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  • Joseph shared from Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) by Scott Bader-Saye
    "people who watch a lot of TV are more likely than others to believe their neighborhoods are unsafe, to assume that crime rates are rising, and to overestimate their own odds of becoming a victim."12 They are also more likely to own guns.13 Indeed it seems that the real effect of viewing TV violence is not a directtendency to become violent (though that may be the indirect result) as much as a propensity to become fearful.
    Note: TV can be an anxiety producing activity.
  • Joseph shared from Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World by Walker Percy
    I believe in God and the whole business but I love women best, music and science next, whiskey next, God fourth, and my fellowman hardly at all. Generally I do as I please. A man, wrote John, who says he believes in God and does not keep his commandments is a liar. If John is right, then I am a liar. Nevertheless, I still believe.
    Note: fantastic prose from Walker Percy
  • Joseph shared from Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World by Walker Percy
    NOW IN THESE DREAD LATTER DAYS of the old violent beloved U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing Western world I came to myself in a grove of young pines and the question came to me: has it happened at last?
    Note: Nice to follow a discussion of C.S. Lewis' "The World's Last Night" with some Walker Percy
  • Joseph shared from a Personal Document
    The Gospel from the beginning was not at aU that Jesus most perfectly represented our common nature or illustrated our human life, but that He brought with Him something into our nature and life which was not there before, and raised them into something which was not themselves or their own, and to which they could attain only m and through Him.
  • Joseph shared from Desire, Violence, and Divinity in Modern Southern Fiction: Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy (Southern Literary Studies) by Gary M. Ciuba
    the South developed an acute sense of the mayhem that forever needed to be kept at bay. This awareness of potential chaos can be traced back to even before the Civil War, for, as Dickson Bruce has shown, the antebellum South held a classical view about the unruliness of the passions. Believing that such fierce emotions needed to be controlled but not eliminated, southerners came to fear in the other the eruption that was always possible in themselves.
    Note: This view of the passions connects with a certan stoicism in the South
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