A Thought for the Day
Whether one likes the fact or detests it, whether one acknowledges empirical reality and conceptual necessity or rejects them as polymorphous perverse and execrable, students develop crushes on their teachers at times, expressions of attraction that, at least occasionally, the best and most honorable and most engaged instructors respond to forthrightly and forcefully with their own feelings of longing and wanting, even as in the present pass such natural evolutions of engagement and instruction can land erstwhile professionals in a vast web of trouble and struggle that can lead to loss of income, loss of standing, and even prison for those who succumb to their innate urges and animal lustiness.
- Jack London Letter to Charles Warren Stoddard (21 August 1903)
This Day in History
Today in the Incan tradition was a time to honor the God of Thunder; in what is now Italy a thousand seven hundred and eleven years ago, the Emperor who would in many ways define the operation of imperial Rome as a positive process, the first Constantine, accepted his ascension to the throne at the behest of his troops; five hundred fifty-nine years beyond that celebratory moment, in 864, a Frankish leader, whom people knew as Charles the Bald, announced various defensive measures against marauding Vikings;
Doc of the Day
5. Arthur Schnitzler, 2014.
“Know, that Being qua Being is neither external existence nor mental, since each one is a type of existence. Being itself is not subject to condition nor is it restricted by either absoluteness or restriction. It is neither a universal nor a particular, nor categorized by generality or particularity. It is one, but not with a oneness superadded to its Essence, nor is it multiple, since each one of these, accompanies Being, in accordance with its respective degrees and stations, indicated by the verse, ‘Raiser of Ranks, possessor of the Throne.’ Being, therefore, becomes absolute, limited, universal, particular, general, specific, unitary or multiple, without experiencing any change in it its Essence and reality. MORE HERE
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Nearly Naked Links
Ibn Arabi – https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ibn-arabi/
Fusus al-Hikam – http://www.universaltheosophy.
Communism and Bob Dylan – http://www.socialismtoday.org/
Bel Kaufman – https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/a
Interesting People Places Things of Note
A Process History post by an educator providing an incredibly necessary process of teaching, especially at this time: “As a teacher of foundational courses on World History and U.S. History to high-school students, I have often found students come to my class with set opinions about politics and society based on very little deep thinking. In particular, they come to class opinionated but also confused about the ideas behind capitalism. To address this issue, I designed the semester-long elective on the History of Capitalism outlined in this blog. I hope other educators will be inspired to join in helping students construct their own informed ideas about this essential concept in U.S. and World History.”
Writers Tools Issues
A New Yorker look at a very important educational development of particular importance to all writers and scholars: “In the summer of 1983, the Jamaican scholar Stuart Hall, who lived and taught in England, travelled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to deliver a series of lectures on something called “Cultural Studies.” At the time, many academics still considered the serious study of popular culture beneath them; a much starker division existed, then, between what Hall termed the “authenticated, validated” tastes of the upper classes and the unrefined culture of the masses. But Hall did not regard this hierarchy as useful. Culture, he argued, does not consist of what the educated élites happen to fancy, such as classical music or the fine arts. It is, simply, “experience lived, experience interpreted, experience defined.” And it can tell us things about the world, he believed, that more traditional studies of politics or economics alone could not.”
A Tom Dispatch post that contextualizes America’s current woes (including an incompetent leader) with those of the most recent imperial power’s decline: “Despite the obvious differences in their economic circumstances, there remain some telling resonances between Britain’s postwar politics and America’s troubles today. Both of these fading global hegemons suffered a slow erosion of economic power in a fast-changing world, producing severe social tensions and stunted political leaders. Britain’s Conservative Party leadership had declined from the skilled diplomacy of Disraeli, Salisbury, and Churchill to Eden’s bluster and blunder. Similarly, the Republican Party has descended from the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and George H.W. Bush to a field of 17 primary candidates in 2016 who promised to resolve an infinitely complex crisis in the Middle East through a set of incendiary policies that included making desert sands glow from carpet-bombing and forcing terrorists to capitulate through torture. Confronted with daunting international challenges, the voters of both countries supported appealing but unstable leaders whose delusions of omnipotence inclined them to military misadventures.”