June 29, 2017

Today in History: Progress flies relentlessly on (1927)

John RobsonArchive

The first over-the-Pacific flight, from California to Hawaii, was a feat of human ingenuity and courage on June 29, 1927, just 24 years after the Wright Brothers’ first brief frail flight.

But progress moves fast, and only 18 years later the United States was able to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a reminder that technical progress has two very sharp blades that keep moving faster and faster.

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commented 2017-06-30 16:45:16 -0400
Brian Mulroony lives in Westmount.
commented 2017-06-30 12:16:45 -0400
Aye, Jamie. My grandfather came as a dirt poor son of a coal miner. He learned to farm and raised 10 kids during the height of the depression on a very dry land farm. No white privilege there. No Scots privilege either.
commented 2017-06-30 10:58:34 -0400
For your attention CAROLE MASSE. Although it is not on this topic (and not even on the original topic), I am reposting a response to you that I posted a few days ago on the subject of the Alberta judge sentencing a refugee to 12 years for predatory sexual assaults. I just want things clarified.

Your comment: “Who do you think build the millionnaires houses in Westmount on the mountain? Go there and tell me if even today, there is any french or irish there? "

I’m well aware of that, Carole. But here is your original comment: " because it’s the rich and educated Scots who came to Quebec. "

My point (which you obviously missed) is that there were lots and lots of Scots who settled in the province of Quebec who were dirt poor – only a relative handful had the coin to build Montreal mansions.
commented 2017-06-30 10:25:25 -0400
Good reminder of God’s sovereignty, Mette. We are not living in uncertain times. The World is living in uncertain times.
commented 2017-06-30 09:42:45 -0400
Wise words, as usual, from John Robson. I used to have the belief that human morality was advancing, if very gradually, as time went on. But things like the resurgence of the most violent strains of Islam, leftists’ and progressives’ insane love of communism (how many times must this failed ideology be resurrected and fail bloodily before people recognize that it just doesn’t work?) and the violence and totalitarianism exhibited by groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, has made me think otherwise. Clearly, history teaches us that whatever technology is available to humanity, some people WILL use that technology to harm their fellow humans.
commented 2017-06-30 06:36:39 -0400
Isaiah 46:9
9"Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;…
commented 2017-06-30 01:17:03 -0400
Dr. Robson a very good explanation of our predicament. The objects we make are a-moral. Neither good nor bad on their own. It is all in how we use them. Our problem is that we are spiritually dead. The result is as you have outlined. Oh, and so did John:

“The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.”

We need a Messiah:
commented 2017-06-29 23:04:41 -0400
Nice to see you reporting on the Rebel John, hope you have many more contributions to make.
And most certainly you are right, our level of morality is in fact dropping to new lows.
commented 2017-06-29 22:32:48 -0400
You are so right, no progress at all in morality for 2000 years, in fact, we have much less moral values now.
commented 2017-06-29 22:27:19 -0400
The moral capacity is devolving when you consider what is going on in the world!

Thanks John Robson, I always enjoy your reports.