When there are no monsters left to conquer (or the real ones are too hard and inconvenient to fight) we have to invent new ones.I wonder what the meaning of life is for most people in the US?
Victims of comfort.Soon you become so passive you can't function.
Oh, DUCKY! I am SO glad you stopped by. I wanted to be sure to thank you for your gracious acknowledgment and appreciation of my (considerable) effort to answer your question about the nature and value of the role played by orchestral conductors.As for comfort, I doubt if there could ever be enough -- let alone too much -- of the real thing -- as long as it is the real thing. It's the counterfeit variety -- conjured up by humorless dialectical materialists -- that never fails to enervate, disappoint and depress.
My pleasure... always happy to point out the pitfalls of civilized conduct, behaviour and life. We must not rest until this terrible affliction is eradicated from the face of the earth. ;)
FJ,It's such a brilliant send up of the typical liberal "tele-journalist's" approach to documentary reportage exposing the heartbreaking details of social problems to the smug, complacent, insensitive Bourgeoisie I almost died laughing.BRILLIANT, I calls it.
Even the duck now advocates Emerson's inverse socialism.C'est un miracle!The duck's new motto, "Ne te quaesiveris extra!"
FJ,I just left this at your Emerson post:YES!All new knowledge comes from INTUITION -- i.e. DISCOVERY.What we learn from others has value, BUT --- only if we see it for ourselves.QUESTION: What are we if we let others do out thinking for us, and merely follow someone else's lead all our lives?ANSWER: Not much.But do tell us where is the evidence of the Muscovite's conversion to independence over its wretched opposite? 'Tis a miracle indeed.Why aren't the bells ringing in every steeple in the land? ;-)
I still insist, however, that what we come to know is not "invention" but DISCOVERY. WE can't do a thing on our own, except feel intense CURIOSITY, which prompts the brighter and more adventurous among us us to seek beyond our parochial, mundane little lives. The answers to our constant searching and probing for ways to live more comfortably, more enjoyably, and produce more efficiently, etc. come to us from --- I can only call it "God." I know you object to the term, but I always return to it at the end of every journey.I'm not Beethoven, but I too have written a good deal of music -- undoubtedly "derivative," but some of it is rather good, if I must say so, myself. WHERE it comes from is still a mystery to me. When there was a practical NEED for it, I'd just put my mind to it, and it would just COME, although the process of writing it down -- because I was not blest with genius, only a modest talent -- was always a laborious process. But the IDEAS for it always just CAME. Where they came FROM is still a mystery.God is the best explanation I've yet found, so I believe in "Him," though the terms used in reference to "Him" are merely a convenience -- a grossly inadequate way of trying to describe the indescribable and incomprehensible Force that governs every atom and everything we see around us and feel within us -- and all that lies trillions and octillions of light years Beyond.There's no end to Discovery and no end to Knowing -- no end to ANYTHING really, -- and if there ever was a Beginning, we will never be able to know when, where and how it occurred much less why.The Bible just gives the merest HINT of the Nature of Reality, and from an exceedingly narrow -- parochial, provincial, tribal -- perspective. The great thing about the bible is that it started the dawn of consciousness in countless millions of us that there was more to Existence than the Birth, Death, the rampant desire for Sex, and the incessant struggle for sustenance.They all think that is "heresy," of course, and it deeply offends -- and angers -- those too smug or too frightened to dare to think for themselves.One can only be "free" inside the confines of one's own mind -- and paradoxically THAT is where we may discover realms and realms of Infinite Possibility. Among others things God IS Mind.
Affluenza is the plague affecting at least two generations in today's West. The unspoken motto seems to be "He who dies with the most toys wins."I must say that most of my homeschool students are affluent in many ways. However, most of my homeschoolers are not particularly materialistic. Why is that?I know part of the answer: they spend several weeks every summer volunteering in a Third World country (most often in Central America, but sometimes at summer camps for children with special needs).I do know one affluent family (not a homeschool family) that decided to teach their son the lesson of understanding that he had no reason to bitch and moan about how tough his life was. They sent him to Ghana for two years to work in a Christian mission outpost. He came home a changed person!Affluence does not guarantee a sterling character. In fact, affluence often serves to do the complete opposite.The sense of entitlement is palpable on my block. If any of the children here had to turn their hands and do any physical work, they would cry "Child abuse!"If wasn't always this way, of course. Mr. AOW grew up in an affluent family -- and had household chores to do every evening and especially on the weekends. And the chores weren't pleasant ones, either. Mucking out the horse stables was not assigned to the hired help but rather to the children.
do tell us where is the evidence of the Muscovite's conversion to independence..."Victims of comfort.Soon you become so passive you can't function."
The "cure" for affluenza is simply awareness of the alternative and empathy for those for whom "lack" is a permanent fixture for their daily lives. When you experience both, you become grateful for the Grace which spared you from a life filled with deficiencies and needs.G_d is Mind, after all.
..for as AoW previously stated... "He came home a changed person!"
The funny thing is the Left's sanctimonious derision at the affluent teen's "supposed" thoughts and motivations...I know very few teens who would complain or stress over a 125 step walk to their classroom or of the "nearness" of milk at the local grocery store.The Left can "amazingly" divine (project) the motivations of all supposed "others" as something altogether "different" from their own (ala "Europe" on the residents of the "Balkans" - see linked video).Their mythologies are pathetic, and literally create the "hells" they would seek to avoid.
Uneasy rests the head of the comfortable and the complacent. I believe that "affluenza" and easily morph into outright frothing-at-the-mouth racist hatred directed at the so-called cancer of the earth—the white race.This rabid hatred seems to be found especially in the rarefied air of academia. Here's a perfect example from one Noel Ignatiev (a Harvard Professor, of course):"A Harvard professor wants to abolish the white race.Noel Ignatiev, a founder of a journal called Race Traitor and a fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute, a leading black-studies department, argues in the current issue of Harvard Magazine that "abolishing the white race" is "so desirable that some may find it hard to believe" that anyone other than "committed white supremacists" would oppose it.In excerpts appearing this week in newspapers nationwide, Mr. Ignatiev, who is white, writes that "every group within white America," including "labor unionists, ethnic groups, college students, schoolteachers, taxpayers and white women" has at one time or another "advanced its particular and narrowly defined interests at the expense of black people as a race."Mr. Ignatiev pledges in the essay that his journal, Race Traitor, intends to "keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females, too, until the social construct known as 'the white race' is destroyed not 'deconstructed' but destroyed."Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2002/sep/4/20020904-084657-6385r/#ixzz2qsGBDyiAFollow us: @washtimes on TwitterMust be something toxic in the Beantown water ...
Ave Nuarb McCarthy saidIgnatiev is Jewish, of course. The source of most anti-western, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, anti-white garbage came from Jewish intellectuals. Not all the Jews are like that, but Marx was a Jew, Gompers was a Jew, all those Frankfurt School people were Jews, Alinsky was a Jew, the New York Times and all the TV networks were started and owned by Jews. Hollywood was started and owned by Jews. THe rock music industry was owned and promoted by Jews. Now you go and figure the rest of it.
Ave Nuarb McCarthy saidAve Nuarb (otherwise known as Eva Braun) wrote:"Ignatiev is Jewish, of course. The source of most anti-western, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, anti-white garbage came from Jewish intellectuals. Not all the Jews are like that, but Marx was a Jew, Gompers was a Jew, all those Frankfurt School people were Jews, Alinsky was a Jew, the New York Times and all the TV networks were started and owned by Jews. Hollywood was started and owned by Jews. THe rock music industry was owned and promoted by Jews. Now you go and figure the rest of it."Here's the rest of it. We thank our lucky stars for having a culture that produces such brilliant, talented, generous, and loving people.Your diatribe, Eva Braun, is shocking to read in this day and age.Anti-Semitism is ugly and usually the people who promote it are too.
...almost as ugly as those who denigrate the Republicans in Congress and in Governor's mansions around the country.
...but for their presence, we would be living in an Obamatopia!
Ave Nuarb McCarthy saidI see the Thought Police and the Censors are out again trying to shame and intimidate those who tell inconvenient truths and unpleasant facts into silence. Your type wants to eliminate free speech, right? Well, we ain't gonna let you get away with it.A certain liberal blog that shall remain nameless posted the following in one of its many anti-religious, particularly anti-Christian articles:>> Most religions preach peace and good will toward their fellow humans; but according to a recent Pew Research study, human conflict is not subsiding in certain religious communities. In fact, according to studies, religious violence is increasing:>> Dr. Steven Pinker, Pulitzer prize-winning author and Harvard psychology professor, writes, “Today we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species’ existence.” He acknowledges: >> “In a century that began with 9/11, Iraq, and Darfur, the claim that we are living in an unusually peaceful time may strike you as somewhere between hallucinatory and obscene.” Pinker points out, wars make headlines, but there are fewer conflicts today, and wars don’t kill as many people as they did in the Middle Ages, for instance.<<Wikipedia reveals: Stephen Pinker was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1954, to a middle-class Jewish family. His parents were Roslyn and Harry Pinker.Now isn't thart a weird coincidence? Are there any professors left who aren't leftist Jews? They'll be oving in on Hillsdale College next. Wait and see.
Eva Braun wrote: "Your type wants to eliminate free speech, right? Well, we ain't gonna let you get away with it."Oh no, my dear Eva Braun, never.I encourage people like you to broadcast your anti-Semitism for all the world to see and hear. Give it your full-throated fanatical hysteria and own it, dear.I never seek to censor anyone who wishes to expose him or herself as a toxic bigot.Go at it, Bubala. We've seen your sort before. History is bloated, like a corpse, with people like you. And it all ends very badly for your kind.
PS. It's very telling that you would take the name of Hitler's lover/wife as your identity. Are you wishing you had close relationship with the killer who was responsible for the Holocaust?How charmingly monstrous of you.
I don't advertise it, because I don't like identity politics, but I happen to be Jewish, myself. I also happen to be a conservative, and I don't take offense at all to the person who listed facts that clearly indicate a disproportionate number of my people were very prominent formulating and activating leftist agendas in Russia, England, Europe and the United States. Facts are facts. To try to deny them is not only dishonest, it's childish.The person your are castigating qualified his or her remarks by saying that not all Jews were involved in launching the Communist movement. And did not recommend any violent treatment for anyone. Everything said was true, but theres a lot more to it than that.It's like that famous saying about Muslims. All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. Well, all Jews are not Communists, but most of the Communists who highjacked this country and pushed and dynamited it off the rails were in fact Jews.Just read David Horowitz's autobiographical book Radical Son, if you don't believe me. A good project for you meshuggeneh leftists who make such a loud show of affection for our country's worst enemies would be for you make a comprehensive list of the early leftists from the late-19th and early-20th centuries who were NOT Jewish. Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Susan. B. Anthony, Eizabeth Cady Stanton, Mother Jones, Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, and Roger Baldwin and Eugene Debs are not enough. Dig deeper. Delphine Keilsheimer
If anyone believes what "Delphine Keilsheimer" above wrote is true, or that "she" is Jewish, I have a bridge in Ft. Lee I'd like to sell you."Delphine Keilsheimer and "Ave Nuarb McCarthy," [Eva Braun] are one and the same.
I believe that over the years some brave Jews have stepped off the tribal reservation to reveal some ugly truths about the involvement of "the Chosen People" in undermining the traditional ways of the West. These individuals risk having the obscene label of anti-Semite attached to them even though they are Jewish.Henry Wallace Rosenthal, coming across as an arrogant and condescending individual showed that he had the credentials and credibility to reveal some disgustingly obscene insights into Talmudic Judaism that cost him his life in one of the original "terrorist" attacks at the Istanbul airport shortly after an interview given in 1976Henry Wallace Rosenthal"
When liberals are caught in a lie, in this case insisting that Ave Nuarb McCarthy and Delphine Kreilsheimer have not told the truth about Jewish involvement in undermining the institutions and discrediting principles that made up the foundation on which the west was built, they have nowhere to go but to denounce, demonize, defame, and try to bully the truthteller into silence. Then they resort to fussing over irrelevancies like focusing on his or her screen name identity as if it mattered, and get as far away from confronting the truth about the treachery of many Jewish intellectuals and the role they have played in creating the polarization and wreaking the havoc we live with today. They are the agitators, the noisemakers, the vilifiers, the troublemakers, the tellers of tall tales who have made a vocation out of telling lies and distorting truths so loudly and so often they come to believe them, themselves.Tarcomed Deraton
Ave Nuarb McCarthy saidFrom Wikipedia:EDWARD BERNAYS (1891-1995)Born 1891 in Vienna to JEWISH parents, Bernays was a double nephew of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud. His mother was Sigmund's sister Anna and his father was Ely Bernays, brother of Freud's wife Martha Bernays. In 1892 his family moved to New York City, where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1912 he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agriculture, but chose journalism as his first career. He married Doris E. Fleischman in 1922.Bernays, working for the administration of Woodrow Wilson during World War I with the Committee on Public Information, was influential in promoting the idea that America's war efforts were primarily aimed at “bringing democracy to all of Europe". Following the war, he was invited by Woodrow Wilson to attend the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.Stunned by the degree to which the democracy slogan had swayed the public both at home and abroad, he wondered whether this propaganda model could be employed during peacetime. Because of the negative implications surrounding the word "propaganda" ... he promoted the term "Public Relations". According to the BBC interview with Bernays's daughter Anne, Bernays felt that the public's democratic judgment was "not to be relied upon" and he feared that "they [the American public] could very easily vote for the wrong man or want the wrong thing, so that they had to be guided from above". This "guidance" was interpreted by Anne to mean that her father believed in a sort of "enlightened despotism" ideology.
Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."Christ Jesus
"What is Truth>"Pontius Pilate
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