…And, yet, despite all differences, one important point stands out. The road of Roman civilization was a road to barbarism. Will it turn out to be the same road we are on today? Whatever historical comparison may afford for an understanding of the present crisis, it can give us no assurance regarding the latter’s outcome. […]Read more "Present Crisis and the Past"
Decline of the critical spirit, weakening of judgment, perversion of the function of science, all point to a serious cultural disorder. To think, however, that in locating these symptoms one is attacking the evil at its roots, is to make a grave mistake. For already we hear the swelling chorus of objections from the self-styled […]Read more "Disavowal of the Intellectual Principle by Johan Huizinga"
…If, then, a retrieval of ethical and metaphysical values is what is needed, it can hardly be said that we are on the right road at present. The sense of human responsibility, seemingly strengthened by the exhortations of heroism, has been uprooted from the soil of the individual conscience and mobilised in favour of any […]Read more "Ethical and Metaphysical Values, Irresponsible Mass Action, The Word, Truth & Opinion"
Katharsis: thus the Greeks called the state of mind produced by the spectacle of the tragedy, the stillness of heart in which compassion and fear have been dissolved, the purification of the soul which springs from having grasped a deeper meaning in things; which creates a grave and new preparedness for acts of duty and […]Read more "Katharsis and Askesis"
The Uncarved is the realm within which things are allowed to go through the process of continual carving and un-carving. Its purpose is for gathering and research. Gathering together the insights and materials of the past for the betterment and raising up of the Present from the confusing murkiness within which everything now resides. In short…this […]Read more "Disclaimer"
…In general usage the word culture is not apt to create misunderstanding. One knows more or less what is meant by it. To give an accurate description of its meaning, however, is a different thing altogether. What is culture, what does it consist of? An exhaustive definition is practically impossible. All we can do is […]Read more "Fundamentals of Culture By Johan Huizinga"
“This world of ours has its nights, and not a few of them.” Saint BernardRead more "Habet mundus iste noctes suas et non paucas."