Well, Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to a round of articles that I have found thoughtful and worthwhile over the past few months. It’s really things that I want to save for potential future use or citation. (Note–unlike re-posts of my freelance work, these are not by me).
On Voting’s Significance (I know the time frame is sort of done on this one)
“I don’t plan to tell you how to vote, but I do want to establish a few basic principles:
- No well-formed Catholic should feel comfortable with Trump or Clinton;
- Thus, voters face a difficult decision this fall;
- The Church gives some guidance on this, but this guidance is limited;
- You, as a potential voter, have the final decision to make as to who to vote and who to support; and
- Your salvation could well hang in the balance.”
Why We Can’t Just Get Along— a disagreement, often unseen, on first principles, renders modern/faithful disagreement unsolvable
In Paradise Lost,
“Satan and Adam begin alike from a point of ignorance—they know nothing prior to (the precise word is “before”) the perspective they currently occupy; and the direction each then takes from this acknowledged limitation follows with equal logic or illogic. Adam reasons, since I don’t remember how I got here, I must have been made by someone. Satan reasons, since I don’t know how I got here, I must have made myself, or as we might say today, I must have just emerged from the primeval slime.
In neither case does the conclusion follow necessarily from the observed fact of imperfect knowledge. In both cases something is missing, a first premise, and in both cases reasoning can’t get started until a first premise is put in place. What’s more, since the first premise is what is missing, it cannot be derived from anything in the visible scene; it is what must be imported—on no evidentiary basis whatsoever—so that the visible scene, the things of this world, can acquire the meaning and significance they will now have. There is no opposition here between knowledge by reason and knowledge by faith because Satan and Adam are committed to both simultaneously. Each performs an act of faith—the one in God and the other in materialism—and then each begins to reason in ways dictated by the content of his faith.”
David Brooks on Modern Toughness
“In short, emotional fragility is not only caused by overprotective parenting. It’s also caused by anything that makes it harder for people to find their telos.” (a Greek word meaning “end ” or “purpose” in moral philosophy).
The End of Identity Liberalism
A good diagnosis I think of what went wrong for progressives in the election:
“In recent years, American liberalism has slipped into a type of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing.”
So, that’s it, readers. Enjoy and as always, feel free to send any thoughts!