New, old, good, bad: Heraclitus (everything is in motion) and Parmenides (nothing is in motion) in tension. A montage.

"Not everything was better in our ancestors' days, either -- our own age, too, has produced many instances of excellence and artistic merit deserving to be imitated by posterity. At all events, let us continue to promote such honourable competitiveness with our ancestors." Tacitus. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Oxford World's Classics.…

Just a Thought. 19.

I'm feeling crushed by the woes of the world, as if it's incumbent on me to fix its problems and set everyone straight. I should blush at my arrogance. Blushing would at least lend me a rosy semblance of health. Instead, my face is pale and drawn from a day of fretting. And besides, I'm…

Just a Thought. 18.

If you have a spare ten to fifteen minutes, I have a suggestion. Read George Orwell's Politics and the English Language (1946) https://wisc.pb.unizin.org/english100coursereader/chapter/politics-and-the-english-language/ (Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, Open Texts) Orwell's essay is still relevant and I am confident you'll think your time well-spent. Introduction to Orwell's essay provided at the above link, U…

Just a Thought. 17.

If the world is going to hell in a handbasket, you’ll at least be close enough to listen to your co-travellers. And you might be in for a surprise. It’s as likely that they’ll blame you for their predicament as you them for yours. Pam Lindsay, 2019.

Just a thought. 16.

Cephalus, in answer to Socrates' question of whether life is harder towards the end, "For certainly old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then, as Sophocles says, we are freed from the grasp not of one mad master only, but of many." (3) Plato, Trans. Benjamin…