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Posted on August 24th, 2018
Arendt in conversation with Thoreau:
The rules of conscience, she argues, ‘do not say what to do; they say what not to do’. In other words: personal conscience can sometimes prevent us from aiding and abetting evil but it does not require us to undertake positive political action to bring about justice.
Posted on August 14th, 2018
Posted on August 13th, 2018
I used to play primarily to see how play changed the characters. This started out with the simple “see how badass they can get” metric. Later, it became much more nuanced, including preferring games that support something other than an ever-upward character arc. (Unfortunately, most RPGs don’t effectively support that type of play.)
Now, I play much more for emergent creation. I like seeing how the different voices continually contribute to history, setting, and characters. (Unfortunately again, most RPGs only effectively support this at the beginning of the game/campaign, if at all.)
Even those Christians who support the administration, or who say they want to stay out of politics, tend to inadvertently use the language of resistance as part of their religious parlance. In its biblical context, doing or saying something “in the name of Jesus” speaks in defiant contrast to edicts carried out “in the name of Caesar” or “in the name of the king” or “by the authority of the president.” Declaring “Jesus is Lord” implies by default that the present rulers are not as sovereign as they seem. Even calling Jesus the Son of God originally stood in specific contrast to the leaders of Rome, who demanded they be known by that very title. Jesus was not executed on a Roman cross for nothing, after all.
Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist