Intellectual Love

"We are commanded to love God with all our minds, as well as with all our hearts, and we commit a great sin if we forbid or prevent that cultivation of the mind in others which would enable them to perform this duty."

Quote of the Day

“It was an hour in our history that troubled our minds and tore at our hearts.  Anger and hatred had risen to dangerous levels, dividing friends and families. The polarization of our political order had aroused unworthy passions of reprisal and revenge. Our governmental system was closer to stalemate than at any time since Abraham Lincoln took that same oath of office.”

— Gerald R. Ford, Jr., speaking of his inauguration

And so it is again, today.  Who will be the next Gerald Ford?

Thanks, Dan!

Last Saturday, our gaming group wrapped up an epic campaign that had been some three years in the making.  This represents the longest campaign and the oldest character I've ever played, and it has been a tremendous amount of fun.  So, hats off to Dan for an awesome job as Game Master, and thanks for all the memories!

For anyone who is interested, the collected stories that go along with this campaign are in the books section under the title, Chosen by the Gods.  The stories are still in progress, so check back often if you enjoy what you read.

Eric's Reading List

I was inspired recently to list the books I haven't read but really want to read.  So, I thought I'd share the list.  This list will get updated periodically as I think of the things I've forgotten.  The list is in alphabetical order.

One thing that I'd like to point out: the books Conservative Mind and Up From Liberalism are there because they were recommended to me as good for illustrating the difference between being conservative and being a Republican, as the person recommending the books to me felt that the Republican party has abandoned "true" conservatism.  I don't necessarily disagree with him, but I admit my ignorance of the difference between the two.  Anyone having similar recommendations, whether on conservatism, liberalism, or whatever, feel free to pass them along.

Quotes of the Day

I ran across a speech that former President Bill Clinton gave last week at Georgetown University.  Mr. Clinton does not hide his politics by any means.  In fact, his speech was a pretty direct effort to support the Democratic party in the November elections.  However, the excerpt I watched contained the first quote, which I think is an excellent assessment of how people operate, whether on the Left or the Right or somewhere in between.  The question I ask of you is, "which method do you, personally, use?"

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