Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
One things I've noticed is that among the younger orthodox Catholics the whole crunchy con thing or C & T thing or whatever seems to have no hold at all, even though Chesterton is very popular. There is a new, trendy urban orthodox Catholicism that my 1970s John Denver listening, organic gardening self just can't make peace with. Of course, even John Denver started wearing synthentic shirts in the 1980s and using synthesizers.
Monday, February 12, 2007
My wife and 15 year old son are half way through watching The Karate Kid. I like it because it shows the best way for a fallable older person to hand on the truths of a wisdom tradition to a younger person. On the other hand, I recall being dissatisfied with the ending because Daniel (with an “l”) chooses to go back into the ring with Johnny against the opinion of his mentor that he had already accomplished what he was supposed to in the fight. I sensed a rearing of an ugly, American reliance on violence and revenge that I presumed to be contrary to the Karate tradition that Mr. Myagi was trying to hand one. On the other hand, Daniel’s motivation is honorable—the protection of the dignity of a woman. Now that I’m watching it again 23 years later I wonder if I will make the same judgment. Stay tuned.