What place is there in our modern world for the myth? What are some of the implications of our callous disregard and, in many cases, our wanton destruction of myth? These are two questions that are in need of consideration as we watch the men and women of our time rage against themselves, against our … Continue reading A Man Needs His Myths
There are principles, experiences, and what we might call pre-scientific knowledge that are more essential and mysterious than our present experiences. At the same time – somewhat paradoxically – it often happens that the leading discoveries of contemporary science themselves provide confirmation of this and so, by a circuitous route, bring human understanding back to something that all cultures have known intuitively since the dawn of time, something that until recently modern science has treated as no more than a set of illusions or mere metaphors.”
Jules Evans of the University of London recently wrote a piece for the online publication Aeon, wherein he suggests that transcendent experiences, which he describes more often as moments of ecstasy, are not exclusive to religious endeavor, that they are in fact open and freely shared among all regardless of one’s personal beliefs. The article … Continue reading The Transcendence of Movement
Shy one, shy one, Shy one of my heart, She moves in the firelight Pensively apart. She carries in the dishes, And lays them in a row. To an isle in the water With her would I go. She carries in the candles, And lights the curtained room, Shy in the doorway And shy in … Continue reading W.B. Yeats: To an Isle in the Water
Those familiar with trends in modern education will certainly be aware of the slow but steady rise in popularity of classical education – an education to assigns proper emphasis upon the humanities, while not minimizing the importance of mathematics and the sciences.
I. Does religion kill democracy? This was the question recently asked by a certain publication of some circulation, and a telling question it is. The author cites the decline of democracy worldwide along with the resurgence of religion, which flies squarely in the face of those who espouse the so called “secularization thesis” – the … Continue reading Does Democracy Kill Religion?
He Remembers Forgotten Beauty: When my arms wrap you round I press My heart upon the loveliness That has long faded from the world; The jewelled crowns that kings have hurled In shadowy pools, when armies fled; The love-tales wrought with silken thread By dreaming ladies upon cloth That has made fat the murderous moth; … Continue reading W.B. Yeats: He Remembers Forgotten Beauty