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Archive for August, 2003

Posted by Mark on August 17, 2003

Being Unfriendly at Work A Protestant Belief?

Now, I agree with much of this Reuters story. But this little tidbit below is just a bit much:

ROOTED IN PROTESTANT BELIEFS

This impersonal attitude at work is rooted in Protestant beliefs of putting emotion aside at the office, Sanchez-Burks said in a telephone interview this week.

The American style of keeping things impersonal at the workplace is virtually confined to the United States, he said.

Speaking as a life long “protestant” I’m hard pressed to find anywhere in Scripture or tradition “the Protestant beliefs of putting emotion aside at the office.”

Not that Reuters might have a religious bias or anything….

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Posted by Mark on August 17, 2003

Being Unfriendly at Work A Protestant Belief?
Now, I agree with much of this Reuters story. But this little tidbit below is just a bit much:

ROOTED IN PROTESTANT BELIEFS

This impersonal attitude at work is rooted in Protestant beliefs of putting emotion aside at the office, Sanchez-Burks said in a telephone interview this week.

The American style of keeping things impersonal at the workplace is virtually confined to the United States, he said.

Speaking as a life long “protestant” I’m hard pressed to find anywhere in Scripture or tradition “the Protestant beliefs of putting emotion aside at the office.”
Not that Reuters might have a religious bias or anything….

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Posted by Mark on August 12, 2003

Blogs From Iraq

An end run around the mainstream media bias. Blogs directly from soldiers in Iraq. Great stuff!

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Posted by Mark on August 12, 2003

The Enemy Within

by Victor Davis Hanson

Once again VDH hits it on the head. Sadly, the only Democrat who may be listening is Joe Leiberman, and who’s listening to him these days?

What does all this mean? Western societies from ancient Athens to imperial Rome to the French republic rarely collapsed because of a shortage of resources or because foreign enemies proved too numerous or formidable in arms — even when those enemies were grim Macedonians or Germans. Rather, in times of peace and prosperity there arose an unreal view of the world beyond their borders, one that was the product of insularity brought about by success, and an intellectual arrogance that for some can be the unfortunate byproduct of an enlightened society.

I think we are indulging in this unreal hypercriticism — even apart from the election-season antics of our politicians — because we are not being gassed, or shot, or even left hot or hungry. September 11 no longer evokes an image of incinerated firemen, innocents leaping out of skyscrapers, or the stench of flesh and melted plastic, but rather: squabbles over architectural designs, lawsuits, snarling over Mr. Ashcroft’s new statutes, or concerns about being too rude to the Arab street.

Such smug dispensation — as profoundly amoral as it is — provides us, on the cheap and at a safe distance, with a sense of moral worth. Or perhaps censuring from the bleachers enables us to feel superior to those less fortunate who are still captive to their primordial appetites. We prefer to cringe at the thought that others like to see proof of their killers’ deaths, prefer to shoot rather than die capturing a mass murderer, and welcome a generic profile of those who wish to kill them en masse.

We should take stock of this dangerous and growing mindset — and remember that wealthy, sophisticated societies like our own are rarely overrun. They simply implode — whining and debating still to the end, even as they pass away.

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Posted by Mark on August 12, 2003

The Anti-Catholic, anti-Christian bias Continues

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Posted by Mark on August 12, 2003

In The Midst of All The Strife

Gay Bishops, Terrorists, World War III.

But all is right with the world, as Oklahoma is once again ranked No. 1.

As it should be.

Eat your heart out, Hugh Hewitt.

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Posted by Mark on August 11, 2003

Blogs From Iraq
An end run around the mainstream media bias. Blogs directly from soldiers in Iraq. Great stuff!

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Posted by Mark on August 11, 2003

The Enemy Within
by Victor Davis Hanson

Once again VDH hits it on the head. Sadly, the only Democrat who may be listening is Joe Leiberman, and who’s listening to him these days?

What does all this mean? Western societies from ancient Athens to imperial Rome to the French republic rarely collapsed because of a shortage of resources or because foreign enemies proved too numerous or formidable in arms � even when those enemies were grim Macedonians or Germans. Rather, in times of peace and prosperity there arose an unreal view of the world beyond their borders, one that was the product of insularity brought about by success, and an intellectual arrogance that for some can be the unfortunate byproduct of an enlightened society.

I think we are indulging in this unreal hypercriticism � even apart from the election-season antics of our politicians � because we are not being gassed, or shot, or even left hot or hungry. September 11 no longer evokes an image of incinerated firemen, innocents leaping out of skyscrapers, or the stench of flesh and melted plastic, but rather: squabbles over architectural designs, lawsuits, snarling over Mr. Ashcroft’s new statutes, or concerns about being too rude to the Arab street.

Such smug dispensation � as profoundly amoral as it is � provides us, on the cheap and at a safe distance, with a sense of moral worth. Or perhaps censuring from the bleachers enables us to feel superior to those less fortunate who are still captive to their primordial appetites. We prefer to cringe at the thought that others like to see proof of their killers’ deaths, prefer to shoot rather than die capturing a mass murderer, and welcome a generic profile of those who wish to kill them en masse.

We should take stock of this dangerous and growing mindset � and remember that wealthy, sophisticated societies like our own are rarely overrun. They simply implode � whining and debating still to the end, even as they pass away.

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Posted by Mark on August 11, 2003

The Anti-Catholic, anti-Christian bias Continues

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Posted by Mark on August 11, 2003

In The Midst of All The Strife
Gay Bishops, Terrorists, World War III.
But all is right with the world, as Oklahoma is once again ranked No. 1.
As it should be.
Eat your heart out, Hugh Hewitt.

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