Archives For December 2, 2013

Man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about.

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

The most precious jewels are not made of stone, but of flesh.

Robert Ludlum

There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.

Stephen E. Ambrose.

I’ve been watching the History Channel documentary series Vietnam in HD. It really saddens me when I see the behavior of the media coverage of this war and its effects on the general public. I can’t think of another war where public perception caused the eventual loss of the conflict as opposed to the actual ground fighting. Its embarrassing.