We got a desk in our room finally. Which means I’m sitting at a desk for the first time in a while. Don’t really have much to say. Had to kick another guy out of the center the other day for smoking weed and failing a drug test. So we’re down to four now. Here are some thoughts I’ve had recently:
Concerning physical war: isn’t coming to the conclusion of war a lot like saying that in order to solve a problem certain people have to be killed? Is it ok to say that people need to die? Is this love? Or does love provide a better way?
Carrying deadly weapons: I haven’t ever had a problem with this. But now I think I do. This situation is very similar to war I think. If I’m carrying a concealed deadly weapon (and we all know the ones I mean, a pocket knife is good for other things than killing people, a pistol, however, is a little less utilitarian. In the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd “Ain’t no good for nothing but put a man six feet in a hole”) have I not already started to hierarchically categorize the value of human life? Like this: “If someone attacks a stranger, I may pull my gun, depends on the situation. If someone attacks me, I’ll probably pull my gun as a last resort (‘cause I’m a real man). But if someone attacks my mother, sister, daughter, wife, I’m pulling that trigger faster than I can say, ‘Love your neighbor.’ ” Is this ok? I don’t know. Wouldn’t love rather be taken advantage of? Wouldn’t love show meekness?
Socialism (again, sorry): I’ll concede that it’s impossible to ensure worldwide temporal equality, probably even national temporal equality. But since it’s impossible on a large scale does that mean that it’s not worth trying within a community? I don’t think it’s impossible on a small scale. On the other side of that thought is this one, is it even important anymore to strive for temporal/monetary equality on any scale? People are different from each other, we are going to behave differently. Is there any way that any one man can be equal to another? I am different from everyone in my tax bracket, my neighborhood, my state (this is why representative democracy doesn’t work). To achieve real equality, we don’t have to destroy all the social, or other, differences among people; this is an impossibility. What we have to do is altogether rise above the differences, as followers of a better Way. We don’t need to focus on bringing the poor up to the middle class or the wealthy down to the middle (even more so; we don’t need to bring the so called “third world” countries up to the “developed” world or bring the super powers into a more restricted governance), for these differences concern the secular world. And this world has already been defeated, John 16:33.
Nothing on the schedule today, except to hopefully go out to eat with Spencer at a restaurant that offers a 1/2 pound hamburger.