It is fair to say that our insights into the nature of music, . . . of the ways in which music comes to “possess” and affect our psyche, have not progressed decisively beyond Plato . . . Music [is] the elect companion of identity, the homecoming to that inside oneself which time has in… Continue reading “Any thinking about the forms of meaning must grapple with music . . .
“Astral Plane” starts at 2:28.
(To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State) He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint, For in everything he… Continue reading “The Unknown Citizen” – W.H. Auden
It’s all I have to bring today— This, and my heart beside— This, and my heart, and all the fields— And all the meadows wide— Be sure you count—should I forget Some one the sum could tell— This, and my heart, and all the Bees Which in the Clover dwell.
To paraphrase early Wilco, we get to be people who find the time to write our minds the way we want them to read, people who want to be true. Should we accept the mission of becoming philosophers, we will be individuals who want to know what is true more than we want to feel… Continue reading “Critical thinking, we call it.”