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

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--

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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

While we are on the subject

Subject of labeling civilizations. How about the

and the

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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Wherein I lose all my readers

Woody Allen is the one being abused. Those accusers are the brainwashed children of a bitter hysterical woman.

Garrison Keillor also. I couldn't even figure out exactly what he is accused of doing. But it was an accident.  A new legal principle, sisters: leave the geezers out of it. Also, perhaps, one free feel.

So unsubscribe, already.

A Man

Rodin's "The Thinker" is one of the world's most famous statues. From a certain perspective it compares poorly with a very old vision conveyed in the statuary of men, men, in the sense of human beings. The ancient kouroi,  statues in Greek art, are commonly presented as archaic, a less developed stage in art. Possibly though, what we have in a kouros is a man alert beyond ordinary levels. What IS incontestable is that Rodin's thinker is a guy on the john.

Monday, January 15, 2018

He's Not Even in Love With Her

My suspicion is the whole of the latest tabloid romance was mainly manufactured by officials in the department of keep things running smoothly. And what a bold and clever offensive. Powers in front of the throne are doing a great job also, as a transition of leadership clearly looms.