Converting the Cosmos of the Mind

By |2019-08-19T22:06:59-05:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Plato, Quotation, Senior Contributors, Socrates, St. John's College|

At every moment of this present life, our readiness to learn was, and is now, up to us, was and is our responsibility, and on every day our life breaks around the before and after of a life-changing choice… though all the past choices ease or obstruct the present one. Our cosmos, the place [...]

Patriotism: A Necessary Sentiment

By |2019-07-04T11:59:46-05:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Nationalism, Patriotism, Quotation, Timeless Essays|

Patriotism is the wholesome, constructive love of one’s land and people. Nationalism is the unhealthy love of one’s government, accompanied by the aggressive desire to put down others—which becomes in deracinated modern men a substitute for religious faith. Patriotism is an appropriate, indeed necessary, sentiment for people who wish to preserve their freedom; nationalism [...]

The Ballpark: A Paradise Into Which Evil Comes

By |2019-03-28T14:22:11-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Baseball, Quotation|

The ballpark is a paradise into which evil does occasionally come, whenever the Yankees are in town, and this occasionally lends the game a cosmic significance that it would not be improper to call “apocalyptic.” This, in fact, is why that dastardly franchise is a spiritually necessary part of the game in this country; even [...]

Tolerance or Respect?

By |2018-12-31T22:14:14-05:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, E.B., Eva Brann, Quotation, St. John's College|

Respect is (1) an alternative to tolerance and (2) the better one. It is an alternative because it concerns the same issue: how to live with fellow humans who appear to be identically constituted in their need to formulate opinions and to assert them in speech (not always in that order) but disparately developed in [...]

Is Classical Music a Dying Tradition?

By |2018-08-29T12:45:19-05:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Music, Quotation|

If Mozart and Wagner and Puccini and Respighi are “dead art,” I would suggest we’ve forgotten how to properly live. In an age of brainless media that celebrates victims, some of us actually seem to believe that we are the victims of a Eurocentric musical repertoire iconographic of phallocentric imperialism and repression. As if [...]

Books Are Not Dead Things

By |2019-07-23T11:16:43-05:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, Free Speech, John Milton, Quotation|

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as [...]

The Element of the Unexpected in Beethoven

By |2019-03-20T16:42:05-05:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Quotation|

The element of the unexpected is so often associated with Beethoven. But surprise is not enough; what makes it so great is that no matter how shocking and unexpected the surprise is, it always somehow gives the impression—as soon as it has happened—that it is the only thing that could have happened at that moment. [...]

My Guiding Philosophy

By |2018-05-08T12:29:13-05:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Quotation|

"My guiding philosophy was that playing every day for your team was the most honorable thing you could do. They were counting on you. You had a challenge that day, and you came to the ballpark to meet that challenge. You played. That was the highest level you could achieve." —quoted in The Streak: Lou [...]

Competition vs. Illumination in Learning

By |2018-11-21T08:38:42-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

"That brings me to the protection of the exchanges that are the life of learning from dangers both within and without the classroom. Of these there are many, of which I’ll mention only one: the corruption of conversation into debate, into argument, and even into discussion, into all the modes of human communication in which [...]

Heaven Is a Playground

By |2017-09-22T15:45:41-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, G.K. Chesterton, Quotation|

"It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last [...]

Learning How to See Again

By |2017-08-16T15:20:26-05:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Art, Beauty, Books, Quotation|

Man's ability to see is in decline. Those who nowadays concern themselves with culture and education will experience this fact again and again. We do not mean here, of course, the physiological sensitivity of the human eye. We mean the spiritual capacity to perceive the visible reality as it truly is.... The capacity to perceive [...]