Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome.
A father reflects on his son's search for employment.
"Confessions of an Ex-Mormon:
A personal history of America’s most misunderstood religion." by Walter Kirn
, author of Up in the Air
and Lost in the Meritocracy
An Essay On The Noble Science Of Self-Justification:
"Timid brides, you have, probably, hitherto been addressed as angels. Prepare for the time when you shall again become mortal. Take the alarm at the first approach of blame; at the first hint of a discovery that you are any thing less than infallible:--contradict, debate, justify, recriminate, rage, weep, swoon, do any thing but yield to conviction.
I take it for granted that you have already acquired sufficient command of voice; you need not study its compass; going beyond its pitch has a peculiarly happy effect upon some occasions. But are you voluble enough to drown all sense in a torrent of words? Can you be loud enough to overpower the voice of all who shall attempt to interrupt or contradict you? Are you mistress of the petulant, the peevish, and the sullen tone? Have you practised the sharpness which provokes retort, and the continual monotony which by setting your adversary to sleep effectually precludes reply?" For remember, "a lady can do no wrong."
is a fascinating ongoing commentary on society and governance in postmodernity. He's currently on about the pwning of Richard Dawkins
, after writing about Mediocracy
and Official Journalism
. It might be best to first read his earlier posts in which he defines the self-invented terminology he's fond of using, like: Formalism
, The Iron Polygon
, and The Rotary System
. [more inside]
How Important Is Religious Belief In The Definition Of Our Personality?
I would say not at all, but Bernard Lewis's essay gave me pause. Bringing it all back home and wondering about MetaFilter's religious breakdown, does the fact that there are far more atheists, Jews (like me) and Mormons here than in the Western population at large, make any difference? Christians get a hard time here, in my opinion. Is it because, as Lewis says: "Tolerance was a much more difficult question for Christians
"? Atheists, Jews and Buddhists seem to have a disproportionately large influence. Whereas Muslims, sadly, hardly get a look-in. What does this mean? That is, if it means anything?