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Apothegms and Observations XLI
“What is feminism?” This question is asking, “What is meant when the word ‘feminism’ is said?” The obvious answer is, “It depends on who is speaking.” Thus, the original question is helpful only in that it makes its own unanswerability obvious, and quickly leads to the better (and more difficult) question: “What do you mean when you say the word ‘feminism?'”
The evidence points to the least sexy form of charitable giving being the most effective: donating cash.
Sometimes, joy means allowing yourself to be sad.
Often, the reason we believe someone is wise is because we don’t know them.
As we grow in our imitation of Jesus, his teachings both shock us more profoundly with their radicalness, and become so obviously right and true that we can hardly imagine another way of living.
It is far easier to feel passionate about a criticism of another than it is to feel passionate about a celebration of another.
I feel a tremendous tendency in my heart to be secular—to live as if God did not speak and is not there.
The dishes never take as long as I imagine they will take.
Love is not, “You will be mine.” Love is, “I will be yours.”
Essential to the concept of chivalry is the doctrine of the difference of the genders.
To borrow from computer science, our society’s solution to the gender identity problem has shifted from static typing to duck typing.
It is very important to practice deconstruction, when it is done helpfully, and it removes the tyranny of false beliefs. Yet this perhaps only reinforces the importance of fruitful construction.
A mere speculation: I have wondered if the English language’s lack of second person plural has influenced our philosophy and theology into individuality and away from community. When we hear a command in Scripture, for instance, we assume it is given to us individually, rather than the Church at large, because our language simply has no distinction between the two.
The great ones can be found pursuing industry while the rest of us enjoy leisure. And each is right and good.
It is laughable to think that empathy solves all of society’s problems. Empathy is only a beginning of a solution.
To be frank, it astounds me that anyone takes Richard Dawkins seriously as an atheist persuader. I am always surprised when his name comes up in a thoughtful discussion. And yet, the brother of a good friend lost his faith after reading The God Delusion…. How am I to understand this?
Money… how difficult it is to know what to feel about you.
When I am at my most rational and self-aware, it seems to me a blessing that I lack power.
Was there ever a time that scholarship, truth, and wisdom equated to influence? I long for such a time.
Think! Ask questions!
How do we know if our manner of questioning in spiritual things is sincere and good? By whether we are seeking evidence and reasons to believe in truth more than we are seeking the confirmation of our inclinations.
If all we learn in history class is the dates, then the class is an insult to the field. But if we do not learn the dates, then what are we studying?