THOUGHT OF THE DAY
One’s immediate family almost always consists of a familiar cast of characters that includes brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, with whatever close cousins and aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces in tow who regularly interact in a clan’s close confines or familial den—this unit has long been, in different forms, a key organizational unit of human social relations even as this natural election of consanguinity did not till recently rely on principles of natural selection of evolutionary fitness, something to keep in mind for many reasons, for example, that this age of individuals, a problematic category indeed, must in some ways work to undermine or even dismantle family connections; and, from an entirely different perspective, for example, that the same evolutionary principles that underpin a commitment to one’s closer kin force a recognition that all human cousins are part of one and the same biological line and thereby ‘deserving’ of ‘most-favored-family’ status; and, for example, along similar lines, that Darwinian logic leads ineluctably to the knowledge that an interdependent web of life exists on this Earth, an intertwining tangle in which to compromise or destroy any single element of the whole could in foreseeable fashion accomplish the weakening or destruction of the entire interconnected biosphere.
This Day in History
In what started as a tax revolt seventeen hundred and seventy-nine years ago, Roman patricians in the province of Africa, roughly the coastal and central regions of present-day Tunisia, rose up against the rule of Maximinus Thrax in what became an existential crisis for that emperor; also in Roman terrain sixteen hundred ninety-six years before the light of today’s dawning, Emperor Constantine decreed that Solis Invicti, or Sun-Day, would be a day of rest throughout the imperial realm; a single year past nine and a half centuries beyond that naming, in 1274, the estimable Catholic thinker, St. Thomas Aquinas, drew a final breath; two hundred ninety-nine years after that, more or less exactly, in 1573, two of the dominions that replaced the fall of Roman rule—the Ottomans and the Republic of Venice—concluded a treaty in their warfare that agreed that Ottoman imprimatur would oversee Cyprus thereafter; just two years shy of a century later, in 1671, the baby boy was born who would grow up as the Scottish rebel and so-called ‘outlaw,’ Rob Roy MacGregor; MORE HERE
Quote of the Day
Let every dirty, lousy tramp arm himself with a revolver or a knife, and lay in wait on the steps of the palaces of the rich and stab or shoot the owners as they come out. Let us kill them without mercy, and let it be a war of extermination.
- Statement appearing in the Chicago Tribune in 1885, as quoted in “What’s Missing From Black History Month” by Jon Hochshartner in The Red Phoenix (10 February 2012)
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Nearly Naked Links
From Sunday’s and Monday’s Files
Cults’ Likely Dissolution – https://aeon.co/essays/like-start-ups-most-intentional-communities-fail-why
Sanctuary Cities’ Roots – http://portside.org/2017-02-27/sanctuary-cities-have-historical-roots-slavery-era-us
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A Lenny post that looks at the work of a valiant young filmmaker: “In 1995, at the age of 21, Miranda July started an underground movie-sharing network for women filmmakers. Joanie 4 Jackie (formerly Big Miss Moviola) thrived for more than a decade and connected hundreds of women, including Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (creator of Unreal), artist K8 Hardy, and Essence advice columnist/empowerment coach Abiola Abrams. In January, the Getty Research Institute acquired the Joanie 4 Jackie archive. You can see everything at joanie4jackie.com, a complete digital record of the project.”
A Granta posting that shares with readers some of the pitfalls and discontents of travel writing: “The estrangement that travel engenders is far more profound than the images consumed on a trip. I would prefer to see American writers who have spent significant time abroad magnifying and expounding on problems at home. Too often, a kind of travel writing – especially the novel set abroad in an exotic locale – feels like a way of allegorizing and escaping problems at home. Travel literature should go local and micro, but with international heft.”
An EPI look at recent possible education legislation that seems to not offer any substantively positive results: “School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievementStudies of U.S. and international voucher programs show that the risks to school systems outweigh insignificant gains in test scores and limited gains in graduation rates”