Monday, October 17, 2016
Two or three months ago I began a fairly frequent email conversation with GR, a reader of my blogs. He found that my observations closely reflected his own so was interested in sharing his experiences as confirmatory of what I write. We are both fascinated by the psychology of the Left. He works in a social work context so has seen a lot of them and their hypocrisies close up.
After a very good correspondence had developed, he decided to come up and see me. He lives in Victoria. I don't normally encourage visitors whom I don't already know as my degree of deafness can make conversation difficult. This was however clearly an exception and, as it turns out, GR has a loudish voice that I could hear quite well.
The visit went well but, out of caution, I had arranged only for us to have a brunch together -- so the visit was rather brief. In the circumstances, I felt that I should arrange a longer visit with me shouting the airfares next time. That happened this weekend. GR arrived via the Airtrain just after 10am on Saturday so I drove us both directly to the Buranda shopping centre and my usual brunching place. My usual place was very busy at that time, however, so we went to the Japs instead and had some excellent Chicken Teriyaki Don.
We then adjourned to my place and continued the discussions -- interrupted by both of us having a mid-afternoon nap. I have a guest room so that was no problem.
We spent most of our talking time on my verandah, a place that gets a lot of praise for its breezes, outlook etc. And we do see wildlife in the mulberry tree in front of it. On this occasion we watched a pair of Australasian Figbirds feeding on the mulberries.
We discussed the Trump phenomenon and the widening of the Overton Window.
GR spoke on symbolism in the 23rd psalm.
We talked about the nature of money, about how there will always be a need for services, and about economies being self tightening like a tablecloth with weights on it.
I had my little joke about my art "Installation" (A vise clamped onto my writing desk)
I mentioned the contrast between vicious and virtuous cycles in interpersonal relationships.
And we spoke about anger never feels itself to be in the wrong, but always feels itself to be in the right and that is why the habitual anger of the Leftist is hard to give up, because wanting to feel/be right is naturally part of human nature -- from the basic physical survival drive, through intellect and moral issues we like to be right. And leftism has a very strong anger component, at society/reality, at how things are, so leftism always feels itself to be in the right.
For dinner I cooked us a "Tandaco one-pan dinner". It was just mincemeat and noodles basically but an all important "flavour sachet" was included -- turning the meal into quite a good one.
Later that night I played GR some Bach via Youtube, which he was interested to understand.
Next morning I gave him a light breakfast and had a cup of tea with him. I have a customary Sunday Brunch with Joe from about 9:30am each Sunday so while that was going on GR went to church. He is a Christian but is not much fussed about the denomination, which is common these days. So he went to Holy Trinity Anglican, which is nearby to me.
In my experience the Rev. Paschke is not much of a preacher but GR liked his sermon. It was based on Luke 18:
"He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
I like that scripture too and believe that it forms part of my values. GR saw the Pharisees there as directly analogous to the modern-day Left, who think that they know it all and are confident in their own righteousness. So it is no wonder that Leftists hate Christianity. Christ condemned them. Leftists much prefer the arrogant religion of Mohammed. So we discussed that at some length.
For lunch, I heated up a couple of pies. Then GR had to get a move on to make sure he first caught the Airtrain and then his flight. There is an Airtrain station just a couple of minutes drive from me so it makes sense to use it.