“I don’t have any faith in myself of living a virtuous life; but if I am surrounded by other people who are also formed by the same commitments, then we’ve got a better chance. We need one another to live up to the wonderful invitation we’ve been given to be other than we are.” Stanley Hauerwas

Saturday, April 15, 2006

New Website and Blog!

I am ending this short-lived blog and moving to a new family-only-blog.

Have a Joy Filled Easter.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Teaching Morality and Ethics

There is an amazing analysis of the cult of celebrity, and the reasoning behind the personal failure of celebrities and others in general, at the Capitalism Magazine website today. The gist of the article is that people, (not just celebrities) often fail because "in our society we teach our children that reason has no moral status and the way to choose values is with our emotions. And then we are mystified when they end up on drugs. We teach that a business career has no moral virtue; it is merely the practical means to supporting a self-sacrificial cause. And then we are surprised when we hear the successful say they feel empty inside."

I think it's true, our society does tend to follow emotions in decision making and call them values. Simply, what moves us emotionally guides our decision making. It is also true that in our increasingly socialistic world, work is simply a means to an end and success in the business world is something nearing shame.

You can find the full article here: The Morality of Success: What Self Destructive Celebrities Need
Note: the above image is Michael Pitt, who plays a self-destructive rock star in 'Last Days.'

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The "Left" of Today

I would like to direct you to Dr. Sanity. She is a Psychiatrist working in Aerospace Medicine. She keeps a wonderfully insightful blog which I just recently came across. I am in the process of reading many of her back posts. The one I am directing you to today is really intriguing. In it she observes that the "Left" that she grew up with in the sixties and seventies is far removed from the "Left" of 2006. " But my observation is that today’s Left pretty much stands for nothing—not freedom, not equal opportunity; not individual rights; not even peace. Trying to right the wrongs and injustices of the world is truly ethical and noble goal, but something happened on the road to that beautiful utopia. The Left made a wrong turn and got lost--somewhere in the vicinity of Vietnam, I think." Read the entire post here.

The Last Little While

Much has happened in my life in the last few weeks. I apologize for not keeping up with my blog, especially in light of the Canadian election and the more recent reactions by Muslim Extremists to the politically charged cartoons. In my personal life I have changed house which has taken most, if not all, of my spare time. I will try to be a little more dilligent with my blog.

This, the end of the first week of the new government in Canada has proven, according to an IPSO Reid poll, to have been a successful one. That is despite the Emerson and Fortier appointments. The Prime Minister has a 54% approval rating, even though only 38% of the nation voted Conservative. Keep it up Stephen!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Political View Point

I found the very articulate site of Vox Day, someone who is both a Libertarian and a Christian. Libertarianism is a particular political ideology that fundamentally I agree with, however, most people with Libertarian leanings are either atheists or agnostics. I thought that I might have been one of few Christians who considered themselves philosophically Libertarian. I was first introduced to Libertarian principles through the work of Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugs). Libertarianism stresses individual freedoms and rights and small government with little interference.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

memento mori

I read a sermon this morning written by Benjamin J. Andersen, B.Phil, M.Div., which reminded me now, as I enter this new year, that I should be focused on the 'end goal of the race', that being eternal life with God. At first glance I thought that this was a rather morbid read and almost moved on beyond it; but I did read it and it made a lot of sense. Andersen reminded me that I can get caught up, as we all can, in the immediate things... job, school, home life etc. and not pay much attention to what is in the distant future, that being my salvation, my eternity with God:

“The problem is that life simply slips by without most of us ever noticing. We get caught up in the hurts of the past, or in the pleasures of the fleeting present, or in the dreams of the immediate future, and we forget about the end; the last things; the ultimate things.”

Andersen insists that it is only in focusing on the eternal goal that life has any real meaning:

“This is because it is only in the perspective of the end of all things that our life makes any sense, has any purpose. This mortal life has a definite teleology, that is, it has an end or goal in mind. It is, as Saint Paul says, like a race: we are runners in this race, and we are not to run mindlessly, but because we are utterly focused on the eternal prize at the end of the finish line. Without a knowledge of the end of all things, and the end of this mortal life in particular, a Christian cannot come to a true knowledge of his vocation in this life. Without a knowledge of Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, a Christian (as Saint Paul says) will be forever “beating the air” until it’s too late.”

You can read the full text of Andersn's sermon here

Monday, January 09, 2006

Eight Point Tory Lead!

YAHOO!!!! This new poll gives reason for cheering! CTV and the Globe and Mail have the Tories surging ahead, with an eight point lead over the Liberals! Now hold it steady to the ballot box boys!

Benny and Animal Cruelty

This past weekend the notion of animal cruelty and mistreating for the cash bottom line has been forefront in my mind. There was recently another in yet a long string of raids on puppy mills in Ontario. This particular raid occurred last November and resulted in criminal charges for the owners of the mill.

When my parents (who are in their seventies) heard that the animals were coming up for adoption they volunteered to adopt one. Judging by the way that this dog acts when put down outside, it would seem he has never walked on ground and certainly has never been on a leash. I assume that he has spent his entire life in a cage. He is very sweet natured and already, after just three days, he is getting along famously.

If you are interested in reading the press release which gives details of the raid and the upcoming court proceedings from the SPCA, go to their website here and scroll down to November 2, 2005. That will give you the news release etc. Surrounding this particular case where their new little guy comes from.

His new name is Benny, and he is a lucky guy! God bless you Dad and Mom for adopting him and giving him a good home.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Stand Up for Security... and 21 year old museum quality airplanes!

In the wake of the Boxing Day Murder in Toronto, this week Stephen Harper released a promising security plan which underscores the Conservative intention to toughen our stance against crime. The plan includes:

  • Mandatory minimum prison sentences of five or ten years for major firearms offences, including five years for possession of a loaded restricted or prohibited weapon such as a handgun, and an end to revolving door bail and parole policies;
  • Filling more than 1,000 unfilled RCMP positions and working with provinces and municipalities to hire at least 2,500 more police officers across the country;
  • Measures to crack down on firearms smuggling and toughen security at Canada’s border crossings, including giving our customs agents the support and equipment they need to do their job; and
  • Investing $50 million over five years in programs to promote crime prevention and assist youth at risk.
Read the press release at the conservative website by clicking here.

Continuing on the election, Brent Colbert takes a look at the issues surrounding the twenty one year old plane that the PM is using to get from one election stop to another.

"Well Mr. Martin it is not a plane like any other, is this the kind of choices you provide to the Canadian Forces when they come calling for replacements of the Sea King helicopters or any of the other museum pieces that make up our military hardware?

My question to you Mr. Martin is why you chose this aircraft instead more environmentally friendly planes. Is it because your friend Ajay K.Virmani owns the jet. I trust that there is no special considerations offered in return for the considerations Mr. Virmani’s Starjet Canada received last July. Any sweetheart deal would be in contravention of the Election Financing Laws prohibiting corporate donations, but you knew that Mr. Martin didn’t you?"

Click here for his enlightening coverage.

New Zealand Study Links Abortion and Psychiatric Illness

A New Zealand medical team have published a study this month which indicates that there is a link between psychiatric illness and having an abortion:

The study followed 1,265 children born in the 1970s. The research showed that 41 percent of more than 500 women remaining in the study had become pregnant by age 25, and 14.5 percent of those remaining had sought an abortion. By age 25, it said, 42 percent of the women who had an abortion had experienced major depression in the previous four years; this was almost double the rate of those who had never been pregnant and 35 percent higher than those who had continued their pregnancies.

The results were printed this week in the London-based Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.
Read about the study here, at Cybercast News.

Sylvia Browne... The Psychic Sham

FoxNews reports today that Sylvia Browne, the famous psychic who has weekly spots on the Montel Williams show and has built a million dollar empire on the backs of people seeking spiritual direction and connection with deceased loved ones, outed herself this week on a radio program. Apparently Browne was on the syndicated George Noory show "Coast to Coast", when the false report came through the wires that the West Virginia miners were all alive:

"Noory: "Had you been on the program today, would [you] have felt if — because they heard no sound — that this was a very gloomy moment — and that they might have all died?"
Browne: "No. I knew they were going to be found. I hate people that say something after the fact."

Browne goes on to dig herself in deeper; she is still on the show when the truth that the miners were not found alive is revealed. Read the Fox coverage of this story here.