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Blood Will Have Blood… and Wabash will have a good time

I will have last BLOOD!

Okay, explanation time.

Last night I saw the production of Macbeth (it’s written and not in a theatre, so curses don’t apply), and I have to say I enjoyed myself immensely. Not to say that I thought it was going to be bad; I know we have a bunch of incredibly talented actors and directors here on campus (and off campus too. Not all of our actors are guys). But you see, I am an actor myself, so seeing a school-type play that I am not in is a newer experience for me, especially one like Macbeth.

I’ve seen Macbeth before back when I think I was in middle school. It was being performed at a college where my dad was working as a financial advisor, and they had changed things up a bit by moving it from Scotland to Japan, so they were dressed in Japanese style clothing and had katanas instead of claymores. This is not a bad thing; directors often choose to move the action from one place to another, so they can go for different viewpoints and aesthetics that would be unachievable in a traditional performance. This gives the play a unique feel to it, and we get a much more satisfying viewing experience. Personally, I performed a version of Much Ado About Nothing that was set in the ‘20s, and I think it went pretty well.

Anyway, the play; so, Macbeth is a general who goes out and kills things, and one day on his way home from killing things he meets three witches that say he’s going to be king. He blows them off at first, but begins to consider their prophecy when everything starts going good for him. So to show his gratitude to the current king, he kills the guy in his sleep and proclaims himself king.

Yay.

After that, Mackers starts getting increasingly paranoid, killing off his friends and his potential enemies’ families to make sure his position is secured. The exiled prince and England don’t really like that, so they dress up like trees and go attack Scotland. MacB thinks he’ll be okay, since “no man of woman born” can hurt him, but Macduff was born via C-Section, so he doesn’t count. Macduff kills MacScottish Dude and the exiled prince becomes king… at least until Banquo’s son overthrows him and becomes king in the sequel (if there was one).

Yay.

The actors in our production were superb, portraying enough emotions and psychopathy to give the characters plenty of depth. The set itself is beautiful, dark enough to give off a haunting atmosphere yet detailed enough that it keeps your attention. And they did not rely on a lot of flashy lights and stuff like that; just enough red and blue to keep the haunting atmosphere… well, haunting.

So for Wabash types that are reading this, go see Macbeth. For those of you that might come to Wabash, we’ve got cool stuff that you should go see. For those of you who can’t come to Wabash… ha ha.

Racing in Circles

I haven’t done a running related blog in a long while, a long while. Running has always been one of my top three passions, and I am quite ashamed of myself for losing some of that passion in the past two months. Not because I found love in a “real” sport, actually because I have been directing all my energies into religious studies and questions. On top of this, I have had my left foot in a tall boot for what is soon to be six weeks. I drifted away from anything running for a very short period by all means, but a period too long nonetheless.

So here it goes.

I like how people always say running is not a “real” sport, or how it’s just not fun to watch for spectators. Well the former shows ignorance, and the latter is only half true. What people don’t realize is how popular running really is, and how more popular track is. It doesn’t have to do with the physical prowess of athletes, the difficulty of each individual sport, or even necessarily the nature of the sport. What makes a sport popular is bread and circuses. The most “unpopular” sports in the world from a spectators point of view are long distance races. If you ever attend a high school cross country meet, and want to support a person running you will find yourself darting across field and trees to different point on the course all in the attempt to see one person for no more than 5 seconds at a time. You have to move. Thus, while many younger runners will say cross country is their favorite over long distance track, more spectators prefer to go see track meets. The same can be said for why things like football, baseball, tennis, basketball, etc. are all fairly popular. Yes, they are fun to watch, but they are also compact and take little space to play. People can sit, eat, watch, and sometimes drink beer while enjoying the game. I mean think about it, when someone says “baseball” you think of the game naturally, but images of hotdogs, souvenirs, the 7th Inning Stretch, etc. all pop into the mind as well for things people enjoy about going to baseball games. Bread and circuses.

To many runners this is fine, more publicity is always wanted for any professional athlete, but life is more about winning the race in the moment. Also, people who tend to be fans of running are runners themselves, or the parents of a runner(s). Being able to see what is going through an athletes mind by their form, expression, effort is something people learn to see when watching an Olympic 5000 meter track race. It’s not just racing in a circle, it is fighting a battle. Not only do you have to compete against everyone else around you, but you also have to compete against yourself. The sport is so much about mental toughness as it is the thousands of miles of running, the thousands of hours of core and lifting, the thousands of hours of mental preparation. It really isn’t strange to realize that the people who like to watch men and women race around an oval are themselves runners. It is no surprise that people who don’t run, or don’t understand running, don’t find it enjoyable to watch. However, it truly is a magnificent sport that tests the human spirit and art of the race.

A Round at the Red Dragon Inn

You know what the best kind of drinking games are? The ones where you don’t actually drink anything and spend more time trying to screw over your opponents.

Before you get the wrong idea, let me explain; last night, Dork Club collaborated with shOUT for a gaming night. I might not agree with some of the things shOUT represents, but that doesn’t matter; what does matter is that we are a bunch of Wabash men getting together for a couple of games, some soda and pizza. I think that’s another thing I like about Wabash; we are polite and intelligent enough to set aside our differences long enough to have some fun and do productive things with one another. We exchange cards instead of ideologies, dice rolls instead of insults, and the worst arguments we get in are over whether or not Card A interrupts Action B. On the gaming table, everyone is equal (except for heretics and xenos. All shall burn in the light of the Emperor).

I spent the first few minutes just milling around, eating pizza and drinking soda. Afterwards, I settled down for a few rounds at The Red Dragon Inn, and that’s where my introduction comes into play.

Red dragon Inn is a pretty fun game. The premise is that you take the role of an adventurer in a fantasy world (think Dungeons and Dragons), however the adventure is already over and you and your buddies decide to go to the local tavern for drinks and games. Using your abilities and a pile of cards representing the bar, your goal is to drink your opponents under the table without passing out or going broke in the process.

Understand, this is all in good fun, and nobody actually gets hurt. If anything, we spent more time making Monty Python jokes than anything that could be considered rambunctious.

Anyway, the first round saw me as a Wizard (and his rabbit familiar named Pooky). I was still getting used to the game, so after losing most of my gold in a gambling match I had to work very hard to not get knocked out. Fortunately for me, the dwarf in our party had worse luck than me and had to bow out on account of having no money, followed later by the bard who had a severe case of “being targeted by the other members”. Sadly, my luck ran out and I lost the last of my money and was forced to leave the table. I took the time to finish setting up my Space Marines as a bit of a showpiece, while back at the table Professor Porter’s Half-Ogre ended up winning the round (yay for him).

With that round finished, and after a brief pause for snacks, we started a new round. I chose to play as the Elven Priestess (because you can’t argue with Elves), and did my best not to repeat the mistakes of my last round. I think I did pretty well, choosing to convert a few people and pray rather than gamble, and I did help knock the Thief out of the round. However, the Priestess is not very good at redirecting her drinks, so I ended up passing out towards the end of the game (although I did much better than I thought I would. Once again, Professor Porter won (this time playing as a human Warrior/ Barbarian) and as it was getting rather late I packed up my things and headed back to the house.

I think that when different clubs and groups can mingle with one another, we really get a chance to grow. Wabash is all about moving beyond normality and embracing new things, and it’s about being a gentleman and acknowledging that there are people out there that might not agree with you on some issues, but are willing to come together for food and games. Connections are what make people, and if we start connecting with one another then maybe we wouldn’t have so many disagreements.

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The Sun has come out, the “heat” has returned, and he whole desert of snow is now becoming liquid! Start taking off your winter jackets and getting out your tank tops! Because it is 42 degrees outside and the temperature is maintaining!

It has been a cold couple months here, a very wet winter, and it is stating to get old. The thaw that has come with the Sun recently is quite nice and brings some life back to the campus. It is all about that Vitamin D! Soon enough I will be out of this boot, running again, and back outside in the light! Of course until then I have to continue to slip on black ice and soak my exposed foot in my boot every time I walk outside of Fiji.

WAF

Brief Reflection on Truth, Tolerance, and Intolerance

Culture has always been bound to geography in some degree throughout history. Globalization has led to cultures mixing, sharing ideas, discovering new views on issues, and an attempt at a new culture. A large move is made for cultural mixing, people are expected to share, tolerate, and respect another people’s customs and religions. I would agree with that statement to a degree.

Tolerance should be given to all men, we all have certain human rights that must be respected. All must be done to avoid war and death, but I don’t believe life must be conducted to avoid conflict. When we begin to think that it should not be allowed to express our ideals, beliefs, morals, and Truths because they may offend another people we compromise our own souls. Our beliefs should not compromised another beliefs in terms of physical harm or belittlement, but we ALL must not simply shrink from argument and conflict over our beliefs.

If secular society continues to move to where it claims that “everyone” has a right to express their opinions of religion, morals, and ethics we will find ourselves in a very different world. Because the fact of the matter is that is not how society is today. People of a conservative religious view are shunned, belittle, persecuted, and not allowed to speak. Any belief in America that has been around for 30 years is considered a “new truth,” if there can be such a things as “new truth”. Any belief that has been held for two millennium is attacked, threatened, and doubted. I ask, a man has lived for 2000 years, he has studied, explored, encountered, and debated every aspect the world has produce. Or the man who is 18, 20, 30, 40 years old? Who only knows his time and seen only those around him. He has not encountered every opposition in history, learned from it, and continued to grow from it! It is in this way he secular world of the 21st century is! Only instead of one man that has lived for 2000 years it is millions of men who have come from every corner, background, society, and view to discuss and come to the same Truths.

It is by this realization of time, men, and study that shows that Truth does not change, that just because a current majority of living people have a new idea does not make it right. This can be best quoted with some of the final words of Sir Thomas More of England who was beheaded and made a martyr under Henry VIII’s reign.

At his execution trial More was questioned again about his Catholic Faith in supposition to the newly established Anglican Church, ideas on marriage, and newly composed beliefs of most of the bishops. A tribunal of three men, a duke, the archbishop of the new church, and the new chancellor, oversaw his final trial. The Duke of Norfolk asked, “This is arrogance, this is pride. Everyone else has come with us. Why don’t you just be a part of the majority [of England]?”

More replied, “Majority? One day you will learn that is not true, and if the doors and windows of Heaven were to open right now you would see that not you but I am in the majority!”

He was shortly thereafter was beheaded in the name of the English/Protestant Reformation for remaining a Roman Catholic.

St. More was a layman, a self-proclaimed man of weak courage and bravery. When he saw all he altar smashing, murdering of Catholics, and bishops of only England suddenly changing their beliefs he would not yield. He was the Chancellor of the nation, a major advisor to the king, and had pride and position, but stepped down from these before he was even arrested. He believed and something greater than this world, and he believed in being persecuted and dying for it if that was the case.”For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in thisadulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Matthew 8:36-38

Finally, in the words of a living bishop of today I would like to end this commentary here:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.” – Cardinal George of Chicago

 


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