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Half-Wits

June 15th, 2016 by G.

Unreflective, naive realism is the past: religious traditionalism – it accepts what is given and relies on not-thinking about it. And then those who reflect and think deeply and become wise are led to a conscious recognition that what is given is true, real and therefore necessary.

Modern people who do not consciously think are therefore on ‘the Right’; and so are those who follow-through their thoughts to their conclusions.

But the mass majority of modern intellectuals, however, think a little bit but never through to conclusions. They reflect a little, but never about their own assumptions. They are – in a word – sophomores: that is, wise fools – or, actual-fools who superficially appear, and believe themselves to be, wise.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

If you are not reading the good doctor, you ought.

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June 15th, 2016 13:31:12

Natural Conventions

June 13th, 2016 by G.

The conventional, under appropriate rational conditions, converges on the natural.

thus the Siris blog.

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June 13th, 2016 06:06:52

Hammer, meet nail

June 08th, 2016 by Vader

Conservatism is in crisis because few still believe in the rational and color-blind rule of law — because there is not enough genuine American liberalism left to conserve.

— thus Ralph Hancock.

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June 08th, 2016 12:07:50

Turning the Hearts through Chatting

June 01st, 2016 by G.

My favorite way of doing family history is  listening to old folks talk.

Old men may be permitted to speak long, because they cannot in the course of nature have a long time to speak.

-thus Sir Walter Scott

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June 01st, 2016 06:45:25

All Sin, Some Celebrate Sin

April 25th, 2016 by G.

The serious sin is not so much in doing otherwise than the ideal, but in assuming or arguing otherwise, or saying that sex and sexuality ‘don’t matter’; in making laws and regulations on that basis, or in failing to repent (i.e. acknowledge the sub-optimality of) other behaviours.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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April 25th, 2016 09:52:38

Surfeit

April 19th, 2016 by G.

We will all receive as much good and happiness as we can possibly stand.

 

 

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April 19th, 2016 07:00:24

What is God Like? How Do We Know?

April 18th, 2016 by G.

The answer to ‘what kind of creator?’ does not come from drawing up some kind of ‘balance sheet’ of good and bad things, as we crudely and ignorantly suppose them to be. Of course we cannot really know what is good and bad in terms of motives and long-term effects – but even if we could this would be a ludicrous exercise – is that method how we know for certain a mother’s love, a wife’s, a son or daughter’s love? By compiling a ledger of hugs and treats minus sharp words and slaps?

thus Bruce Charlton

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April 18th, 2016 05:24:12

“Sinners in the hands of an angry Gaia”

April 13th, 2016 by Vader

… These are people suffering from a form of phantom limb syndrome. Instead having had a leg chopped off that they can still feel, it is their sense of the divine that has been amputated. The result is this weird nature cult run by billionaires.

–Thus “Mokita

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April 13th, 2016 15:26:43

Age

April 13th, 2016 by G.

You are old when your dreams become regrets.

-thus Gene Wolfe, Homefires.

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April 13th, 2016 06:00:29

The Jewel, not the Jewel-case

April 12th, 2016 by G.

We think that we know a man or a woman, when so much of what we know is actually that man’s or that woman’s situation, his or her place on the board of life. Move the pawn to the last row and see them rise in armor, sword in hand.

-thus Gene Wolfe, Homefires.

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April 12th, 2016 09:57:02

Forgiveness is Only . . .

April 08th, 2016 by G.

Where there is no repentance, forgiveness is only permission by another name.

-thus Gene Wolfe, Pirate Freedom

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April 08th, 2016 05:37:36

Habits and Rites

April 07th, 2016 by G.

I’ve gained another routine, when what I want is a sense of ritual

here

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April 07th, 2016 07:36:24

Mankind

April 06th, 2016 by Man SL

Mankind is in the no-man’s land of a war between two opposing powers that can neither been seen nor heard, except in the quietest parts of the praying heart, or the dreams of visionaries.

To one side is heaven, who wishes to shower upon us infinite joy and endless life, but will not stir a feather to aid those too proud to ask for aid: love cannot compel or be compelled.

To the other side is darkest hell, a black cloud filled with clamor, uproar, wailing, screaming, shrieking, and the sounds of all torment and terror and woe. They want to hear you scream.

 

-thus John C. Wright

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April 06th, 2016 11:47:45

Delicacy can have a power of its own

March 26th, 2016 by Vader

… I remember an interview in London Magazine with Dylan Thomas, Welshness incarnate. This was at a time more verbally puritanical than ours, and the interviewer reported that he had asked Thomas his views on Welsh nationalism and that “his answer consisted of three words, two of which were ‘Welsh nationalism.'”

–Thus Robert Conquest, Reflections on a Ravaged Century

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March 26th, 2016 23:31:15

God is the Father, the End.

March 25th, 2016 by G.

“[W]hat defines the [Mormon] religion is not orthodoxy or even orthopraxy but ortho-relationality, correct relationship with God. The idea is that one can have the correct–or at least distinctively Mormon– relationship with God independent of even a pretty basic consensus belief on what sort of Being He actually is.”

-thus pseudo-Bonald

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March 25th, 2016 15:57:21