Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Inherent Call in "Little Gidding"

Faced with the encroaching dark, Eliot despairs of solutions that are merely political, economic, or cultural. He witnessed through two world wars the results of empty ideologies, the vanity of human ambitions, and the violence at the heart of man. Instead of political solutions, Eliot offers a renewal of the Spirit. Little Gidding begins and ends with the imagery of pentecostal fire. Western society can only be renewed through a renewal of spirituality. It is not so much that our brains have calcified, but that our hearts are hardened. Eliot contends that only through prayer and penance can a doomed society be saved, that redemption occurs first on the individual level, and that then, as individuals are transformed and renewed, that same fire of life might spread like a wildfire and reclaim the world.

I Stopped Teaching in the US Precisely Because of the Absence of Analytical Thinking

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed.

Why College Graduates Still Can’t Think

One of the commenters observes that business schools teach analytical, aka critical, thinking better than humanities programs do nowadays.  This is because the simplest worldview of Marxism, that society is always divided between victims and victimizers, has polluted the discipline.  Any objective observation is regarded as being supportive of a status quo that favors the victimizers.

It's unworkable gibberish when applied to either rational thought or reality.  Since Marxism is disinterested in either, as is obvious in its failure outside of university walls, all it has done is demolish an academic discipline that, in its true form, enabled this weblog editor to work in academia, ecclesia, business, and finance.

Lenten Wave #25

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." -- Albert Einstein

Friday, March 24, 2017

As Confirmed by Guinness

The fellow whom you can barely see in the midst of the mist? He rode what is now recognized as a biggest wave ever surfed. It's in Nazare, Portugal.

Lenten Wave #24

"I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation."  - John Wesley

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon

Look at that rood screen.

Gloucester Cathedral

As a cleric, you know you've arrived when you're assigned one of those stalls with its own illumination.

Lenten Wave #20

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks. - Phillips Brooks

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Journey of Guitar Solo (THE INSTRUMENTALS - Episode 1)

Good News

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall 3 Percent 

Not to make Episcopal heads explode, but most of this is due to...fracking.

Lenten Wave #19

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.