Creating a sense of higher purpose

  1. Creating a sense of higher purpose;
  2. Identity Politics^N;
  3. No bigoted veggies in East Lansing;
  4. The Flight 93 crash;
  5. Don’t nobody get rejected by Evergreen State

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I recently listened to the Harvard commencement-speech given by Mark Zuckerberg, the young Facebook-CEO. Zuckerberg observed that many people today increasingly lack “a sense of higher purpose,” which he defined as “the sense that you are a part of something bigger.” “It’s up to us,” Zuckerberg went on to say, “to create it” (the sense of higher purpose).

Today let me thank God that I don’t need the Facebook-CEO, nor any other human being, including myself, to “create” for me “a sense of higher purpose.” Because all of us are already “called” to be “saints” (ἁγίοις, those belonging to God), which literally means, we are all “called to belong to God.” Our true purpose, one not concocted by man, but God-given, lies in belonging to One, unchangeable Creator, and in Him to one another.

(Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

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[T]he larger progressive dilemma here is that contempt is baked into the identity politics that defines today’s Democratic Party.

When Mrs. Clinton labeled Trump voters deplorable (“racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it”) she was simply following identity politics to its logical conclusion. Because identity politics transforms those on the other side of the argument—i.e., Americans who are pro-life, who respect the military, who may work in the coal industry—from political opponents into oppressors.

Which is precisely how they are treated: as bigots whose retrograde views mean they have no rights. So when the Supreme Court unilaterally imposes gay marriage on the entire nation, a baker who doesn’t want to cater a gay reception must be financially ruined. Ditto for two Portland women who ran a burrito stand that they shut down after accusations of cultural appropriation regarding their recipes.

Here it helps to remember the tail end of Mr. Obama’s snipe about guns and religion: it was a crack about voters clinging to “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” Sounds like a pretty accurate indictment of contemporary American liberalism, judging by all these articles begging progressives to be a little more broad-minded.

So good luck with the idea that the Democratic Party can restore its relationship with Middle America without addressing the identity politics that fuels it. Especially when it starts from the premise that the Americans they are condescending to will remain too stupid to figure it out.

(William McGurn, Wall Street Journal)

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It’s a complete absurdity to believe that Christians will suffer a single thing from the expansion of gay rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.

I have not heard East Lansing’s side yet, but I have visited the farm’s Facebook page, and suspect that an orchard where the farm hosts or hosted weddings may factor into the story.

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Because I had shown some criticism to the protest that was occurring on campus in earlier weeks I have become targeted and harassed by a wide number of students on campus. Recently there have been a number of students who patrol lower campus with weapons like baseball bats and tasers who claim to be making the campus safer but in reality are making campus more hostile.

(Anonymous Evergreen State University Student, via a Professor, quoted by Rod Dreher)

Dreher goes off in a different direction, but I am agog at the sheer illiteracy of that complaint. I’m not saying it’s unjustified, but I’m talking about “shown some criticism to,” “I have become targeted,” “a wide number of students,” and “there have been a number,” all in just two sentences.

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Men are men before they are lawyers or physicians or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers and physicians. (John Stuart Mill, Inaugural Address at St. Andrew’s, 1867)

“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.