Archive for November, 2014

2 quotes from JRR Tolkien

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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No man can estimate what is really happening at the present sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity). All we do know, and that to a large extent by direct experience – is that evil labors with vast power and perpetual success in vain; preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. So it is in general and so it is in our own lives.

on The Lord Of The Rings
…of course such an overweening purpose did not develop all at once. The mere stories were the thing. They arose in my mind as “given” things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labor (especially since, even apart from the necessities of life, the mind would wing to the other pole and spend itself on linguistics): yet always I had the sense of recording what was already ‘there’ somewhere: not of inventing.

thoughts on Psalm 2 > the Lord laughs in derision

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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behold the political midterms…potentially historic? Not important? Saving America? Six of one, half a dozen of another? I personally do follow politics and I do not ascribe to the “big government lots o’ free goodies to buy votes” approach to nation management. It is a true travesty that so many Americans would rather live off of the dole than work – especially if the difference between the welfare and the work dollar amount is negligable. I am aware that we need safety nets for those that cannot make it on their own, but that is not what I am talking about here. Our food stamp and various living subsidy programs are being scammed by people that do not need them, and are happy to steal from taxpayers. Additionally, we have a power run wild government assisting a perversion, forcing homosexuality (and abortion) on Americans at the expense of religious freedom. Churches and folks of the faith must subsidize abortions under Obamacare…and Christian business owners are being sued and threatened with jail time for not wanting to participate in gay marriage ceremonies. As far as political sides are concerned there is waste and fraud on all sides of the political spectrum…sometimes it seems a prerequisite to political leadership is a corrupt heart. This world is sick. (more…)