Ours is an age where ethics has become obsolete. It is superceded by science, deleted by philosophy and dismissed as emotive by psychology. It is drowned in compassion, evaporates into aesthetics and retreats before relativism. The usual moral distinctions between good and bad are simply drowned in a maudlin emotion in which we feel more sympathy for the murderer than for the murdered, for the adulterer than for the betrayed, and in which we have actually begun to believe that the real guilty party, the one who somehow caused it all, is the victim, and not the perpetrator of the crime.
Robert E. Fitch, “The Obsolescence of Ethics,” Christianity and Crisis: A Journal of Opinion 19, (November 16, 1959)
I’ve come to believe that God, in his wisdom,
allows martyrdom in every generation in part
because, without them, the reality of Christ’s
death for us becomes increasingly blurry. . . .
As we look at [the martyrs], the mist that
sometimes enshrouds first-century Golgotha
is burned away, and we see . . .
the Lord nailed to the cross.
Mark Galli, p217, Extreme Devotion
Susanna Wesley in response to John Wesley asking for a definition of sin:
Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.
I last posted in September, as I usually say not much has happened since then. I don’t like to focus on the negative, but it is hard not to when I see the strain my mom is under every day. My mom and I have been devising ways to try and lessen her work load. She has shown a friend how to prepare my lunch, which has enabled her to go out and leave me on my own for longer periods.
Frustratingly, there are people, who out of ignorance or whatever you want to call it, think that we exaggerate how difficult it is to provide full-time care for a frail, physically disabled person. Somehow we need to find volunteers who are able and willing to assist with my late afternoon and evening routine. It is during this period of the day that my mom takes the most strain, sometimes having to work until 10 pm, which isn’t easy.
However, we have discovered that even when we have a full-time person assisting there’s no guarantee they’ll stay for more than a few months, the consequence of which is that we have to train up a new person, which is costly and very taxing on my mom. Our situation simply has to change, but as to exactly how we are going to plot the way forward is unclear. We don’t have sufficient funds for a full-time care giver and we still need to find the right person. If the situation doesn’t improve significantly, my mom will eventually crack under the constant strain of having to take care of my every need.
After reading this you should have a clear picture in you minds of what we have to endure on a daily basis and an idea of some people’s interpretations of our situation. We are very grateful to all of you who are helping financially and who visit regularly.
This will be my last post focusing on the negative in my situation (those that visit me will see the situation as it is and for those that can’t or don’t visit me, not much is likely to change). From now on I will try and focus on the positive and on news and events that interest me.
Below is list of a couple of things I have done in the last few months.
- I have (as always) tried to learn and discover new things in the field of web design.
- I have done some x264 video encoding.
- I have been restyling and formatting my notes from TAP (now called KMBC). I’ll post them online when I’m finished.
- While the weather has been warm and I have the energy, I have been playing computer games, in particular Mass Effect 3.
Lastly, I wish there was a way to properly interact with the computer, beyond typing and voice dictation. I can only type for a short while when I use dictation. After about an hour or so, my vocal cords get tired and accuracy consequently drops.