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*Image: Jupiter and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1811 [Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France]. Thetis, a sea nymph, begs Jupiter (Zeus in Greek mythology) to intervene in the fate of her son Achilles who then fighting in the Trojan War. Her pleas went unanswered.

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 16, 2020

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.

David CarlinI spend – or perhaps I should say I waste – a lot of time on Facebook every day.  It has become an addiction.  But I comfort myself with the thought that it’s a less dangerous addiction than drugs or alcohol or cigarettes, from all of which I am, happily, free.

For the most part, my interlocutors on Facebook are persons with whom I share rough philosophical or political agreements.  I think this is not unusual; for persons who disagree with one another soon learn to avoid one another on Facebook.

Hence my Facebook friends are usually conservative Protestants, or more-or-less orthodox Catholics, or political conservatives.  Very rarely, to my regret, does a political or religious liberal enter into dialogue with me.  Most liberals that I once had conversations with have decided that I’m too reprehensible a character to have any further dealings with.  …