A. First of all, gratitude to all the readers of this blog. Not sure why the beloved 100 readers (on a very good day) come back for more, but thanks. Just know that you’re only encouraging me.
The writing here has come out even more unfocused than my original intent, which was pretty broad. “Culture. Religion. Politics. Science. Philosophy. Music. Art.” was the original charter 11 years ago. We do do that here, but also a lot of Home Improvement Projects and blithering about the books I intend to write. Which brings us to:
B: The ‘I should write a book about that’ books I’ve worked on here on the blog, ones where I might be qualified to have an opinion, are:
- A book on the origins of the Catholic schools here in America, and how they have arrived at their current sorry (with very few exceptions) state
- A more general book about the origins of schooling in America, circa roughly 1700 – 1940. An expose of the clowns and poseurs involved, and the paper-thin fantasy world that constitutes the foundation of all modern ‘scientific’ education.
- The How to Think About Science book.
Starting with the last one first: as the Crazy Years progress, it’s painfully clear that ignorance of how science works is so far downstream from the real problems as to be all but irrelevant. The best case scenario, where someone reads my book, reexamines his world view, and changes how he thinks about things – sigh. Not happening in the real world.
And it’s not even the rejection of logic, which you have to have at least some grasp of in order to begin to understand how science works. Underlying both logic and the science is the notion that the world makes sense. That the world IS. Our well-schooled contemporaries specifically reject the very idea of shared objective reality in favor of a world willed into being by their own narcissistic selves. That any such world is definitionally inconsistent, and conflicts necessarily with anyone else’s similarly constructed world is not a problem for the dedicated narcissist. That they hold both to the sacredness of people’s self-constructed reality AND bow and scrap before the altar of social and political conformity isn’t a problem – they never expected the world to make sense. It’s Will all the way down.
When my teeth are set on edge by patently anti-science claims of ‘settled science’ and ‘scientific consensus’ or people doing as they are told claiming they are ‘following the science’ which they haven’t read and wouldn’t understand if they did, I imagined the problem was the general lack of scientific literacy, and thought I might be able to help a little by writing a book about basic science.
Therefore, I’ve reconsidered the point of this proposed book, why I would write it and who it is for. I’m reading Kreeft’s Socratic Logic now, and perhaps will write this book as a sort of follow-on with a focus on the specific application of Aristotelian logic used by modern science, insofar as it has any legitimate claim to our acceptance of its conclusions.
So, basically, a high-school level book. (Kreeft’s book is also supposed to be a high school level book, but it’s pretty tough. He, an expert, isn’t leaving much out, and there’s just a lot of logic that’s not obvious or simple. Good, but tough.)
Time frame: Once we’re moved and settled.
The other two books I get bugged by my kids to complete. They’ve heard some of the points I make about schooling from the cradle, and have found them to be true in the world. They’d like there to be a book (or two) summarizing these things. These works have been in the works for years now. It is time.
Time frame: Once we’re moved and settled. I’ve recommenced reading source materials. as evidenced by the last post.
C. Then there are the fun books I’m supposedly writing. Well, I set a goal for this past June for the first of several speculative fiction books I hope to write, and got thousands and thousands of words into them…
But I didn’t finish. May 2021 was when the insanity finally began to get me down. It started taking work to just get on with it, whatever ‘it’ happened to be at the moment. As it became clear I wasn’t going to get any of the spec fic done by June, I got distracted by a musical composition. Why? I have no idea. Writing music and writing stories really are very similar: you get an idea, you pound it into some sort of shape, you write the next part and the next part and so on, sometimes skipping ahead to more fun/clearer ideas, and then backtracking to write the connecting scenes. Then read it out loud/play or sing it, rewrite as needed, then get other people to read/listen, and take their feedback…
And I’ve gotten maybe 5 minutes of a 6-part Gloria written, with a minute or so more to write, plus outlines/sections for a Kyrie and Agnus, and a idea or two for the Sanctus. Haven’t even thought about a Credo yet.
Why I found it possible to write music and not possible to write fiction is anybody’s guess.
Time frame: I’ll keep working on the Mass while we pack up and prep the house; the books I’ll take up again once we’re moved and settled.
D. We gotta get out of this place. We had the house tented a month ago; getting quotes for painters. Spoke with the Pods people, looking to start loading out in January.
Yesterday, picked up 10 bags of ready mix; today used 8 of them to put in what I intend to be the last segment of the vast, endless front yard home improvement brick project. Scaled it well down from the original plans – no grotto, less fancy brickwork. Sigh. Need it simply not to look ugly and unfinished. So, simple wall topped by some redwood lattice.
Aaaaand – a million other things need to be done. Not to mention the final pack what’s left up and get out of Dodge push in a couple months. Then finding a new place to live….
E. In a somewhat round-about way, I’m looking for a job, specifically, seeing if a new Chesterton Academy that is to open near where I’d like to live might hire me to corrupt the minds of our youth, after the fashion of Socrates and Aristotle. And quote a lot of Chesterton. It would be nice to teach, and have a little income.
F. All in all, I’m very grateful, and have gotten past letting myself get too down about the current insanity. For the most part. I used to pray in thanksgiving for getting to live in a land of plenty in a time of peace. Now? I pray that God will remember His promise of mercy, and, for the sake of His Name, for the sake of the Blood shed by His Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, He will not judge us as our sins deserve, but rather forgive us yet again. That He will send Mary, who crushes the head of the serpent, Joseph, the terror of demons, and Michael the Archangel to lead the heavenly host down to cast Satan and his minion out of our lives, our nation, and our world, bind them and cast them back into Hell where they belong. Then, that He may grant us the strength to endure whatever we must and the grace to die to ourselves and live only for His Will.
Otherwise, who can stand?
Have a happy and holy Thanksgiving!
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Is your plan still to stay in California? I think I remember a previous post, you said that…
Plan A: move to the foothills of the Sierra, out away from any big blue cities; Plan B: if things get really ugly, move (flee) to the Midwest..
We fled the blue Californians who have taken over our native state of Oregon just before COVID. Beautiful state (if awful weather), but we could see the writing on the wall. Mandatory state ‘nurse’ home visits for every child? With instructions to rate the ‘home environment’? Ripe for punishing homeschoolers and people with multiple children like us.
We will pray for y’all!
Just got back from visiting a daughter and her large family in Wisconsin. Except for Dane County (Madison), there’s little there or here in Michigan in the way of mask or vaccine mandates. They ask us to mask up if we’re not vaccinated, but no one checks and hardly anyone wears masks. The Sam’s Club in Rockford, Illinois has a sign requiring masks, but we didn’t and no one hassled us.
Speaking of Catholic schools, my daughter’s two eldest have started high school at an academy in Madison that a bunch of home-schoolers started up several years ago. My son-in-law the theologian who works for the bishop is teaching religion to freshmen there now, as well. All the classes are taught with the classic logic/grammar/rhetoric approach. I bet you’d love it.
Thanks for your blog. I agree we are in need of God’s great mercy and forgiveness. In an effort to encourage myself, I tried to focus on what I am thankful for now and thanking in advance for a future that honors God’s will:
Heavenly Father, You are a majestic, just, powerful, and creative God. There is no other that compares to You.
Forgive us today for not focusing our attention, love, and worship on you alone. Forgive us for sinning against your Word and ignoring your will.
Thank you for loving us, correcting us. protecting us , and providing for us.
Thank you for providing me a home in the United States of America. Thank you for a country that gives me the freedom to worship You. Thank you for a home that allows me to prosper regardless of my economic status, racial makeup, or political affiliation. Thank you for a country filled people who care about each other’s well-being including the pre-born, disabled, and elderly. Thank you for a country blessed with knowledge to develop technologies to better the lives of it’s people. Thank you for a country that can share Your blessings with others and can introduce others to You. I praise you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In Jesus name, I pray.
Amen. Alleluia. May the Good Lord bless you and your family, and hold you all in His all-loving Heart.
Thank you, Joe. A beautiful prayer and I pray the same for you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Best of luck with the move.
You may not need to write that book on education, I think James Lindsay is doing it already.
I know he’s going over it in his New Discourses podcast which listens like an audio book if you ask me.
(and I mean I’ve JUST started getting into his stuff – the man has been redpilled and he’s on a crusade!)
That looks interesting. Don’t know how soon I will get the chance to watch it all…