April, 2017 Archives

27
Apr

THE “SOCIAL” MEDIA: addictive, idolatrous, mind-numbing and handy for keeping billionaires affluent.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Media, Money

Social media fans can, and do, watch murders, suicides and rapes live.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, concedes that his video-streaming service caters for “the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral” communication.
YouTube and Twitter appeal to similar instincts.
Top political science commentator, Dr Jennifer Oriel, when asked why she doesn’t use Twitter, said it’s because Twitter is in the main “a brutal medium”.
Isn’t she right?
She’s right not to use it.
So should we all not….
At least not until everybody starts loving their neighbour as it says in the Book.
Inadequate filtering technologies certainly aren’t the problem.
We are the problem.

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25
Apr

ANZAC: time to reflect??????

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Politics, Prayer, Suffering

ANZAC gives us time to reflect on the futile hideousness of war.
Also on how — human nature being basically good — peace will overcome evil if we try hard to copy the courage of the ANZACS.
Unfortunately, this second reflection isn’t true.
Today’s world has reached a point where wishful thinking can no longer keep us dumbed-down like before.
Meanness, lying, bullying, hatred – these dominate both our personal lives and international geo-politics.
What to do?
There are many options, e.g. pre-emptively blow North Korea apart, teach children gender-inclusiveness, adopt various postures towards Islam, impose sanctions on certain nation-states…?
None of these measures are sufficiently practical.
The most practical thing you and I can do is to pray.
How about an extra hour of praying per day?
No time?
On the contrary, if you don’t do it, I think you won’t have any time at all.
None of us will.
Time, for humans, may well be no more.

22
Apr

EUTHANASIA: who needs it? who decides?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Modern Church

Last week, Victoria’s bishops issued a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria about Euthanasia.
Obviously, they’re against euthanasia.
Why not?
And they remind us that those places where euthanasia has been legalised have subsequently broadened, step by step, the categories of persons eligible to be killed.
For example, in Belgium, euthanasia is now legal for children as well as adults.
In the Netherlands, people aged over 70 who feel “tired of life” are now eligible.
In Belgium, euthanasia may now be legally done on psychological grounds.
The “slippery slope” is not a theoretical thing – it’s a reality, killing off vulnerable persons every day, including today.

19
Apr

“THE RED PILL”: looking at an old problem in a different way, and getting a mixed reception!

by Arnold Jago in Entertainment, Family, Media, Women

The film “The Red Pill” explores difficulties facing men regarding violence, custody issues etc.
People seeing it mostly say it’s unbiased.
Nevertheless, “feminist” activists are browbeating cinemas into not screening it.
The film-maker herself identifies as a feminist.
It’s vital not to trivialise this into a “women’s-rights-versus-men’s-rights” wrangle.
“Rights” are an invention of politicians and ruling class — suitable for composing pretty documents like the “UN Declaration of Human Rights”.
Concerning real issues, where you and I live, the language of “rights” doesn’t work.
For a better society, we must think in terms of “responsibilities”.
Like marriage – irrevocably taking responsibility for each other and for the children, if any.
No violence, not even verbal violence — the parties having vowed to live and act as one.
Children should learn this from their mother’s knee — and hopefully observe it in practice.

18
Apr

ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: is it genocide? what’s wrong with the Australian government? are they a bit anti-Christian too?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Persecution, Politics

Two Sundays ago, churches in two Egyptian cities were bombed, killing over 40 Christians.
Day in, day out, an average of over 250 Christians worldwide are killed by terrorists.
In February 2016, the European Parliament recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In June 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In March 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted 383-0 to recognise such killings as “genocide”.
The Australian government?
So far, they’ve made no such comment, despite requests to do so.
Last week, Australia’s Michael Sukkar MP told Sky News “there needs to be a political awakening and movement for people who want to practise their faith in peace.”
He called on Parliament to recognise such atrocities against Christians as “genocide” — to maintain pressure on the international community.
There’s a petition supporting this call that you and I can sign at:
www.citizengo.org/en-au/pr/49894-easter-will-australian-government-call-christian-persecution-middle-east-genocide?tc=ty&tcid=34826586

17
Apr

“GIRLS NEED TO BE FREE”: do they? is it even possible? what about the rest of us?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, God, Happiness, Media, Women

Steve Biddulph’s latest book is “Ten Things Girls Need Most: To Grow Up Strong and Free”.
Was “free” really the word he was looking for?
Evolution theory – the kind usually pushed in media and classroom – leaves no room for freedom. Aren’t we just biochemical robots?
Common sense and true religion say that we aren’t.
If God exists, he has given us the freedom to sin – and the freedom not to sin. You can’t have one without the other.
So, try expressing an opinion in certain unfashionable no-go areas. Have a go.
You may lose your job — even your head.
Such things have been reported on TV. There would be lots more if the media didn’t self-censor.
And we’re also told that if we express certain un-trendy ideas, certain people will be offended and will (perhaps) kill themselves.
A kind of dictatorship-by-suicide-threat?