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[Soul Searching] Vapours

Posted by Lex Fear on May 25, 2009

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.

I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.

What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.

I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.

The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.

Solomon, Ecclesiastes

A while ago I was discussing politics and the recession with a friend. I was doing what I considered my dutiful task of informing him of how all the decisions of Gordon Brown, since ZaNuLabour rose to power 12 years ago, have led to the bubble in house prices and the subsequent eonomic collapse. But my friend then asked a pertinent question which caused me to consider my very purpose.

If the Conservatives had been in power, would things have been different?

And the very truthful answer to that is, No.

It’s not just a political thing, it’s not just that ZaNuLabour stole Tory policies. It’s the old cliche that absolute power corrupts absolutely – greed, extravagance, gluttony, apathy,  envy, pride and anger. What have we not seen in recent days? There are very few people – and politicians are people – who did not fall into the trap of thinking the good times were never going to end. Everyone was happy to turn a blind eye to the injustices, to the corruption, the expense claims whilst the money kept rolling and the price of their house kept rising.

What would have been different? Nothing. And it’s this answer which has formulated my cynicism and means I will never have absolute faith in politics.

That’s not to say I don’t believe there are individuals who appear at times who see all this and really do want to change the system, but all too often they either fall to the dark side, or they find themselves being chewed up and spat out by a great machine which is fueled by the ignorance of man.

You think our politicians have learned from this boom and bust? You think things will be difference because they are putting rules in place to stop it happening again? Let me tell you that most of them don’t even know how to prevent it, or don’t really care, and of those rules they do make… they will be ignored by future generations just as we have ignored the rules and the lessons of the past.

So why bother even blogging about this, why bother discussing it? The most reward that any of us can get is the option to say “I told you so”, because we all lose. The truth about teamwork is that the team moves forward at the pace of it’s slowest member, and the same is true of humanity. For all our scientific innovations and discoveries, we cannot solve the problem sin. When I use this word, sin, I refer to human failings, things which are inherent in our nature which cause evil – deceit, selfishness, murder, greed, sexual desires, war… but instead of acknowledging these we redefine them. (The idea that someone would have sexual relations with a 10 year old disgusts us and strikes us as immoral, but the boundaries of sexual morality are being increasingly eroded. As adults fight for more sexual freedoms there is nothing to stop this becoming socially acceptible – all that’s needed is to redefine what constitutes being an adult. For instance at 10 years old in England, you can already be tried for a crime as an adult – why can’t you be considered sexually aware?)

But I digress. I have questioned why I should rail against something which cannot and will not be stopped as long as there is an unsanctified human race. A human race of which 1/3 does not even acknowledge God’s existance let alone as Lord. (And of those that do acknowledge and worship God, how many of them are truly taking a stand against corruption and not partaking in it?)

The truth is, I have lost the drive to blog about politics and world affairs, to question the system. I still hold strong political beliefs but since there is no longer any difference between man and pig, I no longer see a purpose in it.

Instead, I’ve taken some time to reflect on blogging, and I am going to go back to my roots in blogging about Christianity and experience – that means I’m still going to post the odd consumer post but I see my primary purpose in apologetics.

It may be something to do with having made my peace with the church.. or at least the church I now attend. It may be something to do with reading and listening to the arguments of atheists more.. which provides me a source of great mirth and sometimes deep thought.

Of course my co-author Hudson has a lot to say about politics and anyone else can be free to join and write for AaF about these topics, but I have said enough, and will now focus on something which is close to my heart.. and I guess, in that way, I’m being true to the subjects I’ve always posted on.. those that are important issues for me.

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[Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes] Teething Problems

Posted by Lex Fear on February 1, 2009

So I had to go pick a theme that doesn’t show the post author, and since we now have two authors on the books I’ve had to do theme change.

Why am I not using a customised theme instead you ask? Because underneath this domain it’s ‘just another WordPress blog’ which has limited theme choice, and this is because I’m being a cheapskate.

The other issue I have is loss of comments. I’ve been doing some housekeeping and updating my older content and noticed that I have lost the comments for all my posts which originally started on blogger. I apologise to longtime followers from the early days, I have no way of now getting these back (without painstaking recreation of each one from the old content).

Ce la vie.

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[New Writer] An Introduction

Posted by BHudson on January 22, 2009

As this is my first post as a guest writer on AAF, I’d like to introduce myself (very) briefly.

In short, I’m a student from the South of England, interested broadly in politics, literature and music. Politics and a taste for  news with views I trust led me to the Osterley Times, and hence to here.

I’m not sure how long my stay will last, but I’ve got a few posts planned. First of all, I’d like to introduce you to the principles of agorism, and I’ll see how it goes from there. Thanks to Lex for giving me the opportunity.

That seems like enough of an intro for now.

BHudson.

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[Metablog] Resolutions

Posted by Lex Fear on January 21, 2009

I hope you like the new colour scheme, it’s one of the best from a limited choice, I miss the red and black but I thought this resembled it somewhat in a grey/black way.

I’ve been having some problems accessing the site, particularly in resolving the domain name, but I’m not sure if this is my ISP or whether it’s an issue with the transfer. Hopefully it will settle down.

As is customary this time of year, and since this is a new starting point for the blog, I thought I should make some new resolutions and share them with the faithful.

  1. Turn long comments into a blog post. I have a bad habbit of going into a dissertation sometimes when I’m leaving a comment – and I’ve had the odd complaint. But whats more I’m depriving my own blog of valuable Fearisms. Just as long as I don’t come off as a cyberstalker then I should be alright.
  2. No sacred cows. Well, I tend to abide by this rule anyway, but as long as someone doesn’t make an asshat of themselves, I’m happy to have disagreement, dissent and mocking.
  3. No more reinventions. Well, maybe. It’s just hard for me to stick to one topic or character for so long. I think I’ve done alright with ‘Lex Fear.
  4. Say more with less. Ties in with the 1st resolution. Never write a debunking article when a good sardonic quip will do.
  5. Do reviews. I’ve been hopeless at this in the past and will probably continue to do so, but I know I want to include reviews of things I’m reading and watching.
  6. Get into a routine. This has to be my number one downfall and is the reason this blog is so sporadic. If I can just nail the routine everything else falls into place.
  7. Sort out the back catalogue. A lot of internal links are broken, colours and images are out of contrast, so I’m going to go through the past 4 years posts and try to update and tidy them up so they fit the theme of the rest of the blog.
  8. Relax a little. I think, for the last 4 years I’ve been tightly wound and found myself slowly unwinding. Maybe it’s age, maturity, being able to confront my demons or simply tired of the war. maybe all of the above, but it’s time to enjoy blogging.
  9. Introduce a new writer. Yep, that’s right, a new writer will be joining me shortly on Abandon All Fear, but I’m going to let him do introductions.

Peace, for now.

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The Future

Posted by Lex Fear on January 17, 2009

A belated Happy New Year to all my readers who I can now count on two hands. It seems odd to be posting after such a while, I’ve been taking some time out as well as harassing other bloggers by over-using their comment feature.

Firstly, I’ve had some emails recently so I want to let those who have emailed know that I’ll get round to responding to you soon.

This post is about the future, the future of this blog specifically.

I think about the future a lot. I think about the current state of cultures and societies, scientific consensus, and what will those who come after us will say about this time. People who ascribe to old values, or belief systems that are considered a throwback to medieval times are mocked and villified. I see no reason that some of the accepted theories and philosophies of the day will be also be derided and mocked in the future. I wonder how many times a ‘new paradigm’ will be declared only to be shot down in flames when the next paradigm comes along.

I don’t think many bloggers or forum posters think like this. I say so because I’ve read their posts.

I like the idea that my words will be here for future generations to read and observe ideas were around at the beginning of the 21st Century. I like that people will be able to marvel at how insightful and forward thinking I was… or how spectacularly wrong I got it.

But on to the future of this blog. I have some interesting developments which should please people who consider Alex Fear to write things worth reading.

I have been advised by my site hosts, Lycos, that they are feeling very credit crunchy indeed and so are selling the web-hosting business. Some time in February in fact, this site will cease to exist… unless I transfer.

But I’m not transferring.

This website remains due to my ability to fund it. Apart from a small amount I’ve received from advertising, it’s funded by my own pocket. Whilst I like the idea of having my own base, as it were, something has always troubled me about this – what if something happened? What if I got struck by a bus and the funding no longer continued?

Though I wasn’t ready to contemplate a move, it seems my hosts have forced it upon me, therefore I’m going to be migrating this blog – to a WordPress hosted one. It’s not my first preference, I’d rather go back to Blogger, but WordPress hosting is the only way I get to keep all the comments and settings from this one, for now.

I’ll be migrating shortly, and I’ll be removing content from this site and putting on redirect. I may look and see if it’s possible for me to keep the domain name, without hosting- but admittedly and embarrassingly I’m not definite of how this works.

There is more news to come, which I’ll follow up with soon.

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[Meme] 6 Random Things

Posted by Lex Fear on September 17, 2008

I was tagged by Ken a while ago, here goes:

1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog (copy and paste 1-6).
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below).
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

1. I just ordered a 2x new mobile phones.
2. I still don’t feel comfortable with blogging after 3 years.. I still feel like I’ve yet to find my ‘niche’
3. I like watching Dexter because somehow I feel I relate to the serial killing protagonist. He ‘fakes’ social interactions and has trouble with emotions. Due to a prolonged, highly traumatic experience I had growing up which messed up all my social coordination (eg. laughing inappropriately) I relate- I learned to hide certain reactions and ‘fake’ social interactions too.
4. I sometimes make Christians unnerved. I like making people unnerved.
5. I’m convinced that part of my calling is civil disobedience.. I know this is theologically and doctrinally unsound but I’m just not interested in testing that right now.
6. My wife says I don’t sound very nice (as she reads this list).

I’m not linking anyone but instead I’ll throw this out there for anyone to pick up and pass on the meme.

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[Linklove] Get Your Blog On…

Posted by Lex Fear on June 18, 2008

I find myself lacking time to post, and even more time to keep the sidebar updated, so here goes…

If you link here, or intend to, or I comment from time to time on your blog and I haven’t included you in the blogroll then leave a comment and I’ll update it.

Promise.

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Book Meme

Posted by Lex Fear on February 4, 2008

I’ve been tagged by Ken over at C.Orthodoxy so finally a meme has worked it’s way round to Abandon All Fear.

Now, I need to say that I think the word ‘meme’ is just about the daftest word to describe the sharing of intellect and ideas, but I’m going to use it because it must really jar Bishop Dawkins that Christians are using it on their blogs.

Here goes:

  • Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
  • Open the book to page 123.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the next three sentences.
  • Tag five people.

Well it just so happens the nearest book is one I got most of the way through but have not yet finished and not picked up for 6 months. It was resting on the paper-shredder (for lack of a better place to rest it), which for a bibliophile must seem rather treasonous.

I am aware by revealing the title of this book it may put across a certain image of the kind of person I am, some may laugh, others may nod sagely and say I need to read it. The truth is I find books like this incredibly fun, interesting and useful. Do not for a moment think that I’m reading this from a position of need, rather think of it as sharpening a sword.

The book is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The fifth sentence on page 123 is:

"For you have struck a direct blow at their intelligence, judgement, pride and self-respect. That will make them want to strike back. But it will never make them want to change their minds."

Five great minds:

Yellow (who has delinked me?!)
Stef
Joshua
Kel
Cecilieaux

There were others, but limited to 5 unfortunately, so I purposefully included some guys I read and link to but haven’t commented for a while.

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I Cannot Think of Anything Imaginative for the Title of this Post

Posted by Lex Fear on November 23, 2007

I didn’t do a meta post or anything but just so you know we finally completed our move to a new flat and I am impressed with the the unlimited (no throttle, no traffic shaping, upto 8mb) broadband service from Be There. I signed up on Friday last week and here I am this Friday back online (after a little trouble getting the line to our new flat fixed- I’ll tell you more later if I can find the time).

So I got a letter back from the appeals service against the Congestion Charge- the hearing in a couple of weeks time, I’m not attending as I think it’s a waste of time but I will be interested in seeing the decision of the adjudicator. I currently have 1 C-Charge and 2 parking tickets outstanding (1 ticket for being parked whilst I went to the post office to post my appeal for the first). I hope that after I’m done with these (for better or worse) I’ll be posting up the details for all to see in a new HIDI.

I have also finally managed to get TalkTalk to drop a final bill they were demanding of me for 6 months. I will definitely post a HIDI on that, it involves a complaint to Otello and emailing a few dozen TalkTalk email addresses.

Here’s a video for a retro text-based adventure (with a new twist) using an MSN Messaging window to interact with the character. It’s kind of fun if you have some time to spare and have read everything else there is to read on the tubes.

 

Please Note: It seems to me there is no objectionable content in this video but nevertheless, viewer discretion is advised.

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New Barcardi Viral

Posted by Lex Fear on October 12, 2007

The new Barcardi ‘Made to Mix – Bass Tins’ viral below.

I was contacted a few days ago (in previous comments) to ask if I was prepared to show some viral advertising on the blog.

I’ve signed up now, so, on occasion I’ll try to feature both good and relevant ones. Also, will have to work on my keywords.

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