"Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints—they are your public."
~St. John Vianney (1786-1859)

Straight-Talkers

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 1, 2016 | No Comments

I’m wary of those who claim to be straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense people. That may be true up to a certain point – the point at which they need something. ~Peter Darcy

Associating with Evil

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

Associating with bad men, even for the purpose of defeating them, can make you vulnerable to the allure of evil. A sense of duty can be corrupted into self-righteousness, which can inspire a self-exemption from all laws, an embrace of power and the will to use it ruthlessly. Power is the central promise of evil, the dark light of that…

In: Good-Evil

Paul Johnson’s View of Current American Politics

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

When Excess Is A Virtue The mental infection known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn’t diminish its venom one bit. PC has an enormous appeal to the semi-educated, one reason that it’s struck roots among overseas students…

Beauty and Goodness

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

When I was no longer of this world, I would miss its extravagant beauty. I would miss the complex and charming layers of subterfuge by which the truth of the world’s mysteries were withheld from us even as we were tantalized and enchanted by them. I would miss the kindness of good people who were compassionate when so many were…

In: Beauty

Mark Twain on Self-Awareness

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 24, 2016 | No Comments

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

On Marines and Walls

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 23, 2016 | No Comments

  Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That…

Description of an Arcade

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 22, 2016 | No Comments

The machines beeped, rang, tolled, chimed, bleated, tweedled, whistled, rattattooed, boomed, shrieked, squealed, ululated, roared like gunning engines, emitted scraps of bombastic music, the screams of virtual victims, twinkled, flashed, strobed, and scintillated in all known colors, and swallowed quarters, dollars, more voraciously even than the iconic Pac Man had once gobbled cookies off a million arcade screens in an…

In: Beauty

Panda Cubs Harrassing Zoo Worker

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

Zen and the Art of Hot Dogs

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 16, 2016 | No Comments

  A Zen student walked up to a hot dog vendor and said “Make me one with everything.”

Intolerance

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 15, 2016 | No Comments

Intolerance of your present creates your future. ~Mike Murdock

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