It’s a discovery. Not mine. And I don’t like it.
A good politician is courageous. A good politician is transparent. A good politician has integrity. But if you look at our current leaders, every single one of them is missing at least one of those three things.
Many of them are so bought into their status as the ruling class that they fail on two of the three but continue to think that they are the great and the good, with any criticism coming from people who don’t matter, commoners. Peasants. In a country founded on the legal equality of all human beings, they don’t believe it.
I am His Excellency Arnold Williams Count of Sealand. Not a commoner. They are not the great and the good, and most of them know it. They don’t expect criticism coming from above, but they deserve it. "Noblesse oblige" is the duty of rulers, not the whim of rulers. Look at your state representatives. Look at your state government. Look for the missing virtues, and find better people to vote for, even if you have been doing a poor job up to now. Your current choices are hurting your country. America can be better than this. Everyone around the world is affected by American choices. Choose better.
You can do it.
It’s a discovery. Not mine. And I don’t like it.
We must follow God
Rather than the scruples
Of the great and good
Who have, so far, failed
To make the omelette they promised
When they broke us like eggs.
I am dismayed that people don't recognize the class problem that the United States has.
I'm not alone in finding it: see this article, for example.
The tipoff is easy: listen for the contempt of their fellow citizens, and the casual assertion that group x (the x is proxy for a wide number of descriptors), which does not include anyone that they work with or are friends with, and whose characteristics are mainly imaginary, is contemptible. Their descriptions sound vague for a reason: they are making them up from a list of things they dislike, not from people they know.
Because they pay attention to Carl Sagan, and others like him.
If all you see is that anything you do doesn’t matter, there goes any reason to do anything. Being outstanding has no purpose. Avoiding bad behavior has no purpose. Gandhi and Hitler don’t matter, if you just pick exciting stuff, that might be the best you can do.
I have been saying this for a while. "It is always about class, not race or culture." People want to argue because they say there are no classes in America. But the class structure peeps through both their actions and their aspirations.
And people notice.
That meant, of course, that those who had entered the upper ranks did what the insecure lower tiers of aristocracy always do: devote a lot of attention to distinguishing themselves from the non-elite.
In America, class war is disguised as cultural war, and cultural war is often waged under the guise of fighting racism. Thus, the Deplorables had to be cast as racists, though it wasn’t the working class that redlined neighborhoods or set college admissions policies.
And that means that they can’t be humanized, or shown to be victims. The sympathy of the upper classes is doled out in careful measure, toward select targets.
Twitter personality and podcast host Ira Madison III got permanently suspended from twitter for impersonating politician Beto O’Rourke.
Before the election Ira as Beto offered nudes if Texas would flip blue (well)
Twitter did not find it funny and suspended his account, Ira now confirmed on his instastories that it is a permanent ban
what internet places have you been banned from ontd?
Stolen from Will Kinney: the list of verses that Presbyterians don't know about because their Bibles don't contain them.
Matthew 17:21- “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (All omit)
Matthew 18:11 - “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” (All omit)
Matthew 23:14- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” (All omit)
Mark 7:16 - “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (All omit)
Mark 9:44 - “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (All omit)
Mark 9:46 - “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (All omit)
Mark 11:26 - “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespases.” (All omit)
Mark 15:28 - “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.” (All omit)
Luke 17:36 - “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (All omit)
Luke 23:17 - “For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.” (All omit)
John 5:4 - “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” (All omit)
Acts 8:37 - “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (All omit)
Acts 15:34 - “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.” (All omit)
Acts 24:6b to 8a - “and would have judged according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee” (All omit)
Acts 28:29 -”And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” (All omit)
Romans - 16:24 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (All omit)
I John 5:7-8 - omits the words: “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth” (All omit)
And yet they are sure that they are “scholarly” because Greek and Hebrew words (one per sermon) are used on Sunday.
Pascal proposed that you would get better outcomes from believing than not. God rewards believers with eternal happiness (Psalms 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”), while those who choose otherwise are destined for Hell, for which the end is a lake of fire (Revelations 20:14), and eternal suffering. The contrast is between infinitely good and terribly bad without end.
To which people have answered:
1. It is psychologically impossible to force oneself to believe. Andrew Klaven disproved this years ago with his 60-day experiment: “Every day for sixty days, take an hour to talk to God, out loud, by yourself. By the end, you will know that God is real, or your money back.” No takers on the money-back part.
2. Then, some say that God’s standards aren’t high enough for them. They want to believe for reasons that would make them look good, not because they would be better off, which strikes them as a lower-class reason, and they don’t want to be thought of as lower class. They are, in other words, fooling themselves about how rational and good they are.
3. Some say, “God’s side of this shows an infinite gain. What does that even mean? I can’t understand it.” This is called misstating the argument. They would all choose, and do choose daily to the extent they can, happiness, joy, and pleasure over pain. Saying that it is essential to understand the argument that it is infinite is merely lying about what the choice is and what they understand.
4. Then there is the hypothetical rejection: the people who say that there might be other Gods who would be equally offended at not being believed in. Once again, this is an argument from ignorance. Typically, one made by people who can neither argue the specifics of an existing religion that they prefer nor, in any other circumstances, do they give evidence that they are considering the problem, despite the heavy penalty and amazing reward.
5. Finally, we have those who say Christianity itself is too difficult to understand. This is the group to hand a Jack Chick pamphlet like “This Was Your Life.” A few pages of cartoons and all the specific instructions you need to become a Christian. Easy. But not flattering.
And that is the real problem.