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.
A reader mentioned the great Jacques Barzun. Years ago I had a friend who took a semester from Stanford only to take Barzun's famous cultural history and philosophy course at Columbia. It wasn't a course you could "take." You had to be approved for it and had to commit to it. Sometimes he would interview students to make sure they were up to it.
It was 3 books to read/week, and you had to stand and deliver in class. High standards for an undergrad (and grad) class. Barzun also never gave an A. He told the kids that nobody could digest all of this to his expectations. It was an academic humanities boot camp.
My pal, who had far more IQs than me, went on to a brilliant academic career and has always praised Prof. Barzun for it.
thank you barrister. nice to hear responses from people about this type of stuff.
I'm 70 retired ia 52 grip now in mn. after born and raised nyc, and went to pratt for fine arts major in photo. got into film biz after that as crew mechanic. been in touch with other pratt classmates all this time and love art and talking about it, which includes cultural history. Barbara Tuchman is another favorite author of mine ( first salute etc. ).
I like bird dogs bent on boats, sailing, travel, foods, etc. fancy hotels and so on, but find it pedantic and basically not up to par for my interests so I hope he gets his head out of his you know what some day.
lets try to appreciate without prevarication and impressing just for the sake of blowing our own horns. who cares about tuscany ? I mean, really... isn't New England good enough for humans ?
Anyway, thank you so much for input and hope I don't make anyone mad at me for being such a jerk.
more about barbara tuchman from wikipedia:
it is more true today the before ?
In the introduction to her 1978 book A Distant Mirror, Tuchman playfully identified a historical phenomenon which she termed "Tuchman's Law," to wit:
Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts. The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place. Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times. After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists. The fact is that one can come home in the evening—on a lucky day—without having encountered more than one or two of these phenomena. This has led me to formulate Tuchman's Law, as follows: "The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five- to tenfold" (or any figure the reader would care to supply).
Tuchman's Law has been defined as a psychological principle of "perceptual readiness" or "subjective probability".
Ha. I had used her "Law" as an example the other day, though it was in reference to her book "Guns of August" and a discussion on how we are more civilized now and would not get into another long-term war. We are not more civilized than we were 10,000 years ago IMO.