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Love Poems: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Where love is something more often lost than found
2022.05.30
 
 
Populism on the Half Shell
The rocky road to populism
2022.05.14
 
 
The End of Civil Discussion
The end of Trump and the end of civil discussion
2020.11.10
 
 
States Without Legs: Slezkine's house of Government
Thoughts on the vacuums revolutions create
2020.02.10
 
 
Greta Thunberg and the Vagaries of the Climate Crusade
Ongoing thoughts on Global Warming
2019.10.05
 
 
The Iceberg of Polite Social Discourse
On calling out "virtue signalling"
2019.09.08
 
 
Notes on Poetical Birds
Some notes on poetical birds from Ovid to Shvarts.
2019.12.29
 
 
To Hell With the Church?
To stay or not to stay in a corrupt church
2018.10.05
 
 
 

 
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The Sterile Profession of Letters Giacomo Leopardi (1845)
 
No profession is so sterile as that of letters. But the world puts such a high value on deceit that with its help even letters becomes fruitful. Fraudulence is as it were the soul of social life. Given its effects on the human mind, no art or human faculty is really perfect without it. If you were to study the histories of two people--the one honest in all things, the other deceitful-you would always find the latter more fortunate than the former. The Honest man is in fact almost entirely barren of good fortune. Artifice lacking truth is valuable and effective, but truth lacking artifice is impotent. I don't think this is due to the wicked inclinations of our species, but rather because in everything he does man needs some illusion and glamour, since truth is always too flawed and impoverished. Illusion pleases and inspires him. He lives for the promise of something more, and better, than what the world can actually give. Even Nature is deceitful toward man: it makes life congenial and tolerable only through imagination and artifice.
 
 

 
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Photo of the Month, May 2022
Toad Mountain Sunset
 
 
New Photo Additions
New photos of Bellingham, Washington and vicinity.
posted Friday, May 20, 2022
 
 
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