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sam1wiseone
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Wise Words from C.S. Lewis, It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age.

In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays

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rawhide
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I'm printing that off. Thanks for that

r3020
Senior Advisor

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How long until the cancel culture burns that?

rsbs
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Sam, thanks for sharing that. I am going to print that out too and share it in my Christmas newsletter.

The perspective is that we are all born to die, and living in between the hyphens of our birth date and death date is the important thing, not hiding in a basement like Dr. Pepper's husband.

And just for the record, I need a lot of convincing still that jojo and the hoho inspired more votes than those that voted for living their lives.

sdholloway56
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While no one suggests that the Kingdom of God is upon us, and nobody agrees on what that even means, Lewis had some hard truths for his conservative brethren.

According to the Bible, it will look a lot like a socialist paradise.

sdholloway56
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I guess this is supposed to be about the 'rona?

The notion that ahering to public health measures and being vaccinated in order to protect others still doesn't register, apparently.

But my are you brave.

r3020
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Does that include the 40% of Chicago health care workers who say they will refuse the vaccine? Could that be cause their mayor said any Trump vaccine is poison?

sdholloway56
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Nobody ever said that the GQP has a total monopoly on selfishness and stupidity.

But it is a matter of record that red state FOX and Rush country incubated the second wave that needed to be curbed to avoid a horrible third wave in the Fall.

And for the most part the fact that they are not spared is immaterial.

r3020
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Can't answer the question can you. Who was it that swore they would never take a Trump vaccine. But that is all forgotten now. Because it is more important to protect menstruating men than it is health care workers. How do you know the vaccine will not mess with the menstrual cycle of menstruating men?

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

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@r3020 wrote:

Can't answer the question can you. Who was it that swore they would never take a Trump vaccine. But that is all forgotten now. Because it is more important to protect menstruating men than it is health care workers. How do you know the vaccine will not mess with the menstrual cycle of menstruating men?


Kumala says on national TV not to trust the vaccine.

It's white peoples fault minorities don't trust the vacinnes.

Hunter is the smartest guy around.