Friday, May 15, 2015

Random thoughts

Chinese Catholics at Mass.
  • If you think about all the people Raul Castro has killed it's astonishing to see him standing next to the pope.
  • Maureen Mullarkey has a wonderful essay on the work of a Chinese photographer  following China's Catholics. When the day comes I hope American Catholics will be as brave and as faithful.


  • One thing I've noticed after years of reading Catholic blogs is that parent bloggers have toned down giving out embarrassing personal details about their teen-aged and young adult children. This is very good. Nobody, but especially HR departments and co-workers need to know about your daughter's reproductive cycle or the drug problem your son used to have.

  • Pornography is a means of controlling masses of people. If you're besotted with smut whether it's print photos, on the Internet or in badly written "romance" books, you're too stupefied to pay attention to what's really going on around you. Popular culture is part of this. The people who are obsessed with celebrities are useless when it comes time to actually think.


  • "You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large."      
    Thomas Sowell (author, economist and one of my heroes since I was a girl in high school)


  •  Hilary White wrote this back in 2007 and I still think about it occasionally even after all this time.

  • My uncle is back on the ventilator. He's awake, interested in people in his room and is trying to talk but my mother and I have come to the conclusion that he's never going to fully recover. 




4 comments:

Joe Potillor said...

Prayers for your uncle, and as always wonderful thoughts

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"If you think about all the people Raul Castro has killed it's astonishing to see him standing next to the pope. ..."

Next to the what?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"One thing I've noticed after years of reading Catholic blogs is that parent bloggers have toned down giving out embarrassing personal details about their teen-aged and young adult children. This is very good. Nobody, but especially HR departments and co-workers need to know about your daughter's reproductive cycle or the drug problem your son used to have."

Tolkien was an example.

We know his children were earliest audience of The Hobbit.

We know (after they grew up) that they received the Father Christmas Letters.

And then there are the things they chose to tell themselves apart from publications too. Most intimate knowledge of JRR as parent or grandparent is perhaps from his grandson the detective novel author.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large."

I am not at all sure I agree with him on what "requirements of civilisation" (zorry, z in United Zdates) actually are and if there even is such a thing.

Many of those taken for granted by economists today would have stamped these economists as Jews if they had uttered them back in Middle Ages.

A black woman admiring this economist, sorry, but that tends to confirm the bad notions I start getting about blacks from living among certain of them.

Despite the very gentle lady who after refusing me an euro on the ground she had no change then thought again after my polite reply and gave me a bill of five euro.

Some in the Middle Ages would have replied that "who sleepeth sinneth not".