What was done to him was like what happens on the train, when you think you are moving forward, but are moving backward, and suddenly find out the real direction.
"Yes, it was all not right," he said to himself, "but never mind. I can, I can do 'right.' But what is 'right'?" he asked himself and suddenly grew still.
--from The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Category Archives: Philosophizings
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with art and music. With music especially, I can feel very overwhelmed. Finding unity in the linearity is what troubles me, I think. It just goes too fast, each note gone right after … Continue reading
Treebeard: “We have decided….” Merry: “Yes…” Treebeard: “We have decided that you are not Orcs.” Pippin: “Well that’s good.” Merry: “But what about the war?” —- Neo-Aristotelian-Thomists: “We have decided…” Females: “Yes…” Neo-Aristotelian-Thomists: “We have decided that you are rational … Continue reading
If you came home from early errands on a Saturday morning and in going to wake up your teenage son in his bedroom, found a gigantic spider, about the same size as your son, in his place, you have two … Continue reading
Sometimes I think that “what we really think and desire about truth” can be well summed up by a mundanely common movie plot turn. There are hundreds of movies in which this sort of thing happens: 1. Little Birdie to … Continue reading