“Monkey on a Wire” by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – An alt-country post-industrial updating of “Sixteen Tons”

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A great song and interesting video with animation that on the surface seems to speak of the “workaday” life of many of us in the modern world. The Kinks sang “All life we work but work is a bore, if life’s for livin’ what’s livin’ for?” This song portrays that “work” as something of much greater potential for disillusionment and dehumanization than mere boredom presents. Continue reading

“Aspirations for Leviathan” – Thomas Hobbes, Gentle Giant, and Jacques Ellul

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I admit that this is an odd post  – consisting mainly of three excerpts from the minds of men: 1) an excerpt from “Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes that expresses the nature of his idea of a commonwealth of men materialized in a social contract under a supreme ruler; 2) a song called “Aspirations” by the early 70’s English progressive rock band Gentle Giant that poignantly expresses the desires for peace that compel men to conceive of, and covenant for, such societal schemes; 3) An excerpt from “The Betrayal of the West” by Jacques Ellul that effectively demonstrates that the pattern of aspiration/degradation has plagued every social construct and aspiration of mankind in the West. Lest we drown in despair, I conclude the post with some thoughts from elsewhere… Continue reading

BBC Documentary on Kierkegaard – “Sea of Faith” Video

Since I am posting a series on Kierkegaard’s “Works of Love,” I decided to post these videos for those interested in learning more about him. These were well made and they are very helpful in providing the historical context of his life and work. (Although I think some quality was lost when they were uploaded to youtube.) Continue reading