Tagged: Modernity

Save the Whales

Two beluga whales, beautiful, swim ovals in an aquarium tank. Round and round, never changing direction or speed. The crowd gasps, “Whaaaaa,” each time the pair pass near the glass. I wonder: Are those whales going insane from the boring repetition, feeling trapped, desperate to escape? Or does this describe their audience? Or does it describe me, standing here watching this depressing spectacle?...

When Your Icing Is Not Your Own

Banner headline today at Right Scoop:  VICTORY! Supreme Court sides with Masterpiece Cakeshop who refused to bake gay wedding cake! Imagine a nation in which a baker must fight a legal battle all the way up to the supreme court to establish his right to control the use and disposal of his own icing sugar and eggs. Now imagine a world in which...

The Problem of Modern Scientific Materialism

Our scientists and philosophers confidently assure us that with each passing day they are closer to unraveling the mystery of consciousness, where by “mystery” they mean myth, and by “consciousness” primarily the combination of thought and desire. Now by “thought” they mean the power of inferential reasoning, and by “desire” the ability to form purposes or intentions. Thus, they are confidently assuring us...

America Votes to End Modern Civilization

(Originally published in November 2012) Did you happen to catch the end of civilization on TV last week? The 2012 U.S. election will likely be judged by men thousands of years hence as a world historical event, on a par with the Peloponnesian War, the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Copernican Revolution or the Battle of Waterloo. If this seems hyperbolic to you, that...

America: Not Shining But Burning

The human mind naturally protects itself from considerations that would interrupt the appealing flow of everyday life. This fact alone explains the continued unwillingness of many thinking people to wonder aloud whether there is still hope for the survival of the United States of America as founded. Too early to voice such a dire concern, you say? On the contrary, it is far...