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A parable for our times?

18 comments to A parable for our times?

  • Patrick Crozier

    While I get the parable bit I am afraid I find my attention is drawn to the brickwork. The shade and style of brickwork is identical both inside and outside the stone arch. Now, AIUI, matching brickwork is more or less impossible so that implies that both bits were done at the same time. So, the entrance was always blocked up assuming that the arch and brickwork were put in place at the same time. I suppose it is possible that there was an original wall, that it was demolished but the archway retained and new brickwork put in place. Maybe, by I struggle to imagine what catastrophe would have caused this to happen.

    Or maybe it was Photoshopped.

  • I suppose it is possible that there was an original wall, that it was demolished but the archway retained and new brickwork put in place

    Exactly so.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Hm. Patrick:

    A Parable for Our Times … Fake News.

  • Mr Ed

    It looks to me as if the porch (to me, an arch is ‘pointier’) was salvaged from somewhere and grafted on to the wall, perhaps seeking to mock the original institution it came from, and those who supported it, but maybe, like Rockwell, or am I just paranoid?

  • Julie near Chicago

    Hmph. Perry, if you think I’m gonna give up my theory just because —

  • Cynwulf

    An apt parable for sure, as it’s perfectly ok for major politicians to say “the future is female”

  • bobby b

    A Parable For OUR Times?


    We’re men now. Boyhood is gone and will not return. Time to grow up.

    (Alternate parable: Why all of my friends from grade school had flat noses.)

  • Molly

    We’re men now

    We are?

  • bobby b

    Well, yeah, obvious problem, but I couldn’t figure out how to slide it in without sounding just outrageously SJWish.

    How about “we boys are men now”?

  • Cristina

    What a wonderful time to have sons!
    Never before had it been so easy to teach young boys to despise everything progressive.

  • Paul Marks

    Yes things are, increasingly, rigged against boys and men.

    Meanwhile the governments of the West talk of using the power of government to “empower” women even more – i.e. to rig things even more.

    Ditto going along with the Frankfurt School of Marxism false obsession with “racism” (“racial audit”) as well as “sexism” and “transphobia” and so on – with, for example, little boys having their sexual organs cut off and being pumped full of female hormones with the approval of the “liberal” establishment elite.

    Why “Conservative” politicians think that going along with all this Frankfurt School of Marxism stuff will make people more likely to vote for them, I do not know.

  • Roué le Jour

    I don’t think it’s photoshopped. The bottom courses are tiles not bricks and they are grouted not pointed as are the “bricks” above, which are probably slips.

  • Cesare

    I think it’s only lacking two municipal signs. The top would be ‘This Way Only’ and underneath it would say “No Admittance’.

  • No as I said Roue, it is not photoshopped, it is as you see it, on Draycott Avenue in Chelsea. But it did strike me as an interesting visual parable about the crime of being born male

  • Cristina

    […] the crime of being born male.

    Now, now, Perry, it’s not as bad as all that. Modern surgery works wonders.

  • Thailover

    Boys and girls are just the same, the Leftist’s say. The only significant difference is that which is social construct, they say. And yet they suggest that girls need special attention, special praise for their unusual lack of self esteem, roll models in industries like chemistry and other sciences…but if you say boys need fathers and male teachers, out come the long knives.

    But, that boys need fathers isn’t an opinion, it’s born out by statistics, and what is born out by statistics is that girls need fathers too.

    Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.


    “Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.

    43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]

    90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]

    80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]

    71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]

    63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]

    85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. [Center for Disease Control]

    90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]

    71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]

    75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children]

    70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]

    85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]