Archive for the ‘self-determination’ Category

Everybody wants to rule the world

October 16, 2009

Everybody wants to rule the world.

Tears for Fears

The problem with the world.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul

October 13, 2009

Invictus

In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeons of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

W.E. Henley

quoted by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh at his execution.

This is unrepentant self-will. But such a ‘captain’ of one’s own soul will find that his liberty to chart his own course, is an illusion – both in this life and in the place where the ‘punishments (of) the scroll’ are endlessly meted out. The ‘fear’ he did not feel in life will be felt in death – and a fear without hope of ending.

I’m free to do what I want any old time

October 11, 2009

I’m free to do what I want any old time

Rolling Stones


Im free to do what I want any old timeI said Im free to do what I want any old timeI say love me, hold me…’Cause Im free to do what I want any old time …And Im free to be who I choose any old time

Soup Dragons

Humanism is the belief that man shapes his own destiny. It is a nontheistic religion, a way of life

September 28, 2009

Humanism is the belief that man shapes his own destiny. It is a constructive philosophy, a nontheistic religion, a way of life.

American Humanist Association, promotional brochure.

NB It is a faith (note the word ‘belief’) and the faith that claims man ‘determines his own destiny’ is no more evident to the five senses that the immutability of the Triune God.

You can’t tell me how to be or what to do

September 26, 2009

You can’t tell me how to be or what to do.

Caprice, model, Channel 4, The New Ten Commandments, 26.2.5

Those she are addressing would include God, I presume.

Three baseball umpires are sitting around over a beer

September 16, 2009

Three baseball umpires are sitting around over a beer, and one says “There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call them the way they are“. Another says, “There’s balls and there’s strikes, and I call ’em the way I see ’em.” The third says, “There’s balls and there’s strikes, and they ain’t nothin’ until I call ’em.”

Anderson, W.T. (1990). Reality isn’t what it used to be: Theatrical politics, ready to wear religion, global myths, primitive chic, and other wonders of the post-modern world. San Francisco: Harper & Row. p. 75

Anderson exaplins that the first umpire is the Modernist, the second a sceptic and the third a postmodernist – reality is defined by the individual and so there are as many ‘realities’ as there are observers.

The New god of Atheism

September 9, 2009

Prometheus’ confession ‘in a word, I hate all gods’, is its own confession, its own motto against all gods in heaven and earth who do not recognize man’s self-consciousness as the highest divinity.

Marx, from the preface to his PHD thesis,

Lyon, David. Karl Marx: A Christian Assessment of His Life & Thought. Herts: Lion, 1979. p.37

There must always be a god, an ultimate.

Mao and the expendibility of the people

September 8, 2009

Mao repudiated as treasonous the policy of arms-control agreements inaugurated in 1968, and he scoffed at the idea that a thermonuclear war would mean the extinction of life on earth. With astonishing insouciance, he wrote:

If the worst came to the worst, and half of mankind died, the other half would remain while imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world could become socialist; in a number of years there would be 2.7 billion people again.

Richard Pipes, Communism, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2002, p.125

One slogan of the Great Leap Forward pledged, ‘We shall teach the sun and moon to change places. We shall create a new heaven and earth for man.’

ibid., pp.130-31

The Great Leap Forward cost 30 million lives.

Nationalism and Humanism

September 7, 2009

Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!

With our flesh and blood, let us build our new Great Wall!

The Chinese nation faces its greatest danger.

From each one the urgent call for action comes forth.

Arise! Arise! Arise!

Millions with but one heart,

Braving the enemy’s fire.

March on!

Braving the enemy’s fire.

March on! March on! On!

China’s National Anthem

NB The humanistic premises of lines 2-3

God’s Laws Inconvenience Our Chosen Lifestyle

September 4, 2009

Most people I’ve represented, if they were aware of the 10 Commandments, would have chosen to ignore them, because it spoils the things they most enjoy in life.

Max Clifford, publisher

(on the Commandments)

You’ve got to rewrite it – it’s a flawed product.

John Hegarty, Creative Director, BBH Advertising

The flaw, though, is in us. “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” Rom.7.12