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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Opus 2017-043: On the Street: Winning the Cold War

There is a story about Ronald Reagan and a soviet leader who was touring the US.  It turns out what he was most impressed with was our grocery stores with their fully stocked shelves.

A sign that our system works is the dollar stores sprinkled around the community.  Picture all of the merchandise that is spread out on those shelves.  Granted, most of it is junk, but it is junk that is providing millions of people with jobs and provides a level of purchase that is possibly the only one available for most of the world.  I generally ignore most of what they have but if I want something cheap for short term use, they are the place to go.  On some items you get the same quality at a fraction of the cost.  On other items you actually pay more.  If I want a brush to scrub the grill at my apartment for a few months I am happy to pay a dollar for something that might fall apart quickly.  If I want fresh fruits and vegetables I might want to shop somewhere else.

It is a kind of freedom we don’t think about much. 

Maybe it wasn’t Ronald Reagan that brought down the Soviet Union.  Maybe it was the free market represented by dollar stores.  The Dollar Store, a sign of liberty and freedom. 

homo unius libri

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