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Everyone is a Theologian for 15 Minutes

April 06th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

I am exposed to a lot of atheists who think they are Christian theologians.    A lot of these people try to accuse Christians of being hypocrites for not consistently viewing God as a sort of adult Santa Claus.  My thinking is that sometimes He’s like Santa Claus, and sometimes He’s like Gen. George S. Patton.  He has plans for you, and they might involve you getting killed.

-thus Peter A. Taylor.

Our friendly Sith shared something similar below.

 

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April 06th, 2017 06:54:56

Hate Speech

March 30th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

A couple of aphorisms from sardonic friends.

Political Correctness speaks power to truth.

and

Hate speech is the speech that power hates to hear.

 

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March 30th, 2017 09:51:30

Why babies cry

March 20th, 2017 by Vader

My soul comes from better worlds and I have an incurable homesickness for the stars.

–Thus Nikos Kazantzakis

h/t Dan Peterson and “drballard

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March 20th, 2017 14:25:45

Virtue Signaling: Juxtapositions XV

February 07th, 2017 by Man SL

Virtue Signaling is just Pride that needs to be reassured. Pride, but without the confidence. All of the sin, but none of the upside.

-thus our Zen

Virtue signaling is virtue without courage.

-thus Nassim Taleb

When people virtue signal: play dumb, mock them, or pretend to find “problematic” attitudes (racist? patronizing? cis-centric?) in their virtue signals. Even explicitly praising a virtue signaler’s level of education (use the word “articulate”!) will discomfit him: blatant virtue signals are still virtue signals, but blatant status signals are tacky. The need to signal one’s status betokens low status, so a signal must be subtle and understated to communicate high status.

-thus Quincy Lathan, Social Matter

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February 07th, 2017 06:03:13

Archimedes’ Lever

February 05th, 2017 by G.

But in the end, everything will hinge on the private decisions of individuals; perhaps even of one single individual – this is how the world works (although we never know the sepficis, in mortal life).

The threads of causality converge on a point of decision, then diverge-out from that point.

At that point it might be You – You will, soon, be brought to some point, and will make a difficult choice. You cannot ever know that your choice is not the one at the convergence point of a vast portion of the web, your choice the origin of many other changes.

And anyway, nothing is insignificant in this world – everything matters, because anything might be crucial.

(There are no ‘unimportant people’.)

How you decide, how you perform on that single test of integrity, could determine the future of the nations.

Be ready.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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February 05th, 2017 18:00:56

Whose Ideology

January 25th, 2017 by G.

An idea gets it political meaning from the class which takes it up.

-thus Bertrand de Jouvenel

We should not ask ourselves which ideology should rule. We should ask ourselves whose ideology should rule. That class which is penitent and purposeful and good-willed, let that class rule.

If they are to be found.

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January 25th, 2017 08:08:04

Symptoms of the Times

January 18th, 2017 by G.

The rich flatter themselves that they are ordinary and the majority pride themselves on their distinctiveness.

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January 18th, 2017 06:22:40

Critiquing the Butterfly Effect

January 05th, 2017 by G.

The initial intervention is assumed to be uncaused – hence undetermined – while everything after that point is assumed to be determined (albeit in a non-linear fashion).

 

-thus Bruce Charlton

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January 05th, 2017 16:20:58

The Meaning of Christmas is Meaning

December 29th, 2016 by G.

Most people believe in God because they feel that life means something.

-thus Walter Russell Mead, who is yule blogging.

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December 29th, 2016 09:07:21

Bad Weather

December 05th, 2016 by G.

There is no such thing as bad weather. Only people badly dressed for the weather.

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December 05th, 2016 12:05:36

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…)

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November 25th, 2016 06:10:21

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

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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

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November 17th, 2016 14:50:02

Meaninglessness is Meaningless

October 31st, 2016 by G.

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

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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

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October 26th, 2016 13:45:33