Reblog: Election Day Thoughts

Joshua Gibbs offers, with aplomb and beauty, boldness and subtlety, his thoughts on Election Day 2020. I will not assault you readers with fanatical rantings after my prolonged absence. Instead, I’m simply re-posting his thoughts since they so perfectly mirror my own.

Man was created to seek glory. He was created to love the glory of God and to mirror God’s glory through the pursuit of beauty, truth, goodness, and holiness. The glory of man is derived from God and the glory of God is underived. “Only God is good,” teaches Christ, which means the goodness of creation reveals God.

When one human being encounters another human being who is glorious—and this glory comes from beauty, power, strength, talent, skill, wealth, knowledge, or prowess—he will want that glory. He will seek it out. There are only two ways for a man with no glory to seek out the glory of another man:

1. By imitating the glorious man

2. By liquidating that man’s glory and taking it for himself

When modern men encounter great accumulations of glory, they rarely respond by imitation. Rather, their first inclination is to liquidate that great accumulation of glory and redistribute it. Over and over again, modern men liquidate and redistribute, liquidate and redistribute. They do it with power. They do it with money. They do it with truth. 

Imitation is too difficult, takes too long, and is subject to all the inequalities which nature, luck, and inheritance bring.

Modern men are slow to learn that glory cannot be liquidated and redistributed. In liquidating, glory is destroyed. Glory only exists in accumulations. The same is true of power. The same is true of wealth. The glory of a beautiful woman cannot be liquidated and redistributed without mutilating the woman. The most glorious part of a pyramid is the highest stone, and that glory cannot be liquidated and redistributed among every stone without leveling the pyramid.

The man who encounters great glory and attempts to imitate it, though, understands that existence itself is a great ladder which leads to God. When we imitate greater glory, we climb that ladder. The man who imitates great glory is creative, constructive, productive, active. He begins with the impulse to make, not to destroy. He repents. He changes himself as opposed to demanding others change.

The only genuine way to seek glory is by imitation. Everything else is violence. Every act of imitation is an act of becoming.


4 thoughts on “Reblog: Election Day Thoughts

  1. MK says:

    No aplomb from me, just blunt truth: This is an election where one side will ultimately conclude that the system itself is no longer worth respecting or defending. The Biden camp is much closer to that point, maybe even resolved to it, but still pretending. The Trump side is not there yet, but inching closer. There is no result that can leave both sides satisfied that the system worked as intended. Like the period after the Great War, we are entering a crisis of legitimacy, which begins with the election results.

    While indeed getting very, very close to the end of the Republic, the endgame was never in doubt long ago. Why? Only the polite and painfully fair English people could pull representative government, let alone the rest of the world. But America did have a very good run, and I bow to her: requiescat in pace.


  2. Elspeth says:

    This is an election where one side will ultimately conclude that the system itself is no longer worth respecting or defending.

    One side already decided that, well before election night. That’s why we’re seeing what we’re seeing.

    Queen Kamala will get her throne. Who in their right minds believes that Joe Biden is in any condition to run a bingo parlor, much less the United States of America?


  3. Bike Bubba says:

    Plus a billion for Garvey’s Ghost. At some point, we’ve got to tell the inner cities that if they can’t get their act together and report in a timely manner, their votes will not be recorded at all.

    My take here is that there is a lot individual Americans can do to clean things up. I’m thinking of looking up the voting records of dead relatives to see which of them are still voting, to be honest. If enough people find that, the pressure for a cleanup of voter rolls will be immense. I’m also thinking of reviving something I should be doing every year anyway–check my credit reports to make sure someone’s not “camping” on mine.

    Really, if Biden pulls it out, worst we have is the situation described in Scripture where people would be appealing to the corrupt judge–so we can do the appealing. Government is not going to hold itself accountable, so we’ll have to do the work.

    Same thing with the media. Maybe I need to start sending letters saying “I see what you did there, and that’s simply neither honest nor good journalism.”

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