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From the old box: Enemies of the people

Angela Nagel, The Baffler, March 2017

In her 2011 book Demonic, which explained how ‘the liberal mob is endangering America,’ Coulter praised the work of Gustave Le Bon, the first Frenchman to set about measuring the craniums of Nepalese peasants in an effort to lend pseudoscientific credence to elite European imperialist and economic projects. Le Bon’s influential 1895 book The Crowd drew admiring praise from Hitler and has been a reliable touchstone for misanthropes and eugenicists since. In fact, the whole anti-immigration discourse, marked recently by Trump’s ‘build the wall’ rallying cry, is steeped in the legacy of Le Bon and those who have always feared the teeming masses and the great unwashed, whether foreign or homegrown. Their alarmist outcries were typically first deployed upon the toiling white masses within Western societies, and then would find a new subject in new foreign ethnic minorities.

In both settings, the rhetoric is remarkably consistent: There are too many of them. They breed too much. They’ll swamp our limited resources. There isn’t enough room. They’ll destroy and vulgarize our culture. But what’s striking in our own new political order is how ideologically fungible such sentiments are becoming before our eyes. Put another way: if Hillary had won—or Brexit had been resoundingly voted down—we would be hearing more populism from the liberals and more misanthropy from the right.

More confusing still, in the web-native invective of the overtly white-separatist subculture of the new online right – the self-styled ‘alt-right’ -anyone who does not carry into adulthood the strangely adolescent impulse to distinguish herself from the hated mainstream of society is derisively called a Normie or a Basic Bitch, as though white separatism were an obscure punk genre. A common thread of masses-deriding misanthropy runs through the writing and rhetoric of the online white-nationalist right. Indeed, the longer you look at all the forces of reaction marshaled behind the billionaire president, the more opportunistic his populist turn seems.

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From the old box: Don’t tell me that working-class people can’t be articulate

Don’t tell me that working-class people can’t be articulate

Lisa McInerney, Guardian, 5 May 2017 wrote:

Last summer, about a year after my first novel The Glorious Heresies was published, I led a workshop for aspiring writers. In the session, we referred to my experience writing Heresies – lessons I’d learned or techniques I found useful. One of the attendees had read the book in preparation for the session and had an issue with my take on dialogue. He believed my characters’ speech, and each narrative voice I employed, was far too complex. He maintained that a writer writing a working-class story should not use sophisticated words or inventive phrasing, even in third person. He was adamant my vernacular wasn’t the vernacular: a working-class story should be told through simple prose and working-class characters should have a limited vocabulary, or else they are not authentic.

I was finishing the last round of edits of The Blood Miracles at the time, and so was (very sensibly) sensitive to criticism. I went back through the text, looking for phrases unsuited to its characters. Its protagonist, Ryan, is a 20-year-old drug dealer from a council estate who did not finish second-level education. He swears habitually and doesn’t make time to read. On that basis he sounds like the kind of young man most likely to communicate in grunts, but then, he has managed to make a comfortable living selling drugs, something that’s next to impossible if you can only express yourself through expectorating and blasphemy. Wait, I told myself. Cop on. The more I thought about it, the more indignant I became. Why shouldn’t Ryan be eloquent? Is eloquence not actually a necessity for disadvantaged dealers who don’t want to end up doing 10-year stretches, or quietly decomposing in some remote patch of Irish forestry?

Yet I’m sometimes asked if it’s terribly difficult writing dialogue for working-class characters because working-class people, particularly men, don’t converse. It’s galling the number of people who buy into this idea of class determining articulacy, a Blytonesque estimation that patois is intrinsically moronic and that the working classes communicate in dropped syllables, slang and scratching. That we are thick-tongued as Wuthering Heights’ Joseph, or stubbornly simple as Animal Farm’s Boxer, or as proud of our savagery as Lionel Asbo himself. I’ve seen people who should be angered by this theory subscribe to it instead, and how frustrating it is watching people react defensively to others’ knowledge – to the very idea of knowledge – without recognising their own.

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Everyday when one wakes up for the day

Everyday when one wakes up for the day,
they are either gaining rewards and making profits
or they are making losses,
with regards to this life and the hereafter

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When the lights are dimmed within…

 

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Open your eyes, where are the eyes fixed, what do you think, do you become all self conscious, do you suddenly look inside when you are supposed to be looking out, why are tyrants so bad, it’s the light they extinguish. They leave everyone in the dark.

I run down the stairs, imagine, you are of one purpose, friends. When you see the light return to the impish eyes, you know something good is going on, you can sense it. On the street, children are naturally brash when they have no one to fear. Brazen some call it, they don’t distinguish between boys and girls, and when they blush, it’s over something simple, yet beautiful.

Then gripped by fear, they become pensive, young worriers, they protest, I’m not putting up with this, their attitude.

Why worry about dimming the Heart, that’s life. So was paradise once, and the signs above…

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Por una relación cercana con Dios

Amo a Jehová porque él oye mi voz, mis ruegos por ayuda (Sal. 116:1).

Una forma de demostrar que agradece el amor de Jehová es orándole. Su amor por él aumentará cuando le cuente sus preocupaciones y le dé las gracias por todo lo que hace por usted. Y su amistad con él se fortalecerá al ver que responde sus oraciones. Se convencerá de que Dios lo comprende.

Ahora bien, para acercarse aún más a Jehová, necesita entender su forma de pensar y lo que él espera de usted. Y eso solo lo conseguirá estudiando su Palabra, la Biblia. Así que aprenda a valorarla.

Solo la Biblia contiene la verdad sobre Jehová y lo que él desea para usted. ¿Cómo puede demostrar que la valora? Leyéndola a diario, preparándose para su estudio personal y poniendo en práctica lo que aprende.

97 ¡Cuánto amo tu ley!+ Reflexiono en ella* todo el día.+

99 Soy más perspicaz que todos mis maestros+ porque reflexiono en* tus recordatorios.

(Sal. 119:97, 99)

17 Santifícalos* por medio de la verdad;+ tu palabra es la verdad.+(Juan 17:17).

¿Tiene un horario para leerla todos los días y lo sigue?

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For a close relationship with God

I love Jehovah because he hears my voice, my pleas for help.​—Ps. 116:1.

One way to respond to Jehovah’s love is by talking to him in prayer. Your love for God will grow as you tell him about your concerns and thank him for all that he does for you. And the bond between you and Jehovah will be strengthened as you see how he answers your prayers. You will become convinced that he understands you.

But to grow close to Jehovah, you need to understand his way of thinking. And you need to know what he wants from you. The only way you will gain that knowledge is by studying his Word, the Bible. So learn to appreciate it.
Only the Bible contains the truth about Jehovah and his purpose for you. You show that you appreciate the Bible by reading it each day, by preparing for your personal Bible study session, and by applying what you learn.

97 How I do love your law!+ I ponder over* it all day long.+

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,+ Because I ponder over* your reminders.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctify them by means of the truth;+ your word is truth.+(John 17:17)

Do you have a personal Bible reading schedule? Do you follow that schedule, making sure that you read the Bible each day?

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  1. Word of God
  2. Gospel or Good News
  3. A Book to trust #18 Available in many languages #1
  4. A Book to trust #28 A Collection of words showing and teaching us about the beginnings to the end
  5. A Book to trust #29 God His Book, God-breathed profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  6. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  7. Studying the Bible
  8. Demanding signs or denying yourself
  9. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  10. A Sound Mind: Theory and practice
  11. Brian Rosner on “What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar?”
  12. The faithful God
  13. Christian growth a team event
  14. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  15. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  16. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

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Pour une relation étroite avec Jéhovah

J’aime Jéhovah, parce qu’il entend ma voix, mes appels à l’aide (Ps. 116:1).

Une des façons de montrer à Jéhovah que tu lui es reconnaissant pour son amour est de t’adresser à lui au moyen de la prière. Si tu lui parles de tes inquiétudes et si tu le remercies pour tout ce qu’il fait pour toi, ton amour pour lui grandira. Et en voyant comment il répond à tes prières, ta relation avec lui se renforcera. Tu seras convaincu qu’il te comprend.

Mais pour être proche de lui, tu as aussi besoin de savoir pourquoi il aime certaines choses et en déteste d’autres, et ce qu’il attend de toi. La seule façon d’acquérir cette connaissance est d’étudier sa Parole, la Bible. Alors, développe un profond respect pour elle. Seule la Bible contient la vérité sur Jéhovah et explique ce qu’il souhaite pour toi. Tu peux montrer que tu accordes de la valeur à ce livre en le lisant chaque jour, en l’étudiant en profondeur et en appliquant ce que tu apprends.

97 Comme j’aime ta loi+ ! Je médite* sur elle tout au long du jour+.

99 Je suis plus perspicace que tous mes enseignants+, car je médite* sur tes rappels.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctifie-​les* par le moyen de la vérité+ ; ta parole est vérité+. (Jean 17:17).

As-​tu un programme personnel de lecture de la Bible ? T’efforces-​tu de la lire chaque jour ?

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Mejorando al que lo ama

Hemos visto que una Fuente de luz y sabiduría se ilumina para todos, pero debe notarse.

Cada uno de nosotros debe crecer en este mundo turbulento y volverse resiliente.

Jehová disciplina a quienes ama (Heb. 12:6).

A fin de educarnos, nuestro amoroso Padre nos corrige cuando es necesario. Lo hace de muchas formas. Por ejemplo, puede que algo que leamos en la Biblia o escuchemos en las reuniones nos haga ver que debemos cambiar. También puede ser que la ayuda que necesitamos venga de parte de los ancianos. Sea como sea, Jehová siempre nos disciplina porque nos ama.

11 “Porque yo estoy contigo —afirma Jehová— para salvarte.

Pero voy a exterminar a todas las naciones por las que te he esparcido;+

sin embargo, a ti no te voy a exterminar.+

Te disciplinaré* hasta el grado debido;

de ninguna manera te dejaré sin castigo”.+

(Jer. 30:11).

Además, nos ayuda a aguantar las dificultades. Nuestro Padre celestial nos cuida en los momentos difíciles, igual que hace un padre que ama a sus hijos. Utiliza su espíritu santo para que no suframos daño espiritual.

13 Por lo tanto, si ustedes, aunque son malos, saben darles buenos regalos a sus hijos, ¡con mucha más razón el Padre en el cielo les dará espíritu santo a quienes se lo piden!”.+ (Luc. 11:13).

Además, nos protege emocionalmente. Por ejemplo, nos da una preciosa esperanza para el futuro, la cual nos ayuda a soportar los problemas. Pensemos en lo siguiente: nuestro amoroso Padre reparará cualquier daño que suframos, sea este cual sea. Las pruebas son temporales, pero las bendiciones de Jehová son eternas.

16 Por lo tanto, no nos rendimos. Aunque la persona que somos por fuera vaya desgastándose, la persona que somos por dentro sin duda va renovándose cada día. 17 Porque, aunque las dificultades* son momentáneas y livianas, producen en nosotros una gloria de una grandeza* cada vez más extraordinaria, una gloria eterna,+ 18 mientras mantenemos la vista fija en las cosas que no se ven, y no en las cosas que se ven.+ Porque las cosas que se ven son temporales, pero las que no se ven son eternas.(2 Cor. 4:16-18).

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Améliorer celui qui l’aime

Nous avons vu qu’une Source de lumière et de sagesse s’illumine pour tout le monde, mais cela doit être remarqué.

Chacun de nous doit grandir dans ce monde troublé et devenir résilient.

Jéhovah corrige ceux qu’il aime (Héb. 12:6).

Notre Père aimant nous forme en nous disciplinant quand c’est nécessaire. Il le fait de plusieurs façons. Par exemple, quelque chose que nous lisons dans sa Parole ou que nous entendons à une de nos réunions peut nous faire prendre conscience que nous devons changer notre façon de penser ou d’agir. Ou alors nous pouvons recevoir l’aide dont nous avons besoin par le moyen des anciens. Peu importe la façon dont Jéhovah nous discipline, il le fait toujours parce qu’il nous aime.

11 « Car je suis avec toi pour te sauver, déclare Jéhovah.

J’anéantirai toutes les nations parmi lesquelles je t’ai dispersé+.

Mais toi, je ne t’anéantirai pas+.

Je te corrigerai* dans une juste mesure,

en aucun cas je ne te laisserai impuni+. »

(Jér. 30:11).

De plus, il nous soutient dans nos épreuves. Un père plein d’amour soutient ses enfants quand ils ont des difficultés. De la même façon, notre Père céleste nous aide à endurer nos épreuves. Il utilise son esprit saint pour nous protéger contre tout ce qui pourrait mettre en danger notre relation avec lui.

13 Si donc vous qui êtes méchants, vous savez donner de bonnes choses à vos enfants, à combien plus forte raison le Père au ciel donnera-​t-​il de l’esprit saint à ceux qui le lui demandent+ ! » (Luc 11:13).

Il nous protège aussi contre le découragement ou l’inquiétude. Par exemple, il nous donne un espoir merveilleux, espoir qui nous aide à endurer les difficultés. Pense à ceci : Quels que soient les malheurs qui nous arrivent, notre Père aimant réparera tous les torts que nous aurons subis. Nos épreuves ne sont que temporaires, alors que les bénédictions de Jéhovah sont éternelles.

16 Voilà pourquoi nous n’abandonnons pas ; au contraire, même si ce que nous sommes extérieurement dépérit, à coup sûr ce que nous sommes intérieurement se renouvelle de jour en jour. 17 Car bien que les épreuves* soient momentanées et légères, elles produisent pour nous une gloire dont la grandeur* est de plus en plus extraordinaire et qui est éternelle+. 18 Aussi nous fixons nos yeux, non pas sur les choses qui se voient, mais sur celles qui ne se voient pas+, car les choses qui se voient sont temporaires, mais celles qui ne se voient pas sont éternelles. (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

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Improving the one who loves Him

We have seen that a Source of light and wisdom lights up for everyone, but it should be noted.

Each of us must grow up in this troubled world and become resilient.

Those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines.​—Heb. 12:6.

As part of our training, our loving Father disciplines us when necessary. He does so in many ways. For instance, something we read in His Word or hear at our meetings may correct us. Or perhaps the help we need comes from the elders. Regardless of the form it takes, Jehovah’s discipline is always motivated by love.

11 “For I am with you,” declares Jehovah, “to save you.

But I will make an extermination among all the nations to which I scattered you;+

However, you I will not exterminate.+

I will discipline* you to the proper degree,

And I will by no means leave you unpunished.”+

(Jer. 30:11)

Jehovah supports us through trials. Just as a caring human father supports his children during difficult times, our heavenly Father sustains us through trials. He uses his holy spirit to protect us from spiritual harm.

13 Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”+ (Luke 11:13)

Jehovah also protects us emotionally. For example, he gives us a marvelous hope. That hope for the future helps us to endure difficulties. Consider this: No matter what bad things happen to us, our loving Father will undo any injury we suffer. Whatever trials we are facing, these are only temporary, but the blessings Jehovah gives are everlasting.​

16 Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside+ is being renewed from day to day.+ 17 For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness* and is everlasting;+ 18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen.+ For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.2 Cor. 4:16-18.

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