Archive | June, 2015

That’s either a mathematical certainty or a metaphysical uncertainty.

30 Jun

Series (mathematics)

Aside from some purely expository remarks on the arithmetic of historical calculus theologians have not paid much attention to my reflections.

30 Jun

Moving in the opposite direction to the morality of nonviolence, and also away from the traditional criterion, is Marcuse’s ethical reflection on revolution.  In his opinion the fact of revolution, judged by the concepts prevailing in normal state of affairs, is always immoral by very definition: for basically revolution attacks the legitimacy and morality of the established order.  But revolution is designed to do just that; it seeks to generate some new moral order and set up a different moral order.  The ethics of revolution decides between the “right of the existing order” and the ‘right of what might and perhaps should be” on the basis of “historical calculus”  that is rational and basically empirical.  It is an inhumane calculus insofar as it operates in quantitative terms, counting up the victims of the revolution on one hand and those of the established order on the other; but its inhumanity is the inhumanity of history itself.

Aside from some purely expository remarks on the arithmetic of Marcuses’ historical calculus theologians have not paid much attention to his reflections.
Only Trutz Rendtorff seems to echo Marcuse here, when he quotes and then adds his own comments “Change itself is an ethical category, a category of the morality that is possible and real here and now.”

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30 Jun

 

Blue Highways • William Least Heat Moon

30 Jun

 

 

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation’s backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about “those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi.” His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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Don’t give me any of your stale tail trail tale.

30 Jun

Reading

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This is of course the woman and the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns in the Book of Revelations.

30 Jun

Whore of Babylon

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This of course is the irresistible force paradox.

30 Jun

Irresistible force paradox