Nietzsche: Lincoln & Pope Leo XIII, the Antidotes to His Legacy (From National Review)

President Abrama Lincoln in 1864; Pope Leo XIII in 1898 (Library of Congress) Though from starkly different backgrounds, the two men remain pillars of the natural-law tradition, under assault from both the Left and the Right. We live in an unusually anomalous culture whose politics and economics are now dominated by Nietzscheans of both the [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work (From Open Culture)

Image via Wikimedia Commons I’ve just started reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to my 6-year-old daughter. While much of the nuance and the references to Tolkienian deep time are lost on her, she easily grasps the distinctive charms of the characters, the nature of their journey, and the perils, wonders, and Elven friends they have met [...]

The Catholic Church, the State, and Liberalism (From Public Discourse)

As a contribution to the growing movement to reevaluate the compatibility of Catholicism and liberal politics (see, for example, here, here, here, here, and here), I’d like to offer some comments on relevant statements by two recent popes and relate them to previous papal teaching. The two popes are Benedict XVI and Francis, and their [...]

Conservative Leader Wants a Family Guy For House Chaplain (From Daily Intelligencer)

April 27, 2018 04/27/2018 12:44 pm The brouhaha unleashed when Speaker Paul Ryan cashiered the House chaplain for an allegedly “political” prayer last year just took a new, and weird, turn. A major conservative leader who serves on the committee to choose a successor to the Rev. Patrick Conroy, SJ, laid out his desiderata for [...]

Priests Are Murdered All Over Mexico, and Persecution Has Nothing To Do With It (From Friendly Atheist)

Cartel-related violence in Mexico has soared out of control in recent years. Even previously safe, tourist-friendly towns like Cancun and Playa del Carmen are seeing their share of killings. Acapulco failed to retain the glamour-resort aura it acquired in the fifties and has now devolved into Mexico’s murder capital. From 2014 to 2017, reported homicides in [...]

Why Orthodox Christian Nations Remain Stuck (From Bloomberg.com)

Religion Their religious roots, not their Communist experience, support authoritarianism and risk aversion. by April 26, 2018, 5:36 AM PDT Different priorities. Photographer: Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images Eastern Orthodox Christianity has done more to shape certain ex-Communist countries than communism. It also, some say, made their people relatively unhappy and anti-capitalist. This theory got a lot [...]

This poll asked Americans if they believe in God. The answers were fascinating. (From Vox)

20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible — but 17 percent of religious “nones” do. “Do you believe in God?” The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that [...]

Democrats furious at Ryan over ousting of House chaplain (From POLITICO)

The Rev. Pat Conroy announced his resignation in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan in mid-April. But now Democrats allege Conroy was forced to step down by the speaker after being pressured by some members of his GOP conference. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Democrats are outraged over the resignation of the House chaplain, alleging he [...]

How the Kremlin may have helped Trump win the Catholic vote (From Vox)

Russia gave WikiLeaks stolen emails. WikiLeaks may have given Trump the Catholic vote. On April 11, 2011, a trio of prominent Catholic Democratic operatives traded a series of emails accusing Republicans of cherry-picking aspects of their religion for political gain. “It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” wrote John Halpin of the liberal Center for [...]

Feature: Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense (From New York Times)

Last July, President Donald Trump was sued in federal court over his Twitter habits. It wasn’t the tone or content of Trump’s approximately 37,300 tweets that had landed him in trouble. Instead, it was the possible unconstitutionality of the way he uses one feature of the platform: the block button. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

We May Never Truly Fathom Other Cultures – Facts So Romantic (From Nautilus)

Our discrete cultural universes are not easily bridged.Inca Princess - La Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo (early 1800s) / Denver Art Museum / WikicommonsIf they’re honest and humble enough, people who study societies that existed in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans will admit that they don’t really understand those societies. They’ll know the facts about pre-Hispanic [...]

‘We are watching you’: Political killings shake Mexico election (From U.S.)

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Magda Rubio had just launched her campaign for mayor of a small city in northern Mexico, when a chilling voice came through her cell phone. “Drop out,” the caller warned, “or be killed.” Policemen guard a crime scene where mayoral candidate Santana Cruz Bahena was gunned down at his home [...]

How Trump Moved the Mexican Border North (From POLITICO Magazine)

“My mom’s story is like a fairytale,” the boy said before he fell asleep on the living room sofa. His mother calls him her little angel. They live together in an unpainted shack at the back of a dirt cul-de-sac among trailers and birds of paradise on the outskirts of Houston. Sunshine filtered through the [...]

Feature: Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense (From New York Times)

Last July, President Donald Trump was sued in federal court over his Twitter habits. It wasn’t the tone or content of Trump’s approximately 37,300 tweets that had landed him in trouble. Instead, it was the possible unconstitutionality of the way he uses one feature of the platform: the block button. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

We May Never Truly Fathom Other Cultures – Facts So Romantic (From Nautilus)

Our discrete cultural universes are not easily bridged.Inca Princess - La Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo (early 1800s) / Denver Art Museum / WikicommonsIf they’re honest and humble enough, people who study societies that existed in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans will admit that they don’t really understand those societies. They’ll know the facts about pre-Hispanic [...]

How the Catholic Church censored the Golden Age of Hollywood (From Vox)

When you think of the Golden Age of Hollywood, you probably think of some of the greatest American movies ever made: Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca. But what you may not realize is that all of these movies were censored by the Catholic Church. From 1934 to 1954, every Hollywood movie needed to [...]

Under Catholic Church Rule, Hollywood Films Couldn’t Feature Interracial Couples (From Friendly Atheist)

How did the Catholic Church impact the “Golden Age of Hollywood”? They made sure that very Hollywood movie from 1934 to 1954 followed a strict moral code that forbade nudity, excessive drinking, mocking the clergy, showing interracial couples (yep), and acknowledging the existence of gay people. That’s what God wanted, after all. Vox explains the [...]

Pope Francis Admits ‘Grave Errors’ in Chile Sex Abuse Cases (From New York Times)

ROME — Pope Francis has apologized for “grave errors” in the handling of sexual abuse cases in Chile, where he had adamantly defended a bishop accused of covering up abuse by the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.In an extraordinary letter to the bishops of Chile, published on Wednesday, a remorseful pope then invited representatives of [...]

The Ultimate Catholic Showdown? Liberalism vs. Integralism at Harvard (From Public Discourse)

Harvard’s Museum of Natural History was an unlikely place for the Catholic intellectual showdown of the winter. For decades, Catholics have argued over the compatibility of their faith with liberalism, a plastic term that can include thinkers from Machiavelli and Locke to F.A. Hayek and John Rawls. As American society becomes more hostile to traditional [...]

Josh Rosen answers NFL critics – UCLA quarterback on Tom Brady, NCAA (From ESPN.com)

playRosen ready to take talents to the next level (0:45)After an impressive run at UCLA, Josh Rosen is ready to take his talents to the NFL. (0:45)5:00 AM PTCloseSam Alipour (@SamAlipour) is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com and the host of Hang Time.This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Apr. 23 NEXT [...]

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle for “Ideological Diversity” at Elite Media Outlets (From The Intercept)

Over the past two weeks, the elite media Twittersphere has erupted with extremely intense opinions about The Atlantic’s hiring and then reverse-hiring of Kevin Williamson, previously a writer for the National Review. Any regular human beings who took a wrong turn on the internet and encountered this storm of takes must have found it incomprehensibly bonkers. [...]

Survey Shows Steep Decline in Catholic Church Attendance (From Friendly Atheist)

Here’s some welcome news from Gallup: Attendance in Catholic churches is at its lowest point ever. From 2014 to 2017, an average of 39% of Catholics reported attending church in the past seven days. This is down from an average of 45% from 2005 to 2008 and represents a steep decline from 75% in 1955. [...]

Did a TV Host Threaten to Sexually Torture a Teen? Not If You Get Hyperbole (From Friendly Atheist)

Until yesterday, Jamie Allman, a fire-breathing media personality in St. Louis, had two jobs — he hosted a radio program on KFTK-FM and a TV show on Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate KDNL-TV. Allman had to give up both after a recent tweet caused a firestorm: When we kick their ass they all like to claim we’re drunk. [...]

Ted Cruz Really Wants to Know Why Mark Zuckerberg Hates All His Favorite Facebook Pages (From Motherboard)

Ted Cruz used his precious five minutes during Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony today to hit on the topic that really matters to Americans: Where the hell did that awesome Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day page go? Zuckerberg was in town to face questions from Senate lawmakers on a number of serious issues—the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook’s role [...]

How John Kelly’s Boston Neighborhood Led Him to Trump’s Side (From Politico)

BOSTON — On the morning of October 20, a Facebook Group called “Originally from Oak Square Brighton” was in an uproar. Typically, the several hundred members share childhood memories from their Boston neighborhood or news that an old friend has passed away. But on this night, they were grappling with a segment that had aired [...]

China bans online retailers from selling the Bible – Axios (From Axios)

http://bit.ly/2HbKY5AChina bans online retailers from selling the BibleA Chinese Catholic deacon holds a bible at an underground church. Photo: Kevin Frayer / Getty ImagesOnline retailers in China are no longer allowed to sell the Christian Bible, reports the New York Times, as the Chinese government continues its crackdown on religion and the influence of Christianity [...]

BlackRock to offer gun-free investment strategies, ETFs (From U.S.)

BOSTON (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager, said on Thursday it will offer new investment strategies and exchange-traded funds that exclude civilian firearms producers and retailers, following through on plans it outlined last month after a Florida high school massacre. The BlackRock logo is seen at the BlackRock Japan headquarters in Tokyo, [...]

The conservative case against Pope Francis — and why it matters (From Vox)

Ross Douthat’s new book asks some important questions about Catholicism, and modernity as a whole. Five years into his papacy, Pope Francis is a polarizing figure. To his supporters, he’s a much-needed change for the church. He’s a reformer whose willingness to model Christlike behavior (from washing the feet of Muslim migrants to asking “who [...]

Howard Buffett explains how tougher border security can fight drugs – Axios (From Axios)

http://bit.ly/2EuwbjjHoward Buffett explains how tougher border security can fight drugsIllustration: Rebecca Zisser / AxiosSince he started working for the sheriff’s department in a rural county in Illinois a few years ago, Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire Warren Buffett, has seen drug addiction lead to poverty, prostitution, overdoses and suicide. As he told Axios over [...]

Orban: Hungary Determined to Maintain a Homogenous, Christian Society (From Reuters)

In the Darkroom, Susan Faludi's remarkable personal reflection on memory and identity, dispels the fabricated Christian Magyar origin myths of Hungarian nationalists that fueled the extermination of  nearly one million Hungarian Jews in the last year of World War II. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban today aligns himself with these same fraudulent origin myths when [...]

Students who are old for their grade more likely to enroll in college

Students who are old for their grade more likely to enroll in college http://bit.ly/2Gwu9SB Credit: CC0 Public Domain Teens who are old for their grade appear to feel more confident about their academic abilities and are more likely to enroll in college than their younger peers, according to research published by the Journal of Educational [...]

Larry Kudlow, Trump’s new top economic adviser, explained

Larry Kudlow, Trump’s new top economic adviser, explained http://bit.ly/2G02ADr He’s a die-hard supply-sider for whom corporate tax cuts are the highest goal. President Donald Trump’s love for, and obsessive viewing of, cable news is well-documented, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that his new pick as chief economic adviser is a veteran talking [...]

Jihad vs. McWorld – The Atlantic (The Atlantic)

Jihad vs. McWorld - The Atlantic http://theatln.tc/2FnSWXi Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures—both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe—a [...]

Commentary: How democracy’s spread dashed dreams of liberalism (U.S.)

Commentary: How democracy’s spread dashed dreams of liberalism http://reut.rs/2sGX96W “South Africa’s Zuma is out” was the Washington Post’s headline on Thursday morning. “Will things actually get better?” The question signifies more than journalistic skepticism. It points to a shift in the liberal worldview. Over more than a quarter of a century, that view – triumphant [...]

A Chinese Company Has Conquered a Piece of America (Bloomberg.com)

A Chinese Company Has Conquered a Piece of America https://bloom.bg/2C3LEdi Dr. Marty Rohringer was ending a graveyard shift at the lone hospital on Saipan, the exceptionally remote U.S. island, when four Chinese men arrived with a body.The figure they had with them—a middle-aged man, also Chinese, naked but for his underwear—was unresponsive, and had clearly [...]

Marshall McLuhan – Wikipedia (Wikipedia)

Marshall McLuhan - Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2pY5qQR Marshall McLuhan CC Marshall McLuhan in 1945 Born Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911-07-21)July 21, 1911 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Died December 31, 1980(1980-12-31) (aged 69) Toronto, Ontario, Canada Spouse(s) Corinne Lewis (m. 1939-1980, his death) School Toronto School Main interests Media, mass media, sensorium, New Criticism Influenced Walter J. Ong, Neil Postman, Timothy [...]

Rob Porter Is a National Security Scandal, Too (POLITICO Magazine)

Rob Porter Is a National Security Scandal, Too http://politi.co/2BOB4qN Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter is pictured (right). | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo 1600 Penn Rob Porter Is a National Security Scandal, Too A morally compromised White House staffer may have had access to America’s top secrets. Chief of Staff John Kelly has some explaining [...]

Firing of teacher after same-sex wedding turns into Miami congressional campaign issue (Politico PRO)

Firing of teacher after same-sex wedding turns into Miami congressional campaign issue http://politi.co/2CaTCNH Richardson said the case underscores the need for federal legislation and the passage of a bill which would ban Florida hotel owners and employers from discriminating against people due to their sexual orientation or gender. | AP Photo Firing of teacher after [...]

Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop (Vulture)

Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop http://bit.ly/2EPld9M In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do.) But in person, the 84-year-old music-industry macher is [...]

Why Desperate Families Are Getting Religion on Health Coverage (POLITICO Magazine)

Why Desperate Families Are Getting Religion on Health Coverage http://politi.co/2s6OwSD When Erica Jackson and her husband decided she would quit her job as a nurse and stay at home with their three kids, they knew they couldn’t afford insurance on the individual market. The family of five, who live in Wichita Falls, Texas, near the [...]

What Does It Mean to Die? (The New Yorker)

What Does It Mean to Die? http://bit.ly/2nl3ZcX Before having her tonsils removed, Jahi McMath, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl from Oakland, California, asked her doctor, Frederick Rosen, about his credentials. “How many times have you done this surgery?” Hundreds of times, Rosen said. “Did you get enough sleep last night?” He’d slept fine, he responded. Jahi’s [...]

Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President (POLITICO Magazine)

Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President http://politi.co/2EejtXq If Donald Trump gets a little bored on his flight home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he can always page through a book handed to him by a delegate not long after he arrived: “God and Donald Trump.” The volume, written by Stephen [...]

The Guilty Soul of Pope Francis (The New York Review of Books)

The Guilty Soul of Pope Francis http://bit.ly/2E872MH Fernando Lavoz/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesCatholics protesting in Osorno, Chile, on January 4, 2018, against Bishop Juan Barros, who was appointed in 2015 by Pope Francis despite accusations of his having protected a pedophile priest There were certain words that Chileans were hoping that Pope Francis would say during [...]

What the Pope Gets Wrong About Fake News (POLITICO Magazine)

What the Pope Gets Wrong About Fake News http://politi.co/2DAJYJA I thought I had a deal with the Vatican. Its popes would run Vatican City, provide spiritual guidance to the faithful, appoint bishops and cardinals, issue encyclicals and explore exotic locations in their Popemobiles. Meanwhile, I would oversee press criticism. This arrangement has worked extraordinarily well [...]

The religious activists on the rise inside Trump's health department (POLITICO)

The religious activists on the rise inside Trump's health department http://politi.co/2DxX21r A small cadre of politically prominent evangelicals inside the Department of Health and Human Services have spent months quietly planning how to weaken federal protections for abortion and transgender care — a strategy that's taking shape in a series of policy moves that took [...]

Commentary: Now, a different clash of civilizations (U.S.)

Commentary: Now, a different clash of civilizations http://reut.rs/2AYKGPu “The Darkest Hour,”  a film which emphasizes the courage and iron will of Winston Churchill through the first weeks of the Second World War, is drawing audiences and praise on its release in North America. It shows new generations that this man – mocked and marginalized in [...]

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America (the Guardian)

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America http://bit.ly/2kyyc67 Los Angeles, California, 5 December “You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.” We are in Los Angeles, in the heart of one of America’s wealthiest cities, and General Dogon, [...]

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession (U.S.)

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession http://reut.rs/2ywd3i5 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse in the confessional, said a report on Friday which detailed institutional abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church. One the country’s top catholics, Melbourne [...]

Peru prosecutor probing alleged abuse seeks to jail Catholic society f (U.S.)

Peru prosecutor probing alleged abuse seeks to jail Catholic society f http://reut.rs/2j0AFWs LIMA (Reuters) - A public prosecutor in Peru is seeking the pre-trial detention of Luis Figari, founder of an elite Catholic society who is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group, the attorney for the victims of [...]

The Madness of Donald Trump (Rolling Stone)

The Madness of Donald Trump http://rol.st/2yghIEK Illustration by Victor Juhasz for Rolling Stone Evening, August 22nd, 2017, a convention center in Phoenix. It's Donald Trump's true coming-out party as an insane person. It looks like the same old Trump up there on the stage: same boxy blue suit, same obligatory flag pin and tangerine combover, [...]

Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping (Reuters)

Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping http://reut.rs/2B8GIDo MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October. Philippine President [...]

The women of the “alt-right” are speaking out against misogyny. They’d prefer absolute patriarchy. (Mic)

The women of the “alt-right” are speaking out against misogyny. They’d prefer absolute patriarchy. http://bit.ly/2A4SY3I The white supremacist right has a slogan, a clarion call that binds the movement across countries and generations. It’s called the “14 words”: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”Buried within that mantra [...]

Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance (Vanity Fair)

Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance http://bit.ly/2nAsoxT They were one of the great romances of the 1960s. Pop art’s golden couple, even if silver was their signature color. Romeo and Juliet with kink. Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. The two were opposites. Were, in fact, radically, diametrically, almost violently [...]

Gorsuch Victory Lap Speech at the Federalist Society: Some Correctives

As Politico reports, Neil Gorsuch on Thursday night delivered a victory lap speech at the annual conference of the Federalist Society. The article tells us that Gorusch's big applause lines concerned his: Snide reproach to those who characterize the Federalist Society as a secret cabal scheming in darkness to infiltrate and control the federal judiciary; [...]

Analogies for Our Time – The Spanish Civil War

Many analogies exist, in history and in literature, for our straining efforts to account for our inverted times. Our instincts are to obey our laws, trust our institutions, have faith in our leaders. But in these times, fealty to our laws, institutions, and leaders risks our destruction as a nation, if not as a species. [...]

Freedom From "Fear Porn": In Defense of Cosmopolitan Elites, Polyglot Cultures, and Global Integration

Much has already been written about Donald Trump's speech to the Polish people earlier today. This speech, written (presumably) by White House fear-mongers Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, adopts a dark and legitimately creepy Saruman-like vibe similar to Trump's inaugural address. James Fallows commented on the shift in tone of this speech from famous (and infamous) [...]

Robby George's Primer on Natural Law: Let's Break It Down

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis, 1:28)

In 2007, Professor Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, delivered the John Dewey Lecture in Philosophy at Harvard Law School. George himself received his legal education at Harvard, and was there introduced to ideas about the relationship between law and morality, the study of which, as he happily tells us, became his life's vocation.

From Steve Bannon to Robby George: The Catholic Foundations of American Conservative Thought

This essay traces the arc within movement conservatism in the United States from Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist to President Donald Trump (and arguably the most reviled and feared conservative political actor in American public life) to Robby George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University (and arguably the most respected and influential conservative political thinker in [...]

Worship the Creation, Not the Creator: An Immodest Proposal for Immodest Times

While writing about hunchbacked Nostradamus Steve Bannon, and other topics in the past year (mostly, but not all, Trump-related), I've often had the sense that I am (metaphysically speaking) sitting on the shoulders of something, unformed and drenched in darkness, but real and mutable and worth exploring further, no matter what the risk. Writing anything worthwhile is usually about this sort of exploration or quest to uncover the large, masked forms of our existence, and this process requires commitment and trust, that we can figure out things as we go along, that creation (and storytelling) is an adventure of discovery, not the schematic unfurling of foreknowledge.