What is Modernity?

I’ve written a bit about modernity over the past couple of years, and in fact, I think the entire QNUW project at this point could be defined as a reaction against it.  But the concept is a tricky one, because it’s a term for the very air we breathe in contemporary society.  And it’s not something as simplistically defined as “the present day” or even “the present operation of things,” since those would imply that modernity is a definition related to a period of time rather than a term that applies to specific systems of ideologies. Continue reading “What is Modernity?”

Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative

Now I’m going to talk about a video game.

I just completed a run-through of some the old Assassin’ Creed 2 and AC: Brotherhood games that first came out back in 2009.  It’s hard to believe that was nearly a decade ago, considering how the gameplay itself seems only to have aged a few years.  Granted, I played the remastered collection that was released in 2012, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I’m behind the times.  Sue me. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative”

Goodbye, Intellectual Dork Web

This piece was prompted by one of this blogger’s favorite whipping posts: Jordan B. Peterson’s credibility and incomprehensibility.  Those of us waiting for the other shoe to drop have been vindicated, at least until the other-other shoe drops and the entire network of these clowns, Peterson included, are revealed to be part of the very machine they were organized to stand in opposition to.  I don’t think that has happened yet, but rest assured, it will soon enough. Continue reading “Goodbye, Intellectual Dork Web”

Tattoos, Body Modification, and the Modern Interest in Destroying Yourself By Consent

There used to be a time when it was common practice to teach our children how to properly respect our bodies.  Used to be.  Now that respect extends to the farthest frontiers of the term consent, well past the long-rotted fences that cordoned off the brighter pastures of moral guidance and virtue.  The common assumption is that proper respect for the body rests somewhere between the humiliating and derogatory attack on common decency, and the lurid sexuality of wanton lust pushed by corporate interests and characterized by billboards, internet pornography, and the expectations of a sexual culture. Continue reading “Tattoos, Body Modification, and the Modern Interest in Destroying Yourself By Consent”

The Political e-Celeb Menace

It’s no surprise that popularity breeds contempt, often from complete nobodies.  Envy is commonly assumed to be the primary driver of this contempt, and all too often, that seems to check out.  But that isn’t always the case.  All forms of popularity are not created equal—a Hollywood actor’s popularity is almost entirely arbitrary, and contempt for his face appearing on billboards across the nation could stem from the enviousness of countless other men failing to be in the right place at the right time and loaded up with the right connections like he was, or it could stem from countless tabloid-published moral failings as Hollywood pretends to operate according to the same moral compass that drives the sane segment of humanity. Continue reading “The Political e-Celeb Menace”

Chinese Catholicism

Last year, it came to be announced that Pope Francis had begun talking with the communist Chinese government over the negotiation of the Church’s presence in the country.  A bit of background: Catholics in China have a tendency to disappear, but sometimes they’re merely imprisoned for life on any number of possible charges.  Religion is not a thing generally looked upon favorably in the PRC, though Xi Jingping’s government does play its understandable favorites; Buddhism and Taoism enjoy a relatively low level of antagonism from the authorities, while just about everyone else could be under threat of  spending their lives behind bars if they aren’t completely cooperative with their secular masters. Continue reading “Chinese Catholicism”

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