I do not consider myself an expert on game at all, but I could not pass up this ridiculous beta male. Notice his skinny jeans or leggings or dark stockings or whatever he is wearing. Notice how he leans in, coyly in her direction. Look at the direction of his body, his feet. It’s practically begging for her affirmation. His hands, where? Around here? No. In his pockets, listlessly, passively. Then comes that hashtag. That vicious, feelings-murdering dagger.
The idea of the “American dream” didn’t even exist for most of America’s history. It’s a phrase used to emphasize “social mobility”, a concept that everyone should be moving into an “upper class” – where the elites reside, and by means of elitist institutions. As such, higher education takes the place of working-class aspirations of skill and vocation.
See, this is what happens when you’re pro-abortion. You suddenly lose the ability to coherently make a moral argument. Any moral argument. Because once you’ve argued that child murder is moral, you’ve forfeited morality completely. And you don’t get to pick it up again when the conversation turns to refugees or immigrants.
Nothing they say consists of moral substance.
Dear Uncle Screwtape,
You recently advised me to make sure my patient was permanently fixated on politics, but I have found that focusing his arguments, gossip, and obsessions on other people’s personal piety works just as well. Making sure to keep my patient in a permanent state of moral posturing and virtue-signaling alleviates him of having to consider and engage the ideas and views of others.This allows him to place people and opinions beneath him when, in truth, they are really beyond him.
The goal is to divide in his mind “politics” from “piety”, making him think the two are mutually exclusive (when we both know they are not.) This is the danger and the key: he can never be allowed to see that all things are connected; that it can be virtuous to discuss politics, that his engagement in civil society is a moral expression of his piety. By keeping these separate, I’ve been successful in convincing my patient that whoever talks politics is impious.
You’ll be happy to hear there are now entire wards of patients who have given up discussing politics for psychoanalyzing one other’s souls. It’s a disease that breeds like wildfire.
— Yours Affectionately, Wormwood
P.S. Did you really write that previous letter? I looked everywhere for its citation but could not find it.
As soon as the rains stopped on Sunday, I found that for about a square mile around my home in Denham Springs we were on an island amid the flood. I’ve lived through a few hurricane-floods and knew people would need rescue. So, I went out on the water Sunday through Tuesday, seeing whom I could find and assist to evacuate their home. At times I used kayaks, at other times boats, depending on where I was going and how high the water level rose or fell. I went through the waters just south of Bass Pro Shop off Hwy. 16 to check on my in-laws, who at the time we had not heard from for three days. I was also able to help lots of other people in need: men, women, old people, and children were stranded, wet, hungry, and had lost everything. It was so sad! I helped an old couple out of their attic where they were hiding from the flood. Another man was on his roof and apparently had lost his mind, because he was yelling obscenities at everyone who passed by on boats. I came across three stranded people who were near their barn sitting on their horses with another five horses standing around, in about 6 feet of water. They wanted to ride them to safety but didn’t know the way, so I tied the boat to the train and we rode horses through the flood to dry ground. I saw a stranded baby duck, the parish president in a Johnboat, and farmers herding cattle through the water via jet skis (pictured). Many whom we found we brought to the dry ground near our homes, and those refugees found shelter in a local middle school cafeteria and gymnasium. These people who lost everything, especially the young children separated from their parents, would walk around on the road with nothing to wear, nothing to eat, nowhere to go, and no one to hold their hand. The looks on their faces – even on the animals’ faces – was confusion and desperation. The National Guard and policemen began blocking civilians from accessing the water on Tuesday, on Brown Road in Denham Springs. I stopped going out after that, because I could no longer access the water. Since then, I’ve been demo’ing people’s homes with family, friends, and coworkers.
I believe that the Louisiana Senator should focus on inhibiting the law from stopping civilians instead of requiring certification of civilians to have a pass before the law. In other words, the law should target cops who stop civilians, not civilians stopped by cops. Is it a risk to allow civilians out during a flood? Might not they do something dangerous and end up needing rescue? Yes, but the greater risk is not having people saving others who already need rescuing. It is not whether people will need rescuing, but which people will be rescued. It might be the cases that civilians wreck their boats and need rescuing themselves, but it is certain that flood-stranded civilians already need rescuing. And the government usually shows up to rescue people about two to three days into the flooding, whereas the civilians are there from day one. Further, there is no proof that a certification program would improve Southern Louisianan’s boating skills – we are born on the bayou and grow up in the swamps. I have been fishing since I was two or three. No one owns a flat bottom aluminum boat with a pro-drive on accident. It is more likely that government “officials” will need rescuing from The Cajun Navy. It’d be best if they stayed home and let us handle our own. The support, love, and resources from local, free people are overwhelming.
Ode To Louisiana (This became a popular post on social media.)
Louisiana is most beautiful when it is a great disaster. The entire society spontaneously comes together as if joined by familial ties. No one watches his neighbor suffer but all selflessly and voluntarily go about seeking whom they can help. And they do so with their own personal means – trucks, boats, rafts, chainsaws, shovels, food, and often at risk of their lives. We work hard and we eat grand, we are filthy but laughing, we lose our homes yet are welcomed into others. I have seen finer lands but not people. Keep the world and give me Louisiana, even in disaster.
Christians operate on an assumed covenantal worldview, which, while they deny in creed, they prove in deed.
A few examples:
- Evangelicals have lots of kids, big families, and try really hard to raise them up in the fear and instruction of the Lord. Why? Why have big families and gobs of kids, if physical covenantal succession is no longer the method of propagating the gospel and building God’s kingdom – is the kids are born lost, if there are no promises from God for their destiny – why bring more little pagans into the world on a larger scale than the surrounding lot culture? What makes our numbers higher than atheist?
- There’s a tendency in evangelical political engagement to take what Jesus said to his disciples and apply it to social policy. Jesus said forgive, so we remove penalties. Jesus said welcome the stranger, so we rally for mass immigration.
- There’s another tendency to require as qualities in our presidents those which Paul requires of his church elders. If the president has not been the husband of one wife, he is disqualified. It’s as though the civil body politic is a covenant community under God.
- The desire to confess and repent of ancestral sins is a sort of hyper-covenantalism not only not aligned with baptist theology nor covenantal theology but not even commanded in the times of OT Israel itself. How can the sins of former peoples be laid on those who decades later voluntarily joined their ranks – and often without any knowledge of their past – unless the community is seen inside a covenanted structure where the blessings or curses incurred by the previous people flow down to future generations?