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Social Media in General Conference

October 03rd, 2017 by G.


This post summarizes each General Conference talk which touched on social media use.  It’s based on the notes of a father with lots of children, who was also ironing shirts and shelling pecans during a few sessions, so please suggest corrections and additions in the comments. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 07:30:03

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

Elites without Kids

February 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

File:Taiwan-population-pyramid-2014.svg - Wikipedia


That is a population pyramid.  I picked it randomly.  There are lots of places that look the same.  Spain and Slovenia and Singapore and China and lots of places here in America. (more…)

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February 15th, 2017 07:45:16

Virtue Signaling: Juxtapositions XV

February 07th, 2017 by Man SL

Virtue Signaling is just Pride that needs to be reassured. Pride, but without the confidence. All of the sin, but none of the upside.

-thus our Zen

Virtue signaling is virtue without courage.

-thus Nassim Taleb

When people virtue signal: play dumb, mock them, or pretend to find “problematic” attitudes (racist? patronizing? cis-centric?) in their virtue signals. Even explicitly praising a virtue signaler’s level of education (use the word “articulate”!) will discomfit him: blatant virtue signals are still virtue signals, but blatant status signals are tacky. The need to signal one’s status betokens low status, so a signal must be subtle and understated to communicate high status.

-thus Quincy Lathan, Social Matter

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February 07th, 2017 06:03:13

The Great and Spacious Building is Dependent

December 09th, 2016 by G.

Our friend Andrew hit the nail on the head in a recent comment:

Evil people do seem to take themselves seriously. Those in the great spacious building can’t laugh at themselves.

Mocking laughter, pointing outward, is what keeps the whole enterprise going. If we at the tree ever stopped listening to them and streaming their way, the whole thing would fall apart. The Great and Spacious Building lacks its own foundation. (more…)

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December 09th, 2016 08:33:27

Interesting Parallels in Lehi’s Dream

October 17th, 2016 by G.

I like books with zip. Plot twists are my Shakespeare. I have to anesthetize my lower tastes to read the Book of Mormon. That book does not have a lot of surface dazzle but it rewards deeper reading.  It rewards reading carefully and thinking.  It has depths.

I just started again, right spang in Ch. 1, me and good ol’ Nephi, and I just found out one of the hidden depths. Lehi’s dream has a beautiful and thought-provoking parallel between the great and spacious building and the tree of life. (more…)

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October 17th, 2016 06:12:04

Reality is not an Option

October 14th, 2016 by G.

Lehi’s Dream is the parable for our age. Its oddest parts turn out to be its best parts.

The Great and Spacious Building has no bottom.

It does not rest on reality.

Perhaps it cannot rest on reality?


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October 14th, 2016 09:13:39

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

To Be Learned is Good

July 01st, 2016 by G.

Bruce Charlton has an important discussion on why the Great and Spacious Building has no bottom, i.e., why it is sealed off from reality and error correction: (more…)

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July 01st, 2016 15:58:09

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

How Long Halt Ye Between Two Status Systems?

April 11th, 2016 by G.

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I like to look for themes in General Conference. This one I noticed a lot of discussion of youth doing missionary work and rescue.  My wife noticed a temple-going theme.

I also heard two speakers, back to back, talk about the Great and Spacious Building.

Lehi had a revealed dream 3000 years ago that is highly relevant today. The Great and Spacious Building is one of those revealed insights.  Modern thinkers call it the Polygon, the Modern Structure, the Cathedral, That Hideous Strength, the New Class, the Chattering Class, or simply the bipartisan ruling class or elite.  But no one has understood it or explained it as well and as simply as Lehi did, with his striking image of a great building, full of the finely clothed laughing and pointing, whose foundations are in the air. (more…)

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April 11th, 2016 09:01:13

Pointing the Finger of Blame

March 10th, 2016 by G.


I was out with the missionaries last night.  The woman they were teaching had read 1 Nephi 8.  The missionaries asked her what she thought about it.  She said she had really noticed all the fingerpointing. (more…)

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March 10th, 2016 10:44:30

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

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 Causes of Collapse

July 30th, 2015 by G.

Let’s meander for a bit, my poppets.


Collapse is one of the myths of the West. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall crystallized the myth, but it didn’t create the myth. The elements of the myth were already there, in the fact that the West came to be in the middle of ruins. It is a true myth. (more…)

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July 30th, 2015 11:12:56