Wednesday, August 27, 2008
New Posting Series - Generation ME and Its Findings
Every now and then you come across a book that is saying things you suspected, but you lacked the data to prove it. Generation Me, a 2006 book from a professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, one Jean M. Twenge. So much of what is said about “Generation X” or “Generation Y” or the “Millenials” is based on anecdotes, not based on actual data. While Dr. Twenge uses anecdotes, she uses them to illustrate what the data shows. And what the data shows is that we are looking at a very arrogant generation (which she puts as statring in 1970...which means me and younger), a very confident generation, but one that is about to face some very tough realities. So over the next few weeks, watch for important points she makes to be placed here and then my commentary to go with it.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Two Great Articles Today on Georgia, Russia and China
If you have read my prior post, you may be interested in the great piece into today’s NY Sun from Ralph Peters on the “set-up” the Russians provided for this invasion of Georgia. Beyond our fecklessness as a government, let me say, I understand Russia’s desire to re-assert itself. It is in a strong a position as it will be for some time to come, so of course they are flexing their muscle. But as former Colonel Peters says, this was far too well planned by Russia to be a response to Georgia’s own actions. Read it here:
The other article comes from China. I did not watch the opening ceremonies on Friday (we did a family thing instead), but I heard a lot of good things about it. Including was the oh so cute girl singing. Well, turns out she was not singing, but a girl off stage was singing. Details here:
The Chinese don’t seem to realise that you cannot fool the entire world the way you can fool your internal audience. What is more, the idea of a politburo member pulling the actual singer off stage because she had bad teeth and they wanted to present a “perfect image” is quite disturbing. That is so Communist, everything bright and shiny but ultimately faked. What is more, if they had thought for a second, they would have wowed far more people with the little girl with the “bad teeth” precsiely because she is very cute and slightly flawed, something that the West seems to adore and it would have proven that China allows for the “less than perfect” as long as it is solidly Chinese. Oh well, I feel bad for the little girl, and ashamed of their politburo. If you made the change to “save face,” guess what guys, you lost it.
Monday, August 11, 2008
On Georgia, Russia and the Cause of Freedom
As a theologian one of the toughtest questions that one is asked to answer is, “Are wars always moral evils?” I have written in the past that I am a “near passificist,” which means that I prefer peace to militarism, but also understand that there are indeed worse things than war. There is repression, there is ethnic cleansing, there are pogroms, this is evil taking advantage of the tools of peace.
Which brings us to the horrible news coming out of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
Map is of the old Soviet Republic of Georgia so you can see the former boundaries more clearly.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Obama as Postmodernist - Jonah Goldberg Hits On a Key Point
Look, whether you are an Obamaniac or some one who thinks that Obama is a lightweight, you need to look at what he says (come on...he hasn’t really done anything, so we are left with his words, in much the same way that Lincoln, who of course had done somethings, but it was his words that we was judged by).
What does it mean to have a postmodernist presidential candidate in a day and age when we are engaged with cultures that range from the postmodern to the pre-modern and everything else in between.
First...read Jonah’s brilliant piece at USA Today: http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/08/obama-the-postm.html#more
Monday, August 04, 2008
The China Olympics - To Cheer or Not?
Well, August 8 is almost here and we will soon be treated to what might be the most controversial Olympics since the 1936 games in Berlin. No, we won’t have Hitler and the Nazi flag waving, but...what about the persecution of Tibet, the low level aggression toward Taiwan, the violence towards Fulan Gong and of course the harassment of Christianity.
So what is someone dedicated to justice, mercy, truth and righteousness to do?