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for September 6, 2021

MY LABOR DAY - THINKING, WRITING, RESTING

The weather reports were somewhat off as we did not suffer this Labor Day with the Triple-H. We should say that is was warm, clear and just a tad humid. 

Of course, this being a holiday, Janice was off from work. She spent nearly five straight hours in her yard, cleaning out the flower garden and shrubs in front and on each side of the house. She trimmed up the dogwood trees in the front year and the maple tree in the back and then started to hurt in her lower back. She never stops working outside until she is in moderate to deep pain.

As for me, I spent a couple of hours writing a few articles for a website that I have been affiliated with and then I read a few pages from The Epoch Times two volume series entitled How the Specter of Communism is Ruling our World. It is appropriately abbreviated The Specter of Communism as it covers the philosophical, ideological and violent history of Marxism. I am not going to spend anytime talking about that in this rant. I do want to share one of the articles I wrote earlier and it is on the topic I love to hate, i.e. THE LEFT. In this article entitled "Left vs. Right is Really "Emotion vs. Thinking," I explain the wiring of the conservative brain over against that of the Left's.

Here is what I wrote:

When I talk to young people, I try to offer them what I was offered when I was their age but is rarely offered today: wisdom. I was given wisdom largely because I went to a Christian College and Seminary, within the traditional, Conservative denominational framework in which the a long day of school work was divided between studying religious subjects (in Greek and Hebrew) and secular subjects (in English). In graduate school a lot of my studies were written in German and French as I studied on the doctoral level in Biblical research and hermeneutics.

With the increasing secularization of society, less and less wisdom has been conveyed to young people. One particularly obvious example is most secular people, especially on the left, believe human beings are basically good. It is difficult to overstate the foolishness of this belief. And a belief it is: There is no evidence to support it, and there is overwhelming evidence — like virtually all of human history — to refute it. Jewish and Christian kids who study the Bible know how morally flawed human nature is by the age of 10.

Another thing I tell young people — which, if they take seriously, will make them immeasurably wiser, finer, happier and more productive — is life is a daily battle between the brain and the mind. The brain wants an ice cream sundae; the mind knows too many sundaes will make a person overweight and eventually diabetic. Similarly, the brain (especially that of the male) wants sex with anyone it finds attractive; the mind knows the trouble doing so will likely lead to.

The brain is instinctive and feelings-based; the mind is thoughtful and can be reason-based.

Tragically, since the 1960s, the brain — i.e. feelings and instincts — has been valued far more than the mind.

That explains why for 40 years, I have asked high school seniors which they would save first if both were drowning, their dog or a stranger, and only one-third have voted to save the stranger. Their reason? They love their dog, not the stranger. The brain over the mind. Feelings over thought (not to mention transcendent values).

On the most important issue in human life, determining what is right and what is wrong, the brain (feelings) has triumphed over the mind (reason and values). At least two generations of Americans have been raised not with moral instruction but with the question “How do you feel about it?”

Almost every left-right disagreement in American life can be explained by the brain-mind conflict. The brain is led by what feels good, the mind by what does good. And leftist positions feel good.

It feels good to allow anyone who wants to enter America to do so. But if America is worth preserving, the mind understands that the right policy cannot be determined by feelings.

It feels good to keep expanding government so it can provide more and more people with benefits. But the mind recognizes this is a recipe for disaster because people become addicted to benefits, and because the government assumes greater and greater debt it will not be able to repay.

It feels good to lower admissions standards to enable more blacks to enter prestigious colleges. But the mind knows it doesn’t help blacks — on the contrary, it hurts the many of them (as it does students of any ethnicity and race) who are not prepared for the academic demands of prestigious colleges.

One of the oldest and most fundamental Jewish teachings is that every human being has two competing impulses — the “yetzer ha-tov,” the impulse to do good, and the “yetzer ha-ra,” the impulse to do bad. When I was in seminary, our Old Testament professor brought in  one of the leading rabbis of the last generation, Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, to present a class lecture on Rabbinical teachings and how they originate. He told the class something that changed my life. He said, “I have become pretty good at keeping my yetzer ha-ra in check; it’s my yetzer ha-tov that gets me into trouble.”

What was that? He was telling a big, if not, divine truth: Even when propelled to do good, we cannot be guided by feelings.

It’s not only the human being that is driven by the conflict between feelings and reason. So is America.

I hope it didn't bore you and that you appreciate the lack of bloviating and fuming that I usually put in these blogs here at corson.org. This blog is used to get things off of my chest and to spell out things that I do, my interests and my concerns. When I write for the other website (which shall remain a mystery since I use an alias - as do the other writers for fear of repercussions from the Woke, PC, Social Justice Warriors who would work overtime to cancel them) I have to put on the educated, reasoned, and well-researched side of my persona. It's for the professional approach instead of this laid-back rag.

Back to the rest of my day, Reggie has been eating good the last two days and I fed him four times today, mostly small meals. The last one was chicken and rice. He did quite well and his bodily functions are still doing well. Man I wish he could see. It is so sad that he walks into walls and doors almost all the time. He does have a sense of where things around the house and can still see light and faint images when they move, like people. I have got to hand it to the little guy, he has determination - when he is awake, that is.

I watched a couple of episodes of Grimm and then sat down to a great chicken and rice dinner complete with black eyed peas and onions that I will be tasting on my tongue Friday, cut up and mixed with the peas. Then, afterwards, Janice and I went to Arby's for a milkshake. She loves their Cremecicle and I their Jamocha flavored. Once back home, I started on this diatribe.

Right now, while penning these words I am listening to bluegrass music - a mood I usually have when driving in my car on Saturdays. I can't tell you why Saturdays, except maybe its because most of the talk radio stations have repeated episodes from the week and classical music stations play mostly opera on Saturdays. I am listening to a group called Lil' Smokies and their album Changing Shades. This is a great sounding group. Their music is mostly original and one such song that I heard on SiriusXM's "Bluegrass Junction" station is called "Winded." I think it is such a good song that it puts me in a smiling and peaceful mood. In case you are interested, here is a link to the song and group on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0v5Pbhj28Q&t=15s  Hey?!? If you watched it, tell me if it didn't put a smile on your face, especially them playing on a bus as if it were there regular practice studio. It may have been crowded on that bus, but they just played as if it were an everyday thing.

Well, enough for now. Tomorrow is Tuesday and that mean Office work. I get to try and write a sermon and a compose a couple of letters all to the loud banging of hammers and drills as the construction crew continues to convert and remodel our bathrooms. Sometime in early October construction begins on our new kitchen. I guess I will be able  to work through the noise and then come home, rest awhile then get back on this PC to rant about what annoys me. Looking forward to it!....

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Blogging

Blogs are about the blogger. It's as if he or she merely toots their own horns about the things they do, say and love.

My life is boring. I read, I watch Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. I listen to Andrew Wilkow. I engage in some conversation with those who are willing to listen (they being masochistic and enjoy killing themselves with my banter).

I plan on just laying out the things that bother me and the things I love. Nothing in-between. I hope you find whatever I put here amusing.