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Deep philosophical insight inspired by my messy backyard

I was working on a painting when the rising sun stabbed me in the eyeballs, so I got up to close the blinds. The view out the east window was somewhat bleak-the pale winter sun rising over the swamp, which comes right up to my back lawn, which I seldom mow. If I had looked out … Continue reading

Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!

Poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley-painting by Je’ Czaja I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor … Continue reading

Rockefeller DNA and the new eugenics

The Rockefeller family believes people should be bred like cattle-breeding only the best with the best to improve the stock and culling the rest. The eugenics movement is an old time evil that took organized form in the late 1800s and culminated in its scientific implementation during the Third Reich. Following that, it went underground … Continue reading

City Slickers

Now and then strange people called New Yorkers stopped at our little vegetable stand to buy strawberries or sweet corn. They seemed to be excited to be out in the country buying real food and I felt sorry for them, living in a far off, paved-over land where they couldn’t grow food. One Sunday afternoon … Continue reading

What is the Best Religion?

Apparently this question is often googled, which implies that the spiritual impulse has not departed from the soul of human beings, but human beings now feel that they have choices in how to express it. But then what is religion? If you google that you come up with many variations, most reflecting a western idea: … Continue reading

Public Education as Social Engineering

The education of a nation’s young people has been rightly seen as a method of social engineering since Plato’s proposed Republic around 400 BC. Plato saw society as divided into three classes: philosopher-kings (like himself,) warriors to protect the philosopher-kings and everybody else; freemen, merchants and slaves to act as the producers. Forget women; Greeks … Continue reading

Gifts my father gave me

Pop came in from the fields to get lunch one spring day and casually said, “It’s about time for the first strawberry to get ripe.” I dashed out of the house to the strawberry field, walking up and down the rows and “Yes!” I picked the half-ripe strawberry and ran to the house. “Look! I … Continue reading

And miles to go before I sleep

(Poem by Robert Frost) Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest … Continue reading

You’ve got to get right back on

They say that when a horse throws you, you’ve got to get right back on or you’ll never ride again. “They” say a lot of things, don’t they? We had lots of horses and I fell off most of them. I got right back on though, and often fell off again, only to repeat the … Continue reading

How Fossilized Conservatism Destroys Nations

Some ideas keep cropping up over and over and (not surprisingly) when implemented produce the same results. In a recent post about Plato’s Neo-Con Republic, I thought I had traced the historic source of Neo-conservatism philosophy to 400 BC but I now confess I was wrong. It is much, much older than that. First, what … Continue reading