Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

Simon and Schuster

David Brooks

Central Theme
Morph bohemians and bourgeois and what do you get? Bobos: a schizophrenic generation if there ever was one.

A witty, insightful romp through a confusing and confused generation. Brooks argues that a segment 60’s spirited bohemians have been morphed into the bourgeoisie’s capitalists of the 90’s with a horrifying result the Bobo. They are the new, well-educated, wealthy, influential elite. As evidence Brooks cites waspy suburbs with artsy coffeehouses. Restoration hardware is the perfect consumerist packaging of the past with all its manufactured nostalgia combined with the efficiency of free market capitalism. Only Bobos could conceive of Gandhi in a Gap commercial! This is a generation that has finally rationalized away the anxieties of abundance.

Beliefs num
–Boboism is the result of a liberal ideology, which allowed the lower economic classes into elite educational institutions.
–Access of the non-elite to the levers of power, wealth and influence created a ¢â‚¬Ëœthird stream’ combining bohemianism with the bourgeoisie –Boboism has affected every area of life business, education, and intellectual life even spiritual life.
–Boboism is an amazing blend of self-absorption while appearing to be about others.
–Boboism gives the appearance of a carefree life, but is in fact calculating, efficient and driven to productivity.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Does the Bobo concept accurately describe the sociological phenomena of today’s generation?
–Can the two polar opposites of bohemianism and bourgeous be merged?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I look at my watch and realize I had better start feeling a serene oneness with God’s creation pretty soon. I’ve got dinner reservations back in Missoula at six.
==Brooks on spiritual seeking of Bobos
–Today the culture war is over, at least in the realm of the affluent. The centuries-old conflict has been reconciled.
==Staying power of Bobos.
–These Bobos define our age. They are the new establishment. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe. Their status codes now govern social life.
==Power of Bobos.
–Dumb good-looking people with great parents have been displaced by smart, ambitious, educated, and antiestablishment people with scuffed shoes.
==Unintended consequence of elite allowing non-elite into elite universities.
–How could there be a last judgment for Bobos? It’s so either/or. Maybe there will just be a last discussion or something like that. I’m trying to imagine the Bobo angel of death. He’s got a tweed jacket instead of a black robe. And instead of a scythe he’s got a trowel from Smith & Hawken, a gardening trowel. And he says, “You’re dead. But you know, you’re not going to go to heaven because that’s too lofty. But you’re not going to go to hell because you’re not a bad person. You’re just going to get to stay in your massive, oversized kitchen with your California casual chairs and your latte, and I’m just going to take your Range Rover and go off.
==Last judgment for Bobos? from the Dick Staub interview.
–You’ve seen them: They sip double-tall, nonfat lattes, chat on cell phones, and listen to NPR while driving their immaculate SUVs to Pottery Barn to shop for $48 titanium spatulas. They tread down specialty cheese aisles in top-of-the-line hiking boots and think nothing of laying down $5 for an olive-wheatgrass muffin. They’re the bourgeois bohemians–“Bobos”–an unlikely blend of mainstream culture and 1960s-era counterculture that, according to David Brooks, represents both America’s present and future.
==Amazon reviewer Shawn Carkonen.

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ChurchNext: Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry


Eddie Gibbs

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Wonder Boys

Picador USA

Michael Chabon

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What Kind of Love

Sparrow / EMI

Margaret Becker

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Ben Heppner – My Secret Heart ~ Songs of parlour, stage and screen


Ben Heppner

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The Story of Us

Ben Jordan: Bruce Willis
Katie Jordan: Michelle Pfeiffer
Rachel: Rita Wilson
Liza: Julie Hagerty
Dave: Paul Reiser
Marty: Tim Matheson

Directed by Rob Reiner. Written by Jessie Nelson and Alan Zweibel. Running time: 92 minutes. Rated R for language and brief sexuality.

Central Theme
In the highs and lows of marriage when you feel stuck in a valley, you’ve got to ask, are we an us?

Exuberant, fun-loving TV comedy writer Ben, and orderly, stressed out crossword puzzle designer Katie, have reached an impasse in their marriage. Arguing without resolution has become a way of life and there seems to be no way out. Staying together for the kids is no longer reason enough to stay with it. A trial separation provides an opportunity to sort it out and they reach very different conclusions with a little help from their friends. And then they ask, “are we an us?”

Beliefs num
–Everybody wants a happy ending but not everyone will get one.
–People who care deeply about each other can have almost insurmountable communication problems.
–People who love each other and are married can be incompatible.
–You may think the kids don’t know you’re struggling, but they usually do.
–Part of rekindling your relationship involves remembering who you fell in love with in the first place.
–Sometimes it is more important to see yourself clearly, than to see your partner clearly.
–The real issue a couple must decide is: are we an us?

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What does it take to be an ¢â‚¬Ëœus’?
–At what point is staying together for the kids no longer reason enough to stay together?
–Once you’ve fought and end up in silent, neutral corners, how do you get back to communicating?
–How can a couple with history, understand and move beyond that history?
–Are there some hurts you can never get over?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I don’t know why. I’ve always been big on happy endings. To me the most romantic, beautiful love stories ever are the ones where two people meet, fall in love and fifty or sixty years later one of them dies and the other can’t live without the other. That’s how I always thought it would be with Katie and me. We’d always be together.
–I’ don’t care what we do tonight (Ben) just so the kids see us leaving together.
–I keep asking myself when is that moment in a marriage when a spoon becomes just a spoon.
==Kate about a special gift from Ben that no longer seems so special.
–When I first met Katie I felt like she just “got me.” And believe me, there is no better feeling in the world than to feel “gotten.”
–The loudest silences are those filled with everything that’s been said wrong, said 300 times, until fighting becomes the condition rather than the exception, and suddenly without even knowing it, it turns into the language of the relationship and your only option is a silent retreat to neutral corners.
–The problem is if one person is always drawing the world the way they want it to be, the other person has no choice but to draw it the way it is. Which is probably why they never wrote a book about Harold’s wife.
–Isn’t this the moment when one of us is supposed to say, look this is ridiculous, we love each other, all couples go through this. Let¢â‚¬Ëœs give it another try.
–Finally, you come face to face with the immutable truth, that it is totally impossible to French kiss a person who takes the new roll of TP and leaves it resting on the top of the empty roll. I’m telling you, marriage is the Jack Kevorkian of romance.
==Friend Rachel, advising Katie.
–Do you want to know why I don’t talk to you? Because you treat me like a big
f¢â‚¬¦ing pain in the ass in what would otherwise be a perfectly normal and organized life.
–The key to a happy marriage is to recognize the essential chasm between men and women. A man can mend a fight with sex, a woman can’t have sex until they’ve resolved the fight.
==Friend Rachel, advising Katie.
–I always felt that no matter what Katie and I are going through, no matter how painful things got, if our feet touched each other under the blankets, even the slightest connection, it would let us know we had entered the demilitarized zone, we were OK. We were an us.
–There are some hurts that you never get over.
–What happened to you? What happened to the girl in the pith helmet. Where did she go?
–You don’t think I ask myself that everyday. You beat it out of me.
–You love who we were, you can’t possibly love who we have become.
–If you just let me finish the letter, I could be more spontaneous.
–You always hear people say they stay together too long in a bad marriage. For the longest time I never thought of my marriage as bad. I just thought love is something you fall in and out of, you know peaks and valleys. After a long time in the valley you ask, “Is this who I am? Someone who has taken up permanent residence in a valley?”
–Is this who I am or is this who I am with this person? And then you ask yourself maybe there is another version of my life that is a happier one.
–Tonight I saw myself through your eyes. I’m sorry.
–Maybe we say mommy and daddy don’t love each other any more.
–Mommy and daddy love each other in a different way.
–I’m saying Chow Fung’s because we are an us. There is a history here and histories don’t happen overnight, In Mesopotamia there are cities built on top of other cities. I don’t want to build another city. I like this city¢â‚¬¦This is a dance that you perfect over time. It is hard, much harder than I thought, but there is more good than bad and you don’t just give up. Anyone will have traits that get on your nerves why shouldn’t they be your annoying traits? You are a good friend and good friends are hard to find. That girl who wore the pith helmet is still here. I’m afraid if you leave she may never be back again. I’m saying Chow Fung’s because I love you.
==Katie deciding to go to the Chinese Restaurant instead of breaking up and telling the kids their marriage is over.

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American Beauty

Kevin Spacey …. Lester Burnham
Annette Bening …. Carolyn Burnham
Thora Birch …. Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley …. Ricky Fitts
Mena Suvari …. Angela Hayes
Peter Gallagher …. Buddy Kane
Allison Janney …. Barbara Fitts
Chris Cooper (I) …. Colonel Frank Fitts
Scott Bakula …. Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards …. Jim ‘JB’ Berkley
Barry Del Sherman …. Brad Dupree
Directed by
Sam Mendes
Written by Alan Ball.
Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content.
Runtime: 121

Central Theme
Life seems meaningless in its myriad details, but at its core life pivots on deep and unchanging truths.

Lester (Kevin Spacey) hates his job. He loves the girl his wife once was, but loathes the success-driven ice queen she has become. He’s unable to communicate with his daughter, but nurses an obsessive interest in her best friend Anglea. Threatened with downsizing at work, he blackmails his way to a tidy severance package and wallows in a midlife crisis, complete with drugs and a hot Firebird. When he begins to wake up it’s too late.

Like the biblical King David, Lester seems to have it all. Yet he wants more, and he gives no thought to anyone but himself. In a pivotal moment, Lester is about to make love to Angela. She is willing and ready, but she embarrassedly confesses, “I’ve never done this before.” Shocked that this flirtatious vixen is not the wild party animal she has led him to believe, Lester finally sees her as she is a vulnerable young girl with insecurities and needs. Unlike King David who never understood the evil he had done to Bathsheba and Uriah until later, Lester stops short of deflowering Angela. He reaches out to her in her humiliation and begins, for the first time, to act like an adult.

Lester represents the mindset of many people today who look for “the finer things of life” to give them meaning and satisfaction, and then fall apart after the temporary euphoria fades. Beauty shows that these things do not bring people happiness. Nothing ultimately gives Lester fulfillment. Everything people strive for in this world has the potential to be taken away. Job, cars, relationships and money all can vanish. Why do we look for happiness and acceptance in things that can disappear? We all have stories when the money hasn’t been there, when we’ve lost our job, when our friend wasn’t there for us when we needed. Why would we base our lives on these things that make no guarantees of always being there for us, when we have a God who does make that promise?


Questions Worth Discussing

Provocative Quotes

Lester Burnham: You don’t get to tell me what to do ever again.

Carolyn Burnham: Are you trying to look unattractive?
Jane: Yes.
Carolyn Burnham: Well, congratulations. You’ve succeded admirably.

Ricky Fitts: I’m not obsessing. I’m just curious.

Carolyn Burnham: Uh, who’s car is that out front?
Lester Burnham: Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule!

Carolyn Burnham: This is a four thousand dollar sofa upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.
Lester Burnham: IT’S JUST A COUCH!

Lester Burnham: Smile! You’re at Mr. Smiley’s.

Lester Burnham: It’s okay. I wouldn’t remember me either.

Angela Hayes: What do you want?
Lester Burnham: Are you kidding? I want you.

Ricky Fitts: Welcome to America’s weirdest home videos.

Lester Burnham: Look at me. Jerking off in the shower. This will be the highlight of my day.

Lester Burnham: I feel like I’ve been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.

Jane Burnham: I know you think my dad’s harmless, but you’re wrong.

Carolyn Burnham: You ungrateful little brat! Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we… lived in a duplex! We didn’t even have our own house!

Carolyn Burnham: Fuck me, your majesty!

Angela Hayes: At least I’m not ugly!
Ricky Fitts: Yes you are. And you’re boring. And you’re totally ordinary. And you know it.

Brad Dupree: Man, you are one twisted fuck.
Lester Burnham: Nope, I’m just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.

Ricky Fitts: Excuse me for speaking so bluntly sir. But those fags make me want to puke my fucking guts out.
Colonel Fitts: Well, me too son. Me too.

Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse. But it helps me remember… and I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.

Brad: My job requires mostly masking my contempt for the assholes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men’s room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that less closely resembles Hell.

Jim #1: Do you just want to lose weight, or are you looking to increase strength and flexibility as well?
Lester Burnham: I want to look good naked!

Ricky Fitts: So, do you like to party?
Lester Burnham: What?
Ricky Fitts: Do you like to get high?

Catering Boss: I’m not paying you to do… whatever it is you’re doing.
Ricky Fitts: So don’t pay me.
Catering Boss: Excuse me?
Ricky Fitts: I quit. So you don’t have to pay me. Now leave me alone.
Lester Burnham: I think you just became my personal hero.

Carolyn Burnham: Honey, I watched you the whole time, and you didn’t screw up once!

Carolyn Burnham: There happens to be a lot about me that you don’t know, Mr. Smarty Man. There’s plenty of joy in my life.

Brad: Got a minute?
Lester Burnham: For you, Brad, I’ve got five!

Angela Hayes: If people I don’t even know look at me and want to fuck me, it means I really have a shot at being a model.

Ricky Fitts: My dad thinks I paid for all this with catering jobs. Never underestimate the power of denial.

Lester Burnham: This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.

Lester Burnham: Remember those posters that said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? Well, that’s true of every day but one — the day you die.

Jane Burnham: I need a father who’s a role model, not some horny geek-boy who’s gonna spray his shorts every time I bring a girlfriend home from school.

Jane Burnham: Are you scared?
Ricky Fitts: I don’t get scared.
Jane Burnham: My parents will try to find me.
Ricky Fitts: Mine won’t.

Angela Hayes: It’s that psycho next door. Jane, what if he worships you? What if he’s got a shrine with pictures of you surrounded by dead people’s heads and stuff?

Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it’s beautiful.

Lester Burnham: How’s Jane?
Angela Hayes: What do you mean?
Lester Burnham: I mean, how’s her life? Is she happy? Is she miserable? I’d really like to know, and she’d die before she’d ever tell me about it.
Angela Hayes: She’s… she’s really happy. She thinks she’s in love.
Lester Burnham: Good for her.
Angela Hayes: How are you?
Lester Burnham: God, it’s been a long time since anybody asked me that. …I’m great.
Angela Hayes: I’ve gotta go to the bathroom.
Lester Burnham: I’m great.


Carolyn Burnham: Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don’t you tell our daughter about it, honey?
Lester Burnham: Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.
Carolyn Burnham: Your father seems to think this type of behavior is something to be proud of.
Lester Burnham: And your mother seems to prefer I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.
Carolyn Burnham: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.
Lester Burnham: Lose it? I didn’t lose it. It’s not like, “Whoops! Where’d my job go?” I QUIT. Someone pass me the asparagus.

Mr. Smiley’s Manager: I don’t think you’d fit in here.
Lester Burnham: I have fast food expierience.
Mr. Smiley’s Manager: Yeah, like twenty years ago!
Lester Burnham: Well, I’m sure there have been marvelous advances in the industry, but surely you must have some sort of training program. It’s unfair you presume I won’t be able to learn.

Carolyn Burnham: I see you’re smoking pot now. I suppose you think smoking illegal psychotropic substances is a good example to set for our sixteen year-old daughter?!
Lester Burnham: You’re one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak.

Carolyn Burnham: What the hell do you think you’re doing?
Lester Burnham: I’m going to whale on my pecs and then do my back.

Lester Burnham: I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.

Jane Burnham: Don’t you feel naked?
Ricky Fitts: I am naked.

Lester Burnham: That’s my wife, Carolyn. See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That’s not an accident.

Colonel Frank Fitts: You need structure… and discipline.
Ricky Fitts: Thank you for trying to teach me, sir. Don’t give up on me, Dad.

Carolyn Burnham: My company sells an image. It’s part of my job to live that image.

Lester Burnham: It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.

Carolyn Burnham: What are you doing?
Lester Burnham: Nothing.
Carolyn Burnham: You were masturbating!
Lester Burnham: I was not.
Carolyn Burnham: Yes you were!
Lester Burnham: Oh, all right! So shoot me, I was whacking off! That’s right, I was choking the bishop, chafing the carrot, you know, saying “hi” to my monster!

Lester Burnham: When I was your age, I flipped burgers just to be able to buy an eight-track.
Ricky Fitts: That sucks.
Lester Burnham: No, actually it was great. All I did was party and get laid. I had my whole life ahead of me.

Buddy Kane: In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.

Carolyn Burnham: I refuse to be a victim!

Jane Burnham: Somebody should just put him out of his misery.
Ricky Fitts: Do you want me to kill him?
Jane Burnham: Yeah, would you?

Colonel Frank Fitts: Where’s your wife?
Lester Burnham: Uh, I dunno. Probably out fucking that dorky, prince-of-real-estate guy.
Colonel Frank Fitts: Your wife is with another man and you don’t care?
Lester Burnham: Nope. Our marriage is just for show. A commercial for how normal we are when we’re anything but.

Lester Burnham: So Janie, how was school?
Jane Burnham: It was okay.
Lester Burnham: Just okay?
Jane Burnham: No dad, it was spectacular.


Angela Hayes: What a freak! And why does he dress like a bible salesman?
Jane Burnham: He’s just so confident, it can’t be real.
Angela Hayes: I don’t believe him. I mean, he didn’t even like, look at me once!

Angela Hayes: I don’t think that there’s anything worse than being ordinary.

Angela Hayes: So, you’re fucking psycho-boy on a regular basis now? Tell me, has he got a big dick?
Jane Burnham: It’s not like that.
Angela Hayes: What, hasn’t he got one?
Jane Burnham: I’m not going to talk about his dick with you, OK?

Ricky Fitts: Yes, I suck dick for money. You should see me fuck, I’m the best piece of ass in three states.
Col. Frank Fitts: Get out. I don’t ever want to see you again.
Ricky Fitts: What a sad little man you are.

Carolyn: Don’t you mess with me, mister, or I’ll divorce you so fast it’ll make your head spin!
Lester: On what grounds? I’m not a drunk, I don’t fuck other women, I’ve never hit you, I don’t mistreat you… I don’t even try to touch you because you’ve made it so abundantly clear how unnecessary you consider me to be! But I did support you before you got your license, and some people might think that entitles me to half of what’s yours. So, turn off the light when you come to bed!

Angela Hayes: I’m serious. He just pulled down his pants and yanked it out. You know, like, “Say hello to Mr. Happy.”
Playground Girl #1: Gross.
Angela Hayes: It wasn’t gross. It was kinda cool.
Playground Girl #1: So did you do it with him?
Angela Hayes: Of course I did. He’s like a really well known photographer. He shoots for “Elle” on like a regular basis. It would have been so majorly stupid of me to turn him down.
Playground Girl #2: You are a total prostitute.
Angela Hayes: Hey! That’s how things really are. You just don’t know ’cause you’re this pampered little suburban chick.
Playground Girl #2: So are you. You’ve only been in “Seventeen” once and you looked fat! So stop acting like you’re goddamn Christy Turlington!
Angela Hayes: Cunt!

Jane Burnham: I don’t think we can be friends anymore.
Angela Hayes: You’re way too uptight about sex.
Jane Burnham: Just don’t fuck my dad, all right? Please?
Angela Hayes: Why not?

Lester Burnham: I am sick and tired of being treated like I don’t exist. You two do whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it, and I don’t complain. All I want–
Carolyn Burnham: Oh, you don’t complain! Oh, please! Excuse me! Excuse me! I must be psychotic then! If you don’t complain, what is this? Yeah, let’s bring in the laugh meter and see how loud it gets on that one. You don’t complain–

Lester Burnham: Don’t interrupt me, honey.

Angela Hayes: Well, whatever, this is boring. Let’s go.
Jane Burnham: Do you you need a ride?
Angela Hayes: Are you crazy? I don’t want to end up hacked to pieces in a dumpster somewhere.
Ricky Fitts: It’s okay. I’ll walk. But thanks.
Angela Hayes: Yeah, see? He doesn’t want to go anyway. C’mon, let’s go. Come on, Jane.
Jane Burnham: I think I’m going to walk too.
Angela Hayes: What?! Jane, that’s, like, almost a mile.


Lester Burnham: I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once… and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember… to relax, and not try to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. Don’t worry… you will someday.

Ricky Fitts: She’s not your friend. She’s just someone you use to feel good about yourself.

Angela Hayes: Jane, he’s a freak!
Jane Burnham: Then so am I! And we’ll always be freaks and we’ll never be like other people and you’ll never be a freak because you’re just too… perfect!

Angela Hayes: You total slut, you have a crush on him. You’re defending him, you love him, you wanna have, like, ten thousand of his babies.

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The Music of Angels: A Listener’s Guide to Sacred Music from Chant to Christian Rock


Patrick Kavanaugh

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The Bible Jesus Read


Philip Yancey

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Hurtling Toward Oblivion


Richard Swenson

Central Theme
Based on observable trends on the planet and after applying the laws of logic, a reasonable person will conclude that human history is rounding the last lap for the homestretch.

Richard Swensen , MD is a full time futurist, physician-researcher, and author, whose previous books include Margins and The Overload Syndrome. He has since released More than Meets the Eye. Fans of Swenson will be pleased that he has not headed down the too-often traveled path of end-times predictions based on his interpretation of Biblical texts. Swenson reaches his conclusions on the basis of observable trends in today’s world, which when taken together in a logical, sequential manner lead to a conclusion that the planet is hurtling towards what he calls ‘lethality’. Far from a gloom and doom outcome, Swenson, who dedicates his book to his sons, reminds readers that our only hope is, as it always has been, in God, who has told his followers not to be afraid but to place our trust in Him.

Beliefs num
–Progress produces profusion which is a mathematical physical reality that results in growth, increase — more and more and more and more etc.
–Profusion is irreversible.
–Progress produces profusion which together result in exponential growth
–Our world systems are defective, fallen.
–Even the improvement of the systems cannot offset the profusion of the negative. A little leaven affects the whole lump.
–Once the negatives rise to the level of lethality the entire globe will be threatened.
–Christians should live authentic lives and never despair for a new day is dawning for Christianity in the world.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you agree that human history will have an end?
–Are things getting better or worse in human history?
–What do you believe will trigger the end of the world?
–Will there be another human history after this one?
–How then should we live?

Provocative Quotes byline
–The world is spinning out of control and approaching a threshold of lethality — a point where life as we know it can no longer continue
==Richard Swenson
–The phenomenon of profusion is irreversible, primarily because progress is a one-way street. The original engineers, it seems, forgot to install a reverse gear.
==Richard Swenson
–Thoroughly evil people will use exponentially increasing power, technology and money to advance their evil purposes. Faster and faster.
==Richard Swenson
–Life under the tutelage of progress is getting better: The positive is growing at a rapid rate. But, at precisely the same time, fallenness is becoming more powerful: The negative is also growing at a rapid rate.
==Richard Swenson
–If the negatives are sufficiently dangerous, they cannot be offset by the positives no matter how beneficial the positives are.
==Richard Swenson
–As a Christian I take it for granted that human history will some day end; and I am offering Omniscience no advice as to the best date for that consumption.
==C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, Is Progress Possible?

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