7 things @ 9 o’clock (10.24)

1. Caperton: “She’s a rich girl, and she’s gone too far

Don’t bother trying to be ashamed about your privilege, because you’re right, it’s not something you can help. But also don’t whine about the terrible burden it places on you. Don’t develop a persecution complex, as if all of the peons of the world are taking valuable time out of their day to judge you for your handbag. It would be great if you could acknowledge your privilege and find a way to leverage it on behalf of people who don’t have any — volunteer work, advocacy, donations, something. But even if that is completely beyond you, stop whining. Because no one cares that your 1,500-thread-count sheets are too slippery, and if you keep moaning about how hard it is to be rich, people really are going to hate you.

2. Jenn Lindsay has some thoughts on “Why Religion Should Not Try So Hard to Be Cool.” It’s the trying that dooms them. Nothing is less cool than trying to be cool.

3. Jeff Dunn writes about “My Trouble With Scripture“: “Evangelicalism — at least where I have been in evangelicalism in my life — has obscured the Word of God by focusing on the scriptures themselves.” I don’t think this is particularly his trouble.

4. Which is more surprising: Hearing Patti Smith tell an audience of children in 1979 that when she was a kid she wanted to be a missionary? Or hearing her say “I want to sing ‘You Light Up My Life,’ and I know that’s a weird choice for me, but I like that song ’cause I think if you really get into the words it’s got a really great message”?

5. I’m not sure that R. Tod Kelly’s long look at the Men’s Rights Movement — “The Masculine Mystique” — tells us much that’s new about this creepy cesspool of misogyny and free-floating resentment. Kelly gamely tries to find some reasonable “moderates” in the movement, clarifying that anyone either reasonable or moderate wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that “movement.” The best he can come up with is one guy’s agenda regarding counter-productive debt-collection processes used against dead-beat dads in arrears on child support. It’s a legitimate issue, and one that feminists — the very same feminists so hated and opposed by even “moderate” MRM boys — have been addressing for quite a while.

6. John MacArthur’s astonishing claim that his blanket condemnation of charismatic Christianity was a “loving” act recalls the importance of understanding the odd way that the term of art “love” is used by fundamentalists. Timothy Swanson nicely summarizes what these folks mean by “love” in a guest post at Defeating the Dragons, “Learning the words: love“:

Now the links connect. Love is an action, not a feeling. Love is expressed through refusing to enable bad behavior. Love seeks the best for a person, not something less. The best is God’s will for a person. We know God’s will for a person. God’s will is these rules.

THUS: Love for a person is expressed by telling them to follow the fundamentalist rules.

7. BabyBlue Anglican directs our attention to this pre-royal-baptism video from Archbishop Justin Welby which is, as she writes, “a warmly accessible introduction to what baptism means.”

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(Welby is discussing infant baptism as practiced by a state church. That corresponds to soul freedom about as well as I think England’s hereditary royalty corresponds to democracy, but I suppose that just as the Brits have figured out how to have democracy while preserving their constitutional monarchy, the Anglicans are figuring out how to preserve their established religion with freedom of conscience.)


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  • http://algol.wordpress.com/ SororAyin

    Not quite where I was going with that….

  • Jamoche

    Back before Customers Suck stopped allowing posts where the customers lost, I posted this one : http://customers-suck.livejournal.com/7640558.html – my mom, a US Customs Inspector, taught a football player a lesson in not being rude when your paperwork isn’t in order.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    That kind of biasing of the “customers suck” data set seems a bit odd, and I have to say I’m a bit uncomfortable with creating this aura that customers as a giant mass are all just giant gits who all manage to “win” against the brave employee.

  • reynard61

    Really?! I don’t know where you live, but here in Indianapolis they can cost $1.25 at certain hotel vending machines. (But, yeah; they usually tend to go for 75¢ to $1 at gas station or store vending machines — although the 75¢ Cokes are getting rare…)

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    “About”. Not “exactly”.

  • Ygorbla

    Oh god, the comments, though.

  • Caddy Compson

    Well, I’m impressed. :D

  • Jenora Feuer

    Heh. Reminds me of many years ago, when my cousins were teenagers, and going on about ‘alligator shirts’. (This was 30 years ago, when the Izod ‘alligator’ polo shirt was still a relatively new thing.) They were being a bit snobbish about it; that branch of the family was involved in the oil business down in Houston, and was both well off and self-absorbed.

    So my mother went and got one of her old shirts that had been used as a painting shirt for some years and stencilled an alligator onto it. Then she went to talk to my grandfather who had been given one of these shirts by the aforementioned cousins, and who was usually up for a good prank when it involved puncturing overinflated egos…

    Thus it was that when my mother showed off her ‘alligator shirt’ and got called on it, she could show that the actual Izod label was on the back of the neck, as she’d removed it from my grandfather’s shirt with his blessing and put it on her own ratty painting shirt with the painted alligator.

    I’m not sure if my cousins really learned the proper lesson from that, but they should have.

  • Jamoche

    I do understand that LJ comms need vigorous moderation once they get large and popular, but the mods a few years back decided that any post where the employee showed a bit of spine was just as bad as the urban-legend favorites like spitting in food. And annoyingly to anyone who knows their Californian literature, they use the blanket term “zorroing” for all of it.

  • Nick Gotts

    just as the Brits have figured out how to have democracy while preserving their constitutional monarchy

    Nah. We have a partially-elective oligarchy, same as you Americans. Our oligarchs are just a bit franker about some of the anti-democratic features of our system.

  • Tehanu

    “Love is expressed through refusing to enable bad behavior. So we’re going to burn you at the stake to prevent your continuing behavior that we think is bad.” — The Inquisition

  • fuzzygerdes

    Re #2: There’s really nothing that says “We totally *are* cool and really have a handle on this modern internet stuff” like starting a comment with “To Whom It May Concern:”.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    That said, it’s a perfectly valid salutation.

  • auroramere

    What’s the modern Internet-aware salutation it’s being contrasted with?