Category: Culture

Christianity, Culture, Mindset

Don’t Be Yourself

“Just be yourself.” If “be yourself” means “be honest about yourself, your weaknesses, and your abilities, lie neither to yourself or others” then I agree. If it means do what you truly and really think is best, then I absolutely agree.  But what it really means is something like this excuse your excesses, wink at …

Culture, Philosophy

The Loquacious Atheist: He Is Speaking Pure Gibberish

When I heard that Daniel Dennett’s new book on consciousness was released, I didn’t care. He has a tendency to argue in this format: Here’s an idea it isn’t worth explaining from the past. Here’s my alternative that uses sciency words. It cannot be explained by current science, but with enough scientific advances, it obviously …

Culture

Vice Promotes Vices?

I don’t make it a habit of reading Vice magazine. But I clicked a link today that referenced a recently released study I had read a few months ago. The author let it be known that her whole point was to try to demonize male self-improvement by associating all masculinity with the dreaded Trumppernaut. But …

Christianity, Culture

The American Creed

While I am a Christian and therefore find allegiance to the kingdom of God, the person of Christ, my family, and personal virtue to trump loyalty to a nation or a state, I still really love being American. I went through a brief phase where my interest in Anabaptist theology and concerns for the dangers …

Culture

National Men’s Day: A Stream of Consciousness about Masculinity

To be a man is first to be human: To be a man is to seek virtue. To seek virtue, a man must seek adventure. Courage requires risk. To be a man is to build. To build is to restore the past or to create the future.  To be a man is to destroy and …

Rhetoric, Culture, Education, Politics

On making America great again

Together we will make America Great Again, better than ever before. This political slogan is usually viewed as either a Nazi bigot’s racist screed against all truth and goodness or as an aspiration to be achieved in the unholy walls and halls of DC. It’s a phrase and sentiment that is not unique to Trump …

Film, Music, Culture, Literature

Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty, and the Devil

In the three most recent adaptations of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock, Elementary, and the Game of Shadows) at crucial moments Holmes is deceived by Moriarty into making a tactical error and in the mean time a song about demon forces is played. There Are Spoilers Below In the movie, Holmes is fooled into thinking Moriarty intended …

Culture

Hugh Hefner and the Problem of Sexual Non-Polarity

Ross Douthat opined on the death of the arch-pornographer: Hugh Hefner, gone to his reward at the age of 91, was a pornographer and chauvinist who got rich on masturbation, consumerism and the exploitation of women, aged into a leering grotesque in a captain’s hat, and died a pack rat in a decaying manse where …

Music

There was Ash

I prefer my songs to tell stories and it’s even better if whole albums can do it. For this very reason, one of my favorite bands is Murder by Death. Below is an album that is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, but the protagonist is fairly evil and vicious. There are timestamps for the songs. I …

Culture

Classifying What Speech is Free

In an NYT piece, Lisa Barrett argued that: By all means, we should have open conversations and vigorous debate about controversial or offensive topics. But we must also halt speech that bullies and torments. From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence. But I would suspect that most …