Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Philosophy in Warm Weather

…Now all the doors and windows

are open, and we move so easily
through the rooms. Cats roll
on the sunny rugs, and a clumsy wasp
climbs the pane, pausing
to rub a leg over her head.

All around physical life reconvenes.
The molecules of our bodies must love
to exist: they whirl in circles
and seem to begrudge us nothing.
Heat, Horatio, heat makes them
put this antic disposition on!

… Jane Kenyon

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Walk better
šŸ‘£Solvitur ambulando
šŸ’­Sapere aude

The Beatles did

"I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did.'" ― Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Timequake

Saturday, March 23, 2024

A lively "dead" language

 My favorites: Solvitur ambulando... Sapere aude... mens sana in corpore sano...

Thursday, March 21, 2024

A. Bartlett Giamatti would not approve

"...don't introduce, for instance, instant replay into umpiring and remove the whole principle of judgment and as long as you don't introduce limits on the allowable time between pitches."

"BART: A Life of A. Bartlett Giamatti" by Anthony Valerio, Robert Brower:

Umberto Eco’s personal library

I find that if am ever feeling bad about buying too many books in addition to the other books I already own and will probably never get time to read all of, looking at this "small section" of the late Umberto Eco's personal library helps…

Sunday, March 17, 2024

With a twist

Hannah Arendt and the art of beginning afresh: “we are free to change the world”

Hannah Arendt is a creative and complex thinker; she writes about power and terror, war and revolution, exile and love, and, above all, about freedom. Reading her is never just an intellectual exercise, it is an experience.


She loved the human condition for what it was: terrible, beautiful, perplexing, amazing, and above all, exquisitely precious. And she never stopped believing in a politics that might be true to that condition. Her writing has much to tell us about how we got to this point in our history, about the madness of modern politics and about the awful, empty thoughtlessness of contemporary political violence. But she also teaches that it is when the experience of powerlessness is at its most acute, when history seems at its most bleak, that the determination to think like a human being, creatively, courageously, and complicatedly, matters the most.

She too lived in a "post-truth era," she too watched the fragmentation of reality in a shared world, and she saw with uncommon lucidity that the only path to freedom is the free mind. Whether she was writing about love and how to live with the fundamental fear of loss or about lying in politics, she was always teaching her reader, as Stonebridge observes, not what to think but how to think — a credo culminating in her parting gift to the world: The Life of the Mind... Accelerating Intelligence News