The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery

The United Church is reminding their belonging congregations to ring forty-nine bells on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, in solidarity with the families of the victims.

 

We care-take a disbanded church, Louth United, formerly of the United Church, and also the cemetery which is on the church ground.  We’ve done this for about four years, and I’ve helped design a little website for the cemetery, which you can find here:

 

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Sometimes I read the Daily Prompt and the Photography Challenges presented daily, obviously, and weekly, respectively, which make suggestions for blog posts you can write that day (or that week).  This week’s Photography Challenge is an essay on heritage, and since I frequently take photos of our church and cemetery we care-take, I thought I would include one I took June 22, 2015, which shows the driveway entrance to the cemetery, behind the church, and includes the sight of many of the headstones which mark graves in the cemetery.  It is grim but that is where I am about once a week, and I blog in addition to maintaining the small website (above) and also the cemetery’s presence on Facebook:  

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I would be amiss not to thank my mother for her scrutiny of this blog, which is maintained both to feel independent as a member of a not-for-profit and also to show some cool when it comes to bringing life to the Internet, which in this day and age is a given, although somewhat neglected by many small businesses if you check the honest facts.

 

Thank you for reading this post and if you have any interest in visiting elsewhere on the Internet, feel free.  You can also, “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow” if you would like to read more from me (I write this blog almost wholly entirely on my own drawing inspiration from the WordPress prompts and challenges).

Trying To Establish a Productive Rhythm

If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.

 

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In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas.  I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.

 

I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically.  Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet).  I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it.  Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.

 

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Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.”  WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web.  I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day.  The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.

 

I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness.  I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs.  I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not.  To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week.  Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time.  Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog.  If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.  Have a nice day and all the best to you.  Thank you!  Cheers.

What Will Trends Be Like in 100 Years?

I’d like to say something about the world a hundred years from now. No one knows precisely knows how the world will look a hundred years from now. Chances are, there will have been years and years of global deflation. Economic theories will have disappeared. The extinction of cash will have come and gone. Trends will resemble the philosophical dialogue, the Republic
–Plato, The Republic, [380 B.C.], Trans. B. Jowett, (Cleveland, OH, World Publishing Company, 1946)F3BLO7N7WB

The book The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice (University of Chicago Press), proposes a: “temple of a fair society” http://complexsystems.org/publications/equality-equity-and-reciprocity-the-three-pillars-of-social-justice/ which is nearly inevitable given equality in the sight of God and in the American Declaration of Independence (1776), with inequality in the distribution of income long since dismissed. Humans will continue to enjoy an organized, interdependent society (just without the same economic tools we have at our advantage today). Society won’t be grown out of Marxism a hundred years from now, but out of a right to life.
For Plato, social justice consists of “giving every man his due” for which Plato’s student, Aristotle, used the term “proportionate equality.” The Fair Society, Chapter Four, explains: “acknowledgement — from audience applause to Boy Scout merit badges and mass-produced, low-cost sports trophies – are often sufficient” for people to feel acceptable. However, as been stated, this isn’t written in the pages of any economics textbook. In The Fair Society, Chapter Four, the idea of reciprocity is presented as a range of conventions spanning “market transactions to legislative mandates, tax codes, cultural norms, social pressures, and more” (ie, a fair society). On both http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10781828-the-fair-society
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and www.cosmosandhistory.org Plato’s foundational argument is informed by “science”… As on Goodreads The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice is “required reading“ and while the closest I have come to reading such a volume were my examinations quite a few years ago of Aldous Huxley writing Brave New World, I do see from http://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/viewFile/466/775 that a return to Athens’ Golden Age is likely what is intended to unfold a hundred years from now. I am asserting to you that I don’t read the Republic and the Laws, owing to a relatively short attention span on my part, but what I can identify for a projection a hundred years from now is something nearly inevitable with the help of the work of author Peter Corning.
There is a diversity of talents among men; consequently, one man is best suited to one particular occupation and another to another….We can conclude, then, that production in our city will be more abundant and the products more easily produced and of better quality if each does the work nature [and society] has equipped him to do, at the appropriate time, and is not required to spend time on other occupations.
Plato, in the Republic, divided the “soul” into three, “appetitive” (nutrition, sex, etc.), “spirited” (emotions, ambition, competitive urges, etc.), and a rational, reasoning element, which he viewed as the primary function
Human societies confront similar, Plato believed, and in the Republic his ideal comprised three classes that corresponded to the three elements of our souls.
Plato, Republic, Book II, Book VI
This is in contrast to Thomas Hobbes. In the Leviathan (from the Hebrew word for sea monster) in 1651, Hobbes said: “I put for a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power that ceaseth only in death. And the cause of this is not always that a man hopes for a more intensive delight than he has already attained to…but because he cannot assure the power and means to live well…without the acquisition of more.”
–Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan: On the Matter Form and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil, [1651], (New York, Collier Books, 1962), Ch. XI.
I suspect present times are as dark as they have ever been, whether in the seventeenth century, the twentieth century or the twentieth century. Do you agree what will come to pass a hundred years from now? Have you enjoyed this? “Like” and/or “Follow”!

http://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/issue/current

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/10/29/1441870/-A-Bright-Flashing-Warning-Sign