Showing posts from November, 2019

Book Recommendation: What I Learned in Narnia by Douglas Wilson

I recently read Doug Wilson's What I Learned in Narnia and loved it so much I wanted to recommend it to my readers. As my readers are aware, I love CS Lewis. I have read the Narnia series at least five times in my life and have read almost everything else by Lewis multiple times. So, there was some part of me that wondered if there was much to learn from this book. But liking Wilson as an author, along with a subject I obviously enjoy, I decided to try it. It was well worth it. I found myself enjoying anew the insights of Lewis and wishing that I had read this book when my kids were younger so that I could have used it as a study guide as we read these books together. But this book is not just for kids. Adults can and should read it.

Wilson does a brilliant job of recognizing and articulating the mind of Lewis and providing example after example to illustrate key themes. He discusses the Narnian lessons on confession of sin, nobility, spiritual disciplines, story telling, grace, …

Podcast : Arguing with idiots on Twitter

Sometimes nothing beats a good Twitter war. This week on the podcast I talk about some of the debates and arguments that have entertained me this week. Check it out:

Stop Psychoanalyzing Yourself

I just listened to the free audio book, The Burnout Generation, and it was painful to listen to. It was an entire audio book about young people who never had any real problems reflecting on minor stresses in their lives. In order to reflect on these stresses, they go back and reflect on all their experiences growing up. They talk about their expectations. They obsess over choices they made. On and on. And you cannot blame them. Their parents probably obsessed over them as well. Parents now think that every book their child reads, every sporting event, every school play just might be the thing that makes or breaks their kid. 

It is a weird thing. In the old days, parents just sort of tried to keep their kids alive. Now we all have to keep detailed accounts of everything that happened so that we can understand why we get stressed about getting behind on doing laundry.

I think it might be the influence of Sigmund Freud. Not sure. But it is weird and it won't last.

I hop…

No one listens to Ungit...

I created the 'I am Ungit' page back in April of this year. Since then, I have had a bunch of stories get widely shared and widely read. The top story was about the Science Magazine Study that showed no one is 'born that way.' The story I did on Google manipulating results was also widely read and shared. As was the article I wrote on why IQ is BS. And one of the biggest was my 'not crazy' conspiracy theory on who Jeffrey Epstein was.

But for every article I write that gets widely read and shared, there are several that get a few clicks and fade into obscurity. Sometimes that is because they are not very good. Even the great Ungit can write a stinker from time to time. But sometimes, I will write an article that I think is important, interesting, and relevant but that for whatever reason doesn't take off. Maybe I titled these wrong or didn't post them at the right time or failed to post them in the right places.

Anyway, I wanted to raise some of these …

Animal Rights or Human Rights? You cannot have both.

The idea of human rights was slow to come on the scene. The earliest whispers of it, according to historian Tom Holland, were in the formulation of canon law at the turn of the first millennium. And obviously, the concept has developed quite a bit since then. But today, almost everyone agrees that all humans have certain rights (although we might debate what those are) that apply to everyone simply by nature of the fact that we are human. We have the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, etc - not because we are rich, powerful, or educated but simply because we are human. To exercise a right, we don't need to figure out what sort of human you are.... just that fact that you are human is enough.

But some would argue that as our morals evolve (something that is actually impossible) we now are extending rights to animals as well. It sounds very nice on the surface. Animals are cute and protecting them is something that almost everyone thinks of as a n…

Against Civility

Donald Trump Jr. was on the View the other day and Meagan McCain confronted him about the lack of civility his father has shown. There was a part of me that appreciated what she was saying. It would be nice if everyone acted with honor and if political debates were pleasant things where friends took turns gently trying to change each other minds.

But then I thought about it.

The first thing that came to my mind is that this sort of debate only makes sense when the issues that divide the two sides are small. You debate small things (sports, favorite movies, etc) with a smile on your face and without breaking up friendships. But what about life and death issues? If you were on a plane and a crazed terrorist was trying to storm the cockpit, you would not cheerfully seek to convince him that this was not the best course of action. You would tackle him.

The more something matters, the less civility matters.

And the left has understood this for a long time. Conservatives have long complain…

Public Schools are Way Worse Than the Roman Catholic Church

It is sad but most people, when they think of a priest now days, they think of a child molester. Every time a priest is in the news for some reason, someone comments that he probably has been screwing around with the alter boys.

But did you know that priests abuse at a lower rate than the general population? Yep, that is true. From Psychology Today, "[The abuse rate for priests]  appears lower than school teachers during the same time frame, and certainly less than offenders in the general population of men."

You read that right. When you see a priest.... far from being a likely pedo, he is LESS likely than the general population to be an abuser. Your neighbor or the guy making coffee at Starbucks is more likely to abuse than the priest.

Now... can you imagine being a priest? You decide to dedicate your life to Christ. Never abused anyone. Belong to a group of people that do not abuse at higher rates than the general population. And yet every idiot on the internet thinks yo…

Progress doesn't just happen - the most important historical lesson

Many people - especially people that call themselves liberal - think that human morality always evolves for the better. People used to have slaves. Now they don't. People used to be racist. Now we know that is wrong. People used to burn witches. Now they don't. People used to enjoy bear-baiting for public entertainment. Now they don't. People used to enjoy public executions. Now they don't. Life in the old days was brutish and terrible. It is still not perfect (we just need to evolve more) but it is certainly moving in the right direction.

The source of this change is unclear to most people. Many without pointing to specifics, assume that science has something to do with the progress. Others point to the fact that our world is more connected and we see the plight of those that suffer more. But the important part is that the trajectory of history is always going in the right direction.

Much of the sweeping changes around views towards homosexuals was justified along th…

That Time the Pope Agreed With Luther

Most of the friction between Catholics and Protestants revolves around justification. Speaking very broadly, Protestants say that one is justified by faith alone not works and Catholics say that both works and faith are required for justification. This debate goes back to the reformation debates between Luther and his Catholic opponents who successfully won the day at the Ecumenical Council of Trent and forever condemned Luther's views. Many Protestants point to Trent as the day that the Roman Catholic Church ceased to preach the gospel as a result. Catholics respond that Trent simply reflected the views that had been preached in the church since the beginning of church history and that it was Luther that broke with the church and not the other way around.

I'm a Protestant but, honestly, the Catholics do have a point on this issue. The position of Trent was simply restating the views of St. Augustine (4th century super-theologian) when it came to justification. Augustine'…

Podcast: My Predictions for the Democratic Nomination and General Election

In this week's podcast, I break down the polls and who is going to win. Ungit guarantee! Hot take - 1 year out.

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To Have Freedom, You Have to Accept People Getting Hurt

Freedom is dangerous.

In order to have freedom, you have to have a small government that does not do much more than enforce property rights and contracts. Most people are uncomfortable with that. Everyone says they want freedom but few actually do. People want freedom until there is a drug epidemic. Then some well intended person suggests that that drug be made illegal. For the good of the children. Most restrictions on freedom are done for the children. Almost all actually. People want freedom until there is a mass shooting. Then someone, with the best of intentions, suggests banning guns... or at least a particular type of gun. For the children. People say they want freedom until we learn that an agreed to wage between a boss and an employee is too low to live a good life. How can you raise kids on $8/hour? We need to limit freedom (of two adults agreeing on a wage) for the good of the children. We say we want freedom but then some poor motorcycle rider bashes his head in on the hi…

In Praise of Music of the Folk...

There are three types of music: Folk, Pop, and Classical

Most people appreciate that classical is good.... but few want to listen to it unless trying to go to sleep. This is not a bash on classical. I appreciate it as something that is good and worthy of admiration, imitation and praise. But to be honest, I don't listen to it much. Unless I am going to sleep.

Pop music, on the other hand is insanely popular... by definition. This type of music encompasses many different types and styles but the underlying factor is that it appeals to large majorities of the population and sells a lot. Examples of this are Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and etc. The thing about pop music is that it is extremely fleeting. The music defines a moment in time. The overwhelming amount of pop music stops being meaningful within months of its being released. If anyone holds on to pop music it is the people that were in their teens and early adulthood when it was released…