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Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

All Fail, Some Succeed

February 19th, 2015 by G.

The basic problem with all mortal lives is death – and that is why from a purely mortal perspective all lives must be seen as a failure.

Some lives are a success when considered from the context of eternity.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  If you limit yourself to only one internet read this week, make it the essay I pulled that from.  It captures the mix in life: how sometimes we seem to be living in the middle of light, and sometimes it all seems like dirt and unhappiness.

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February 19th, 2015 12:11:15

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28

Fallen Creation

February 18th, 2015 by G.

Nature is a divine revelation for which we only have a corrupted text.

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February 18th, 2015 12:50:58

Failure is Inevitable

February 17th, 2015 by G.

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February 17th, 2015 16:51:25

Misunderstanding Lord Acton

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

There’s power in numbers and power corrupts. We tend to forget that when Lord Acton coined the phrase “power corrupts,” he was not referring to the corruption of the powerful, he was talking about the corruption of people — specifically historians — who write about the powerful. Just look at how many people make allowances for the Kennedys they’d never make for their neighbors or employees. By any objective standard of morality, JFK and Teddy were scummy dudes. But countless liberal writers give them pass because . . . Camelot! Or something.

–Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:20:43

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

– Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Contextual Idiocy

January 23rd, 2015 by Vader

The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.

— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution

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January 23rd, 2015 11:02:07

Three-Word Theodicy

January 19th, 2015 by G.

(Meaningful) Choice + Love = Suffering

(The words in parentheses don’t count)

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January 19th, 2015 08:06:22

Real Leadership

January 05th, 2015 by G.

From Bruce Charlton

Real leadership is difficult, because what needs to be done is often obvious; and the reason that has not been done is because of the obstacles which stand in the path

The obstacles are usually just as obvious.  Result: decadence, as defined by Barzun.

Bad leadership sometimes arises when someone sees what needs to happen clearly but doesn’t see the equally obvious obstacles very well.

 

 

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January 05th, 2015 09:35:40

Joy is not a State of Mind

January 04th, 2015 by G.

From Bruce Charlton:

By contrast, as a Christian my understand of peak experiences, and my interpretation of peak experiences as a glimpse of reality – locates them not in dreams, delusions, fictions, imaginations or the products of human creativity but in Heaven.

The feeling I get on a frosty morning becomes a glimpse of objective external reality, existing independent of myself and my mind or brain, and the reason I am made so happy about it is that this glimpse is a promise!

For a Christian, the yearning (the Sehnsucht) is like the child’s yearning for Christmas – that is a yearning for something that really will happen; but it really will happen in a fully satisfying and permanent way. The only question being: whether I personally want to join this happening?

Christmas will happen, and it will be everything I hope for; the question is whether I want to ‘join-in’ and celebrate it?

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January 04th, 2015 14:06:53

Good Quote About People

January 01st, 2015 by Man SL

There is a strong inverse correlation between empathy and self awareness.

-thus the Internet

 

 

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January 01st, 2015 21:18:36

What are Chains?

December 27th, 2014 by G.

I dreamed I was on a empty plain sculpting a statue of Liberation–a muscled figure in marble breaking its chains.

A man with a flowing white beard suddenly spoke up behind me.

“Don’t break all chains,” he said.  “Every chain that binds you to a thing binds it to you.  Some chains are guy wires.”

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December 27th, 2014 10:03:18

“Sympathy with the devil”

December 16th, 2014 by Vader

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December 16th, 2014 12:23:07

Spiritual Blessings of the Temple

December 12th, 2014 by G.

There was a remarkable passage in one of the talks from Women’s Conference:

Some years ago our family encountered a major challenge. I went to the temple and there prayed earnestly for help. I was given a moment of truth. I received a clear impression of my weaknesses, and I was shocked. In that spiritually instructive moment, I saw a prideful woman doing things her own way, not necessarily the Lord’s way, and privately taking credit for any so-called accomplishment. I knew I was looking at myself. I cried out in my heart to Heavenly Father and said, “I don’t want to be that woman, but how do I change?”

Through the pure spirit of revelation in the temple, I was taught of my utter need for a Redeemer. I turned immediately to the Savior Jesus Christ in my thoughts and felt my anguish melt away and a great hope spring up in my heart

-Sister Neill Marriott (worth watching on video. In text you’ll miss the full charm of her Texan).

The pain that comes from being judged by God is better than the pleasure of high self-esteem, and much more fruitful. As the Sith Lord said, “Life in the absence of an Examiner is meaningless.”

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December 12th, 2014 07:45:35