Sympathy, Maybe Not

The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence; and, as I pointed out some time ago in an article on the function of criticism, it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of a Man

The Snake

Trump loves to be caught and not be punished. Throughout the 2016 campaign, he recited the poem “The Snake,” a story of treachery that mocks the victims: “You knew damn well I was a snake before you let me in.” It is not enough for Trump to commit a crime. He needs to let you … Continue reading The Snake

Jabberwhorl Cronstadt

There's no such thing as the present. There's a word called Time, but nobody is able to define it. There's a past and there's a future, and Time runs through it like an electric current. The present is an imaginary condition, a dream state... an oxymoron. -Henry Miller, Black Spring, chapter: Jabberwhorl Cronstadt,

Does The Razor Cut Through It

It was actually Ockham who prepared our minds for this unwelcome (to him) conclusion. He devised a "principle of economy," popularly known as "Ockham's Razor," which relied for its effect on disposing of unnecessary assumptions and accepting the first sufficient explanation or cause. "Do not multiply entities beyond necessity." This principle extends itself. "Everything which … Continue reading Does The Razor Cut Through It

Still Trying To Learn The French Revolution. Because.

One of the best of the few too many books I've read on the subject. Had no idear this was gonna be so good--on account worstwriter learn something galore.  It's also kinda funny-sad how some of the rhetoric from yore is no different than today--even though we're supposed to have progressed. Progressed to where? Note … Continue reading Still Trying To Learn The French Revolution. Because.

Willful Ignorance

(noun) The practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguments because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs. This practice is most commonly found in the political or religious ideologies of "conservative" Americans. Many times it is practiced due to laziness--people not wanting … Continue reading Willful Ignorance