Sex: We cannot have our cake and eat it too

Since the founding of our country, the ideas of individuality, freedom, and equality have been elevated above the family and tribe (or polity or people) while the importance or relevance of the latter two have been systematically diminished. We have furthermore elevated human happiness as a supreme good, at the expense of duty, responsibility, and… Continue reading Sex: We cannot have our cake and eat it too

Only by understanding, wisdom, and discipline can we survive the good times

'Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.' G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain There are two constant imperatives borne of man's human nature. He will first seek security, and then contentment or pleasure. These ideas may be summed up in the… Continue reading Only by understanding, wisdom, and discipline can we survive the good times

What came first: the egg, the chicken, or the henhouse?

Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things, the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous, and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of… Continue reading What came first: the egg, the chicken, or the henhouse?

Christianity: The opiate of the masses

Karl Marx (1818-1883), the founder of communism, said that religion is the opium of the masses. That is, its function was to sedate them. For Marx religion gave an illusory happiness (or comfort) that prohibited those thus sedated from achieving real happiness, that is, happiness here on Earth in this life. Thus religion impeded his… Continue reading Christianity: The opiate of the masses

Surely pedophilia is a bridge too far

Let's say that our plump king is strolling buck naked down Main Street in speedos a size too small. Except for their boots, holsters, sashes and, epaulettes his armed guards are dressed likewise. You might say that the King looks utterly ridiculous and shameful, you'd be right, and the King would feel it, as only… Continue reading Surely pedophilia is a bridge too far

What Conservatives ought to be trying to conserve

I am a headline reader. I do this regularly as part of my effort to stay broadly informed, and this, at the end of the day, gives me a sort of connect-the-dots image of the world. Or a picture of a landscape out of focus, or a view at 80,000 feet. Dominating this broad view… Continue reading What Conservatives ought to be trying to conserve

In defence of a simple life: Axe vs. Chainsaw

Twenty-two years ago my wife and I were house shopping and I remember in one house an impressed realtor showing us a closet in which was a tall bank of electronic gizmos that reminded me of a mainframe. This house had been wired to do everything electronics could do back in 2000. A smart-house indeed!… Continue reading In defence of a simple life: Axe vs. Chainsaw