Hideous, disturbing, repulsive truth

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally. A higher paradox confounds emotion as well as reason and there are long periods in the lives of all of us, and of the saints, when the truth as revealed by faith is hideous, emotionally disturbing, downright repulsive. Witness the dark night of the soul in individual saints. Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul.”

Flannery O’Connor, 1955 letter to her friend Betty Hester, quoted in “Easter with Flannery O’Connor” by George Weigel, firstthings.com, April 16, 2014.

 

Be not conformed

William F. Buckley, Jr. writes of Evelyn Waugh:

“He knew people, he knew his century, and, having come to know it, he had faith only in the will of God, and in individual man’s latent capacity to strive towards it. He acknowledged the need to live in this century, … ; but never, ever, to acclimate yourself to it.”

William F. Buckley Jr., “Evelyn Waugh, R.I.P.“, nationalreview.com, November 17, 2005.

“Be not conformed to the spirit of the age, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind ….” Romans 12:2.

The myth of liberal openmindedness

“I reject the insinuation that liberals (i.e. progressives) have a special ownership of the principles of free speech and open debate. For instance, if you look at how the Left took over academia in one university after another, they took advantage of the values of open inquiry and debate just long enough to get in the door and take power. Once they were in charge, they pulled up the gangplank behind them for anyone who disagreed.”

Jonah Goldberg, “When Liberalism Fails”, The Goldberg File (email “news”letter), April 11, 2014.

Driving style as an indicator of political affiliation?

If you had to guess, who would you say were the more aggressive drivers, conservatives or liberals?

I visited the West Side of L.A. recently. The West Side is adjacent to Santa Monica, and like the latter is known for being extremely liberal. But what stuck out to me were the drivers.

Following the stereotypes, you might think that in a predominantly liberal place, the people would be more or less casual, laidback and easygoing, live-and-let-live, peace and love, etc. (whereas conservatives would be more “warlike”). But what I noticed was that they were some of the rudest, most aggressive drivers I’ve seen anywhere.

Just an observation.