Ted Cruz for Senate
Under The Marble Arch
"I slept and dreamt that life was Joy.
I woke and saw that life was Duty.
I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy."
Rabindranath Tagore

"The skepticism about human rationality that science inspires should not be taken as support for authoritarianism or paternalism… On the contrary, it should render questionable all claims to wise and disinterested leadership, including those of America’s own altruistic progressive technocrats who propose policies to “nudge” the unenlightened masses into doing the right thing. It makes more sense to think of our leaders and intellectuals as half-crazed hooting howler monkeys — just like the rest of us."
Michael Lind, Salon, August 23,2011
“Seeing what isn’t there is half the job of being on the Left. The other half is changing what isn’t there through costly, intrusive, and ill-conceived initiatives (save 10 percent for keeping Charlie Rangel out of trouble).” -Abe Greenberg, October 9, 2009
“To date, what non-Obama voters see, and fear, is a candidate content to coast to the nomination and then conduct a blandly conservative campaign. They want a more substantive choice than that. They want to have it out over the worth or danger of Barack Obama’s ideas. They want the chance to ratify Washington’s enormous long-term claims on the country’s wealth, or decisively reject them." – Daniel Henninger, WSJ, July 21, 2011
Search Me
Powered by Squarespace
Books!
  • The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction
    The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction
    by J. Budziszewski
  • The Spiritual Combat Revisited
    The Spiritual Combat Revisited
    by Fr Jonathan Robinson, Jonathan Robinson
« The Joys of Filing | Main | The Palin-O'Donnell Kerfuffle »
Saturday
Sep032011

Icons

From Roger Scruton, by way of Mirror of Justice:

Things become sacred when sacrifices on behalf of the community have been distilled in them, as the sacrifices of generations of soldiers, sailors and airmen are distilled in the American flag. And sacred things are invitations to sacrifice, as is the flag in time of war. Sacred things create bridges across generations: they tell us that the dead and the unborn are present among us, and that their “real presence” lives in each of us, and each of us in it. The decline of religion has deprived us of sacred things. But it has not deprived us of the need for them. Nor has it deprived us of the acute sense of desecration we feel, when facetious images intrude at the places once occupied by these visitors from the transcendental.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

Reader Comments (3)

They keep trying to force things into the God-shaped hole that are not of God, and then wonder why they are not satisfied. We were built for transcendence. Denying our need for it is denying our sense of self.

No wonder they're assholes.
September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Chris,

I wish I actually knew you.

Scruton has a very dry wit. In a talk he gave that I heard in person he made some length remark about the depredations of modernity, all in very elegant English, and then said, "which is entirely the fault of the liberals..." It was at the University of Texas, and I believe he said it so charmingly that 2/3 of the audience laughed before they realized that they had been utterly insulted.
September 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbbmoe
I take that as a compliment, rather than an opportunity to shoot me in the face.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.