Sharm Al Sheikh: South Sinai, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort town between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. It’s known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade,is filled with bars and restaurants. Ras Muhammad National Park is a major diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck. tripadvisor.com

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Why I Have Finally Given Up On The Left

True freedom comes when one breaks with the pressures that enforce conformity in his/her Left-wing world and accept the real reason why many leave the Left. I think it is obvious. The Left is why they leave the Left. Never more so than today.

Violence gives rise to violence. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

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Kindness in Turn

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“Honey, I shrunk your Dad”. Photographed near White Butte, Saskatchewan.                             ©2017 David Macneil. All rights reserved.

This morning I set out on a solo road ride towards the beautiful community of Lumsden in the valley. Before departing, I quickly went over my bike and tires to ensure that everything was mechanically sound. I noticed a small cut on my front tire including a little fraying and protrusion of the internal flat protection belt of the tire.

This concerned me, as it is easy for the internal tube to wiggle itself through the protrusion and, thereby, be vulnerable to puncture – and ultimately a flat tire. The sky was overcast and I was in a bit of a hurry, so I went inside our house and cut an old tire tube into small 3cm sections to use as internal reinforcement of the tire – just in case I did get a flat.

As I was to discover, some 35 km’s from home, this was not a smart idea. Sure enough, the front tire flatted as I was climbing the steep hill out of the valley. The initial small cut was now about a half-centimetre in length and the tire was unrepairable. Although I had an extra tube and patch kit, I did not have a spare tire, nor a cell phone with me. I was stuck in a small town, on a Sunday, with very few options. To add insult to injury, it looked like it was about to rain or, perhaps, even hail.

Mercifully for me, three people stopped their vehicles, in turn, and asked me if I needed any help. The third person to stop offered me a ride all the way back to Regina. I offered him the $20 cash I had in my pocket, but he declined – he simply asked me to pay it forward.

Now, this where my story gets more interesting. The guy who gave me a ride home was “crazier than a nervous hyena on crack“. His almost one-way conversation rattled on non-stop for thirty minutes. He spoke on a multitude of disconnected subject areas, each new story seemingly being more incoherent than the former. I was beginning to wonder whether he was going to take the time to breathe. Each time I tried to interject in the conversation, he would just raise his voice a little louder and talk even faster.

Yes, it did not take me long to realize that this approximately forty-year-old man was suffering from some form of mental illness, and possibly, alcohol and/or drug abuse. Nevertheless, he did have a very kind heart, was rather funny, and was willing to help a complete stranger. I am thankful for his kindness and recognize, once again, God at work in my life, albeit in a humorous way, down to the smallest details.

I intend to honour this man’s uncomplicated request to pay forward the same kindness that he demonstrated towards me 🙂

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Culture of Celebrity: Guy Louis Debord

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Guy Louis Debord (French: [gi dəbɔʁ]; December 28, 1931 – November 30, 1994) was a French Marxist theorist, philosopher, and filmmaker.
French Marxist, Guy Debord, was considered to be slightly ahead of his time in analyzing celebrity. With work no longer giving life meaning, it is necessary that our “culture of celebrity” offers everyone “fifteen minutes of fame” to reconcile us to the “boredom of the rest of [our] lives.”

Debord wrote on the rising social importance of “media status”: “Where ‘media status’ has acquired infinitely more importance than the value of anything one might actually be capable of doing, it is normal for this status to be readily transferable…”

This quote gets at the heart of why Western society, especially Liberalism and the new liberalists tend to use and/or employ celebrities to get their message across.

Are pop singers and movie stars experts in the social, cultural, political, moral and ethical problems of our nation(s)?

If not, why is anyone paying attention to them? Well, because they are celebrities with high “media status,” and that status is “readily transferable” to any other field whatsoever.

Insanity…pure insanity!

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The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom – John Gray

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John Gray, emeritus professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, is a difficult and puzzling person to understand. Some critics refer to him as an enigma.

He began his intellectual life on the political left but moved right in the late 1970s. He moved again to the centre-left in the 1990’s, involving himself in the same ideology that brought Tony Blair to power. He is an atheist, somewhat a materialist, and a rather pointed critic of modern liberalism.

The Soul of the Marionette covers a wide range of his thoughts and influences, but one statement stands out to me. Gray rightfully understands the place of science and what science can and cannot tell us.

Nothing carries so much authority today as science, but there is actually no such thing as ‘the scientific world-view.’ Science is a method of inquiry, not a view of the world. Knowledge is growing at accelerating speed; but no advance in science will tell us whether materialism is true or false, or whether humans possess free will.

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The Closing of the Liberal Mind: John Gray

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A long read and not for the faint of heart. John Gray provides keen insight into the failure of Liberalism in modern times and a clear expose of how the new liberalist mind thinks and acts today.

Liberals cannot help believing that all human beings secretly yearn to become as they imagine themselves to be. But this is faith, not fact. The belief that liberal values are universally revered is not founded in empirical observation.”

At present, the liberal mind can function only to the extent that it shuts out reality.”

There have always been many liberalisms, but the mutation in liberal thinking over the past few decades has been deep and radical. From being a philosophy that aimed to give a theoretical rationale to a way of life based on the practice of toleration, it has become a mindset that defines itself by enmity to that way of life. However, it expresses what has come to be seen as a liberal principle: the right of everyone to assert what they take to be their identity – particularly if it can be represented as that of an oppressed minority – by whatever means are judged necessary. If free speech stands in the way, the practice must be discarded. It terrorism is required, so be it. This represents a fundamental shift in liberal thinking.”
John Gray

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