“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
Monthly Archives: December 2016
… when we were brought face to face with tyranny—with a kind of tyranny that surpassed the boldest imagination of the most powerful thinkers of the past—our political science failed to recognize it.
—Leo Strauss, On Tyranny
The fearful cries against President Donald J. Trump on the grounds that he is a tyrant in the making would have more credibility if a yuuge swath of Western media and political elites had not spent much of the last century missing, ignoring or excusing the worst tyranny in human history.
This Christmas Eve, celebrate the 25th anniversary of its defeat.
First they came for our jobs, now the bots have started to hijack our reading.
“It is not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It is because we dare not venture that things are difficult.”
A vivid, lively description that paints a picture of something or someone in words.
To deviate from a usual course or route.
“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
Liable to be understood by the general public. Knowledge based on common sense and external, shared reality rather than inner experience or secret teachings.
The common problem, yours, mine, every one’s
Is–not to fancy what were fair in life
Provided it could be,–but, finding first
What may be, then find how to make it fair
Up to our means: a very different thing!
— Robert Browning, Bishop Blougram’s Apology