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George F. Will is feeling ‘age, simply’ but he’s right about America

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I usually don’t quote the brilliant George F. Will, either to agree or take issue with him. His opinions stand alone. But today’s melancholy, poetic take-down of socialism and a planned economy is too tempting to turn away.

It seems, just now,

To be happening so very fast;

Those lines are from Larkin’s 1972 poem “Going, Going,” his melancholy, elegiac lament about the pace of what he considered despoiling change that was, he thought, erasing all that was familiar in his England. The first line of Larkin’s final stanza is: “Most things are never meant.”

This is a profound truth: The interacting processes that propel the world produce outcomes that no one intends. The fatal conceit — fatal to the fecundity of spontaneous order — is the belief that anyone, or any group of savants, is clever and farsighted enough to forecast the outcomes of complex systems. Who really wants to live in a society where outcomes are “meant,” meaning planned and unsurprising?

In his poem, Larkin explained why he wrote it: He was feeling “age, simply.” He was 49.

The rate of change is accelerating. As Moore’s Law states with semiconductors, growth will be exponential, not linear. And semiconductors–computers–drive everything today.

Your phone, the app you use to buy everything, the GPS that keeps trucks going to the right place, the drones that might deliver your goods, the technology that makes Amazon’s brick and mortar stores work: all of it ties to Moore’s Law and all of it is changing at an increasing rate of change.

Yet we expect our politicians to produce outcomes for us. It’s like us expecting them to navigate the streets of Manhattan at 120 miles per hour.

In the accelerated churning of today’s capitalism, changing tastes and expanding choices destroy some jobs and create others, with net gains in price and quality. But disruption is never restful, and the United States now faces a decision unique in its history: Is it tired — tired of the turmoil of creative destruction? If so, it had better be ready to do without creativity. And ready to stop being what it has always been: restless.

Disruption is the key word. What used to offer a stable career of 40 years until your job is eliminated now demands skills that didn’t exist even 15 years ago. Humans aren’t about to be replaced by computers, but certain jobs will absolutely be. My father’s job as a tool and die maker no longer exists. He was displaced in the 1980s by desktop CAD and numerical control machines.

But creativity is never in short demand. What was, 100 years ago, made bespoke, 30 years ago was mass produced, and now is bespoke again. (Think of 3D printers.) The skills the next generation will need to move through their world are different than the skills my father, Will, or I needed. But creativity will never be without a home.

That is, unless we demand outcomes from those who have the power to strip creativity. Progressives need to remember that progress is messy. Planned outcomes result in a grey, dull world where progress is devolved into linear equations producing known outcomes.

As Larkin, and Will now admit, we’re feeling “age, simply.” But we must choose not to strip our progeny of our greatest gift to them. And that will be messy.

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Since leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

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Since leftist media wont say it Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word “Christian” in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

Some of this was noted by Brittany Pettibone:

OAN’s Jack Posobiec added that a new phrase has been coined by the media regarding the Notre-Dame fire:

Was this the same response they were giving following the Christchurch attacks? No. As Imam Mohamad Tawhidi noted, the differences were very clear.

Why do the media and leftist politicians do this? Why are they quick to label attacks against any other religious group exactly as they appear, but they’re so unwilling to call out any attacks against Christians as attacks against Christians?

This is the time we’re in, folks. The left has a narrative they want jammed into our heads and that narrative has no room for acknowledging violence and persecution is committed against Christians. The only stories that fit their narratives are stories that can blame Christians for wrongdoing. In those cases, the perpetrators’ status as Christians is broadcast loud and clear. But if Christians are victims, the left will go to extreme lengths to negate that fact from the record.

Of all the major news outlets, I was only able to find one that didn’t shy away from the truth. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stands alone in declaring the intended victims of this attack as who they are and why they were targeted.

WSJ Editorial Board

The intentional suppression of what happened, who committed it, and who was targeted is beyond insulting. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are being framed by the media as some people did something.

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Romans 8:18 – ‘sufferings of this present time’

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Romans 8:18 sufferings of this present time

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (KJV)

There has been suffering around the world since the fall of man to sin. While this suffering will persist until the second coming of Christ, we are to remember that it our suffering is not to be regarded as important. It doesn’t matter what hardships face us. The reward at the end is so much greater than anything we can be put through in this life.

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People of the Judeo-Christian faiths should expect attacks to rise

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People of the Judeo-Christian faiths should expect attacks to rise

If you get your news from American mainstream media, two connected narratives are constantly pushed when it comes to religions. First, there is no real persecution against those who practice a Judeo-Christian religion or believe in the Bible. Second, all other religions as well as those who claim no religion are the real victims every time.

Every time.

It isn’t just the blatant attacks, such as the Sri Lanka terrorist attack (almost certainly) perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists. It’s the subtle attacks, the ones that don’t get much coverage but that are attacks on our faith nonetheless. We should expect these attacks to continue. We should expect these attacks to rise.

Whether you believe we are in the Biblical end times or not, you should heed the warnings from both the New and Old Testament. Just as antisemitism was prophesied and has continued to come to fruition throughout history, so too was persecution of believers in Christ prophesied and continues to be demonstrated daily. In America, faith was once a badge of honor warn by arguably too many people, even those who didn’t really share it. Now that it’s not nearly as socially beneficial as it was just a decade or two ago, we’re seeing a falling away from the church. This is not surprising. Lukewarm Christians are seeing fewer benefits from their supposed faith manifesting in this world and are therefore less inclined to embrace it.

We have entered a time in history where the subtle attacks and the blatant attacks are going to continue to rise. It was foretold and is coming to pass before our eyes. That doesn’t mean the Great Tribulation starts tomorrow, but it also doesn’t mean it won’t. It could be this year, next year, a hundred years, or a thousand years from now. Regardless of when that time comes, the persecution is on course to continue, to spread, and to worsen.

Churches are burning, and not just Notre-Dame cathedral. That one may have drawn all the headlines, but it’s not a new development. Atheism and Islam are growing and their adherents are acting more boldly. The Islamic State, though proclaimed to be dead, is rising in ways that don’t draw the attention of the press but that’s clear and present to those who are watching.

Now is the time for the faithful to make our voices heard. It won’t be easy. The noise that continuously attempts to drown us out has become a cacophony of blasphemous sound that threatens to suppress those who choose to share the Gospel, but we must not let that dissuade us from walking the proper path. As Matthew 7:13-14 says:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We must not be shaken from our faith by the persecution and attacks being waged against us. Some attacks are physical. Others are intellectual. Some are blatant. Others are subtle. Wear the Armor of God and stay true to the faith.

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