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Vanity versus Pride

August 08th, 2017 by G.

It is not only true that humility is a much wiser and stronger thing than pride.  It is also true that vanity is a much wiser and stronger thing than pride.  Vanity is social–it is almost a kind of comradeship; pride is solitary and uncivilized.

. . .

Self is the gorgon.  Vanity sees it in the mirror of other men and lives.  Pride studies it for itself and is turned to stone.

-thus G.K. Chesteron

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August 08th, 2017 06:59:13

Insignificance

August 04th, 2017 by G.

None of us have the luxury of insignificance.

-a friend.

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August 04th, 2017 07:02:13

Wonderful Oaths

August 02nd, 2017 by G.

Anyone can make promises.  But there is something magical about keeping them.

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August 02nd, 2017 05:17:04

The merits of fasting?

July 25th, 2017 by Vader

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

–Thus Frederic Bastiat

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July 25th, 2017 10:55:25

Revealed Preference

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

Everybody says they want more in-depth journalism, more serious and thoughtful discussion on cable-news shows, and more highbrow programming, but what everybody actually watches is porn and the Sean Hannity show.

Thus Kevin D. Williamson

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July 18th, 2017 10:01:37

Love without Law

July 12th, 2017 by G.

Neither is love without the law in the Lord, and they twain shall become one flesh.

The crisis of our times is a religious crisis.

Christianity is a religion of both Law and Love. . . .

The Progressive ethos can be seen as a commitment to Love perverted by the rejection of Law. When you deny people guidance and declare them free to do whatever they wish, individuals react differently. Some choose to act in harmony with the Law, others choose to follow their baser instincts. Consequences still accrue according to the Law: virtue brings good fortune to oneself and one’s community, vice brings misery. When groups tend toward different choices and then reap the results, the Progressive is in a bind. How to keep denying the Law when its consequences are staring you in the face?

The answer is to double down. No consequence should be explained in terms of the choices that led to it. . . .

There is only so much you can blame on unfavorable conditions before it starts to ring hollow. What if you’ve already heaped every material advantage on the disadvantaged and they still stay behind? If it is not the conditions then it must be the Other holding them down. . . .

So we arrive at the inevitable conclusion. Nothing helps against this sabotaging Other; he must be immensely powerful and irredeemably evil. If the downtrodden are to be helped, the Other must be stopped – destroyed if that’s what it takes.

-thus Contingent, not Arbitrary

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July 12th, 2017 06:19:30

Worth Sharing

June 16th, 2017 by G.

Here a couple of tidbits I ran across.

1. From I don’t remember where, a fellow saying that post-war America was a gigantic marshmallow experiment, where we ate out the inside the marshmallow, gobbled down the second marshmallow as a reward, and have now given our heirs a marshmallow shell for their inheritance.

What an optimist, that fellow.

2.

 
All masculinity is toxic, because if it’s not, then it’s good, and there can’t be anything good that isn’t equally female, and therefore not masculine by definition.

-from a conversation with Friend of the JG @Handle

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June 16th, 2017 06:55:21

Do Something!

June 15th, 2017 by G.

Theirs is a combination of Marxist and Darwinist thinking: If you break enough eggs, eventually an omelette will arise.

-thus our own Lord Vader.

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June 15th, 2017 05:43:51

The Abundant Life of the Mind

June 14th, 2017 by G.

Most of our thinking is ’caused’, automatic, un-thinking – that is, it is ‘programmed’ by our environment and experiences – but the real-true-divine thinking is itself a cause and has no cause – it is a spontaneous origin coming from nothing prior (that is because it is divine, and that is what divine is).

But real-true-divine thinking is not just some different kind of process that happens to be uncaused – it is participating in reality, which means it is intrinsically true.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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June 14th, 2017 04:35:23

Modernity Is . . .

June 13th, 2017 by G.

Modernity is the experiment of Man living without religion.

-thus Bruce Charlton

And the results are in.

 

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June 13th, 2017 16:41:05

Sex Roles Are . . .

May 18th, 2017 by G.

Sex roles aren’t strict rules for living. They are banners for living. They are the old, sweet melodies and we are jazz musicians who sometimes play them straight and sometimes improvise variations on them.

-from Man and Woman, Men and Women

 

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May 18th, 2017 06:00:49

Free Pigs

May 08th, 2017 by G.

In a storm, one part of a pigsty fence was broken, leaving a gap.  When the pig saw it, he thought, “freedom!” and trotted out, determined to live or die, survive or thrive, depending on his own choices and fortune.

A passing wild pig saw the gap and trotted in.  “Freedom!” he thought.  “No more worries, no more cares.  I hope somebody fixes that fence.”

Moral:

The first freedom is choosing what freedom is.

See also the Garden of Eden.

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May 08th, 2017 10:20:20

Answers that Look Dull

May 05th, 2017 by Man SL

Answers that look uncommonly dull to people who have only a vague idea what the question might be often look fiendishly clever to anyone who has spent five minutes trying to answer the question on their own.

-thus some guy on the internet blogging about something else.

Boy howdy, is that ever true.

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May 05th, 2017 07:17:04

Reaction versus conservatism

May 04th, 2017 by Vader

Reaction is

…the yearning to overturn a present condition of decadence and recover an idealized past. The pursuit of social transformation distinguishes reaction from the conservative inclination to cherish and preserve what actually exists.
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May 04th, 2017 09:03:04

Acting Upon God

May 03rd, 2017 by G.

In fact to believe we can determine the divine Will by our comportment—Deo juvante—is in no way pretentious, given that God created us for precisely this; it is a normal or “supernaturally natural” consequence of our theomorphism; thus there is no harm in the idea that our actions can be meritorious before God, and no one obliges us to become proud of them. A good conscience is a normal phenomenon; it is the normal climate within which a man runs toward God; there is nothing in a good conscience that attracts us to the world, it being perfectly neutral in this respect, unless we are hypocrites. On the contrary, it draws us toward Heaven since by its very nature it is a taste of Heaven.”

-thus Frithjof Schuon (via Mark Citadel).

 

Behold the condescension of God!

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May 03rd, 2017 06:59:39