Archive for May, 2010

Symbols don’t just happen

May 5, 2010

Symbols don’t just develop.  Every word that we use in our language, that is now part of our language, was not lying around somewhere but was created by somebody—even terms like”quantity” and “quality.”   We ask: who invented quantity and quality?   Cicero.  There wasn’t any quantity or quality before him.  Every such instrument of thought—even such elementary things—has been created, as far as the intellectual and spiritual origin is concerned, by certain people on certain occasions of experiences;  and we usually are in possession of the early document.

As I said, the term “theology” begins in the Republic of Plato—that is an early example.

In an earlier post I referred to Eric Voegelin.  The above is from a website excerpting “pungent observations” from his voluminous writings– see “On the Origin of Symbols” here.

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Al Gore’s carbon footprint…

May 5, 2010

… is a BigFoot!  Headline for an LA Times news story:  “Al Gore, Tipper Gore snap up Montecito-area villa”:

The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

But does anybody really care?  To suggest that such a man as Al Gore is corrupt or hypocritical– that might truly be an inconvenient truth to most of our news media.