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August 19, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

A great tip on using identity categories that increases truth and decreases stereotypes.

I apologize. I don’t know the speaker in this case. Humans use identity categories. Ideally, we use them humbly and continently. Perhaps in the orginal post Dev could have added something that noted the specific contingency of the identity category he was using, but the alternative is zero talking about people as more than individuals and that ultimately neglects community and speaking to larger trends. That kind of nuance can add to our discussions and even our logical appeals. My debate background draws me to the notion of the use of qualifiers, that point to the limits of our arguments and assumptions, to make the argument stronger. For instance, clearly the argument “all X are Y” has the potential to have lots of counter arguments. You make it a stronger argument by narrowing the focus and/or providing qualifiers. So, nuance, qualifiers, and humility are all a way forward.

August 7, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Famous Quotes on Courage, Creativity, and Leadership

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”

Harriet Tubman

For it’s not light that is needed, but fire; it’s not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake in our hearts.

Frederick Douglas

“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

Kate Chopin

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”

Soren Kierkegaard

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

Washington Irving

“Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas. Defeat may prove to have been the only path to resurrection, despite its ugliness. I take it for granted that to create a tree I condemn a seed to rot. If the first act of resistance comes too late it is doomed to defeat. But it is, nevertheless, the awakening of resistance. Life may grow from it as from a seed.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy kind of delight.”

Y.B. Yeats

July 26, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Is truth relative?

The Practical Implications:

Truth is the basis of justice. Truth is also the basis of survival. If there is no such thing as truth libraries, books, the internet, reference texts, and school and the university are a waste of time.

Math is also pretty objective: 2 + 2 = 4. I don’t think that ever changes. Thats pretty objective. Are you saying math isn’t true? Is 2 + 2 equal to something else today or right now?

Lets look at the issue contextually and more concretely:

A good example might be apple pie. People make apple pie differently. People have different conceptions about what an apple pie is, but we still have shared agreement. In fact this applies to cooking almost across the board: steaks, hamburgers, pizza, chicken tenders, chicken pot pie, etc.. (almost ad infinitum).

Every dictionary definitions is an area where there is some disagreement, but also some pretty amazing clarity, because they are printed and no one launches critiques about the latest version of Webster’s beyond a word or two—certainly not all say 10 million words. No, that would be absurd, but thats the kind of absurdity that a relativist proposes.

Its worth noting that there is a difference between the ideal and the real, but you don’t give up on the real or the ideal just because the real is always going to be partially imperfect.

The map never fits the territory exactly, but we don’t stop using maps, because they help us move forward. Maps are imperfect, but useful in reaching the truth.

The assumption behind the relativist’s argument is that if we can’t perceive objective truth it doesn’t exist or it doesn’t matter. Those are both false assumptions and false dilemmas.

The above proves there is not really such a thing as a relativist, because everyone lives as if there is some notion of the truth and that other beings on this planet should in some sense agree with your definition—that is they have notions of expectations about other individuals.

In fact, in a world of subjectivity, where humans don’t agree, we need that Objective truth that only a God can provide. That is you need someone higher to appeal to when there are differences of perspective or opinion.

A World without Ethics:

Truth relativists ultimately have to be moral relativists and thats a dead end, because it undermines our ability to have rights, justice, or a US Constitution. It undermines the ability to have duties, responsibilities, and ultimately civilization. Ethical objectivity (or something very akin to it) is the glue of relationship and civilization. We need shared understandings to have common ground and enough commonality and tranquility to have a peaceful community.

And if we look at the cultures which lack an understanding of respect for life or rights or human dignity—its precisely those societies that are falling apart. So the evening news is a rather large manifesto to not only the value of truth, but also the value of ethical virtue, ethical objectivity, and ultimately fairness and justice. When we sacrifice objectivity—the bottom falls out of the overall security of the people and rule of law—and with it goes pretty much everything we hold dear as a people.

July 25, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

12 Logical Reasons to Reject Naturalism, Materialism, and Scientism

Active denying.  Active denying that:
1) yields irrational and contradictory premises and principles
2) destroys all purpose and meaning
3) destroys all thought, ideas, decision-making and discovery
4) destroys ethics
5) destroys free will
6) destroys truth
7) destroys identity
8) greater majority of no one lives like this (profoundly anti-human and anti-progress and anti-reality)
9) self-fulfilling process
10) what it ignores
11) expertism and scientism
12) Naturalism and scientism and materialism/physicalism
July 25, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Christian Identity and Spiritual Formation Quotes from the Bible

I am God’s child (John 1:12)

I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the True Vine, and the channel of his life (John 15:5)

As a discipline, I am a friend of Jesus Christ (John 15:15)

I have been chosen to bear fruit (John 15:6)

I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2)

I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances (Romans 8:28)

I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:31-39)

I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)

I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16(

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to god (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

I am member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

The best quotes on Health, Wellness, and Nutrition

“Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.”

Seneca

“Water is life, and clean water means health.”

Audrey Hepburn

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

John Muir

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

Albert Schweitzer

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”

Hippocrates

“There’s a need for accepting responsibility – for a person’s life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.”

Buzz Aldrin

“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”

Epictetus

“Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.”

Og Mandino

“Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.”

Epicurus

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Hippocrates

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Epic by John Eldredge

“Life doesn’t come to us like a math problem. It comes to us the way that a story does, scene by scene. You wake up. What will happen next?….Life unfolds like a drama. Doesn’t it. Each day has a beginning and an end. There are all sorts of characters, all sorts of settings. A year goes by like a chapter in a movie. Sometimes its like a tragedy. Sometimes its like a comedy.” (p.2)

“Because we humans have this craving for meaning–for the rest of the story. We need to know whats going on.” (p.4)

“Our stories tell us who we are, why we are here, and what we are to do. They give us our best answers to all of life’s biggest questions, and to most of the small ones as well.” (p. 5 – 6)

“We humans share the lingering questions: Who am I really? Why an I here? Where will I find life? What does God want of me?” (p. 7)

“This is the Story in which you have found yourself. Here is how it got started. Here is where it went wrong. Here is what will happen next. Now this–this is the role you’ve been given. If you want to fulfill your destiny, this is what you must do. These are your cues. And here is how things are going to turn out in the end.” (p.11) ???

“I’m serious. Think about your favorite movies. Notice that every good story has the same ingredients. Love. Adventure. Danger. Heroism. Romance. Love. Sacrifice. The Battle of Good and Evil. Unlikely heroes. Insurmountable odds. And a little fellowship that in hope beyond hope pulls through in the end.” (p.11)

“There is a story written on the human heart.” (p.13)

“Story is the very nature of reality.” (p.13)

“Story. An epic.
Something hidden in the ancient past.
Something dangerous now unfolding.
Something waiting in the future for us to discover.
Some crucial role for us to play.” (p. 14)

“Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that he is good, the essense of all that is good and beautify and true, for he is the source of all these things. It tells us that he has set our hears’ longings within us, for he has made us to live in an Epic. It warns that the truth is always in danger of being twisted and corrupted and stolen from us because there is a Villian in the Story who hates our hearts and wants to destroy us. It calls us up into a Story that is truer and deeper than any other, and assures us that there we will find the meaning of our lives.
What if?” (p. 14-15)

“The famous atheist Bertrand Russel suggested that if we could strip away all the mystery of this universe and get to the heart of things, what we would probably find there would be a mathematical equation. Something as scientific and impersonal as the origin of eveyrthing else. A cold view of our world, to be sure.
But it fails to explain one thing: How can human personality have come from something impersonal? How can a creature as quirky as your uncle Ed have come from a mathematical equation? It doesn’t add up.”
(p. 20-21).

“Nature was generated not by a computer but by a Person. It is personal in nature. if it seems quirky, its quirky in the way Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Vang Gogh’s Irises are quirky. It reflects personality.” (p. 21)

“Now add this the fact that walking about in this world there are characters with unique personalities who universally have a sense of humor and a love of story, and all of them are haunted at some level by a longing to make sense of things. If our origins are impersonal and accidental, then why are we fro the most part totally dissatisfied with the answer?
No, only personality begets personality.” (p. 22)

(p. 23 to p. 24)

“Into this world God opens his hand, and the animals spring forth. Myriads of birds, in every shape and size and song, take wing–hawks, herons, warblers. All the creatures of the sea leap into it–whales, dolphins, fish of a thousand colors and designs. Thundering across the plains race immense herds of horses, gazelles, buffalo, running lke the wind. It is more astonishing than we could possibly imagine. No wonder “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). A great hurrah goes up from the heavens!” (p. 45)

Love

“Creation is growing in precision and intricacy of form and movement and color. Personality is woven through it. And it is building to a crescendo.” (p. 47)

“God creates us in his image, with powers like unto his own–the ability to reason, to create, to share intimacy, to know joy. He gives us laughter and wonder and imagination. And above all else, he endows us with that one quality for which he is most known.” (p.50)

“And with that heart comes something that just staggers me.
God gives us the freedom to reject him.
He gives to each of us a will of our own.” (p. 51)

“He cares so much for our happiness that he endows us with the capacity to love and be loved, which is the greatest happiness of all.
He endows us with a dignity that is almost unimaginable.” (p. 53).

“Most of the misery we suffer on this planet is the fruit of the human heart gone bad. This glorious treasure has been stained, marred, infected. Sin enters the story and spreads like a computer virus.” (p. 57)

“Why does every great story have a rescue?” (p. 61)

“Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.
The dilemma of the Story is this: we don’t know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our addictions and our self-centeredness and take-it-for-granted unbelief that we don’t even know how to cry out for help. And the Evil One has no intention of letting his captives walk away scot-free. He seduces us, deceives us, assaults us–whatever it takes to keep us in the darkness.” (p. 63)

“He seeks his allies still. Not religion. Not good church people. Lovers. Allies.” (p. 66).

“His death and resurrection shatter the power of the Matrix, set the captives free.” (p. 67)

“God creates us in his

“This is written on the human heart, this longing for happily ever after.” (p. 78)

“Do you see? Wherever humanity was broken, Jesus restored it. He is giving us an illustration here, and there, and there again. THe coming of the kingdom of God restores the world he made.” (p. 82)

“Stories are equipment for living.”
Robert McKee