Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017

Mathematics, Suffering

Δίκα δὲ τοῖς μὲν παθοῦσ-
ιν μαθεῖν ἐπιρρέπει

Put two apples in an empty cube box. Add another two. How many apples are there in the box? That was easy. Now, empty the box.

Fill it half full of water. Put an apple on a stick. Poke the apple end of the stick into the water, so the apple is completely submerged. Measure the height of the water line. (Use the side of the cube as your unit. The increase is a fraction.) Calculate the volume of the apple.

Calculate the radius of the apple. Calculate the maximum number of apples that can be fit into the box. Calculate the volume left over. Redo your calculation with apples cut in half. Quartered. In eighths.

What is the volume of the largest cube you can cut out of the apple? How many of these cubes can you fit in the box? How much space will be left over?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Poetry is the art of writing down how you feel.
How. Not what you feel.
Emotions are the means by which we feel.
They are the apparatus of feeling,
as a concept is an instrument of thought.
An emotion is my readiness to feel something.
It may be more or less precise, affording feelings
that are more or less intense.

Poetry is the art of writing emotions down.
The poet shows us our emotions so we can
tinker with them. A poem makes us feel
better. It does not give us better feelings,
but makes us better able to feel,
more precise in our way of feeling.
How do you feel? (How, again, not what.)
In your suffering, be yourself, that's how.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The philosopher's stance to
the poet's breath—
as existence to inspiration.

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Note: ex-sistare, "to stand forth"; in-spirare, "to breathe upon".

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Are your media ways of making connections or maintaining divisions?

Thoughts exist in souls.
Souls abide in gods.
Gods animate souls, and
souls feel inspiration.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A: My prose is strong.
B: You are too humble. It is impenetrable.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The world cannot be mastered, but it can be known in part. History cannot be known, but it can in part be mastered.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The world is everything that is the case.
History is everything that happens.
God is doing all He can.

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Note: Pith has taken precedence over precision. Things are to the world as people are to history, and being is to things as becoming is to people, so history isn't everything that happens so much as it becomes everyone who happens or, better, everyone who happens becomes history. Or, we might say, history happens to everyone. Also, seeing is to doing as the world is to history. The last line could read, "All-seeing God is doing all He can."

Monday, June 12, 2017

The lyric is to the aphorism as the lyre is to the lamp.

Friday, June 09, 2017

An image is what a thought feels like, who the feeling thinks of.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The Question

Is it nobler to suffer in the mind or to trouble the arms?

PS: The mind's eye. The heart's hand.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Human Factor

The facts don't make themselves known,
nor do our acts master themselves.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Between the rational,
and the hysterical,
our reasons and passions
find their composure.