RE: Bailouts, Bicycles, Babylon and empty slogans

  • Once it [a society or culture] has shrugged off the interests and claims of the community, the public language of sexuality comes directly under the influence of private lust, ambition, and greed and becomes inadequate to deal with the real issues and problems of sexuality. The public dialogue degenerates into a stupefying and useless contest between so-called liberation and so-called morality. The real issues and problems, as they are experienced and suffered in people’s lives, cannot be talked about. The public language can deal, however awkwardly and perhaps uselessly, with pornography, sexual harassment, rape, and so on. But it cannot talk about respect, responsibility, sexual discipline, fidelity, or the practice of love. “Sexual education” [then becomes] a dispirited description of anatomical machinery — and this is a sexuality that is neither erotic nor social nor sacramental but rather a cold-blooded, abstract procedure which is finally not even imaginable.
    (tags: sex)
  • To put the proposed Wall Street bailout into perspective. $700bn:

    * Would clear the accumulated debt of the 49 poorest countries in the world ($375bn) twice over
    * Is almost 5 times the annual amount of extra aid needed to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals on poverty, health, education etc ($150bn a year)
    * Is about 7 years of current global aid levels ($104bn in 2007)
    * Is enough to eradicate all world poverty for over two years (UNDP calculates it would take $300bn to get the entire world population over the $1 a day poverty line).
    * You could buy everybody in the world a $135 bicycle — and most people would have two.

    (tags: economy)
  • Something new is coming, or perhaps is already here. It’s a new type of Christianity. It is still taking shape all around us, so it’s hard to describe. Labels won’t be any help. But one thing’s for sure. It Is The Future! […]

    As the New Type of Christianity takes shape, its scientific, ethical, and social character will become clearer. But the big question is, will New Type be Christian? We are asking ourselves that tough question, and answering yes. Praying is as important as serving others, after all. In some ways, it all starts with God. Will we remember that as we become New Types? God knows.

    This is the big one. Now is the time. There has never been a moment like this in the history of Christia–

    Oh, wait, that was 1910. That was the lead editorial in the July 1910 issue of The Biblical World.

    Well, dang. I thought it sounded familiar.

    (tags: gospel church)
  • Congress has given $700B in booze to the Wall Street alcoholics; it will make them feel better for a bit, but it will cure neither their disease nor the country’s illness. But the same underlying causes of the crises will quickly overtake the market once again and we will be … more than a trillion further in debt, because we have already spent $350B+ in previous bailouts, none of which seemed to work very well. This is how collapses work: everything done to fix the problem makes the problem worse, because the real problem is not understood.

    Here is the Great Economic Truth that bankers and economists have forgotten: A nation grows wealthy only by producing things. Only through its farms, fisheries, forests, factories, and mines can real wealth be produced. Everything else, insurance, banking, education, housing, armies, government, entertainment, etc., must live off the wealth thus produced… Without these, there can be no original wealth to support all of the other things.

    (tags: economy)
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