Category: Ideas and Reflections

Five Reasons Why Meghan and Harry Matter

Number One: They reveal the heart of our age, in accordance with the old adage, “Great men talk about ideas, ordinary men talk about events, small men talk about other people.” Ours is an age of small men. Number Two: They provide the most straightforward answer for everyone who has ever been inclined to wonder, “How in the hell could a man like...

Language vs. Thought

A note on Derrida and the postmoderns.– Difficult language is sometimes necessary to communicate thought. However, difficulty, in the sense of varying degrees of opaqueness or indecipherability, must never be the goal, for the simple reason that language must never be the goal. To make language itself the goal of writing is analogous to making pots and utensils the goal of cooking. This...

Chance and Fate: Thank you, Neil Peart

I spend a good deal of my time on this website discussing the significance of suffering, the importance of seeking meaning in life through redeeming pain and failure, and the need to reject the all-too-human temptation to mistake stability and comfort for fulfillment and happiness. And in my private discussions with good students I come to know well, I always emphasize the urgency...

Watercolors and the Eyes of the Gods

On a dreary January day, incessantly wet in defiance of last night’s promising forecast, the air is thick with pollution and cold rain. The mountains are obscured by the translucent sky, and all sensible paths to outdoor enjoyment dampened. Having lost my hat on the bus coming here (too focused on remembering my umbrella), I must spend three hours, uncharacteristically, with my stupid...

Meanwhile, back in the cosmos…

Some weeks ago, a student who knows a great deal about my character and interests contacted me with the urgent advice to run outside as quickly as possible, so as not to miss the gorgeous moonrise she was witnessing from a bus across town. Yesterday, the same young woman contacted me with similar urgency, at roughly the same late afternoon hour, to ask,...

Limbo Resolutions for 2020

As regular readers may recall from past go-rounds, I feel a profound indifference about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that at times borders on downright disdain. There are several reasons for this, which I have explained before, but three of which I mention in passing here:  I neither drink nor enjoy being around drunks. I don’t believe that changing to a...

To Be Free

These days, it is hard to find a so-called “conservative” or “libertarian” who sees freedom with clear eyes. Two centuries of creeping political progress have caused a slow-developing glaucoma of the spirit which obscures the natural view of self and world that had previously revealed itself in history’s struggle to recognize and emancipate the independent individual mind.  This progressive corruption of vision explains,...

Becoming part of the silence

Early twentieth century Irish nationalist Robert Wilson Lynd wrote the following very worthy, somewhat Stoic, observation: In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. One has to sit still like a mystic and wait. One soon learns that fussing, instead of achieving things, merely prevents things from happening. To be passive is in some circumstances the...

Limbo’s Traditional Christmas Greeting

Many years ago, I wrote a Christmas essay for American Thinker. Because I am I, and my preoccupations are as they are, the piece was neither nostalgic nor sentimental in character, but rather a reflection on the ultimate civilizational significance of Christmas. That is to say, I was not primarily concerned with the religious or dogmatic meaning of the holiday, but instead with...

Reflections on Two Unspeakables: “Debt” and “Merry Christmas”

Donald Trump has proudly exposed yet more evidence that he is nothing but a Washington establishment puppet, the ultimate booby prize for a “grassroots” very long on “grass” and very short on “roots.”  I will be signing our 738 Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill today. It will include 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave, gives our troops a raise, importantly creates the SPACE FORCE,...