Civil Commotion is taking a long weekend. Regular posting will resume on Tuesday, May 26, and Will to Power will be back on the 27th. Y’all have a good, and safe, Memorial Day weekend.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
IV: How Virtue Is Made to Dominate

§312   Cruelty has become transformed and elevated into tragic pity, so that we no longer recognise it as such. The same has happened to the love of the sexes which has become amour-passion; the slavish attitude of mind appears as Christian obedience; wretchedness becomes humility; the disease of the nervus sympathicus, for instance, is eulogised as Pessimism, Pascalism, or Carlylism, etc.

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This was easy to predict

Robert Gates: Boy Scouts ban on gay troop leaders not sustainable

As I never tire of saying: Reality always has the last word.

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Be true to your cult, ctd

When Karen Hinkley (formerly Karen Root) discovered that her missionary-husband was a pedophile, she had their marriage annulled and left their church when it mobilized to protect him. So, naturally, she being the only actual grown-up in this drama, they turned on her. The letter and emails make a depressing — but instructive — read.

Religions are just cults that made it to the Big Time and, as Christianity shrinks and megachurches scramble to make the bills, they return to the cult origins that enabled their survival in a hostile environment that knew what they were. Expect to see a lot more of this as their decline continues.

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The obliviousness just takes my breath away, some days …

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