Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
“By declaring that man is responsible and must actualize the potential meaning of his life, I wish to stress that the true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. I have termed this constitutive characteristic "the self-transcendence of human existence." It denotes the fact that being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself--be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself--by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love--the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself. What is called self-actualization is not an attainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strive for it, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.”
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Our human need for beauty is not something that we could lack and still be fulfilled as people. It is a need arising from our moral nature. We can wander through this world, alienated, resentful, full of suspicion and distrust. Or we can find our home here, coming to rest in harmony with others and with ourselves. And the experience of beauty guides us along this second path: it tells us that we are at home in the world, that the world is already ordered in our perceptions as a place fit for the lives of beings like us. This is what we see in Corot's landscapes, Cezanne's apples, or Van Gogh's unlaced boots.
-Roger Scruton, Confessions Of a Heretic
|Vincent Van Gogh Boots, 1886 Oil on canvas|
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
One is nailed in modern journalism by the staccato of fact, fact, fact. Many of these facts are untrue, of course, and others have the same effect as hollow dumdum bullets — expanding on contact with flesh. It is a war out there, between adversaries named Fact and Truth. I am reminded of this every time I look in the news, and see that “studies have shown,” when they have shown nothing more than a valiant attempt on the part of the devil to undermine the obvious.
-David Warren, leading off this post
The majority of what you hear from the economics profession these days borders on useless. Much of it is partisan, biased and not very useful in the real world.
-Ben Carlson, as borrowed from here
......or, maybe an evenly divided country isn't such a bad thing?
The Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher noted that it is worth considering the notion that Revolutionary France is a modern attempt at democracy. Drawing explicitly upon the writings of Aristotle, Burke asked what the real difference was between a monarchy and a democracy: “Of this I am certain, that in a democracy, the majority of its citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority, whenever strong divisions prevail in that kind of policy, as they often must.” However constituted, few forms of government are more oppressive than a democracy armed with self-righteous fury at all who oppose the will of the majority.
-Bradley Birzer, as excerpted from this essay
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
As Jim Rohn used to say, pay with a smile for "it's the care and feeding of the goose that lays the golden eggs." He also said that in case you think the goose needs to go on a diet, "let one appetite not accuse another." My check is in the mail, and I'm still smiling.
While the trend line looks okay, the recovery of the single-family residential construction business has been painfully slow. Isn't it about time you built a new home for yourself, people? Please.
Have I told you lately that we have some fabulous, reasonably priced, wooded home sites available?
enlargeable image here
Monday, April 17, 2017
"Maybe, just maybe, thirty years of rising through the ranks of the world’s largest oil company and ten years running it taught Rex Tillerson a few skills."
-Walter Russell Mead, taken from here
.....................................................Or: On the weaponizing of ideas.
"He's just expressing annoyance that ideas that came from the left didn't restrict themselves to serving only the interests of the left. That's not how ideas work. They get out and about and wreak havoc."
-culled from this Althouse post