Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Well-Made Point

In Mere Christianity, (chapter The 'Cardinal Virtues') C.S. Lewis talks about the 7 main virtues related to morality, 4 of which are the cardinal virtues (cardinal coming from a Latin word meaning door hinge, i.e. virtues off which people pivot). Out of these 4, one is temperance.

"Temperance is, unfortunately, one of those words that has changed its meaning. It now usually means teetotalism. But in the days when the second Cardinal virtue was christened 'Temperance,' it meant nothing of the sort. Temperance referred not specially to drink, but to all pleasures; and it meant not abstaining, but going the right length and no further. It is a mistake to think that Christians ought all to be teetotallers; Mohammedanism, not Christianity, is the teetotal religion. Of course it may be the duty of a particular Christian, or of any Christian, at a particular time, to abstain from strong drink, either because he is the sort of man who cannot drink at all without drinking too much, or because he is with people who are inclined to drunkenness and must not encourage them by drinking himself. But the whole point is that he is abstaining, for a good reason, from something which he does not condemn and which he likes to see other people enjoying. One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.

One great piece of mischief has been done by the modern restriction of the word Temperance to the question of drink. It helps people to forget that you can be just as intemperate about lots of other things. A man who makes his golf or his motor-bicycle the centre of his life, or a woman who devotes all her thoughts to clothes or bridge or her dog, is being just as 'intemperate' as someone who gets drunk every evening. Of course, it does not show on the outside so easily: bridge-mania or golf-mania do not make you fall down in the middle of the road. But God is not deceived by externals."

There is not much more to say. How I love this wonderful book!


Saturday, October 25, 2008


Yesterday, I was writing answers to my geography questions and amidst a certain one, typed something like "he would *insert action here*"; my automatic response was to quickly erase the line and replace it with "he or she would (you know the rest)". A short time after, it occurred to me how modern culture makes changes in ways we sometimes do not even realize, whether it be writing a simple "equal" answer or even just certain responses that our brain adapts to using.

Now, you may object to the equality part and say that it was just common sense to put in "he or she", and that can work; it's just that the thought in my head immediately said "you should change that, someone may read that and wonder why you didn't include both genders!" (The horror!)

It is also possible that it's just my mind being rather strange throughout school...

Methinks it's time for a shower and then bed.
Have a good Sabbath everyone (I started to type shower instead of Sabbath). *Slaps head*


Friday, October 17, 2008


Presumably, this blog seems to have hit a rut in which I can't seem to post consistently. Assuming nothing extremely abnormal happens to me in the near future (dying of a heart attack, going above and beyond my sodium intake, breaking my back try to lift a tea kettle), this web-space should be nicely maintained with posting in a timely manner (imagine that!).
The real reason posts are not consistent is because at the end of the day, blogging in one way or another sinks to the bottom of my priorities, in an unintentional way. In the past month or so, I have been noting all the things I should have posted; and I am disappointed in myself that I let the ideas float away without pursuing them in the slightest bit.

Here's to future writings!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Intriguing Papers

On today's lunch-break, I was on LewRockwell again and came upon yet
more wonderful papers on the bailout.



Friday, October 3, 2008


If you have been following the American economy news, you definitely noticed the canceling of the 700 billion dollar bailout. Unfortunately, the U.S. government is just alternatively pumping in money quietly, and finding new bills to pass. But still, the fact that people actually stood up and protested is a good thing, very good indeed. More in-depth articles are linked to below.