tidal” by natasha sim. used with permission

treely ruly

Illy’s absolutely right; we have indeed heard this all before (in Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s The Culture Industry thesis).

But this is admittedly easier to listen to than TCI is to read. 

So why all the labels?

A profoundly powerful argument for labels by Pastor Voddie Baucham. 

2 years ago

From Oscar Wilde's play, A Woman of No Importance

MRS. ARBUTHNOT. I have brought him up to be a good man.
LORD ILLINGWORTH. Quite so. And what is the result? You have educated him to be your judge if he ever finds you out. And a bitter, an unjust judge he will be to you. Don't be deceived, Rachel. Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Kate Bolick for The Atlantic — All the Single Ladies

read it once, and then read it again six months later. it makes sense.

2 years ago


Every now and then contemporary mainstream K-pop produces something I can really appreciate.

Gedanken: Liberal conceptions of justice

1. infinite resources 

2. 〃granted to those who seek them, in proportion to their good efforts 


1′ resources are limited

2′ some people are unable to make efforts, and even more people are unable to make good efforts

∴ prioritise:

1″ the reproduction and/or saving* of resources

2″ the goodness of efforts according to their capacity to reproduce and/or save resources

*accounting for savings constitutes the basis of a welfare system for those who are unable to make efforts

¿but who can ensure:

• the accurate measurement of 1″ & 2″

• the proportionate granting of resources (cf 2.) to those who reproduce and/or save resources

= the question of distributive justice

in the absence of an eternally and perfectly benevolent person to ensure distributive justice, assume that the most acceptable means of emulating such a person is a governmental system of democracy (wherein everyone is responsible for the well-being of everyone). 

in the absence of perfect interpersonal empathy and communication, further assume that representative democracy is the most practicable form of democracy.  

as a result, two key question-clusters arise:

(a) which personal differences have legitimate claims to recognition and to what extent should they be recognised (and how)? = the question of justice as recognition

(b) how can adequate(?) communication be ensured across these personal differences and what should be the aims of that communication? = the question of communicative justice

The God who scatters

Translation of excerpt from 신윤식|Shin Yun-shik’s book 산 믿음 죽은 믿음|Living faith, dead faith (2008)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: 


James 1:1

The twelve tribes in the Dispersion

Verse one of the text reads,”James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.” Here, the words “the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” draw our attention. Why? Because to refer to the twelve tribes is Old Testament usage. 

So why does James say “the twelve tribes”, an Old Testament term, when he could simply greet the saints in the Dispersion? To understand this, we must first understand the significance held by the twelve tribes in the Old Testament. 

The twelve tribes are understood to be a community under covenant that came into being by a promise of God. That is, their very existence points directly to a promise of God. 

But why does God establish the twelve tribes, that is, Israel, as a covenantal community on earth? God establishes Israel in order to serve as a witness against the world and how wrong its ways are. 

Although they live at all by God’s grace, the world does not treat grace as grace. Despite the fact that they subsist on God-given sunlight, water, and air, they deny the fact all these are gifts of God’s grace. And so the world denies God’s grace, summoning up its own strength and seeking to live by that strength alone. That is the way of the world. 

It is in such a world that God establishes the twelve tribes, and He has them live their lives not by strength but by grace. Thus from its very beginnings, Israel’s was grace. By the blood of the Passover lamb, they also survived the terrible plague of the firstborn and came out of Egypt. Thus they set out in grace. The great Egyptian army pursued them fiercely, but this danger, too, they escaped. Of course, they also received that miracle of grace, the dividing of the Red Sea. And the fact that, despite all their resentment and complaint, they were able to enter the Promised Land was because God’s grace was with them. Indeed the Promised Land was a land that simply could not be entered by force. Refusing force and accepting grace alone—such was the Promised Land. 

Therefore, that which the covenantal community of the twelve tribes must not forget is none other than grace. By seeking and living out grace, they had to expose the unrighteousness of the world and its reliance on strength. If such is the meaning which the twelve tribes connote, then it is not difficult to also grasp the meaning of those twelve tribes of which James speaks. 

To speak of the twelve tribes of the Dispersion is to reject the way of strength. Because for people to gather strength, they must invariably gather together. That is to say that the currency of the world is one in which strength comes from unity. 

10 commandments for women to remember about their men: translated from 남인숙 nam in-sook’s new book, “어쨌거나 남자는 필요하다” 

curiousmoth: A Life Amongst Broken Things

I see a lot of art and photography nowadays that is aesthetically pleasing and technically accomplished, but which unsettles me greatly in spite of its beauty. Increasingly, I find myself confronted by what is called “indie” or “hipster” culture: a culture that devotes itself to the beauty of…

3 years ago - 3

Flight Facilities - Foreign Language (feat. Jess)

you know i used to be alright, when you woke me in the morning, waiting for the sun to shine, and do the two-step all night, then you’d spin me round and catch me, laughing as the sun would rise. 

oh i don’t know what to do, you speak a foreign language, what you’ve put me through, the enemies, i know you’re hiding one or two, but i just can’t say no to you

so i can’t let you go when you won’t let me know i can’t let you go when you won’t say. i can’t let you go when you won’t let me know i can’t let you go while i slip away

boy it’s just a puzzle and the pieces they are scattered on the floor, it’s a silly little game and the sentences are scribbled on the wall, you think you have the time to wash off all the ugly lies, but the bottom of the matter is it takes up all your time. takes up all your time.

never ending stories lead me to the door, then i wait alone just like i did before, another mystery is laying down the rhyme, it seems you are distracted and you’ll never have the time. 

Flight Facilities - Foreign Language (feat. Jess)

(Source: soundcloud.com)