Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Much to be Desired

October 12th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

For every man a patrimony, for every woman a matrimony!

-thus Sutton Coldfield

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October 12th, 2017 20:02:34

Through Study and Faith

October 06th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the big things is the non-contradiction between material sources of knowledge and metaphysical sources of knowledge.  Because there is one truth.  If something true metaphysically, this has implications for material reality.  Those implications mean that the same knowledge can also be known from the material.

-a Wayfarer

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October 06th, 2017 11:20:44

God, gods, and Creation

October 06th, 2017 by G.

To have a coherent metaphysics [of free will] seems to me to entail a coherent and purposive universe – which seems to require a single creation – or else (if there were no creation, or many) everything would ultimately be ‘random’, incoherent, contingent and arbitrary; and agency would have no meaning.

And it also seems to require the participation of agents (e.g Men, in this instance) – that Men are actually engaged with the universe, and can change it by and from their own distinctive natures. This seems to entail that Men are ‘gods’ – in the sense that they are sufficiently separated from reality not merely to be caused-by it (i.e. determined) – and also that Men are able to change reality from themselves, expressive of their nature – and not merely arbitrarily. In other words, these are the characteristics of gods.

-thus Bruce Charlton

To act meaningfully is divine.  Your choice sets in train events that otherwise would never be, for good or for ill.  And so irrevocably that no one can undo what you have done, and only God through death can make up for it.  That is the glory and damnation of Man.

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October 06th, 2017 06:22:15

Junk Food Politics

September 27th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the more perceptive comments on the Trump phenomenon:

 

The world is getting more addictive, and politics is getting more hyper-palatable too.

-thus FoJG Handle.

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September 27th, 2017 06:53:46

Age

September 18th, 2017 by G.

Age is when even your embarrassing memories start to fade.

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September 18th, 2017 12:09:19

Bricks

September 18th, 2017 by G.

I can’t tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window “pain” of their marriage. . . . [I]t is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal.

-thus Elder Holland

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September 18th, 2017 05:13:44

Time

August 30th, 2017 by G.

In years gone by, our family was larger, but now it consists of only two.

-thus President Hunter

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August 30th, 2017 05:11:56

Charity is

August 20th, 2017 by G.

Charity is the opposite of entropy.

-heard from a friend

If so, then entropy is a form of fear, or vice versa. Could that be? I can see an argument. Fear, the vice, usually involves selling out one’s own future or other people or virtues in order to hold on to some good. In other words, it is like a non-entropic system that can only be maintained by increasing disorder outside the system.

But love expands the system size, ultimately to take in all that is. At that point, one can no longer strive for a non-entropic system consistent with entropy.

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August 20th, 2017 20:42:25

Vanity versus Pride

August 08th, 2017 by G.

It is not only true that humility is a much wiser and stronger thing than pride.  It is also true that vanity is a much wiser and stronger thing than pride.  Vanity is social–it is almost a kind of comradeship; pride is solitary and uncivilized.

. . .

Self is the gorgon.  Vanity sees it in the mirror of other men and lives.  Pride studies it for itself and is turned to stone.

-thus G.K. Chesteron

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August 08th, 2017 06:59:13

Insignificance

August 04th, 2017 by G.

None of us have the luxury of insignificance.

-a friend.

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August 04th, 2017 07:02:13

Wonderful Oaths

August 02nd, 2017 by G.

Anyone can make promises.  But there is something magical about keeping them.

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August 02nd, 2017 05:17:04

The merits of fasting?

July 25th, 2017 by Vader

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

–Thus Frederic Bastiat

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July 25th, 2017 10:55:25

Revealed Preference

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

Everybody says they want more in-depth journalism, more serious and thoughtful discussion on cable-news shows, and more highbrow programming, but what everybody actually watches is porn and the Sean Hannity show.

Thus Kevin D. Williamson

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July 18th, 2017 10:01:37

Love without Law

July 12th, 2017 by G.

Neither is love without the law in the Lord, and they twain shall become one flesh.

The crisis of our times is a religious crisis.

Christianity is a religion of both Law and Love. . . .

The Progressive ethos can be seen as a commitment to Love perverted by the rejection of Law. When you deny people guidance and declare them free to do whatever they wish, individuals react differently. Some choose to act in harmony with the Law, others choose to follow their baser instincts. Consequences still accrue according to the Law: virtue brings good fortune to oneself and one’s community, vice brings misery. When groups tend toward different choices and then reap the results, the Progressive is in a bind. How to keep denying the Law when its consequences are staring you in the face?

The answer is to double down. No consequence should be explained in terms of the choices that led to it. . . .

There is only so much you can blame on unfavorable conditions before it starts to ring hollow. What if you’ve already heaped every material advantage on the disadvantaged and they still stay behind? If it is not the conditions then it must be the Other holding them down. . . .

So we arrive at the inevitable conclusion. Nothing helps against this sabotaging Other; he must be immensely powerful and irredeemably evil. If the downtrodden are to be helped, the Other must be stopped – destroyed if that’s what it takes.

-thus Contingent, not Arbitrary

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July 12th, 2017 06:19:30

Worth Sharing

June 16th, 2017 by G.

Here a couple of tidbits I ran across.

1. From I don’t remember where, a fellow saying that post-war America was a gigantic marshmallow experiment, where we ate out the inside the marshmallow, gobbled down the second marshmallow as a reward, and have now given our heirs a marshmallow shell for their inheritance.

What an optimist, that fellow.

2.

 
All masculinity is toxic, because if it’s not, then it’s good, and there can’t be anything good that isn’t equally female, and therefore not masculine by definition.

-from a conversation with Friend of the JG @Handle

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June 16th, 2017 06:55:21