We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No philosophy could be more impoverished than one which denies the existence of this radiant interior Light -- or that reduces it to some material property of physics. "Divine light" is not a metaphor borrowed from our sensory apparatus. Rather, the reverse is true: the radiant light that fills the cosmos is an analogue of God's infinite luminous presence.
The "light vs Dark" motif, so strong from the Bible forward (and backward, but we have no writ record) makes one wonder if the 'death of God' notion is more than coincidentally contemporaneous with the advent of electrical lighting. Folks made the switch in more ways than one? Nah.
Word of the Day for Wednesday, June 20, 2007
agon \AH-gahn; ah-GOHN\, noun:
A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.
Conflicts about moral claims are part of what it means to be human, and a political ideal stripped of sentimentality and the utopian temptation is one committed to the notion that political life is a permanent agon between clashing, even incompatible goods.
-- Jean Bethke Elshtain, Real Politics
It is the irresolvable love-hate agon between men and women that drives all cultures.
-- Lawrence Osborne, "False goddess", Salon, June 28, 2000
Almost every poem Auden wrote in the weeks before and after his arrival in New York portrayed the agon of an artist in combat with his gift.
-- Edward Mendelson, Later Auden
Agon comes from Greek agon, "a struggle or contest." It is related to agony.
Nice story, Buddy. Not. But I kept thinking while I read how much fun I'd have busting the froideur of those haughty, boring women. It made me rebellious inside reading that. Probably because I identified with the single woman thing. You're like fresh meat and you never get invited anywhere - except by men with that lean and hongry look. :]