QOTD: Tony Esolen on silence and noise

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QOTD, from the inestimable Tony Esolen:

“Silence belongs to man as the creature who possesses the word; noise, to the creature whom words possess, lashing him on, on, mechanically, without rest, without meaning.”

Source: Life Under Compulsion: Noise | Front Porch Republic

 

Chesterton’s Wisdom: “Little things please great minds.”

I do not claim to have a “great mind” (far from it – like “Winnie-ther-Pooh,” I can be a “Bear of Very Little Brain” at times. Many times! But I do enjoy the little things in life…

The Poetry of England | The Imaginative Conservative

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Source: The Poetry of England ~ The Imaginative Conservative

“The real tragedy of England’s passing… is not that the England we love is a figment of the imagination, but that it is real, in the sense that Platonic forms are real. This real England is present in Old English and Middle English; in Chaucer and Chesterton; in Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens. The England to be found in these places is more real than it is in present-day Birmingham or Leicester, which are only English in a superficial and fading sense. Nor does the England to be found in these places depend on our ability to see it.

“If England continues to sink into the primeval soup of ‘post-Christian’ barbarism, it is possible that nobody will read Shakespeare a century from now. They will not want to read it and will probably be unable to read it even if they wanted to. Yet the goodness, truth, and beauty to be found in Shakespeare, Chaucer, et al will not be in the least diminished by the inability of future generations to see it. A tree does not cease to exist because a blind man cannot see it. England will not cease to exist because the ‘post-English’ barbarians residing in England fail to understand that which is beyond their ken.”

True indeed! Yet what a loss it would be to the world, if the real England, the true England, the “Olde England,” were to retreat utterly and forever into the Mists of Avalon, into the realm of Platonic forms, into the Mind of God, and into the memory of poets and mystics and musers like me, to exist no more in the world of men…

Why I am a Jeffersonian, part 2!

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“On this day in 1816, Thomas Jefferson writes a letter to a friend. He speaks of the need to keep power separated between the national and state governments. Such a division of labor, Jefferson notes, protects liberty.

“Perhaps it would also help the country to be less angry at each other? Consider that if Texas and California don’t have to agree on everything, then there is less cause for upset. Each state can simply make its own decisions and live its own way.”

My goodness, what a radical concept….! Here is a fuller expression of the theme, from Mr. Jefferson:

“[T]he way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to. Let the national government be entrusted with the defence of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police… What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and power into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian senate.”

 

QOTD: “Acts of cultural secession…”

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“Using a saucer and speaking with proper grammar are acts of civil resistance, of cultural secession, examples of negative response to the demands that we participate in the forced labor of helping to dismantle our own civilization with our own hands.”

Pater Larry Beane

Indeed. Proper grooming, and dressing respectably (within the obvious limits of what one may reasonably afford), are two others.

 

Thomas Sowell: “Artificial stupidity” and the destruction of civilization

Thomas Sowell has a lot of good things to say. This is one of them:

Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity. - Thomas Sowell

A Facebook friend adds – accurately, in my opinion:

“If you are a teacher, this is on you. You may protest you are a great teacher, most do, but in fact, if you teach the drivel that public school systems dictate, then you are no more than a parrot for an evil scheme to make our children stupid enough to want to be subjects when you could be teaching them to be citizens.”

Yep. That’s one of the reasons I am not a public school teacher, despite the economic security that would give me (so long, of course, as I kept a low profile and watched what I said). But unfortunately, despite many excellent teachers – and not a few fine schools – contemporary public education is a big part of the problem.

It may be very good (usually, with some notable exceptions) at delivering its content in an effective and engaging manner. It is the content itself that is the difficulty!

Robert Ruark: Something of value

Robert Ruark – Something of value

“If a man does away with his traditional way of living and throws away his good customs, he had better first make certain that he has something of value to replace them.”

— Robert Ruark

QOTD: Archbishop Charles Chaput

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“Maleness, brothers, is a matter of biology. It just happens. Manhood must be learned and earned and taught. That’s our task. So my prayer for all of us today is that God will plant the seed of a new knighthood in our hearts — and make us the kind of ‘new men’ our families, our Church, our nation, and our world need.”

— Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

H/T to

The Medieval Professor

 

Thomas Sowell on equal rights vs identity-group “rights”

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Thomas Sowell is an American economist and social theorist who is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.