Just a Thought.22.

"People are saying...." People are saying all kinds of things as this pandemic unfolds. Of course they are, that's what people do. Inspiring things, horrible things, hypocritical things, smart things, stupid things, true things, false things, all kinds of things. Some of us get up in arms about these things and say things ourselves. I'm…

Just a Thought. 21.

About our responses during uncertain times ...This is not a “beware the apocalypse” doom and gloom post. Neither is it a “look on the bright side” post. Rather, last summer I read a book called Apocalyses by Eugene Weber, an Canadian historian. And within this book is a passage that got me to thinking about the various…

The Real Experts.

Some people attempt to inject a little sense into the world by writing a letter to the editor, others by commenting on the comments commenting on the comments on a comment thread, and others still by preaching from a soapbox at a public discussion forum or from a soapbox on a street corner (location, location,…

New, old, permanence, and change: 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.…