Monday, June 27, 2016

Politics, religion, and psychology

  • The Latin Mass Society chairman: assuming the British government acts on the recent non-binding referendum that voted to leave the EU, now to rebuild Europe. By the way, Norway and Switzerland are not in the EU. Looked it up: Switzerland has withdrawn its application; some say Norway basically pays tribute money to the EU but has no say.
  • A storm that erupted recently among conservative Protestants over the doctrine of the Trinity. I had no idea. The fairly well-known Catholic lay evangelist Karl Keating has explained that fundamentalism has the best intention, defending orthodox Christianity, but without the church backing it up, it doesn't have a leg to stand on. So this stuff happens. Ignorance leads to things such as Mormonism and the Jehovah's Witnesses, which outsiders think are conservative Protestant but are really no longer Christian.
  • Two about psychology, one about such and the media.
    • The weird way social media is messing with your brain. I've worked with the written word for 25 years so I can tell you media is plural. Anyway, this isn't surprising. It's the celebrity effect from modern communications technology such as movies: we think we know certain people, and extremely well, because we know every detail of their faces and voices, but we really don't! Throw in the Internet phenomenon of narrowcasting and everyday people become our celebrities. A now well-known, maybe unintended trick on/trap for the socially isolated: "social media" can be a lifeline but it can easily be an illusion of friendship ("friendship with no strings attached" really means no friendship), masking a problem. I'll say if you often exchange comments and messages, you probably really are friends even if you've likely never met.
    • More unintended effects as science learns more about the brain: An experimental autism treatment cost me my marriage. Reminds me a little of Flowers for Algernon. By the way, not every autistic person is unemotional as this fellow apparently was in his natural state. The treatment woke up the part of his brain that's supposed to read people's emotions but the rest of his autistic brain couldn't handle all that information; understandable.
  • Five groups who are as loud as their causes are pointless. Warning: language. Cracked at its best, as it was before peer-pressure liberalism took it over. Thanks for calling out anti-Christian stuff.
  • Snarky social commentary: the affluent young laughing at their own foibles (Christian Lander did it better with Stuff White People Like) or picking on a convenient target? My guess: if von Trapp family member Nathaniel Peters were homosexual and not a devout Catholic (not pre-Vatican II like me), nobody of that blog's kind would be making fun of him.
  • A handy chart explaining confusing family relations. First cousins once removed, etc.
  • A Catholic option from history: de Valera's Ireland, not bowing to the sickle, the swastika, or the almighty dollar.


  1. That snarky blog post reeks of envy- at some deep-down level, if you're mocking someone for growing up on Martha's Vineyard, you probably resent the fact that you can't afford to live someplace equally tony. Life's too short for toxic envy- I'm not Old Money, but I don't waste my time hating them just for being what they are. If you re-wrote the original article to be about a wealthy young Jewish couple, the nastiness would be obvious, but Old Money and devout Christians are acceptable targets. If they could somehow manage to square the circle and also become poor rural hillbillies, they'd complete the Hatred Trifecta.

  2. Protestants denying the Trinity? I too had no idea. But it makes sense -- it's so much easier to deny that Mary is the Mother of God if you don't believe her son is God.


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