Allow me to present what, as far as I know, is the shortest story of all time.
Consider the absurdity of endeavoring to change a system whose most fundamental premise is that the system shall not be changed.
The creative power of humans is astonishing. I’m not referring to creativity in the artistic sense, but rather in the sense of our ability to create spiritual entities that wield a tremendous amount of influence over human actions. We refer to these entities as Institutions. Now I’m not suggesting that in creating institutions we create … Continue reading Fighting Against the System
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.
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.
When government starts intruding on religious freedom, religious people are adamant that church and state remain separate—until they see an opportunity to use the government to further their agenda. And the statists are adamant that religion should have no influence upon the government—until they see an opportunity to use religious institutions to further their agenda. … Continue reading Separation of Church and State. Until…
Let’s talk about criticism. For starters, let’s understand what criticism really is. To criticize something or to critique it, implies that you are examining an argument or a writing or a performance of some sort, and trying to determine its accuracy or its worthiness. While there are nuanced connotative differences between the words criticize and … Continue reading Above Criticism?