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Water and Tears

August 29th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Sacrament.  The front row woman suddenly starts to cry hard.  A 12-year old deacon offers her the sacrament tray and a wad of tissue the Bishop gave him.  She takes the bread, and  mouthes “thank you.”

Your curly-headed toddler lolls in your lap.  “Jesus bread,” she says.

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August 29th, 2016 07:45:06

Self-Reliance, Love

August 26th, 2016 by G.

This is just a marker for a future fuller post.

Enemy propagandists sometimes say that self-reliance is a way of being alienated.  They say it is John-Galt style hostility.


Self-reliance is about love.

Partly it is about love in the masculine mode.  Like C.S. Lewis said, men show love by reducing the burden they impose on you.

But mostly it is about love for the things in this world God has created.  I grow tomatoes not because I want to eliminate grocers from the world, but because I want that fuller relationship with sun and soil and plant.

Homeschooling is about fuller relations between parents and children.

Self-reliance is family love and love for creation.

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August 26th, 2016 07:35:34

Not Feminine Enough, But Too Feminine

August 26th, 2016 by G.

I think the basic instinct in favour of a truly female balancing influence on spiritual life is correct (including the criticisms of this being lacking in Christianity) – although the usual materialist way this feminine impulse has come through into current culture is perversely opposite to what is needed; and has made things vastly and intractably worse.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

Don’t know that I agree.  Certainly the feminization of the churches is real, as is the fact that women have higher activity rates in religions than men, even in our fairly masculine church.

But perhaps the problem is that the churches are feminizing for women, instead of feminizing for men.  A big attraction of the institution of marriage is the way it introduces femininity into a man’s life, while still letting him be masculine.  Even while enhancing his masculinity.


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August 26th, 2016 07:30:10

Peculiar Creatures

August 25th, 2016 by G.

“Those are conventional examples of the Law of Status,” the anthropologist said, opening a viewscope  “But do not think that the Law of Status requires that the status be about beauty or strength or wisdom or wealth.  A sapient species can determine status in very different ways.”   “Now this species,” the anthropologist said with a smack of satisfaction,” has a very strange sense of status indeed.” (more…)

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August 25th, 2016 07:51:18

Kubo and the Two Strings

August 24th, 2016 by G.

If you must blink, do it now.

We liked this movie a lot.

It starts off very strong. Everything through the appearance of the sisters is close to perfect.  To that point, the movie hits like a hammer and cuts like a knife.  There are uneven patches after that, but nothing so uneven that it checks the momentum. (more…)

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August 24th, 2016 07:40:28

The Fall of the Churches

August 23rd, 2016 by G.

President Hunter runs through the familiar litany of modern progress in the material economy: improved communications, efficient agriculture, mass production of cheap, quality goods.

But he warns that mankind is one. Material progress, the growth of material capital leading to ever greater and greater returns, will surely lead to disaster if social capital continues to decay. (more…)

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August 23rd, 2016 07:07:10

Cleaning Lady

August 22nd, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

You see the cleaning lady at your work in the front row at church. She does not speak English. She is beat down by life. Huh, you think, I did not realize she was Mormon.


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August 22nd, 2016 12:28:30

Lush Grass, Less Cattle

August 19th, 2016 by G.

A small herd was gathered into one corner of their great pastures to congratulate themselves on their prosperity.  “For indeed,” said one old cow, “our pastures are lusher and the grass is higher than ever.”

This speech excited the curiousity of a passing fox, who made it his business to remark on the causes.  “Why,” said the fox, “it is small wonder that the pasture grows ungrazed when your numbers are so few.  Where are the calves?  I see only one or two.  Such is the reason why your herd is diminished and why your grass grows ungrazed.  It is rather cause for lamentation than rejoicing.” (more…)

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August 19th, 2016 08:19:51

Behold thy Mother

August 16th, 2016 by G.

The holy scriptures, the pages of history are replete with tender, moving, convincing accounts of “mother loved.” One, however, stands out supreme, above and beyond any other. The place is Jerusalem, the period known as the Meridian of Time. Assembled is a throng of Roman soldiers. Their helmets signify their loyalty to Caesar, their shields bear his emblem, their spears are crowned by Roman eagles. Assembled also are natives to the land of Jerusalem. Faded into the still night, and gone forever are the militant and rowdy cries, “Crucify him, crucify him.”

The hour has come. The personal earthly ministry of the Son of God moves swiftly to its dramatic conclusion. A certain loneliness is here. Nowhere to be found are the lame beggars who, because of this man, walk; the deaf who, because of this man, hear; the blind who, because of this man, see; the dead who, because of this man, live.

There remained yet a few faithful followers. From his tortured position on the cruel cross, he sees his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by. He speaks: “… woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! …” (John 19:26–27.)

From that awful night when time stood still, when the earth did quake and great mountains were brought down—yes, through the annals of history, over the centuries of years and beyond the span of time, there echoes his simple yet divine words, “Behold thy mother!”

-thus President Monson, in the Friday afternoon session of the October 1973 General Conference.

There is a lot of sentiment about motherhood.  But sentiment has its roots in  natural affection.  At natural affection has its roots in the base levels of reality.

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August 16th, 2016 07:46:25

The Wisdom of Folly

August 15th, 2016 by G.

I had the pleasure of re-reading Lord Talon’s Revenge over the weekend, when on break from driving.  By the superversive and estimable Tom Simon.

Here’s an aside that stuck in my mind  (I’m paraphrasing):

False Opposites: Varying the minor premise of a sin or a virtue and declaring it the opposite, while the major premise remains the same.  For example, the wise prefer being right to happiness, and fools prefer happiness to being right.  A cynic thinks he is wise because he prefers unhappiness to being right.

That last italicized last line is deeply true.  Curiously, that insight suggests that cynicism and Chicken-Little style panic are aligned.

I’m not  sure of the bit about the wise and fools though.  Seems to me that preferring to be right rather than happy is one of the ways that smart people can fail to be wise.  What do you think?  Musing out loud, I might say fools prefer short term happiness to long term happiness and the wise the reverse.  Or maybe that the wise are those who find happiness in the right.  Only fools allow them to be in opposition.

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August 15th, 2016 07:32:09

Loving Patriarchy

August 09th, 2016 by G.

The following are from a talk by President Faust, Happiness is Having a Father who Cares, from the Friday morning session of the October 1973 general conference:


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August 09th, 2016 07:30:11


August 08th, 2016 by G.

A long trip.  Your relatives’ ward.  During the sacrament, he curls up on the pew and falls asleep with his head on your lap.  You stroke his hair.

You are grateful for the moment of fellowship you feel for the Father.

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August 08th, 2016 04:28:21

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

Divine Wind

August 01st, 2016 by G.

We are in the middle of moving towns to be closer to my work.  A fair amount of renovation is involved.  This Sunday was our first Sunday where we officially pulled the plug and made the ward switch, which means the baptism last Thursday was my last official act as ward mission leader.

We have a set of three sisters in that ward who work very hard and desire good very earnestly.  I was sitting in the seats at the baptismal program listening to them sing a musical number they had put together, and feeling affection for them and the work we had done together.  In a moment of instaneity my affection ballooned out and I sensed their future husbands and children and felt love for them too.  It was a godlike sensation.

These divine breezes are precious.  Someday we will, all of us, soar in the wind.

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August 01st, 2016 07:15:45

Monastic Mormonism

July 27th, 2016 by G.

Some things are not coincidences.

An article on the monastic roots of Western democracy caught my eye. It did not wholly convince me that democracy had monastic roots. But it taught me something about the monastic ideal I had not known. (more…)

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July 27th, 2016 05:48:51