An old axiom says that we become like that which we worship. If we worship a God...– Danny Coleman (via azspot)
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the...– J.R.R. Tolkien (via struckintime)
I can’t help but wonder if this aberrant weather we have been experiencing owes...– Glen Michael Perkins (via matthewclan)
”Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent...– David J. Constable
In the beginning, the church was a fellowship of men and women who centered...– Richard Halverson (via azspot)
Two novels can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings...– Paul Krugman
Top 10 Myths about Introverts →
booklover: suzywire: Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days. Myth #2 – Introverts are shy. Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people....
Supreme Court Rules That Companies Can Block... →
“In a huge blow to peeved consumers, the Supreme Court ruled earlier today that companies can block customers from joining together in a class-action suit by forcing each complaint into arbitration. The ruling came about as a result of a lawsuit filed against AT&T by a consumer in California who alleged that the company acted deceptively by advertising discounts on cell phones but...
A collection of amateur videos, digital... →
cheatsheet: We’re testing out Storify today to gather videos, tweets, and photographs of what’s happening in Syria (warning: graphic content therein). We’ve been doing this regularly to cover stories like the earthquake in Japan and the Middle East uprisings, but have been putting together the updates manually. Storify is helping us streamline the process, which means breaking news gets to...
There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above the dark tor high up in the...– “The Land of Shadow” - The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien (via tolkienianos)
There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that...– Flannery O’Connor (via azspot)
When writing was new, it was strange, and it was hard to imagine a society based...– Plato On Facebook (via azspot)
Easter and the Death of Christ
I have an extremely ambivalent relationship with Easter. (Of course, I have an ambivalent relationship with much of mainstream Christianity, but that’s not the point.) On the surface, I love the concept of Easter—death defeated by life, lost hope returned, the power of oppression and pain broken by love and fearless acceptance. Scratch the surface, though, and you start hitting a lot of...
Conservatives Big on Fear, Brain Study Finds →
Most societies are divided into a party that wants change (the more liberal party) and one that is afraid of change (the conservatives). The liberal party is generally more intellectual and the conservative party is more anti-intellectual. The conservative party is big on national defense and magnifies our perception of threat, whether of foreign aggressors, immigrants, terrorists, or...
Why you won’t care that the Net isn’t neutral →
It’s very simple. Once we have lost Net neutrality and the access providers are given a free hand to charge Internet companies for delivering their bits faster and more reliably than their competitors’ bits, we will experience this simply as how the Internet works, not as an artificial constraint put in to benefit the access providers. With so little competition, the access providers will be...
One of the traps of adolescence is the sort of paranoid resentment that somehow...– ~ Stephen Fry (via conflictingheart)