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Men Have Forgotten God

More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God. — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Danger of Books

“Directly above my head on the glass-topped coffee table are Doris’s favorite books just as she left them…

Atlas Shrugged
ESP and the New Spirituality

“Books matter. My poor wife, Doris, was ruined by books…, not by dirty books, but by clean books, not by depraved books but by spiritual books. God, if you recall, did not warn his people against dirty books. He warned them against high places. My wife, who began life as a cheerful Episcopalian from Virginia, became a priestess of the high places…But books ruined her. Beware of Episcopal women who take up with Ayn Rand and the Buddha…A certain type of Episcopal girl has a weakness that comes on them just past youth, just as sure as Italian girls get fat. They fall prey to Gnostic pride, commence buying antiques, and develop a yearning for esoteric doctrine.” — Walker Percy: Love in the Ruins

It’s not my problem…

But what if it was?

What if the apparently intractable cultural issues that you take for granted were instead seen as problems on your desk, things you could influence?

What if the rules others take for granted are seen by you and your team as standards you can change?

What if we take the responsibility instead of waiting for it to be offered?

From Seth Godin.

A little good sense

“It is said that there is a technical term for people who believe that little boys and little girls are born indistinguishable and are molded into their natures by parental socialization. The term is ‘childless.'” — Steven Pinker


“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.” — John F. Kennedy


“Frankly, I don’t think you could have driven a needle up my sphincter using a sledgehammer.” — Col. Barry Horne, F-117 pilot, on first mission over Baghdad

Censorship – Come meet the new boss…

…the same as the old boss.

* “AT present, it is not we that silence the Press; it is the Press that silences us. It is not a case of the Commonwealth settling how much the editors shall say; it is a case of the editors settling how much the Commonwealth shall know.” (Illustrated London News, Oct. 19, 1907)

* “BUT the modern editor regards himself far too much as a kind of original artist, who can select and suppress facts with the arbitrary ease of a poet or a caricaturist.” (ILN, Oct. 26, 1907)

* “THE frivolous chatter is now all in public journalism.” (ILN, Feb. 1908)

* “THERE is no fear that a modern king will attempt to override the constitution: it is more likely that he will ignore the constitution and work behind its back. He will take no advantage of his kingly power: it is more likely that he will take advantage of his kingly powerlessness — of the fact that he is free from criticism and publicity. For the King is the most private person of our time. It will not be necessary for anyone to fight against the proposal of a censorship of the Press. We do not need a censorship of the Press. We have a censorship by the Press.” (Orthodoxy, 1908)

* “THE new method of journalism is to offer so many comments or, at least, secondary circumstances that there is actually no room left for the original facts.” (ILN, Nov. 6, 1909)

* “IT is by this time practically quite impossible to get the truth out of newspapers, even the honest newspapers.” (ILN, Jan. 23, 1909)

* “AND the papers are shouting louder and louder like demagogues, merely because their hearers are growing more and more deaf.” (ILN, Dec. 8, 1928)

* “WHAT I protest against is the prevailing fashion, in the Press and elsewhere, of parading all this perfectly natural indifference and ignorance as if it were a sort of impartiality.” (ILN, Apr. 12, 1930)

~G.K. Chesterton

A Sharp Moment of Revelation

“ALL you that feel youth slipping past you and that are desolate at the approach of age, be merry; it is not what it looks like from in front and from outside. There is a glory in all completion, and all good endings are but shining transitions. There will come a sharp moment of revelation when you shall bless the effect of time… All you that have loved passionately and have torn your hearts asunder in disillusions, do not imagine that things broken cannot be mended by the good angels.”

~Hilaire Belloc: The Path to Rome.

Am I a Bad Person?

Just stopped into FB to post a silly picture. Couldn’t help seeing the “Christians help the poor” and “If you don’t love Obamacare you’re a monster” pictures.

Almost posted something like “Somehow I can’t make the leap from ‘Christians should care for the sick and hungry’ to ‘Christians should make it illegal for other people to not give the Government their money to care for the sick and hungry” but I resisted the temptation (and avoided the firestorm).

Am I a bad person?