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“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

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

The Two Great Commandments and the Father of Souls

December 02nd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton had a very interesting insight into the Mormon belief that God the Father literally begot our spirits in some way:

It is by being children of God that we enter relationship with Him (and Mother in Heaven) – this makes us siblings in a divine family; then by being born to a human father and mother we are related in overlapping human families (which are intended to persist eternally). I think this corresponds to the two great commandments – …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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December 02nd, 2014 11:30:34

At breakfast this morning

November 13th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty dropped a totally random aphorism into the middle of the conversation.


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November 13th, 2014 23:51:36

Grinding Down Ideas: Juxtapositions VII

October 31st, 2014 by G.

If Lucifer could, he’d pull all down to his depth. Since he can’t, that old serpent settles for mortal man reverting to the mean. The devil is the father of mean, and the political critter is always mean when he reverts to it. He bites, and leaves marks.

Most human ideas lie at this mean. They are touched by Absolute Truth but laced with the perishing corruption of relative victory. An idea can exalt, but also debase.

-thus Lynn C. Rees, by way of T. Greer.


the Procrustean Bed of conventional wisdom

-thus John Michael Greer


The strawman wins in the end.

-from Every Man is a Strawman



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October 31st, 2014 10:31:29

Every Man is a Strawman

October 28th, 2014 by G.

Straw  menThe Bonald has a choice little esssay on intrinsic failure modes.  Here is what he says about Christianity.

How about a Christian neighbor?  Better stay on your toes.  She might hear one too many times about tax collectors and prostitutes getting into heaven before priests, and it may trigger Moral Inversion Syndrome, and she’ll go around haranguing her fellow Christians about the many moral lessons they can learn from prostitutes.  This sort of thing is not the proper interpretation, but I’m afraid all Christians are prone to it.  We know that we’re all sinners, so we tend to imagine that spectacular sinners have some deeper spiritual awareness, or at least they’re not “hypocrites” like respectable Christians.

You’ll notice that the Bonald’s intrinsic religious failure modes look very much like a dumb critic’s strawman of the religion’s belief.  That is because the strawman  version of a belief is usually entropic.  A critic isn’t going to take the time and effort to put energy into making a belief he hates more nuanced and ordered.  Entropy is universal, so believers are prone to it to.  Intrinsic religious failure modes are when believers strawman themselves. (more…)

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October 28th, 2014 15:23:49

Aphorisms that Hopefully Aren’t True

October 27th, 2014 by G.

Every organization dies when it succeeds.


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October 27th, 2014 08:28:02

Hatch on religious liberty

October 23rd, 2014 by Vader

The First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion and protects the free exercise of religion. America’s Founders viewed the Establishment Clause narrowly and the Free Exercise Clause broadly, a combination that allowed for robust religious freedom and an active role for religion in public life. Judges who have felt free to impose their own values, however, have consistently reversed that order, interpreting the Establishment Clause broadly and the Free Exercise Clause narrowly. The result has been a continued diminishing of religious freedom and an increasingly muted role for religion in public life.

Thus Orrin Hatch.

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October 23rd, 2014 11:57:22

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Seuss

October 21st, 2014 by G.

Green Eggs and Ham is a book about the Stockholm Syndrome.

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October 21st, 2014 09:59:51

Imperfect but Pleasing: Juxtapositions VI

October 02nd, 2014 by G.

Nephi admits that his writings on the plates aren’t perfect. He pulls the old “I’m only human” excuse:

Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred. And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.

1 Nephi 19:6

He also says that his imperfect writings please God.

And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates.

2 Nephi 5:32

It is said that God loves us for our potential. In other words, He loves us for who we might become. That is so. But He also loves us for who we are as we struggle to become.

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October 02nd, 2014 10:00:55

Capitalism Coopts Central Planning

October 01st, 2014 by Man SL

Capitalism already has the ability to simulate patches of Communism inside the economy, at least insofar as many of the [central planning] advantages are concerned. These are called “corporations.”

-thus Jess Riedel

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October 01st, 2014 11:00:15

Confucius was a Chinaman

September 15th, 2014 by Man SL

Political correctness is, to a large extent, an organized effort to keep truth from being applied to the problems of reality.

-thus Jonah Goldberg, from the September 12, 2014 G-File (more…)

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September 15th, 2014 08:10:10

The Plan of Salvation Distilled

September 11th, 2014 by G.

Choice and judgement: Two sides of the same coin. Love and sorrow; anger and sternness – likewise.

-thus Bruce Charlton, from his essay “Understanding the Final Judgment

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September 11th, 2014 09:02:32

Restrictive Standards

September 03rd, 2014 by Man SL

Standards are always restrictive. Otherwise they wouldn’t be standards.

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September 03rd, 2014 15:06:49