Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ideas that add up #183

In 1917 the sociologist and philosopher Max Weber named ‘disenchantment’ (Entzauberung) as the distinctive injury of modernity. He defined disenchantment as ‘the knowledge or belief that . . . there are no mysterious incalculable forces that come into play, but … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #182

British artist Benjamin Haydon left a superb picture of these ‘old sweats’ when he saw them at Fontainebleau in 1814, wearing the correct uniform, ‘seamed with scars, elegant,’ ‘More dreadful-looking fellows than Napoleon’s guard I had never seen. They had … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #181

Rama, who has opened [Enver Hoxha’s former nuclear bunker] to the public, believes that coming to terms with their past is a more complicated business for Albanians than merely listening to the unsavoury incidents of recent history. “It has been … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #180

In studying world literature, Meeker found some significant differences between [tragedy and comedy]. Tragedy was almost exclusively the creation of Western civilisation, arising out of its heroic myths, while comedy was ‘very nearly universal, occurring wherever human culture exists.’ Tragedy … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #179

An analogy between agriculture and electricity may help explain and exorcise it [the “fallacy of agricultural primacy”]. Cities today are so dependent upon electricity that their economies would collapse without it. Moreover, if modern cities had no electricity most of their … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #178

Mankind’s duty to care for Creation, through which humans have evolved to reflect at least the faint image of their Creator, conflicts headlong with the current dominant idolatry of growthism and technological Gnosticism. The idea of duty to care for … Continue reading

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