Understood. Something we could learn from Japan (which of course has other problems): Do you know why you often see folks wearing surgical masks in footage of Tokyo crowds? They don't want to share their colds with others! Also, they think it's rude to strike up conversations with strangers while standing in line, as we often do, or loiter in a way that interferes with pedestrian traffic.
These may be little things, but they indicate a different perspective. The Japanese idea of group harmony, while it sounds suspiciously like '60s hippie babble, is actually foreign to Americans on both ends and may be closer to what Gal 5 is about. I've seen how fragile our churches are for lack of it.
Frank wrote: I remember studying some philosophical concept once where the author claimed the only way he knew he existed was because he thinks.
You're thinking of Rene Descartes. He offered an epistemology absent revelation, starting by doubting everything. The French have been perhaps the most deeply influenced by his methods (not his conclusions), often failing hilariously.
Perhaps beating a dead horse here, but the problem is not lack of gun control, but lack of self-control. This, however, is hard for many to swallow, given 2 generations of arts and media propaganda telling us unrestricted self-expression is always a good thing, and repressing emotions is bad. Erhard Seminars Training and Primal Therapy were hyped during the '70s.
Gal. 5:19-23 has a very different message. And I don't think many 2nd-Amendment fans understand this either, as many conservatives identify with the old chest-beating American cult of radical individualism. Harley-Davidson sells Hog motorcycles as symbols of this.
Thought crimes are nothing new in England: The Treason Act of 1547 made it unlawful to deny that Henrv VIII was Supreme Head of the Church, or to say anyone else should be King. It was repealed in 1553 under Mary I.
I stumbled across this from a critique of a scholarly work on schools in medieval Florence, home of the Renaissance. Takeaway: should one ever entrust children to institutional hirelings?
"The practice of pederasty is another instance in which further explanation would have been welcome. The documentation offered suggests that sodomy could be a serious problem, yet in some cases denunciations of teachers by their (former) students (or their fathers) seem ambiguous as to whether the chief complaint was the sodomy itself or the fact that no money changed hands[!]. Also, Black notes that several teachers of abacus were reprimanded for sodomy..."
Maybe rural Alaska is a "hard case" like the Old West and its equally dodgy authority figures, e.g. Frank Stilwell who was a onetime Cochise County deputy sheriff yet also a murderer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stilwell
And he was only a more extreme example. Gambling, booze, and involvement with prostitutes seems to have been common among those involved in the law back then, like Wyatt Earp.
John UK wrote: ...It would be like going to a Satanic Temple meeting to gain some information on Satanism.
I think Marxism, at its essence, is a more "intellectualized," less mystical form of the same thing: rebellion against and hatred of God. Marxists think He's unfair and lash out at Him every way they can.
The Quiet Christian wrote: ... Some of these wound up on the border between the Quakers in Southeastern Pennsylvania...
I have doubts only about your chronology. Can you offer dates? James died in 1625, about 90 yrs. before mass Scots-Irish migration to America. If they emigrated before this, it would be historically noteworthy.
The Quiet Christian wrote: Some of my forebearers went from Scotland to NI at the promise of your king James I, really James VI. That scoundrel impoverished them and they wound up being brought to the colonies here in America.
I thought the mass Scots-Irish migration to America post-dated the Stuarts, unless you're talking about transported convicts, who were all sorts of people anyway - mostly petty thieves.
BTW, royal attempts to colonize and pacify Ireland pre-dated Elizabeth and Protestantism; I was surprised to read that Mary I also established (presumably Catholic) plantations there. This was a continuation of the historic pattern of England messing about in Ireland despite accomplishing little more than provoking Irish revolts. Even the Scots-Irish hated the English.
"[Essex] thought something could be done about Ireland, but nothing can be done about Ireland." - Will Cuppy
Douglas Fir wrote: ... The Bible clearly teaches people to work with their hands.
And the irony is, the trades are getting increasingly demanding on the mind. Mechanics and appliance repairmen, for example, now often work with computerized test equipment. Yet even without these, fault-isolation skills are on par with the kind of software debugging I do. BTW, this was not taught to me in college. In many subjects, college today is merely a glorified (but very expensive) trade school. I will refrain from ranting about the so-called "Liberal Arts."
Frank wrote: They should learn a trade and work. Or they could go into the military and get the GI bill.
I think the trades are a great option for young people today, not least because plumbing, painting, electrical, HVAC, etc. cannot be outsourced to China. Yet Mexicans dominate these, despite language barriers, because middle-class Americans are vocational snobs, forgetting the Protestant doctrine that all honest labor is honorable before God. Plus, no teaching by idiot academic Marxists.
My maternal grandfather was an electrician and lived reasonably well thru the Great Depression. They were even able to help unemployed neighbors looking for odd jobs.
This is nothing new. Circa 495 B.C. [not B.C.E.], the Roman republic's Plebeian class was so badly indebted, they revolted against the Patricians, causing the office of the Tribune to be instituted so their interests would be represented.
In our case, middle-class Americans think nothing of taking on insane loans because for decades, they have been carpet-bombed by dissolute propaganda telling them deficit spending makes one happy. No powerful corporate or political interests advocate thrift and saving, and it isn't helped by ridiculously low bank-account interest rates and currency inflation.
Even ancient Greeks warned against love of luxury, but who does today? But hardly anyone reads them or the Bible.
Douglas Fir wrote: ... many evangelical Christians, driven by their dispensational view of End Times, support Israel, based on one verse from the Old Testament (.."I will bless those who bless you").
Exactly! And Dispy teachers call you anti-Semitic if you disagree with them, a Strawman right out of the Devil's playbook. This is the Israeli False Dilemma: You're either for or against them; no neutrality allowed.
Los Angeles and San Francisco are also open sewers now. Perhaps it implies the depraved spiritual condition of their residents. Even ancient Roman cities, pagan and superstitious as they were, had better sanitation standards.
AZ and NV should close their CA border crossings if some plague breaks out.