To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large startling figures.
~Flannery O’Connor.

The Banality of Bad People

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 2, 2016 | No Comments

[Vanadium said,] “The problem with movies and books is they make evil look glamourous and exciting, when it’s no such thing. It’s boring and it’s depressing and it’s stupid. Criminals are all after cheap thrills and easy money, and when they get them, all they want is more of the same, over and over. They’re shallow, empty, boring people who…

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Big-T Truth

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 28, 2016 | No Comments

One of the best things about growing up is that, if you can learn from experience, you come to the realization that two things matter more than anything else, truth with a lowercase t and truth with an uppercase T. You have to tell the truth, demand the truth from others, recognize lies and refute them; you’ve got to see the world as…

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Character

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 18, 2016 | No Comments

Over the years, we have learned that the most important quality anyone can possess is character. If a person has true character – which always includes a sense of honor and duty, as well as a tough set of personal standards – he will not fail you. Experience matters, but an experienced homebuilder without character is forever a trapdoor under…

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Courage to be Happy

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 3, 2016 | No Comments

Young Sparkle in her rubber-soled shoes, on the wet deck of the widow’s walk, orphaned now and traumatized, standing motionless in a state of shock, understood instantly that this world was a dark place and hard, that life was best for those who refused to be broken by it, that being happy required the strength and courage to refuse to…

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Living a Double Life

By Peter Darcy | On May 25, 2016 | No Comments

When you keep a secret from those closest to you, even with the best of motives, there is a danger that you will create a smaller life within your main life. The first secret will spin off other secrets that also must be kept, complicated webs of evasion that grow into elaborate architectures of repressed truths and subterfuge, until you…

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Emptiness of Soul

By Peter Darcy | On May 18, 2016 | No Comments

[Vanadium said,] “When you’re as hollow as [villain] Enoch Cain, the emptiness aches. He’s desperate to fill it, but he doesn’t have the patience or the commitment to fill it with anything worthwhile. Love, charity, faith, wisdom – those virtues and others are hard won, with commitment and patience, and we acquire them one spoonful at a time. Cain wants…

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Evil is Dull and Repetitive

By Peter Darcy | On May 9, 2016 | No Comments

The devil and his demons are dull and predictable because of their single-minded rebellion against truth. Crime itself – as opposed to the solving of it – is boring to the complex mind, though endlessly fascinating to the simpleminded. One film about Hannibal Lecter is riveting, but a second is inevitably stupefying. We love a series hero, but a series…

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The Existence of the Soul

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 28, 2016 | No Comments

I wonder sometimes why those who theorize about the human mind can so easily believe in the existence of things they cannot see or measure, or in any meaningful way confirm as real – such as the id, the ego, the unconscious I – but nevertheless dismiss as superstitious those who believe the body has a soul. [Dean Koontz, Odd Apocalypse (Bantam…

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Failure and Triumph

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 21, 2016 | No Comments

As I watch him…I can too easily imagine how his feathery hope is being crushed beneath a weight of unearned shame. His failure to defeat something more powerful than himself, and the scar that reminds him of his failure, is no reason for shame; guilt is deserved only when the effort to resist evil is never made. Yet the human…

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Fear and Faith

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 11, 2016 | No Comments

The chlorine-like smell of ozone intensified to such an extent that I worried it might tease a sneeze from me. Without faith to act as a governor, the human mind is a runaway worry generator, a dynamo of negative expectations. And because your life is yours to shape as you wish with free will, if you entertain too much anxiety…

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