We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Canada and North Korea sitting in a tree.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.—Winston Churchill
Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.—Richard John Neuhaus
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North Korea Tells Citizens to Prepare Themselves for Famine
Nash Jenkins March 29, 2016
"The road to revolution is long and arduous"
North Korea instructed the country Monday to brace itself for possible famine and severe economic hardship — but not to despair, because “the road to revolution is long and arduous,” according to an editorial in the state-run newspaper.
The article, published in Rodong Sinmun — the print mouthpiece of the North Korean government — comes less than a month after the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of slapping the Hermit Kingdom with tougher sanctions, after the country teased its potential nuclear and military capabilities earlier this year. (Let them eat yellowcake!) The editorial stated that hardships to come might evoke another “arduous march” — the term assigned to the famine that struck the country in the mid-1990s, killing as many as 3 million people, reports the Telegraph, a British newspaper. (Three million dead—but who's counting?)
We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again,” the editorial piece read.
Rodong Sinmun called for a “70-day campaign of loyalty” and reportedly demanded that the North Korean people demonstrate their allegiance to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. To that end, the country is requiring all residents of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city, to deliver about 2 lb. of rice to state warehouses each month. (Kim Jong Un doesn't seem to be suffering all that much.)
The Telegraph reports that the country has also requested nearly half a million tons of food aid from other countries. As of last month, however, only 17,600 tons had arrived.
Socialist states are inherently hostile to inalienable rights, especially religious freedom and freedom of conscience. In Canada, religious freedom is featured front and centre in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. One might be forgiven for being puzzled, then, by the fact that Canada's courts, legislatures and human rights tribunals are routinely used to suppress freedom of religion and speech on university campuses, for starters.

Ottawa, Beijing and Havana were never so cuddly as during the times the first Trudeau cozied up to the socialists. But hey... we got access to cigars, and we can purchase crappy dollar store bric a brac made by children working 14 hour shifts six and seven days a week. The road to heaven on earth is paved with socialist intentions.

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