Thursday, February 28, 2013

Evolution of a Gun-Nut

I am in the process of mutating into a gun-nut.

The transformation has had subtle beginnings: I used to just be an ordinary guy who thought a gun would be useful for self-defense and a little fun down at the range, but I swallowed the standard line about "no one needs X gun, because that's just nuts."

But then I started reading up on guns in preparation for getting my CCW permit. I found 'gun-culture' blogs. I began hearing about the new gun control measures being proposed. And slowly, subtly, I began to change.

It first came when I learned that 'assault weapons' were a. not really assault rifles, b. extremely useful since they're effective and easy to shoot, and c. exactly the sort of things the 2nd Amendment was written to protect.

Once I accepted 'assualt weapons' as good and just, the blinders fell off and I saw the light. I realized that it's kind of odd that the one item that citizens are explicitly permitted to own has become so difficult to purchase.

The transformation had become inevitable; I would become a gun-nut at the rising of the full moon.

Why have I embraced this change?

First of all, because the gun-nuts I've read and encountered have a much higher rate of knowing what the heck they're talking about than the other side (don't believe me? Look up 'Joe Biden on self-defense' and shed a little tear for our country).

Second, because the more I read the news the more I adapt a 'survivalist' mentality and feel that the soundest financial investment at the moment is "to put everything I have into canned food and shotguns" (I love that line: Gremlins 2, in case you're wondering).

Finally, let's face it; guns are a lot of fun. I can't wait to try out that 12-gauge I've got my eye on (though I can't buy it until the weather clears up and I can go practice with it).

Molon Labe!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rush Hour

    Last night, after a long, tiring day at work (not the worst I've had over the past week, but annoying. Why does our Xerox guy only buy supplies for one of our three machines?), I decided to just go to Adoration instead of going all the way to my parents' house for karate. Had a good session with Jesus, then got back in my car, thinking about how relaxing it would be to be able to go home and not have to think about overdue invoices for another twelve hours at least.
    Then, a little distracted, I realized I had missed the turn onto the expressway.
    You see, the chapel where I usually go to adoration is attached to the complex where one of my friends works, whom I occassionally meet there for lunch. So, I've gotten in the habit of taking the far entrance ramp leading south to my office, rather than the nearer one leading north to my apartment. Keep in mind that it is about 5:00 PM at this point, and that both routes will get me home in a reasonable amount of time.
    So, naturally, I decided to try to turn around.
    Again; 5:00 PM. In a business-friendly area.
    A traffic light, two parking lots, and another missed on-ramp later, I realize that in order to turn around I'm going to have to go back into the place I just came from (the complex with the adoration chapel) and essentially start from scratch.
    Now, this was maybe ten minutes after I had left it the first time. At that point there had been a line of two-or-three cars waiting to turn. As I pulled into the complex for a second time, I saw a line of cars stretching as far as the eye could see and even around a corner with a stop sign.
   It was about now that it occurredd to me that I really should have just taken the longer route home instead of trying to turn around in the middle of rush hour.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 9: The Greatest is Love

"The Greatest of these is Love: Why?"

Seriously? You're making me justify St. Paul's conclusions?

Just kidding; I enjoy the intellectual stimulation.

There are a number of reasons why Love is a greater virtue than Faith or Hope. For one thing, Faith and Hope are both temporary virtues: we won't have either in Heaven, because both depend on things unknown. Faith is "the belief in things not seen," the divinely-inspired step extension beyond the intellect. Hope is the expectation of God's goodness; the trust in what God will do in the future. But in Heaven we will see God face-to-face, so there will be no need of Faith, and we will experience all bliss, so there will be no Hope. But there will still be Love, and indeed the fulness of Love. Faith and Hope will both have served their purpose, but Love will only just be getting started.

Another reason is the fact that Love, more than the other two, deals with the will; the core of our being. Faith and Hope both deal more with the intellect and only are tangenitally attached to the will. Love, however, is entirely an act of the will and so has the greater effect on our souls.

Finally, Love is the virtue of God, while Faith and Hope are virtues given by God. This is related to the first point, but when we are acting out of Faith we are not being like God, since God has no Faith since He is all knowing and no Hope since all time is present to Him. To Love, however, is to be like God; to live in His life. Therefore, since Love is more God-like, Love is greater.