A Thought for the Day
No matter the stern exigencies and tumultuous travails, whether mundane or monstrous, that regularly confront people in the here and now—technically astute and distracting extraction of attention, constant concern about the flow of money and the resources that dribble from that fiscal spigot, labor that stretches out body and soul for hours and hours and even days and weeks and decades on end, alienation of affection from self and all the others on whom dependence, and interdependence, is the longed-for expectation—those same enervated, stressed, blunted, often-enough desperate and flailing actors on the world’s complicated stages must, as a first priority beyond sleep and food and air and water, develop and enrich their capacity to communicate with themselves and others, for otherwise that sense of isolation and futility that so typify the present pass as to label the current context one of lonely dread in their stead will undoubtedly reign supreme and leave surviving Homo Sapiens drudges, if any manage to live through the holocaust that must ultimately attend such sophisticated technique and infantile emotional and ethical development as we display, wishing only to expire so as not to face, on a daily basis, moment by moment, the sorts of further depredation and despair that suck souls dry and leave merely shaking, sulking husks in place of the vibrant, hopeful sojourners who might have plied their way on a path toward fulfillment in this paradisaical realm that our lack of consciousness and mutuality have turned into a hellish, stinking sewer of terror and travail.
This Day in History
Today, anywhere that boasts a tinge of Irish, is St. Patrick’s Day, of course, allegedly fifteen hundred fifty-seven years after his martyrdom; thirteen hundred and ninety-three years ago, forces under the leadership of Muhammad defeated the rulers of Medina in the continuing expansion of Mohammedism and Islam; three hundred and seventy-seven years subsequent to that event, in 1001, a different imperial negotiation occurred when representatives of Filipino rulers visited the Song Dynasty leaders of China to establish trade and cultural ties; just beyond four and a half centuries later, in 1452, on the Iberian peninsula, Christian forces at the Battle of Los Alporchones further consolidated the stranglehold that would soon oust the Emirate of Granada; MORE HERE
What good would it be to possess the whole universe if one were its only survivor?
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Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Orwell’s Review of We – http://orwell.ru/library/reviews/zamyatin/english/e_zamy
A Double Amistad-Case Dip – https://www.law.cornell.edu/background/amistad/summary.html
Socioeconomic Devolution Resplendent – http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176253/tomgram%3A_john_feffer%2C_next_stop%3A_the_deconstruction_zone/#more
We invite you to the screening of “Dans la classe de Sophie” followed by a debate in the presence of the director, Claire LEBRUN, and the teacher, Sophie BILLARD.
Meal of the IRELAND project from 7 pm
We are currently in the initial screening process for our 2017 Harold U. Ribalow Book Prize for fiction with a Jewish theme published in 2016. The deadline for submissions is April 7, 2017.
Industry specific trade magazines dealing with the plumbing and construction industries looking for dependable freelance technical writers for both online and print stories.