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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. My Friends ARE My Friends… Full Stop and Without Reservation


These days, you hear much blather about how people will “unfriend” others if they don’t conform to Politically Correct shibboleths (both “liberal” and “conservative”). I refuse to do such evil. I chose my friends because I found them trusty and true… if they disagree with me on this or on that, so be it. Character, not agreement, is the basis of friendship; at least, we Russians think so. If you wish to “unfriend” people because of their political opinions… so be it. I can’t dictate to you. I prefer to honour and respect my friends, even if we’ve had little contact recently. I found them worthy and no political opinion is going to change that. I confide that I’m not the only person with that attitude…



Saturday, 26 August 2017

26 August 2017. Friends Do NOT Do Such Evil


I wrote the following to a friend on FB:

I don’t choose friends based on agreement. I choose friends based on character and decency. You’re my friend… full stop. I needn’t agree with you or find all of your positions congenial. I find you trusty and honest. That’s good enough for me. I confide that it’s good enough for you, too…

Friends do NOT cross certain lines. One critical “red-line” is posting someone’s personal business without permission. If you’re a friend, you won’t do such evil. I’ve found that some who identify as “conservatives” feel that they have the right to post people’s personal business online without permission… they’re only “telling the truth”, dontcha know! I’d warn all concerned about those who crow loudly about “morality”… they’re usually the worst of this scurvy crew. I’ve come to the point where I’ve had it with the scurrility and nastiness of some self-described “conservatives” and “moralists”. From this point forward, if someone posts my business without my permission, and I find it out, I’m going to expose that person as a danger to all decent people. Therefore, I’d warn all concerned (and especially all who identify as “Orthodox Leftists”) to beware one “Ryan Isaac”. This scumbag posted my personal business without my permission. If they did it to me… they could do it to you. After all… they “have the obligation to tell the truth”. Beware such people. Block them… oppose them… give them no quarter.

Sometimes, one must stand and defend the right. This is one such time. They want to steal our Church from us and make it into a godless posturing Anglo Evangelical conventicle (but with “Byzantine” liturgy). I confide that I’m not alone in being fed up…


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

11 July 2017. We’ve Reached Ten Million Hits

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We’ve reached ten million hits. I started doing this in November 2007, almost ten years ago. I’m still here… on the other hand, some of my critics have long since fallen by the wayside. I offer an eclectic mixture of Orthodox Christianity, Russian culture, Leftist politics, and humorous animals. Like all grounded people, I’m a bundle of contradictions! Beware the monomaniacal and earnest… such people tend to extremes and disregard people. Although this is most prominent amongst the “conservative”, trust me, there are “leftists” who are just as acrid and nasty (especially, those involved in “identity politics”).

LOVE rules this House… LOVE of Life, LOVE of God, LOVE of Truth, LOVE of our “little brothers”, and LOVE of Justice and Mercy. If love doesn’t rule your house and set your heart ablaze with the desire to set things right… well, you have a major malfunction. Remember… you must love the “Other” as they are, without any desire to remake them in your image. If you do this, people will notice… people can smell bullshit from a distance. Trust me, I’ve seen it in my life.

Thank you for being here with me. Come, sit down by the fire and have a warm… you’re at home and always welcome. The road goes ever onward… shall you share the road with me for a spell?


Saturday, 8 July 2017

8 July 2017. A Kind Note to My Friends

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I’ve only one thing to say to my friends:

“I’ve got yer back…. unconditionally”.

That’s all and that’s enough, I’d say. I don’t care if we disagree on this or on that. That’s a mere piffle. Friendship involves love… an understanding that the Other is what they are and that you must love them as they are, with no ifs, ands, or buts. Respect flows naturally when you love the Other for what they are… love doesn’t flow from respect… respect flows from love. Love can only flow when you accept them for what they are and you accept yourself for what you are. It does lead to bumps n’ friction… but it’s real, and that’s always good.

Friendhip is an ontological reality independent of feeling or agreement. Do think on that.


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