We do not need to read the philosophy of Wittgenstein or Socrates to know what is true or false.
But perhaps we need to review what goes awry in human psychology when a person with a seemingly right functioning mind defies what is known to be transparently true and argues instead for what is patently false.
Some clearly suffer an impaired cognitive function when their operative principle is that they wouldn’t see it — if they didn’t already believe it.
Plato devised an allegory of citizens in a cave, locked in position, looking forward, seeing only the reflected shadows before them on a wall projected by unseen actors behind them; shadows were their reality.
Others know very well what is true but they lie as a means to an unworthy end. Continue reading →
The nation is suffering in soul and spirit from the colliding dark forces of hate, elitism, lawless and treasonous conduct, and the growing sentiment that we need no discipline, no standards, no law or regulations, to keep us safe; the mantra is – “it will work itself out somehow.”
At the eye of this storm, ravaging America is an unmoored man who makes a fair imitation of Emperor Nero in his chaotic latter days when his gifts as a younger man left him.
Mr. Donald Trump defies the promise of our nation to greet the future with open arms, to treat all as equals, to fulfill our promise of liberty and freedom, and to join the family of man spread across this wide earth.
We’ve seen more than once how Mr. Trump withdraws from us all, wraps his arms tightly around himself, purses his lips, lifts his chin in defiance, and pronounces, in his unique syntax some offensive comment, about policy or personality, that some fear is becoming a “malignant normalcy.” Continue reading →
No one is originally from the United States – except for the endangered population of Native Americans that have survived this nation’s repeated efforts to wipe them out.
Everyone who is here today came from someplace else, fleeing hostile governments, uninhabitable lands, or drawn here because of a belief in the promise of America.
When I was a kid, one of my heroes was Igor Sikorsky, an engineering genius who made flying machines and, because he was inspired by DaVinci’s hand-drawing of a machine lifted by a rotating disk, set upon the task of creating the helicopter. Igor came to America from Russia because he had to flee the Bolsheviks.
Albert Einstein had to flee Europe because he was Jewish and met some resistance to becoming an American Citizen. We remember this brilliant physicist, ensconced at Princeton, partly concealed beneath an unruly mane of whitening hair. But there were those who weren’t sure he should be a citizen.
The Flannerys came from County Mayo to New York for reasons since obscured by the passing generations. My maternal grandmother left Ireland for the United States at 6 years of age. These immigrants from the sod met with some resistance because they were both Irish and Roman Catholic. Continue reading →