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Thank God for rigidity

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Things I thank God for:

That there is such a thing as the logical principle of non-contradiction
That “a thing and its opposite cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.”
That “A thing is that thing and not some other thing”
That “each thing is the same with itself and different from another”
That “things which equal the same thing also equal one another,”
That A = A
That “tertium non datur” – for any proposition, either that proposition is true, or its negation is true.
That “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false”
That there is no “third way” between true and not true.
That there are fundamental axiomatic rules upon which rational discourse itself is based.
That it is possible to know that some things are true and some things not true.
That it is possible to discover which is which.
That yes means yes and no means no and that there is a difference between them.
That there is a difference between here and there, that up is not the same as down
That there is such a thing as distinctions and differences.
That reality is a thing.

More on the nature of the Real here.

I know George the Mad wants there not to be these things, but these are the things that the Real is made of. Without them, nothing is strong. A universe governed by his ideas would be a universe in which only nothingness would be strong. Only meaninglessness would exist.

He and his friends are not proposing a new reign of “mercy”.

They are proposing to tear down the universe and replace it with nothingness.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21)

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10 thoughts on “Thank God for rigidity”

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  3. Helen Weir says:

    Please don’t let Bergoglio off the hook by dubbing him “Mad.” His philosophy is mad in the sense of being irrational, but he himself is not mad in the sense of being insane. He is to be held accountable for his actions, statements, and apostolic exhortations.

  4. John says:

    Spot on

  5. Anne Maich says:

    And that the mind was created to grasp Truth (the Real).

  6. Hilary White says:

    Barbara,

    I’d suggest Peter Kreeft is the guy to start teaching yourself philosophy.

  7. Michael Dowd says:

    Surely a test of sanity. But UN-gorgeous George* wants no part of it.

    * Icon of wrestling in the 1950’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-b58yx0Cu0

  8. Fuquaysteve says:

    I find it amazing that with all the suffering surrounding you, you maintain your God given reason and logic. You are a testimony of the grace of strong faith… remarkable and appreciated by this reader. Make the Church great again.

  9. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Can I make some book recommendations for those of us who have no opportunity for formal study?

    An Introduction to Philosophy by Daniel J. Sullivan
    Philosophy of Mind by Edward Feser
    Aquinas (Beginners Guide) by Edward Feser

    and in order to have a basic understanding of terms and phrases:

    Dictionary of Scholastic Philosophy by Bernard Wuellner S.J.

    From these books one can get a clear idea of philosophy without going into depths that are beyond the interest and time commitment of us ‘just folks’. They are all available on-line and don’t cost an arm and a leg.

    When we think about all this stuff we can realize just how wonderful Our Heavenly Father is. He did not put us into this world to be animals. He gave us the capacity, and the desire, to KNOW. He wants us to know right from wrong because it’s the only way we can work to perfect ourselves and be united with Him in Heaven.

  10. Ursula says:

    I feel like learning this post off by heart. Thank you. xx

  11. Tomasz M. says:

    I would add : I thank God for:
    – That good and evil has no ANY part of the common.
    – That Love & Hate, Truth & Lie, etc. -> has no ANY parts of the common.
    – That purgatory will clean us from any single small pieces of evil.
    – That in Heaven there won’t be any evil, any suffering, any misunderstandings. Only God, His Love, Good things & Truth.
    – That on the end of each individual life & the end of the world there will be division , left or right, hell or heaven.

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