‘Common Sense’ Category Archives

13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Faith, God, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Truth, Youth

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

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3
Nov

EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL REIGNS SUPREME: reason and religion both go out of the window

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Death, Ethics, Family, Politics

Australians with traditional views about family and human life issues are pretty much un-represented in our parliaments.
The federal Coalition government consists largely of turn-coats and wishy-washies.
The only Party Leader clearly defending conservative values seems to be Mr. Bernardi.
Blaming this situation on “a decline of belief in religion” isn’t good enough.
What we’ve let ourselves lose isn’t only religion.
The emotive arguments used by same-sex marriage and euthanasia activists are simply not rational.
Yes, we’re under pressure to give up on reason itself.

24
Oct

SHARE BIKES: what a pity, a symptom of something?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Environment, Happiness, Health, Lifestyle

An idea, in theory, so brilliant and promising:
Inexpensive, exercise-promoting, exhaust smoke-free….
The results, in practice, so disgusting:
Junk everywhere, maintenance neglected, pedestrians fractured….
What’s the problem?
The problem is human nature itself, with its four built-in flaws:
Its ignorance, weakness, cravings and malice.
The answer?
The answer is a completely changed mentality – a commitment to loving one’s neighbour and to the common good.
Attention, Catholic bishops and Catholic educators!
The Gospel entrusted to you to proclaim is not getting proclaimed.
Quit compromising. Start proclaiming — by word and by example.
Your God is waiting for you to do your job.
Perhaps we could all have a look at our word and example. There may be some room for improvement.

5
Oct

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS: no bad results? really? what has happened in Canada?

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

If you still believe that legalising “same sex marriage” won’t lead to you losing your freedom of religion and your freedom of speech….
And that it won’t lead to classroom brain-washing of your children about how anal sex etc. is OK….
And that parents won’t lose the right to take children out of classes which teach anti-family ideology….
If you believe all that, you had better have a look at this video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBfr6xAWtEI
If it can happen in Canada, it can happen here.
Be warned.

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.

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?