Attractive Humanlike Simulacra

They say that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it leaps out; but if you drop a frog into lukewarm water and then boil it, the frog will stay in the pot and die. When the change is gradual, the frog can't tell that the water is slowly draining its life.


—Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"


"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"

Guilt as an Appetite

What is guilt? And how does it fit into the life of someone who has accepted grace?

Holistic Efficiency

Here's a puzzle. Guess the word for each of the following definitions:


For the past year and a half (since I embarked on my house construction project), I've been consistently short on cash. Fortunately my fixed expenses are virtually nonexistent, but I don't have much to spare for frivolities. So I constantly find myself thinking or saying the words "I can't afford". But nonetheless, I also keep buying things, implicitly saying "I can afford". Here's a brief snapshot of what I can and can't afford lately: