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The Battle of Edington. Can It Teach Us Something Valuable

My eyes are too old. They’ve seen too much. How sad. I almost don’t want to open my computer and read through the news sites I typically read because I see a world I don’t recognize. I’m tempted to say I see a world I…

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Common Thoughts — Change, Progress or Decline (6 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) Concluding Thoughts “If human beings do not understand the true nature of things, and principles like beauty and justice and goodness, [Socrates] explained through the myth of The Cave] then no one can expect them to live by those…

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Common Thoughts — Change, Positive or Decline (5 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) Hate Our modern addiction to outrage is rooted in hate. The irony is that those who are caught up in political hate, hate others who use hate as their outrage. This is called hypocrisy—“a feigning to be what one…

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Common Thoughts — Change, Positive or Decline (4 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) Am I Confused? Am I Totally Wrong? Am I Totally Right? Any Combination Of Each? So here’s the dilemma: changes happen but so does constancy (that paradox). Change can either be good or bad. We then must ask how…

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Common Thoughts — Change, Progress or Decline? (3 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) A Little Change Can Be Healthy, A Lot Of Changes Can Be Destructive Let’s start drilling down to the meat. The United States of America in 2019 is fundamentally transformed from what it was in 1776. From 1776 to…

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Common Thoughts – - Change, Progress or Decline? (2 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) A Brief Historical Look At Change These two interesting theories, punctuated equilibria and a tipping point, help explain why nations or civilizations or empires decline into chaos or move forward into progress. From the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary we get this…

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Common Thoughts – - Change, Progress or Decline? (1 of 6)

(The full version can be found HERE.) To young people I’m old. I understand. I used to be young and when I saw someone who looked similar to me now I’d call them old. Sometimes we old people will respond, “We’re just seasoned.” Or we’ll…

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Our Newfound Shaming (2 of 2)

In our modern cultural dissonance we are throwing shame at one another like it’s confetti at a parade. This is interesting because in the early sixties here in the U.S. there was a cultural backlash against what was considered Victorian ethics, especially sexual ethics from…

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Our Newfound Shaming (1 of 2)

I recently caught a partial interview that piqued my attention. I didn’t know the interviewee so I looked her up. Helen Andrews is managing editor of the Washington Examiner magazine and a 2017–18 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. From 2012 to 2017, she lived in Sydney, Australia, working as a…

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Common Thoughts: The Question Why (5 of 5)

(A complete version can be found HERE.) 5. For some Christians the earth has become this evil thing seen in the terms “worldly” and “flesh” as seen in the two scriptures below. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone…

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