"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
My day was one that seemed to careen from one area of interest to another with not much connection between them. I began the day with continued reading of Cormac McCarthy's novelThe Crossing, the second volume of The Border Trilogy. In the late morning I took a break to attend a performance of the great Romantic ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam. This was shown a
A Dream of Daring
by Gen LaGreca
"When men understand that their greatest gift is their intelligence, that their glory is to use it, that their own will is their trusted guide to chart their course, that their labors are theirs to choose, that the fruits of them are theirs to keep, and that surrendering this immense power to the rule of others is beneath the dignity of man---that is when the new age will soar to heights unimaginable." (p 281)
While reading A Dream of Daring I was reminded of
The Lost Art of Reading:
Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time
by David L. Ulin
“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
Several years ago I read a wonderful book, Distraction, by the philosopher and author Damon Young. His book describes the success of sever
There has been altogether too much chatter about that sluuuuuuut Beyonda or whatever. We should be talking about shocking food porn like this**:
** the only reason for the shock was the amount and source of my frenz's commentary and interest. Have I come to this? Look for yourself ...
This is a little early to include in Greatest Hits, but I thought we captured the principles behind Charity Refutation, and I would like to capture some search engine action.
I took the pithiest one-liners from the All-stars (from MSK to Daunce to Ghs) and made poetry. For 'research' only.
We're making advances
Recalling an early scene
Remember you in the times
We don't realize
Will never be the same
Rehearsing the old moves
What do the chosen
Choose for you
You'll never get much of me
There's just enough
To go around
You think you're god's little gift to the world
God's little gift
To the world
Return to the holy land
Let's see what you've planned
No amount of dest
I owe something to Lindsay Perigo, it seems. That is to send to him (for posting on SOLO) what comprise my Objections to Objectivism.
I will include links and excerpts from my struggle to adequately list and explain my objections ...
This first stuff is my last exchanges with Doug Bandler and Perigo.
Ayn Rand Explained
by Ronald E. Merrill
Revised and Updated by Marsha Familaro Enright
"Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture an intransigent mind, and a step that travels limitless roads.
... Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamp of the bot quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only the frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been a
From Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
The moderator, Bob Schieffer.
At bottom, some suggested questions from the LA Times dude Jon Healey.
[schieffer has not shared his questions with anyone he say. He says the Audience has agreed to shut the fuck up]
Gentlemen, rules, divide in segments. 2 minutes each, then a general discussion.
50 years after Cuban Missile Crisis. Unexpected threat from abroad.
Challenge of a changing middle east and the challenge of terrorism
1st question Libya
First question to Romney.
From a college kid.
Romney, college kid Philadelphia
make it easier for kids to afford college
John and Abigail adams scholarships
Key ... can you get a job after school
I know what it takes to get our economy going
More debt, less jobs, I know what it takes
Middle class crushed Jobs scarce.
Your future is bright. You made an investment
Most important jobs good-paying jobs
build on 5 million jobs
On my school holidays... pretty nice so far. just been relaxing etc.
I did my learners a few days ago... I failed by one point... one point. Ah well: Ill be prepared for the next shot.
I better start on a history essay soon. I'm going to cover the history of the environmentalist movement. I think my hypothesis will revolve around trying to uncover the dark secrets of what modern environmentalism means. One card I have uncovered is that the Nazi's had one of the most "progressive" environmenta
Nothing much happened today...
weather was horrible: very rainy.... Sailing was canceled unfortunately.
Discussed Macbeth in English. I argued that I enjoyed the movie adaption of Macbeth that we watched because I think that it rationalized the plot and that because of this it gave the story more moral value. No one agreed. they said that that the idea of fate (rather than the delusion of it) was important to the plot.
I will attempt to make an entry daily... don't know how long I will keep it up though...
Nothing of much consequence happened today. In English we finished watching Roman Polanski's movie adaption of Macbeth. I quite enjoyed it. I think that Macbeth highlights the evils of the belief of ends justifying the means plus i believe that Shakespeare's depiction of a man making himself a slave to prophesy, and being ultimately fooled and destroyed by it, has a lot of moral value.
I'm reading Dracula
I've never done anything "bloggy" before... so this is my first ever blog entry.
I guess I should say a little about myself. Obviously I am an Objectivist. I think Ayn Rand allowed me to grow up; before I found Ayn Rand in my early teens I was afraid, what of I didn't know, but i felt a constant pressure upon me. I called myself an atheist but I was so cringingly tolerant of other beliefs and so skeptical of everything that I was probably more mystical than any religious follower.
The first Ay
I was watching the gates notes and was motivated to blog about education as It is a lot of political and employment problems .
This is a shill for my blog. On the side of the blog Friends and Foes in my Editor view is a big long list of Tags i have applied to my posts over time. I like it! It looks like fun. I tried to be truthful and humourous.
Such recreation to be had at OL. We have on one side the rapier of PDS, uniting the theme of the OT and unknotting pretensions in one sweep.
On the other hand, the same game but played with polishers, grinders, rivets.
I have noticed Phil's incredible use of pronouns. Phil's favourite pronoun of course is I, but strangely he uses They more often. In most heated exchanges, if you look, you will see that Phil rarely gets a sentence going without Them and They. This I might call Otherizing.