Sunday, February 24, 2013

Just Keep on Truckin' on the Shining Path

Professor Allan Bloom posed the following in The Closing of the American Mind:

Indignation is the soul's defense against the wound of doubt about its own; it reorders the cosmos to support the justice of its cause. It justifies putting Socrates to death. Recognizing indignation for what it is constitutes knowledge of the soul, and is thus an experience more philosophic than the study of mathematics...So it may well be that through the thicket of our greatest corruption runs the path to awareness of the oldest truths.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

News Flash: From the Villages

by Matthew Arnold, an excerpt from "Dover Beach"

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.