gathering and naming

by Andrea Elizabeth

I just read long Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy entries on existentialism and Heidegger. Therefore I am. Also is the active and contemplative life. But not the unaware life, including being unaware of what in unknown. At least not in maturity. But the unaware life is still human. I think. This could have only been two sentences.


Justice Network 2

by Andrea Elizabeth

A large percentage of murder victims were last seen at bars.

Four new state parks posts

by Andrea Elizabeth


Politically though, I wonder if some conservatives find the idea of state parks socialist. If so, then maybe I’m socialist to some extent. Some people think all land should be privately owned. And over 90% of Texas land is, making access to the prettiest parts restricted to those with better networking skills than I have, if it weren’t for state parks. True conservatives think you need to know somebody in order to get the nicer things in life. I am a bit alienated, and think networks in general make you compromise and schmooze. This is why I identify with Derrida’s marginalized people. I prefer establishments that will serve my kind, even though I don’t like wheelchair access hiking trails. Too straight and boring.

more on empathy

by Andrea Elizabeth

I’ve been watching a lot of The Justice Network‘s real life detective shows. One thing that strikes me about killers in denial is that they are very focused on their own innocence and self-centered “how could I” situation, and show no regard for the victim. They make light of the time and place where a person’s, often their wife’s, mortal life has ended. Unless it’s staged grief. They’ve caught a few in this ability to turn it on and off when the detective leaves the interrogation room and the suspect doesn’t know he’s on camera. Killers are sociopaths who lack the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They can learn this, however. Yesterday’s episode had one confessing 20 years later out of remorse.

natural law and walking dead

by Andrea Elizabeth

If Walking Dead writers are influenced by Natural Law rather than Imposed or Charismatic Law, then they are working from a place of inner empathy for other people. The heroes of the story have three questions when meeting new people, Clear1)How many walkers have you killed? 2)How many people have you killed? 3)Why? If you haven’t killed walkers for not a good enough reason you are probably self-serving somehow. If you’ve killed people, you need to have a good reason so as to not also be self-serving. This is supposed to be self-evident morality.

But then there’s sex. Adultery is obviously bad because it values self over the person’s spouse. But what if the spouse is dead? Single people can copulate with anyone they want as attraction is natural. It doesn’t hurt anyone and can be seen to help the other. I don’t think people question this on their own. Sex, like food, is good. It’s easier to common sensically rationalize how over-eating is bad since it makes you fat and leads to heart disease, diabetes, unatractiveness, etc. STD’s and pregnancy used to be the argument against unbridled sex, but modern medicine has mitigated many of these effects. Sex is more like eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. There doesn’t seem to be a good reason why not. Just, Thus Saith the Lord. So, monogamous marital only relations seem to be more of an example of Imposed Law than Natural Law. That is why Walking Dead doesn’t have a problem with homosex or fornication.

I think this is why they killed off Hershel before they introduced the gay people. Hershel represented traditional imposed authoritarian Christianity, and did it well. But he was old and feeble, and that’s not young and vital, especially after he’s dead. So old is bad and new is good. His wisdom was valued, and he died a hero, but he is dead. And dead men have no authority. Unless there is a resurrection, and for Walking Dead, there is no resurrection because that isn’t exactly natural. So, it’s the Resurrection that gives Tradition its teeth. I don’t like the idea of legal laws regulating sexual morality mainly because I don’t want to give the police the right to monitor people’s bedroom and take them to jail if a private consensual of-age act is against the law. If the STD’s don’t get ’em, I guess I’m content with God dealing with it on judgment day. This is also why gay marriage shouldn’t be legal. If the state has the right to say what people can do in the bedroom, then the state can teach it to our children. These things should be taught by family and the Church, and the consequences left to God. Withholding Communion should be bad enough punishment in this life.

twas blind but now i see

by Andrea Elizabeth

After seeing The Brain on PBS which profiled Mike Mays who lost his sight at age 3 and regained it at 46 to find that he has great difficulty interpreting what his new eyes are showing him, I wondered about Christ’s instant healings of the blind. Years later, Mike Mays still uses his guide dog when going to new places, mostly because of a lack of spatial interpretation.

Wikipedia’s article on Recovery from Blindness also talks about Mike Mays, and the problem called visual agnosia which William Molyneux proposed as a thought experiment to John Locke.

Suppose a man born blind, and now adult, and taught by his touch to distinguish between a cube and a sphere of the same metal, and nighly of the same bigness, so as to tell, when he felt one and the other, which is the cube, which is the sphere. Suppose then the cube and the sphere placed on a table, and the blind man made to see: query, Whether by his sight, before he touched them, he could now distinguish and tell which is the globe, which the cube? To which the acute and judicious proposer answers: ‘Not. For though he has obtained the experience of how a globe, and how a cube, affects his touch; yet he has not yet attained the experience, that what affects his touch so or so, must affect his sight so or so…’

And Wikipedia answered my question about Jesus’ healed blind people:

The following account of visual agnosia from a sudden recovery of sight is from the Gospel of St. Mark, Chapter 8: “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly!”

I wonder how many other conditions require a second healing. Like someone who grows up without a father. Say they find a father figure but are surprised they still walk with a painful limp. Coping mechanisms become a hard habit to break. And maybe at some point the brain can’t restructure itself to accommodate proper functioning in this life.


I swear Bindi Irwin (Crocodile Steve’s daughter) is the cutest thing since Shirley Temple

by Andrea Elizabeth

The Hiking Chronicles

by Andrea Elizabeth

‘Just for grins’ isn’t really accurate, but I really don’t like labeling the reason as therapy. Nevertheless, I have recently started blogging about hiking at my alter-ego blog, formerly known as Sine Nomine.

St. John of Kronstadt

by Andrea Elizabeth

is an example of natural law. He was pretty self-directed in his quest to be God-directed. OrthodoxWiki has some good quotes. His autobiography is here. Sören Kierkegaard is another example.

imposed law, charismatic law, and natural law

by Andrea Elizabeth

Example of imposed law: Sadam Hussein, The Spanish Inquisition, Obama, (going out on a limb here) unquestioning monastic obedience.

Charismatic law: Rick Warren, Pope Francis, Joel Olsteen, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) whose nameday we celebrate today and who is two days older than me.

Natural law: Stephen King, the writers of The Walking Dead.

I don’t know if Ben Carson’s popularity is a result of #2 or #3.


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