a wise educator always trades in Beauty and Goodness before Truth

Remarkable interview with Dr. Timothy Patitsas: You can’t consider yourself educated, unless you at least once have longed to have been born wholly other culturally—to have been born in another time, language, country, whatever. For many people, it’s reading the Tolkien epics that first give them that deep, erotic longing for a transcendent cultural otherness.Continue reading “a wise educator always trades in Beauty and Goodness before Truth”

sanctified through the sword in a just war

Here warfare represents creation itself as a struggle, and finally the triumph, of order against the disorder of original Chaos. (War, moreover, is justified to the extent that it aims at eliminating a disorder and reestablishing the order demanded by the law of creation): Thou rulest the raging of the sea [symbol of the chaoticContinue reading “sanctified through the sword in a just war”

a way with the mandolin

“I leave you,” he said, “well content that you have the two accomplishments, my son, that are most needful in a Christian man, skill with the sword and a way with the mandolin. There be other arts indeed among the heathen, for the world is wide and hath full many customs, but these two aloneContinue reading “a way with the mandolin”

Joan of Arc had all that

Yet Joan, when I came to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that was even tolerable in either of them. I thought of all that is noble in Tolstoy, the pleasure in plain things, especially in plain pity, the actualities of the earth, the reverenceContinue reading “Joan of Arc had all that”

Do you mean a real war?

From Chapter 6 of Prince Caspian: …There came in sight the noblest creatures that Caspian had yet seen, the great Centaur Glenstorm and his three sons. His flanks were glossy chestnut and the beard that covered his broad chest was goldenred. He was a prophet and a star-gazer and knew what they had come about.Continue reading “Do you mean a real war?”