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.
[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.
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
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.
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.
In the great contest between the House of Trump and the House of Clinton, sensible patriots are rooting for casualties.
— Thus Kevin D. Williamson
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
The key to insight is moving into areas of ignorance.
The key to creativity is boredom.