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All wisdom begins in wonder, and this delight kindles a desire for truth that leads us on a quest for the really real -- the source of being itself. Hence, the philosophical impulse, albeit often manifested in atheistic and irreverent stumblings in the dark of human ignorance, begins and ultimately ends in theology -- communicating and communing with our origin and goal. We men are rational animals who seek to know. We are agents of truth who want correct answers to questions that we must ask. From the noblest objects of contemplation to the seemingly insignificant everyday trivialities of life, we attempt to unravel perplexing knots. Limited, blind, and distracted, we nevertheless struggle for wisdom. This is our lot, and it is also our glory.
Tuesday, October 29, A.D. 2013
Hydroxenophobia

Last week, I watched Blackfish on CNN. It is a documentary about killer whales in captivity—and mostly a visual philippic against Sea World. Like The Cove, Blackfish serves as effective propaganda against greedy money interests and heartless bastards (of course, with a significant Venn overlap). CNN will air it again this weekend.

I found the film’s sympathy for anachronistic concerns for homogenous communities interesting and provocative. The filmmaker interviews marine mammal specialists who criticize Sea World’s policy of housing orcas from various parts of the world together. These unenlightened scientists argue that whales from different places have different languages and customs and that forcing such whales into a multicultural environment stresses the animals and instigates misunderstandings, tensions, and crises. Happily, these folks do not work for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and cannot influence immigration policy in advanced nations. Their dangerous and backward ideas totally contradict what contemporary wisdom has directed good, decent people to do with their own human communities.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, October 29, Anno Domini 2013
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Wednesday, October 16, A.D. 2013
Audience Agitprop at Carnegie Hall

Last week, “Queer Nation” protesters disrupted a concert by conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; read about the brouhaha on Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc. Such reminds me of Jay Nordlinger’s pining for art free from political intrusion in “My Kingdom for a Safe Zone.” Radicals, however, have no manners, and they do not respect the sacred, the beautiful, or their neighbor. For them, art, like all things, is subservient to “the cause.” Which cause changes upon the season and the appetite, naturally, but what is important is the cause du jour. For many homosexualists, the current rally is to attack the Russians for their having rejected the Left’s next stage of the sexual revolution. Hence, “Queer Nation” malcontents annoy concert goers in Manhattan. For another slice of rancid fruitcake, read “LGBTs protest pro-Putin Russian church” in The Bay Area Reporter. “Activists” attempted to harass Russian Orthodox folks at church in San Francisco. You may also read the Western American Diocese’s briefing on the episode. There are many other examples, including efforts in Cincinnati to get Procter and Gamble to remove their sponsorship of the American Olympic team because the Winter Games will be held in Sochi. So what if those athletes have dedicated their lives in preparation for that Olympic moment! Who cares that they financially depend on corporate assistance? All that matters is the cause! Fortunately, P&G has refused to comply, though the company could not bloviate enough about its enthusiastic support of the homosexualist agenda.

What really angers me about these folks isn’t their beliefs. I think that they are wrong, but most people are wrong about most things. That is the way of the human herd, pretty much everywhere and in every age. Rather, it is that they are bullies. Every self righteous leftist “activist” is an obnoxious thug who likes to push people around using the corrupted institutions of our irrational, emotionally driven, feminized society as their instruments. They are despicable. The Russkies are wise to stomp them into the ground. Unfortunately, discreet and peaceful homosexuals in Russia and elsewhere are the collateral damage of such efforts to remake society according to the latest whim of leftist madness . . . but when have revolutionaries ever worried about the human costs of their schemes? If one wants to make an omelette . . .

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, October 16, Anno Domini 2013
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