There are no neutrals in this war
People are coming around, but if you ask me, it’s a bit late in the game.
I did make a comment that would have been risky to do in 2007 or 2009 though, elsewhere for that link.
Partly, this comes from my small-government outlook, which holds that some things—indeed, most things, and virtually all of the really important things—should be outside the realm of politics. That definitely includes other people’s sex lives, about which I would like to know a good deal less than is fashionable at the moment.
But this year, I discovered that while I might not be interested in the culture war, the culture war is interested in me. It’s interested in all of us.
This is the year when we were served noticed that we won’t be allowed to stand on the sidelines, because we will not be allowed to think differently from the left.-person who wake up really late
An excerpt to the writer’s article above. Not really a conversion story, more like a “wake up the base is being raided” kind of story.
This one is also pretty good.
In his essay “Ofermod,” Tolkien writes:
For this ‘northern heroic spirit’ is never quite pure; it is of gold and an alloy. Unalloyed it would direct a man to endure even death unflinching, when necessary: that is when death may help the achievement of some object of will, or when life can only be purchased by denial of what one stands for. But since such conduct is held admirable, the alloy of personal good name was never wholly absent.
These words describe Boromir exactly. To him, as to his father, the idea of the Good is limited to “the good of Gondor”; ultimately, to the good reputation of the Stewards and their house. Because Gondor, too, has much in it that is intrinsically good – there, too, folk spend much of their time growing food and eating it, and doing various kinds of service to one another – this remains a noble pursuit; but it is fatally flawed, for it mistakes the secondary good (the reputation of the guardians) for the primary.
Tolkien’s most direct criticism of this defective idea of virtue is put in the mouth of Faramir. He does not denigrate Boromir’s character directly, but he implicitly recognizes his flaws by making the distinction that Boromir missed, preferring the primary to the secondary good:
‘I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.’
The whole idea of reputation, of social conformity and obeying the Authorities, is something I discovered to be an often excuse for disobeying one’s conscience and doing Evil. The Japanese made that very clear, amusingly and ironically enough, given Japan’s clear and unapologetic examples of hierarchy in their society. Their society is like a civilian version of the United States Marines, basically. There’s a superior above you, your fellow peers at the same rank as you in different units, and then there are subordinates beneath you…
It clarified many things that were obscured in America’s so called “equal” nation.