I appreciate the folks who are trying to keep baseball news flowing, but I find it hard to maintain interest. I care about the game, not the biz.

Progressivism and Power: aefenglommung

One of the first principles of progressive political philosophy is the undifferentiated nature of Power. Whether Mussolini or Wilson, progressivism hungers for Power to do — everything. It rejects the American Founding, which placed limits upon Power, and set Power against Power, so that one must always ask, “Power to do what?” when considering any office or body within our constitutional system. Progressives believe that power-to-do-what is irrelevant. Likewise, they reject the idea that different kinds of power reside in different bailiwicks. Enumerated powers? Checks and Balances? No. All Power is just — Power, Power to do everything.
— Read on aefenglommung.livejournal.com/1626604.html

The Virtue of Digital Distancing, Especially in Times of Crisis – Seedbed

But while social distancing is necessary, it’s clear that we need to also increase the distance between ourselves and our digital devices. We’ll stay six feet away from people, no problem, but that 16 inches between your face and your phone or computer screen may be the most dangerous distance in all of this. The constant hum of bad news, false information, anecdotal evidence, wild speculation, poor behavior, and wringing of hands has made social media (and even the regular news) a vast dumpster fire that threatens to burn out of control. People are anxious beyond the capacity of reason. Every moment, it seems, there’s another story, rumor, statistic, or meme that vacillates between predicting a genuine apocalypse or dismissing this crisis as hysteria.
— Read on www.seedbed.com/the-virtue-of-digital-distancing-in-times-of-crisis/

Wright on Christians Living in Community

The New Testament’s appeal to people for a new way of relating to one another, a way of kindness, a way that accepts the fact of anger but refuses to allow it to dictate the terms of engagement, is based four-square on the achievement of Jesus. His death has accomplished our forgiveness; very well, we must then pass that on to one another. We must become, must be known as, the people who don’t hold grudges, who don’t sulk. We must be the people who know how to say ‘Sorry’, and who know what to do when other people say it to us. It is remarkable, once more, how difficult this still seems, considering how much time the Christian church has had to think about it and how much energy has been spent on expounding the New Testament where it is all so clear. Perhaps it is because we have tried, if at all, to do it as though it were just a matter of obeying an artificial command—and then, finding it difficult, have stopped trying because nobody else seems to be very good at it either. Perhaps it might be different if we reminded ourselves frequently that we are preparing for life in God’s new world, and that the death and resurrection of Jesus, which by baptism constitute our own new identity, offer us both the motivation and the energy to try again in a new way.

N. T. Wright, Simply Christian, 196.