I don't want to be a curmudgeon nor dwell long on the topic, but I think the following worth saying particularly because it is hard to say when an old man, who has been revered, is being celebrated.
I don't think Billy Graham's legacy is worth celebrating. We
do agree, though, when Graham laments not having studied more. Theological training is not a magic bullet, clearly, but like other things that hold
out the possibility of helping with historical and theological myopia,
it may have saved us from Graham's seemingly
rudderless Christianity, the conservatism of which only served to
conserve the ideology of the decade in which he found himself. Pointing
out the impact of a figure like Graham, does not make the means or
message appropriate, advisable, or even, on the whole, salutary. He may have been an instrument that God used to change individual people's lives in beneficial ways, but that fact doesn't prevent evaluation of a legacy as a whole.
|Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium|
Review: She was a whirlwind and then we met years later. Now wearing subdued hues, bluster was a whisper, claws manicured. A deep breath, sure, but I miss picking the straw from my hair.
Translation: A few of the tracks seem domesticated or over-produced, but it's a pleasant visit to Okkervil River. The Silver Gymnasium is a more-accessible, less-twisted stop in Okkervil's oeuvre. Put any track on another Okkervil album and I probably love it. As an album, however, I want a little more bluster.
François Raffoul, The Origins of Responsibility, 6.
Enjoyed reading the two part review at The New York Review of Books on psychiatry (Part I, Part II). I particularly enjoyed reading the sections of Part II about the history of the DSM. If you don't have a mental illness, just wait, you might in 2013 when DSM-V shows up.
One would be hard pressed to find a two-year-old who is not sometimes irritable, a boy in fifth grade who is not sometimes inattentive, or a girl in middle school who is not anxious. (Imagine what taking a drug that causes obesity would do to such a girl.) Whether such children are labeled as having a mental disorder and treated with prescription drugs depends a lot on who they are and the pressures their parents face. As low-income families experience growing economic hardship, many are finding that applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments on the basis of mental disability is the only way to survive. It is more generous than welfare, and it virtually ensures that the family will also qualify for Medicaid. According to MIT economics professor David Autor, “This has become the new welfare.” Hospitals and state welfare agencies also have incentives to encourage uninsured families to apply for SSI payments, since hospitals will get paid and states will save money by shifting welfare costs to the federal government.Where is Freud when you need him? Happy reading.
This video reminded me of Jean Vanier and the work of L'Arche, the work of lovingly accepting/welcoming the people in our lives as they are. At first I felt profoundly saddened by this video given my love of words, but I suppose I love words because I love life and mentally countered with "this too - for all its difficulty - is life":