You say that we’re like a hijacked plane going in for the crash, you’re gonna get controversy. (more…)
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.
About a decade ago, I noticed a trend. Whenever I pointed out to liberal Mormons that some vastly silly proposal of theirs would wreck the Church, merely because it had wrecked all the other churches where it had been tried, I got two kinds of responses.
From the progressives in Mormon skins, the response was indifference. The Church was not their allegiance, progressivism was, so they did not care.
From the genuine Mormons who were merely colonized by progressivism–the ones where the infection had not killed off their faith yet–the response was more irenic. No, they assured me, this was God’s church so he would never let bad things happen to it. (more…)
Another June, another birthday. Would the kids remember to call? Mom and Dad have a strict and binding agreement not to prompt them.
They both called, bless them.
Better than that, in fact. My son, after wishing me a happy birthday, said: “I bought you a present, Dad.”
Me: “Hey, thanks! You going to mail it or bring it?” (He lives on the other side of the country but will be home for a couple of weeks in July.)
He: “Neither. Go upstairs to my room. [I went.] My clothes closet … second shelf from top … about eye level. Reach towards the back. You’ll feel some tissue paper …”
It was a beautiful, rather expensive, silk tie. Junior, thinking ahead, had purchased it last time he was home, six months ago, and secreted it in his closet for my birthday.
At such moments all the troubles and anxiety of child-raising, all the storm and stress, blow away like chaff in the wind, leaving in plain sight the core things, the things that really matter.
-thus John Derbyshire.
A milk-and-water allegiance kills; while a passionate devotion gives life and soul to any cause and its adherents. The troubles of the world may largely be laid at the doors of those who are neither hot nor cold; who always follow the line of least resistance; whose timid hearts flutter at taking sides for truth. As in the great Council in the heavens, so in the Church of Christ on earth, there can be no neutrality. We are, or we are not, on the side of the Lord. An unrelenting faith, contemptuous of all compromise, will lead the Church and every member of it, to triumph and the achievement of our high destiny. (more…)
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.
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.
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