Author: Jon Beadle

Reading Books About Girls To My Son

I stripped off all of his clothes, sitting him in the warm water with his birthday suit on full display. No shame, concern or hesitation would cross his face. Declan was in his happy place.   I had taken off my wrist watch, turned off the water, and carefully grabbed the 500-page novel that I am determined to read, in its entirety, to my almost 2-year old boy; and that book is ‘Jane Eyre.’ [...]

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The Tyranny of Pleasure or Pain? (Orwell Vs. Huxley)

“We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision,...

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Exorcist-In-Chief (Part I): The Wrong Side Of History

“Not infrequently in our age we hear young people say something wise; if one listens carefully, he will be sure to hear that it is a youth speaking, for a youth fails to realize (so enthusiastic is he!) what the wise man does not fail to realize, that everything he says concerns himself (so egotistic is he!). Unlike the wise man, who understands everything as implied, the young man makes the demand and does not understand himself as implied, hardly anyone for that matter – such are the demands he makes…Of course, he certainly does speak in the name of the age concerning the demands of the times, but this is indeed precisely the contradiction that ought to put a halt to the incredible cruelty of the young, for no one, no fictional pirate captain, has ever been as cruel as the demands of the times in the mouth of the young.”

-Kierkegaard, Two Ages, p.9

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The ‘Evildoer’ Of The Modern Age Is A Humanitarian? (Reflections from Solzhenitsyn, Part I)

A Secular society always envisions itself as fundamentally moral, humane, and considerate of those in the periphery. And we in said society pride ourselves on caring for those different than us – providing evidence of the ever-growing list of positive rights for the ‘marginalized’ in our countries. But this is precisely the issue in secular society,...

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