An Infinite Thing

Your desire is an infinite thing. Were it not, no virtue would have value or life. For I who am infinite God want you to serve me with what is infinite, and you have nothing infinite except your soul’s love and desire. Eternal Truth to St. Catherine of Sienna What do you think? Please comment, subscribe, &Continue reading “An Infinite Thing”

Asking God and Intellect to Rule

“One who asks law to rule,” Aristotle observes, “seems to be asking god and intellect alone to rule, while one who asks man adds the beast.” By god, Aristotle means the supreme intellect, whose superiority consists partly in not relying on a limited supply of brain cells, and partly in being free of the passionsContinue reading “Asking God and Intellect to Rule”

Missing the Middle, For the Love of Money

The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends. Apemantus to Timon As Tony Tanner notes in his Introduction to Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, the play presents us with a succession of extremes. Timon begins as a civic demigod, feasting the senators and lords of ancient Athens with an apparently bottomlessContinue reading “Missing the Middle, For the Love of Money”

Telling the Whole Truth about our Deepest Desires

In Plato’s Gorgias, Socrates wins a debate against the budding rhetorician Polus by calling the latter as witness against himself. Rejecting Socrates’s contention that justice is good and beautiful, Polus attempts to defend the sophisticated view that, despite its ugliness, injustice is useful in helping us to acquire whatever we desire. When pressed, Polus cannotContinue reading “Telling the Whole Truth about our Deepest Desires”