culture, gaming, original fiction, thought piece

[thought piece] No Man’s Sky, Puddleglum, and Our Existential Need for Narrative

Vox, believe it or not, made a pretty good point about No Man's Sky in its article, No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game: Okay, so the universe in No Man’s Sky is really, really big. But what, exactly, do you do in it? [...] Even when the… Continue reading [thought piece] No Man’s Sky, Puddleglum, and Our Existential Need for Narrative

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I expect you may not be aware of it, but the anti-bullying psychology, created by left-thinking university psychology professors, is the ultimate in political correctness, turning every one of us into a potential bully or victim, or, to use your preferred language, oppressor or oppressed. Thanks to the successful political activism of the anti-bullying field, schools are now required to function as totalitarian police establishments responsible for children’s interpersonal relationships 24/7. School staff need to do double duty as security guards, detectives and judges, treating any complaint of subjective harm as a serious crime needing thorough investigation, interrogation, adjudication, reporting and punishing. Rather than eliminating bullying, these laws have led to a growing epidemic of bullying and intensified hostilities among students, parents, teachers and administrators. Today is the most stressful time in history to be a school administrator, as they can face lawsuits for failing to accomplish the impossible (research has shown that the most highly regarded anti-bullying programs barely cause a dent in the problem, yet schools are supposed to know how to get stop all children from being bullied.) Just today, the news reported that a Pennsylvania court awarded a student $500,000 dollars (link is external) because the school district could not stop fellow students from ridiculing her “gender-nonconformist presentation” – in all three schools she attended! Half a million dollars! American dollars, not Canadian! For a mere $500, I could have taught the girl how to stop being bullied, but now we, the taxpayers, have to fork out half-a-million bucks because schools can’t force all children to respect nonconformist gender presentation. In actuality, the schools’ attempts to stop the bullying made the bullying escalate.

-Kalman, The Two “Fatal Flaws Lurking in American Leftist Politics”

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“All of us are engaged daily with works of art, even if we are neither professionals nor amateur artists. We read books, we listen to music, we look at posters, we admire flower arrangements. Art, as I am using the word, does not include just “high art”, that is, painting, sculpture, poetry, classical music, but also the more popular expressions – the novel, the theatre, the cinema, popular music and rock. In fact, there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life.”

-Art and the Bible, Francis Schaeffer, 49.

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“The ancient Jews always blamed themselves when things fell apart. They acted as if God’s goodness – the goodness of reality – was axiomatic, and took responsibility for their own failure. That’s insanely responsible. But the alternative is to judge reality as insufficient, to criticize Being itself, and to sink into resentment and the desire for revenge.”

-12 Rules For Life, Dr. Jordan Peterson, 157.

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[art][ink and marker] Mandala-ish #2

Before every art therapy lecture, our art therapy professor/instructor gave us 15 minutes to "de-stress" and relax by drawing mandalas, pictures, or art. We were told that these pieces of art would, later in the semester, be interpreted/critiqued by us in terms of art therapy - what they could possibly mean and what part this… Continue reading [art][ink and marker] Mandala-ish #2

nonfiction, original fiction, personality, random writing, thought piece

[posting][opinion] Ceding INTJ Control: Part One

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. -Proverbs 3: 5-6 When it comes to being a Type 5w6 INTJ, I'm a pretty happy camper. However, there are some times when I frustrate myself or catch… Continue reading [posting][opinion] Ceding INTJ Control: Part One