If…

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

—Rudyard Kipling

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Liberals and Conservatives

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.” –G.K. Chesterton

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Reality

“I do not believe that reality is in compliance with our notion of rational. At best, our notion of rational chases reality.”

–Peter Orem

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Atheism+?

A fascinating new schism in the atheist movement.

Atheism as a movement? Why yes, it appears so, and some of them are already busy creating dogma and identifying heretics. Which ought to be proof to some people that what they thought was caused by religion–intellectual rigidity, intolerance, demand for conformity, and hysterical fear–turn out to be normal human traits no matter what you believe or don’t believe theistically.

Amusing to read though. Clearly, feminism (and a related form of racism that demonizes one particular race as “privileged”) is a religion and absorbed and interpreted as part of personal identity just as much as any religion. At least for a lot of people, regardless of their other beliefs. It’s probably why I rarely even use the word in everyday conversation: no one can tell you exactly what it means, the listener often means one thing while the speaker means another, it’s all subject to change at a moment’s notice, and for some people it’s become so wedded their personal sense of identity they feel personally attacked if you say anything remotely critical of it. [shrug]

*UPdate*: Girlwriteswhat has her own inimitable thoughts (and not even in video form, for those of you who don’t like that format).

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Obama Picks Ryan, Redux (J. A. Eddy)

Because the first time was so much fun, and because I think some serious issues were ignored (and I freely admit I was part of helping them be ignored), I offer this:

“Who’s the Fairest of Them All?”

Belmont Club’s Wretchard the Cat (AKA Richard Fernandez) tends to write in-depth and make no mistake he is unmistakably right-of-center, but he grabs the “Obama chose Ryan” meme and rattles it so hard its teeth chatter. Comments over there tend to be pretty Knee-Jerk partisan, but can be informative none-the-less. It’s a good read, particularly if you are on the left and are trying to understand why the right is so jazzed up about the Romney/Ryan ticket.

It’s worth your time, even if you feel compelled to reject it out of hand.

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