All of the benefits with none of the work

I am continually in awe of what social media networks’ “intelligent” algorithms think I am interested in. Case in point, this story that was in my Facebook feed today: 20-Somethings Have Invented a New Relationship Status, and It’s Called “Dating Partner”

“Dating Partners” are a perfect metaphor for what is wrong with our society. People that want to play “married” for a short amount of time without all of the “icky” commitment that comes with it. When things get remotely difficult, or even a little bit boring, you just bail and move on to the next sex partner. I can’t say it better than the article does:

“I don’t think monogamy is for everyone,” said Ian*, 29, who’s been in a cycle of dating partners before. “I don’t plan on getting married nor do I approach dating seeking out the perfect person for me to spend my ‘forever’ with.”

This is very, very sad.


“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”

– Martin Luther

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

– Saint Augustine

Philippians 4:6-8

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

This is the passage we have been studying in Bible in homeschool this week and I have been thinking about it a lot. It’s really easy to read it, agree that it is a good idea, and then go about your day; but the implications of actually putting it into practice are staggering and humbling. I think this homeschool thing is more of a blessing for me than it is for him.


I see no way to sum up the offense of modern man except to say he is impious….He has taken up arms against, and he has effectually slain, what former men have regarded with filial veneration. He has not been conscious of crime but has….regarded his action as a proof of virtue.

– Richard Weaver Ideas Have Consequences