This Day in History
Around the world, today is Polar Bear Day; Roman co-emperors sixteen hundred thirty-five years ago issued edicts ‘requesting’ all citizens to covert to ‘trinitarian’ Christianity; forty-five years hence, in 425, the daughter-in-law of one of those imperial masters helped to found the University of Constantinople; four hundred fifty-five years back, England’s rulers and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland validated the Treaty of Berwick to expel the French from Scotland; two hundred thirty-three years before the here and now, Parliament voted against further funding of war with America’s colonies; two hundred fourteen years prior to the present pass, the District of Columbia by law came under the direct jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress; six years later, in 1807, a baby boy was born who grew up as popular poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
The nearly unimaginable scope of things in general means, of course, that every single fanciful notion that we entertain—no matter how engaging and fulsome, bursting with potential for insight and action, even if it becomes as popular as the latest telecommunications marvel—has a likelihood that approaches zero of corresponding precisely to the shape and parameters of the entire universal enterprise of which each of us nevertheless manifests an indelible and inalienable part, the unfolding of which dynamic delineates one of the profound and persistent paradoxes of conscious existence, to wit that we have as our ‘existential’ job, so to speak, the task of seeking what we can never, ever, ever actually find or achieve, the comprehensive comprehension of ourselves and all that is, in the total web of relations and interconnections that define even the most mundane attributes of the cosmos, whether such a routine component of everything has the label ‘I’ or ‘thee’ or something else altogether.
Numero Uno—“Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Min Vackra Fru, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I thank the Swedish Academy for finding my work worthy of this highest honor.
In my heart there may be doubt that I deserve the Nobel award over other men of letters whom I hold in respect and reverence – but there is no question of my pleasure and pride in having it for myself. MORE HERE
Nearly Naked Links
From Friday’s and Saturday’s Files
A Merton Chronology – http://merton.org/chrono.aspx
Karl Jaspers @ SEP – https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/jaspers/
African Roots of War: Du Bois – http://www.webdubois.org/dbAfricanRWar.html
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Faculty Position in Creative Writing
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