“What is self-evident is not discussed.” Josef Pieper
Archive for March, 2004
Note: I’m working on a new blog “look.” I’ll start adding content again on April 1st (no fooling).
“[T]he gifts of the heart cannot be separated from those of the intelligence; those who have drawn a distinction between them, possessed neither.” Flaubert
When asked whether he ever felt embarrassed to meet artists whose work he has criticized, an art critic of high standards replied, “Not at all. They ought to be embarrassed for producing such wretched art.” Reminds me a little bit of a movie critic (again, of high standards) who wrote disparagingly about an aspect of [...]
“I have often repented of having spoken, but never of having been silent.” Simonides (a Greek Pythagorean)
The free-sex mantras from the 1960s are common knowledge today: Get over the hang-ups; love everybody; share your body with everybody. Once everybody gets over these hang-ups and taboos about sex, society will make a real breakthrough in peace and love. Austin Powers’ views on living, in other words. I’d like to make unrepentant proponents [...]
Orestes Brownson was mostly a kind man, his made-for-public-consumption polemics notwithstanding. He was tenderly affectionate toward his wife and children and had many friends. He was deeply devoted to God; after his conversion, always writing with a crucifix in front of him and a statue of the Virgin Mary at his side. He was also [...]
“Comparison is the expedient of those who cannot reach the heart of the things compared.” George Santayana
Aristotle, a pagan, placed the highest natural felicity in the knowledge of God.
Commencing with Copernicus, western culture increasingly adopted an attitude of domination, of hubris, an attitude brooking no limitation to man’s effort to master the universe. We sit today in a position of health, comfort, luxuries, and increasing longevity. Before Copernicus, the chips were down, we felt insignificant and small, like a football team that lost [...]
“Satire is a glass in which we see every countenance but our own.” Jonathan Swift