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Owe Nothing, Except to Love One Another

27 February 2008

A few random musings, and a few not-so-random ones:

*My heartfelt, red-state protests notwithstanding, I get it and will vote for McCain in November after I vote for Romney in the Texas primary.  There is simply too much at stake to turn an Obama or a Clinton loose with a Democrat-dominated Congress, an open federal checkbook, and a few upcoming vacancies on the Court.

*Hegemony needs further discussion here.  As a practical matter:  if there must be a hegemon, which seems to be the way things go in global matters, it needs to be a generous country, not a voracious, self-indulgent, insatiable one.  America is a generous and capable country, but we have some terrible problems with our voracious appetite for energy and our insatiable lust for more economic power.  That we do not occupy other lands to annex them is good and laudable by itself, but it is de facto possible to own other nations without annexing them.  That, in a nutshell, is what the concept of Jubilee is all about:  relinquishing ownership of others through their indebtedness to us.  

 Of course, if I can expect you to extend the Jubilee to me at some point, I might just run up as much debt as I can with you so that I make out like a bandit and mock your generosity.  Conversely, if you expect me to take advantage of your Jubilee inclinations, you might be more circumspect about the credit you extend to me in the first place.

*What does the biblical concept of forgiveness – seventy times seven – have to say to us about our public tendency to use the attacks of 9/11 as a means to whip up civic emotions?  What does it look like to forgive such a heinous and immoral act as was perpetrated against the U. S. in 2001?

*Just think what we could do and be as a nation if we were not dependent on foreign oil or foreign imports of any kind.

*Armed-to-the-teeth robots making autonomous battlefield judgments?  I struggle with the ethics of this kind of technology, primarily because what they represent is a willingness to kill for the sake of one’s friends unaccompanied by the willingness to die for them.  Tools like this illustrate the kind of thing that jump-starts my cognitive dissonance.  War is bad enough on its own; must we drain it of its last drop of morality by eliminating the ultimate form of love defined by Jesus?  

Historically, our heroes have been those who die for us, not those who merely kill for us.  I am not worthy of them and owe them a great debt; and I wish death or injury on none of our forces.  But I do not honor our heroes by sanitizing one half of the battlefield.  

Is freedom becoming something we no longer have to be willing to die for?  Is this the ultimate absurdity of modernism, technology gone to moral seed?


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