Archives For December 2013

The easiest thing in the world is to convince yourself that you’re right. As one grows old, it is easier still.

Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity

A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat “Do as you would be done by” till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward – driven on from social matters to religious matters

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Stille Nacht

If I had a dollar for every time I saw the ridiculous perpetuated myth that you ought to do what makes you happy or you shouldn’t worry about what someone else is doing since it doesn’t directly effect you, I would be a millionaire. Where did modern society come up with this rubbish argument for their acceptance of everything (everything they want anyway)? Anyone who states this as a reason they ought to be allowed to do away with morality or societal structures can’t be taken seriously. Its like G.K. Chesterton eloquently states, “To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

I’m no fan of Duck Dynasty as I find their lifestyle and accents to be very unappealing. But reading the news concerning their family head Phil Robertson has me rolling my eyes yet again at what this nation is coming to. This isn’t even about free speech and the ability to express opinions. This goes much deeper as it wasn’t so much his having an opinion that was called into question but that it wasn’t the right opinion or more “progressive” opinion. Phil basically called out homosexuality as a sin and said he didn’t understand why men or women would respond sexually to someone the same gender as them. Hardly the “vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication” as stated by the gay organization GLAAD. You would think by the extreme outrage of these gay groups that he said gays ought to be rounded up and branded or something of that nature. GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz stated, “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.” Clearly Cruz doesn’t realize that most Americans aren’t in favor of accepting these mutual masturbaters’  behavior as normal in society. Hints why all legislation must be dealt with by the courts system and not through the legislative bodies. Why do they do this? Because they know they won’t convince the 96% of normal US citizens to accept it even in the most “progressive” of places such as California. This is why you won’t see any voting on the issue. Why can’t the courts in the United States get this  concept but the government of India can?

While its true as Christians we ought to be loving to all mankind and bringing them to Christ, Christianity has no gray areas. A sin is a sin and there is no changing these facts which was all Phil was essentially stating. Calling a spade a spade. Some people would rather change the truth than accept it. 

There is a reason this is the number 1 rated cable show and its not because they break off of traditional values and do whats hip or trendy.

Watched the World Cup 2014 Draw yesterday. Lots of exciting and tough groups this go around in comparison to the 2010 edition. Korea received a very favorable group containing Belgium, Russia, and Algeria. The US on the other hand must have upset the football gods somehow.

Ut varias usus meditando extunderet artis / paulatim. (So that experience, by attentive thought, might gradually beat out the various arts.)

Virgil, Georgics Book I Line 133

Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one’s own governing philosophy.

Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October

Deferential: 저는 지난 3년간 서울에서 살았습니다.

Polite: 저는 지난 3년간 서울에서 살았어요.

Translation: I’ve been living in Seoul for 3 years. 

저 = I (you can also use the contraction 전 = 저는)

-는 = topic marking particle

지난 = last

년간 = years

서울 = Seoul

-에서 = location marking particle used for places where actions are taking place (in this case the act of living)

살다  = to live, be alive

았 = past tense verb ending (either 았 or 었)

습니다 = deferential verb ending

요 = polite verb ending