Category Archives: random thoughts or issues

Josef Pieper – The meaning of life, according to Plato

“I wish to sum up Plato’s stance [regarding the meaning of human existence] in three brief statements: The First Statement: To perceive, as much as possible, all things as they really are and to live and act according to this truth … Continue reading

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Sophistry, propaganda, and the drowning out of Truth and Reality

“It is entirely possible that the true and authentic reality is being drowned out by the countless superficial information bits noisily and breathlessly presented in propaganda fashion. Consequently, one may be entirely knowledgeable about a thousand details and nevertheless, because … Continue reading

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Martin Luther writing to Melanchthon about his prolapsed rectum

“The Lord has afflicted me with painful constipation. The elimination is so hard that I am forced to press with all my strength, even to the point of perspiration, and the longer I delay the worse it gets. …..My constipation … Continue reading

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Aldous Huxley on Accidie (aka, melancholy, boredom, ennui, despair)

From: “On the Margin” The cœnobites of the Thebaid were subjected to the assaults of many demons.  Most of these evil spirits cam furtively with the coming of night.  But there was one, a fiend of deadly subtlety, who was … Continue reading

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Series Preface to the Brazos (SCM) Theological Commentary on the Bible

SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible Series Preface by R. R. Reno Near the beginning of his treatise against Gnostic interpretations of the Bible, Against the Heresies, Irenaeus observes that Scripture is like a great mosaic depicting a handsome king. … Continue reading

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The Father of all Bombs

Thought I would link to a Daily Telegraph article on a new bomb developed by the Russian military which they call the Father of all Bombs. Here is a link to the article. I’ve highlighted the part of the quote … Continue reading

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Max Weber — “Specialists without spirit”

“The Puritan wanted to work in a calling; we are forced to do so. For when asceticism was carried out of monastic cells into evervday life, and began to dominate worldly morality, it did its part in building the tremendous … Continue reading

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