Jan 232015
 

Jehan Georges Vibert Check  Napoleon and the Cardinal Check  Napoleon and the Cardinal  By Jehan Georges Vibert

“Truly barren is a secular education. It is always in labor, but never gives birth.”
Gregory of Nyssa

Secularism had its inception as a rising protest against the almost complete domination of Western civilization by the institutionalized Christian church.  But modern secularism has been fostered by two world-wide influences:  The mother was the totalitarian medieval Christian church.  The father was the narrow-minded and godless attitude of nineteenth- and twentieth-century so-called science — atheistic science.  

For three hundred years, Western thinking has been progressively secularized.  And all that while, religion has increasingly become a nominal influence, a ritualistic exercise.  The amazing thing is, though, the majority of today’s professed Christians (in the West, anyway) are unwittingly actual secularists.

It required a great power, a mighty influence, to free the thinking and living of the Western peoples from the withering grasp of a totalitarian ecclesiastical domination.  Secularism did break the bonds of church control, and now in turn, it threatens to establish a new and godless type of mastery over the hearts and minds of modern man.  

The tyrannical and dictatorial political state is the direct offspring of scientific materialism and philosophic secularism.  Secularism no sooner frees man from the domination of the institutionalized church, than it sells him into slavish bondage to the totalitarian state.  Secularism frees us from ecclesiastical slavery only to betray us into the tyranny of political and economic slavery.

“In our secular society, school has become the replacement for church, and like church it requires that its teachings must be taken on faith.”
John Taylor Gatto

Materialism denies God, secularism simply ignores him;  at least that was the earlier attitude.  Now secularism has assumed a more militant attitude, assuming it can take the place of religion, whose totalitarian bondage it once resisted.   Today’s secularism says that man does not need God.  But such a godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and world-wide disaster.  During the first third of the twentieth century we humans killed more people than were killed during the whole of the Christian dispensation up to that time.  And this is only the beginning of the dire harvest of materialism and secularism.

Secularism can never bring peace to mankind.  Nothing can take the place of God in human society.  But.  Do not be quick to surrender the beneficent gains of the secular revolt from ecclesiastical totalitarianism.  Western civilization today enjoys many liberties and satisfactions as a result of the secular revolt.  The great mistake of secularism is this:  In revolting against the almost total control of life by religious authority, and after attaining the liberation from such ecclesiastical tyranny, the secularists went on to institute a revolt against God himself, sometimes tacitly, sometimes openly.

To the secularistic revolt we owe the amazing creativity of American industrialism and the unprecedented material progress of Western civilization.  And because the secularistic revolt went too far and lost sight of God and true religion, there also followed the unlooked-for harvest of world wars and international chaos.

Here’s a thing.  It’s not necessary to sacrifice faith in God in order to enjoy the blessings of the modern secularistic revolt:  tolerance, social service, democratic government, and civil liberties.  And it also wasn’t necessary for secularists to antagonize true religion in order to promote science, and to advance education.

Without God, without religion, scientific secularism can never coordinate its forces, harmonize its divergent and rivalrous interests, races, and nationalisms.  Secularistic society— notwithstanding its unparalleled materialistic achievement— is slowly disintegrating.  The chief cohesive force resisting this disintegration of antagonism is nationalism.  And nationalism is the chief barrier to world peace.

Secular social and political optimism is an illusion.  Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will ever lead to peace.  Never forget that the inherent weakness of secularism is that it discards ethics and religion for politics and power.  But in the end, you simply cannot establish the brotherhood of mankind while ignoring— or denying— the fatherhood of God.

Cosmological Questions For Lunch.

 Posted by on January 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM
Jan 132015
 

Day 24,510 On This Planet

But first:


Remember:  On average, stars are no closer together than say, a dozen oranges would be at maximum equidistance from each other inside the volume of the sphere of the earth.

Please answer, if you can:

Where and or how did time and space originate?

Who (or what) created the universe(s)?

What is reality?

What is life, and how did it originate on this world?

Can you prove the spiritual world does not exist?

Do you have a cosmology that synthesizes the apparently divergent sciences of nature into a consistent and logical universe philosophy, a coordinated and unbroken explanation of both science and philosophy?

What is gravity?

How did atoms originate?

What is matter?

How can we be sure we have discovered the smallest unit of material matter?

What causes, or drives, evolution?

If what is admittedly higher— intelligence— evolved from what is admittedly lower— primordial slime— how did this potential become invested in “mud”?

What is Mind?

What is consciousness?

Why are there such vast numbers of galaxies of stars?

Why is space so incomprehensibly VAST?

Why is everything— from the guts of every atom, to the path of every sun— in motion?

Is there anything— or any place— that isn’t in motion?

Does space end?  Is it circular?  Is it infinite?

What is infinite?

What is finite?

How was this world formed?

What is religion?

What is a soul?

Is worship a waste of time?

Is prayer a delusion?

What is Truth?

What is Beauty?

What is Love?

What is Evil?

Are there ghosts?

Are there any “supernatural” beings?

Did Jesus exist?

What did he really teach?

What is faith?

Does “spirit” indwell the human mind?

On This Planet. Still.

 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Jan 082015
 


DAY 24,505  On  This  Planet. 

I feel like WE are Groot, today.  I don’t feel like spelling it out more than that.  I may get a double-take, or an “Excuse me??” stare, but that’s become a lot more frequent a response to me this decade, anyway.

So.

WE are Groot.”

 

 

Centrally Scrutinized: Again. And Again.

 Posted by on December 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM
Dec 032014
 

Mister-RonTrue:  Frank Zappa persuaded Mister Ron* to lose ten pounds of ugly fat for this year’s ZAPPADAN.

Hi.  It’s me again.  I’m back.  December 4th is the beginning of Zappadan, an exhilarating esoteric festival celebrating the role of small electrical appliances, icing anointment utensils, cream cheese, and pansexual roto plukers in the discography of Frank Zappa.  And other stuff.

In our short, intense lives here on this tiny little planet tumbling through the weasel dust of time and space, many of you have realized, at last, that imaginary guitar notes, and imaginary vocals, exist only in the imagination of the imaginer…  and ultimately, who gives a fuck anyway…

Excussse me.  We do.

So.  We go back to our ugly little rooms, hang some Zappadan paraphernalia around the house, you know, like a string of toasters, or roto-plukers, cue up some Z, and quietly dream about our last guitar solo;  and get thoroughly screwwwwwwwwwwwtinnizzzzed.  Again and again.

As you can see, music can get you prittty  fucked  up;   so take a tip from Joe;  do like he did;  hug your imaginary guitar, and get a good job;  Joe did, and he’s a “happy guy,” now. . . on the day shift at the utility muffin research kitchen;  where he arrogantly twists the canvas snoot of a fully-charged icing anointment utensil, and every time a muff. . .  well.  You know the rest.
Better Muffins

On sale just in time for the X-mas Gluten-stuffing Extravaganza pageant gala blowout thing later this month.

So suck on a tall WP&LJ, and get the holiday off right by searching “Zappadan” in our archives;  you’ll be glad you did.

And let the anointing begin.  :—{>

 

*Yes, now there are two Mister Rons;  the one who runs Appliantology, and the one who runs Gluttonology. Or here.

 

They’re Baaaaack… And It’s Your Fault.

 Posted by on November 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Nov 072014
 

McConnell's TatsTwo words:  Term Limits.  After more than thirty years of conducting business for the guvmint, those tats on Addison’s mug represent just a smattering of the corporations and their products that have helped make him the 11th wealthiest member of the Senate.

 

“The Obama Era (for politics) is over.”
—Howard Fineman
 


If that’s true, then we should start pretending Democrats aren’t too chickenshit to lead start finding ethical ways to get Democrats and Independents to actually VOTE; the Republicans have already found the unethical ways.

Some talking head actually said “the Republican wave of victory” was the result of “methodical plotting and careful candidate vetting.”  (Perhaps to ensure their candidates weren’t publicly recorded blathering on about second amendment remedies, legitimate rape, not enough guns in church, etc.)  It was, of course, just the usual relentless combination of fearmongering and propaganda; e.g., Have a double dose of Ebola pudding with your ISIS coronary, fellow petrified patriots! (Seriously: did anybody read Jacques Ellul’s book?*)  And we must not overlook the gargantuan sums of munny being spewed by the corporate overlards— $3.67 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics— which make the soupçon economic-cultural bandaids of new minimum wages in Alaska, Arkansas, and Nebraska and legalized cannabis in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C., seem starkly ludicrous by comparison.

Other talking head chatter awards this latest shift in power directly to the credit of Mitch McConnell, whose strategy of blaming everything that’s wrong in the world on Barack Obama has been wildly effective.  Sure, you may see a picture of Barack sipping alcohol in the Green Room with Addison, but it won’t be Kentucky Bourbon, it’ll be Jack Daniels Old Number 7, (see Mitch’s throat, above) and don’t be surprised if McConnell doesn’t drink a drop.)  And now that they’ve been handed the keys to the same vehicle Obama has finally driven out of the ditch, GOPpers can get back to the business of repeatedly running over ObamaCare and bleeding the last dime out of the dregs of the middle class; or, as they like to call it, “governing.”

Roughly sixty percent of Americans didn’t bother to vote in yesterday’s election.  It varies from state to state of course, from a low 28% in Indiana, to 59% in Maine, but generally only a third of the eligible population bothers to show up. In a word, disgusting.

There are some things we could do to turn this around. Do like Australia does:  fine the shit out of anyone who doesn’t cast their ballot;  make the fine commensurate with total income, and make it hurt.

Mandatory suffrage would not be without problems, just as it is now in the hands of our uneducated and propagandized majorities.  But the continued election of base and ignorant politicians (Gohmert, Bachmann, Kruz, Barton, King, Schweikert, Rand, Rubio, Kyl, Emmer, Comstock, Grothman, Mooney, Buck, Hice, etc., etc.) is a very real threat and present danger to our democracy.

Representative government presupposes an intelligent, efficient, honest, and universal electorate.  The character of such a government always depends on the character and caliber of those who compose it.  But when fifty percent of a nation is inferior or stupid— and possesses the ballot— that nation is doomed.
The total dominance of mediocrity will spell the downfall of our nation.

* PROPAGANDA The Formation Of Men’s Attitudes 1965

SPECIAL STUPID: GUN NUT EDITION

 Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM
Oct 232014
 

Special Stupid: GUN NUT EDITION

 

 

Republished at Daily KOS

THE EBOLA RIVER BRIDGE

 Posted by on October 19, 2014 at 6:06 AM
Oct 192014
 

Ebola River BridgeTHE EBOLA RIVER BRIDGE*

 

BECAUSE:  FEAR

The poor people are coming for your money.
The black people are coming for your stuff.
The brown people are coming for your job.
Obama is coming for your guns.
The yellow people are coming for your real estate.
The Commies are coming for your country.
The feminists are coming for your fetuses.
The gays and lesbians are coming for your sons and daughters.
Ebola is coming for you.
The devil is coming for your soul.
God is coming for what’s left.

—The GOP

*Original work by Edvard Munch:  The Scream Of Nature  Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard  36 in × 28.9  1893.

The Ebola River is in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is the headstream of the Mongala River, a tributary of the Congo River.  The first cases of the Ebola virus were reported nearby and the disease was subsequently named after the river.

 H/T to  for the GOP fear mongering meme.