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The Cross and the Atheist

Posted in Other by Ziggy Sunday December 30, 2018 at 09:05

As Chesterton so carefully hinted in “Orthodoxy”, Christ during the passion appears, for a moment, to approach atheism. From this, atheism appears a moral human response to deep suffering, fear, and isolation. This insight should alter how we think about those exhibiting signs of atheism, and their place in a society.

Specifically, we should care for atheists like we do for the other suffering; with compassion, and without the burden of avoidable responsibilities. Most would be loath to burden a recovering combat casualty with duties on the front line. It is understood that they are very likely suffering greatly, and that their suffering will unacceptably interfere with the effective execution of their duties. The wounded are a liability on the battlefield, and we treat them with compassion (where possible) by removing them to a safe distance from the conflict. So too, we should look on the atheist with the eyes of compassion, and understand that their deep suffering should excuse them from unnecessary participation major responsibilities such as marriage, law enforcement, and public office.

There is a sense, today, that being involved in religion renders you unfit for politics, teaching, and science. But it seems that this is exactly and precisely wrong.

Tryop and Feelings

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Thursday December 27, 2018 at 16:55

Feelings feel manipulative. Like betrayal. Having come to understand the “agreeableness” personality trait, all of this comes into sharper focus. Tryop is an expression of a low agreeableness personality in a non-pathological way.

Tryop is a way to tell people that I don’t care about their feelings. Or, that their presented feelings have a negative weight in my evaluation. At first it felt “evil”, probably because our culture has been so feminized, and agreeableness isn’t particularly appropriate in the context of caring for children.

Now that I know this, it seems better to explain my reluctance to engage emotionally, rather than simply frightening people. And that’s probably a good thing. Someone has to be willing to ignore sentiment.

Is there still a place for Tryop? More than ever.
Is there a safe place for my heart? Surely among the saints.

Householder

Posted in Other by Ziggy Wednesday December 26, 2018 at 09:32

I received a book for Christmas this year (from my Mother, as is often the case) titled “Man of the House” by C.R. Wiley. Although I have not read the entire thing I have skimmed it deeply enough to gain a sense of the contents.

The subtitle of the book is “A handbook for building a shelter that will last in a world that is falling apart” but I felt that I was holding less of a handbook and more of an apology. (more…)

Rules for Nodes

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Sunday August 12, 2018 at 22:11

Abstract Ten Commandments

0: Granting freedom to sub nodes characterizes the most powerful node in the hierarchy. Recognize the global hierarchy root.
1: Flawed models of the node hierarchy are pathological. Abstain.
2: Freedom to abstain is a fundamental fractal. Recognize the fractal of freedom.
3: Nodes which correctly adopt the internal structure of the local hierarchy root have superior lifespan. Respect local node root structure.
4: Unsubstantiated destruction of local nodes is pathological. Abstain.
5: Violation of the local structure of node pattern propagation is pathological. Abstain.
6: Violation of the local structure of node internal structure transfer is pathological. Abstain.
7: Misrepresenting checksum results is pathological. Abstain.
8: Goal setting to transfer internal node structure is pathological. Abstain.
9: Goal setting to transfer node pattern propagation methods is pathological. Abstain

A Bunch of Short Media Reviews

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:14

I’ve been collecting a bunch of small fragments of ideas about various movies and books. Figured I’d put them up here.

Movies

9

Good stuff

  • set some ideas up about teamwork
  • complete setting
  • simple story

Bad stuff

  • half constructed metaphors
  • schizophrenic themes
  • So surreal one couldn’t connect
  • screaming bad guys
  • consistent repetitive omnipresent human failure
  • plot holes

The Tale of Despereaux

Good stuff

  • metaphors seemed to be really awesome and complete
  • The “death” mouse and the pit. That whole setting.

Bad stuff

  • seemed to drop metaphors and themes in mid stride
  • Near the end they jump from location to location; this seemed easy, but should have been very hard! (it was much harder earlier)

Emperors New Groove

Good stuff

  • Good moral
  • Got the serious/goofy mix just right for the genere
  • Incredibly quotable
  • Dynamic archetypical characters
  • Clear plot, convoluted into an interesting story

Bad stuff

  • Permissive/lying/stupid father figure
  • Poorly resolved moral tone?

Batman, Dark Knight

Good stuff

  • Believable and powerful villain (Joker)
  • Awesomeness

Bad stuff

  • No “good” person will kill others
  • Contrived choices, fallacy of false alternatives
  • Godless grasping for a basis of right action
  • Dumb idiot villains (Anyone but The Joker)

Megamind

Good stuff

  • Excellent dialog
  • “Clean” in action and speech, while still presenting real struggles
  • Fantastic yet believable characters

Bad stuff

  • Continuing confusion over what “evil” really means
  • Power of Eros to create Agape ex-nihilo
  • Mocking overtones

Books

Dragon Spear

Good stuff

  • uneducated main charcter (makes exposition easy)
  • Main character isn’t a jerk, but also isn’t a manly-woman

Bad stuff

  • Friendly dragons.
  • Farmer dragons.
  • Generally good dragons. Better than most people even… seriously
  • elementary style and vocabulary
  • Too much repetition

The Ballad of the White Horse

Good stuff

  • Believable “good guys” and “bad guys” who have real thoughts and self-deceits.
  • Profound insight into the timeless struggle of right behavior.
  • This:
    • For our God hath blessed creation,
    • Calling it good. I know
    • What spirit with whom you blindly band
    • Hath blessed destruction with his hand;
    • Yet by God’s death the stars shall stand
    • And the small apples grow.

Bad stuff

  • Usually too high-minded to grip the heart
  • difficult to follow but with exceptional concentration.

SpoOratory Ep5

Posted in SpoOratory by Ziggy Saturday May 12, 2018 at 11:05

A half-cast today. Just Luke and I were recorded, but we were talking about intra-family dynamics and business stuff.

SpoonCast2016-02-04

Also present at various times, but not audible, were Kevin, Travis, and Ben. Recorded 2016-02-04.

00:21 Hierarchy of social needs (more…)

SpoOratory Ep4

Posted in SpoOratory by Ziggy Friday May 11, 2018 at 10:38

Lots of talk about lots of things. Recorded 2016-01-28

SpoonCast2016-01-28

01:03 The Witness (the game) (more…)

Logical Consistency and Truth

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Monday April 30, 2018 at 09:22

In short, internal consistency is the baseline requirement to take anything seriously. If it doesnít agree with itself, it canít possibly be true.

Specifically as pertaining to political policies, something can’t be useful unless it is true, because lies always betray their wielder.

Discuss!

Oppression in the Name of Love

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Thursday April 12, 2018 at 10:21

In the USA, at the time of this writing, our Government is pretty good at moderate but pervasive oppression. Oppression that isn’t really bad enough for people to complain too loudly. I mean, it’s a lot worse other places, but oppression isn’t something you want in moderation.

I think this pervasive oppression stems from a blindness we have developed over the past hundred and fifty years, and which I’d like to explore. This article is an inversion of my previous pondering on policy, where I made excuses for why I haven’t thought deeply on the ideal government. In the interim I’ve been thinking, in some areas deeper than others. I’d like to share these thoughts with you, and the first is about oppression. (more…)

Bring Singapore to Camarillo

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 04:39

I’ve wanted to live in Singapore for a long time. The style and attitude of the government really appeals to me. I even visited, and was quite pleased with the experience.

But my parents, wife, kids, friends, and church are all in Camarillo. We’re used to the weather here and I don’t feel like we’re going to be able to move any time soon.

So how about we bring Singapore to Camarillo? (more…)

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