We live in a civilization that tells us that one of our most sacred rights is the right to pursue happiness as we see fit. It doesn't tell us where to look for happiness, or how to go about finding it, but it does make some strong suggestions. For example, America is famous for its … Continue reading Glory-seeking, the American Dream, and the Desire for Immortality
We just got through a big election for school board here in San Angelo, Texas, and the winner was the long-time incumbent. The challenger went down pretty hard, losing by something like 50+ points in an election that saw just a few thousand votes cast. By all of the campaign signs around town, you would … Continue reading San Angelo School Board Election, 2019
Around the time of the 2008 presidential election between John McCain and Barrack Obama I was ordered by the Department of Defense to report to Fort Benning Georgia as part of my in-processing back into the military. I had been on the "inactive ready reserve," or "IRR," a rather unpleasant status which meant that I … Continue reading Socialism in the American Military
About a year ago I decided that I wanted to make a stronger push into church life, and am proud to say now have a year's worth of weekly Mass attendance under my belt. Today is Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter season. Though there are special Sunday Masses in between, the next … Continue reading A Year at Mass
In the Gospels Jesus is going to describe himself as "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Though Jesus is often likened to Adam in the letters of St. Paul, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is likened to Satan, a case could be made that Jesus is not as analogous … Continue reading Is Jesus the Serpent in the Garden?
In democracy, freedom reigns and citizens pursue the desires of their hearts without fear. Everything that you want, you may pursue. Although you might fall short, pursue you still may. This freedom is not, however, complete. Pursuits of citizens must at some basic level be compatible with each other. Pursuits are not as acceptable that … Continue reading You Say You Want a Revolution?
Well we're here in the first full week of fall and what a summer I had this year. I did not teach, or do a whole lot of academic research (though I squeezed some in before the current semester started). I did not read very much, though I tried to a few times. The books … Continue reading Reflections on Summer, 2017