Tag Archives: Dante Alighieri

how republics die: don’t blame the mob

How republics die.We should not make the mistake of assuming that democracies are immortal. Goverments do change, and not always for the better, and countries do sometimes vanish from the map. What kills representative governments? It is not always the … Continue reading

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copernicus: a eureka man

Displacing the earth, and hence man as the center of the universe… …Late fifteenth century astronomy was a confused collection of systems inherited from a diverse past, with no certainty of fact or theory. Medieval astronomical theory was based on … Continue reading

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empathy notwithstanding: doomed, but to what?

… after the UN had sanctioned, seemingly miraculously, ┬áthe state of Israel with its original two-state solution, Hannah Arendt , with some justification, foresaw that if Jews were to survive its War of Independence, they would realize the achievements of … Continue reading

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essence of comedy: the geese

The essence of comedy is the triumph of nature over intellect; where hedonism replaces heroism, and the thirst for glory is seen as the repair of the fool. The tragic hero dies for what is nobler in the mind, the … Continue reading

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laff tracks : avoiding the food for worms fate

The essence of comedy is the triumph of “la forza di natura,” or nature over intellect, laughing matter over mind, what is livelier in the flesh over what is nobler in the mind. Who needs intangibles. And the happiest tale … Continue reading

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finding his way to Him

Saint Francis set us straight about the democracy of all God’s creatures, but he still enjoyed a pig’s foot stew and never thought of becoming a vegetarian…. In October, 1224, Saint Francis of Assisi descended from Mount La Verna, where … Continue reading

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hail mary: the secret language of words

Very contrary about this Mary story. Religion, refugees claimants and hipsters. the congregation is convened. Was there a second sitting for the Last Supper? Can Albrecht Durer’s Virgin and Child with Saint Anne be termed “religious trivia” within the context … Continue reading

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variations of hell: a ramshackle affair

Whenever Hieronymus Bosch deals with hell and the devils, he repeats this master idea with many variations: the idea that they are illogical, disorderly, incomprehensible, and mad. When we hear that Saint Anthony was tempted in the desert, we expect … Continue reading

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revolutionary for reason: consciousness of a tragic humanity

Horror. The world one usually associates with the work of Goya. Even in his brilliant early years as a court painter, an air of evil hung suspiciously in the background of his rococo paintings. Then, after his illness, they lept … Continue reading

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trilogy of a divine comedy: purgatory, passion and produce

Measured against the accelerating transformation of our own society, the Renaissance seems like a relatively minor cultural revolution in the history of humanity.Futurologists like Alvin Toffler suggest that the changing conditions of life we are now experiencing are so profound … Continue reading

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