Ritland Daily Ramble #8
Quote of the day
There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is seeing something that isn’t there.
– L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of Scientology
Tell it like it is
Wikipedia doesn’t refer to famous people in history by their titles. So St. Paul becomes Paul the Apostle, King Henry VIII becomes Henry VIII of England, and so on. This is because technically a person’s title isn’t a part of their name, but I argue that it is actually more influenced by the hubris of academics. Read my thoughts here.
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My passion legitimized
A recent study shows the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption:
Medical science has known for years that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol actually have a reduced risk of death. In general, they are healthier and have better cardiovascular function that those who don’t drink alcohol at all.Now, new research from Oregon Health & Science University adds a fascinating twist: moderate drinking may actually bolster our immune system and help it fight off infection.
I always get laughed at when I say that I don’t drink to get drunk. Sure, I like getting a buzz occasionally, but I always consider it a failure when I get drunk. But, as this study shows, not only is moderate drinking possible, it is also beneficial.
Even the good book agrees, explaining that God created wine to “maketh glad the heart of man” (Psalm 114:15a). The joy of those who enjoy an occasional drink, or smoke, is also what helps them live longer and healthier. The positive medical effects of joy can never be quantified.
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The Sportsman’s Show
This week I’ve been working the Sportsman’s Show at the convention center in Saint Paul. It always trips me out because half the RVs and boats cost more than my house did. Sadly, they are probably more useful. And certainly more durable.
I wonder how long it’ll be before the Sportsman’s Show get its name changed to the Sportspeople show. If that does happen I guarantee the campaign will come from someone who doesn’t care at all about hunting or fishing that just wants to force their morality onto others. These, of course, are the same people who criticize the Church for forcing their morality onto others. In our culture today irony is the rule, not the exception. See the L. Ron Hubbard quote above.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.