Humility

The game plan is always the same. It goes exactly like this: the Progressive will cite hypocrisy as the greatest possible sin; in particular, hypocrisy in the face of lofty moral ambition (Progressive mortal sin). They then hijack and redefine an opposing group’s beliefs under the guise of faux-concern. When genuine members of that group don’t live up to this new redefinition of their mission and intentions, the Progressive shames members of the group with accusations of hypocrisy.

This is the Progressive go-to. It doesn’t change because it doesn’t need to change; it almost always seems to work.

So the faux-concerned, intellectually superior Progressive will explain to the Christian that Christianity is defined as limitless charity and altruism (specifically altruism to those not part of your own community/tribe/nationality), and when the Christian fails to live up to this impossible standard, the Progressive will claim that “Christianity is about hypocrisy,” and then pats herself on the back as a job well-done.

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Closer to God: The Dark Enlightenment and Conservative Philosophy

An unemployed high school teacher can be given a job and tasked with teaching a curriculum while managing a new group of students in the blink of an eye. It was a few years ago when, literally overnight, I went from job beggar to the Special Education teacher at a small conservative private school.

Shockingly, at the time, I was told that I would mostly be a math teacher for the few Special Education students of the school. I had never been a math teacher and math was even something of a weakness of mine during my own high school experience, but their desperation for a teacher met with my desperation for a teaching job, we shook hands, and I went home to prepare.

I was competent, as a somewhat intelligent adult, that I’d be able to “stay a few pages ahead of the kids,” as the Rabbi Principal had suggested, but I felt a sad void in my enthusiasm for mathematics. I had never really studied math, and while I was certainly excited to grow intellectually while getting paid for the privilege, I didn’t think my own enthusiasm for learning was enough for High School students to manifest the same enthusiasm.

I had anticipated the inevitable question: “why does any of this matter?” And, outside of intellectualism for the sake of intellectualism, I didn’t have a reasonable answer… Until I came across a quote from Euclid that engendered the first cracks of daylight that would ultimately transform the way I thought about everything:

“The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”

Something clicked, I had an epiphany, and I saw the beauty in mathematics.

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