In 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote a clever poem: “The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay: a Logical Story.” You can read about the poem’s background here, if you’re so inclined. It’s a humorous and enjoyable poem. I recommend reading it now, because I’m about to spoil the ending for you. While the poem … Continue reading The Perfect System, Part 2
From the earliest days of recorded history, people have concluded that humans can engineer an exquisitely designed social structure that will shape society in a manner that allows them to triumph over the human condition. Yet rather than acknowledging that human nature has remained fundamentally unaltered throughout its history, each succeeding generation has endeavored to re-create its own more perfect version of the Tower of Babel using various religious and political systems. Each has failed or is in the process of failing.
When an ideology does not permit opposing viewpoints, the resulting behavior often turns bitter, resentful—even violent.
When we support assertions with other assertions, the only people who will accept what we have to say are those who already agree with us, and simpletons who can’t be bothered with applying any intellectual rigor to what we are saying.
Without necessarily intending to, I've taken the last eight months off from blogging. I've missed it, and I keep feeling the tug from the blogosphere, but life has been full of challenges and new endeavors that have forced me to carefully prioritize my time. I haven't stopped writing. I write at work. I'm taking college … Continue reading I’m Still Here
A screed launched into the arena of public discourse via your iPhone from the sheltered grandstand of your car as you transit from one Safe Space to another is a good way to burn down the society you are purportedly trying to improve.
In the new beginning, God brought heaven to earth. And the earth was chaotic and terrifying; and darkness covered the abyss. But the Spirit of God hovered over the chaos, and God spoke. And the Word of truth that He spoke in the beginning, was with God, and was in fact, God. And the Word … Continue reading What John Saw
One of the things I dabble in—mostly for therapeutic reasons—is woodworking. I’m far from being a master craftsman, and calling me an artist would be beyond generous. But I’ve made enough things out of chunks of trees to have detected some patterns--and anti-patterns--in the character of wood. Because of the Interrelatedness of Things, these patterns … Continue reading Sometimes the Wood Does What it Wants
The gold and crimson display of the autumn trees might be a good reminder to us that the later years of our life are still critical. They do not have to be the downward slope that many portray them to be. It is the last leg of a race that demands our best effort. It is a time in which our greatest work may still be done. It is a time to give every ounce of energy to the succeeding generation.
One of the biggest downfalls of institutions, particularly religious institutions, is their demand for ideological homogeneity. This mentality goes far beyond a unity of purpose and extends to the point where any disagreement, even a nuanced difference of opinion, is not tolerated.