposite of what I expected. I suppose that comes with not being a tea drinker, nor British.

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April 04th, 2016 09:50:38

Delicacy can have a power of its own

March 26th, 2016 by Vader

… I remember an interview in London Magazine with Dylan Thomas, Welshness incarnate. This was at a time more verbally puritanical than ours, and the interviewer reported that he had asked Thomas his views on Welsh nationalism and that “his answer consisted of three words, two of which were ‘Welsh nationalism.'”

–Thus Robert Conquest, Reflections on a Ravaged Century

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March 26th, 2016 23:31:15

Angina Monologue 29

March 21st, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty didn’t come to breakfast the other day.

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March 21st, 2016 14:08:46

Manners

March 11th, 2016 by Saavik

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March 11th, 2016 16:59:25

“The Cloud People And The Ground People”

March 11th, 2016 by Vader

More thoughts on the theme that we have the worst elite in our history.

Take the time to click through some of the links. Particularly the link on things overhead at Whole Foods.

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March 11th, 2016 09:31:47

Angina Monologue 27

December 30th, 2015 by Vader

Christmas seems to bring out the child in all of us.

So perhaps it should not have surprised me to find His Majesty playing with Tinker toys this morning.

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December 30th, 2015 15:53:03

Angina Monologue 26

December 18th, 2015 by Vader

G. tells us his muse is a goober. Mine is a crusty old retired Sith Lord.

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December 18th, 2015 22:45:52