6.22.2017 Daily Links

  A Thought for the Day   

All but the strongest exemplars of human strength and the weakest specimens of retarded capacity find themselves in places of impossible, insoluble conundrums now and again—the former case an exception because no snare can hold them, the latter because any such sort of awareness is beyond their ken—an almost universal situational development, therefore, of facing inextricable cages, impossible to alter courses of action, in a word traps that often manifest in front of our eyes when the holders of the keys to our cages confront us with some necessity of cleaning up messes, or perhaps burying such evidence of perfidy as dead bodies reveal, for which we bear no responsibility and with which our only connection is that we’ve wandered into a set of circumstances that now holds us hostage, imprisoning us and putting us at the beck and call of our erstwhile wardens and jailers.

 This Day in History  

Today in El Salvador is Teacher Day, and in Croatia, Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; in a battle, in some ways redolent of contemporary struggle, to determine control of what is now Gaza and parts of Palestine, two thousand two hundred thirty-four years ago, a fourth Egyptian Ptolemy led forces that routed Greek fighters under the aegis of a third, so-called ‘Great,’ Antiochus; not quite half a century afterward, in 168 BCE, Roman troops won the day over the armies of Macedonian King Perseus at the battle of Pydna, thereby at once ending the Third Macedonian War and extending Roman hegemony into the Southern Balkans; nine hundred eighty-one years onward from there, in the same region in 813,local fighters under Bulgar direction turned the tables and decimated Byzantine forces at the Battle of Versinikia in what is now Western Turkey;  MORE HERE

     Doc of the Day    

1. Julian Huxley, 1964.
2. Michael Egan, 2003.

3. Bianca Salvant, 2017.

Numero Uno“The Bishop of Woolwich’s courageous book, Honest to God, is impressive evidence not merely of what he calls our present theological ferment, but of the general ideological ferment and indeed of the revolution of thought through which we are struggling.  MORE HERE

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 Interesting People Places Things of Note 

Salvation Via Democracy?

A Philosophical Saloon look at possible new futures: “It is not that democracy is broken here or there, with political and economic corruption, no longer concealed by the screens of ideology, oozing through its open seams and fissures. Rather, democracy is brokenness. Broken in time, it is out of sync with the longue durée of the most pressing, life-and-death environmental problems, particularly air and water pollution, the melting of the icecaps, rising sea levels, and so forth. Broken in space, it is incapable of addressing these same problems that affect both human and non-human beings at every place on the planet. The Band-Aid solution of international agreements, such as the Paris accords, is ineffective, if they remain non-binding and at the mercy of shifting political moods at home.”

 Writers Tools Issues 

On Sartre’s Nobel Rejection

A New York Review of Books look at a famous thinker’s rejection of the Nobel Prize: “Jean-Paul Sartre explained his refusal to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in a statement made to the Swedish Press on October 22, which appeared in Le Monde in a French translation approved by Sartre. The following translation into English was made by Richard Howard.”

 General Media & ‘Intellectual Property’ Issues 

Debating Personal Narrative Integrity

An interesting Aeon post for all those who consider issues of truth v. engaging storytelling in their work: ”

I used to think that there was truth and lies, and that people could tell the difference. When Bill Clinton said he ‘did not have sexual relations with that woman’, the facts were brought to light by sperm on a dress. The slippery slope of dishonesty has steepened since then, especially in politics, to a culture of lies and a nation no longer surprised. At our family Hanukkah party, right after the election, my dad and I were talking about how easy it seems to get people to believe a lie. ‘You just have to say it enough,’ he said. A few minutes later, we opened gifts. I had gotten him wine glasses with our last name, ‘Askowitz’ engraved into each one. He opened the box and said: ‘You misspelled Askowitz.’”