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šŸ“¢ Double Standardsā€”šŸ” Housing Bubble?ā€”šŸ˜·Botched COVID Response

The story this week is ridiculous standards. Weā€™ve heard for the last few weeks about the catastrophic damage the Looney Tunes and Peter Pan have on children. 

But, simulating sex acts in thongs on national TV is perfectly fine. At least thatā€™s the argument.

What can we learn from these different standards?

I think itā€™s safe to say our values as a culture are all out of sorts. We should condemn softcore porn on national TV. And, while we may have to explain why some racial references our kids are exposed to arenā€™t ok, we shouldnā€™t shield them from the past.

Every dystopian novel (that I can think of) includes forgetting or rewriting the past. 1984 discusses the ā€œeternal presentā€ and The Giver shows how you can erase everyoneā€™s memories and theyā€™ll think theyā€™re happy.

However, thatā€™s not the case. We should know our past and deal with it. And we should not celebrate porn on ABC. Those should be our standards, but weā€™ve forgotten that.

The articles, podcasts, and social this week will show you some of the backwards standards weā€™ve seen crop up in our culture.

Articles

Asian Discrimination

While we say that whites, Jews, and Asians are ā€œprivileged,ā€ hate crimes against Asians are on the rise. Weā€™ve seen this with Jews for a while where hate crimes against them are swept under the rug when committed by minorities, and this report shows Asians are being targeted in Canada. If this were Muslims, women, or an aggrieved minority, it would be everywhere. But, in our backwards society, you can hate successful groups. Find out more>

Real Estate is booming.

Like many other asset classes, the real estate market is on fire. Thereā€™s a headline that caught my attention because it was telling how ā€œthis bubble is different.ā€ I think weā€™ll see more of this as the effects of pumping trillions of dollars into our economy come to fruition. Like every bubble, it will eventually burst, but I donā€™t see that happening yet. Read more>

Podcasts

Sex Addiction

In response to the porn problem I mentioned earlier, I wanted to recommend Fight The New Drugā€™s Podcast. They had Eddie Capparucci, a counselor and sex addiction specialist on to talk about the emotional triggers for porn use. Listen to the podcast here>

Struggle with porn? Want to protect your family from porn? Check out Covenant Eyes.

Botched Covid Response

Dave Rubin hosted a great roundtable about the COVID response. And, he had real medical experts on to explain how weā€™ve gone wrong (and where weā€™ve gone right). He had Gina Florino, Max Lugavere, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. Listen to the podcast here>

Is the Pope Catholic?

In response to the uproar about the Pope teaching Catholic doctrine, Trent Horn explained on his podcast why the Pope did this. It was great to hear what prompted this statement that seemed out of the blue, and to learn more about some clerics attempts to change this teaching. Listen to the podcast here>

Social Chatter

What are you reading?

The question that launched a thousand tweets (or so it seems). The Vital Masculinity Twitter asked this and sparked a great web of tweets about what people are reading. Dive in to get some good recommendations and put in your two cents. Check it out>

St. Patrick’s Day

Donā€™t know much about Saint Patrick? I had a thread about him and what he did for Ireland for anyone who wants to learn more. Check out the thread>

Toppling Standards

And, If you want to see the discussion about the bad standards we have as a culture, I have a thread that prompted this idea. Comparing and contrasting the images next to each other was somewhat startling, but I think it had to be done. Check out the thread>

My Conversations

What Would John Locke Say?

I sat down with Brooke Medina from the John Locke Foundation to discuss what Locke might have to say about our culture. We discussed the problems confronting our property rights, privacy, the issues with big tech, and more. Listen or watch here>

Why be Christian?

And, I reviewed Orthodoxy, the wonderful work by G.K. Chesterton. In this book, he shows how he came to Christianity in a way Iā€™ve never heard it described. So, if you want a clever, fun discussion on an intellectual journey, check it out. Listen or watch here>

236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Conversation of Our Generation

According to Wikepedia, "MaterialismĀ is a form ofĀ philosophical monismĀ that holds thatĀ matterĀ is the fundamentalĀ substanceĀ inĀ nature, and that all things, includingĀ mental statesĀ andĀ consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness areĀ by-productsĀ orĀ epiphenomenaĀ of material processes (such as theĀ biochemistryĀ of theĀ human brainĀ and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts withĀ idealism, whereĀ mindĀ andĀ consciousnessĀ are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary." Valid Concerns and Good Points At first, it seems to make sense. Much of what we encounter is material. Our food, light, furniture, etc. is all material. It would be easy at first glance to think everything boils down to what is material. But, does that really comport with what we experience and know? Errors of Materialism Materialism leaves out a large chunk of the human experience. First, it fails, like naturalism, to fully account for the supernatural and the spiritual. And, in doing so, it denies free will and many other parts of our experience that are products of the spirit. Also, materialism doesn't allow for the abstract truths we know to be. Moral truths, natural laws, beauty, and even some mathematical truths can't exist if everything is material. So, materialism fails to explain all that we know about the world. Corrections There is more to the world than just the material. It doesn't fit with our understanding of the world. We experience more than just the material in art and music, as well as abstract concepts. We also experience the phenomenon of free will, which is impossible in a materialist world. In order to fully comport with reality, we need to take into account more than material things. In order to fully experience the world, we have to take account for the non-material parts of our lives. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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  2. 235. Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  3. 234. The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality
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