Weekly Random Links

Old World Language Families

The Old World Language Families infographic from Stand Still Stay Silent Comic shows the “roots” of our modern languages. Follow each language’s path from bush to roots and discover how closely languages are related to each other.

Does an inerrantist culture “do good or do harm”?

In Mark 3:4, Jesus poses a very interesting question to the man with the withered hand: “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?”

Why ask a question like this? Because, as Mark writes, the witnesses in the synagogue were waiting to see whether Jesus would heal on the sabbath, and thus be able to accuse him as being a sabbath-breaker.

Smartphone App Prevents Drunk Users From Posting On Social Media

A new smartphone app called Drunk Message Blocker prevents inebriated users from posting messages to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social networks by allowing them to input, prior to drinking, how many hours they plan to be drunk and then cutting off all their access during that time. What do you think?

The Key to Civilisation, and Life

All civilised communities have the same essential feature: They rely upon persuasion rather than force.

The more force and violence they use, the less civilised they are. The less civilised they are, the less prosperous and technologically advanced they become. And the less advanced they are, the less able they are to exterminate a small group of English-speaking soldiers on the frontiers of civilisation.

That is the paradox of civilisation: The more civilised you are, the more you are capable of doing very uncivilised things.

It was often remarked in the 1920s and 1930s, for example, that Germany was the most civilised country in Europe. That is what made it possible for it to throw its weight around.

Which just goes to show that no matter how civilised you are, you never really get out of that ‘foul rag and bone shop of the heart’. Push the saint too hard; he will turn into a beast.