True things I heard last week, etc.

-Typical male sins are impersonal: drinking, reckless behavior, pornography, and the whole filthy heap of dehumanizing sexual sins.

Typical female sins are personal: manipulation, brutally destructive gossip, and sentimentality in the face of evil persons. Sexual sins tend to be sentimental.

-Modern political science has a curious influence from both John Calhoun and modern advertising practices. In different ways, this seems to make it a science influenced by a love of slavery.

-Christ as eucharistic is the union between the two great commandments- we cannot love God, i.e we cannot make the perfect loving communion with God, without at the same time making a communion with all who receive.

-We can’t market sex except by marketing persons- which involves treating a person in exactly the same way one would treat, say, pork bellies or kleenex. The offense here not so much the lack of some distinction (it is not evil for a scale to make no distinction between a 50 pound hog and a 50 pound person) rather it is the confounding the good in itself with the good per accidens. Man is the good for which products exist, not a product that exists for man.

-The human mind, considered as a passive power, knows absolutely everything, without exception. The mind is intrinsically aware of its own absence of limitations even in the mere act of counting, but in the same way, it can relate to “perfection”, “cause”, “existence”. This awareness of the infinity of which we are unable to know in actuality allows us in a certain sense to know what we do not know. Every number that the human mind actually knows is finite, but it does not follow that we need thing of all numbers as being finite- we can in fact know that they have no intrinsic limit. So too with perfections. Every one we know is finite and related to a subject- but we still can be aware that some perfection has no intrinsic limitation. We can even know that it is necessary. I am aware that the two cases of number and perfection are not perfectly equivalent, and I do not propose them as being so. I only mean to indicate the way in which the mind, by being aware of its passive infinity, can in a certain sense “know what it does not know”, or as the mystics say “to know God as unknown”.

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