Thursday, March 23, 2017

ἀρετή

You are your virtues, your potential for goodness, excellence. The mistake is to identify yourself with your vices. You are not your vices. Your vices merely prevent you from becoming yourself, from doing what you are capable of, at any given time.

(Christianity is the application of this view of oneself to others through love.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No age is insane. Your sanity is judged against it.

The House of Language

Is a philosopher better able to tell you what a thought is? Is a poet better able to tell you what a feeling is? Is an architect better able to tell you what a house is?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

If you want knowledge, you must learn how to change your mind. If you want power, you must be open to a change of heart.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Do not write mediocre poetry about problems that could be solved with good policy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

After you have gone too far the truth always lies in the other direction.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Your prose determines what you can do with a poem. We might say that our prose "affords" us our poetry.

(Cf. Jonathan Mayhew)

The good and the true make you better. True perceptions make you see better. Just actions make you do better.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Institutions protect us from the caprice and malice of people who don't like us, and people we don't like, likewise, from us. With strong institutions you cannot punish someone you don't like on a whim. They have to have done something wrong.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

To Those in Search of Social Justice

If you want to experience joy, kindness, and understanding, you must not close yourself off to pain, selfishness, and bigotry. If you want the love and wisdom of others, you must be able to suffer their foolishness, too, their hatred.

Monday, February 27, 2017

πρόσωπον

Nobody becomes true or false in the eyes of another. People see themselves, or not.

πράγματα

Nothing (no thing) is either good or bad in itself. Some things, however, ought to be done, some not.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Media of Immediacy

Intuition, said Kant, is that through which things are known immediately. Institution, I submit, is that through which people are immediately empowered.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If I am to show you how to do something, I must, unfortunately, also tell you what the difficulty is.

Friday, February 10, 2017

This is a work of fiction.

Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is their own damned fault.