Thursday, December 2, 2010

Self-Criticism and Self-Attachment...

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts," someone has said

Dec. 2, 2010: This morning I received a note from a kind of atheist. For quite a long time now I have been trying to spend at least a few minutes a day at the typical YouTube anti-christian forums in the hopes of gently helping people to at least see parts of things they might not have considered before, or sufficiently. And most of the time I find myself simply execrated, called names, sworn at. I suppose that over the years it's that lack of civility that still shocks me, if anything does. I mean these people are supposed to be Enlightened, very smart, far smarter than us "dickheads".

Anyway, a man [or woman, it doesn't matter] writes me politely and says s/he has been considering things. And that's all I've ever hoped for in such dialogs, such as they are. So many people online (even Christians or sectarians hellbent on a certain---often enough extremely anti-Catholic---point of view) exude absolute confidence, provocative dismissive cockiness. But it makes me want to probe them even more, to see how much they really know, how much they have really thought. And very often another thing reveals itself. So many of them have hardly got to first base in either a study of atheism or anti-Catholicism. They simply proceed on the basis of a prejudice, and a bitter animus. Any fact that challenges their assumptions they dismiss out of hand; it becomes clear almost immediately that they have no real desire to critically appraise either the facts or their own thoughts. They are content to simply repeat the unchecked Talking Points they picked up somewhere, likely online, a video, whatever: Hitler was a Christian, the Jesuits run the world, religion is the cause of all evils in the world, and so on.

But we are not blameless either. I find not a few...Read on

Drawing, Marianna, his sister, and I think Jesus by Kahlil Gibran--->First Things: Art and Human Flourishing --by R.R. Reno "From the very beginnings of human history—times of far greater hunger, violence, and injustice—men and women made drawings, formed figures, and decorated everyday life. We were not created, it seems, for mere survival. We do not simply want life; we want life adorned, life bathed in beauty. To neglect the aesthetic dimension of our humanity—even for the sake of noble endeavors to improve the lot of others and to advance the causes of justice—diminishes us"...Read on

--->Fed aid (taxpayer money) in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms...

---> The Fed is bankrolling reckless friends and the world with IOU's...

--->"You Are The Screen"--- Eric McLuhan

--->Yikes! More Bedbugs in the Big Apple!! NYU's Hospital for Joint Diseases shuts 10th floor down area after patient claims she saw a bedbug... So now it is possibly hospitals in addition to confirmed infestations at luxury stores: Victoria Secret had them, Abercrombie & Fitch too, also Nike’s flagship store, Juicy Couture, many offices including Google's, major theaters, laptop bags and briefcases!!! Visit NY and spread it across the globe?

--->The Road to Hitler Was Paved With Abortions...

--->Putin fires back over
WikiLeaks criticism...

--->Suspect in Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen slaying had been under police surveillance before he killed himself...

--->Letter shows Pope Benedict pushed faster penalties for abuse in 1980s...

--->GOP lawmaker from Georgia calls for investigation into Hate crimes against Christians done in the name of "art"

Wicca --->Pope says ordaining women is not the church's choice to make, church has "no authority" to ordain women as priests..."In the book, the pope responded to the argument that ordination was restricted to men only because priestesses would have been unthinkable 2,000 years ago.

"That is nonsense, since the world was full of priestesses at the time," the pope answered. "[Almost] All religions had their priestesses, and the astonishing thing was actually that they were absent from the community of Jesus Christ." [HT: John Beeler]

[The Anglican community, for those who think ala carte, even ordains lesbians; Wicca too; each are quasi-theosophical as well. Look, there's no one forcing anyone at all to stay in the Catholic Church, and none are stoned for leaving; many Anglicans have been fleeing that community. Too, people need to be very careful what they ask for, old world paganism was very brutal... infanticide, besides every-brutal-thing else, was common(click), human beings were understood to be mere meat who existed solely at the pleasure of Casear, to be used and discarded at will]

--->Great EU / IMF plans to make Ireland a backwater of despair...The all-too-intricate programme of the IMF, EU and State omits all thought of fixing our decrepit democracy. At least in all of this, it is good to know that our new masters have a sense of humour. In the EU/International Monetary Fund/Fianna Fáil programme, there is a measure that sure cracked me up: “Enlarge the scope of the 'inability to pay' clause..."

--->Economy Added Fewer Jobs Than Expected in November. Unemployment 9.8%...

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