Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 (7:55 pm), by John W Gillis
Quote of the Day for Saturday, April 2nd, 2011:
Socrates on the knowledge of the good, in Plato’s Republic (Book VI, Jowett translation):
When little things are elaborated with an infinity of pains, in order that they may appear in their full beauty and utmost clearness, how ridiculous is it that we should not think the highest truths worthy of attaining the highest accuracy! … [Y]ou have often been told that the idea of the good is the highest knowledge, and that all other things become useful and advantageous only by their use of this. . . [Without the knowledge of the good], any other knowledge or possession of any kind will profit us nothing. Do you think that the possession of all other things is of any value if we do not possess the good?
Some knowledge is useless, and is not really knowledge at all; some is trivial, and distracts from the pursuit of wisdom; some is useful for understanding; some is essential to understanding; and then some is understanding itself.
Mark 8:36 (DRV)
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?
1 Corinthians 13:2 (DRV)
2 And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 (10:35 pm), by John W Gillis
Quote of the Day for Friday, December 10th, 2010:
Indiana Governor, and prospective 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, Mitch Daniels, on the propriety of the Indiana state legislature advancing some pro-life legislation:
“As long as it doesn’t get in the way of the really crucial (objectives) — keeping Indiana in the black, improving our economy and bringing big reform to things like education. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of that, there’s plenty of time and capacity.”
I rolled my eyes and felt discouraged when Daniels made a comment several months ago proposing a “truce” on social issues in order to focus on economic matters. My eyes aren’t rolling anymore, and I’m now not so much discouraged as disgusted. This is a man who truly doesn’t get it.
Men like this are often more of a threat to the commonweal than those who openly embrace those most horrific of misanthropic practices and policies, because he clearly views the human being through the same sterile lens of instrumentality, but masks it behind a smokescreen of conservative (read: bourgeois) respectability.
I’m OK with people like Mitch Daniels holding public office, as long as they stay in the background, and don’t get in the way of the really important work of securing a just public order.