Sunday, May 20, 2018

Training in Moral Virtues is Necessary

If we are to help our young people to resist the forces enjoining them to abandon their moral convictions to carry out their “professional duty” or to avoid being “out of step” with their peers, we will need to create social structures and communities in which intellectual training and moral formation in the virtues can happen. We need a culture that respects all life and does not make some lives secondary; that inculcates sensible moral reasoning skills to enable people to recognize more readily specious arguments and rhetorical misdirection; that builds self-awareness to recognize when self-interest is masquerading as moral argument or taking refuge in specious post-facto rationalizations; that makes clear that “being a somebody” is not bound up with having, but with being; and that being is achieved by identifying oneself and acting in accord with certain moral norms and virtues.

And we must, at long last, reject the notion that we are fundamentally autonomous individuals—dispassionate, neutral thinking things that choose freely and choose best without influence from outside ourselves. This was always a foolish and dangerous illusion, and it is one we can no longer afford.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Information NEEDS a Mental Source

When its progress along the chain of transmission events is traced backwards, every piece of information leads to a mental source, the mind of the sender.

Werner Gitt, In The Beginning Was Information, pg.70

Friday, May 18, 2018

Matter Cannot Generate Information

It should be emphasized that matter as such is unable to generate any code. All experiences indicate that a thinking being voluntarily exercising his own free will, cognition, and creativity, is required.

Werner Gitt, In The Beginning Was Information, pg. 65, note 13.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Information Needs Coders and De-Coders

When a message is composed, it involves the coding of its mental content, but the message itself is not concerned about whether the contents are important or unimportant, valuable, useful, or meaningless. Only the recipient can evaluate the message after decoding it.

Hans-Joachim Flechtner (cyberneticist), cited by Werner Gitt, In The Beginning Was Information, pg.47

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Government Is Taking Over

We are fast approaching the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

Ayn Rand

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Loss of Objective Truth

In our permissive, liberated culture, we have lost God’s unchanging truth, and in the process, we have lost God. When we lose God, we lose the very cornerstone of truth. When we no longer have a basis for determining right from wrong, good from evil, we will, in the words of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, “decline to the status of animals.” Today our moral distinctions are dissolving into a sea of indulgence. Here is no longer any good or evil, no unchanging truth, no solid foundation upon which to build a life. It’s all shifting sand. Whatever pleases me has become truth.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.142

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Nation of Irresponsibility: “It’s not my fault!”

No longer are there any moral absolutes that govern our relationships with one another. We are no longer accountable to anyone, and certainly not to God. We have become a nation of irresponsible people. Drug addicts blame their condition on drug dealers; alcoholics say their problem is a disease; pornographers say they are just meeting the demands of the people; homosexuals say it is the fault of their genes; rapists say they got the urge from movies; and abortions happen because everyone does it. All of our problems are due to someone else or something else. If we can’t think of anyone else to blame, we can always say, “the devil made me do it.”

We have become a nation of blameless, guiltless people who have confused liberation with democracy so that we can no longer discern freedom from responsibility, or good from evil. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn stated it well when he said: “When Western society was established, it was based on the idea that each individual limited his own behavior. Everyone understood what he could do and what he could not do. The law itself did not restrain people. Since then, the only thing we have been developing is rights, rights, rights, at the expense of duty.”

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.139

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Homosexuality Destroys Culture

A study of rise and fall of ancient history shows that the extent of homosexual practice affects the general corruption of a society. Richard Lovelace says, “Homosexual expression endangers the formation of sexual identity in boys and girls, the integrity of the family, and therefore the stability of the whole society.” He goes on to say that a degenerative process is set in motion when a people, a society, and a nation endorses the practice of homosexuality.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.135-136

Monday, May 7, 2018

Homosexuality is Anti-God

At the time of the Fall (Gen. 3:6), all of creation fell. Nature and the human race fell. We became separated from God, and our fellowship with one another was marred. Even sexual relationships were affected by the Fall. Instead of man and woman becoming one, as ordained by God, we now have adultery, practicing homosexual and lesbian relationships, prostitution, incest, rape, and beastiality. All of these are distortions of the wholeness and oneness that God originally intended. They go against the purpose of God’s plan for marriage and family life. Homosexuality is a perversion of the law of nature and violates the law of God. It is a distortion of the beauty of God’s pattern for man and woman. …

God created humans as two distinct creations, male and female. From Genesis to Revelation, sexuality is always in this context. The practicing homosexual lifestyle is not an alternative lifestyle, it is a departure from God’s plan. God did not create man to use one another in this unnatural way. Thomas Aquinas called it the “sin against nature and an injury against our Creator.” God intended sexual intercourse to take place between man and woman. It is obvious that the male and female bodies were designed in this way. The Bible condemns every form of sexual expression outside of heterosexual marriage.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.134

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The TRUTH About Sex and Honor

In our sexual revolution we have forgotten and ignored the truth that sex without love and commitment equals loneliness. It is often empty and degrading. In addition we have lost the innocence we had when we more clearly understood that sex was a beautiful gift from God and that he ordained our sexual instincts to be completed in marriage.  We have lost the sense of wonder and beauty found in our God-given ability to express our sexuality in the sanctity of marriage—as the means of constantly renewing our love for and devotion to one another. But perhaps most tragically, we have lost our honor. Remember the scene from Gone With the Wind when Scarlett was pleading with Ashley to leave his wife and baby and run away with her? At one point she cried, “Oh, Ashley! Don’t you see? There’s nothing to keep us here!” To which Ashley replied, “Nothing? . . . Nothing except our honor.”

What has become of our honor as persons and as a nation? Something inside us dies when we lose our honor, when we give in to the standards that go against everything we know within our hearts to be right. Our consciences have been deadened through our sexual revolution, and our moral values have been served into numbness. Our spiritual landmarks are missing and we no longer have any moorings to cling to. We are held captive in a dark prison of liberation.

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.133

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Damages From Sexual Anarchy

Perhaps nothing has ruined the lives, careers, and reputations of people more than the recent sexual revolution. It has produced divorce, abortion, incest, pornography, and the active homosexual lifestyle—resulting in a catastrophic increase of children being born into single-parent families, and leaving a trail of hurting, broken relationships. The suffering and horror from the numerous sexual diseases must also be added. As a result of our sexual revolution over twelve million cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year. This amounts to 38,000 new cases a day. Many of these are incurable. Almost daily, our newspapers tell us about the deadly disease of AIDS. Leading health authorities call it the “worst health problem of the century.” The number of people dying daily from this disease is equivalent to the number of deaths of one jumbo 747 jet crashing every day. It is estimated that over three million people are infected with AIDS and do not know it. They can unknowingly transmit this disease to others for as long as ten years. Innocent partners are being infected. No one is safe!

Hope MacDonald, The Flip Side of Liberation: A Call to Traditional Values, pg.132

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sex Separated From Commitment

We have separated sex not only from love, but from attachment and commitment. The sexual liberation of the last 20 years [from 1986] has exposed the emptiness and unfulfilling nature of sex unattached to love. It is now easier for many young people to go to bed with each other than to form trusting or intimate relationships. It is easier for them to expose their bodies to a stranger than to expose their feelings; it has become less frightening.

Willard Gaylin, “Prime Time on the Couch,” TV Guide (October 4, 1986), pg.6