Monasteries of the Mind

“Monasteries of the mind are an effort to reconnect with the past and disengage psychologically from the present. For millions of Americans, their music, their movies, their sports, and their media are not current fare. Instead, they have mentally moved to mountaintops or inaccessible valleys, where they can live in the past or dream of the future, but certainly not dwell in the here and now.”

Wow, Victor Davis Hanson is talking about me! I haven’t watched network television in at least ten years. I’ve been to the movies once in almost as many years. My current musical favorite is Count Basie, but on the weekends my husband and I enjoy reruns of Casey Kasem on the radio.

When I was still homeschooling, I hung out with others who also rejected much of popular culture in favor of old books, old movies and old, well, pretty much everything. But I retired from homeschooling several years ago, and left many friends behind when we moved away from the place where we raised our family. So it’s nice to be reminded that I’m not alone.

For many Christians, I think the state of the culture is a real concern. The Bible recommends that we focus on specific things:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)

Such things are increasingly unavailable in our modern culture. That’s why we’re forced to retreat to monasteries of the mind.

Debt-Free Homeschoolers

We became completely debt-free while we were homeschooling our four kids, and that was hard enough, but I’m completely blown away by this homeschooling family, who are also debt-free but have 13 kids! You can learn a lot from how this smart couple handles their finances, which is spelled out in the article.

The Price of Freedom of Speech Keeps Going Up

A respected doctor at Ohio’s prestigious Cleveland Clinic wrote an article questioning the wisdom of inoculating babies with so many vaccines, and he ended up being publicly criticized by his employers for doing so.

Nowadays, there seems to be quite a price to be paid for freedom of speech. If you go against the mainstream, you must suffer. I’m glad there are people like this doctor who are still willing to speak their mind, even though they are persecuted for it.

More College Silliness

Here we go again, with a major university that gets millions of dollars from parents of college students who simply want a good education wasting kids’ time by pushing indoctrination instead. And this school is just up the road from me :0

UW-Madison is offering “men-identified students” (sheesh!) the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a man. Oh, brother, we can see where this is going.