Founding Principles Lost to the “Silent Artillery of Time”©

Revised, 9 September 2019

Back in October of 2018, I wrote an essay on “Valuable Things that Get Lost in Modern Philosophy and Culture.” There I lamented the modern propensity to think that current ideas, philosophies, and practices are superior to those of the past. Examples I mentioned were the loss of emphasis on character, the worship of celebrity culture, and the philosophy that winning is everything. 

I’m not unaware or unappreciative of the amazing progress in science and technology which has characterized nearly my entire life and which has blessed the lives of billions. However, I am also aware of a problem. Evidence suggests to me that for many–especially the young who have little knowledge of much history before the Internet and the smart phone–there are many important things that are lost, ignored, or shoved aside because of the glorification of the present and the great and often unrecognized ignorance about the value of what is being jettisoned.  My observations have recently been seconded by an insightful historian, Wilfred M. McClay, who is the Blankenship Professor in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma.  He said:
It’s harder than usual today to get young people interested in the past because they are so firmly convinced that we’re living in a time so unprecedented, enjoying pocket-sized technologies that are so transformative, that there’s no point in looking at what went on in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  To them the past has been superseded–just as our present world is forever in the process of being superseded.
While this posture may be ill-informed and lazy, a way to justify not learning anything, it also represents a genuine conviction, amply reinforced by the endless passing parade of sensations and images in which we are enveloped–one thing always being succeeded by something else, nothing being permanent, nothing enduring, always moving, moving, moving into a new exceptional Now.  But it is a childish and disabling illusion that must be countered....(1)
One thing I didn’t mention in that previous blog overshadows in importance the things written of there. What is it? The loss of understanding of and commitment to the principles of the Founding of America. This was brought starkly to my attention in a marvelous quotation of Abraham Lincoln, who, speaking to young people in 1838, said:
I do not mean to say, that the scenes of the revolution are now or ever will be entirely forgotten; but that like every thing else, they must fade upon the memory of the world, and grow more and more dim by the lapse of time.... At the close of the struggle, nearly every adult male had been a participator in some of its scenes. The consequence was, that of those scenes, in the form of a husband, a father, a son or a brother, a living history was to be found in every family.... But those histories are gone.  They can be read no more forever. They were a fortress of strength; but, what invading foemen could never do, the silent artillery of time has done; the leveling of its walls.(2)
That is so self-evident and meaningful to me. If it was true in 1838, what about 2019? Though Abe refers to the Revolution, I believe he was speaking not just about the eight-year war, but the much longer struggle to ferret out and codify fundamental principles of democratic government and society in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I would also add, the greatest commentary on the Constitution, The Federalist Papers. That was the real Revolution, the one the War was fought for! My religious faith teaches me that these men were inspired by God, and I heartily believe it. These are the things–“a fortress of strength”–which have been and are being lost by the “silent artillery of time” and the consequent lack of commitment to them such as we see in the vast majority of high schools and colleges in the land.

As the 4th of July approaches (incidentally my favorite secular holiday), it is my wish for America on her birthday that Lincoln’s warning may not only be heard, but acted upon. Happy birthday America–the greatest and most blessed nation in the history of this planet. May your founding principles ever guide its government and society. May your glorious flag ever wave over the land of the free!

Let’s think together again, soon.
Notes:

1.  Wilfred M. McClay, “Rediscovering the Wisdom in American History.”  Imprimis 48, nos. 7-8 (July/August 2019): 4-5.

2. Abraham Lincoln, Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, 27 January 1838, cited in George F. Will, The Conservative Sensibility, New York: Hachette Books, 2019, ix.  (I do not know if the emphasis is Lincoln's or Will's, but I left it because I liked it.)

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A list of the best foods for diabetes.



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1. Broccoli

This cruciferous vegetable is high in Chromium. This nutrient lowers blood sugar levels by helping the body convert sugars into fuel.



2. Cinnamon

1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day can balance blood sugar levels and improve your sensitivity to insulin. It contains hydroxychalcone which helps the body to burn sugars.



3. Avocado

This delicious fruit is one of the best sources of potassium. Potassium is the most important electrolyte to lower blood sugar and promote overall health.



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A rich source of magnesium and potassium which work together to improve blood sugars and diabetes.



5. Asparagus

Asparagus contains an antioxidant called glutathione which helps the cells to absorb insulin and reduce blood sugars.



6. Stevia

It is important to cut out sugar from the diet and switch to a healthy natural sweetener such as stevia. This is very low on the glycaemic index.



7. Garlic

Garlic is one of the healthiest bulbs in the world which treats many health conditions. Its powerful compounds can help in reversing diabetes.



8. Almonds

Perfect for snacking, almond supply Vitamin E, potassium and magnesium which improve insulin sensitivity.



9. Kale

One of the most nutrient dense leafy greens on the planet. The high fibre improves blood glucose levels, and it’s nutrients boost overall health.



10. Lemons

The citric acid in lemons and limes helps to strengthen the stomach and break down foods properly. This naturally improves blood glucose levels.



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Foods High in Carbs to Avoid


A list of high carb foods to avoid.

Many people are trying to get healthy by following a low carb diet. The problem is that carbs are found in many different foods. Some of these foods are healthy, and some are not.

Healthy carbs are found in whole foods such as leafy green vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds.

These are rich in fibre and vitamins which are important for digestive health.

There are also many unhealthy carbs which heighten the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and brain disorders.

In today's video we will share with you a list of high carb foods to avoid. 

1. Donuts
Deep fried and with a mixture of fat, refined flour and sugar. Donuts are some of the unhealthiest junk foods on the planet. These trigger a massive spike in the insulin hormone which causes weight gain.

2. Bread
All forms of bread, including wholemeal, brown, white, half and half are very bad for you. These are made from refined flour which can block your body's ability to absorb certain vitamins. It is also difficult to digest and causes weight gain.

3. Chinese Buffet Meat
Meat products found on Chinese buffets are often coated in soy and sugar. Soy is an anti-nutrient which prevents the body from absorbing proteins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. The sugar will also prevent weight loss and cause mood swings.

4. Fruits
When trying to lose weight, fruit should be cut out of the diet. The fructose and sweetness in fruit is a form of sugar which prevents weight loss. Small portions of berries are allowed as long as your carbs under 20g per day.

5. Orange Juice
All fruit juices should be avoided as they contain an extremely high amount of sugar, often more than soda. The nutrients have been destroyed during the heating process, leaving only sugar water.

6. Pizza
The dough used to make the base of a Pizza is extremely high in refined flour and carbs. The toppings often have High Fructose Corn Syrup added for flavour which is linked to obesity, heart disease and insulin resistance. 

7. Low Fat Yoghurt
Only high fat, natural yoghurt should be eaten. Low fat yoghurts have replaced the fat with sugar and carbs. Be sure to purchase only unsweetened Greek yoghurt (full fat.) 

8. Cereal Bars
These are actually the worst way to start the day. They cause a huge spike in blood sugars as they are loaded with sugar. This will leave you feeling groggy throughout the day and having a constant urge to eat snacks.

9. Potatoes
These root vegetables contain an incredibly high amount of starch and very little nutrients. They are very high in carbs that are not allowed when trying to lose weight. 

10. Pies
All forms of pastry are to be avoided as they are made using refined flour and starch. These are some of the worst things a human can eat when trying to get healthy or lose weight.

11. Beer
Alcoholic drinks such as beer are extremely high in carbs and will prevent fat burning. 1 can of beer contains 13g carbs. 

12. Cookies
Biscuits are another unhealthy source of refined flour, sugar and often vegetable fat. This mixture spikes blood sugar levels and makes you gain weight.

13. Beans
Although these have healthy fibre and protein, they also have a high amount of carbs. Cut these out when following a low carb diet, as they make take you over your daily amount.

14. Soda
These fizzy drinks are extremely high in sugar and are one of the leading causes of weight gain. Even sugar-free sodas contain aspartame which causes insulin resistance and damage to cells. 

15. Pasta
This is one of the worst foods that you can eat, and causes a high surge in blood sugar and weight gain. Replace this with spiralized Zucchini or other vegetables.

16. Rice
Last but by no means least, all forms of rice should be avoided. This is a high carb food which is converted into sugar in the body and will prevent weight loss.

As you can see there are many high carb foods that should be avoided. Many of these are made from refined grains and contain added sugar.

These foods cause a massive surge in blood sugars and insulin. Over time this leads to insulin resistance and a host of other health problems.

We highly recommend following a low carb, ketogenic diet which involves eating lots of "healthy carbs" such as leafy greens, herbs and spices. The goal is to cut out all of the refined foods which the body struggles to digest. 

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