I gotta have my orange juice.

Jesu, Juva

Metábasis eis állo génos (3-22)

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The Lord’s prayer has a formative effect on us. The more we pray it, the more we understand ourselves to be:

  • Sons and daughters of the Father
  • Members of and participants in a glorious and unshakeable heavenly-earthly kingdom
  • Those who need not be anxious because we have adequate provision
  • Those who are forgiven
  • The kind of people who readily forgive
  • Those who are protected from and strengthened against temptation and attack

Performing the Psalms is a lot like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia. Before too long—you spend your childhood doing that—you’re unable to live in the normal world the same way ever again. Why? Because you’ve actually inhabited a larger, grander, more glorious world; a world that’s even more real; a world that transcends everything you thought you knew. You have discovered by participation that there’s more to reality than meets the eye. (Trevor Laurence, Singing the Future)

I’m having great difficulty processing Eugen Rosenstock–Huessy’s Out of Revolution. He recognizes both a demonic but also a God–ordained character to revolutions, so that it is difficult to make a single value judgment or a clear prediction of what may happen. Of course, that is just how complex and multi-layered God’s world is. Here is one startling passage:

The great Revolutions break out whenever the power which has governed heaven and earth dries up at the fountain-head. The great Revolutions seem to destroy an existing order; but that is not true. They do not break out until the old state of affairs is already ended, until the old order of things has died and is no longer believed in by its own beneficiaries. (471)

By this token, what we are seeing right now is not a revolution but the last spasms of the Bolshevik revolution. It has run its course and is gasping its last breath. That is encouraging, though what comes next is not clear. ERH believes that a global economic revolution comes next, but to be fair, he writes this in 1938 and this may have already passed and run its course.

Wilson has recommended Zeihan lately, and while I have not read him, Wilson’s representation of Zeihan’s primary thesis seems like an interesting way to understand how the world might revert to a more tribal or at least nationalistic situation. It is interesting to contemplate a world in which the international exchange of information is cheap but the exchange of goods is costly.

Antonyms: wreck, rectify

Spelling correction of the week: virtually => ritually

From our VRBO lake rental:

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ composition for the coronation of QE2:

Written by Scott Moonen

September 10, 2022 at 5:40 pm

Posted in Miscellany

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