Redirection

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Are You Better Than Anyone Else?

Here is this unfortunate tendency among right-wingers to be holier-than-thou, which is probably the inevitable result of incessantly criticising modern society (not that it doesn't need criticising, but still...) I can understand secular folks engaging in it, but when I hear professing Christians day after day tearing other professing Christians down, I'm like is it really necessary?

Because guess what? You aren't better than anybody else. You are just a sinner like this pastor you hate so much or this single mother you keep calling a wh*re. They aren't perfect but neither are you. We live in the fallen world which is growing less Christian by the day (at least, here in the West) and everything in it is tainted by the sin Yes, we are called to speak the truth, but we should be speaking truth in love, especially when it concerns our Christian brothers and sisters.

I mean where is charity? Why is it that some folks always assume the worst about other Christians? I've seen it time and again when such topics as divorce come up. While some misguided Evangelicals will go around blaming the men, there are just as many on the opposite side blaming the women. Guess what? I've seen wives divorce good husbands AND I've also seen husbands walk out on their wives. Neither sex has a monopoly on evil.

Some will cite statistics showing how many divorces are initiated by women as the proof of the unique female wickedness. However, the one who files isn't necessarily the one at fault. If the wife is banging her boss and the husband files is he to blame or what? The truth is that all divorce nowadays is no-fault, which means that there is absolutely no way to determine whose fault it was.

Moreover, you can't contest a divorce. You'll always get it. The only thing you can contest is property division and custody, which means that people don't really have to give any reason for divorcing even when asked. Most prefer not to air their dirty laundry in public and will cite "irreconcilable differences" or some such nonsense, which again, doesn't really prove the guilt of either party. The only remedy to this problem would be to go back to fault-based divorce, which many men activists somehow don't propose, though they are quite vocal about abolishing child support which makes cynical me think that it's not divorce per se they are really against.

Going back to single mothers (and here I mean those with kids outside wedlock), there is this unfortunate tendency among more liberal Evangelicals to portray women as victims of men in everything concerning sex. I've read an article recently where the author suggested that the pill was the tool men used on women to free themselves from responsibility. Well, I guess one could view it this way. One could also say that the pill freed women to be sluts, and it would be true, too. Because, you know what? Women also enjoy sex! Especially young women with raging hormones. The pill frees BOTH sexes from responsibility.

So on one hand we have (some) pastors presenting single moms as saintly victims of men's passions. And on the other hand? We have (some) men going on and on about how every one of these women is a horrible human being, past any redemption and how no man should ever want to do anything with them and if anyone ever suggests otherwise, he's just shaming men into "marrying these sluts". Let's be honest: yes, single moms have what could be called "baggage". But...some men in the church will have baggage, too. They could be recovering addicts, ex-criminals, or simply have children from past relationships with attached financial obligations. It's not like all the men are perfect and deserve a perfect spouse, either.

Yet while reading some blogs that's exactly an impression I get. Women come with baggage, like debt, past relationships, abortions etc while all men have a perfect credit score, great job and no bad habits of any sort. It's a mirror image of what feminists are saying about men and I don't see how it is any better. It's not healthy to go around hating half of mankind.

There is a certain arrogance behind this attitude and it's not healthy. Hatred is in any case not a good motivation though one could argue that it's sometimes necessary like during the war. However, if left unchecked, hatred will quickly consume you. As a Christian, I don't want to be motivated by the hatred of other, those who are trying to destroy us,  but rather by love for my own, my people, and I believe in second chances.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Our Summer Cottage

Our new project and the reason I have so little time lately:)






There is still a lot of work to do, as you can see.









My kitchen garden.




A big part of it is still wilderness, but I kinda like it this way.





The lawn was in a horrible state and the grass is still not doing fine plus we have regular visits from a mole:)





The view from the terrace is nice tho









And we have a hotel for insects, too. Right now there is a spider residing there, killing other guests periodically:)




So that's my latest news...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Toxic Femininity In Action

When a Bankstown father went to help a young woman in need, he never envisaged his act of kindness would turn his life into a nightmare.
But that's what happened to 36-year-old Kenan Basic.
He had been accused of indecently assaulting and stalking a 19-year-old woman he had helped after her car broke down at a BP service station in Sydney's west in late 2018.
On Monday, the charges against Basic were thrown out in Bankstown Local Court after the woman admitted to making it all up.

Why would any man in this day and age help a random woman? Kenan Basic learned his lesson:

Basic also admitted he probably won't stop to help another woman again, and that the matter had "destroyed" his marriage.

For better for worse is a patriarchal construct. Seriously, shame on his  wife for abandoning her husband and the father of her children  in this situation and believing a perfect stranger above someone she chose as her life partner. 

7NEWS has also been told Basic, who spent two weeks in jail, will pursue costs and compensation and will be back in court in July.

That should be the default position of anyone in a similar situation. Don't just turn the other cheek and let it slide, get legal help and sue. 

I should add that there is a reason such things tend to happen so often in the Anglo-countries. It's probably because we continental Europeans don't quite worship women so much and don't see them as default victims in any interaction with men. I'm sure there is a lesson somewhere...

Read the whole article over here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Importance Of Warm Lunch






A lot of folks nowadays are getting health conscious and dissatisfied with the standard Western diet. They generally disagree on what is really healthy and often will simply exclude certain food categories. For instance, vegans won't eat animal products, while paleo supporters will severely limit or eliminate grains and sugar etc.

What I have noticed while studying traditional diets, is that people in these cultures cook more than we do and eat less of "cold meals" such as sandwiches. Even in Southern (and Eastern Europe) they will often eat at least two (if not three) hot meals a day.Strangely, there isn't much info on the internet about warm vs cold foods, however, I did read somewhere that warm breakfast improves fertility and also that hot food is more easily digested, boosts metabolism, helps fight allergies and improves health. (Source).

So today I decided to make soup for lunch and tried Hungarian mushroom soup which turned out great. The instructions are very clear. I did some small adjustments as I used several types of flour instead of just white flour.

It's my opinion that he also omitted a couple of small details, as you'll have to bring the soup to cooking point after adding the chicken stock, and then you turn the heat down and let it simmer. My other suggestion is to bind the milk or cream by bringing your soup to the boil for the second time and add sour cream to individual portions. This way you can re-heat it next day and serve again.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Strange Culture Of Mauritania

Mauritania produces an impression of being stuck somewhere in the antiquity, which I find strangely fascinating. It obviously has a lot of problems, such as slavery or the lack of medical care, but, on the other hand, there is a low incidence of psychological disorders, and AIDS is almost nonexistent

It probably has to do with their tight clan structure and sexual mores. Here is some info which I found on the internet which gives us a glimpse into a very traditional (to a fault) society:

About food:

Food has important social and psychological functions. People eat together in groups from a large bowl or calabash, using the right hand. People eat first and then drink cold water or sour milk mixed with cold water, juice from the hibiscus flower, or baobab juice. After lunch and dinner, it is customary to drink small glasses of green tea with sugar and mint. The tea is served by younger persons, women, and slaves... Eating almost always takes place at home.

Social customs:

  Society is organized along strict ethnic lines, with a rigid system of castes; every caste has its own internal hierarchy. In both ethnic groups, the division of labor is clear. At the top are the religious and warrior caste, followed by the skilled caste, which consists of smiths, carpenters, weavers, fisherfolk, and leather workers. Historians or court bards, musicians, and court advisers form a lower caste, followed by the theoretically freed slaves and current slaves at the bottom of the social order. 

    Dress style, comportment, and speech are dictated by the climate and ethnic heritage. Putting on one's best clothing is important in black African communities to express one's social status. Women decorate themselves with gold, silver, and amber to display their wealth and change clothes several times during a party. People in the higher castes to tend to be quiet and generous toward those below them, whereas the lower castes tend to be talkative, outgoing, and "greedy," with less concern about shame. Generally people are kind and hospitable to foreigners.

Welfare:

Social welfare is provided for within the family and kinship system. Government-supported welfare is nearly nonexistent because of a lack of funds, nepotism, and corruption.


Family and marriage:

Culturally, women's importance is recognized, but men dominate in the economic, political, social, and religious spheres. In the south, men provide for the family and women process and cook food and take care of children. In the Arab-Berber north, women are not supposed to perform physical work, which is seen as degrading. Work there is the domain of  slave women...

 Marriages usually are arranged, especially the first marriage... People tend to marry for the sake of their parents and community and usually marry within their community and clan... According to the prevailing value system, all adults must marry and have many children but it is not unusual to find unmarried women, particularly among the white Maurs...

Economic aspects of marriage are very important. Men are responsible for the economic sustenance of their wives and for brideprice, along with lavish gifts to the parents, relatives, friends, and associates of their wives. Divorce is not common, especially in the black communities... If divorce is the fault of the man, the wife keeps the brideprice. According to tradition, children follow the father, but small ones remain with the mother and the husband is obliged to support her and the children until they grow up. 

  The basic household unit consists of a husband and his wife or wives plus their children and the family of the husband, but household units in urban centers are getting more compact. The man has authority in the household because the couple lives with his kin and he is normally older and richer than the wife. Even though the household is an extended family, tasks are sharply divided according to gender and age... 

  In this extremely traditional society, belonging to a group is very important, and the larger the group, the better. People use clan names rather than family names. When the climate and economic conditions allow it, larger kin groups form a village or neighborhood. Clan members interact by sharing land and engaging in interclan marriage. The male leader, normally the oldest and "most competent" man, manages communal property and affairs.

Education:

Child care is provided by the older members of an extended family and the first born child is looked after by the grandmother and aunts. Women, including older sisters and cousins, take care of children, and men come into the picture as a child grows up. Infants are not separated from adults and are nearly always carried.

  Education is based on a combination of three overlapping philosophies: indigenous, Islamic, and Western. In the first system, the objective is to prepare the young to be useful members of the local community. Education is thus inward-oriented and functional and is provided by parents, elder siblings, peers, and specialized traditional teachers. 

The key values are belief in God, honor, respect, and service to the community, generosity, hospitality, endurance, and patience, Islamic teaching prepares Muslims to serve Allah and the community of believers by learning the Koran and practicing the five pillars of Islam. The most important qualities in a "good" child are respect and service to the parents and the community, truthfulness, learning, prayer, and politeness. Parents believe that children are what they inherit and learn from their parents. If the mother is of good character, her children will be good.

If you are interested, read the whole story over here:


They may be having lots of hardships and wrong things going on, but one thing they don't have: the crippling loneliness and social isolation of modern life, what we call "bugman lifestyle". It's also probably easier to endure hardship when you have a sense of belonging and are certain that your life has a transcendental dimension to it.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Some Thoughts On Authority

What many folks in the new "patriarchy" movement don't seem to realise, is that the husband's authority doesn't exist in a vacuum. That's why I called them Old Testament larpers in my previous post, they tend to think that the answer for all of our society problems is to go live in the desert like Abraham. I should add that it's especially typical for Americans of a more libertarian bent and probably, to some degree among the more extreme homeschoolers.

Well, guys, I'm going to ask you all a question: how did "rugged individualism" and this tactic of constantly ceding ground to "liberals" work for you? You aren't really in a much better position on any social issue than we in "godless" Europe, are you? Running away is not a solution, and it never will be. We can't go back to the Bronze Age, we live in a society which institutions are corrupted to a degree, but we are still part of it and we should strive to take it back, though it's the topic for another discussion.

What does it all have to do with the family, you will ask. Well, for starters, "family" isn't just nuclear family. Second, a family isn't a law unto themselves, there is still civil law and, for Christians, religious institutions. There are men on the internet who will complain that their wives are disobedient who will then spend their whole time online undermining church authority. Yes, churches are far from ideal. Some are cucked to an unbelievable degree, but there are still those which are quite solid. Again, instead of withdrawing why not try to improve things in your local church? Of course, that would mean taking action as opposed to *itching on the internet.

So for a Christian wife, her first authority in her life is her God. Your faith should come before everything else: He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me... and whosoever shall deny me before men him will I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven come to mind.
You don't deny your God because of your marriage partner, it's downright pathetic, and it goes for both men and women.

Really, where does this all or nothing approach come from? And what happened to the common sense? Your husband being a leader doesn't mean that you can't have ideas of your own, or that you always have to agree with his opinions. A wise woman will find a balanced way of following her conscience while acknowledging her husband's wishes, it's not really that difficult. It helps if she isn't arrogant and thinks that she always knows better than him.

Personally I think that many of these problems would simply not exist if the husband were the only breadwinner of the family. In this situation both usually know who's the dependent party, that's why feminists want all the women to work. There is also this strange woman worship so typical for Evangelicals. For Pete's sake, your wife isn't a goddess who did you an  honour by marrying you and she'd be probably much worse off without you than vice versa. If your parents or your pastor forgot to inform you about it, then I'm doing it now:)

Seriously, folks, both men and women should grow up, stop this silly elite sponsored "gender war" and go back to the common sense arrangement the West used to have for the greatest part of our history. We owe it to the future generations.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Short Personal Note With Revelations

I'm entertaining visitors right now which means I have little time for creative writing, plus the weather over the weekend has been WARM, like +23*C or even higher. Please bear with me, I'll try to post more soon!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

I wanted to post some nice music, but in connection with events in Sri Lanka I'll just leave you with this link from Vox Day


Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Wages Of Narcissism

are death sometimes:

A recent report found that 259 people died between 2011 and 2017 while stepping in front of the camera in often dangerous destinations. Our writer went deep on the psychology of selfies to figure out what's behind our obsession with capturing extreme risk-taking.

 The article titled Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic first gives the readers several examples of self-inflicted deaths and injuries and then proceeds to claim that it's not really narcissism, but evolutionary developed behaviour which is "part of our very DNA". 

I can still remember the times when attention wh*ring was considered nearly as bad as the real thing and thoroughly discouraged in children starting at the young age. Funny thing is that the article suggests a nearly similar solution (taking selfies should be discouraged) with tech companies doing the policing.

 I'm not really sure they will succeed since the problem appears to be more spiritual that technological. But that's just me...


Monday, April 15, 2019

A Fellow Housewife Reviews My Book

Housewife Outdoors was kind enough to review my second book, The Road To Power, which is now available on Amazon as well. That's what she writes:

The Road To Power is a space opera, like The Long Way Home, taking place in the same universe. Otherwise it is very different book and independent story with new characters. There is more political schemery and sligthly less action. There is still plenty of action and adventures, but the speed is not quite that breath-taking. I appreciated that a lot. Plot is very unpredictable (that seems to be typical to Sanne), I had to read to page 70-something before I got any idea where the book is going and still plenty of surprises waited for me. Gothic family secrets, sword duels, beautiful adventuresses and elven queens, spies and assasinations. 

You can read the whole review over here


Friday, April 12, 2019

Another Advantage Of A 2 Income Family Model

is that you will hardly have any free time at all, so that you'll never get bored:

A new survey finds that the average American adult logs just four hours and 26 minutes of time to themselves in a given week.

And if that amount seems high, you’re also in good company. Four out of 10 people surveyed said they get even less free time than that total, incredibly.


The survey of 2,000 adults... also found that the little bit of free time leaves the average person with 14 undone items on their to-do lists — though one in five respondents says there’s at least 20 things to get done on their lists. Those lists include everything from running errands to paying the bills. The authors found that 60% of the participants are putting off basic administrative tasks like cleaning, going to the bank, or filing their taxes because they don’t have the time.

 Among the tasks most commonly brushed aside by the study participants, cleaning topped the list, with 48% of adults postponing such chores. Another 40% admit they’ve put the brakes on car maintenance, while a third routinely push back plans to go shopping. More than a quarter of Americans (27%) said they put off making a doctor’s appointment.

Read the whole article  over here and pay attention to the comments by the boomers along the line of "I worked 20 hours a day, kept the house and had PLENTY of free time, you whiners!" Because people exist solely to work for the Woke Capital and pay the taxes. Now if we only could get children back to factories, everything would be fine. Meanwhile, the wives of billionaires are stay-at-home moms...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Vaccinations, Natural Health And Other Things

Vaccinations appear to be a hot topic in Christian circles. I'll state right away that I'm not a believer in conspiracy theories, stuff about aborted babies and things like that. I don't see vaccines as a moral issue, I look at them purely in the terms of health. I also don't believe that vaccines don't work, with an exception of flu vaccine. The question is, do they work as intended?

While vaccines may prevent some infectious diseases, there is a theory that the overuse of vaccinations leads to such chronic diseases as, for instance, cancer. 

How dangerous is measles anyway? I'm sure we've all heard scary stories about the high mortality rate of measles (and I'll be honest with you, my parents had a neighbour who became blind from measles, but it happened after the war when nutrition wasn't optimal). Here is at least one doctor who says, not really. Yet the amount of scaremongering which goes around is unbelievable. The funny thing is that the exactly same arguments are used to promote flu shots (high mortality rates, everyone will die, etc etc).

I'll tell you about my personal experience with vaccinations. In my youth, there weren't so many. I've got the one with diphtheria and tetanus on time, but my mother waited with MMR until I was 4 and had to go to school. I still remember how sick I became, I had fever and was ill for several days. Short after this, they had to take my appendix out and had they been 5 minutes too late, I'd probably die as the thing exploded in the surgeon's hands. After this, I've had all sorts of health problems through my youth, all connected with low immunity. Was it a coincidence? I don't know...We do know though that it's the MMR which is notorious for its complications and autism connection.

As I became older, flu vaccines started spreading. My mother worked in healthcare and could always get them for free. She insisted that everybody in the household got his flu shot every winter. And each year I took it, I was horribly sick. Then I married my husband and stopped taking them. One year I would be sick, another I wouldn't. Last couple of winters we took cod liver oil from Norway and had no problems with flu whatsoever.

And then there is something else to consider. When I took this ill fated MMR shot, I was told that I'd get a lifelong immunity. But now it appears that the immunity only lasts 5 till 20 (30?) years. They don't know themselves, but they are pushing everyone in the risk groups to get vaccinated yet again.

Now let's talk about whooping cough. I think it sits in the tetanus shot which I got several of while growing up and which my mother once nearly died from as she got a severe allergic reaction to it. Supposedly you'll never get whooping cough, either? Wrong. I'm pretty sure I got it while in my early twenties, as I had all the classic symptoms including night fits when I felt like I was coughing my lungs out. The doctor looked at me and said it was tracheitis, though. I think you get my point?

Again, I'm not entirely against vaccinations. Wouldn't take my chances with polio or tetanus, but things like chicken pox? A couple of years ago every child used to have it, but once the vaccine became available, they are spreading the same scary story about it like they do with flu and measles. I wonder I survived it (and yes, I got some complications, but they weren't so bad).

Another example is the HPV vaccine. They started pushing it on girls first, now in some countries they want to vaccinate boys, too. (One died from it). If you are against the vaccine, you are called a religious bigot. I read a bit on the topic. It appears that 95% of all women will get a HPV infection at least once in their lives, yet only 1 in 10 000 will ever develop the dreaded cancer and that mostly in her 50s, up to 40 years from her first infection. Now there is something fishy going on, don't you agree? It's like they claim that somebody who had measles can 40 years later get a stroke and die, and that happens from measles. Yes, they seriously push this story.

Ultimately, vaccinations are the parents' choice. Most vaccinated children are doing quite fine and won't have any severe side effects. Whether it's really necessary and a wise thing to do in every case, is quite another thing. This post is getting rather long, so I'll split it in two and write more about the modern medical system another time.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Another Example Of Female Oppression

Wicked Western patriarchy used to prevent women from taking part in such fun events like, for instance, the Battle of Paschendale:




Luckily, at least in the USA, equality appears to have won and women are now subject to draft, too. I hope they'll enjoy it as much as the men did...

Sunday, April 7, 2019

On Marital Submission

Marital submission is something which feminists decry, as we all know, however, the other side sorts of makes a mess out of the concept, too. Some will reduce all marital problems to the lack of wifely submission: the husband won't lead? Or he is a heavy drinker/lousy provider/watches p*rn/whatever? Just submit, and all the problems will go away.

I'm afraid it's not that simple. Some people will say that the husband can't make his wife submit, it's a free gift. I wonder, if these people have ever been in leadership positions? I have, and let me tell you something, a leader needs to have certain qualities to make his subordinates submit to his will, and it's not always easy, but nobody will take you seriously if you lack character and a backbone.

I have come across a discussion of this very topic on a certain forum where someone asked whether the wife should treat her husband as the leader of the family and one answer stood up to me: "a man is either a leader or he isn't, it doesn't depend on his wife." I agree, more or less, with a caveat: the wife shouldn't try to undermine her husband's leadership, but the principle remains:

 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD,

The way I view things, wifely submission is not about punishment or oppression. It actually makes a woman's life much easier. Think of it, the one who takes the decision is the one responsible when the things go wrong. Every time I enforced my will over my husband's objections, I came to regret it because I kept second-guessing myself. The burden of responsibility is just too heavy for an average woman, that's why they are probably so neurotic nowadays.

Another point, marital submission doesn't mean the husband can force his wife to go against her conscience. While I'm not a Catholic myself, I liked this quote from a Catholic blog (h/t Jesse Powell):

... the church...bids the wife obey her husband in the Lord; but asserts her moral independence of him, leaves her conscience free, and holds her accountable for her own deeds.

Betraying one's moral code on behalf of someone else, even your own husband, will bring nothing but grief and disappointment and can destroy you as a person.

It's also important to understand that the man's authority doesn't exist in a vacuum, as there are still such things as family connections, civil authorities and, for believers, the church. The husband can't disregard them. We live in society so that right wing Christians should, imo, stop larping as some OT patriarch:)

If you have any ideas of your own on the topic, feel free to share in comments!



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The History Of Women In The Workforce

apparently coincides with the history of family breakdown. I'd like to draw your attention to the post by Jesse from Secular Patriarchy where he discusses these things.

Here is an excerpt:

From the source “100 Years of Marriage and Divorce Statistics United States, 1867-1967”, page 27 of 68, it gives the number of marriages in 1867 as 357,000 and the number of divorces as 10,000 for a divorce rate of 2.8%. According to Census data in 1870 13.1% of all females over age 10 worked, this proportion rising to 14.7% in 1880 and 17.0% in 1890. Again based on Census data in 1890 2.2% of married white native women with native parents worked, this proportion rising to 3.0% in 1900. This shows very clearly that divorce was already in the process of rising in 1870 and that women working was already in the process of rising in 1870; rising divorce and rising women working being fundamental parts of family breakdown.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Men's Lives In The Times Of The Patriarchy

Just look at them having fun and frolics at work and think what we women were deprived of by the force of law! I mean who wouldn't want to change their places???


Friday, March 29, 2019

How Men Benefited From Feminism

I do enjoy audio books occasionally. They are great to listen to before going to bed:) So recently I stumbled across a book out of my childhood, which my Mom used to read to me: the story of Mary Poppins; and listened to Chapter 1.

For those who don't know or remember, the book describes late Victorian or probably early Edwardian England and the adventures of the Banks family and their magical nanny, Mary Poppins. The Bankses are quite well off by our standards. They employ a nanny, a cook, a maid and a gardener. In fact, the book begins after their latest nanny left them which creates a bit of drama for Mrs Banks because the two other female servants resent taking care of the kids (and there are 4 of them) and Heavens forbid she would do it herself. In fact, she doesn't even eat dinner with the children or puts them to bed or anything. Really, any modern stay-at-home mother with several kids works much harder than Mrs Banks ever did in her whole life, unless you count knitting and tea visits as work.

And what about Mr Banks? He has an office job, 6 days a week. It's interesting that when I tried to find information online about Edwardian working hours I came across stories of suffragettes instead. We are always supposed to think about how tough the lives of women used to be, but never a peep about men. I have a general idea that their workweeks were about 60 hours, that they enjoyed little to none vacation and that there was no official retirement age. Mr Banks could look forward to dying at his job.

And he came from a well-off family. Lower class men worked in coal mines,  built railways, did all sorts of hard labour and were cannon fodder in any war. Just think of all these guys executed by their own for being shell-shocked in WWI. Not that junior officers fared much better anyway. Lower class women typically had it harder than a Mrs Banks but only because they would bear more children without domestic help. Yet, from what I've heard, they mostly used their own kids as help and many hardly did anything much at all once children grew older.

It's an amazing propaganda achievement that women were persuaded to exchange their lives for that of a Mr Banks or any other man. And while modern men spend countless hours complaining about feminism and the loss of the patriarchal authority they forget that they have also lost a lot of responsibility.  Millennial men will have a 25 hours working week and spend the rest of the day with their kids while the wifey shares the breadwinning responsibility at some dusty office or worse.

So yes, guys have benefited from feminism much more that they want us women to think, but strangely enough, they are still not content with the result. Just like women can't have it both ways, neither can men...

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pet Strollers



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There is a lot of negative reactions on the right-wing sites to the latest trend of pets in strollers. You hear a usual thing about how modern liberal women choose having pets instead of raising children. I understand the frustration as I find the phrase dog (in my case cat) mom quite irritating. I used to have an acquaintance who would ask me how my "cat children" were doing and it drove me nuts as I wanted to say: "come on, I haven't given birth to a freaking cat!"

Yet, in the case of pet strollers, what I see is mostly older folks using them and also mostly with small dogs who can't walk a long distance. I presume they have done their duty to the society by raising their kids already but these said kids often neglect them so that the elderly have to seek the company of their pets, and yes, I have witnessed it in real life.

There is another thing: most older folks don't drive. A pet stroller is very convenient if you need to take your sick animal to the vet. Try to transport a 6kg cat in a basket and you'll understand the convenience. Heck, I'm thinking of taking one myself. Since I don't have the car during the day, we have to schedule all our appointments in the evenings when it's very busy.

So I think we should cut pet stroller users some slack:)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Should Women Be Attacked?

There is a plethora of blogs nowadays which claim they are against feminism and spend their whole time attacking women. Some are run by men who each day, every day find a new woman to *itch about. When I look at my husband, he isn't much interested in women, outside myself or some bikini models:) When he's online he'll talk with other men about cars, guns or politics, not about what some stupid gal wrote on her Facebook page. He also finds men constantly discussing women unmanly.

Now I'm not at all saying that women are such snowflakes that they should never be criticised, attacked or even shamed for anything, especially if we are talking about some loud-mouthed internet personality. Anyone who is a public figure should be prepared to deal with criticism. And if one is critical of modernity, one can't avoid talking about feminism and that means making remarks about female behaviour, yet, there is some thing to consider, notably, to which extent is an average woman responsible for feminism?

Because even though MSM push this romantic idea about a couple of women burning their bras and starting a revolution, the cold hard truth is that the governments in ALL (formerly) Christian countries support feminism in one or other form and push it onto the 3d World. While the USA is the champion at promoting this liberal egalitarianism, other Western countries aren't really any better in this respect. Much though has been made lately of Victor Orban and his defence of Christian values, his initiatives to raise fertility included free daycare and childcare benefits for grandparents.

I have news for Mr Orban: few women dream of having several children only to leave them at day care or with Granny the whole day. These initiatives were touted as ground-breaking but the truth is that countries like Germany (and I think, Finland, too) offer so much money per child per month that if you had 6 or 7 kids both parents could nicely live from it. Yet, the same governments promote the narcissistic, hedonistic bugman lifestyle which most of their citizens (outside of immigrants) happily choose.

Of course, there is still such a thing as personal responsibility and I don't deny that we as Westerners are uniquely susceptible to this cult of materialistic individualism, but the propaganda starts when the kids are still young and follows them into the grave, so to say. Yet, many internet antifeminist warriors tend to totally disregard it and place all the blame squarely on the shoulders of individual women. They also expect women as a group to rise up and smash liberalism. Of course, it won't work since women aren't really those who start the revolutions.

Women just follow the society trends, if the society changes, so will the women. That's all.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Science And Working Mothers

Here is an interesting article:

Scientists blame working mums for child obesity epidemic

Here is a quote:

SCIENTISTS have laid the blame for Britain's childhood obesity epidemic at the door of working mothers, in a new study.
The shocking findings also claim the kids of mums who work are negatively affected - whereas the father's employment appears to have no "significant effect".

Hmmm, I wonder why ? It's almost like there is a difference between men and women?

Professor Emla Fitzsimons told The Sunday Times: "We find that children whose mothers work are more likely to have increased sedentary behaviour and poorer dietary habits."
Researchers said the bizarre findings were more obvious for single mums who work full-time, but also revealed a pattern with mums who work and have a partner.


 It's only bizarre if you lack common sense:) Obviously, the mother who works the whole day will have less time to get involved in and supervise daily activities and eating habits of her children.

However, part-timers aren't off the hook, either:

 But the study added it doesn't matter if mums work full-time or part-time, their child is still more likely to be fatter than that of a non working mum.

So much for: "well, it's only 2 days a week, surely it won't do any harm?"
 
It describes obesity as "the most common chronic disease of childhood and likely to persist into adulthood with far-reaching effects".
And found teens and children have gained weight over the past four decades along with a rise in working mums - with kids of single working mothers 25 per cent more likely to be overweight.

The conclusion of the researchers: is, naturally, to blame fathers and demand more feminism:

With the burden remaining on the mum to provide childcare, the study found, it suggested fathers become more "active players" in promoting their kids wellbeing.


(That is, if she knows who the father might be....)

My conclusion is  the society which sees raising the next generation as a burden, has no future.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Laundry Detergent Substitute




Have you ever thought about natural substitutes for the modern laundry detergents? You could try baking soda. Not only is baking soda a universal cleaner, but it works just fine for your laundry as well. Plus, it's inexpensive and environment-friendly. I hardly ever use regular washing powder any more, and I'm satisfied with the results, more or less. I still think it's somewhat weaker than a regular detergent, but at least, it has no toxic ingredients as it's actually something you can eat:) If you have any experiences with baking soda, feel free to share!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Lack Of Charity

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."

We live in a liberal age and liberalism basically means freedom from consequences,  When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins.

This approach found its way into our families and even our churches bringing with itself the general lack of standards and "anything goes" attitude. It can be terribly frustrating for those men and women who have traditional attitudes about s*x and marriage, for parents trying to raise their children properly, for the relatives dealing with those in extended family who disagree with their principles.

When you look specifically at feminism, it claimed to abolish double standards, and yet it ushered back a sort of new Victorianism when women are generally viewed as innocent victims of evil men never fully responsible for their own actions. It's especially popular with some Christian denominations, I'm afraid, and I can fully understand why it would cause irritation.

Personally I disagree with this idea. The problem with many Christians is that they often don't look at the Bible as a whole, both OT and NT. My church doesn't teach that marriage is a sacrament. Marriage traditionally, in all cultures, including Anglo-Saxons or the ancient Hebrews of the Bible, was viewed as a contract in which the man's basic obligation was to provide the family living, while the wife had to be open to children, take care of the housekeeping and provide her husband with s*x.

The contract could be dissolved when one of the parties didn't fulfill their obligations, so-called "fault divorce". Fault included adultery, abandonment, abuse, extreme poverty (husband not able to provide). Roman Catholic Church started prohibiting divorce for any reason about one thousand years ago (Eastern Ortho churches, on the other hand, always allowed it for some cases) and it was one of the reasons behind the Protestant Reformation, which restored the contractual view of marriage and so until the 1970s we used to have fault based divorce for the breach of contract.

Now, if everything which goes wrong in the family is always the husband's fault and the wife is childlike and never really responsible, how can she even enter into a valid contract with a man? Women having a different role than men doesn't mean they are total dolts and neither are they children.

I also don't believe in the indiscriminate chivalry. I'm getting sick of these mentions about Titanic. The society then was very different than it is now. Chivalry was based on a set of reciprocal obligations between men and women. Since women as a group are now emancipated, men as a group owe them no special treatment, and should evaluate their interactions with strange women on case-by-case basis. Also, the man's first duty is to his family, and then to everyone else.

This said, I also disagree with the bitterness often exhibited by the other side of the debate. You don't persuade women to abandon feminism by routinely calling all of them sluts and damaged goods (remember, ALL WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT!) or constantly attacking them. You won't have much success promoting Biblical womanhood by portraying it as a punishment for female sins or servitude or something similar. Honestly, when I read some of the discussions on the topic I wonder whether these guys or gals even live in a real world.

Like when they suggest that we all should shame divorced women/single mothers. Just imagine you are at family gathering and a single mother comes in. Should you stand up, point your finger at her and shout, shame on you! Come on, nobody can be that autistic.  I'm not saying that anything goes, but really, one should be subtle and know when to open one's mouth or when to hold one's peace.

We all live in a fallen world. We are none of us pure and sinless, apart from Christ. Our society is becoming progressively corrupt and it's getting more difficult to live like the Scriptures teach us. Anyone speaking publicly on these topics (it includes internet) should do well to consider it. You don't have to water down your message, jut remember about charity. In Christ, there is redemption and his yoke is easy and his burden is light. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Women Are The Worst Misogynists

A book review of sorts. Yesterday I finished Brother Cadfael's Penance by Ellis Peters, which is the last of Brother Cadfael's Chronicles. I still have to read a book containing 3 short stories with the same character, but as far as I know they are a prequel to the events described in Chronicles since in them Cadfael hasn't joined the monastery yet, so that Penance is really the end of the cycle. I'm planning to write a post about this whole series when I'm through.

Brother Cadfael's Penance is different from the other books in the series in a number of ways. It doesn't contain any romance though it does hint on the possibility in the beginning; and while there is a crime committed, there is little if any investigation on Cadfael's part, and the whole mystery and its solution play a very insignificant role in the book. On the other hand, the author keeps the tradition by inserting a nice amount of situational ethics into this story as well.

For those not familiar with Cadfael and his adventures, he is a Welsh crusader turned a Benedictine monk who lives in England during the war between King Stephen and Empress Maud for the throne and whose hobby is investigating crimes. Somewhere half way through the series, he learns that his Palestinian mistress bore him a son who later converted to Christianity, came to England and joined the fighting. Cadfael meets and recognises him, but decides to keep his peace.

In this last novel, he learns that his son Olivier is missing in action and leaves the monastery to search for him. Cadfael soon finds out that  Olivier is kept prisoner by Philip FitzRobert, the younger son of Maud's illegitimate half-brother Robert of Gloucester. The two used to be friends and fought on the same side, until, by some reason, Philip decided to switch  his loyalties and to betray the Empress's cause. The conflict between Philip and Maud, and to some extent, his own father forms the central theme of the book.

In the first couple of Cadfael stories, it appeared to me that Miss Peters was more or less sympathetic to the Empress, but as the story line progressed, Maud was shown less positively. In Penance, she's described as a venomous, murderous *itch with vile temper, who is neither particularly intelligent, nor thankful towards those who help her cause and who manipulates naive young men with her sexual charms to get what she wishes. The one worthy of the throne is Robert, but unfortunately, he's a bastard. In Wales, where the daughters don't inherit, he'd get his rights, thinks Cadfael.

I was intrigued enough to do some research online and that is what I found out. While Stephen was the late king's nephew through his mother, Maud was his only legitimate daughter, and before he died, he made all his court swear loyalty to her. She was married off quite young to the Emperor (of the Holy Roman Empire, I think), who died soon afterwards, and then  she was married off again to the Count of Anjou who was several years her junior. She nearly died in childbirth, but went on to have several more children with her husband after this.

When Stephen took the crown, she was in France together with her husband and made no attempts to restore her rights. The rebellion was started by Robert who had sworn loyalty to Stephen before. Robert was but one of many illegitimate children of the late king, but he was his eldest son and thus the most prominent. He probably could have taken the crown for himself, but refused to do so, citing English customs of the time, even though his grandfather William the Conqueror was illegitimate, too. If his father had wanted it, Robert could have probably become the next king.

Anyway, this and the civil war that followed, were hardly the fault of his half-sister. And, while some sources described her as aloof and even arrogant, there is little evidence that she was such a nasty piece of work as she comes across in Penance, neither was the real King Stephen this nice chivalrous guy the author portrays. Also, though illegitimate, Robert was still very well provided for.

Unlike in the novel, he had many sons and not just two by his legal wife, and, in fine family tradition, several more illegitimate kids. It's also noteworthy that the Welsh, like the Irish were Celtic and tolerated de-facto polygamy and easy divorce much later than their Anglo-Saxon neighbours. I'm not quite sure whether I agree with Miss Peters that their system was better, though. This is a topic open for discussion. However, I should say all these invented details make for some fine drama. If you like escapist fiction, this book (and the series) are definitely for you!


Friday, March 8, 2019

Attention Women: MSM Isn't Your Friend

It's not been 3 months yet since the world was shocked by the double murder of two Scandinavian female hikers in Morocco.

Yet, here it is, a British newspaper promoting vacations in Morocco for females:

10 of the best female-only trips for solo travellers

Hiking in Morocco is actually in the first place! You really can't make this stuff up...

Because getting beheaded with a blunt knife is sooo empowering...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Let's Talk Honour Killings

That's like one topic we haven't discussed yet:)
And no, I don't mean "extremism" of any kind, as I will be discussing a movie. It just appeared to me that I haven't done any movie or book reviews for a considerable time, so here comes:

Divorce Italian Style is a 1961 film starring Marcello Mastroianni, and its genre is listed as comedy. Wikipedia says it's based on a novel literally called Honour Killing. To me, it came across as a satire on the Italian society of that period and a subtle way to push the legalisation of divorce as a civilised way out of an unhappy marriage.

The main character Ferdinando Cefalu is a caddish Sicilian nobleman in his late thirties/early forties whose family lost most of their fortune (some of it to an unscrupulous man who married his aunt) and who is married without children to a woman he detests. Her main fault is that she's getting older, just as himself, and less attractive. He's lusting after his young cousin Angela (the daughter of the aunt mentioned above) who is home on vacation from a Catholic college. He discovers that Angela cares for him, too, and decides to get rid of his wife Rosalia, but the only way to do it is to kill her.

He gets inspiration from a  criminal trial happening at the same time, where a woman is being prosecuted for murdering her boyfriend (Wikipedia says "husband", but I'm not so sure) who ditched her.  Ferdinando discovers that according to the laws of his time, honour killings tend to carry rather light sentences (3 to 7 years, and every 3 years there is an amnesty) and decides to set up his wife with another man.

He finds an ideal candidate in the person of her former sweetheart, the godson of a local priest, who was thought missing in action but later came back and became a painter, by the name of Carmelo. He invites Carmelo to work on a restoration of the ceiling paintings of his palace and encourages him and Rosalia to spend as much time together as possible, with predictable consequences. The happy couple finally elope, leaving Ferdinando and his relatives open to the derision and insults of their neighbours as the whole family is now dishonoured.

During a funeral, Carmelo's wife arrives and spits into Ferdinando's face for presumably being such an unmanly coward and not confronting his adulterous wife. After this, the local mafia boss procurers the lovers' address and Ferdinando goes after them. He arrives just in time to meet with Carmelo's wife who has just murdered her husband, and as you may have guessed, his wife in next in line.  Ferdinando gets 3 years in prison, comes home a hero, marries Angela and gets a huge dowry. He's very proud of his achievement, not noticing that the wife who is 22 years his junior, is unfaithful behind his back...

I'm not sure whether Ferdinando was meant as a sympathetic character or not, as to me he came across as a total egoist whose callous actions ruined the life of several people around him; and I'm not going to comment on the morality of the concept of honour killings, but there were some things which I found interesting and would like to talk about.

First, the movie shows that European (or at least, Southern European) society was extremely conservative as far as the 1950s. Men and women were pretty much separated socially, as in the beginning men are shown dancing with each other. Women chiefly stayed home. Sexual misconduct of any kind was viewed as dishonourable and the whole family partook of the shame it brought. Ferdinando' s sister is engaged and her fiance dumps her after the scandal, but marries her in the end, after her brother "restores his honour."

Young girls, especially those of "good families" were carefully guarded, and such things as "virginity tests" were by no way uncommon. Higher education was still segregated and girls weren't allowed to even talk to men in the streets. When Ferdinando and his family take a trip to the beach, they are all (including men) fully closed, though later when he is already married to Angela, they are both shown in swimming clothes on his yacht, which either suggests that the times are changing, or simply that there they have more privacy.

Another thing is that this understanding of honour was by no means class or sex restricted as both men and women, rich and poor agreed to it. There is a rather funny scene when a communist speaker comes to town and tries to use Rosalia's elopement as a way to preach emancipation of women. He asks the townsfolk what they think of her and they all shout: "Whore!" Women, too, don't take the abandonment lightly. The woman who murdered her boyfriend gets wide support and all women shout that they would do the same to the cheating bastard. In short, the movie portrays a world totally alien to us moderns and perhaps, all the more fascinating because of it.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in various European traditions, if you can find it.The one version currently on YouTube is in Italian, unfortunately. It was on TCM,  here is a clip with English subs.


Monday, March 4, 2019

A Review Of My Book

Housewife Outdoors has written a review of my first book, The Long Way Home. She appears to really have enjoyed it:


The book is a space opera, filled with adventures and drama. Add a haunting past for the main character, camraderie, treason and rather surprising romance and some political allegory (if I didn't imagine that one), and you have a recipe for a very entertaining book.


Read the whole review over here.

P.S. I'm honoured to be compared  to Alistair MacLean. I will admit that he inspired me.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

It's Carnival Again

We went to watch the parade today. The weather could have been better, but it wasn't really cold. I'm not sure how and if they celebrate it outside of Europe, but here's a general idea of the way we usually do it in my country:




I couldn't find a short enough video featuring a big city so you'll have to do with this one from some village, but it still gives a general idea:)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Just Another Day Care Horror Story

How do you like this:

Relatives of a 3-year-old Missouri girl injured at a day care center say they were initially told she was hurt in a fall, but surveillance video shows a woman throwing the girl against a cabinet.

According to the daycare attorney though, teachers and staff at the school are properly trained, and the center works to provide a safe environment. 

You can watch the video here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Valentine Chocolate Cake

I'm a bit late with the recipe as the last slices were eaten on Sunday:)






It is my simplified version of the Fudge Layer Cake from a very old Taste of Home magazine. Instead of making a layer cake with filling, I just baked a simple 1 level cake with frosting. I changed some ingredients and their amount, too. I used:

Ab. 1.5c flour (1 cup white + 1/2c flour mixture: spelt, buckwheat, corn) + 1/2c cocoa powder. (Together it makes 2 cups dry ingredients)
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
Ab. 50g softened butter
Ab. 1 1/3 c brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
Ab. 1c water

For frosting I used:

1pkg cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
100g dark chocolate (75% cacao)
50g butter

To make the cake, cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients alternately with water.  Pour into a baking pan and bake at 175*C for +/- 35 min.

For frosting, melt butter and chocolate together and stir into cream cheese, add sugar to taste. Spread over the cake and let it set. Store in the fridge. Enjoy!


Friday, February 22, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Christianity Is Not About Money

We had a church in the neighbourhood which organised mission trips to Hungary. Yes, you heard it right - to Hungary. They had an explanation as to why Hungary isn't Christian enough compared to this bastion of Western Christianity, the Netherlands. Hungarians apparently don't have government-sponsored nursing homes and thus the family have to take care of their own.

Being Christian is too often linked to a certain level of wealth a society or an individual possesses. You see this attitude when you read arguments pro and contra international adoptions. Too many (no doubt, well-meaning) Westerners place very little value on extended family and culture as opposed to material stuff.

It's not uncommon for Christian mothers to place their infants into someone else's care and go work for a higher mortgage and more vacations, either. In fact, I heard preachers say that while in general, mothers probably ought not to work, it's OK to do it for a big house in a "better" neighbourhood and other luxuries. Materialism and bugman lifestyle trump any commandments and even maternal love.

In the same vein, our governments are more interested in a GDP increase than in preserving morals and values.  There used to be a word for this attitude to life: avarice, and it used to be considered a sin. The love of money is the root of all evil and also seek ye first the kingdom of God come to mind. The same progressive Christianity which gave us the liberal concept of God also brought us prosperity Gospel.

Here is a quote to ponder:

"HOW blessed is he who can extirpate avarice, the root of all evil! he truly need not fear this balance. For avarice is wont to deaden man's senses, and pervert his judgement, so that he counts godliness a source of gain, and money the reward of prudence. But great is the reward of piety, and the gain of sobriety to have enough for use. For what do superfluous riches profit in this world, when you find in them neither a succour in birth nor a defence against death? For without a covering are we born into the world, without provision we depart hence, and in the grave we have no inheritance."

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Liberal Vs Traditional Christianity

Once upon a time there was a certain blogger who created controversy with a post on male preferences in women. Apparently, it was harsh and "unloving" to even suggest that not all women are perfect and that men can (and should) have some standards when it comes to choosing a marriage partner. Even though the blogger in question didn't call anyone by name but wrote an abstract statement, the post was still considered "judgemental" by many and the flame wars around it continued for ages.

Now I'm not planning to comment on the post itself or speculate whether stirring internet controversies is the ideal way to present your message.  I just find it interesting that a lot of Christians appear to be less upset by the sin itself  than by someone calling it out. Yet, Christianity didn't always use to be so milquetoast.

Consider this quote from St. Augustine, for instance:  For watchmen or overseers of the people are appointed in churches, that they may unsparingly rebuke sin

He actually goes further than that and claims that it's a duty of everyone to do the same and that God punishes us for refraining to do so:


For often we wickedly blind ourselves to the occasions of teaching and admonishing them (the evildoers) , sometimes even of reprimanding and chiding them, either because we shrink from the labor or are ashamed to offend them, or because we fear to lose good friendships, lest this should stand in the way of our advancement, or injure us in some worldly matter, which either our covetous disposition desires to obtain, or our weakness shrinks from losing. So that, although the conduct of wicked men is distasteful to the good, and therefore they do not fall with them into that damnation which in the next life awaits such persons, yet, because they spare their damnable sins through fear, therefore, even though their own sins be slight and venial, they are justly scourged with the wicked in this world, though in eternity they quite escape punishment. Justly, when God afflicts them in common with the wicked, do they find this life bitter, through love of whose sweetness they declined to be bitter to these sinners.

Many churches even go so far as to state that "we are all equally bad." There is truth to this statement as we are all born sinners. But, as you have noticed from the quote above, St. Augustine had no trouble making a distinction between "wicked" men  and "good" men (those who repented and gave their life to Christ. ) The modern liberal idea that a church-going Granny is just as wicked as an unrepentant child-murderer because she sometimes engages in gossip is preposterous and ( dare I say? ) offensive to anyone with a functioning brain.

Of course, one should choose his opportunity to speak wisely. Sometimes it's better to hold your peace or wait until a suitable moment before speaking your mind or it will do more harm than good. Augustine agrees:

If any one forbears to reprove and find fault with those who are doing wrong, because he seeks a more seasonable opportunity, or because he fears they may be made worse by his rebuke, or that other weak persons may be disheartened from endeavoring to lead a good and pious life, and may be driven from the faith; this man's omission seems to be occasioned not by covetousness, but by a charitable consideration. 

However,  he then  goes to point out that it's not really charity but fear which often  makes Christians close their eyes to the evil around them:

But what is blame-worthy is, that they who themselves revolt from the conduct of the wicked, and live in quite another fashion, yet spare those faults in other men which they ought to reprehend and wean them from; and spare them because they fear to give offense, lest they should injure their interests in those things which good men may innocently and legitimately use...

They abstain from interference, because they fear that, if it fail of good effect, their own safety or reputation may be damaged or destroyed; not because they see that their preservation and good name are needful, that they may be able to influence those who need their instruction, but rather because they weakly relish the flattery and respect of men, and fear the judgments of the people, and the pain or death of the body; that is to say, their non-intervention is the result of selfishness, and not of love.

The situation presently is little different from what he describes. People fear doxxing and internet mobs coming after them. The consequences for heresy against the dominant religion of liberalism are very real and while they don't include death yet they may very well include the damage of reputation and good name. We aren't all born to be heroes and most of us have families to consider so I perfectly understand the reluctance of many to speak up.

There is one thing though: you don't have to attack those who do in order to virtue signal! The person who never uses his judgement isn't a better or more spiritual Christian, he's just really really unwise. And it's not sinful to have standards. In fact, it's probably sinful not to.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Liberal Vs Traditional Concept Of God

I have been following a discussion about whether a Christian should ever sacrifice his life for Christ/his convictions and teach his children to do the same. Apparently, a lot of modern people, including believers can't even fathom the idea of dying for something as abstract as their faith. They also sincerely can't comprehend why God even would allow a situation to happen where you have to choose between your life and standing for something you sincerely believe in (not necessarily in the religious sense).

The concept of betrayal is foreign to some, either. To behave in a way men like Martin Luther did is insanity and dangerous fanaticism. Why not recant when you life and liberty is at stake, those are mere words and you still can believe the way you like in your heart. If you are forced to deny your parents, just do it already, your old folks will forgive you, after all, they would desire you to be happy.

I think "happiness" is a key word here. Life used to be about honour and duty, now it's all about feeling happy and material stuff.  I've heard people say things like: "God arranged it all so that I could lead a comfy life free of worries." In other words, God is somewhat akin to a fairy Godmother who exists to make your life one big fairy tale. There is a lot of entitlement in this attitude, don't you agree?

It has been a custom in all Christian countries to give a convicted criminal awaiting his execution a possibility to repent of his crime and make things good with God before he dies. Some people confessed of crimes they had committed which nobody knew about on their deathbed. The reason for this was that they dreaded to appear before the Heavenly judge  should they die in their sins. Again, this has become something of a foreign concept. God is love, we are told and that's all there is to it. Forget about judgement, it would be unloving!

In a relatively short time, we went from a society which taught its citizens that it was noble to sacrifice for the common good to the one which promotes egoism (and hedonism) as the highest virtue. Is it really any wonder that it's falling apart in front of our very eyes?

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and Happy Wedding Anniversary to my husband and I!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spring Fashions 2019

Just bought some new clothes for the coming season and thought I'd share with you:)


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Muffins On Sunday

As promised, more recipes:


These chocolate muffins make for a really good dessert. I served them with home made chocolate custard. The recipe was adapted from a British cooking magazine BBC Good Food. I used:

1c flour mixture (buckwheat, spelt, white), 1 tbsp cacao powder, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, 4tbsp brown sugar, 1 egg, 100ml milk, 2 tbsp olive oil.

In two separate bowls, mix dry and wet ingredients, then add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, stir well. Bake at 170*C for ab. 15 minutes. The original recipe says that it makes 6 but I got 9 muffins out of it, though rather small ones.





The muffin above was the result of my version of a recipe from Recipes for Comfort, a Gooseberry Patch book. They were called blueberry jam muffins, but I had neither blueberry jam nor some other ingredients so I simplified the original recipe considerably.

I used 1 c flour mixture (see above), ab. 1/4 c (somewhat less actually)  brown sugar, 3/4tsp baking powder, ab. 1/4 tsp or less baking soda, a pinch of salt, 1 egg, vanilla extract to taste, ab. 1c of milk and between 1/4 and 1/2 c of strawberry jam. I got 12 smallish muffins out of it.

First mix the dry ingredients, then add egg, milk and vanilla. Spoon batter into the muffin cups and add a bit less than 1 tsp jam on top.  Bake at 200*C for 12- 15 minutes. Enjoy.

P.S. That's the last time I used muffin cup liners, they stick to the muffins and don't come off easily, unfortunately.




Thursday, February 7, 2019

Science Fiction Becomes Reality

in Japan. Meet a robot nurse.




I guess there are other ways to deal with the labour shortage besides infinite diversity.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Strangest Conspiracy Of Them All

It has existed for quite some years but I only recently took the trouble to actually research it: the flat earth movement. It sounds so bizarre that I'm really at a loss for words but there is something romantic in the idea of the vast Antarctic ice wall and the great unknown beyond that they are promoting.

As with many other conspiracy theories, I sort of understand why so many Westerners distrust their governments, but the sheer scope of the supposed cover-up means that someone somewhere would open his mouth and speak the truth at that point, wouldn't they?

The strangest thing of all is that tech companies recently took a lot of trouble to censor the flat earthers, I just wonder why. I mean I know they sound crazy but aren't you allowed to believe whatever in the current year? Apparently not that the Earth is flat:)

What do you think? Would you/could you believe such a thing???

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

From The Home Front




The last couple of weeks we have been having winter on and off. One day it snows and freezes,

then it all melts and looks nearly like spring again.


I've been quite busy this week, hence the lack of posts. On Wednesday we went to watch an opera, La Traviata, streamed live from the Royal Opera House (London) in our cinema. It was really a great production, with Placido Domingo as Alfredo's father.  The price of the ticket included one free drink of choice and some snacks. We really enjoyed ourselves. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day visiting relatives.

I also invented a new waffle recipe. (they may not look great, but the taste was quite good!). Someone somewhere said that you should eat a warm breakfast every day so that I have been switching between waffles and griddle cakes of all sorts:). These waffles are made with an egg, some milk, rasped potatoes (2 small ones), some cheddar cheese and buckwheat flour (and, of course some baking powder and salt). As far as I know, this particular combination is sorely my own invention.

My inner nerd (under influence from a YouTube discussion) drove me into investigating more about the risk factors for cancer. Here is a list of countries with the lowest and the highest cancer rates in the world. It's noteworthy that several of the countries with least cancer are Islamic and forbid alcohol, whih is probably not surprising since alcohol is a known carcinogen.

It gets especially interesting when you compare two countries which are very similar in some ways like Niger and .Nigeria. Niger is poorer but has a higher life expectancy and much lower cancer rates than Nigeria which is one of big alcohol consumers in the world.

In general, I start thinking that the (modern)  Christians with their heavy emphasis on "forgiveness" and the horror of "legalism" aren't doing that great a job of preventing risky behaviours. Compare, for instance, Namibia's death rates from Aids to those of Niger above and you'll see what I mean. Of course, all developed countries have a much higher life expectancy despite high cancer rates but when you think that in countries like Mauritania there is practically no health care whatsoever, you start thinking that life expectancy of about 70 sounds quite impressive.
(Age 20
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Our cat is still missing. We even tried posting an ad on a news site but it didn't help. We started talking about getting a new one and then the neighbour came along and told us that we should fight and that he himself is searching too. All our neighbours loved the cat and they all are of opinion that he is stolen. 



 
I guess that's all our news by now.  I baked chocolate muffins and will post a recipe soon. See you later!

Oh yes, last but not least: tomorrow is Candlemas so the last Christmas decorations are going out - just in time for Carnival:)