Depart from me, all evildoers,Psalms 6:8-10
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea for help;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and shake with terror;
they will turn back and suddenly be disgraced.
Amen and amen. When I think about all the prospering evil doers in this world and the corresponding persecution and suffering of God’s people, I remind myself that God accepts our prayer. Though it may not be now or even in our lifetime, God’s will will be done and our enemies will be disgraced and brought low.
At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in. When human souls have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.CS Lewis
Tremble, and do not sin;Psalm 4:4
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.
The reading today that caught me was the “sacrifices of righteousness.” As I live my daily Christian life, it’s always hard to always do good, to think correctly, to block out bad thoughts and words and actions. Why do I do this? Because I want to become better, to be more holy if you speak spiritually. Because that will allow me to become closer to God and know how he thinks and would be in the situation that I find myself.
And, these acts of daily righteousness are sacrifices because they’re not easy. I think it gets harder and easier because the devil will make it harder, but as I grow it will become easier to resist.
Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28–30
And this is a reminder from Bonhoeffer’s devotional today: Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.…Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is joy.
As I become more like Christ, then the yoke will become easier because I will take up the yoke seeing it from God’s perspective.
A Black Lives Matter activist and fervent Democrat Party supporter is accused of committing anti-Asian hate crimes in Seattle.
— Read on thepostmillennial.com/
This is brilliant:
“Typically, the IYI get first-order logic right, but not second-order (or higher) effects, making him totally incompetent in complex domains.
The IYI has been wrong, historically, about Stalinism, Maoism, GMOs, Iraq, Libya, Syria, lobotomies, urban planning, low carbohydrate, diets, gym machines, behaviorism, trans-fats, Freudianism, portfolio theory, linear regression, HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup), Gaussianism, Salafism, dynamic stochastic equilibrium modeling, housing projects, marathon running, selfish genes, election-forecasting models, Bernie Madoff (pre-blowup), and p-values. But he is still convinced that his current position is right.*1”
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The rule we discuss in this chapter is the minority rule, the mother of all asymmetries. It suffices for an intransigent minority—a certain type of intransigent minority—with significant skin in the game (or, better, soul in the game) to reach a minutely small level, say 3 or 4 percent of the total population, for the entire population to have to submit to their preferences. Further, an optical illusion comes with the dominance of the minority: a naive observer (who looks at the standard average) would be under the impression that the choices and preferences are those of the majority. If it seems absurd, it is because our scientific intuitions aren’t calibrated for this.”
Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
They believe it’s a triumph, but they’re going to destroy themselves in the end.
If you think that cancel culture and social media deplatforming have
gotten out of hand, you should know that those are only two examples
of many strategies that the fascist left deploys to enforce its
Another such strategy, currently sweeping the country, takes coercive
suppression of dissent to a whole new level. The model here comes
straight out of the old Soviet Union’s playbook: use control over
institutions to demand a continuous series of expressions of loyalty
to the orthodoxy, and then to destroy the livelihood and career of
anyone who refuses to comply.
This latest strategy, which has emerged at academic institutions, is
to make so-called “antiracism” or Critical Race Theory or Social
Justice training into a required course of study. Or better still, to
make such training not only a single required course on its own, but
also something integrated as a significant component into multiple
courses, or even into every course. Then, have the course grades and
evaluations be determined not just by the mastery of, say, calculus,
but instead or also by the demonstrated willingness of the student to
regurgitate and swear loyalty to the “antiracism” or Critical Race
Theory or Social Justice orthodoxy. Fail to show sufficient enthusiasm as (for example) an “antiracist,” and you get humiliated in class, you receive grades of D or F in your courses, and finally
you get labeled as a “racist” to all potential graduate schools and
The more I read about this, the more I am astounded at how far the
strategy has progressed before many normal people realized what was
happening or began to push back. The question is, is this really a strategy by which the left can achieve its final triumph, or are the left and the institutions in question in the process of committing suicide?
— Read on www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2021-3-20-is-the-left-on-the-cusp-of-permanent-triumph-or-is-it-committing-suicide