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Monday, December 19, 2005
I knew someone in college who was
that particular flavor of atheist. This captures some of what I found so unnerving about her angry disbelief. (Don't even ask what a militant atheist was doing at a school run by nuns, I never got a good answer.)

posted by Rachel 12/19/2005
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I just saw a tv ad for a purse organizer, complete with light. I'm utterly torn between thinking this is a brilliant idea and thinking that this is the most ridiculous indicator of monster-purse-itis yet. I can just see the chiropractors rubbing their hands together in glee.

posted by Rachel 12/19/2005
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So very
worth reading.

So is this.
"The common thread running through these disparate thinkers is the conviction that the deepest currents of history are spiritual and cultural, rather than political and economic. In this way of thinking, history is not simply the by-product of the contest for power in the world—although power certainly plays an important role in it. And neither is history the exhaust fumes produced by the means of production. Rather, history is driven, over the long haul, by culture—by what men and women honor, cherish, and worship; by what societies deem to be true and good, and by the expressions they give to those convictions in language, literature, and the arts; by what individuals and societies are willing to stake their lives on."

posted by Rachel 12/19/2005
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Allow me to rephrase,
holy fuck.

"We have been here before. History would have been different if Hitler had stuck to painting and Pol Pot to teaching. Once again, it’s three minutes to midnight."

posted by Rachel 12/19/2005
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