I’m Getting Over Sentimental, And You?

As we head into the New Year let’s take a moment to not look back… 

Ah, yes.

Ah, yes.

 Sentimentality is that taskmaster which keeps us longing for the leeks and garlic of Egypt, the known-knowns of past life, up to and including slavery.

 Sentimentality is gate keeper to the past, fending off reality to preserve sugar-plum memories.

 Sentimentality serves as wooer, policy maker and candlestick maker, ergo, The Great Society (aka “Let’s help the little people and feel good about ourselves in the process”, affirmative action (see The Great Society for further social science mishaps), education (aka job-security for union workers), amnesty (aka imported votes for Progressive Democrats) and multiculturalism (aka “We promote “Diversity” here, just stay off my lawn and don’t get near my rights, you fools.”)

 Sentimentality, the emo that keeps on giving, will keep an angry woman ever angry; never forgiving. For her the past will be kept stewing, waiting for the next victim to be boiled alive.

 Sentimentality will fight fires by removing the oxygen from the room: “This is the way we have always done it.”

 Sentimentality is not tradition. It is more like unclaimed baggage that keeps going around on the airport turnstile day after day. You watch it to see if anyone claims it. If not it’s yours to drag around forever.

 Sentimentality chooses the moldy and crusty bread of the past over the fresh gluten free, sugar-free crackers of the present ala “This white bread reminds me of mom.”

 Sentimentality can be good wine turned into vinegar; old wineskins never replaced.

 Sentimentality is the troll who guards the bridge to the New Year. The troll demands a toll. (Just tell the little bugger, ”I paid years ago, be off with you or I’ll call my Father Time. He’ll kick your little troll butt!”)

 Sentimentality calls up past fears and dreams for advertised future benefits, benefits created at any cost to reality. See the Social Security trust fund. See the Barney Frank everyone-needs-a-house bubble machine that unleashed the Kraken upon world finances when the bubbles burst.

 Sentimentality wants to relive the civil rights and war protests of the sixties and invoke the depression era bindle-bums of the thirties. OWS Millennials ‘must’ ‘re-live’, record and recreate a diorama of those events from a BA degree in Identity Politics perspective. The grapes of wrath must be re-trampled. Social justice must be served with an order of the freshest iPhones.

 Sentimentality “keeps me hanging on” by a thread of delusion. “Marriage is secular, a right, a ‘love-in’.” Sentimentality says “I do” to whatever makes me feel… sentimental. And, sentimental makes me feel all gooey inside like…cable TV lovers.

 Sentimentality demands that Mother Earth be saved from manmade people while avoiding fact-see leftist Pope Francis for further encyclical faldera. Does the Pope realize that the Green Movement believes that overpopulation of the world is the problem? Does the Pope realize that he is actually promoting abortion, assisted-suicide and humanist population control?  (BTW: does the Pope even understand that capitalism fills the coffers of DisneyVatican?)  And, forget “Seasons in the Sun”. We may be facing an Inferno or an Ice Age depending on which way the inverted dated is put up on the overhead. ALGore Rhythm has predicted inverted hockey stick apocalyptic weather conditions to occur at any second now. And this, my friends, despite the fact that CO2 makes growing things…green! We are told by dogged Gaia loving-tenure-loving-paycheck-loving scientists that CO2 is not green ‘making’ ‘stuff’ when man is involved. Mankind only creates off-green “problems,” “problems” that are only resolvable with enormous sums of green taxpayer money. And, to increase our awareness of the right uses for CO2 the greenie bible Mother Earth News reportedly reports “green is god, dude, especially when rolled and smoked.” Anyway “It’s hard to die when all the birds are singing in the sky.”

 Sentimentality: a Disney movie replaying your childhood over and over. You know, the time you spent fantasizing about being princess as a young boy. Animated cels have always portrayed our deepest feelings, the best of our culture and the highest aspirations of our humanity-remember? Who needs reality when you have “Frost”?

 Sentimentality is that trampoline you keep in your back yard just in case you need to jump up and down endlessly to walk away from the back and forth of everyday life.

 Sentimentality gets an Enlightened Epicurean Scientism big bang out of a singular boson appearance but considers God’s silhouette passé.

 “A sentimentalist“, Oscar Wilde wrote, “is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it”.

 Use “Sentimentality” in a sentence/s: “I prefer my sentimentality over tradition, dudes. Tradition is so predictable whereas ad hoc sentimentality ushers in a new age of Progress as well as a proto-social justice that protests everything that isn’t sentimental.”

 Sentimentality as cultural entrenchment, as socio-political-economic-education policy-see Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality (subtitle in US editions: How Britain is Ruined by Its Children) by Theodore Dalrymple. Who could resist this book with chapter titles like these: Chapter Three: “The Family Impact Statement”, Chapter Four: “The Demand for Public Emotion”, Chapter Five: “The Cult of the Victim”, Chapter Six: “Make Poverty History!”

 Sentimentality-I could go on but, at this point, if I look back, I just might become sentimental. I won’t look back. Yes, there were good times but I keep those memories like a locket around my neck. And, don’t worry. Good memories have a way of making themselves known and sustaining you at the right time-that is if you create them first. (The Israelites used to create stone monuments as a place of remembrance where Jehovah had intervened. They did not carry the monument around with them. The thought that God is Infinite-Personal became a fixed place in their memory.)

 Taking sentimentality as a daily palliative pill will regurgitate acid reflux. Worse, making sentimentality your GroupThink Emo-a demand to relive all hurts whether real, perceived, projected or revived-leads to unresolved GroupThinkAnger and to “Stokely Carmichael’s idea that “before a group can enter open society, it must close ranks.”” And to the “Day of Rage” (’69, Cornell U) and to Black Panthers with billy clubs at polling places, to the NAACP, to the SPLC’s perverted “Hate-Watch”, to Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and their ilk.

 Looking back, as one who was told not to look back, did not work out well for Lot’s wife. She may have very well thought that God was like her-sentimental about what someone holds dear, in this case her life in Sodom. She may have very well thought that God would not destroy a place she called home. She got it wrong.

 A pillar of salt goes nowhere in life. 

A pillar of the community!

A pillar of the community!

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Who needs the shallowness of sentimentality when you can have full-bodied hope! And, I’m not talking about “Hope” as found in the “Hope and Change” campaign come-on that was used to lull Millennial lemmings to follow Obama over the cliffs of insanity.

 I am talking real hope. And, real hope includes distancing yourself from sentimentality and going forward with God into sublime reality, as the Apostle Paul described here in his letter to the Church at Rome (Chapter 4-5): 

“…since we believe in the one who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was handed over because of our trespasses and raised because of our justification.

 The result is this: since we have been declared “in the right” on the basis of faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have been allowed to approach, by faith, into this grace in which we stand; and we celebrate the hope of the glory of God.

That’s not all. We also celebrate in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces patience, patience produces a well-formed character, and a character like that produces hope.

Hope, in its turn, does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the holy spirit who has been given to us.” (emphasis mine)

 

 

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Credits:

The picture of Lot’s Wife –courtesy of MudPreacher.

Less Than One Degree of Separation

  “I have been probing the arguments for global warming for well over a decade. In collaboration with a lot of excellent coauthors I have consistently found that when the layers get peeled back, what lies at the core is either flawed, misleading or simply non-existent.” Ross McKitrick, Financial Post

 What is posited as mankind’s greatest threat beside the obvious ~ Rosie O’Donnell returning to the View? “Climate Change!”

 “Climate Change!” is the Politically Correct non-Jeopardizing answer that will win you kudos, peer adulation and apparently enough money to buy a government-subsidized cable TV channel and then sell it to the Qatar owned pan-Arab Al Jazeera TV news network. The cross Current of “Climate Change” blows an ill wind.

 Now, we’ve both heard Barack Obama and John Kerry speak this most specious of claims again and again. The redundant talking point is meant to produce a Stockholm Syndrome like reaction from Obama’s political captives ~ the environmentalists and Millennials; basically, those who believe with all of their campfire roasted marshmallow hearts in a primordial earth filled with Kumbayah spirits.

 To indicate the thrall of such supplicants I will give you one recent personal example.

 About two weeks ago I was riding the Chicago Metra train to my downtown workplace. After a stop near the city several passengers boarded from an ‘uppity’ neighborhood near Chicago. Before we reach that stop I put my away my book, knowing that I will be standing in the train vestibule discussing whatever topic is broached among the three or four of us heading to Chicago.

 One day, right the out of the beautiful climate change blue, a forty-ish Oak Park man says that there are ad companies who will not do ad work for any company that is a “climate change” denier. He proudly let me know that he was all was for this sanctioning of companies based on “climate change” theory. I rolled my eyes but held my tongue.

 What I wanted to say: “Climate change has become a religion of radical Jihadist proportions ~ “submit to our belief system or die, you infidel.”

 The “settled science” of “climate change” is not even a joke. It is a bad joke and mere conjecture at best, if not an outright lie. It has quickly become the radicalized religion of the “goddess Gaia.”

 David Mamet said it much better in his book “The Secret Knowledge: On Dismantling of American Culture “(2011):

 Observe that to propitiate an unknowable power, the Left, ignorant or dismissive of any society or history but its own, insists upon the primacy of Trees and Soil, Oceans and Animals ~ theirs is a return to the worship of the Savage.  To see that this nature worship is not quite the good simple-heartedness they believe it is, but rather a religion, observe its imperviousness to information:  polar bears are not, in fact, decreasing but increasing in population; the earth is not, in fact, warming.

Here is a video of Dr. Ross McKitrick at Friends of Science speech (Canada) presenting graphs, charts, and an empirical approach to the IPCC report ‘bout climate.

 Of note: (19:40) “Challenge in the world of Climate Modeling”: “If things continue as they have been…something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models…” and, moments later, “climate models are too sensitive to CO2.”(20:39)

 Here is Ross McKitrick’s website. His background and several of his speeches are presented: Ross R. McKitrick

 If you were not able to sit through the video because you fear data or anything that would disrupt your belief in “climate change” then I offer one of his speeches in PDF form so that you can print it out and read it before the world ends from “climate change” overkill: “The Intrinsic Value of Nature And The Proper Stewardship of the Climate” (Shhh. Secret. The PDF explains the volcano video.)

 The speech begins with a quote from a World Wildlife Fund report headline: “Only global poverty can save the planet.” Malthus, mother Gaia is calling.

 McKitrick goes on to talk about the value of nature, the nature of value and the three zeitgeists of nature namely the “material,”” primal” and “functional”- theories of and approaches to nature. The speech is very accessible to anyone who wants to understand the thinking behind the hot-button issue of “climate change.” So, if you read nothing else, please read the speech.

 On the train to work I am reading N.T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms. In the book’s “Afterword – My Life with the Psalms” N.T. reflects on his space, time and matter intersections with the Psalms. His words from one such intersection:

 “There was the time when I had been with people urging that we should regard the earth itself as “divine” – as the “goddess Gaia.” I felt oppressed, as though a thick and choking cloud were over my head, until the next day. The first psalm in church was 97” “YHWH is king! Let the earth rejoice.” I felt the cloud disappear as through a sudden fresh breeze: the earth is not divine, but it is the glorious creation of the true God and celebrates his kingdom arriving “on earth as in heaven.”

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added 9-15-2014;

Gordon Fulks: Climate Orthodoxy Perpetuates a Hoax

Must see:  Nuclear Options:  Confessions of Greenpeace Dropout, Climate Apocalyptic-ism &The Wannabe Oppressed and this relevant self-preservation video, applicable to “climate change” theory ‘dangers:’

The Panacean Religion of Rights

The right to health care (and mandating others pay for it)
The right to shame the public into paying for national health care;
The right to demand someone’s personal property, then taking that property by force (taxation), then giving it to someone else  and then calling the act social justice/social gospel;
The right to homosexual marriage and sodomy;
The right to call someone “homophobic” using hate speech and bullying;
The right to demand “Diversity” and universal acceptance of one’s behavior;
“The rights of Mother Nature.” (Van Jones);
The right to demand that global warming is real even though the ‘evidence’ has been manufactured;
The right to clean air;
The right to smoke;
The right to anthropomorphize animals to make them equal with humans;
The right to hurt others to get what I want when I want it;
The right to an abortion;
The right of collective bargaining;
The right to be an illegal immigrant;
The right to smoke dope;
The right to define want-based needs;
The right to say that another person is filled with hate because they don’t agree with me.
The right to say that another person is racist if they don’t agree with a person of color.
The right to mock and disparage others with pejoratives and at the same time
The right to be free from bullies;
The right to not be held responsible for one’s actions;
The right to blaspheme a Holy God.

The right to…tyranny, despotism…jihad….

Hanging in the Balance (Caveat Emptor)

Hanging in the Balance

Coal mine-Users of electricity

Oil drill-automobiles

Deforestation-Wood & wood pulp products

Commodity farming-Paper shopping bags full of corn based products & corn syrup

Corporate America-American Consumers

Job creation-Jonesian covetousness

Profit-Consumption

Drugs-Drug users

Non-directive-Directive

Supply-Demand

 

Who’s to blame?