Gene Van Shaar

The Age of the Destroyers

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There have always been creators, producers, and builders. They have always been opposed by thieves, swindlers, and destroyers. It could be argued that how much people choose to build or destroy determines their decency...

The Absolute Necessity of Preserving Personal Identity

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One of the key cornerstones of human maturation is developing a firm sense of identity. A person’s identity develops from the physical, intellectual, social, sexual, political, racial, and spiritual elements that surround him. These...

The Story of Joseph and Aseneth

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The following abridgment of the love story of Joseph and Aseneth is derived from the Book of Joseph and Aseneth, which is part of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.* It came to pass in the...

Has Anyone Checked the Oil?

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Self-defeating behavior is when someone does something that hinders or ruins his or her immediate or long-term wellbeing. If your words or actions keep the thing you want from happening, they are self-defeating. For...

‘Killing of Children Will Continue Until You Give Up Your Guns’

With gun control dominating the headlines again, it’s important to remember a few crucial facts. About 20 states have allowed teachers and staff to carry guns for the past several years, and as reported...

Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

In a world where injustice, betrayal, and treachery seem to run rampant, there is wisdom and hope to be gleaned from a story recorded in the earliest centuries of human history. In ancient times, Jacob...

Choosing to Fight for Good or Evil

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Throughout history, many have fought for what is good and helpful while others have fought for what is evil and hurtful. What we choose to fight for or against is the ultimate expression of...

Getting Rid of Lying Lizards

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In 1946, C.S. Lewis published a book titled "The Great Divorce," which was not about divorce. The book is an allegory or fantasy about several ghost-like characters who were invited to leave a state...

The Toxic Worldview That Changed Its Name

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In the book 1984, by George Orwell, the totalitarian government established branches of control called ministries. The ministries were named the exact opposite of their actual function—the Ministry of Peace was in charge of...

Five Insidious Attacks on Truth and Freedom

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In the historical novel based on true events, The Last Green Valley, some of those fleeing communist rule were depicted as follows: Emil did not care about politics or who controlled the land he and...