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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Opus 2017-248: DEFCON: Deprivation

We were on our way to dinner with a couple and lamenting how expensive is was in Las Vegas.  I am old enough that I can remember when meals and rooms were cheap and served as an attraction for people to come and gamble.  Now most of the well know places are for high rollers or people who think they are high rollers.

In the discussion the subject of Disneyland came up and how much it cost to go.  One of the people in the car suggested how the high prices were causing the poor children of today to be deprived.  I think the inference was that it wasn’t fair and the Disneyland was listed somewhere in the Bill of Rights as something that everyone should be guaranteed.  This reflects the difference that has been emerging at DEFCON.  When I came to my first con 16 years ago it was a gathering of rebels.  Hackers kind of felt it was them against the man.  I noticed that beginning to change a few years ago.  As the hackers have aged they have grown up into mortgages and children.  It makes a difference.

But Disneyland as a basic human right was beyond me.  I worked in public schools with a large percentage of the students on some kind of poverty program.  Most kids got free or subsidized lunches.  Almost all of them made regular trips to Disneyland.  Even in the poor classes there is always money to do the things that are important.  I suggested that public libraries were still free and that if they were deprived from not going to Disneyland maybe they could visit the library instead.

I think they assumed I was joking.  Sadly for them, I wasn’t.

So remember that now being able to go to Disneyland is a basic human right.  Welcome to America in the 21st Century.

homo unius libri

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