Monday, February 19, 2018

Psychology is NOT Science

Psychology hints at being a science but has failed to produce a significant body of information to prove itself in that way. Its primary emphasis is on human behavior, which can’t be quantified in any meaningful manner. The nature of human choices is extremely subjective, involving emotions, values, and consciousness—none of which can be measured; nor can the mind, being a nonphysical part of the human makeup. The issue of whether or not psychology is a science wouldn’t be worth debating except that just the term “science” carries a great weight of influence. Legitimate or not, the “science” label impresses the masses. Nearly 100 disciplines of psychology cover a wide spectrum of undertakings, from applied behavior analysis to transpersonal psychology. Psychotherapy, i.e., psychological counseling or clinical psychology, is the most prevalent.

Dr. Martin and Deidre Bobgan and T.A. McMahon, PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (PART 1)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Celebrating Mediocrity?

They [public school] keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity.

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible), in "The Incredibles"

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Educate Yourself, Think for Yourself

Privacy is harder than ever when everyone is invited to be linked in, connected and transparent to others (including hackers and the government), but it matters.  Reading books is time consuming, but it matters. Reflection is easily drowned out when life is fired at us point-blank, but it matters. Independent thinking is hard when the social media reinforce groupthink, but it matters. Thinking for ourselves is difficult when it is so much easier to download an expert opinion, but it is essential to the freedom of our own agency, so it matters. Conversations with an iron-sharpens-iron quality are rarer when minds seek carbon-copy approval from others in their own bubble, but they matter. History is more crucial than ever when the relentless modern focus is on the present and the future, but it matters. The courage to hold unfashionable convictions is more difficult when social media mobs give their thumbs-up or thumbs-down like a Roman emperor, but it matters.

And so it goes.  Having the right information is vital, but achieving genuine knowledge is better, and mastering both and then attaining true wisdom is better still.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.201-202

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Words Need Truth Backing

Words, which are on proper occasions the most powerful engines, lose their weight and power and values when they are not backed by fact or winged by truth, when they are obviously the expression of a strong feeling, and not related in any way to the actual facts of the situation.

Winston Churchill, 1926. Cited by Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.200

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Lack of Tolerance With the “LGBT” Agenda

If you don’t believe that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, you’re the worst kind of hateful. If you think a child deserves a mother and a father, you are a bigot. If you think a gender-dysphoric boy should not be treated as a girl, you’re evil. If you think a man should use the men’s restroom, regardless of what sex he thinks he is, you are discriminatory. If you think parents’ desire to get their children counseling help for their same-sex attraction is okay, you’re very dangerous. If your church teaches that homosexual sexual activity is wrong, your church is bigoted. You must agree with every part of LGBT values or be slimed. This dictatorial absolutism is not sitting well with many Americans.

The crown jewel of the gay movement’s efforts—the Supreme Court’s degendering of marriage—was sold to the heterosexual world on the question, “How does someone else’s gay marriage affect me?” Most people unquestioningly accepted that it wouldn’t.

But they are learning through real-life events that gay marriage does indeed affect them—or, at least, people very much like them. A great many Americans figured they don’t have to like gay marriage, but why should they stand in the way of Jim and Frank across the street marrying? You live your life, they reasoned, and I’ll live mine. But the equation has turned out to be much more complicated. Jim and Frank needed “marriage equality” to feel like full citizens, we were told. Who doesn’t want Jim and Frank to feel like full citizens? I do. But now they are learning that “marriage equality” is not enough. They must also agree to any and all demands from the LGBT powers, regardless of their personal religious or moral beliefs—or be branded with a Scarlet B.
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The average American who was asked to back same-sex marriage on the principle of justice and tolerance is seeing that those who requested their support are not living by their own rules. They are finding that “marriage equality” is not enough. They are finding the deal has been unilaterally renegotiated: “You will not only support our right to marry, but you will also support our marriages in every way that we ask. If you do not, we will take you to court, ruin your business, take your money, slime your good name, and even threaten your life.” The remarkable examples of these injustices are surprising and alarming many good citizens.

When winners overplay their hand, demanding everything from their opponents by threat of devastating penalty, those who cheered their victory tend to be turned off by their abuse of power.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sexual Anarchy and the Collapse of Culture

If we are to believe the cheerleaders for the sexual revolution and what it is they are out to teach our children, sex is now only for fun with your friends, so experiment freely within the sole proviso of mutual consent. Parents, after all, are no longer the primary educators for their own children. They have no right to interfere with relationships, and marriage and families are irrelevant as anything other than one more lifestyle choice among others. Against such dangerous fantasies, the truth stands that, to the degree that these follies continue, our societies will face unprecedented psychological confusion, social chaos and eventual loss of liberty. With the family devastated through the disaster of such deliberate cultural change, cultural transmission and tradition will be the losers too, and with them our civilization itself. But will enough people think twice before it becomes too late?

 Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.189

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Crisis of the Natural Family

The crisis of the natural family represents a crisis for freedom, a crisis for the transmission of culture and a crisis for civilization. The French philosopher Hypolite Taine described the family as “the only cure for death,” and in the same vein the Swiss theologian Emil Brunner observed that the fifth commandment (on honoring parents) is the Magna Carta of tradition. The overall crisis of the family needs no exposition. From permissiveness of the hookup culture to the pill that separates sexual pleasure pleasure and procreation, to no-fault divorce, to abortion on demand, to alternative forms of marriage, to assisted suicide, to the collapse of the family dining table, and to all the sex education materials for students in public schools, all these recent trends have joined forces to undermine the Jewish and Christian view of the family as the bedrock nurturing and transmitting institution of civilization.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.189

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Broken Families Leads to Broken Governments

Not even the best of governments can compensate for a broken society with broken families, and a broken society with broken families will produce the government it deserves, which will not be the best of governments.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.187

Friday, February 9, 2018

We Learn About Humanity From History, Not Science

Why is it that, contrary to what people think, we can learn more about humanity from history than from science? (As John Lukacs notes, history seeks to understand human beings as agents and subjects, whereas in science they can never be more than objects.)

How do secularists hope to help the advanced modern world rise above a hedonistic mass culture and civilization when they have no strong values to offer, let alone transcendent values, when they have deliberately destroyed such institutions as tradition and the family, and when they are now intent on gutting the independence of the world of civil society and allowing it to be invaded by the forces of the state and market?

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.150

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Personal Integrity and Public Order Are Necessary

According to the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, personal integrity and public order are a necessity and not a luxury for those who desire to build just, free, and stable human societies. To flout the will of God openly will therefore be the fast track to social and national failure for Western nations.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.134

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Reason to Study History

One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.

Thomas Sowell

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Respect God’s Created Order

For both the Jewish and Christian faiths, and a key part of their strength as the working faith of the West, is the assumption that there are indeed givens. The universe has a created order, including right and wrong, true and false, male and female, and therefore it has an ethical and social ecology just as it has an environmental ecology. Respect this order and the result will be the blessing of a multilevel prosperity, but reject it and the outcome will be the curse of deepening chaos and disaster. In short, there is an ethical equivalent to the second law of thermodynamics. Like all systems and institutions, nations and civilizations lose energy over time, and the idea of ever-innovating, self-engineered perpetual growth is a mirage. Social construction is anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-Western and ultimately anti-human.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.134