After France lost the battle of Rossbach in 1757, the mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, attempted to comfort the King by saying, "Après nous, le deluge."
"After us, the deluge."
[Or, if Louis XV said it himself, as some contend, it would be "Après moi, le deluge."]
The idea was that it mattered little what had happened. After all, it could flood tomorrow and all will be gone. So eat, drink and be merry. An alternate reading of the phrase is even more telling. "After this, the flood will come."
Either reading would make the observation prescient.
Louis XV is widely credited for the severe weakening – internally and externally – of France. And then, fifteen years after his death, the devastation of the French Revolution broke out.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
Last week was simply an extreme example of what communities in parts of the country are enduring as the heroin epidemic rages on. (Bernstein, The Washington Post)
As I argue in "DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game," today's college and post-college hookup culture is a byproduct, not of Tinder or Facebook (another target of modern scolds), but of shifting demographics among the college-educated. (Birger, The Washington Post)
A polygamous family says the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage shows that laws restricting consensual adult relationships are outdated, even if certain unions are unpopular. (AP/Fox News)
This represents about two-thirds of Facebook's user base. The company reported 1.49 billion monthly active users as of June. (Truong, Quartz)
Let's face it. We all need money for life. Money for a place to live, food to eat, utilities, our kid's education. Then there's insurance and braces, cars and gas. Does God care? Does this Bible He's given to us tell us how to keep a consistent flow of money coming into our life or is that discussion somehow off-limits? And please, don't give me this "health and wealth" stuff I hear on TV. But if there's something real, authentic, and truly helpful, I'm all ears. Insight into earning, margin, and, yes, God's actual help on getting the money I need to live.
Welcome to "Money for Life," the new series at Meck, led by our senior pastor, Jim White.Click here to see this product and more.