Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

On Being Moderately Evil

November 25th, 2016 by G.

Up into 2010 I was trying to be reasonable. Why? Well, one does, doesn’t one?

But what counts as reasonable depends on the system; as as I became more aware of the system I realised that being reasonable in an insane, suicidal system of inverted-Good was, actually, participating in evil.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

Comments (3)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 25th, 2016 06:10:21

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

(more…)

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

Thy will be done

November 17th, 2016 by Vader

[We] sense that there is a will that is behind all things, and we’re also aware of our own will, and it’s the distance between those two wills that creates the mystery that we call religion.

–Leonard Cohen

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 17th, 2016 14:50:02

Meaninglessness is Meaningless

October 31st, 2016 by G.

In a universe without meaning, nihilism is just another delusion.

Comments (2)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
October 31st, 2016 09:10:46

What We are Here for

October 26th, 2016 by G.

You can say I practiced in public and my whole life was becoming what I practiced.

-thus Bob Dylan

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
October 26th, 2016 13:45:33

Worse than Suffering

October 17th, 2016 by G.

Those who do not want to be saved, who fight being saved; who reject the Gift of the Saviour… they will typically suffer. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

We, as individual people, shuld not make them suffer – they do that for themselves – but we should not unthinkingly or always strive actively to alleviate self-imposed suffering – that may well be to harm the other person: harm them soon and forever.

Alleviation of suffering is not an imperative – and we should never allow ourselves to be persuaded that it is.. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

-thus Bruce Charlton

Comments (22)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
October 17th, 2016 10:34:30

One Double Standard I Can Approve Of

October 15th, 2016 by Vader

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
October 15th, 2016 15:07:27

Flight 93 Election — the Follow-Up

September 21st, 2016 by Man SL

Image result for deck chairs titanic

 

You say that we’re like a hijacked plane going in for the crash, you’re gonna get  controversy. (more…)

Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
September 21st, 2016 07:51:54

He who Says Immortal, Says God.

September 05th, 2016 by G.

Re-reading the Discarded Image; I came across this passage. Lewis is talking about one of Cicero’s works called the Somnium Scipioni and pointing out elements that at first blush appear classically Christian but have different connotations.

Most deceptive of all . . ., he is exhorted to remember that not he, but only his body, is moral. Every Chrsitian would in some sense agree. But it is followed almost immediately by the words “Realize therefore that you are a god.” For Cicero that is obvious; “among the Greeks,” says Von Hugel–and he might have said “in all classical thought”–“he who says immortal says god. The conceptions are interchangeable.” If men can go to heaven it is because they came from there; their ascent is a return.

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
September 05th, 2016 12:02:18

R V I

September 02nd, 2016 by G.

To experience a phenomenon in the world as alive, meaningful, significant to us personally; we need to Recognise the experience is happening; acknowledge the Validity of the experience (that it is something real and true); and recognise that the experience is Important (not an accident, not random nor an epiphenomenon – but a significant occurrence that needs to be taken note of).

-thus Bruce Charlton

Good stuff. The mantra may need a little tweaking, however. Verb Noun Adjective will be hard to English speakers to remember.

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
September 02nd, 2016 12:15:52

Learned Behavior

August 22nd, 2016 by G.

Marriage is a learned behavior.

-Howard W. Hunter.

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags:
August 22nd, 2016 14:45:37

None of the above

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

I have always thought that withholding a vote on principle was also a legitimate way of voting.
— Thus Carl Anderson
Comments (3)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
August 10th, 2016 09:13:40

Our War of the Roses

July 28th, 2016 by Vader

In the great contest between the House of Trump and the House of Clinton, sensible patriots are rooting for casualties.

— Thus Kevin D. Williamson

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
July 28th, 2016 08:59:47

Brazen Sin

July 26th, 2016 by G.

The opposite of ‘Hypocritical’ is ‘penitent’.

This is actually quite clear if one reads Jesus’s denunciations of hypocrisy in context. What makes hypocrisy actually wrong? That it is a way of refusing to repent of one’s sins.

People who remark on brazen wrongdoers (whether they are speaking of themselves or others) that ‘at least they are not hypocrites’ have missed the point entirely.

-thus the Siris blog

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
July 26th, 2016 15:29:51

Mormon-Style Insights on Cultural Creativity: Opposition in All Things

July 13th, 2016 by G.

The key to joy is sorrow.

The key to insight is moving into areas of ignorance.

The key to growth is the Fall.

The key to creativity is boredom.

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: ,
July 13th, 2016 06:10:18