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Posted on August 30th, 2018

Thoreau and Arendt

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.

Congrats to N.K. Jemison for her threepeat Hugo Award for the Broken Earth Trilogy! I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy, and am looking forward to that third. Recommended.

Posted on August 20th, 2018

RPGaDay2018: Describe how your play has evolved

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.)

The Bible is literature for the resistance

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.

Posted on August 13th, 2018

Protest Music

Posted on August 10th, 2018

What would you add to this protest playlist?

Also, would you listen to a podcast/vidcast where we introduced, played, and discussed a song like one of these? Probably a guest” format?

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist