Monday, April 9, 2018

A Point Encased

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/04/09/the-strange-magic-of-libraries/

This link,  don't click it, just look at the topic.  A point Jan made once, was that you could only talk about something (anything) when it is over.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pindicular

Pindicular: balanced on the logically, necessarily, non-existent, point of a pin.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Spring

Maybe
the haystack is made of
needles

Friday, February 16, 2018

Those Olympic athletes

Gosh, just amazing feats. You wonder if such is possible even, until you see it.  Like spinning in the air during a jump. Internal attention, maintaining it, perhaps such invisible feats, might be even MORE difficult. And a difference between athletic stars and the ambitions of even fewer folks, is that if acclaim is an issue, for the latter, that itself is a form of spin out.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Where You Draw The Line

IF
you are going to take seriously man's conclusions about our world, about history, take seriously the attempts to articulate existence bounded, like a cross, with the two poles of world and society, of man and god, then this is quite a lovely summary--

https://voegelinview.com/philosophy-crisis-modern-world/

A takedown of Roger Scruton, lining up C. S. Lewis and Rene Guenon, drawing Plato back into the discussion, are all contained gracefully in the few paragraphs at this link. It is written by someone named Richard Cocks. The fun, for someone who has worked with Jan Cox, is why Jan viewed such attempts as useless to one concerned with TKS-- This Kind of Stuff.

One direction the answer might lie, is drawing a line between the unsayable and else. And keeping the line vivid. A mere thought....I am not answering the question we started with.

March 7, 2018, addendum to above note (published on February 12, 2018). A direct quote from a transcription of Jan talking:

"As long as you continue to listen to your voices at Line level, as long as you continue to try and mesh This with anything (no matter how mystical sounding) you already believe, you engage in absolute folly."

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

While we are on the subject

Subject of labeling civilizations. How about the

Vowelly
and the
Consokraut
?

An illustration of how intellectuals think

FOLLOWING, is an EXAMPLE of intellectual reasoning, an instance where mentation is assumed to be sufficient to explain the world we inhabit.
....
Quote, from an interview with Marcel Gauchet:
You claim that the period that is most analogous to our own in the history of modern democracy is what you describe as the “crisis of liberalism” between 1880 and 1914. What do you see as the resemblance?

There is a parallel between the two periods, but at the same time an opposition that makes the parallel all the more significant. This first crisis was one of frustration with democracy’s promises. It came at a moment when universal suffrage had become absolute law, when some even began to regard it as the very definition of democracy. In other words, it was a time where the masses entered into politics. But at this moment, there was a radical disjunction between the reality of society—i.e., class divisions, capitalist antagonisms, etc.—and the “mendacious” liberal parliamentary regime, judged as such for its inability to resolve the social question. This powerlessness of democracy to fulfill the promise of sovereignty, awakened by the institution of universal sufferage, led people on both the far left and the far right to seek solutions to the question of the good regime outside of parliamentary democracy. Hence the radical contestations of “bourgeois” democracy that led to the rise of totalitarian movements in the aftermath of the First World War.....
End quote.

The sufficiency of man's reasoning powers is an unstated but basic aspect of modernity. Missing above is a sense of the import of Confucius when he says Knowing what you know, and remembering what you do not know, is real wisdom.

Now, actually it is a great article, full of ideas I had not been aware of, and I heartily recommend following the link above.