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Particular Things – Juxtapositions XIV

November 17th, 2016 by G.

And in between the stations things flitted past, so isolated from their context that each seemed to promise some unearthly happiness if one could but have descended from the train at that very moment to seize it: a house backed with a group of haystacks and wide brown fields about it, two aged horses standing head to tail, a little orchard with washing hanging on a line, and a rabbit staring at the train, whose two eyes looked like the dots, and his ears like uprights, of a double exclamation mark.

-C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

 

so much depends

upon

 

a red wheel

barrow

 

glazed with rain

water

 

beside the white

chickens.

-William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963

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November 17th, 2016 09:28:26

Who is My Neighbor? Juxtapositions XI

September 28th, 2015 by G.

Prudence with an infinite time horizon is not empirical anymore; it’s metaphysical.

-thus E. Anthony Grey

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September 28th, 2015 08:16:21

Juxtaposition

August 20th, 2015 by Vader

“Iran plans to sign contract for Russian S-300 missiles next week”

“Obama: No U.S. drones for ally Jordan”

Gee, who do you think is going to be considered the powerful and reliable ally in the Middle East in the coming decades?

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August 20th, 2015 08:52:10

Rome, Religion, and Rates of Change: Juxtapositions X

April 21st, 2015 by G.

  • The Roman East was rich and the Roman West wasn’t. Maybe that’s not why Rome fell why Constantinople kept on truckin’, but it didn’t help. It’s hard to fight for your life on a budget. But the Roman East was probably always richer. Rome rose in the poorer area. The difference was the trajectory. When Rome rose, the poor West was getting richer fast while the rich East was static. That meant a lot of new resources and capital that a savvy power could use for momentum. When Rome fell, neither the West nor the East were growing, but Rome was poorer.

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April 21st, 2015 11:45:30

The Tree of Our Life: Juxtapositions IX

February 06th, 2015 by G.

From Alma’s sermon on faith: (more…)

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February 06th, 2015 09:59:29

Grinding Down Ideas: Juxtapositions VII

October 31st, 2014 by G.

If Lucifer could, he’d pull all down to his depth. Since he can’t, that old serpent settles for mortal man reverting to the mean. The devil is the father of mean, and the political critter is always mean when he reverts to it. He bites, and leaves marks.

Most human ideas lie at this mean. They are touched by Absolute Truth but laced with the perishing corruption of relative victory. An idea can exalt, but also debase.

-thus Lynn C. Rees, by way of T. Greer.

 

the Procrustean Bed of conventional wisdom

-thus John Michael Greer

 

The strawman wins in the end.

-from Every Man is a Strawman

 

 

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October 31st, 2014 10:31:29

Imperfect but Pleasing: Juxtapositions VI

October 02nd, 2014 by G.

Nephi admits that his writings on the plates aren’t perfect. He pulls the old “I’m only human” excuse:

Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.

1 Nephi 19:6

He also says that his imperfect writings please God.

And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates.

2 Nephi 5:32

It is said that God loves us for our potential. In other words, He loves us for who we might become. That is so. But He also loves us for who we are as we struggle to become.

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October 02nd, 2014 10:00:55

The Tao of Elder Packer: Juxtapositions III

August 25th, 2014 by G.

Much of what I have come to know falls into the category of things which cannot be taught but can be learned. Knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.

-thus Boyd K. Packer (more…)

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August 25th, 2014 10:46:34

Iron Love and Velvet Hate: Juxtapositions II

August 21st, 2014 by G.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10 (more…)

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August 21st, 2014 12:45:00