Tourists: Succinctly

It is inspiriting without doubt to whizz in a motor-car round the earth, to feel Arabia as a whirl of sand or China as a flash of rice-fields. But Arabia is not a whirl of sand and China is not a flash of rice-fields. They are ancient civilizations with strange virtues buried like treasures. If we wish to understand them it must not be as tourists or inquirers, it must be with the loyalty of children and the great patience of poets. To conquer these places is to lose them.”
― GK Chesterton, Heretics

Only now when I read Chesterton do I realize how deeply he has influenced my thinking and dispositions. My hatred of tourism as a pursuit is no doubt inspired not just by living in a tourist hell, but by my teenage exposure to Chesterton’s musing on the how the spirit of adventure is better sated by the backyard, then a trip across the world.

All Hail the Blorg

A very interesting take on religion and psychology. The real question is whether or not a generation of adults would consent to what is an admitted ruse, and how faith could be retained in light of this being a likely documented and intentional ruse.

“I think that we should seriously prepare and equip the future Martian astronauts with an appropriate system that enables coping with stress and fear,” says Szocki. “Unfortunately, NASA and others think of Mars colonies in terms of nuts and bolts.”

He stresses that we must consider the mental and spiritual well-being of future humans in addition to providing for them physically. “However, as long as we are human beings, not robots, we should care for our emotions and psyche. It is not doubt that religious stories — of course, for believers — are much much more efficient in providing sense and hope than science, technology, or philosophy.”

–Sarah Sloat @ Inverse Science

 

Nothing Stands Between Us

A. John Mark’s newest album is fantastic.

B. This is so true of how we relate to God; who is constantly calling us to faith in love. And it is only my own inability to continually accept that love that leads me astray. There is no difference between sin and infidelity, no difference between it and selfishness. It is just so that love can be as divisive as it is unifying. Because once separated love demands the intention of renewal and the desire to repair. Love is constant, but it requires perpetual change, uninterrupted movement towards itself. Love is patient, love is acceptance, love binds together, but it cannot unify without acceptance of it.

 

After the Election: A Litany Against Fear

Man. I just re-listened to Showbread’s discography, and all I can think is these guys were brilliant. Case in point. Reblogging as Trump heads to my home.

Joshua S. Porter

The following was read on November 13, 2016 at Van City Church in Vancouver, Washington.

On the morning after the 2016 election, the words “Go back to Africa” were scrawled on the inside of a Minneapolis bathroom above the campaign slogan of the president-elect, “Make America Great Again.” Similarly racist, xenophobic and misogynistic propaganda found its way to windshields and doorsteps, to social media and emails—to the lips of the passerby on crowded street corners in broad daylight.

Perhaps further stirred to frenzy by these events, protests erupted around the country. Effigies of the president-elect were burned in the streets. In my own neighborhood one initially civil protest evolved rapidly from peaceful discontent into violence and arson.

Early the following Sunday morning, one famously former-Christian musician announced online: “Pastors, you have a chance to tell the whole truth this morning.”

For the people of 2016, ours was an election precluded by nihilism…

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