Author Archives: glykon

A Room with a View

If there is nothing to see looking forward, we will look behind. Old age loves to reminisce. If the past is too tender a sapling, young eyes delight early on future fruits– and without the bitterness of impotence. Where neither … Continue reading

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The Greek text of this line is uncertain

“For all things cannot be in men.” According to the Book of Sirach, “flesh and blood devise evil” as a consequence of man’s desire to contain the whole. The desire of philosophy is, at the very least, the desire to … Continue reading

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From a walk

“It’s beautiful out tonight” the stranger tells– doesn’t ask– me. It’s beautiful out tonight, why does she inform me and not inquire? We are typically not in the habit of foisting our evaluations on random passersby. But don’t I want … Continue reading

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To Men of Inaction

A minor thought in favour of men of inaction: Richard Gloucester (Richard III): “talkers are no good doers, be assured we go to use our hands and not our tongues” (I.iii.350). –Some of the most wicked deeds come from “men … Continue reading

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A Sort of Revenge

There is a sort of revenge vented on the progressive spirit for the fact that its proponents deprived one of one’s faith; one’s intuitive, therefore spontaneous, natural-feeling, instinctual–and so, by some account, health inducing and health sustaining relationship to the … Continue reading

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Whose Voice is This?

A: I detest sports, all this flowing, excited chatter of sports. Sports! They do nothing but make a completely meaningless thing seem meaningful. B: Well, what do you like? A: Intellectual conversation: the making all this meaningful stuff of life … Continue reading

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On Youth

A: Consciousness is the mother of judgement. B: But was there not a time, then, when she was just a girl?  

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Laud

With attentive appreciation, how inwardly differentiated and ambiguous becomes a given moment that had deigned to please!

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The Difficult Thing

The difficult thing is to save yourself without forcing the world to admit that it too is caught up in your dilemma, and therefore in need of your cure. That it needs your cure, it will necessarily deny, and so … Continue reading

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The Sicknes of Health

Perhaps the last– or is it the first?– place from which one will have to expel one’s sickness is one’s very idea of health. In our idea of what health is, even there we must overcome what ails us.

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