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?
Ever since the cycle of violence began to spiral out of control, the majority of humans have rejected a theistic solution to human violence and have endeavored to create a system that simply did not permit conflict. Rather than seeking to reconcile with our Creator, we spend all our energy building artificial structures to regulate other people’s behavior according to our preferences. In the process of creating these structures, we have produced negative psychological and physiological effects on individuals that in turn, reduce our society’s ability to actually progress. By emphasizing following procedures over problem solving and good judgment, we’ve essentially shut down the part of our brain that performs these functions. The result is that our brains’ right hemispheres have atrophied. It’s time we stopped looking for systemic solutions to our problems and began reconnecting the two halves of our brain.
Extreme and reactionary. Not a good mix. There is a time and place for both individually, but typically not for both together. For instance, there may be a time when things are so bad that a radical course correction is needed—something relatively extreme. There may also be a time to be reactionary—to make a hasty … Continue reading Extreme and Reactionary
So we’re entering another election season, and, true to the playbook, we’re facing the usual onslaught of opportunists who are falling all over themselves to see who can promise to give away the most free stuff. We’re only $22 trillion in debt, so no big deal. This season, free college education is on the list … Continue reading The Value of Free Education
Freedom is dangerous, but tyranny is even more dangerous. It is like comparing the danger of sailing on the open ocean to the danger of setting your own ship on fire in the harbor.
The compulsion we feel to control the world around us is natural. It is an ingrained part of our programming. It is built into our brains because the human experience forces us to confront the chaos of the world around us, which can be quite overwhelming. But let’s consider the implications of the impulse for control turning into an obsession. Once the impulse becomes an obsession, it can easily become a pathology—a sickness that will not only lay waste to others but also consume our own soul.
There is a dichotomy between the societal pressure to "go along to get along" and the individual yearning to live a life of self-determination.