Charlie's Blog: July 2018


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 68

All I needed now was a computer. And a 10-year-old kid to teach me how to use it.


I am not a huge fan of fake meat. I do have Boca Burgers, veggie dogs, Gardein meatballs, and fake chicken once in awhile. But they are not staples for me. When I first made vegan chili, I used fake meat crumbles the first time, but I switched to lentils. That was a huge improvement.

Recently, there is a company called Beyond Meat that makes veggie burgers and meats that are indistinguishable from the real thing. I can't comment on the nutritional information, but I can say that they are delicious and taste like the real thing. But I don't eat them. In fact, I only had a single bite of a Beyond Meat burger.

There are essentially two problems with fake meat. The first and most obvious is that they are expensive. This is because fake meats are processed foods. The second and more subtle problem is that they are a form of cheating. They are akin to the husband who owns a sex doll. It just primes the pump for real bona fide adultery.

Fake meat is the gateway to real meat. I realized this as I took that bite from the Beyond Meat burger. Memories flooded my mind from late night runs to fast food places to eat crap. I like fake meat that doesn't taste like the real thing. I've never wanted a real burger after eating a Boca.

The vegan diet really should be a vegan diet. You should get used to and prefer whole foods over processed foods. Fake meats are fine for moving someone away from real meat or for the occasional treat. But I used to eat burgers almost daily before I became a vegan. Substituting those burgers for Beyond Meat burgers is not a good thing. Chewing Nicorette is better than smoking, but I know people who are Nicorette addicts now.

I recommend that burger junkies learn to eat more beans and more potatoes. What burger junkies crave isn't the flavor of a burger so much as that feeling of fullness that comes from eating a slab of ground beef. I find that I get that same feeling of satiety from eating two potatoes and a bowl of beans. In hindsight, I realize that it was the french fries and not the burgers that did it for me. I never felt full after eating a hamburger itself but only after scarfing down a super size order of fries. Keep the fries and bake them and lose the meat.


I do not like Hillary Clinton. I also don't like Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, leftwingers, or the Democrat Party. But when I see a flag, bumper sticker, or T-shirt expressing political opinions or affiliations that I find to be stupid, I don't go insane, start spewing at the mouth, or vandalize people's property and/or physically attack them.

Lately, the Left has become more rabid than they were under Obama. Trump is driving these people insane. I don't think these idiots realize how ridiculous they look. The part that gets to me is that this madness is having a spillover effect on the ignorant masses. These are people who have no knowledge of politics or interest in politics. These things are fine except that these people who know nothing about politics now have strong opinions about politics especially concerning Donald Trump. Since these people are too stupid to read a newspaper, I believe this crap comes from the entertainment and sports side of the media.

The Left has weaponized sports and entertainment. Nobody watches CNN, but they still watch movies and football. So, these things have been hijacked to push the left wing agenda. This is why those Star Wars movies are so awful now and why football players spend more time on their knees mocking the national anthem than they do playing the game. Once upon a time, money shut these people up, but it is now about ideology.

We are on the brink of a civil war in this country. The Gentle Reader may think I am being alarmist here, but I know the Left. Without God or country, the Left desperately wants to fight and die for something. This something is Marxism. The model this civil war will take will be the Spanish Civil War. The two sides in that war bear a strong resemblance to the two sides in America today. For Spain, it was Marxists vs. Fascists. I am no fascist, but I prefer Franco to Stalin if I have to choose dictators.

Antifa is the group that causes me the most concern because they are left wing and violent. They are essentially a domestic terrorist group. People might dismiss them as fringe types with low numbers, but I could see them swelling rapidly from the ranks of Bernie Sanders supporters and college drop outs unable to repay their student loans. The ideology is the same. The tactics are what make them different. But if you believe the government belongs to Trump and the Silent Majority, that leaves Antifa tactics to take the day.

Marxism is inherently amoral and violent. The Right does not want a fight, but the Left does. This is the nature of Marxists. Everywhere that Marxism has taken over, the bodies have piled up. Marxism essentially has two flavors. The first is passive-aggressive. The second is just aggressive. The Obama years was the passive-aggressive phase. The Trump years will be the aggressive phase for these idiots.

Where will the civil war go down? That's easy--the big cities especially those on the East and West Coasts. These cities already experience violence from Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Flyover Country will be fine. The battle grounds will be the suburbs surrounding these cities as they make attacks Manson Family style. Europe already experiences this sort of thing with the Muslim hordes in their midst.

The catalysts here are numbers. Marxists and Muslims are both alike in tailoring their tactics to the strength of their numbers. When in the minority, they preach mercy. When in the majority, they have no mercy. In the case of the USA, these Marxists merely need the numbers to leverage a city to their ends. Then, it will happen. If you are a patriot in a sanctuary city, it behooves you and your family to leave as hastily as possible.

It is easy to dismiss this as paranoia, but I believe that history has a habit of repeating itself. I would love to be wrong on this stuff. But I have to admit that this is the looniest the Left has ever been in this country. I'm not nuts. These people are nuts.


As Stater of the Obvious, I must now state the obvious. YouTube is an awful way to make a living. Hey, somebody had to say it. Now, for some delicious elaboration.

When YouTube first got invented, it was basically people posting funny videos of their cats doing weird things with Christmas trees or something. It was a hobby. It was fun. A lot of people liked watching YouTube. Then, Google bought them, and MONEY entered the picture. You could actually get paid for your cat attacking your Christmas tree. Naturally, people quit their jobs and started hanging catnip in their Christmas trees. Then, a strange thing happened. THE MONEY STOPPED!

Did I see this coming? Yes, I did. I am one of those weirdos who think it odd that you can get rich from cats attacking Christmas trees. Go ahead and watch. The C-blog will be here when you get back.

Making videos for YouTube is a hobby. You don't get paid for hobbies. Yet, I have to watch videos of people on YouTube crying about the loss of income and e-begging on Patreon. YouTube should have never started paying for content. Now, people expect to get paid for their hobbies.

What the world needs is a new YouTube which is just like the old YouTube. You get to post videos, and you get zilch. As it stands, YouTube is becoming television on the internet with real TV shows which you pay for sort of like HBO. I'd like to say this is some sort of improvement except we already had this. The only advantage of internet TV over cable TV is you get to watch programs on your schedule without programming a DVR. Otherwise, there is nothing new under the sun.

4. Q & A

Q: Will the Latin Mass save the Roman Catholic Church?

A: No.

This seems to be the hope of Traddies who think everything went to crap in the Catholic Church after Vatican II and the Novus Ordo. If those two things could be reversed, the Church would be fixed. The problem is that these problems were already there before when the Latin Mass was the liturgy of the entire Roman Catholic Church. A thorough reading will show that corruption of even the grossest sorts has always plagued the Catholic Church going back for centuries. The Novus Ordo is not the cause of this calamity, and the Latin Rite is not the cure.

The Latin Mass would certainly be the cure for liturgical abuses. For that alone, it is worth pursuing. But the biggest scandal and problem in the Church are the sodomites. These disgusting perverts are overwhelmingly the biggest problem the Church has ever faced. They are the cause of the sex abuse scandals. They are the cause of the cover ups. They are the cause of the decline in vocations as young man are either forced out or opt out of attending seminaries full of homosexual perverts.

The cure for what plagues the Roman Catholic Church is a return to the old style Inquisition. Despite all of the myths surrounding the Spanish Inquisition, the Inquisition was the law enforcement arm of the Roman Catholic Church. With its decline, we see heresy and sin running rampant in the Church. Yet, no one calls for its return. As for the CDF, it is merely a shadow of what the Inquisition once was.

Imagine a country with a government that writes laws but does not enforce them. That would be a government of mere paper. Likewise, the Catholic Church is becoming a church of mere paper as it stands righteous in what it teaches but tolerates those who flout those teachings. This town doesn't need a new sheriff. It just needs a sheriff.


--Rock and roll is a young man's game. There is something disgraceful in seeing a seventy year old rock star. No such disgrace exists in classical music. There's nothing inherently wrong with the aging. The inherent wrong is in the music. At some point, people need to grow up even if it is at age 70.

--An 89-year-old man who hangs signs had his work van and a lift stolen and recovered. For me, the real story was that this old man was still working. NEVER RETIRE!

--Donald Trump needs to pick better lawyers. Any lawyer who tapes his clients needs to be disbarred for life.

--The cure for bedbugs is DDT. We need to bring that stuff back.

--If you had any doubt that it was slavery, here's the evidence that will erase that doubt. Colleges are in on the scam. Kids, don't go to college. Join the military or learn a trade instead.

--I fully expect Julian Assange to end up in a US prison. The problem is that pesky First Amendment. That case will be before the SCOTUS. Jeff Sessions may decide to let Assange walk rather than deal with that. This is why Daniel Ellsberg went free after the Pentagon Papers.


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The Law of Work Attraction

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to those who send him.

If you read any self-help flim-flammery, you are sure to run across a bit of tripe known as the "Law of Attraction." Basically, this law states that "like attracts like." If you put positive thoughts out into the universe, the universe will respond with positive results. Likewise, if you put negative thoughts out into the universe, the universe will respond with negative results. Your life is the manifestation of your thoughts. So, if you win the lottery, you deserve the credit for that. And if you get paralyzed in a freak accident on the way to collect your winnings, you deserve that, too. If all of this sounds like so much organic fertilizer, you would be correct. But it makes for some nice posters, coffee mugs, and books that people can sell you.

I do not believe in the Law of Attraction. I've seen some very negative minded people manifest a great deal of prosperity. One of those people is Warren Buffett who is one of the richest men in the world. Buffett said, "When investing, pessimism is your friend, euphoria the enemy.” That is sage advice that flies in the face of the Law of Attraction. Then, there is Napoleon Hill who wrote Think and Grow Rich which is the Law of Attraction in book form. Except for that book, Hill was essentially a con artist who only grew rich from selling that flim flam book.

I do believe in something I call the Law of Work Attraction. There is nothing mystical or fantastical about the Law of Work Attraction. It is not magic but simple logic and common sense. Work attracts work. That's the law in a nutshell. How does it work?

Imagine you are a boss, and you have two workers. Willy Worker is a hard working guy who shows up on time every single day and gives you a solid day of work. Willy is dependable. He gets the job done. Then, there is Lazy Larry who shows up late every day and calls out frequently. Larry doesn't like working, and he does the least amount possible to stay in the job. Now, you have an important task that may require overtime. Who are you going to give the job to? Willy is going to get that job because you don't have to expend much effort to get him to do it. As for Larry, you are going to cut that guy out early and look for some way to fire him. At the very least, he is the guy you will use the least. Larry is irritating.

Work flows to the one who wants it and flows away from the one who doesn't want it. It seems like a mystical force at work here, but it isn't. People give their work to the ones who want it. They don't give their work to the lazy ones who don't want it. Life is just easier and more pleasant when you are surrounded by hard working people. People who want the work become Work Magnets. People who despise the work become Work Repellents.

Will the Law of Work Attraction make me rich? That is a bit of a stretch. I can confidently say that the Law of Work Attraction will keep you out of the poor house. People who work hard don't go begging. But the Law of Work Attraction will not win the lottery for you. What I can say is that you are more likely to keep your lottery winnings if you are committed to a lifestyle of hard work instead of loafing. Loafing will drive you to the poor house even if you win the lottery.

Do lazy people get ahead in life? Yes, they do. Some are just lucky while others are schemers. Some of them even write books like Think and Grow Rich. But these lazy people are the exceptions to the rules. Most lazy people are losers.

Do hard working people fail? Yes, they do. There are many tales of farmers who worked hard, planted a crop, and lost it all due to bad weather and blight. Others are beguiled by flim-flammers and get conned out of their hard earned money. Misfortune is an inevitable part of life, but that misfortune should never be your fault. Likewise, you can only be conned by the temptation of thinking there is an easier way to get ahead in life. The EZ Way to Success is always a deception. The hard way of work is never a deception.

1. Get your mind right.

Manifesting the Law of Work Attraction in your life is a fairly straightforward thing. The first thing you need to do is get your mind right. Make a commitment to the hard work lifestyle. Decide that you may not be the luckiest or the the most talented person, but you will be the hardest working person. Resist the temptation to the EZ Way or thinking that the wide path of laziness will lead to something good. It won't.

2. Put on your hard hat and work boots and get to work.

Mere thinking is no substitute for doing. Once your mind is made right, your posterior should follow by getting out of bed and getting to work. Aim to eliminate idleness from your day. Are you unemployed? Make it your job to find a job. Unless you are severely ill, injured, or handicapped, you can always do something or work at something. I know people who work hard in spite of illness, injury, handicap, or age. Just get up and work.

3. Be prepared to absorb the work that comes to you.

I know a man who runs his own business, and he has an awesome work ethic. The result is that he gets a tremendous flow of business, and he gets a little stressed trying to get it all done. Trust me, folks. This is a good problem to have. Once you become a work magnet, opportunities will come to you. The only thing is that those opportunities come disguised in work clothes. As Thomas Edison put it, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Real success is when work flows your way as your work attracts more work. People give their work to the one who wants it. This is no deep mystery. If you reflect on your habits, do you choose the supermarket checkout person who is getting it done? Or, do you choose the one who is playing on her smartphone? Likewise, do you take your business to the merchant who gets it done or to the one who is always on vacation? Whether consciously or unconsciously, we give our opportunities to those with the work ethic to get it done.


Naturally, there are going to be objections to the Law of Work Attraction. Some people hear it and recoil. They reject it even though their own minds know it to be true. Here are some objections and answers to those objections.

"I work hard, but I don't get anywhere!"

Everyone thinks they work hard. I've never met a lazy person who would admit to being lazy. The laziest guy in my workplace thinks he is the hardest working, but everyone despises him because of the irritation his laziness creates. Ironically, hard working people are reluctant to admit that they work hard. Like the anorexic who thinks she is fat, hard working people think they are lazy. But they still believe in hard work.

"I see lazy people getting ahead while I get nowhere."

Some lazy people develop a knack for getting paid for their laziness. Life isn't fair. Many people do the wrong thing yet succeed anyway. I get it. I encourage you to become like these lazy schemers and see where that gets you. Take off your work boots and put on your flip flops and become a dirtbag schemer like the ones you despise. If you recoil from this suggestion, you will have discovered a fundamental truth. It is not enough to succeed. You must also feel that you have earned it. This is why hard working people take satisfaction even while earning less while the lucky schemers feel empty.

"But I'll become a workaholic!"

Workaholism is a fantasy disease. It is possible to be worked to death, but this is something that happens in concentration camps under brutal regimes. For the rest of the world, workaholism is not an epidemic despite what some lazy journalists may write. If workaholism was an epidemic, the world would be a much better place than what it is now. As for relationships, I can tell you that the lazy husband will be divorced faster than the workaholic husband. And if a woman divorces a man for working hard, she isn't worth much as a wife. That man is better off without her.

"But I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor!"

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Whatever.

Lazy people only work hard at making excuses. And the person committed to the hard work lifestyle just has to learn to let the grasshoppers of life play while being the hard working ant. And that's really the last part of the Law of Work Attraction. You have to learn to put the blinders on and commit to doing your work while others loaf. If you have enough time to observe and compare and complain, you probably aren't working very hard.

When you put the Law of Work Attraction to work in your life, this is what you can expect. More work will come your way. You will become more satisfied with work which will generate more opportunities disguised as work. You will become a work magnet as the work is attracted to you. You will find happiness and fulfillment as you become accustomed to having this work flow your way. Then, you will be successful in a way that feels earned and deserved. And lazy people will hate you and say that you did some kind of trick. Envy is the respect lazy people pay to those with a work ethic. Get to work.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 67

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.


Once upon a time in the eighties, President Ronald Reagan nominated a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. This man was Robert Bork. Seeing the threat that this man posed, the progressives torpedoed this man in such a heavy handed way that the man's name became a verb. To be borked is to be savagely trashed in the Senate and excoriated. Clarence Thomas would be borked, and he was barely confirmed as a consequence. The lesson from this is that the Left will stoop to any level and do anything to advance their agenda of pure evil. Liberal candidates to the SCOTUS face nothing similar from conservatives.

When the Bork nomination failed, Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the court. Kennedy seemed like a true conservative, but he was actually a libertarian. This made him the swing vote as he sided with the conservatives on some issues and the liberals on others. This is how we got gay marriage. Conservatives need to understand that libertarians are not their friends. I know because I used to be a libertarian. I repudiate that now, and I will save that for some future blog post.

It is important for true conservatives to be nominated to the SCOTUS. I suspect Brett Kavanaugh is not a true conservative. RINOs and #NeverTrumpers love the guy. Mark Levin has no love for the guy. Basically, Kavanaugh is dipped from the same bucket of crap as Chief Justice John Roberts who betrayed us with support for Obamacare. Even Kennedy was against Obamacare. I'm with Mark Levin in thinking that Kavanaugh is going to be a betrayer to conservatism and the Constitution.

The real issue at stake here is Roe v. Wade. Let's lay it out as clearly as we can. Because abortion rests on a mere decision of a court decided by five people, it is in a precarious spot. It always has been, and the liberals know it. This is how borking came to be. With Kennedy, you see that it really comes down to one guy on an evenly divided court. That's a lot of power to have but also a weakness. You are always one person away from losing or gaining in the SCOTUS game.

If Roe v. Wade was overturned, what would happen? Nothing much. It would go back to the states where only a handful would outlaw it. Like it or not, the majority of people in the USA supports murder in the womb. This country is worthy of damnation because of this. Abortion on demand in this country will not end until there is a mass conversion of hearts and minds on this matter. This is not likely to happen.

I don't expect the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in my lifetime. Kavanaugh may or may not be against Roe v. Wade. He is likely to be better than Kennedy on matters like this, but I wouldn't count on it. In the end, a good justice can't make the difference in a bad country. Likewise, a bad justice merely ratifies what the people want. Abortion will continue unabated in America for the rest of my life.


First, there was the Atkins diet. Then, there was the Paleo diet. Now, we have the Ketogenic diet. They are essentially the same thing. For some strange reason, the promoters of this crap diet feel the need to rebrand it for a new set of suckers. Meanwhile, the vegan diet remains the vegan diet. No one feels the need to rebrand it though some people believe it needs better marketing and PR.

The essence of the Atkins/Paleo/Keto diet is that you need to eliminate carbohydrates and jack up meat consumption. The result of this nonsense is that your body is thrown into ketosis. You lose weight mainly because you are sick and end up calorie restricting. I tell people that you can lose a lot of weight by getting dysentery, but I don't recommend it.

To lose weight in a healthy way, the answer is pretty simple. You want to eat a whole foods plant based diet that is high in carbs and low in fat. You will feel great. You will get healthier. This plant based diet needs to be coupled with exercise with an emphasis on aerobic exercises like running, cycling, swimming, walking, stair climbing, rowing, etc. Strength exercise is good for building muscle but not so good for burning off fat.

The problem with the plant based diet and exercise thing is that it isn't fun. Eating crap from McDonald's is fun. Spending free time on the couch is fun. Eating grass and training for marathons is not fun. People want the benefits of the lifestyle, but they don't want the sacrifice. They want their burgers and their couches. I get it. But there is no way around this. You have to eat healthy and exercise.

The Keto diet is the way people hope to cheat the natural order. They get to eat crap and still lose weight. Burgers and bacon just taste good, and exercise is hard and boring. But the only thing these crap diets accomplish is that you will be skinny when you have your heart attack instead of fat. That's it.

Here are some HHV videos I recommend watching for anyone considering the keto diet:


Rod Dreher is still at it. Virtually anything and everything becomes a recommendation for the Benedict Option. Basically, Rod really really really wants you to buy his book. You can also read it, but he really wants you to buy it because the man needs your money. If you choose to toss it in the garbage, that's OK. Just be sure to buy another copy or ten.

If St. Peter and St. Paul had chosen the Benedict Option, there would be no Christianity. I hate to point out the obvious, but there you have it. Dreher talks so much about a post-Christian society but neglects to mention that we used to have a pre-Christian society that was way more hostile to the message. They actually killed people for believing in Jesus Christ. I know that is hard to believe, but it puts our light persecution in perspective.

Dreher is an apostate. I seem to be the only guy pointing out this glaring fact. I don't know why others don't also call him out on this. Rod Dreher is essentially an evangelist for apostasy, and the Benedict Option is a call to apostasy. I will say it again. Once you know the Roman Catholic Church is the One True Faith, you have a duty to get in the Catholic Church and stay in the Catholic Church. Rod Dreher left the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike his Orthodox brethren, he knew better. The Orthodox know better, too, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are ignorant. They are stupid, but Dreher is rebellious.

Being Catholic is tough. Belonging to a church filled with sodomite prelates and priests doesn't make it easier. But all of this calamity was foretold by Our Lady. If you cling to her, your faith will survive intact. Pray your rosary. Wear your scapular. Our Lady will not fail you as she intercedes for you.


I'm not a fan of immigration or moving. For instance, I suspect a lot of the problems in Mexico are exacerbated by the fact that the best people in Mexico jump the border and come to America. Staying and fighting is a lot harder than retreating and escaping. But eventually, you run out of places. And the new place you find yourself in has problems, too.

When should you go to a new place? I think it makes sense to go to a new place to seize an opportunity that doesn't exist in your current place. For instance, I don't see a person becoming a champion surfer living in Nebraska. Likewise, I don't see people growing watermelons in the deserts of Nevada. I also think you should leave a place when they throw you out. This would be Jews in Nazi Germany. But then you find yourself in Israel where life is not exactly paradise. But I admire that Israelis stay and fight because they don't have anywhere else to go.

Within the confines of the United States, I don't see much advantage of living in one place over another. I have an aversion to snow and ice mainly because I don't want my car destroyed by wrecks and road salt. Plus, a broken hip is no picnic either. Paul Theroux is a man who has traveled the entire world and has lived in many places. He thinks Hawaii is the best place to live. Nevermind the volcanoes and the high gas prices. I have no desire to live in Hawaii.

The only thing that attracts me to a place is its natural aspects. This would be things like mountains, lakes, beaches, and weather. These are different from place to place. But for everything else, it is much the same. This is because people are mostly the same wherever you go. The food and accents might be different, but the people are universally crappy. People are stupid, selfish, rude, and have an undying love for government checks and zero taxes. Even if you have a great place where people defy their natures, give it time. Things will erode to that base level of depravity. Texas is experiencing this now as Left Coasters take over Austin.

What is the bottom line here? Eventually, you have to stop moving and start building. Nobody wants to build anything anymore. But they want what others have built. And this is why they want to move. They want to profit from the labors of others who stayed in one place and made it great.

5. Q & A

Q: What is the difference between a bar and a beer joint?

A: The beer joint is a uniquely Southern thing. It is the midway point between Applebee's and the outdoor lounge where people sit outside on truck tailgates or overturned buckets sipping beer. Basically, there is no difference except you can get cocktails at the bar while the beer joint is mostly beer. The key difference seems to be in the furniture. A bar has proper furniture. The beer joint has plastic chairs. A bar has a pool table. A beer joint has horseshoes out back. It really boils down to amenities.


--Remake The Last Jedi? I don't think it will happen. It is probably a good idea, but I think Disney is firmly committed to destroying this franchise. I will enjoy watching it burn to the ground.

--I prefer the term "sodomite" to all of the other terms. Yes, it is insulting but in a good way. It demeans the act not the person. You cease to be a sodomite when you stop engaging in sodomy. The sodomy proponents try to make a temporary condition a permanent state of being that can't be changed. Since you can't change it, you might as well embrace the perversion. This is garbage.

--Celibacy does not cause perversion. This is some Freudian garbage about repression. Basically, if you deny your urges then they turn to pathology. The problem is that the indulgence doesn't cure the perversion. Even Hugh Hefner needed more porn to satisfy him.


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SOC 35

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

I am losing my mind. Writing helps me to find the mind that I have lost. Why am I losing my mind? I have delved to empty the Basket of Frustrations. That goal has become its own frustration. I feel like my life is like the Oak Island mystery where I am destroying myself to try and recover a treasure that may not actually exist. The determination is met with frustration which is met with more determination. In the end, you will destroy yourself, or you will decide that nothing is worth this self-destruction. That endgame is the resolution of frustration.

You do not make the world better by destroying yourself. This is my final verdict on the issue of social media. Social media eats time which you do not have. I've read enough articles and quit social media enough times and long enough to tell you that your life will be much improved if you simply delete all of your social media accounts. There is no question about this. So, why am I drawn back to social media? For me personally, it comes down to a desire to promote my three primary causes of Catholicism, conservatism, and capitalism. Since most people are functionally illiterate, writing a blog doesn't have the same impact as a meme on social media.

This is the irony of social media. It takes relatively little time to do a tweet or Facebook posting. Yet, social media will eat more time than writing epic posts on a blog. Social media is an endless scroll. It never ends, so your time is sucked away. Your productivity vanishes. Your life becomes worse instead of better.

My frustration comes from a desire to make a difference. I want to be in the fight somehow. Writing this blog is a way to fight, but people don't read anymore. This is one of the problems in the world today which is widespread stupidity. Social media offers the potential of changing the world, but it is a trap where you just destroy yourself. If you are worse at the end than at the beginning, you shouldn't do it.

I am discovering a principle here that is an epiphany. You do not make the world better by your self-destruction. Perhaps the opposite of this is the truth. Maybe the world is made better by your self-improvement. By saving yourself, you are doing your part to save the world.

I see this issue at the core of what is destroying the Roman Catholic Church. The Church decided that it needed to be more relevant with Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Mass of Pope Paul VI. The result of those things is that the Catholic Church has been destroying itself for 50 years. The Church wanted to be more accessible to the world but ended up becoming more like the world in the process. Consequently, it became insipid. The lesson here is that you don't change the world by becoming like the world.

Of course, I do not embrace the Benedict Option either. For me, the Benedict Option would be to delete my blogs along with my social media accounts and retreat to writing in notebooks in longhand. I find myself on a middle path like the Buddha. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Buddha discovered enlightenment when he chose the middle way between extreme self-indulgence and extreme self-denial. All the Buddha did was discover what Aristotle and Aquinas already knew. Virtue lies in the mean between deficiency and excess.

The mean may be the answer to my frustrations. I like to go to extremes. As William Blake put it, "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom...You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough." Social media by its inherent nature is excessive. I have emptied my email inbox before. I have run out of things to read on Feedly. But the feeds on social media never end.

Balance is hard. It requires prudence and wisdom. For instance, I like being vegan because I don't have to think about it. I just eliminate animal products. I reject the concept of a "balanced diet." This is people's sneaky way to have their Big Macs. They figure it will be balanced by a salad during some other meal. But within veganism, you get people who are raw food fruitarians which is extreme not because it is unhealthy but impractical and expensive. Conversely, you get junk food vegans who eat nothing but fake meats and Oreo cookies. I have fake meat once in awhile. Oreo cookies make my stomach hurt, so I don't eat those. And I eat lots of fruit and veggies. What is the balance here?

When it comes to technology, I think I have a better handle when it comes to finding balance. People accuse me of being a Luddite, but this is not precise. Luddites don't write blogs on the internet or wear digital watches. I carry a cellphone which I have done for almost 20 years now. But that phone is a flip phone which is where the Luddite tag gets pinned on me. This is because I do not embrace technophilia.

Technophilia sounds like a sexual perversion. Maybe it is. I just know that I am not a technophile. The technophile believes that all tech is inherently good, but we know better. For me, this becomes obvious as I watch people risk death as they tap on their smartphones behind the wheels of their automobiles. I am crazy in the sense that I think that technology should make your life better not worse. The smartphone/social media thing is making life worse for me and everyone else. Those things steal your time, make you envious and angry, and can even kill you with distracted driving.

I feel ridiculous about this issue because I first wrote about it back in 2015 with this post. That is three years of going back and forth about social media. Why do I keep doing this? It is because of a couple of basic facts. The first and most obvious is that everyone else is doing it. There isn't a website or blog that I come across that doesn't have a link to a Facebook, Twitter, and or an Instagram account. I know about a guy who works in government, so he deleted his Facebook account long ago to avoid trouble with his job. But he loves his Instagram account. The second fact is a corollary to the first fact. If everyone is doing it, the way to reach those people is to do it, too. I even heard a guy say on a YouTube video that he thinks social media is evil, but he uses it as a necessity to promote his work.

Social media is addicting, and the geniuses at Facebook and Twitter know this. Their goal is to hook you in and keep you in. Naturally, people make the argument from balance that you need to take social media in moderation. But this is so much crap. The balance comes when you delete those accounts and go back to using the internet the way it was before Facebook.

For me, the pain of it all comes down to this. I can suffer from watching all my time and productivity vanish. Or, I can suffer from watching all my time and productivity being ignored. I am at the point where the lesser evil is to be productive and ignored. Hype without substance is just false advertising.