This week’s service: The Power of Poetry.
It makes girls swoon and boys fight, and it drives every quest for the next frontier: poetry. And yet it is mocked everywhere, most especially in academic mock-poetry, and it is ridiculed and shunned by the people who need it most: Men.
When men surrendered poetry, they surrendered everything that has ever mattered in Western civilization: Love, family, art, civility and ultimately civil order itself. The people who are not poets are brutes. And it shows.
No doubt you have other things to do with your time, but I challenge you to find anyone who will challenge you quite as thoroughly as I will. I most certainly have not surrendered my poetry, and I aim to show you what I can do with it.
This is the homily from my first service for The Church of Splendor with all the church business cut out. This is a philosophically ambitious argument about moral ambition, an equally-opportunisitical offender, a thoroughgoing take-down – and rebuilding – of everything.
If you value rethinking everything from the ground up, you should give me half-an-hour of your life. I promise to repay it a thousand fold.
To see the whole service, go here.
You give me 99 seconds, I’ll give you a brand new world…
This is from my first service for The Church of Splendor. If you want to see the whole argument, go here.
Want to stay married forever? Try staying married every day.
When you hire an Irishman to speak, there are three words you never have to pay for. They’re not in my script
, but you can hear them in the video of Anthony and Marilee Johnson’s wedding
This movie comes in the form of my post-wedding toast to the newlyweds. The topic is getting marriage so right that you manage to stay married all the way to the end of the day:
This is the opening sequence from my first service for The Church of Splendor:
If you want to see the whole argument, go here.
I keep talking about starting an atheist church. Here I am, starting one. My goal is to do this live on Saturday afternoons from a congenial bar, but Sunday mornings are a churchy enough time of day to start with.
We’ll start with something simple: What should a morally-ambitious person do?
Here it is on Spreecast.
If you have to tell a man what he’s seeing, it’s not there, not for him.
In the long run, what will matter about my work is that I invented egoism. By showing how the self comes to exist and by demonstrating its paramount importance to the uniquely-human life, the idea of self-adoration is mine forever.
In the short run, what matters about the things I say is everything else. Whoever you claim to listen to – Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, The Secret – I’ve got the real goods, and I can show you how to get the actual results you’re looking for – not just wealth but a wealth of spirit, an abundant joy. Whatever you say you want from the world – political liberty, stronger families, a better deal for men, simple human flourishing – every bit of it comes from egoism.
To change the world in the way you want it changed, you must increase the number of egoists.
I know how.
I’m doing it. Slowly. I could do it faster – we could do it faster – if you would Continue reading