Randoms

– Jim on the Dark Enlightenment. I’ve got a few quibbles, but this is good:

The fundamental realization of the Dark Enlightenment is that all men are not created equal, not individual men, nor the various groups and categories of men, nor are women equal to men, that these beliefs and others like them are religious beliefs, that society is just as religious as ever it was, with an official state religion of progressivism, but this is a new religion, an evil religion, and, if you are a Christian, a demonic religion.

– Rod Dreher thinks that somebody did warn a student about the perils of the hookup culture on college campuses. Alas, they don’t. They warn men that about half of them will be rapists by the time they leave college and that the other half are probably gay. That’s about it as far as warnings go. My wife is still angry that no one, throughout her education and career, ever told her that she might – just might – really like having and taking care of children. A civilization is defined by its priorities.

– For some odd reason, I’m zero percent surprised by the notion that central banks are now sovereign. Perhaps nothing could better symbolize modernity than rule by economists.

– In completely unrelated news, it’s apparently difficult to get good institutions in Honduras.

– I’ve tried to explain how strange the gentrifying parts of DC can be many times. It’s hard. Here’s a drug deal going down in the middle of the day in a park that’s a few blocks from the Supreme Court. The nearest home for sale is a four bedroom listed at $1.2 million. On any given day, the park is parody of SWPLdom.

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13 Responses to Randoms

  1. anonymous says:

    You (and the PoP tipster, blogger and commenter) have probably witnessed dozens of drug transactions between white people and never even realized it. If the park is really a SWPL haven, white people probably smoke weed in it all the time.

    Now obviously we all know that white people selling or smoking weed is not the same as black people selling or smoking crack. But it’s interesting how it’s framed as “omg a drug deal” as opposed to, “omg, underclass blacks”. Do we really think PoP would have advised calling 911 over some white kids with a joint? Or even have posted that “story”?

  2. CTD says:

    Regarding the first two items, particularly parts about professed equality and never being told having kids is enjoyable: you are arguing against a “noble lie” only recently perpetuated en masse by the Cathedral – that every sort of culture and lifestyle is valid. It’s intended as a counter to rabid intolerance like we see from the rioting Muslims. Couldn’t they stand to watch a couple very special episodes of whatever the Muslim equivalent of Archie Bunker would be? It serves a similar purpose to religion, which tells them the sky fairy will punish them if they’re not good.

    But of course if you grow up internalizing all this foma from TV and school, and your father isn’t of the Derbyshire persuasion, it’s easy to become either very delusional about human nature or very bitter once reality hits.

  3. Bill says:

    My wife is still angry that no one, throughout her education and career, ever told her that she might – just might – really like having and taking care of children.

    Mine, too. She found it quite bizarre that, at the end of her maternity leave, she very much wanted not to go back. But the whole career-bug the womyn have is just crazy. Why would anyone prefer being in sales or being a cubicle warrior or raising someone else’s children to raising their own children? How did anyone ever start believing the nonsense we believe about this?

    But, it’s another one of those decisions that you make long before you make it. Our house, cars, lives were “sized” for two incomes by the time we reproduced. And re-sizing can’t be done quickly and easily. So, the lies have real effects. You can’t just discover that they are lies and quickly re-plan your life to accommodate the new information. And since some of the adjusting has to get done inside your own head and inside the heads of your friends and family, some people just don’t seem to be able to do the adjustment at all.

    • samsonsjawbone says:

      Mine, too.

      I’m very glad to hear this. Not, of course, that I want your wives to be angry – don’t take offense, that’s not what I mean. But I’m very glad to see folks awaken to the lies.

      I once told my wife this story about a girl, I’ll call her “Heather”, who was in my class in medical school. Heather was a nice girl, but I remember her complaining one time about being told by an elderly woman in the hospital that she should become a nurse instead of a doctor, since nursing was more “traditional” and amenable to child-rearing. Heather did not take this advice very well… but even at the time, I remember thinking, well, Heather, don’t you think that lady has a lot more life experience than you? Don’t you think maybe she has a point? I often wonder, now that some years have passed, whether Heather feels any differently than she did then.

      Our house, cars, lives were “sized” for two incomes by the time we reproduced. And re-sizing can’t be done quickly and easily. So, the lies have real effects.

      Yes, in my view a young couple should generally try to live a one-income lifestyle even while they have two incomes, but that’s another topic.

    • baduin says:

      Women really like to meet other women and talk. Some jobs give really good opportunity for that.

      I have met women working in the administration who originally planned to spend a lot of time on maternity leave, but who after only a year or two grew bored sitting at home and were glad to return to work – especially if the family was far away and they didn’t have much opportunity to socialize at home.

      I am not talking about any really fatiguing work here, of course.

  4. dearieme says:

    “Yes, in my view a young couple should generally try to live a one-income lifestyle”: yet when I’ve tried to suggest to people that the wonder that is the mobile phone should make it easier for a family to get by with one car, they goggle at me.

    • samsonsjawbone says:

      Yeah, I’ve conversations about that over the past couple of years, too, as all my friends start their families. It’s quite amazing that making do with “merely” one car is considered horrifying today.

  5. Jehu says:

    It is very valuable to get your wife plugged into a social circle wherein being a stay at home homeschool mom is normative and high status. You can find churches like this if you look.

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