Monday, September 21
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“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

Art, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christianity, conflict, constitution, Cosmology, critical judgment, culture, deconstruction, Enlightenment, Entanglement, epistemology, God, higher criticism, Human Condition, Ideology, Jung, Literature, monotheism, Nihilism, Philosophy, physics, postmodernism, Psychoanalysis, quantum physics, Rationality, Religion, Science, Scripture, Secularity, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian  spring : There shallow draughts intoxicate the  brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. -- Alexander Pope I cannot remember when I first fell in love with the English language, but subjectively, it seems like I could have fallen in love with it in utero. (My parents tell me I talked at an exceptionally young age, and both times I took the GRE, I blew the top of the scale off the language-skills section.) So it always irritates me to no end to look at the way people misuse and abuse the English language. (It also irritates me when people misuse foreign words that are imported into English, like the German Weltanschauung and Angst, but these are rants for another time.) Sometimes the frustration cro...
Reading As Companionship — A Personal History

Reading As Companionship — A Personal History

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, Albert Camus, Archetypes, Ash Wednesday, At-One-Ment, Atheism, awareness, C. S. Lewis, Challenge, Change, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, Comfort, community, Compassion, conflict, contemplation, courage, Creator, creator senses, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discernment, doubt, Education, Enlightenment, existentialism, Ezra Pound, faith, Four Quartets, God, Holy Mystery, Hope, Human Condition, Imagination, Intelligence, Jim Cowles, Lent/Ash Wednesday, Literature, Longing, Mystery, Myth, Mythology, Nihilism, Numinous, Philosophy, Poetry, Religion, Secularity, solidarity, T. S. Eliot, Uncategorized, Wholeness
In Shadowlands, the movie about the courtship and marriage of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman Gresham, C. S. Lewis is quoted as saying “We read to know we are not alone”.  I have found multitudes of citations  where people quote Lewis as having said this in those very words, but have so far found no specific source, no book, no article, no lecture, for this remark. But even if Lewis did not say it, he should have.  For in my own personal experience, there have been instances too abundant to count where this proved to be the case with uncanny timeliness.  The following examples do not even scratch the surface. But in virtually all cases of where I have been reminded that I am not alone, this reminder also amounted to a revelation of what I myself thought even at times when I was not aware ...
Re-Fighting The Battle Of The Teutoburg Forest

Re-Fighting The Battle Of The Teutoburg Forest

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I hated saying it the first time, and I hate even more saying it again. The only reason I said it the first time, and the only reason I’m saying it again, is because I think that, for reasons of mental hygiene if nothing else, we progressives / leftists / liberals, i.e., those of us still possessed of a functioning prefrontal cortex, must remain firmly tethered to reality. Besides, in addition to personal hygiene, for the sake of the Nation we dare not follow the fascist-adjacent right, lemming-like, over the cliff of “alternative facts.” So I will swallow the bitter pill and say it yet again: (1) There will be no "blue wave" in November We will more than likely see the usual scenario repeated whereby ... yes, to be sure ... the party holding the White House loses some sea...