An except from that other blog:
“But what more stories could Sturgeon have woven, with another 10 years of life?”
“A fine question.”
“But on the other hand, Sturgeon would not have been Sturgeon, if he had skipped the merchant marine years (pre-war, 1935-38, from ages 17 to 20). I doubt if the pipe actually did him much harm, actually: tobacco then didn’t have the pesticides of tobacco toady.”
“You aging smoker apologist! Still fighting a war that was lost long ago.”
“Truth is truth. Something the tobacco corporations forgot in the 50s, and the anti-tobacco (but pro-marijuana!) Ruling Class forget today.”
“You just don’t ever give up, do you?”
“It’s just more class warfare, of a different flavour.”
“I wonder how social superiority games are played in the Imperium.”
“You have no idea. It’s a very important thing though: every [player-character in a far future RPG game] is given a social rank, after all! But back to the topic: A better question is, how many would-be great SF writers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries died in their late teens and twenties, 1914-1945?”
“Oh yeah? Tell me how many of those great men were murdered in the womb, 1973 to this very day?”
“Humans are a murderous species.”
“Have been since Cain. But those cultures who don’t indulge in cutting open the future’s throat have a better shot at actually shaping the future, near or far.”
As for why the young men are always the prime target of our betters… you might want to ask King Herod about that. Or Lamech.
Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me.Genesis 4:23, English Standard Version
In patriarchal cultures, young women also need to keep an wary eye on their fathers, and their brothers, and their husbands.
*Waves to the Arabs*
It’s always something about killing the future – or those who bear the future – near or far.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,Genesis 3:16, English Standard Version
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
Check out Revelation 12, too. Snakes do grow into dragons, if given the chance.
Christians would be exceedingly wise, to protect their future from both the murderers and the thieves (ie: the public schools).
God has plans for it, after all.
Plans that we should work to protect, and to bring to pass.
I would be remiss, if I fail to mention Psalm 127:
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.Psalm 127:4-5, English Standard VErsion
I don’t hold with the failed quiverfull movement: it’s abusive to women, which is directly contrary to Christ’s example. So God cursed it, and it failed… despite the pious religious words.
Satan really can quote scripture, after all.
But even so, the psalm itself is correct: a fertile and godly people will triumph over a sterile and godless people.
But that fertility must be based on love, not power. Otherwise, you just get some variant of Islam. Why should God put up with that? God-hating cultures1 who go that road will be punished eventually, but Christians who go down that road will be punished quickly.
God WILL protect His name, after all. And greater knowledge means greater — and harsher — accountability.
And God punishes His children far more quickly, than He will some stranger’s kids.
“Spare the rod, and spoil the child.”
1True: Arabs do not abort their young girls, unlike the Hindi Indians and pragmatic East Asians. So, they will not be gelded and have their future destroyed as quickly as the other two groups. Pagans who obey God will be blessed by God: Pagans who defy God will be cursed