Daytime television, you can tell whos watching by the three kinds of commercials. Either its clinics for drying out drunks. Or its law firms who want to settle injury suits. Or its schools offering mail-order vocational degrees to make you a bookkeeper. A private detective. Or a locksmith. If youre watching daytime television, this is your new demographic. Youre a drunk. Or a cripple. Or an idiot.
You could dress it up with a sequined headband, magnus suggested, offering his boyfriend something blue and sparkly. Just a thought. Resist the urge, alec. Simon was sitting on the edge of a low wall with maia beside him, though she appeared to be deep in conversation with aline. Youll look like olivia newton-john in xanadu. There are worse things, magnus observed.
Hence the sterile, uninspiring futility of a great many theoretical discussions of ethics, and the resentment which many people feel towards such discussions: moral principles remain in their minds as floating abstractions, offering them a goal they cannot grasp and demanding that they reshape their souls in its image, thus leaving them with a burden of undefinable moral guilt.
I picked up pandora's jar. the spirit of hope fluttered inside, trying to warm the cold container. "hestia," i said, "i give this to you as an offering." the goddess tilted her head. "i am the least of the gods. why would you trust me with this?" "you're the last olympian," i said. "and the most important." "and why is that, percy jackson?" "because hope survives best at the hearth," i said. "guard it for me, and i won't be tempted to give up again."
In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: what are you asking god to do? to wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? but he has done so, on calvary. to forgive them? they will not be forgiven. to leave them alone? alas, i am afraid that is what he does.
Giving material goods is one form of generosity, but one can extend an attitude of generosity into all one's behavior. Being kind, attentive, and honest in dealing with others, offering praise where it is due, giving comfort and advice where they are needed, and simply sharing one's time with someone - all these are forms of generosity, and they do not require any particular level of material wealth.
Many of the people who voted for trump were people who voted for obama eight years ago. You remember, of course, his message was "hope and change." people wanted change, for good reasons, and they wanted hope. Disillusioned with what took place, they turned to someone else who was offering hope and change. When they're disillusioned with that, it depends on what activists and others do.