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Collected wisdoms and anecdotes for those still-evolving or who welcome the reminders.

If part of your consciousness includes observing the devolution of our culture in America, you are observing cause-effect and human nature at work, along with the ubiquitous bell curve as a predictor of empires.

If you wonder what a cultural devolution may mean to our country now and into the future, it is an ancient as well as a contemporary question, of intellectual as well as visceral importance to most adults.1

America today is an empire just as Egypt, Babylonia, the Romans, the Vikings, the Nazis, the British Commonwealth and Russia were in their day. A student of history knows there are many things that bring down viable empires, but a loss of intrinsic values and economic power are always among the core reasons.

Gibbons,2 for example, gave 15 general reasons for Read More »

Received the material at the bottom from an autobiography of Charles Darwin today, re: disbelieving in divine revelation. 

Given the continuing effort by the MSM-academia-political left cabal to suppress the country’s foundation principles and that, along with millions, I am getting pretty much fed up with it, I decided to respond:

My own views on this are complex, but I am not so cocksure as to believe that as a regular human being I can be as conclusive as Darwin presents himself here concerning matters beyond my, and his, temporal grasp.

I accept it has his opinion.  And I accept the fallen nature of man.  I accept the gullibility and innate desire men have to dominate with their views.  I accept a world with ambiguity and vicissitude.  I do not accept darkness and oblivion after death.  And I hope I will be back to try again.

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“I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.  The fact that many fake religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wildfire had some weight with me.  But I was very unwilling to give up my belief; I feel sure of this for I can remember often an often inventing day-dreams of old letters between distinguished Romans, and manuscripts being discovered at Pompeii or elsewhere, which confirmed in the most striking manner all that was written in the Gospels.

“But I found it more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convince me.  Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete.  The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct.”

Memories of coping and growing.

“The great flowery dress of my seventh-grade teacher,
cotton or rayon, pillowcase for her vast
mothering bosom, scented with the perfume
of the unmarried, stretched over hips
that made arms of the lap I sat on –
you were the handkerchief of my remorse
just once, you with your bright roses and tulips.
spidery paths of vines and fluted leaves,
all the smothering penance that nearly consoled me,
until above my sobs I heard hers,
and in her arms the crushing force
or the grateful fury of our unburdening
made that embrace a thing apart:
O heartsick woman! O bewildered boy!”

Michael Collier