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Shop Wisely and Live Not by Lies

A Reminder of the FDC online Zoom Event on Tuesday July 25th at 7:30 p.m. called “Rod Dreher’s Live Not By Lies. Strategic Ways to Make a Difference.”

Guest Post for FDC by Nicodemus

It won’t come as a surprise that there’s now an app for iPhone which helps consumers shop according to their ‘ideological values.’  Called Veebs and available in free and paid versions, the app works by turning a smartphone into a barcode scanner, which is then used to scan products in the supermarket.  The app gives each product a rating based on the user’s ideological preferences, helping customers avoid corporations that have an extreme political agenda, as well as suggesting alternative consumer choices.  The online Daily Mail puts this a bit more bluntly in their recent article titled ‘Woke-busting app allows shoppers to scan grocery items so they don’t buy from brands owned or run by bleeding-heart liberals.’  Regular readers of FDC’s blog might be amused by this example of digital resistance to the woke war on normal, but readers might also express some skepticism along the lines of wondering why an educated person would even need such an app in the first place?  Such a response gets to the heart of the matter, because the woke war on normal includes the ongoing destruction of Western education and the knowledge of our Judeo-Christian heritage, in favour of leftist ideological indoctrination.

In a recent blog post, FDC’s Perry Foster argues that there are ‘two fundamental truths’ that we need to remember when attempting to recover our heritage and thus, I would argue, our ability to learn: ‘First, that Christianity and the Judeo-Christian ethical system are the foundation of our civilization’ and second that ‘the fountain of our spiritual life comes from the Judeo-Christian world we have inherited. It has been the source of our cultural and religious life for centuries, and it is worth defending’ Read the post. I suggest that in our era of woke indoctrination in schools and universities, the only way we can recover educationally is to deliver the content ourselves.  We need to help others develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as discernment abilities and strategies.  Let’s be honest: the woke war on normal is also a war on Western wisdom (and in the Christian tradition, wisdom is of course Christ).  The double whammy of woke is that we are enslaved by ignorance, as facts are replaced by feelings, knowledge by nonsense, and truth by lies.  By abandoning false idols, we can start to engage once again in authentic cultural and spiritual knowledge.  But this will take discipline, as The Book of Wisdom puts it, since the ‘true beginning’ of wisdom is ‘the desire of discipline’ which also translates as ‘the desire of instruction’ (6:17).  The danger is to remain at the level of such fine-sounding generalities, and this is where guidance is needed for moving from thinking about such topics to putting them into action.  Rod Dreher’s Live Not by Lies is a prime example of a book that can move folks from theory to practice, partly because it is based on the experiences, memories and strategies of those who lived through totalitarian communist regimes.  Our own ‘soft totalitarianism’, as Dreher puts it, is harder to survey and analyse because of its all-pervasive, amorphous nature.  But Dreher makes a strong case for the analogies between communist totalitarian regimes and our own soft totalitarian governments and institutions.  

Dreher offers a blueprint for those who wish to recover their Judeo-Christian heritage, as well as the concomitant benefits of literacy, numeracy, and factual knowledge and understanding.  Dreher’s comprehensively articulated notion of small cell-based study groups is one that can work for Christians and secular folks alike; the intersections between religion and all other aspects of knowledge and culture, as Perry Foster points out in his blog referenced above, are many and are worth exploring more thoroughly.  It is important that disciplined, focused, highly motivated study groups plunge deeply into all aspects of Western knowledge, culture, history and religion, so that group members can escape from the ‘dictatorship of thought and word under construction by progressives… [in] a regime based on lies and propaganda’ (Dreher, p.107).  Personally, much as I like the idea of the Veebs app doing some of the work of discernment for me, it is of course better to learn discernment oneself, to embrace the love of discipline/instruction described in the Book of Wisdom, a love which is also a desire and commitment to keep wisdom’s ‘laws’ and thereby a rejection of the perversions of woke corruption and lies.

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David Ross
David Ross
10 months ago

Do you actually not believe that the app is hooked up to their socialy credit score CDBC enslavement system and they are actively surveilling you via everthing you , do , say , type or purchase on that phone???

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  David Ross

Absolutely — as is every app on our phones and computers. That’s why I don’t agree with the amusing title that the Daily Mail give their piece, since this app is data harvesting and data modelling. But then, I’ve also been watching my Bible apps do this behind the scenes, and some of the most ‘trustworthy’ non-woke apps on my phone. That’s why my little blog entry suggests trusting in our own education and discernment rather than digital devices.

Hal
Hal
10 months ago
Reply to  David Ross

Where is the evidence that this “app is hooked up their socialy credit score ..”??

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Good response to David, Hal; my response to David is around the subject of profiling, and the way all apps on smartphones do this. Some folks have asked me how to reveal this on an iPhone. The answer is go to Settings; Privacy and Security; scroll down to App Privacy Report; remember to click Show All to see the full extent of the profiling. 

Last edited 10 months ago by Nicodemus
Reed Elley
Reed Elley
10 months ago

Dreher’s book is a must read for any Christian who is interested in being part of the culture wars in our nation.He does a much needed comparison of what happened in Soviet Russia under communism and it is easy to see the parallel to what happened in Nazi Germany, Will we let it happen here or will we decide not to “Live by Lies”

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  Reed Elley

Thank-you for such a great summary of Dreher’s book, and the important question at the end of your comment Reed.  I would add that this book makes a good gift for family members or friends, who are just beginning to get a sense of what is going on, but need some more guidance.  Also, for those who want quick access to the book, there is a kindle version on Amazon.ca. 

Hal
Hal
10 months ago
Reply to  Perry D Foster

Yes, that is a better option but that version cannot be shared with others. IMO, what is needed is a WAY MORE REASONABLY priced soft cover version.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Amazon appear to be randomly discounting the hardcover version of this book, making it just a few dollars more than the soft cover; this might be a good version for people who will be sharing their copy, or passing it on to others to pass on… I am not sure how the Amazon discount algorithm works though. I have seen so many different prices for the same book in the last few days.

Hal
Hal
10 months ago
Reply to  Perry D Foster

along a similar line, EVERY Bible based Pastor should read:
https://www.amazon.ca/Letter-American-Church-Eric-Metaxas/dp/1684513898
I bought this for our pastor.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  Hal

So important to gift these books to others if possible. Dreher writes elsewhere that ‘The cacophony of contemporary popular culture makes it hard to discern the call of truth and wisdom. There is no area in which practicing asceticism is more important’ – his books and essays help drown out the woke cacophony. I’m quoting from his What Kind of Conservative Am I? https://europeanconservative.com/articles/commentary/what-kind-of-conservative-am-i/

Hal
Hal
10 months ago

Thanks for making me aware of Veebs. It appears there is NO Android version of this app. There are way MORE Android based phones than Apple phones. Yes, apps collect info about us but that does NOT imply that this info is collected by any government agency. Apps could send the data they collect in encrypted form. It would take a HUGE amount of time to determine the WOKE status of every product we purchase. Yes, we should inform ourselves via using alternative media, so that Bud Light, Disney and Target are ALL OUT for any discerning Christian.

Nicodemus
Nicodemus
10 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Hi Hal, there appears to be a version for Android available from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vbscorp.android  Please do comment if I have something wrong here!

Hal
Hal
8 months ago
Reply to  Nicodemus

This app was just posted recently. Read the reviews to see that it is basically useless.

Hal
Hal
10 months ago

Nicodemus is a pseudonym for the author??

Hal
Hal
10 months ago

IMO, the best statement by ‘Nicodemus’ is:
we are enslaved by ignorance, as facts are replaced by feelings, knowledge by nonsense, and truth by lies”!!! Well said. I face this whenever I eMail with an Atheist colleague.

Mike Groenewold
Mike Groenewold
10 months ago

Such an excellent and crucial point is made regarding the Judeo/Christian worldview being the foundation of Western civilization. For far too many people (sadly even many Christians) this idea of ‘religion’ being central to the development of culture is anathema! We have all but silenced the ‘religious’ voices in our time in favour of some entirely humanistic or materialistic worldview. The problem here is at least two-fold. Firstly, it is impossible to divorce ‘religion’ from worldview. Henry VanTil famously stated that, “culture is religion externalized.”. It is quite literally impossible to have a culture devoid of core religious beliefs. This… Read more »