Valuable essay here. A summary selection below: Alexander Solzhenitsyn resolutely rejected the materialist principle of “survival at any price.” It strips us of our humanity. This holds true for a judgment about the fate of others as much as it does for ourselves. We must reject the specious moralism that places fear of death at … Continue reading RR Reno on Death’s Dominion
Prices are pieces of information that facilitate coordination between actors. They communicate changing supply and demand conditions, allowing actors to make real-time, rational judgments about how they ought to allocate resources if they are to be efficient and if their ventures are to be successful. As Hayek writes, the price system is a “machinery for … Continue reading My Fundamental Argument Against Socialism
Lots of people today—especially teens and young people—have an unhealthy obsession with “making memories” and trying to fully realize the value of an experience in real-time while it’s still happening. I call this real-time memorialization. It’s a form of cheap sentimentalism. It’s a way of avoiding the more uncomfortable emotions inherent in all of life’s … Continue reading How sentimentalism steals from your happiness
Wisdom from Robert Higgs’ Facebook page: When I was growing up, without ever dwelling on the matter, I thought of most people as “normal,” that is, like me. What I saw, they saw; what I felt, they felt. Of course a few were weird, and even fewer were bat-shit crazy, but these outliers dwelled, or … Continue reading Politics and Nutty People
It’s simple. He’s turning his financial empire into a non-profit. He’s building a church. Because he HATES the music industry stealing from his earnings. And he HATES the government taxing his earnings. And he HATES anyone that’s ever capitalized on his creativity. He’s been saying as much for 15 years, now. So the solution? Become … Continue reading What is Kanye doing?
I’ve taken these three points, quotes, and ideas from a poignant sermon by Marcus Borg. It’s on the meanings of the word “faith,” and what the differences between these three conceptions mean for the Christian life. Definitions of Faith Assent (or assensus): Faith as believing that something is true. It’s opposite is doubt or disbelief. … Continue reading Borg on the three meanings of “faith”
I’m on a Marcus Borg kick. Here’s another quote from a superb interview. He’s answering the question: “How do you respond to the criticism that many contemporary scholars are taking away so much. We’ve lost the divinity of Jesus, the inspiration of the Scriptures, no virgin birth, our understanding of the resurrection has been modified. … Continue reading Another Marcus Borg selection
I only just discovered Marcus Borg. He’s a “progressive Christian,” I suppose. A liberal theologian, though that meant something different 30 years ago (when he was most active) than it does today. But I’m not drawn to his teaching because of that label. I didn’t know who he was until I saw this video. What … Continue reading Marcus Borg: What is God?
Getting married, starting a family, and steadily assuming responsibility for an increasing number of people other than oneself — this is a powerful antidote to existential despair and anxiety. And I don’t think there are many exceptions to this rule. This is something I believe more enthusiastically with every passing year. I think it can … Continue reading Fatherhood as antidote
Here’s a good interview of Sarah Coakley on how religions compare (or ought to compare) to one another. Here’s a quote from the video that I think summarizes her main point: If you simply look at those clashes as extrinsic doctrinal incompatibilities, then you’re not really getting to the heart of the issue. You have to probe … Continue reading Sarah Coakley on how religions compare
I saw this on Reddit just now. I’m not the only one who’s seen it. It has more than 17,000 upvotes right now, and 95% of all votes were upvotes. In other words, it’s resonating with people. Question: Have you ever felt you don’t know/have forgotten who you really are? That you’ve spent years just … Continue reading A very good, relevant question (and answer) for modern people
A Facebook friend shared this quote. We should look at all those things [the temptations of appetite] from the perspective of our own self-knowledge, and recognize that our happiness depends on wanting the right things, not the things that happen to capture our attention or to inspire our lust. Overcoming temptation is a spiritual task. … Continue reading Scruton on wanting the right things
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I don’t like to let bad thinking go unchecked on social media. Maybe it’s a weakness of mine. Maybe I’m too easily triggered. But I like to think it’s just me taking things seriously that ought to be taken seriously. To that end, I’ve seen about 100 posts commenting on the gender pay gap for … Continue reading Economics and the USWNT
Here’s installment number two in my new Monday blog series—worthwhile things I read, watched, or listened to last week, curated for your enjoyment. Things I Read Last Week • This blog produces great, thoughtful content. I’ve followed it for years.• Inspiration for your websites. Remember, when it comes to web design, simple is best. Really … Continue reading My last week, plus a cool trick