Topical: war and mercy

Finding the Anonymous Conservative blog has been an unexpected boon. It explains a great deal about the androsphere. It has also highlighted a crucial ideological difference between the realists and the idealists among neoreactionary Christian types. Vox has been saying “give no quarter because they gave none and never will”, whereas various of his commenters whom I respect highly are calling him on this, saying “this is the way of the world, and neither the way, the truth, nor the life”.

This is an extraordinarily important question, and is less binary than it appears. If I were a utilitarian, I would describe it as a gray area with many gradations. But I’m a Christian, so I’ll describe it instead as “situational”. Even a charitable person would agree it is not good to buy liquor for a homeless man. But is it good to give him money? Sometimes, clearly. What if he’s standing right outside the liquor store and, upon receiving your alms, makes a beeline for the entrance? Well, no.

Trusting one’s own intuition about God’s will is a dangerous business but it is less dangerous, I think, than rejecting the teachings of Jesus wholesale simply because they are not practical in a worldly sense.

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4 Responses to Topical: war and mercy

  1. heaviside says:

    “guns and religion”

    Violence and ideology: as American as Sunday school classes on Feuerbach and mandatory field-trips to the gulag.

    If I had less restraint I would go into graphic detail about the violence I would inflict against the deluded dupes of the Synagogue of Satan, but suffice it to say that if there is anything the world needs now, it’s hysterically bloodthirsty Christians, and I mean truly vicious, ruthless, and sadistic ones. People ought to be far more afraid of drawing cartoons of Jesus than they are of Mohammed.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      They would be if they feared God rather than men, which just shows that they lack understanding. But Christians aren’t commanded to shape the world- on the contrary, we’re concerned with eternity.

  2. Surely anything not practical in a worldly sense is by definition ‘dangerous’.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Undoubtedly true, because life is a genetic competition and anything that doesn’t enhance your chances is a burden. But I’m referring here to spiritual danger, particularly breaking the commandment about taking the Lord’s name in vain.

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