Repentance as Time Travel

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Part 3 of a series beginning to see the light of day. Summary of Part 1: If we desire our lives to be meaningful, we must be rid of sin, for sin is that-which-ought-not-be, and no meaning can be riddled with that-which-ought-not-be and remain consistent meaning, as no story can contain absurdities that contradict the entire story while remaining a good story.Summary of Part 2: If our sins were merely concrete moments in an unreachable past, we'd all be screwed. If time was strictly … [Read more...]

The Ethical Necessity of Time Travel

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Part 2 of a series hardly worth talking about. Sin is not religious. It is a theistic-atheistic, equal-opportunity steel-boot to the groin the entirety of humanity is doubled-over and groaning with. To be a sinner is not simply to have offended some brooding moral order which thereafter holds you in cosmic contempt. To be a sinner is to contain within yourself the reality of having done what you ought not have done. There is hardly a human alive -- no matter how hip -- who can coherently … [Read more...]

How to Die a Damn Good Story

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Part 1 of a terribly depressing series. I wish to die a damn good story. I want to carve out for myself a meaningful slice of existence. I want to leave, along with a good-looking corpse, a coherent narrative that says something, not a garble of unconnected life-events fading unresolved into nothingness as the blood dries. I'd like to be a story, and this is more than a daydream of me-as-Sherlock, man-as-protagonist. This is suicide prevention.The desire for life to be a good story makes … [Read more...]

A Possible Anthropological Origin of the Duck-face

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All objectification tends towards murder, all self-objectification to suicide, for the only time a person is only an object is when he is a corpse. Alive and kicking, on the other hand, the person is a synthesis of subjectivity and objectivity. If this vocabulary is unfamiliar, fear not. Your objectivity is simply your outward splay of characteristics, observable-you, and your subjectivity is that unobservable interior life glimpsed through your objectivity, through your physical ch … [Read more...]

The Poor and the Religious

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Poverty is the primordial fact of human existence, for we did not earn our existence, we were given it by our dear, darling parents, and all subsequent earning, owning and wealth is contingent upon this being given -- upon receiving existence like a welfare check. But we are poorer still, for even after the gift of existence we lie unfurnished, waiting to be given language, virtue, identity, belonging, continued existence -- donations that make all later owning, earning, and wealth possible. … [Read more...]

You Are Poor

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I wanted to be a wealthy, self-made man. I tried, but got stuck on the awfully obvious fact that wealth depends on existence. I must first exist in order to own my books, Apple products and college savings. Such an simple truth, but such a prickly problem for a man about the business of being wealthy, that is, of owning much. For do I own my existence?No. Upon extremely little reflection, I have come to understand that my existence is as given as soup ladled into a bowl by an obnoxious youth … [Read more...]

Dear NARAL

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I read Pope Francis' beautiful, bold and otherwise death-defying interview. Then I read this.So I re-read the "pro-choice" view at issue: We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Synodality

Bet you ten bucks Pope Francis ends the Schism: On June 29, during the ceremony of the blessing and imposition of the pallium on 34 metropolitan archbishops, Pope Francis spoke about “the path of collegiality” as the road that can lead the church to “grow in harmony with the service of primacy.” So I ask: “How can we reconcile in harmony Petrine primacy and collegiality? Which roads are feasible also from an ecumenical perspective?”The pope responds, “We must walk together: the people, the b … [Read more...]

Giving Your Money to Drug Addicts

Vincent de Paul and beggar Christ

There are two commandments regarding poverty that I have come to dislike. The first is as follows: "Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime." I do not disagree. I have simply come to the sad conclusion that those most likely to use the phrase are those most likely to neither give, teach, or fish.The second is my topic: "Never give money to a beggar. They'll only spend it on drugs."The problem with this maxim is its … [Read more...]

Ignoring Jesus 101

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Christ says "blessed are the poor," (Luke 6:20) and the splendor of his words is that they contain a quality of invisibility, a capacity to be ignored and forgotten at a rate far excelling the human usual. Indeed, there are few words that demand more action and yet have the grand effect of no one doing anything at all, not for any inarticulacy in Christ, but for timidity in man."Blessed are the peacemakers," says Christ, and few believe he wants us to cheer on these peaceful people while … [Read more...]


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