‘Common Sense’ Category Archives

28
Sep

ADELAIDE? RICHMOND? DOES IT MATTER: are we over-sported to the point of brain-damage?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Lifestyle, sport, Youth

If a community spends a full day not working because the next day 40 or 50 men will be pushing, shoving and brawling for possession of a ball at an oval somewhere….
What does it say about that community’s common-sense level?
Obviously, sport isn’t altogether a bad thing – at least in theory.
But in practice…?
Young children are born knowing nothing.
Are we teaching them by example that free time is best devoted primarily to sport?
Or, even worse, to sitting on our bottoms looking at sport?
Might we do better to spend at least part of such time on our knees – asking God to show us what on earth we are here on earth for?
Many families find Sundays an opportunity to do that.
Something to think about.

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22
Sep

EUTHANASIA, “ASSISTED DYING”, CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE: it is still wrong.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Death, Ethics, Suffering

Euthanasia is bad.
Killing sick people is never the best option.
Changing the name to “assisted dying” changes nothing.
So-called “safeguards” never work.
The numbers killed annually in countries where euthanasia has been legalised increases by an average of 17 per cent per year (according to research by Dr Brendan Long of Charles Sturt University, published in The Australian newspaper on September 21)
Even if rates didn’t increase it would still be wrong.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” (Catholic Catechism, paragraph 2277)
Murder.
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

7
Sep

MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE: what will the repercussions be?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

What about this “plebiscite” over changing Australia’s marriage laws to permit any couple to be “married” regardless of “gender”?
If the Yes vote wins, will Christians thinking and acting according to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be “exemptions”?
That question is scarcely relevant.
Jesus told his first 12 disciples they must “take up their cross daily” – i.e. be willing to be persecuted or killed any time.
Jesus himself died, nailed to a cross by those hating his teachings and life.
His modern-day followers can hardly go looking for “exemptions”.
Church leaders clamouring to the government to allow them “free speech” etc., aren’t really on the right track, are they?
God gives us free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else alleges to give or not give.
One thing is certain, Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage-tolerating society.

24
Aug

MARRIAGE: do we know exactly what we are “debating” about?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Politics

A normal human sexual act is an act of the kind that can result in initiating new human life.
Such acts between man and woman have resulted in the continuing survival of our race.
Our culture will, obviously, only be sustainable if we esteem and reverence such intimacies within the context of loyal heterosexual families.
People unable or unwilling to live in accord with this pattern can, perhaps, find other ways to contribute to the common good.
If they do, they certainly do not merit hostile treatment.
However, their status is, by definition, less than ideal.
“Marriage” – that which publicly solemnises willing cooperation with biological and social realities — is not for them.

22
Aug

NEW YOUNG VOTERS ENROLLING: to have their say about….

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Family, Lifestyle, Youth

Brain research suggests that human beings aren’t “adult” until aged about 25.

So why are people under 25 allowed to drink, drive etc.?

And to vote?

Especially to vote on matters about which they have little idea – like marriage?

What adults owe the young is not to give them “rights” which they can’t handle responsibly.

No. What they owe them is a good example of exercising self-control — and living by God’s laws.

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, God, Science, Truth

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?