How do you deal with painful truths?

 

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That’s just the way things go!

I hadn’t gotten around to mentioning that the hewillnotdivide.us silliness had moved (to Albuquerque of all places) when what do you know but it gets shut down again.

Shia LaBeouf cuts his anti-Trump livestream in New Mexico after shots were fired in the area – just five days after he moved the installation from New York over safety fears

Shia LaBeouf has cut his anti-Trump livestream in New Mexico after shots were fired in the area.

The actor cited safety fears when he shut down the He Will Not Divide Us installation in downtown Albuquerque – just four days after he moved the camera from Queens, New York, because of violence.

On Thursday, he wrote on Twitter: ‘We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount.’

TMZ reports that police didn’t find anyone with a gun, and an all-clear was given. No one was in front of the camera at the time anyway.

The shots were heard around 2:51am, but as of 11am, the camera still remained off.

It’s unclear whether LaBeouf and his partners plan to turn the camera back on.

This is the second time that the camera has been unusable since it was installed on Saturday.

Just so long as no one gets attacked by a one nostriled man or starved crazed weasels.

(What’s really amazing about this is that I managed to spell Albuquerque right on the first try.)

 

Is Redemption Possible?

Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil; an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

One problem with the Left is that they do not seem to understand human nature, and they do not believe in redemption (or that they refuse to).  They tend to view the world too simply, too black and white, too extreme (at least when it serves their purposes).  They apply their “standards of conduct” inconsistently.  People are messy and complicated and they do change — sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  If we’re looking for a perfectly, squeaky clean public figure, we’re going to be looking a long time.  Especially in these times and within the culture/society that most of us have grown up – most people have not reached adulthood unscathed.  [Content Warning for links – some explicit talk about child sexual abuse]

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy and inconsistency of the recent attacks on Milo Yiannopoulos.  One commentary was written by an adult child of a gay couple: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Controversial Comments Reveal Hypocrisy Within LGBT Community.  He says that some of what Milo said “is indeed shocking… But — and this is a big but: what he said is quite common in gay subculture, almost banal, though both left and right tend to downplay or hide it when they discuss policy matters.”  He goes on to say that “Everything that society has done, nodding along with the preposterous notions of the LGBT lobby out of timidity or out of gullibility, has created this horror.”

Some on the Right have disavowed or outright condemned Milo for his flaws and mistakes (and great they may be), but others seem to understand why he is as he is and believe in the possibility for redemption and change, and that allies in standing up for the truth may not always be perfect to be good allies.  From Vox Day’s “The Path of Truth:”

Most people tend to look at others where they were, and judge them by things they have done in the past, even in the distant past. That is why the Left constantly digs through long-forgotten personal histories in seeking to discredit people; to them, you will forever be whatever the worst interpretation of the worst thing you have ever done or said is. That this is patently absurd, of course, is irrelevant to them. They care nothing for the truth, they only seek to destroy. They are little satans, accusers in service to the Great Accuser.

But they are not alone. Petty people always insist on trying to force people into the box of their past. They cannot conceive of change, of personal growth, or personal improvement, and they hate it when others make them feel as if their understanding of the world is incorrect. They will never stop trying to remind even the most successful, most transformed individual of his less impressive past.

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Not everyone who walks the hard and narrow path of truth is, or will become, a Christian, but it is a path that eventually leads to Jesus Christ all the same.

Milo Is A Rorschach Blot About Whom The Reaction Reveals All; the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos is riddled with the hysteria of a witch-hunt that will embolden progressives and weaken conservatives and libertarians:”

We live in dangerous times when we fail to see people as complete human beings. Rational, emotional, spiritual, physical, and moral—human beings who are also imperfect. Where they fail in one area, they excel in another. Where they have darkness in one corner, they have light in another. Where they are wrong on some things, they are right on others. We should be honest about where they are wrong, but not blacken the whole with the stain of one spot.

But we too often don’t do that. We don’t see people with that kind of objectivity and balance because it’s easier and more expedient to see them as something other than complete human beings with a myriad of thoughts, feelings, and ideas, endowed with strengths and weaknesses. Instead, we see them as the sum total of their sin, their failures, even their deviancy, and in doing this, we leave no room for redemption, no room for grace. So, with a single word, tweet, video, or thoughtless comment, they are dismissed, delegitimized, and ultimately dehumanized.

What happens when we no longer see one another as complete, imperfect, complex human beings? What happens we see each other only as monsters? What happens when we no longer believe people can be redeemed, that they’re rot that must be expunged? What happens when we see people only in light of our political ideology, pieces on a game board to be tossed aside as if they have no dignity, no meaning?

Step into your worst nightmares, and you will get the answer. That is our future if we don’t change and start treating one another, not as tools to advance a political agenda, but as beautiful, yet fallen and woefully imperfect, human beings made in God’s image. Only then will we have peace. Only then will we all be free to be heard and understood.

Basically, our culture is, and has been for a long time, so screwed up; how can any of us be surprised by any of this?  What did people expect?

Causes for the Entitlement Epidemic

Are today’s children over-indulged and over-protected?  Does this at least in part explain what’s wrong with today’s overly-entitled young adults?  And why they need “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings?”

Vitamin N makes a lot of sense.  There’s social science to back this up and I think many people have seen it first hand too.

Sticks and Stones – I think there’s a need for balance on this one.  Some protection and helping kids deal with the cruelty of others is needed.  You can’t just abandon them to their own devices; they are kids after all with a lot of maturing to do.  I’m wondering what other causes there may be for some people growing up a lot tougher and more resilient than others.

A Good Definition of Distributism

Cows and Computers by Kevin O’Brien

Kevin gives a clear idea of what distributism is in this post.

He says that the people in his Chesterton group came up with this:

  1. Instead of criticizing Capitalism as Capitalism, we agreed that its current form in the U.S., which my friend Tom Richard calls Corporatism, is dreadfully broken.
  2. Corporatism’s political arm, the One Party System disguised as the Two Party System, is likewise a disaster.

It is a good idea to avoid comparing Distributism to Capitalism, because Distributism is really a kind of small scale capitalism. As Chesterton said, “The problem with capitalism is not too many capitalists, but not enough capitalists.”

In defense of Milo

It’s looking like a carefully orchestrated long-in-the-planning hit job?  They couldn’t make “nazi” or “white supremacist” stick so they had to up the ante and go for “pedophile” to shut him up.  Is it just me or has the whole world actually gone insane — or maybe this is nothing new, we’re just now becoming aware of it?  The stuff I’m reading/seeing is really playing out like some sort of crazy conspiracy theory book or movie.  But every day more evidence is piling up making it sound more convincing.

Milo’s response makes me feel sad. Milo sometimes says very stupid things, but anyone who knows anything about how his childhood and adolescence went shouldn’t be shocked.  Some people (including those who identify themselves as victims of child abuse) have claimed that the way Milo has talked about this topic and his “jokes” are coping mechanisms and that he hasn’t really dealt with any of the trauma of his past.  I  can see that.  I also think that when he talks about underage boys, he is thinking of himself as such and not thinking from the position of a protective adult or parent (things he seems to have lacked during his own childhood).  It’s all terribly sad, but having read and watched Milo for some time, none of this situation surprises me, including this:

 

Mike Cernovich says $250K was spent to dig up dirt on Milo and keep him out of CPAC. Cernovich is one paranoid dude, but that might be a reasonable response:

Vox Day has several responses on his blog already and has offered to publish Milo’s now-canceled book, Dangerous.  I wonder if he thinks Milo should have apologized – is this an exception to the don’t apologize rule?  Day’s story seems to line up with Cernovich’s; he reported intel that there are forces working to dig up and use dirt on many on the right and had this to say:

Keep that in mind if you feel inclined to wax indignant and turn your back in huffy righteousness on Milo, Gavin, Steve, Laura, Ann, or Anthony. Or, eventually, Mike Cernovich, Stefan Molyneux, and me. You are being played by the Left. You are, quite literally, serving their interests.

One of the worst problems with this news cycle is the hypocrisy: why not call out all those liberals who have been implicated or connected to sex crimes in some way?  Why doesn’t anyone care about Lena Dunham’s disgusting admissions about her own actions against her little sister?  There are plenty other examples.  Salon jumped on the attack Milo bandwagon and conveniently removed past pro-pedophile content.  And then there’s Jake Tapper who has been vocal in attacking Milo who is possibly linked to Podesta.  And hasn’t bothered to report or be concerned about pedophilia until now that Milo’s scandal comes out and so becomes an example of the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the left.  They ignore the horrendous sins of the leftists but attack anyone on the right who slipped up in the past in any way (and if they didn’t really, try to manufacture some scandal):