Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

Advent 2

The other side might well write the lyrics with ‘ne’ instead of ‘né’ in an attempt to negate the message – I’ve seen this in various places. It doesn’t work anyway, as they’d need to put ‘pas’ after the ‘ne’. ‘Né’ means ‘born’:

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Just getting this feeling that I should do something “adventy” but don’t really know much about it. Despite the references to the ecclesiastical calendar, it’s never been one I’ve followed closely.

We did have JD and his music at one time and that worked well but what to do this year? Anyway, it’s a bit late to start. Metro had some ideas:

It’s 2 December. If you want an advent calendar but don’t have one on the go already, then you’re in a strange situation.

You’re not in time to start with everyone else but you’re too early to get your hands on calendars being flogged for half price.

Well, if you’re looking for an advent calendar like no other and which can be started at any time, then we have just the thing. A ‘reverse advent calendar’:


Idea is to put one item a day into a basket [think a bag will do] and then on the 24th, go somewhere and give it to someone.  To whom though?… More here ...

Too scared to talk about it

thomas-a-beckettThere’s a type of wimpishness I can’t be doing with:

Nick Baines, the Anglican Bishop of Leeds, said Christians feel “picked on” by some secularists who have a problem with religion being discussed outside of church.

“Clearly there are some Christians who are concerned about whether they are free to talk about their faith in a respectful and appropriate way in the workplace,” the bishop told the Press Association.

“Equally, there are plenty of people who are not Christians who think that Christians shouldn’t, or think there is an issue around it. I call it religious illiteracy.”

He added that people have been disciplined or threatened with discipline for talking about their faith in the workplace, even if they have been asked about it by colleague.

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In which a professor ultimately disappoints

All the preceding [previous post] led Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto to suggest that the future of higher education might well be outside of universities altogether.

As the intellectual standard drops, subordinated to social marxism [call it by any label you like if you don’t like that one], both among professors/lecturers and among the snowflakes, and as the educated student even entering university becomes a rarity, except for good little mantra chanters, at the same time, money comes into it in a big way.

In Canada, you cannot be declared bankrupt over repaying student loans, whereas you can in any other line of business. Thus students who are already pretty useless at commanding huge salaries post-university, are saddled with debt which will hound them for a decade and for what?… More here ...


This is a rambling article, difficult to get a line on but I found this:

China today is extraordinarily homogenous. It sustains that by remaining almost entirely closed to new entrants except by birth. Unless someone is the child of a Chinese national, no matter how long they live there, how much money they make or tax they pay, it is virtually impossible to become a citizen. Someone who marries a Chinese person can theoretically gain citizenship; in practice few do. As a result, the most populous nation on Earth has only 1,448 naturalised Chinese in total, according to the 2010 census. Even Japan, better known for hostility to immigration, naturalises around 10,000 new citizens each year.

There are a few people I know who could confirm that the homogeneity is a major factor in various societies, not excluding the Russians. Even their language regards all not born there as ‘inostrantzi’ [иностранцы] and though people close to me were kind enough to call me на половина русского [na polovina russkovo – half Russian], it was always an honorary title and always would have been.More here ...


Behind the Veil yesterday put it in his own succinct way:

I always suspect it’s something akin to a Venus fly trap in that you’re actually there before you realise you are and the trap is sprung only when it is too late to escape. Maybe not even the flytrap but that deeper flower that drowns its prey in digestive juices.

In my head they get drawn deeper and deeper in and there is a little tug that something isn’t right, but the sweet juices of power and success are so sweet it overrides any question or hesitancy. Somewhere in that they work to rationalise their descent, eventually becoming comfortable with it.

Only then when they are fully in with no means of escape does it begin to eat them alive as that which made it happen calls in the debt. By this point all is ultimately lost and they know it.

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