Poetry is for the Soul

Poetry is for the Soul

At MOTW, Ian writes of why we should read, respect, and learn to appreciate poetry [https://www.menofthewest.net/poetry-and-you/]. No, not the self indulgent crap angsty teenagers put to paper, but the real stuff. Also not generally the shit they shoved down your throat at school - though several of them I ran into courtesy of english teachers have held up where the books and stories they tried to plug my mind with generally haven't. > Why should you care about it? The Iliad, the Odyssey, the…

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Richard's Worth

Richard's Worth

I'd posted before about Ethan Nicolle's Bearmageddon [https://thelastredoubt.com/bearmageddon/], and how he'd stepped away from a lot of his attitudes towards country people, and that he got in the city in general. If you continue thruogh the series, it shows. In one page, he neatly wraps up several moral questions, including one that Spider Man spent far too much time and angst over [http://bearmageddon.com/bearmo/page-103-richards-worth/]. In one page he covers valuing life and living it w…

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Red Sea

Red Sea

If you told me 10 years ago that I'd prefer watching outright chinese commie propaganda more than most of what comes out of Hollywood, I'd have called you nuts. While I'd previously seen Wandering Earth and a few other movies originated out of China, and you could see the worldview/assumptions working in the background, it wasn't until watching Operation Red Sea - filmed entirely in cooperation with the PLA Navy as a "Chinese Navy Seals go to the Shores of Tripoli" - that I'd watched such an o…

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Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

This was originally going to be Decision Trees part two, about the Atlanta shooting. Among other things that have happened, St. Efan has been removed from the YouTube, which renders an easy reference to a lot of what I was going to bring up moot. Instead, I'm going to look at the lies surrounding that event and several recent others. Related to the Atlanta shooting of Brooks, we are of course told he was a devoted father, who didn't deserve to be shot for pointing a non-lethal tazer at a cop.…

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Worthiness, and the Common Good.

Worthiness, and the Common Good.

I just ran into this [https://80proofoinomancy.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/cant-close-the-closet-on-a-shoe-box-full-of-bones/] , which dovetails nicely with the core moral principle Razorfist was discussing regarding intellectual property: > I’m not a fan of the word “deserve”. In many contexts, these days, it conveys (or breeds) a sense of entitlement, ingratitude and possibly selfishness. Instead, I’ve adopted the term “worthy”. I don’t deserve nice things. However, I am worthy of them. Whe…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West [https://www.menofthewest.net] has picked up some of [https://www.menofthewest.net/?p=25657] my posts [https://www.menofthewest.net/?p=25638], and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical [https:…

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Being Alive vs Living

Being Alive vs Living

Unfortunately, as I wrote it, the quote that inspired my most recent post on safety was utterly forgotten. During the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1, First Sargeant Daniel Daly, 73rd Machine Gun Company, USMC, exhorted his men with the call "Come on, you sons-o'-bitches! Do you want to live forever?" before charging the Germans. Interestingly, Daly himself apparently disputes that, and claims he said "For Christ's sake men—come on! Do you want to live forever?" In either case, this quote was imm…

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Safety Third - Covid Edition

Safety Third - Covid Edition

A While back I'd written a post on safety being important, but not the most important thing [https://thelastredoubt.com/safety-third/]. Safety has to serve repeatably getting things done, and is not an ultimate virtue in and of itself. Put another way, there is a difference between staying alive, and living. Every choice involves risks, and one of the most common causes of death is slipping in the shower or bathtub. A guy can die as a result of simply falling over in his house and hitting his h…

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