Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Opus 2015-475: Ignorance or Irrelevance?

I am constantly shocked at the ignorance of people.  I guess they are shocked by mine.

When I graduated I had read a couple of Shakespeare plays but nothing by Maya Anjelou.  One reason is that she was not writing then.  Another is that no one would have bothered with what she wrote.

I had read Ivanhoe but not The Hunger Games

I had read Lord of the Flies but not Harry Potter.

It isn’t just a matter of timing.  It is also a matter of cultural value.  I have no quarrel with Hunger Games or Harry Potter.  They could be passing fads.  Will they endure?  At this point of time there is no way of knowing.  The reason I doubt it is that they appeal to children who don’t like to read.

It is cultural ignorance that disturbs me.  Recently I ran into a substitute and had a chance to talk a bit with her.  She was an ex L.A. Times writer.  She was working as a substitute to pay the bills while she pursued here dream of making film documentaries.  All that was interesting.  What surprised me was when I referred to sticking your finger in the dike and she gave me a puzzled look.  Evidently she had never heard the story about the little Dutch boy putting his finger in the dike.  I had never before run into anyone before who had not heard the story.  It is not a big deal and my background is not her background but it is like meeting someone who thinks Europe is a country or skin color.

Then I read the blog of a High school student who complains about being forced to learn new words.

We are creating a culture in which comfortable ignorance is the norm.  It is the desired goal.  If you can keep people happy with their phone apps and social media then they will not make trouble in the future.  They won’t realize there is any need to make trouble.  When the government official says we are to ignore the man behind the curtain, we ignore the man behind the curtain.

Welcome to the Nanny State.

homo unius libri


  1. I guess it works both ways. When a lot of "famous" folks appear on TV, I have no idea who they are. Hint - I'm usually old enough to be their father.

    1. Wasn't the term we used to use "character actors"? John Wayne was always John Wayne. Then we got the Dustin Hoffman's that are so nondescript that you need a program to tell what part they are taking. I guess it is better acting. I am getting to where I don't even know what the names of the programs on TV are.

      Grace and peace


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