Sunday, October 17th 2021

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

S. K. Orr recently posted a link to a particularly inspired Tucker Carlson monologue, under the heading "I, Too, Want To Encourage Brandon To Go." This rephrasing of the "Let's go, Brandon!" slogan made me think of the Dr. Seuss classic Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now? -- and of the time-honored tradition of ...

Saturday, October 16th 2021

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Francis Berger

No, not yours truly, but a character named Francis Berger who appears in a terrible B movie called Cruel Jaws.

B movie Francis Berger is a police chief, and in the scene below he decides to go helicopter shark fishing. What follows is one of the most poorly acted death scenes I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. ...

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Bruce Charlton

I discuss my first and subsequent experiences with this book over at The Notion Club Papers - including why it was that - despite its perfect understanding and diagnosis of my condition - I was Not converted to Christianity by reading it, back in the middle 1980s.

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Bruce Charlton

I enjoy sleeping, and generally do plenty of it; but I do find myself irritated by the propensity of my subconscious mind to torment me with dreary dreams - so dreary that they are a significant factor in making me an 'early bird' who tends to rise a couple of hours before most people.

Getting-up before dawn is a ...

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William Wildblood

My new book Earth is a School comes out at the end of the month. Faced with a statement like that in the title the obvious thing to ask is what is the school for? And the short answer is that it is a school for making gods.

When you look around at your friends and neighbours that might seem ridiculous. Indeed, when ...

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Bruce Charlton

One of the difficulties of describing Heaven in detail is that people are so different.

Heaven is the resurrection of actual individual people - and since these people remain their original selves (but elevated to the divine) then Heaven cannot be summarized any more easily than people.

Consider the question: What ...

Friday, October 15th 2021

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Francis Berger

The global diktat of none are safe until all are safe is not about health, but about souls.

​Anyone who believes - I mean truly believes - in the global diktat of "none are safe until all are safe" is spiritually dead. And that's exactly what the demonic powers are aiming for - a world of mass spiritual death ...

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Bruce Charlton

I'll ha'e nae hauf-way hoose, but aye be whaur Extremes meet - it's the only way I ken To dodge the curst conceit o' bein' richt That damns the vast majority o' men.

From A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926) by Hugh MacDiarmid

Translates as: I'll have no half-way house but always be where extremes meet - it's ...

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Bruce Charlton

"Books that I really enjoy dipping-into but never read all the way through" seems to be a definite category in my lifetime.

I first became aware of this with Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (published from 1621 onwards); which I used to keep by me in my twenties, but never read consecutively, and probably only ...

Thursday, October 14th 2021

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Amadeus Bodenstein

In a technological war, we do not fire our weapons at the enemy, but rather at ourselves. We make ourselves the targets of our own weapons. That is why we are furiously developing and buying gadgets and communication systems that we don't really want or even need, because we know that if we don't upgrade this or ...

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S.K. Orr

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You’ll probably never again see me recommend a television show, but in this instance, I must.

Last night’s opening monologue on Tucker Carlson’s show was gold. The mockery was so thick you could spackle with it. It was as if Tucker asked The Babylon Bee to write his ...

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Francis Berger

Every serious conception of life implies the vision of evil and the admission of its existence. To ignore it or not to see it makes a man irresponsible and superficial, cutting him off in some measure from deeper and more profound elements of life. To deny evil is to lose the freedom of the spirit and to escape the ...

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Bruce Charlton

If you are really serious in wanting to understand why a wholly-loving God permits suffering in this mortal world (and are not merely using the questions rhetorically, as an excuse for disbelieving God and thereby enabling some sin which you greatly desire to do); then the first step is obviously to recognize that ...

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Bruce Charlton

I think it is necessary to assume that God had at least two goals in creation.

The first was to create Heaven - which means to create a world ruled by love. I tend to think of Heaven as a place where all relations between beings are loving - love, not coercion, is what gives cohesion to Heaven.

And I assume that ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

My prediction: not all the way.

This is primarily a spiritual assault. The ultimate goal is not to kill and maim but to damn -- and the thing is, no one else can damn you. You have to do it yourself. To reach their goal, then, the demons have to stop short of actual compulsion. They're not going to shoot you; they're ...

Wednesday, October 13th 2021

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Let no man deceive himself.

If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may ...

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Bruce Charlton

Or, to put it the other way around: We do not need to be able to understand evil, in order to recognize and resist it.

This is very important to bear in mind in the modern world, because mostly we do not understand much about the evil that is being done to us.

Even when we know evil is being done in accordance ...

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Bruce Charlton

What a world!

Apparently, a Lot of people, all over the world, are Now getting some very harsh and very personal life lessons as a consequence of the birdemic-peck agenda. Yet they continue to believe that whole narrative - its shape and rationalization.

They do Not recognize the spiritual war, the global coup and ...

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William Wildblood

I practised meditation for over 20 years but then felt it was getting stale so stopped, today meditating in a formal sense only about once a month. I have been a churchgoer during four periods of my life but now just attend at Christmas and Easter. I do say my prayers every morning and before going to bed but my main ...

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Kevin McCall

When people read or hear something from different sources, they are inclined to take more notice. In particular, if a particular idea or observation is stated by multiple people, then people are more inclined to believe it or at least give it consideration. One reason for this is perceived social consensus; if ...

Tuesday, October 12th 2021

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Francis Berger

This may strike some as harsh, but in my mind any argument that the peck can be taken in good conscience is in and of itself a sin.

To be of "good conscience" means to be free of any feelings of guilt or wrongdoing. Thus, anyone who declares that the peck can be taken in good conscience either does not recognize the ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Astérix et la Transitalique was originally published in French on October 19, 2017.

The Romans organize a Trans-Italic chariot race, with charioteers representing each of the peoples of the known world. Rome itself is represented by a bird-shaped chariot driven by a charioteer with a very interesting ...

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Bruce Charlton

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From the Two Towers movie - Merry and Pippin, and Ugluk: everybody's favourite middle manager The mass media thrives on conflict and controversy, and they exclude the perspective of genuinely good people. Thus, two kinds of story dominate.

There are stories about the masses and the ...

Monday, October 11th 2021

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S.K. Orr

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The sky was as blue as a cornflower marble, wisps of cirrus clouds high in the ceiling, and there were no vapor trails, no intruding airplanes. There were only hawks up there, and Jinx, sky-aware as always, sat with me and watched them in their fixed-wing thermal soarings.

We were in ...

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S.K. Orr

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Ho-hum, another dead white male who exploited and killed the gentle, prosperous peoples he encountered on his greedy voyages, right? Christopher Columbus explicitly and repeatedly averred his devotion to Christ and his desire to bring the gospel to the heathen lands to which he sailed, ...

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Bruce Charlton

It is a bad habit of Christians (under tough questioning and the stress of pervasive modern evil) when it gets down to specifics; to take refuge in soothing abstractions and professions of ignorance.

It is a habit that is pretty obvious to atheists (of whom I was one until 2008), and which certainly looks like ...

Sunday, October 10th 2021

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Bruce Charlton

[Note: This is to extract, make explicit and clarify something very important that I have said and used many times in many blog posts.]

Everything material is also spiritual. Therefore, all our material actions or behaviours, every-thing that happens in the material realm, has spiritual implications.

But the ...

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Francis Berger

I currently hold jobs at two separate universities, both of which are firmly on board with the UN 2030 Global Sustainability Goals agenda. Luckily, I am not on the front lines in terms of promoting the agenda. That is, I am squarely against the agenda and my work does not depend on actively proclaiming allegiance to ...

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Kevin McCall

This is a story from an article about the Russian Orthodox Saint John Maximovitch. It's somewhat long, but I would recommend reading the whole thing. Here was a story from the article, (which was originally written in 2012). The relevance to the present time is apparent:

"Vladyka's [John Maximovitch] ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

A recent email from a pen friend mentions the "(C) OVID virus" and connects the Great Reset with the Metamorphoses of Ovid.

This reminds me of Ovid's story of Coronis. Coronis was a mortal woman who was a lover of Apollo but was unfaithful to him. The raven, which was then a white bird, heard of her infidelity and ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Y'all knew this was coming, ever since I embraced the rainbow flag.

LGB = Let's Go Brandon

T? Q? Hmm . . . whatever could those two letters represent?

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Bruce Charlton

Things are bad in the world! Satan's side in the spiritual war of this world had a great victory in early 2020, successfully achieving a global coup by its possessed agents and obedient servants; which hardly anyone noticed.

Indeed - by my estimate - the world is worse now, more extremely-evil (in terms of ...

Saturday, October 9th 2021

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, "Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp."

And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, "My lord Moses, forbid them."

And Moses said unto him, "Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were ...

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William Wildblood

In the Middle Ages Christians externalised the spiritual war and fought against the Islamic incursions into the Holy Land as well as their own homelands. We can talk about the rights and wrongs of this but the fact remains that several previously Christian areas, such as North Africa, were brought into the Muslim ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

When Alphonse-Louis Constant needed a pen name for his occult writings, he chose Hebrew names that were somewhat similar to his own given names. Alphonse became Éliphas (Eliphaz, son of Esau and friend of Job), and Louis became Lévi (Levi, son of Jacob and father of the Levites; Rabbi Louis Ginzberg also used Levi ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

On August 18, 2021, I posted this (no need to click the link; it's quoted in full below):Prediction: Peck deaths will overtake birdemic deaths in Taiwan by Double Tenth Day To date, the pecks have killed 78% as many people as the birdemic in Taiwan, and that figure has been increasing steadily at a rate of about three ...

Friday, October 8th 2021

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Francis Berger

Kevin McCall explores an interesting and pertinent idea over at his No Longer Reading blog:

In addition to political voting, however, people also vote by their actions, which determines what kind of society one lives in. And this is somewhat analogous to voting because these actions are aggregated to influence ...

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Bruce Charlton

A surprising proportion of the most powerful people in the world are above retirement age - and some very old indeed by world historical standards of a maximum life expectancy of about seventy years (and also by the normal current standards that are chosen, habitual and enforced in the mainstream of jobs; in many of ...

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Bruce Charlton

A false metaphor is a gift to the devil; and the metaphor of choosing the right hill to die on is an example.

Behind the phrase is the idea that we are engaged in the kind of war where generals strive to locate their troops on the most advantageous ground for a decisive - win or lose - battle.

This analogy is then ...

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S.K. Orr

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A bee spends his last days on a zinnia in our backyard

Happy Birthday to the love of my life, who is the best and kindest and most virtuous human being I have ever known.

The two of us spent the day doing exactly what we wanted, and it was fine. I even got some country ham out of the ...