One of my favorite things about the Book of Mormon is its pragmatic view of human nature. Undoubtedly, its authors knew the best and worst of the human experience, and weren’t pulling any punches.
An example of this is the honest depiction of missionary work here, namely its tediously frustrating reality. Though the Book of Mormon does have some more neutral general observations about how people are (such as here and here), most of the time the text is pessimistic.
Here are nine such passages:
1. People tend to resent the truth when it corrects them
1 Nephi 16:2
…the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
2. People tend to think that they know all that is necessary
2 Nephi 9:28
O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. Continue reading →
Today, everybody’s talking about the Supreme Court’s universal health care ruling. However, here are some thoughts I’ve been putting together since their ruling on Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law a few days ago:
Regardless of whatever details or variations are appended to either, the fact is that the only two options here for ending the debate over illegal immigration are amnesty or deportation. When the dust finally settles, either the millions of Hispanics in this country illegally will generally stay here, or they will generally leave.
In that light, the choice should be obvious. Amnesty may well have some advantages that conservatives have overlooked, and deportation is simply untenable.
Mass deportation is a Utopian fantasy. The first rule of conservatism is to approach reality as it is, not as we wish it would be.